Stacking the Shelves

Posted November 18, 2017 by Nicky in General / 41 Comments

Good morning, folks! It’s been a busy week around here with assignments and such, but I managed to get very good marks in my Infectious Diseases class, so I’m super pleased.


You may have noticed, if you’re a follower of this blog, that I now have Amazon and Book Depository affiliate links — general ones in my sidebar, and specific ones on each book. If you’re not in the US or the UK, my affiliate links should redirect to the same book on your local site if you’re in Germany, France, Italy, Spain or Canada. At this point I’m not planning on enabling ads or anything like that, and there’ll be nothing more intrusive or obvious than the affiliate links I’ve just implemented.

I 100% understand anyone who doesn’t want to use Amazon and Amazon-owned companies to buy books, but if you do and you use my affiliate links, I get a 5% commission on whatever you order. I plan to put any money I earn back into this blog, either through buying books to review or just by using it to keep my URL and pay for WordPress plug-ins or whatever. If it doesn’t work out, well, never mind! If it does, I get a little back for the amount of time I put into this blog.


If you sat through that, you deserve a treat, so here’s a bunny picture even though I’m with them at the moment!

A photo of Hulk (a grey and white bunny) lying stretched out in a blue tunnel, thinking she's hidden.
Whaddya mean you can see me?

New books

Cover of Prime Meridian by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia Cover of Blood Binds the Pack by Alex Wells

Looking forward to reading more of Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s work! And I couldn’t resist the cover of Blood Binds the Pack, though I still need to read the first book…

Books read this week

Cover of Castles by Marc Morris Cover of Pantomime by Laura Lam Cover of The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry Cover of Abaddon's Gate by James S. A. Corey

Cover of Camelot's Sword, by Sarah Zettel Cover of Cleopatra's Heir by Gillian Bradshaw Cover of The Viral Storm

Five stars: Castles.
Four stars: Pantomime, Abaddon’s Gate, Cleopatra’s Heir and Camelot’s Sword.
Three stars: The Viral Storm, The Essex Serpent.

Reviews posted this week:

Bog Bodies Uncovered, by Miranda Aldhouse-Green. If you find bog bodies fascinating, this is definitely a great book for you. 4/5 stars
Connection Error, by Annabeth Albert. A sweet romance which builds slowly and features an injured Navy SEAL and an ADHD video game developer. 4/5 stars
The Chocolatier’s Wife, by Cindy Lynn Speer. A cosy mystery in a fantasy setting, with a bit of romance. I enjoyed it a lot. 4/5 stars
Bring Back the King, by Helen Pilcher. If you’ve read other books on de-extinction, you might want to avoid this, but it’s a fun enough read. 3/5 stars
Sea, Swallow Me, and Other Stories, by Craig Laurence Gidney. Powerful stories, some of which I found really disturbing. 3/5 stars
The Five Daughters of the Moon, by Leena Likitalo. A fascinating fantasy retelling of the fall of the Romanovs, only marred by the fact that it isn’t a complete story in one volume. 4/5 stars
Ebola, by David Quammen. Avoid it and just get the full book, Spillover3/5 stars

Other posts:

WWW Wednesday. An update on what I’m reading.
The Book Depository Bookmarks Disaster. So I collect Book Depository bookmarks, right? And I have bunnies, right? … A plea for help rebuilding my collection.

So how’s everyone else doing? Feel free to leave links to your weekend posts here; I always comment back as soon as I can!

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41 responses to “Stacking the Shelves

  1. I still need to read James Corey’s Expanse series. I started the TV show, and I loved it, but I need to know what happens.

    I hope you enjoy all of your new books, and congrats on the class news. 🙂

  2. I remember when my niece was taking Infectious Diseases courses, I always had questions for her. Now that she has graduated, she is doing AIDS research and I still ask plenty of questions. Great job on your studies 🙂 Looks like you had a wonderful review week, enjoy your new reads and have a wonderful day.
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  3. Congrats on getting affiliate links 🙂 I wonder how it’ll go for you. My book depository ones aren’t really yielding anything. And I can’t use Amazon 🙁 cause it will only accept people in the US. That’s a bummer, huh.

    Your new books look pretty awesome! And looks like you’ve read a lot. Anyway, have a great week 🙂
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  4. I seriously need to read Leviathan Wakes as soon as possible, I’ve heard such great things about it! I hope you’ll enjoy the new books you got! Have a great week and happy reading!

    • I’m enjoying the series a lot! Fair play, I know there are some people who really don’t enjoy them and I can see some flaws, but mostly I’m just letting them be my brain candy. 🙂

  5. I had no idea it was possible to have an affiliate link with Book Depository! And I tried doing one with Amazon in the past, but I needed a social security number for the US in order to actually get paid, so I just stopped using them.

    Your new books look really good, Nikki, I hope you’ll enjoy them.

    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.
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    • It’s her tunnel, actually! She used to have a whole network of them, but to stop us falling over everything, now we’re narrowed it down.

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