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I think a big chunk of this stack is from the most recent Tor Books load into Edelweiss. I certainly stared at their titles long enough! I can’t resist at least looking at almost everything they publish! I’m really, really curious about Battle of the Linguist Mages just because of the title, although my favorite title on this list is definitely The Great Glorious Goddamn of It All because who wouldn’t love a title like that? It could be anything!

For Review:
An Ambush of Widows by Jeff Abbott
Another Now by Yanis Varoufakis
Battle of the Linguist Mages by Scotto Moore
The Bone Track (Alexa Glock Forensics #3) by Sara E. Johnson
The Cabinet by Un-su Kim
The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
Come with Me by Ronald Malfi
The Great Glorious Goddamn of It All by Josh Ritter
Her Hidden Genius by Marie Benedict
Her Perfect Life by Hank Phillippi Ryan
The Magician by Colm Tóibín
The Peculiarities by David Liss
Servant Mage by Kate Elliott
The Silence of Scheherazade by Defne Suman
Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers
Truth of the Divine (Noumena #2) by Lindsay Ellis
Well Matched (Well Met #3) by Jen DeLuca
What if You & Me (Say Everything #2) by Roni Loren
Where the Drowned Girls Go (Wayward Children #7) by Seanan McGuire
The Year of Our Love by Caterina Bonvicini


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This is a list that has a little bit of everything. When I read Slough House earlier this year, I wanted to read the earlier books in the series. Lo and behold, two of them turned up on Edelweiss. There are several books on this stack that I’ve been specifically waiting for, the new Lady Sherlock, the new Viola Shipman and the new Nnedi Okorafor. And then there’s the one I picked up for the title. Of course that would be The Cat Who Saved Books, because naturally I was curious. (My cats are more inclined to knock books over into one of their scattered water dishes) But the cover of this one is adorable and the story looks fascinating. We’ll see!

For Review:
The Black Coast (God-King Chronicles #1) by Mike Brooks
The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa
Dead Lions (Slough House #2) by Mick Herron
Dolphin Junction by Mick Herron
Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin
The Fallen (Outside #2) by Ada Hoffman
Far from the Light of Heaven by Tade Thompson
The Grandmother Plot by Caroline B. Cooney
Hacking Mr. CEO (Billionaire Heists #3) by Anna Hackett
The Hand of the Sun King (Pact & Pattern #1) by J.T. Greathouse
Miss Moriarty, I Presume? (Lady Sherlock #6) by Sherry Thomas
Noor by Nnedi Okorafor
Pearl by Josh Malerman
Reprieve by James Han Mattson
The Second Life of Mirielle West by Amanda Skenandore
The Secret of Snow by Viola Shipman
Slow Horses (Slough House #1) by Mick Herron
A Thorn in the Saddle (Cowboys of California #3) by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Mother of All (Women’s War #3) by Jenna Glass (audio)


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This particular stack includes three books I’ve been waiting for and one that I’ve already read. Not that they ALL don’t look interesting! This list isn’t quite as eclectic as last week’s, either, as more of these books are either in genres or series that are near and dear to my heart. Which ones will turn out to be the cream of the crop? That’s anybody’s guess. But it sure will be fun finding out!

For Review:
Abandoned in Death (In Death #54) by J.D. Robb
At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis
Buried Memories (Ishmael Jones #10) by Simon R. Green
Closing Costs by Bracken MacLeod
Donut Fall in Love by Jackie Lau
Electric Idol (Dark Olympus #2) by Katee Robert
Faithless by Hunter Shea
The House of Ashes by Stuart Neville
In Every Mirror She’s Black by Lolá Ákínmádé Åkerström
Isolate (Grand Illusion #1) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi
The Liar’s Knot (Rook & Rose #2) by M.A. Carrick
The Lighthouse Witches by C.J. Cooke
Observations by Gaslight: Stories from the World of Sherlock Holmes by Lyndsay Faye
The Reluctant King by K’wan
Shadows Have Offended (Star Trek: The Next Generation) by Cassandra Rose Clarke (REVIEW!!!)
Sistersong by Lucy Holland


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Well, this is certainly an eclectic stack of books! I think the one I’m most curious about is Deadly Summer Nights. It’s the concept. The idea of a cozy mystery series set among the Catskills holiday resorts in the 1950s is intriguing, to say the least. Maybe the author was wondering what kind of a story Dirty Dancing would have been if it had been a mystery instead of a drama. I’m not at all sure about the whole idea, but I’m certainly willing to find out!

For Review:
The 22 Murders of Madison May by Max Barry
Body Shocks: Extreme Tales of Body Horror edited by Ellen Datlow
Deadly Summer Nights (Catskill Summer Resort #1) by Vicki Delany
Designs on the Dead (Death in Paris #3) by Emilia Bernhard
A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham
The Good Turn (Cormac Reilly #3) by Dervla McTiernan
Hyde by Craig Russell
An Impossible Promise (Providence Falls #2) by Jude Deveraux and Tara Sheets
The Inheritance by JoAnn Ross
The Liar of Red Valley by Walter Goodwater
The Lost Girls by Jessica Chiarella
Perfect Timing by Owen Nicholls
Pirate’s Promise (Sentinels of Savannah #5) by Lisa Kessler
The Shaadi Set-Up by Lillie Vale
Sisters of the Great War by Suzanne Feldman
The Throwback List by Lily Anderson
When Ghosts Come Home by Wiley Cash
The Wicked Widow (Wicked City #3) by Beatriz Williams
The Wildest Ride (Closed Circuit #1) by Marcella Bell

Borrowed from the Library:
The Henna Artist (Jaipur Trilogy #1) by Alka Joshi


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For those in the U.S., happy Independence Day weekend! It’s even a three-day weekend this year as the actual holiday falls on Sunday so it’s “officially” celebrated on Monday. At the moment, I’m in the middle of reading four completely different epic fantasies, and I kind of need to finish one over the weekend. Murphy’s Law means that the one I most want to finish is the one I’m listening to rather than reading – and it’s a MUCH better listening experience so I’ll have to read something else to myself. That’s just the way the cookie crumbles.

Whatever you decide to do for the long weekend – if you have it – I hope it’s fun!

For Review:
All the Tommys in the World by Javier Gombinsky
April in Spain (Quirke #8) by John Banville
The Basel Killings (Inspector Hunkeler #1) by Hansjörg Schneider
The Brides of Maracoor (Another Day #1) by Gregory Maguire
Bright Familiar (Bonds of Magic #2) by Jeffe Kennedy
The Duke Who Loved Me (Duke’s Estates #1) by Jane Ashford
Emily’s House by Amy Belding Brown
For the Love of April French by Penny Aimes
Girl In Ice by Erica Ferencik
Isn’t It Bromantic? (Bromance Book Club #4) by Lyssa Kay Adams
The Knight’s Tale (Geoffrey Chaucer #1) by M.J. Trow
A Marvellous Light (Last Binding #1) by Freya Marske
The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven by Nathaniel Ian Miller
My Mistress’ Eyes are Raven Black by Terry Roberts
The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish
Papa Lucy & the Boneman by Jason Fischer
The Pariah (Covenant of Steel #1) by Anthony Ryan
Shadows of Eternity by Gregory Benford
Shallow Waters by Anita Kopacz
The Show Girl by Nicola Harrison
We Are the Brennans by Tracey Lange
When Things Get Dark: Stories Inspired by Shirley Jackson edited by Ellen Datlow


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Anyone who has ever wondered how these stacks get to be quite so tall needs to take a look at the picture of one week’s deliveries in last Sunday’s Sunday Post. Because it’s splendiferous. And awesome. And OVERWHELMING. If you want to show it to your spouse or significant other to get them to understand that your book habit could be much, much worse, feel free. My mom never did understand that just because I worked in a library it didn’t mean that I didn’t really want to OWN ALL THE BOOKS in my favorite genres. Because I did. And I still do! Even if I do reluctantly admit that THAT is not an achievable goal. Because the house would collapse.

For Review:
After Dark with the Duke (Palace of Rogues #4) by Julie Anne Long
Battle Royal by Lucy Parker
Best Laid Plans (Nora Best #1) by Gwen Florio
Bone Chase by Weston Ochse
Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka
By Any Other Name by Lauren Kate
City on Fire by Don Winslow
Count the Ways by Joyce Maynard
Cruel as the Grave (Bill Slider #22) by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Dark Stars: New Tales of Darkest Horror edited by John F.D. Taff
False Witness by Karin Slaughter
Faye, Faraway by Helen Fisher
I Kissed a Girl by Jennet Alexander
In the Crypt with a Candlestick by Daisy Waugh
The Last Garden in England by Julia Kelly
Love, Chai and Other Four-Letter Words (Chai Masala Club #1) by Annika Sharma
Midnight Water City (Water City Trilogy #1) by Chris McKinney
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles (audio)
Seven Visitations of Sydney Burgess by Andy Marino
Shipped by Angie Hockman
Star Eater by Kerstin Hall (audio)

Purchased from Amazon/Audible/Tor BOMC
Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen #1) by Steven Erickson


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Today is Juneteenth! And for the very first time, it’s a federal holiday. While it’s about time for the holiday, it is kind of amazing that it got signed into law this week and immediately went into effect. Next year, Juneteenth will be on the same Sunday as Father’s Day.

For Review:
Blackmailing Mr. Bossman (Billionaire Heists #2) by Anna Hackett
Children of Red Peak by Craig DiLouie
Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M. Valente
The Devil You Know (Mercenary Librarians #2) by Kit Rocha
The Free Bastards (Lot Lands #3) by Jonathan French
The Heart Principle (Kiss Quotient #3) by Helen Hoang
The Maleficent Seven by Cameron Johnston
Reality and Other Stories by John Lanchester
The Scholars of Night by John M. Ford
The Starless Crown (Moon Fall #1) by James Rollins
Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo
Sword & Citadel (Book of the New Sun #2) by Gene Wolfe
White Top (Miranda Chase NTSB #8) by M.L. Buchman

Borrowed from the Library:
Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan
Life’s Too Short (Friend Zone #3) by Abby Jimenez
The Power Couple by Alex Berenson
The Survivors by Jane Harper
The Unwilling by John Hart


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After reading All the Feels several months early, I couldn’t resist looking for more of Olivia Dade’s books – just in case I need another reading pick-me-up sometime soon.  Because of course I will. I don’t know about you, but HAVING to read something was always the kiss of death when I was in school. Sometimes I still feel that way – or sometimes I’m just not feeling the book I happen to have in hand!

On an entirely different note, my curiosity bump itches something terrible about the Laurell K. Hamilton book. I loved the first few books of the Anita Blake series before it got to the porn-with-little-plot point, and kept reading them long after I should have stopped. I can’t help but wonder if this new series is going to be more like those early books – or more like the later ones. We’ll see.

For Review:
Bloodline by Jess Lourey
Bombshell (Hell’s Belles #1) by Sarah MacLean
Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes
Dear Miss Metropolitan by Carolyn Ferrell
A Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya Lalli
The Lady Gets Lucky (Fifth Avenue Rebels #2) by Joanna Shupe
The Mixtape by Brittainy Cherry
Scream to the Shadows by Tunku Halim
A Secret Never Told (Lady Dunbridge #4) by Shelley Noble
Shiftless (Night Shift #3) by TA Moore
The Singles Table by Sara Desai
A Terrible Fall of Angels (Zaniel Havelock #1) by Laurell K. Hamilton

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
40-Love (There’s Something About Marysburg #2) by Olivia Dade
The Haunting of the Desks (Sparks and Bainbridge #2.5) by Allison Montclair
Practical Boots (The Torn #1) by C.E. Murphy
Sweetest in the Gale (There’s Something About Marysburg #3) by Olivia Dade
Teach Me (There’s Something About Marysburg #1) by Olivia Dade


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I’m not sure whether the appropriate catch phrase for this month is “June is busting out all over” or “Spring is sprung, Fall is fell, here comes summer and it’s hotter than…last year.”  Both feel like they are equally true, although it’s not so much that June is busting out all over as “It’s June, we’re vaccinated, and people are busting out all over.” Because it is, we are, and we definitely are. It still feels like a treat to just go out and do things and see people everywhere, knowing that whether or not they are vaccinated – although I certainly HOPE they all are – I definitely am. It’s starting to feel “real” that events are happening again.

But that doesn’t mean that I’m not still taking a book or my iPad or at least my iPhone with me wherever I go. There’s always time to READ!

For Review:
All the Feels (Spoiler Alert #2) by Olivia Dade
As the Wicked Watch (Jordan Manning #1) by Tamron Hall
Blind Tiger by Sandra Brown
Child of Light by Terry Brooks
Competitive Grieving by Nora Zelevansky
A Darker Reality (Elena Standish #3) by Anne Perry
Dust Off the Bones by Paul Howarth
Echo by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
The Family Plot by Megan Collins
Heartbreak Incorporated by Alex De Campi
The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
Look What You Made Me Do by Elaine Murphy
Mordew (Cities of the Weft #1) by Alex Pheby
Murder Under Her Skin (Pentecost and Parker #2) by Stephen Spotswood
Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher
Nolyn (Rise and Fall #1) by Michael J. Sullivan
Palm Beach by Mary Adkins
The Return of the Sorceress by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Scandal in Babylon (Silver Screen #1) by Barbara Hambly
The Shadows of London (Joseph Bridgeman #2) by Nick Jones
Skye Falling by Mia McKenzie
Someone Perfect (Westcott #9) by Mary Balogh
A Wrinkle in Thyme (Pancake House Mystery #8) by Sarah Fox

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Home: Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory (Murderbot Diaries #4.5) by Martha Wells

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Audible had a sale a little bit ago, and the results are splashed at the bottom of this page. I can never resist.

The award for “Most Intriguing Title” on this week’s stack goes to A Blizzard of Polar Bears because seriously, isn’t that about the worst thing you can imagine? I’m wondering if the story is the “Before” for which the print Bad Boys of the Arctic is the “After” shot. We’ll see, eventually.

For Review:
A Blizzard of Polar Bears (Alex Carter #2) by Alice Henderson
The Bloodless Boy (Harry Hunt #1) by Robert J. Lloyd
Cackle by Rachel Harrison
The French Gift by Kirsty Manning
Horseman by Christina Henry
If I Disappear by Eliza Jane Brazier
The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson
Mom Jeans and Other Mistakes by Alexa Martin
The Next Ship Home by Heather Webb
Notes from the Burning Age by Claire North
Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan
Over My Dead Body (William Warwick #4) by Jeffrey Archer
Portrait of a Scotsman (League of Extraordinary Women #3) by Evie Dunmore
Pretty Little Lion (Third Shift #2) by Suleikha Snyder
The Royals Next Door by Karina Halle
The Secret in the Wall (Silver Rush #8) by Ann Parker
Slough House (Slough House #7) by Mick Herron
These Bones by Kayla Chenault

Purchased from Amazon/Audible/Kickstarter:
Down Among the Dead (Farian War #2) by K.B. Wagers (audio)
Out Past the Stars (Farian War #3) by K.B. Wagers (audio)
The Society of the Sword Trilogy by Duncan M. Hamilton (audio)
The Squire (Blood of Kings #1) by Duncan M. Hamilton (audio)
There Before the Chaos (Farian War #1) by K.B. Wagers (audio)
The Wolf of the North (Wolf of the North #1) by Duncan M. Hamilton (audio)
The Year of the Cat: A Cat of Romantic Soul edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch & Dean Wesley Smith


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