Stacking the Shelves

Posted 1 October, 2016 by Nikki in General / 10 Comments

Another week gone! And this one brought me plenty of books. I’d say oops, but we all know I love it.

Books acquired:

Cover of Virus Hunt by Dorothy H. Crawford Cover of Connectome by Sebastian Seung Cover of The Interminables by Paige Orwin Cover of Rare Earth by Brownlee & Ward

Cover of Behind the Throne by K.B. Wagers Cover of All New Avengers Cover of The Book of Kells by R.A. Macavoy Cover of The Road to Avalon by Joan Wolf

All pretty impulsive purchases; my sister bought me the one on HIV for my birthday. (I promise, I find it an interesting topic.) Behind the Throne sounds like a lot of fun.

Books to review:

Cover of The Thread That Binds the Bones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman Cover of Creepy Crawly Crochet by Megan Kreiner Cover of The Miss Silver Mysteries by Patricia Wentworth

Thank you, Open Road Media and Dover Publications!

Books finished this week:

Cover of The Celts by Nora Chadwick Cover of Faro's Daughter by Georgette Heyer Cover of Lone Survivors by Chris Stringer Cover of In the Forests of Serre by Patricia McKillip Cover of Poems: Three Series by Emily Dickinson

0785107886.01._SX450_SY635_SCLZZZZZZZ_ Cover of The Wind off the Small Isles by Mary Stewart Cover of Creepy Crawly Crochet by Megan Kreiner Ultimate X-Men vol 2

Reviews posted this week:
A History of Ancient Egypt, by John Romer. When I think back to the stuff I knew about Egyptology as a kid, it was mostly about the later Pharaohs, despite the compellingness of the Great Pyramid. This book covers the early part of Egypt’s history, up to the end of the period where the pyramids were built. Very worth it, even though it might not be what people expect from a history of Egypt. 4/5 stars
Stories of Your Life and Others, by Ted Chiang. I’ve found myself wanting to suggest this collection to several friends since I finished it, and I’m very interested to see what the movie version of the title story does with a very linguistically based plot. The writing impressed me, even when I wasn’t a huge fan of the stories themselves (and mostly I did enjoy them). 4/5 stars
Off the Map, by Alastair Bonnett. I enjoyed that he referenced fiction, including China Miéville’s work, but in the end this was just too light and not what I wanted from the subject. 2/5 stars
The Door into Sunset, by Diane Duane. It probably doesn’t say anything positive that I was glad to get to the end of the series, but really, it just kind of… wore out its welcome with me. I still love the casual queerness, and in this book, the shades of grey that were introduced. 3/5 stars
Chalice, by Robin McKinley. I realised, rereading this again, that this is one of those warm and mostly positive fantasies which I feel so badly in need of sometimes. And if you end it without craving honey, I don’t know what you are. 5/5 stars
Mortal Engines, by Philip Reeve. If you can read the first line and not be hooked, this might not be your thing. “It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea.” 4/5 stars
Flashback Friday: The Moon of Gomrath, by Alan Garner. I apparently enjoyed this more than the first book; I’m kind of curious to reread it now for the mythology. 3/5 stars

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Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR. What’s coming up for me? WELL.
What are you reading Wednesday. Resurrecting a feature I used to do every week, which covers what I’ve just finished reading, what I’m reading now, and what I might read next.
Totally Should’ve A meme I picked up all about things some books/series should (or should not have done). Unfortunately, I am mostly predictable and occasionally obscure.

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10 Responses to “Stacking the Shelves”

  1. arbieroo

    Creepy Crochet looks fun! What else is in there, besides Cthulhu? (I already have a crcocheted Cthulhu that I call Cute Cthulhu.)

  2. Haha, Creepy Crawly Crochet looks awesome! I haven’t done any crochet in years and I actually miss it! Happy reading and have fun with the creepy crochet!

  3. Nice haul this week! I admit that I no longer feel guilty for grabbing more books…it’s not like I have any other vices so I refuse to care! Have a great reading week!

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