Stacking the Shelves

Posted 24 September, 2016 by Nikki in General / 24 Comments

Another week of modest shelf-stacking — I knew the Unstacking couldn’t last! And I know I’m going to a bookshop this afternoon, with my sister, who hasn’t yet bought me a birthday present…

Books acquired:

Cover of Blackout by Mira Grant Cover of The Graces by Laure Eve Cover of Winterwood by Jacey Bedford

Cover of The Deeper Genome by John Parrington Cover of Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas Cover of Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

A couple of these were waiting for me at my parents’ house, since I’ve been away — my preorder of Empire of Storms, and Nevernight and The Graces from the last Illumicrate. Hurrah!

Books read this week: 

Cover of The Borgias by Christopher Hibbert Cover of Dinosaurs Without Bones by Anthony Martin Cover of From Elvish to Klingon, by Michael Adams Cover of The Hollow Earth by Steven Sevile Cover of The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine

Not much reading this week — I blame the fact that I actually had quite a bit of work. And that I kept starting books and not finishing them…

Reviews posted this week:
The Wolf in the Attic, by Paul Kearney. The underlying mythology felt pretty confused, or at least, not properly explained, and I felt like the appearances of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were just gimmicks. Still, I found it somewhat enjoyable. 3/5 stars
Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman. I agree with the theories, I think, and find it all very interesting, except when he starts talking about statistics. Then not only my eyes but the rest of my mind too glazes riiight over. 3/5 stars
Planetfall, by Emma Newman. I was pleasantly surprised with how quick a read I found this, after being warned that it might make me feel a little anxious, since it portrays anxiety-related disorders very prominently. I somewhat expected the resolution of the mystery plot, and even the ending reminded me of something, but overall I really enjoyed it. 4/5 stars
The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison. Still got hearts in my eyes over this book, always. 5/5 stars
Seafoam and Silence, by Lynn E. O’Connacht. The verse novel format isn’t quite my thing, but the storyline and retelling aspects are really interesting. 3/5 stars
A Winter Book, by Tove Jansson. The stories are well written, with a sort of quiet, clear prose, but I’m not a big fan of the collection as such. 3/5 stars
Flashback Friday: The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, by Alan Garner. There are bits of this that I remember enjoying, but the overall impression wasn’t very cohesive. I did read the second book, and my review of that will be on the blog next Friday… I’m even sort of thinking about trying them again now. 3/5 stars

Other posts:

Top Ten Tuesday: Audiobooks. Want some recommendations? Come see me geek about the awesomeness of BBC radioplays…

How’s everyone else been doing? Anything exciting going on?

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24 Responses to “Stacking the Shelves”

  1. It’s always great to visit a bookshop when someone else is buying! That is my kind of shopping… I haven’t bought anything in nearly two weeks! *gasps* It’s not natural!

  2. I wish I could listen to BBC radio, but it is blocked in the US (I think it’s because only people who pay the special tax in England can listen to it). Nevernight was awesome, but there are a few truly racy scenes… I haven’t read all the Sarah J. Maas books yet to get to Empire Of Storms. So much reading to do… Have a great week.

  3. On the one hand, yes, you broke your book-acquiring ban, but on the other, you got some amazing books! Nevernight was fun, though it got some really mixed reviews, so I’m curious what you’ll think of that one.

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