Stacking the Shelves

Posted January 7, 2017 by Nicky in General / 18 Comments

Good morning, folks! Or not, if you’re not in the UK/Europe. So, 2017 so far… not bad, from where I’m sitting?

Received to review:

Cover of Brimstone by Cherie Priest Cover of Birthright by Missouri Vaun Cover of With Blood Upon the Sand by Bradley S. Beaulieu Cover of The Prince of the Moon by Megan Derr

Cherie Priest! I’m looking forward to it even without knowing much about it. I’ve been a lucky pup this week, really.


Cover of The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean Cover of The Violinist's Thumb by Sam Kean Cover of The World Without Us by Alan Weisman Cover of Rosalind Franklin by Brenda Maddox

I’ve already read two of these… guess I was in the non-fiction mood.


Cover of Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire Cover of With Fate Conspire by Marie Brennan Cover of A Borrowed Man by Gene Wolfe Cover of Shadowplay by Laura Lam

Because I don’t have enough Seanan McGuire in my backlog…

Finished this week:

Cover of The Secret Library by Oliver Tearle Cover of The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien Cover of On Basilisk Station by David Weber Cover of Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant Cover of Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

Cover of The World Without Us by Alan Weisman Cover of The Unreal and the Real by Ursula Le Guin Cover of The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean Cover of Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen Cover of The Tyrannosaur Chronicles by David Hone

Reviews posted this week:

City of Wolves, by Willow Palacek. A little disappointing — it’s pacy enough, but really light on substance. 2/5 stars
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C.S. Lewis. I meant to post these reviews in the order I read them, but WordPress had other plans, apparently. Dawn Treader is one of my favourites of the series. 4/5 stars
The Art of Language Invention, by David J. Peterson. A really in-depth book about creating languages. A bit much if you’re not planning to create one, but very informative! 4/5 stars
Politics: Between the Extremes, by Nick Clegg. Somewhat self-pitying, but nonetheless an interesting analysis of the ConDem coalition and the need for a more robust liberalism in the future. 3/5 stars
The Lost City of the Monkey God, by Douglas Preston. An entertaining and, as far as I can tell, not too sensationalised book about an expedition to find an abandoned city in Mosquitia. 4/5 stars
Spectacles, by Sue Perkins. Entertaining, but sometimes a bit scatterbrained. 3/5 stars
Dark Tales, by Shirley Jackson. A little collection of some of Jackson’s less well known uncanny stories. I enjoyed them. 4/5 stars
Winter Tide, by Ruthanna Emrys. Takes the sexism and racism out of Lovecraft, with a whole bunch of strong female characters. Buuut, I did find it slow. 3/5 stars

Other posts:

2016 Wrapup, and Onward 2017! Final stats on my reading, and some upcoming challenges.
Top Ten Tuesday: Resolutions. I didn’t stick to the given theme this week, and instead did my bookish resolutions for 2017.

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18 responses to “Stacking the Shelves

  1. With blood upon the sands is on a few blogs I’ve visited today and I like the cover. 2017 has been a bit TOO successful for me but it’s going to make me read more to counter damage to the tbr! The reading and blogging are going well, books are flooding in and life is good right now! Enjoy your books!
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    • That’s excellent to hear! I’ve been having a good time, though, but not acquiring many books! (Everything in this haul is from New Year’s Eve… Sneaky!)

    • Yes, I’m a lucky critter! I still need to read the first book, so I probably shouldn’t have requested With Blood Upon the Sand, but I’m incorrigible.

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