Stacking the Shelves & The Sunday Post

Posted February 24, 2024 by Nicky in General / 25 Comments

Hurrah, the weekend! I’ve been looking forward to it eagerly, as I’ve put in a load of work on my essays this week, as well as working my usual hours, etc, etc. Not as much reading time as I’d like — hopefully I’ll get plenty over the weekend to make up for it.

As usual, linking up with Reading Reality’s Stacking the Shelves, Caffeinated Reviewer’s The Sunday Post, and the Sunday Salon over at Readerbuzz.

Books acquired this week:

Last weekend, my wife duly went to the bookshop and acquired the book I owed myself as a reward for finishing a draft of my parasitology essay (Emily Wilde’s Map of the Otherlands). Once there, it seems there was another book that couldn’t quite be resisted…

Cover of Emily Wilde's Map of the Otherlands by Heather Fawcett Cover of volume one of Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu

Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation is by the same author as The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System, so we just had to get it, right?!

Technically, my wife went out last night to grab me a couple of new books, because I’ve been working so hard and really fancied grabbing a copy of Alice Roberts’ Crypt when I saw that Waterstones have them out already… But I haven’t unpacked the bag and added it to my StoryGraph TBR yet, so I’ll include them next week.

Posts from this week:

It’s been a busy week on the blog, as usual, so here’s a roundup in case anyone missed it!

Other posts:

What I’m reading:

This week’s been a bit quiet again — with the graphic novels it still looks like I read a lot, but I mostly read non-fiction, which tends to be a bit slower for me. Over the weekend I’ll be continuing with reading Cat Bohannon’s Eve: How The Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Evolution, which so far is reassuringly inclusive of all kinds of female bodies.

I’ll probably also finish up my reread of the third volume of The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System, finish reading Seanan McGuire’s Mislaid in Parts Half-Known, and make a start on Emily Wilde’s Map of the Otherlands. So fiction will make a comeback (I think).

Anyway, here are teaser cover images for the books I’ll be reviewing in the coming weeks.

Cover of The Lost Boys by Gina Perry Cover of Book Love by Debbie Tung Cover of Everything is OK by Debbie Tung

Cover of The Hidden World by George McGavin Cover of Oddball by Sarah Andersen Cover of Ten Birds That Changed the World by Stephen Moss

How’s everyone doing? Reading anything amazing?

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25 responses to “Stacking the Shelves & The Sunday Post

  1. Hidden World was already on my interest list for this year, but I hadn’t heard of the Ten Birds book. I bought a childhood memoir/humor book on sale and read it the same day. New author to me, and I’m hoping to try more of him out.

    • I love the “a history of X in X objects” type books, I find them irresistible, haha. The birds one was an interesting take on it! I need to write up my review…

      Always nice getting to mainline a book and finish it one go!

  2. mae

    I enjoyed 10 birds that changed the world. Your other books are unfamiliar but you make them sound interesting.
    best,mae at

    • I enjoyed it too! Nothing too surprising for me, but an interesting way of framing the topic. I love that kind of “the history of x in x objects” type book…

    • Thank you! Debbie Tung’s books are quite fun — Everything is OK is quite serious since it deals with her mental health, but e.g. Book Lust is very relatable for a bookworm!

    • I really enjoyed SVSSS, though I feel like it only came together for me properly with reading the fourth volume (which is short stories that give a glimpse of other POVs and backstories). I’m working through a reread now though and I’m loving all of it.

    • P.S. I just tried to come and comment on one of your recent posts, but something’s broken and it’s not letting me comment! Not sure if it’s on my end or yours but I can’t figure it out; it just loads forever. 🙁

  3. Haha! I love that a trip to the bookstore inevitably results in buying books you didn’t plan on buying but of course had to have! Enjoy your new books! I’m anxiously awaiting the second Emily Wilde book from the library myself. Argh! Just reminding myself that patience is a virtue! Have a great week!

  4. The archaeology book is intriguing. And I remember liking PErmafrost but it’s beena few years since I read it and I feel like I’ve forgotten a lot…

    • Haha, one of our traditions is that my wife buys me a book each month. Sometimes more than one, but always at least one… 🙂 Usually of my own choice, because I’m fickle and predictable, but now and then inspiration will strike.

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