Stacking the Shelves

Posted June 30, 2018 by Nicky in General / 12 Comments

Hi all! This would actually be an Unstacking week if I weren’t still highlighting my purchases from when me and my sister went on a post-exam shopping spree. But fear not… today is me and my wife’s trip to the Hague (including a book museum and the excellent American Book Center), so I’m pretty sure I’ll have new books next week. Today’s batch showcases the non-fiction books I grabbed during that shopping trip with my sister, though.

Other than that, it’s been a quiet reading week because a) I’ve decided to write my entire dissertation in a week, no pressure, and b) I have the attention span of a gna


Cover of Prehistory by Colin Renfrew Cover of Genghis Khan by John Man Cover of  A Lab of One's Own

Cover of How the Irish Saved Civilisation

Bit of an odd mix, perhaps…

Read this week:

 Cover of Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Reviewed this week:

Kin, by John Ingraham. Not well edited, moderately interesting, but really I’d rather read Nick Lane’s work. 3/5 stars
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, by Catherynne M. Valente. Enormous fun, as always, though I missed Ell and Saturday. 4/5 stars
Deadline, by Mira Grant. I don’t 100% love Shaun as the main character/narrator, but there’s still a lot of awesome stuff going on, and I enjoy the greater focus on epidemiology. 4/5 stars
Mystery in the Channel, by Freeman Wills Croft. Solid writing and I did kind of get into the plot — enough to be disappointed that the mystery wasn’t solved the way I wanted. 4/5 stars
Science and the City, by Laurie Winkless. Just… not my thing at all. 2/5 stars
The Black God’s Drums, by P. Djeli Clark. A lot of fun, and there’s badass nuns. 4/5 stars

Other posts:

Discussion: Hugo for Best Series. Pondering on how that award works (and doesn’t).
WWW Wednesday. The usual weekly update on what I’m currently reading and what might be up next.

So how’s your week been? Been doing anything exciting?

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12 responses to “Stacking the Shelves

  1. Good luck w/ your dissertation= hope it goes well. 🙂 I’ve seen How the Irish Saved Civilization before and thought it looked good- I should get that. And the Genghis Khan one looks interesting too, I’ve always been fascinated by the Mongols.
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    • Thanks, I need it!

      I’ve read a couple of John Man’s books and I think he’s pretty good at picking out the key facts and writing engagingly, so I’m looking forward to reading his book on Genghis Khan for sure!

  2. You’ve got me intrigued about Foundryside and I’ve been giving that gorgeous cover on The Black God’s Drums covetous sidelong glances every time I see it!

    Quiet week for me. It’s too damn hot (although I did make myself start running again, I’m just having to be selective about _when_ I run – I always forget how fast my form falls apart when I over heat) and my beloved has been working all the hours. I got to work from home this week too, which was really nice – I’m a much happier person when I can be more flexible about how I put my time in rather than being constrained to a commute!
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