Stacking the Shelves (574)

Today is Veterans Day in the U.S., and Remembrance Day in the U.K. and much of the British Commonwealth. This holiday, which recognizes the service of all military veterans, was first celebrated as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I at the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. A conflict which unfortunately did not turn out to be “war to end all wars.”

World War I Books for Soldiers poster from the Library of Congress Collection.

Speaking of books, because that’s most of what we do here at Reading Reality. this is another short stack that got embiggened a bit because the original few looked so lonely. I’m also “auditioning” a couple of series as possible comfort reads as I’m just about caught up with Wrexford & Sloane.

I’ve heard good things about the Barker & Llewelyn series, I have a few in eARCs and they’re Victorian, so more Holmes’ era than either Wrexford & Sloane or Sebastian St. Cyr. So we’ll see. I’m also looking back at Barbara Hambly’s Benjamin January series, set in the 1830s in New Orleans and thereabouts. I read the first, it looks like ten, books in the series, beginning with A Free Man of Color (which describes Benjamin January’s situation rather succinctly if not completely) back when they first came out, but it fell by the reading wayside in that torrent of ‘so many books, so little time’. But my memory says the series is absolutely worth picking up again, so I’ll have to see if that memory is playing me true or false in the months ahead.

For Review:
The Bright Sword by Lev Grossman
Death and Glory (Barker & Llewelyn #15) by Will Thomas
Maude Horton’s Glorious Revenge by Lizzie Pook
The Nubian’s Curse (Benjamin January #20) by Barbara Hambly

Purchased from Amazon/Audible/Etc.:
The Pride of Garnet Run (Garnet Run #2.5) by Roan Parrish
Some Danger Involved (Barker & Llewelyn #1) by Will Thomas
A Witch in Time by Constance Sayers

Borrowed from the Library:
The Lights on Knockbridge Lane (Garnet Run #3) by Roan Parrish
The Rivals of Casper Road (Garnet Run #4) by Roan Parrish

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9 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves (574)

  1. That poster is absolutely great. I wonder if our troops now read much in the way of books. Their demographic is more inclined to online activities. Hard to imagine a campaign to get donations of iPhone games.
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  2. Many thanks to all those who have served, and those who are serving now.

    I just came across Lev Grossman’s The Bright Sword a few days ago, on Edelweiss, I think. I immediately put it on my want-to-read list, though I didn’t request it (yet.) I used to be really into the Arthurian myths, and I have kind of circled back to them in the last year or two, so it will be interesting to read this take on the era after Arthur’s death/disappearance.
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