Stacking the Shelves

Posted 31 March, 2018 by Nikki in General / 24 Comments

So my excuse for last week was that I’d been good for ages. My excuse this week is… um… look, I’ve been restrained all year, now it’s breaking out. I can’t help it. I’m in the UK with books easily accessible to buy, I know I’m going away again until my exams, so I have to make the most of the opportunity.

Speaking of being in the UK, though, I’m still away from my buns so here’s a couple of pics of them being adorable that my wife sent.

Photo of Hulk and Breakfast booping noses through the pen Picture of Hulk sitting up and cleaning her face

Review copies

Cover of The Atrocities by Jeremy C. Shipp Cover of Void Black Shadow by Corey J. White

Because Tor are so good to me. <3

Bought 

Cover of Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton Cover of Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft Cover of The Rift by Nina Allan Cover of Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

Cover of Embers of War by Gareth L. Powell Cover of A Tyranny of Queens by Foz Meadows Cover of The Honest Truth About Dishonesty by Dan Ariely

Cover of Verdict of Twelve by Raymond Postgate Cover of The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley Cover of Murder in the Museum by John Rowland

Quite a mixture, as ever, though perhaps not as mixed as I’d like — I was tempted by more non-fiction, but it didn’t exactly fit into the budget.

Books read this week:

Cover of Built on Bodies by Brenna Hasset Cover of The Genius of Birds

Not much read, I know. Failboat.

Reviews posted this week:

The Terracotta Army, by John Man. Pretty clear and accessible history about something I knew sadly little about. Particularly fascinating on the politics around the Terracotta Army, both ancient and modern. 3/5 stars
The Gene, by Siddhartha Mukherjee. Fascinatingly written, if not quite as good or as expert as Mukherjee’s other book. 4/5 stars
The Mummy Congress, by Heather Pringle. The kind of archaeology book I love — wide-ranging and totally absorbing. 4/5 stars
Built on Bones, by Brenna Hassett. A good history of the development of the city, told through bioarchaeology. 4/5 stars

Other posts:

WWW Wednesday: The weekly update.

How’s everyone doing? Plenty of books, or going through a dry spell? Getting reading done, or way too stressed?

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24 Responses to “Stacking the Shelves”

  1. I’ve come home for Easter, so am having 4 days of not being in an office, sleeping in (not something I’m good at, but I’m tired enough to be asleep just after midnight and on US time enough not to wake up until 10-11 and it’s MAGNIFICENT) and reading. I’m not buying, but March has been a busy buying month so that’s probably just as well 🙂

    I’ve just finished The Rift and I really liked it. It’s barely SFnal really, and I can see that many SF readers may feel frustrated by it (I don’t think you will though, you read so broadly you’ll love everything it’s playing with I think) – it’s all sisterly relationships and feelings (and expectations of feelings) with an SF mystery that drives the story but isn’t actually the story, if that makes sense.

    I’m wading through the Queens of Innis Lear now, which I’m not enjoying as much as I’d like (after a fabulous prologue, Part I is so… slow – and knowing this is a retelling of King Lear isn’t helping me be patient as there’s an inevitable outcome). I’m thinking of putting it down for today and picking up a novella for some zoomy relief before I apply myself to Part II.
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    • That sounds lovely. I work wherever I am, so I seem to be bringing it with me, oops.

      Oh no, I hope I don’t find The Queens of Innis Lear slow — I have so little patience for slow stories lately…

  2. Nothing wrong with going all out, especially since you’ve been so good unstacking the shelves lately! So many good books there, I’ve heard seen some really positive reviews for the Atrocities already and I’m looking forward to checking that out. Also looking forward to your thoughts on Senlin Ascends! The Rift and Embers of War are on my list too, I hope to read them soon!
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    • Awww, I don’t want to think about that time with my buns. 🙁 They’re house bunnies, so I’m really very close to them and used to them snuffling around my feet no matter what I’m doing.

      Thanks for dropping by!

  3. Your pets are adorable! Non-fiction can be quite tempting sometimes, I always get some books based on the title mainly and then forget to read it so I am quite picky about what non-fiction books I choose nowadays.
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