Stacking the Shelves

Posted July 15, 2017 by Nicky in General / 32 Comments

It’s been a pretty awesome week for reading, I’ve gotta say. Exam results next week, so I’m starting to get nervous, though…

Received to review:

Cover of Artemis by Andy Weir Cover of The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

Yeees. Here’s hoping Andy Weir’s new book is as entertaining as The Martian!


Cover of Gilded Cage by Vic James Cover of The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmburg Cover of The Glass Magician by Charlie N Holmberg Cover of The Master Magician by Charlie N Holmberg

I’ve heard conflicting things about the first two, but they were on sale, so I thought I’d give them a try… and then I did enjoy The Paper Magician, so I bought the sequels.

Finished reading this week:

Cover of Unnatural by Philip Ball Cover of Personality by Daniel Nettle Cover of Reality 36 by Guy Haley Cover of Nova by Samuel R Delany Cover of Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart

Cover of Caesar's Last Breath by Sam Kean Cover of Killing Is My Business by Adam Christopher Cover of Star-Shot by Mary-Ann Constantine Cover of Machine by Jennifer Pelland Cover of Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie

Cover of The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente Cover of The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmburg Cover of The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin Cover of The Martian by Andy Weir

Yeah, it’s been quite the week for reading! No, I am not fucking kidding. And yes, I really have read all of these, and no, there isn’t a secret to it. I just make the time, often while my wife catches enough zzzs for both of us.

Five stars to: Ancillary Mercy.
Four stars to: Killing Is My Business, The Refrigerator Monologues, The Martian.
Three stars to: Unnatural, Personality, Nova, Wicked Plants, Caesar’s Last Breath, Star-shot, Machine, The Paper Magician.
Two stars to: The Westing Game.
One star to: Reality 36.

Reviews posted this week:

NeuroTribes, by Steve Silberman. Interesting exploration of autism and autistic people, though I didn’t always like where it focused and it got a bit rambly. 4/5 stars
Walking on Knives, by Maya Chhabra. I wanted to like this, since it’s a lesbian retelling of The Little Mermaid, but all the epithets instead of names didn’t work for me, and the dubious consent scenes were… gah. 2/5 stars
Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty. A fascinating mystery with a bunch of misfit characters, most of whom were interesting if not exactly loveable. 4/5 stars
Shattered Minds, by Laura Lam. This feels darker and more difficult than the first book, in that the characters are way more messed up, but it’s still a pleasure to read. I really enjoyed it. 4/5 stars

Other posts:

Top Ten Tuesday: Rereads. Books I can reread (or have reread in the past) over and over again…
WWW Wednesday. The weekly update on what’s in my immediate TBR pile.

So what have you been reading and adding to your shelves?

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32 responses to “Stacking the Shelves

  1. Now that is an impressive reading week! I think I spend too much time blogging and not enough reading at the moment so I’m inspired to try harder! I have The Martian on my tbr but not sure when I’ll get round to reading it. Hopefully before the end of the year!
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    • Not an impressive sleeping week, though… Haha. Hmm, I can’t decide if you’d enjoy The Martian. It’s funny, and a great adventure story, though.

  2. While I cna’t read that many books in one week, I agree it is just a matter of taking the time to do it. I have to wait to pick up kids, and I read while I wait. I also do not watch TV. I am happy for you that you are going to read Artemis! There are very high expectations for this book, so I hope for the author’s sake that he can deliver. Have a wonderful week.
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    • I don’t watch TV either, except maybe old episodes of Robot Wars (while we eat) or a very few TV shows I watch an episode of now and then — the Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries and the old adaptations of the Peter Wimsey books. It’s so good for making time to read!

    • Thanks for dropping by! I’m hoping this week is gonna be pretty good for getting books read, too. I might almost make a dent in the TBR…

  3. Wow–great week of reading and of new books! Even better that there were so many that you enjoyed. Hope the new ones are great, too!

  4. You did have a good reading week. I have Gilded Gage, I just haven’t read it and like you I have heard mixed reviews about it so I’m not in a huge hurry to read it soon. I’ll be on the lookout for your review. Have a wonderful week.
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