Stacking the Shelves

Posted October 14, 2017 by Nicky in General / 34 Comments

Good morning, folks! I’m finally better from my cough… at least mostly, though if you look at me wrong I might go off into a little coughing fit, alas. I’ve just ordered a bunch of background reading for my course, but it hasn’t all arrived yet, so I only have a small stack of books to share this week: a couple of ARCs and a novella.

Oh, and here’s the obligatory away-from-buns bunny picture:

Photo of my bunnies sat together.
Double Trouble.

Received to review:

Cover of Close Encounters with Humankind by Sang-Hee Lee Cover of Valiant Dust by Richard Baker

I’ve already read Close Encounters with Humankind, which is pretty fascinating; I can’t remember the summary of Valiant Dust, so that one’s going to be a surprise…


Cover of The Twilight Pariah by Jeffrey Ford

I’ve been curious about this since N.K. Jemisin mentioned it in her column, so I picked it up with what was left of an Amazon voucher after buying stuff related to my classes.

Read this week:

Cover of Away With the Fairies by Kerry Greenwood Cover of A is for Arsenic by Kathryn Harkup Cover of Close Encounters with Humankind by Sang-Hee Lee Cover of A Sting in the Tale by Dave Goulson Cover of The Twilight Pariah by Jeffrey Ford

A bit better week for reading, this week! Here’s hoping I get back into top form soon…

Reviews posted this week:

The Hammer and the Cross, by Robert Ferguson. A little dry and very detailed; a very good read for someone who’s really interested, though. 4/5 stars
A Very British Murder, by Lucy Worsley. A fun book covering the evolution of crime fiction in the UK, and people’s love of it. 4/5 stars
Machiavelli: A Man Misunderstood, by Michael White. Another good biography from White. 4/5 stars
The Man Who Fell to Earth, by Walter Tevis. I didn’t love this, but the way it ended was perfect — it made so much sense with what we see in reality. Hence, 4/5 stars
The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden. This didn’t quite work for me, and I’m not sure why. I guess it felt rather predictable/typical in some ways. 3/5 stars
How We Got To Now: Six Innovations that Made the Modern World, by Steven Johnson. Good points and a pretty entertaining read, but nothing earth-shatteringly surprising. 3/5 stars
The Lost City of Z, by David Grann. Really, I want the book about the archaeology being done now, rather than about Victorian explorers, but it’s reasonably entertaining all the same. 3/5 stars

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34 responses to “Stacking the Shelves

    • Ugh, I can’t imagine giving away my buns. They’re house rabbits, so it’d be like giving away a cat or dog! Too much part of the family for me, I’d miss them so much. They’ll have to come with us when we move to the UK permanently. 🙂

      Thanks for dropping by!

  1. Your bunnies are too cute :)) I can barely finish off a book in a week nowadays, it’s incredible that you can read five. I really need to figure out how to keep reading at a good pace because there’s so many books I want to get to 😀

    I’ve had a copy of The Prince for a couple months now, so your review of Machiavelli: A Man Misunderstood caught my eye. Hehe, don’t mind me I’ll just be catching up on some of your reviews 🙂 I hope you continue to have great reading weeks and that your cough fully goes away!
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    • And don’t they know it! They’re little menaces. 🙂 I normally read about a book a day, but I’ve been slowing with age…

      It’s a good biography, actually! I enjoyed it.

    • I’m still thinking over what to say about that one in a review! But if you like creepy stories, it might be up your street. 🙂 Thanks for visiting back!

    • I’ve very lucky my wife takes me cute pictures of them while I’m away — it keeps me going on the rough days sometimes, haha. Thanks for dropping by!

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