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Weekly Roundup

Posted May 31, 2020 by Nikki in General / 2 Comments

Greetings, everybody. It’s been a heck of a week out there, so I hope you’re all okay.

Here in self-imposed self-isolation (for the foreseeable future, though my dad may come over and converse with me from two metres away while pulling up weeds) it’s been quiet, including on the reading front…

Linking up with The Sunday Post @ The Caffeinated Reviewer and Stacking the Shelves @ Reading Reality & Tynga’s Reviews.

Acquired this week:

Cover of Language Myths by Laurie Bauer and Peter Trudgill

Books read this week:

Cover of Around the World in 80 Words by Paul Anthony Jones Cover of How to Invent Everything by Ryan North Cover of The Colour of Murder by Julian Symons

Reviews posted this week:

The Ghosts of Sherwood, by Carrie Vaughn. This review’s been waiting for a while to go up because of Tor’s restrictions on when you can publish — which means the book is due out soon! It’s an enjoyable aftermath of the Robin Hood myth, with some nice characterisation when it comes to Marian and Robin. Not wholly sold, but I do have the sequel to review! 3/5 stars
Around the World in 80 Words, by Paul Anthony Jones. Not bad, but a bit random at times and more for dipping into than reading in a couple of sittings. 3/5 stars
The Colour of Murder, by Julian Symons. An interesting psychological take on a potential murderer, with questions left trailing at the end. 3/5 stars

Other posts:

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Opening Lines. A real mix here, with mystery, fantasy, SF and historical fiction.
WWW Wednesday. Discussing… lots of books at once, as usual!

How’re you all doing?

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Weekly Roundup

Posted May 24, 2020 by Nikki in General / 10 Comments

Squeaking in at the end of the weekend, here’s my usual weekly roundup!

Linking up with The Sunday Post @ The Caffeinated Reviewer and Stacking the Shelves @ Reading Reality & Tynga’s Reviews.

Books bought:

Cover of Network Effect by Martha Wells Cover of Goldilocks by Laura Lam Cover of When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey Cover of Dangerous Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk

Cover of Guardian Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk Cover of Invasive Aliens by Dan Eatherley Cover of Princess Princess Ever After by Kate O'Neill Cover of The Boy in the Red Dress by Kristin Lambert

A weird mix, as ever! 😀 And this really truly is my last spree for a while; I’m now on a steady diet of one book per week.

Received to review:

Cover of Human kind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Breman Cover of The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal Cover of The Seventh Perfection by Daniel Polansky

I… I still need to read The Fated Sky, I’ll be honest. It’s just that my brain is stupid sometimes.

Books read this week:

Cover of 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff Cover of Princess Princess Ever After by Kate O'Neill Cover of Unfit to Print by K.J. Charles

Reviews posted this week:

The Replacement Husband, by Eliot Grayson. This is okay but not stellar; enjoyable in the moment but not something that will linger with me, and with which I had a couple of bones to pick. 3/5 stars
Finna, by Nino Cipri. This has some fun stuff in the background and mostly was just too slight for me in the end to bear the weight of the complaints about capitalism, which sort of overshadow everything else now I’m thinking about it over a week later. 3/5 stars
84 Charing Cross Road, by Helene Hanff. This is really sweet and often funny, though there is a rather sad surprise waiting toward the end of the first section for those who didn’t immediately look up Helene Hanff… 4/5 stars
Princess Princess Ever After, by Kate O’Neill. Really short, but cute. 4/5 stars
Unfit to Print, by K.J. Charles. As fun as you’d expect from K.J. Charles, and I rather like the two main characters. It all works out a bit quickly, though… 4/5 stars

Other posts:

Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons Why I Love Romance. So many reasons! #10 will surprise you. (Or not, actually, if you know me at all.)
WWW Wednesday. Featuring me rambling around reading too much at once, as ever.

How’s everyone doing? Been buying anything shiny?

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Weekly Roundup

Posted May 16, 2020 by Nikki in General / 5 Comments

Greetings, folks! How have you been? I’ve had an up-and-down-y week, but next week will be better (because I say so). And I have a lot of books to show off this week!

Linking up with The Sunday Post @ The Caffeinated Reviewer and Stacking the Shelves @ Reading Reality & Tynga’s Reviews.

Bought:

Cover of Hold Back The Tide by Melinda Salisbury Cover of Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco Cover of Finna by Nino Cipri Cover of Arabella The Traitor of Mars by David D. Levine

Cover of The Lost Boys by Gina Perry Cover of The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski Cover of The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Cover of Restless Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk Cover of 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

And that’s alllmost the last spree for a while, though I have a pending order with Portal Bookshop to come through still…

Received to review:

Cover of Ashes of the Sun by Django Wexler

Though it seems to be a PDF format, so I’m not positive I’ll read it… maybe if my new ereader is as amazing with PDFs as they claim, whenever it arrives!

Books read this week:

Cover of Infernal Affairs by Jordan L. Hawk Cover of The Atlas of Disease by Sandra Hempel Cover of The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Cover of The Beautiful Librarians by Sean O'Brien Cover of The Replacement Husband by Eliot Grayson Cover of Finna by Nino Cipri

Reviews posted this week:

The Atlas of Disease, by Sandra Hempel. I just wish I had this in a physical format instead of in PDF via the library. It’d be great to study some of the figures more. 4/5 stars
Infernal Affairs, by Jordan L. Hawk. Not my thing, alas, though the non-binary protagonist and love interest is cool. 2/5 stars
The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow. I did not love this one the way I expected, but it was fun. 3/5 stars

Other posts:

Top Ten Tuesday: The Last 10 Books I Abandoned. I chose to go with books that I’ll probably come back to, rather than list books I didn’t finish and don’t intend to ever finish.
WWW Wednesday. Featuring quite the array of books I’m currently reading!

Out and about:

NEAT science: ‘The awesome thing about dinosaurs. I mean, there’s a lot of awesome things about dinosaurs, but I’ve picked out one…

So that’s my week! Have you all been stacking your shelves high?

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Weekly Roundup

Posted May 9, 2020 by Nikki in General / 21 Comments

It’s been a quiet reading week, but the acquisitions have been rolling in. It’s not as bad as it looks, though; some of these were bought a week or two ago and only just arrived. There’ll be another box of books soon, too…

Linking up with The Sunday Post @ The Caffeinated Reviewer and Stacking the Shelves @ Reading Reality & Tynga’s Reviews.

New books acquired:

Cover of Infernal Affairs by Jordan L. Hawk Cover of Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim Cover of The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune Cover of The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta

Cover of A Pale Light in the Black by K.B. Wagers Cover of Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes Cover of The Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Arnold

Cover of A Prickly Affair by Hugh Warwick Cover of Mudlarking by Lara Maiklam Cover of How to Invent Everything by Ryan North

With special thanks to the friend who got me The Brilliant Death! 😀

Received to review:

Cover of Burning Roses by S.L. Huang Cover of The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey

Thank you, Tor!

Read this week:

Cover of Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk Cover of Exploring English Castles by Edd Morris

Reviews posted this week:

Widdershins, by Jordan L. Hawk. A fun mystery/romance, very much in K.J. Charles’ line. 4/5 stars
Exploring English Castles, by Edd Morris. Neither fish nor fowl, really; not that great despite some pretty photos. 2/5 stars

Other posts:

Top Ten Tuesday: A Bookish Party. Arranging a party isn’t really my sort of thing, but this one could be fun if I ever did it…
WWW Wednesday. Mostly Nine Coaches Waiting and a last look back at Grave Importance.

Out and about:

NEAT science: ‘An internal alarm clock. A bit about hibernation.
NEAT science: ‘An unexpected bonus. How the BCG vaccination might be repurposed…

How’re you guys doing? Anything new and exciting?

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Weekly Roundup

Posted May 3, 2020 by Nikki in General / 6 Comments

Good afternoon, folks! I hoped to do this yesterday, but I had work and other stuff that needed to be done, boo. So it’s been a quiet week around here, with a lot less reading.

Linking up with The Sunday Post @ The Caffeinated Reviewer and Stacking the Shelves @ Reading Reality & Tynga’s Reviews.

New books:

Cover of A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn Cover of A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn Cover of Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

Thank you to my wife for two of these, and to Moon Dreams for Empire of Sand in her cool giveaway on Twitter! <3

I’m looking forward to a few different book orders (two indie bookshops, one second-hand bookshop) to come in, with great impatience. Feeling the need for some bookish comforts, at the moment!

Read this week:

Cover of A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn Cover of Grave Importance by Vivian Shaw

Reviews posted this week:

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C.S. Lewis. Still pretty wonderful, to my mind! 4/5 stars
A Treacherous Curse, by Deanna Raybourn. Bags of fun, as expected; the mystery’s kind of background to the will-they-won’t-they, for me. 4/5 stars
The Silver Chair, by C.S. Lewis. Never my favourite, so not surprisingly, I still didn’t really jive with it. 2/5 stars
The Steerswoman, by Rosemary Kirstein. Aarrgghhh so much I still want to know! 4/5 stars
Grave Importance, by Vivian Shaw. Lovely lovely lovely. Excellent ending to the series, though I didn’t love one specific aspect of it. 4/5 stars

Other posts:

WWW Wednesday. This week it was mostly about Grave Importance!
Wyrd and Wonder: A TBR. Ready for May’s fantasy reading event!

Out and about:

NEAT science: ‘Soap versus virus.‘ Been wondering why soap is the #1 recommendation to avoid catching SARS-CoV-2? A quick explanation of why soap is ideal.

There we go; that’s it for this week! How’s everyone doing?

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Weekly Roundup

Posted April 25, 2020 by Nikki in General / 18 Comments

Good evening, folks! It’s been a busy reading week around here, with the readathon today boosting my read count a little (okay, and short books helped there too). And I haven’t bought any books this week, though I’ve been putting together a preorder or so!

Linking up with The Sunday Post @ The Caffeinated Reviewer and Stacking the Shelves @ Reading Reality & Tynga’s Reviews.

Books read this week:

Cover of The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis Cover of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis Cover of Love Around The Corner by Sally Malcolm Cover of The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis

Cover of Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis Cover of Hither, Page by Cat Sebastian Cover of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis Cover of The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis Cover of The Steerswoman, by Rosemary Kirstein

Almost done with my Narnia reread, as you can see!

Reviews posted this week: 

The Magician’s Nephew, by C.S. Lewis. I always read them in chronological order, so this is where I always start. Some great bits here, despite it never being a favourite. 4/5 stars
Love Around the Corner, by Sally Malcolm. Silly stupid boys and silly stupid miscommunication, but it’s cute. 3/5 stars
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis. Not as beloved as it was once, perhaps, but I think it is still very moving and worth thinking about. 4/5 stars
The Horse and His Boy, by C.S. Lewis. I used to love this adventure so much, but I have cooled on it as an adult. 3/5 stars
Hither, Page, by Cat Sebastian. Both a romance and a mystery, I really enjoyed this one. There are some great moments of non-sexual intimacy that really made me feel for the characters. 4/5 stars
Prince Caspian, by C.S. Lewis. I always loved Caspian the best of all the main characters… 4/5 stars

Other posts:

WWW Wednesday. Chatting about Digging Up Armageddon and my Narnia reread!
24-Hour Readathon. I decided to take part again on a whim. I’ve read 3.3 books so far and there’s a bunny pic at that post… *tempts*

So that’s my week! How’re you doing, folks?

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Weekly Roundup

Posted April 18, 2020 by Nikki in General / 19 Comments

Well, it’s been another whole week. Time is flying! I’m reading a little more, though I’m tending towards short books I can read in one sitting!

Linked up with The Sunday Post @ The Caffeinated Reviewer and Stacking the Shelves @ Reading Reality & Tynga’s Reviews.

Received to review:

Cover of Mesopotamia ed Ariane Thomas and Timothy Potts Cover of The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison Cover of The Heirs of Locksley by Carrie Vaughn

Yaaay a new book by Katherine Addison!

Bought:

Cover of Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie

I had a lot of fun with the Reckoners series by Skrutskie, so looking forward to this one!

Books read this week:

Cover of Knit One Girl Two by Shira Glassman Cover of The Rules of Contagion by Adam Kucharski Cover of Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You by Scotto Moore Cover of Cinnamon Blade: Knife in Shining Armor by Shira Glassman Cover of Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett

Reviews posted this week:

Knit One, Girl Two, by Shira Glassman. Sweet and low-stakes romance. 3/5 stars
The Rules of Contagion, by Adam Kucharski. Not as much about disease as you’d think: it actually applies an understanding of infectious disease to other situations, with some interesting results. 3/5 stars
Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You, by Scotto Moore. Not quite my thing, despite a fascinating start. 2/5 stars
Cinnamon Blade, by Shira Glassman. Rather too much sex for my tastes, light on plot or development. 2/5 stars
Miranda in Milan, by Katharine Duckett. I liked this quite a lot; it’s not a hugely complex sequel to The Tempest, but it worked for me. 4/5 stars

Other posts:

WWW Wednesday. Talking about The Steerswoman, The Ten Thousand Doors of January, and Digging Up Armageddon. 

How are you guys doing?

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Weekly Roundup

Posted April 12, 2020 by Nikki in General / 14 Comments

Well folks, it’s the weekend again! How’s everyone doing? I’ve had a few more review copies (are publicists going mad with power, just giving everyone books to make them stay home?!) and I’ve done a bit of reading, but not much. Still, feels like I’m getting back to normal a bit.

Linked up with The Sunday Post @ The Caffeinated Reviewer & Stacking the Shelves @ Reading Reality and Tynga’s Reviews.

Books received to review:

Cover of The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde Cover of Descendant of the Crane by Joan He Cover of Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennet Cover of Little Bookshop of Murder by Maggie Blackburn

Like I said, publicists going mad with power…

Books acquired:

Cover of The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St Clair Cover of Mutants by Armand Marie Leroi Cover of Deadliest Enemy by Michael T. Osterhold PhD, MPH and Mark Olshaker Cover of Getting to Zero by Sinead Walsh and Oliver Johnson

Cover of Strange Magic by Syd Moore Cover of Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You by Scotto Moore Cover of Knit One Girl Two by Shira Glassman Cover of Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett

I got some book vouchers to help cheer me up, which both did the trick and flooded my shelves! This is just a selection — I might share the others next week!

Books finished this week:

Cover of Walking to Aldebaran by Adrian Tchaikovsky Cover of Castle Skull by John Dickson Carr

Reviews posted this week:

Provenance, by Ann Leckie. Review from my reread last year. Unsurprisingly, I still loved it. 5/5 stars
The Masked City, by Genevieve Cogman. Another reread review from last year. Probably my favourite of the series so far. 4/5 stars
Walking to Aldebaran, by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Sort of not my thing, but very satisfying in other ways all the same. 4/5 stars
Castle Skull, by John Dickson Carr. I… should stop trying to read John Dickson Carr. 1/5 stars
The Nine Lands, by Marie Brennan. Belated review. It’s a group of well-structured short stories that really work for me, but I maybe had some qualms about some of the borrowings from real history. 4/5 stars

Other posts: 

WWW Wednesday. In which I circled back to reading The Rules of Contagion, which was a bit too on the nose for me a couple weeks ago.

So that’s it. How’re you guys doing?

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Weekly Roundup

Posted April 5, 2020 by Nikki in General / 2 Comments

Greetings, folks. It’s been a week. I don’t know what kind of week it’s been, to be honest. A weird one, but they all are right now. Let’s talk books instead.

Received to review:

Cover of Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I usually like Moreno-Garcia’s work, some with more enthusiasm than others. Looking forward to giving this a try.

New books:

Cover of Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

From a friend. <3 Many thanks.

There should be more books here, but I basically just have tabs and tabs open trying to decide what books to buy with the book vouchers I was given. I had no idea Carola Dunn had written so many romances, for example, and I have no idea where to start.

Books read this week:

Cover of Drowned Country by Emily Tesh Cover of The Ghosts of Sherwood by Carrie Vaughn Cover of What's Your Pronoun? Beyond He & She by Dennis Barron

Reviews posted this week:

What’s Your Pronoun? by Dennis Baron. Interesting, but not quite what I hoped for. 3/5 stars

Other posts:

WWW Wednesday. Discussing What’s Your Pronoun? and Drowned Country, this week.

Out and about:

Beeminder Blog: “Self-Isolation Strategies: Nikki’s Operation Safety Bubble.This one’s all me, talking about how I’m using Beeminder to keep me healthy and sane during this difficult time. Some of it is generalisable to planning your life goals in general.
Habitica Blog: “Behind the Scenes: Coping in a Crisis.Habitica’s mods and staff worked together to create a post about how they’re coping with the current situation. And yes, I added a bit. Spot the Good Omens cameo in the photo of my bookshelves…
NEAT science: “How do you define a species? In which I discuss the species definition, and when certain definitions might be useful.

How’re you all doing?

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Weekly Roundup

Posted March 29, 2020 by Nikki in General / 8 Comments

I said I’d get back to my normal format this week, but there’s not much to round up in the way of blog content. However, there’s plenty by way of books — yikes!

Received to review:

Cover of The Last Emperox by John Scalzi Cover of Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee Cover of Drift Wood by Marie Brennan Cover of A Good Duke is Hard to Find by Christina Britton

Cover of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab Cover of Goldilocks by Laura Lam Cover of Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke

Cover of Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliott Cover of The Sin in the Steel by Ryan Van Loan Cover of Network Effect by Martha Wells

What a haul, right? Bless Netgalley.

New books purchased:

Cover of Digging Up Armageddon by Eric H. Cline Cover of Bringing Down The Duke by Evie Dunmore Cover of The Duchess Deception by Cat Sebastian Cover of The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

My eclectic tastes are well on show in this post, huh?

I’ll skip the books read this week as there’s basically just one.

Reviews posted this week:

It Takes Two To Tumble, by Cat Sebastian. Cuuuute. 4/5 stars
A Gentleman Never Keeps Score, by Cat Sebastian. This is less all-out cute than the first book, though it is also sweet. 4/5 stars

Other posts:

WWW Wednesday. This week discussing Mark Kurlansky, Mira Grant and Cat Sebastian.
The Book Tempter’s TBR Challenge. Getting our TBRs down while in isolation? Well, maybe.

How’s everyone else doing? Reading anything good?

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