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There are three books on this week’s list that have been on my “anticipated” list for quite a while. In the case of one of the books, quite a long while. And the others, of course, also look very, very interesting, or I wouldn’t have picked them up in the first place!

For Review:
All the Lives We Never Lived by Anuradha Roy
The Black Khan (Khorasan Archives #2) by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Boom Town by Sam Anderson
Good Time Cowboy (Gold Valley #3) by Maisey Yates
Hunting the Truth by Beate and Serge Klarsfeld
The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang
An Informal History of the Hugos by Jo Walton
In the Garden of Fugitives by Ceridwen Dovey
The Iron Codex (Dark Arts #2) by David Mack
Kingdom of the Blind (Chief Inspector Gamache #14) by Louise Penny
Making Chase (Chase Brothers #4) by Lauren Dane
The Parking Log Attendant by Nafkote Tamirat
The Ravenmaster by Christopher Skaife
Six Cats a Slayin’ (Cat in the Stacks #10) by Miranda James
The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton
Under Control (Boston Fire #5) by Shannon Stacey
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrise Khan Cullors and asha bandele



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This was just was on those weeks. You know the ones I mean, where it feels like you’re chasing your own tail, and never quite caught up with yourself. And since I closed the stack early last weekend because we were away, this stack is a bit bigger than it should be. There needs to be a bookish equivalent to “my eyes were bigger than my stomach” regarding taking more food than one can or perhaps should eat at one sitting. “So many books, so little time,” while absolutely true, does not convey quite the same sentiment.

For Review:
Eagle & Crane by Suzanne Rindell
The King’s Justice (Stanton and Barling #1) by E.M. Powell
A Knife in the Fog by Bradley Harper
A Murdered Peace (Kate Clifford #3) by Candace Robb
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Rocky Mountain Valor (Rocky Mountain Justice #3) by Jennifer D. Bokal
Stray Magic (Strays #1) by Kelly Meding
Unidentified (Treasure Hunter Security #7) by Anna Hackett
Whiskey Sharp: Torn (Whiskey Sharp #3) by Lauren Dane
Witchmark by C.L. Polk

Purchased from Amazon:
Death by Water (Phryne Fisher #15) by Kerry Greenwood (review)
The Girl Who Stepped into the Past by Sophie Barnes (review)

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I didn’t get much this week. And I’m closing the list a bit early because we’re going out of town for the weekend, so this is all I’m going to get. But one thing I did get this week is Cocktales, the anthology to support the authors who have been directly negatively impacted by the idiocy that is #cockygate. I said directly, because the potential is that every author will be affected by the concept of trademarking single words that are in common usage. that’s just nuts, and so is the author who perpetrated this mess.

For Review:
Accessory to War by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang
The Lost Queen by Signe Pike
Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan

Purchased from Amazon:
Cocktales: the Cocky Collective by Penny Reid, Nana Malone, Dylan Allen, Jana Aston, Whitney Barbetti , Sawyer Bennett, K.F. Breene, Ruth Clampett, L.H. Cosway, Amy Daws, Mariah Dietz, B.B. Easton, Jaymin Eve, Emma Hart, Staci Hart, Jessica Hawkins, Julie Johnson, Karpov Kinrade, Adriana Locke, Lex Martin, Aly Martinez, Kayti McGee, Corinne Michaels, Liv Morris, Red Phoenix, Daisy Prescott, Jessica Prince, Meghan Quinn, C.D. Reiss, Julie A. Richman, Aleatha Romig, Kennedy Ryan, Kylie Scott, Sierra Simone, Tara Sivec, Kate Stewart, Leia Stone, Karla Sorensen, Rachel Van Dyken, April White

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To everyone in the U.S., happy Memorial Day 3-day weekend! YAY! More time to read!

I’m really curious about An Easy Death. It looks like Charlaine Harris is starting a new series. I loved Sookie and the beginning, but it really, really dragged at the end. I found Midnight to be kind of middling, so my curiosity bump itches about this one.

I’ve also been reading a lot of Harry Potter fanfic recently. I’ve discovered that I find Dumbledore-bashing to be terribly cathartic, but I’m not sure why. I think it feeds into the reason I liked Fantastic Beasts as much as I did – it’s good to see the adults stepping up to the plate and not expecting children to win their war for them. As much as I loved Harry Potter, that is one thing about the series as a whole that does not wear well. At least for moi.

For Review:
Astounding by Alec Nevala-Lee
Dopesick by Beth Macy
An Easy Death (Gunnie Rose #1) by Charlaine Harris
European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #2) by Theodora Goss
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
Implanted by Lauren C. Teffeau
Impostor’s Lure (Sharpe & Donovan #8) by Carla Neggers
In the Hurricane’s Eye by Nathaniel Philbrick
Mage Against the Machine by Shaun Barger
The Mercy Seat by Elizabeth H. Winthrop
The Mystery of Three Quarters (New Hercule Poirot #3) by Sophie Hannah
The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick
Southernmost by Silas House
Time’s Convert (All Soul’s Universe #1) by Deborah Harkness
Virgil Wander by Leif Enger

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Looking around the shelves in my office (and the piles of books on the floor) I’m starting to think I need a library cart just to, well, cart things around. We got some new furniture last week, including a new desk and hutch in Galen’s office. Which necessitated moving two of the bookshelves out of his office into the spare room. Which necessitated emptying said bookcases before moving. Hence the piles on my office floor. We’ll probably do a bit of a weed before we put them back up, but it’s getting crowded in here.

So many books, so little time, so much fun!

For Review:
Aroused by Randi Hutter Epstein
The Art of Inheriting Secrets by Barbara O’Neal
Becoming Belle by Nuala O’Connor
Census by Jesse Ball
The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
A Gift of Griffins (Faraman Prophecy #2) by V.M. Escalada
High Risers by Ben Austen
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
The Magnificent Esme Wells by Adrienne Sharp
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
These Truths by Jill Lepore
Us Against You (Beartown #2) by Fredrik Backman

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This seems to be the season for long STS lists. Quite a few of these won’t be out until October, so it feels like there ought to be a ten-yard penalty for rushing the season imposed by someone, somewhere. It’s just barely summer, even here, but the fall books are already raining down!

For Review:
Born to Be Wilde (Wildes of Ludlow Castle #3) by Eloisa James
An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten
Her Rocky Mountain Defender (Rocky Mountain Justice #2) by Jennifer D. Bokal
The High Season by Judy Blundell
The Kill Chain (Jamie Sinclair #6) by Nichole Christoff
The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston
The Memory Tree (Carson Chronicles #2) by John A. Heldt
Not Quite Over You (Happily Inc. #4) by Susan Mallery
Shattered Silence (Echo Falls #3) by Marta Perry
Trial by Treason (Enchanter General #2) by Dave Duncan
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo
When We Found Home by Susan Mallery
Whiskey Sharp: Torn (Whiskey Sharp #3) by Lauren Dane
Why Not Tonight (Happily Inc. #3) by Susan Mallery

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Welcome to the “When Worlds Collide” edition of Stacking the Shelves. Macmillan Publishing, including Tor, dumped their Fall 2018 ARCs into Edelweiss this week, and that always makes my stack explode. The book awards committee that I am on for ALA has also kicked into high gear. I won’t say which books those are (or will be, because there are more to come!) but grabbing the eARCs for the committee selections certainly does add appreciably to the height of the stack!

For Review:
The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles
An American Quilt by Rachel May
Black Chamber (Black Chamber #1) by S.M. Stirling
Chased (Chase Brothers #1) by Lauren Dane
Company of One by Paul Jarvis
The Fated Sky (Lady Astronaut #2) by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil
Gone So Long by Andre Dubus III
Hell Squad: Manu (Hell Squad #16) by Anna Hackett
Heroine’s Journey (Heroine Complex #3) by Sarah Kuhn
Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards #1) by Jennifer Estep
Ohio by Stephen Markley
Ordinary People by Diana Evans
Pandora’s Boy (Flavia Albia #6) by Lindsey Davis
Patriot Number One by Lauren Hilgers
The Queen of Crows (Sacred Throne #2) by Myke Cole
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte
They Promised Me the Gun Wasn’t Loaded by James Alan Gardner
Through Darkest Europe by Harry Turtledove
Virgil Wander by Leif Enger

Purchased from Amazon:
Heart of the Cotswolds: England (Love Abroad B&B #1) by M.L. Buchman

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Even for me, as much as I love seeing new books, the last two weeks’ lists were more than a bit over the top. As in, if they were print books a person would need a ladder to see over the top of the stack!

This week’s list is just a tad more reasonable looking, at least in comparison.

But speaking of unreasonable, Fredinator T Cat has decided that the kitchen is not decorated to suit his tastes, so he’s “helping” in the way that cats do by pulling up the floor. We’re going to be leaving them alone next week and we’re afraid – very, very afraid – that Freddie will have made entirely too much progress on his “project” while we’re away. Lucifer is just not doing his job as “senior cat” by keeping the happy idiot occupied.

Life with cats. C’est la vie.

For Review:
Away (Folk #1) by Meg Benjamin
Blood Orbit (Gattis Files #1) by K.R. Richardson
The Deepest Grave (Crispin Guest #11) by Jeri Westerson
The Light Over London by Julia Kelly
Pinnacle City by Matt Carter & Fiona J.R. Titchenell
Season of Wonder (Haven Point #9) by RaeAnne Thayne
There There by Tommy Orange
Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose
We Are Where the Nightmares Go and Other Stories by C.Robert Cargill
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

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World Book Day is celebrated on April 23. It’s an event that, as it says on its website, celebrates stories and the love of reading. In honor of World Book Day, Amazon is giving away kindle copies of 9 books from its Amazon Crossing imprint, which specializes in publishing books from outside the English-speaking world in English translations. Whatever you may think about Amazon, whether its the best-thing ever or the world’s biggest monopoly or the evil empire that we will someday be rebelling against, what Amazon Crossing does is not only a good thing, but they have become one of the largest publishers of works in translation in the English-speaking world. I’m not going to claim this is because they care so much, because who knows the answer to that question, but I do think it’s because they can afford to take a loss to see if they can sell enough to make it profitable in the long-term, a proposition that most publishers can’t indulge in too often. The giveaway is available through 4/24, so you still have time to sample the world!

This is one of those weeks when it’s a really good thing that I get ebooks. Otherwise our house would look like a bookstore exploded inside – just before it sank into the earth under the weight of all the books!

For Review:
All the Ever Afters by Danielle Teller
Boardwalk Summer by Meredith Jaeger
The Christmas Plainsong (Brandywine Village #2) by Izzy James
City of Lies (Poison Wars #1) by Sam Hawke
Echo Moon (Ghost Gifts #3) by Laura Spinella
Foretold (Ghost Gifts #2) by Laura Spinella
Foundryside (Founders #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett
How to Be Safe by Tom McAllister
I Am Justice (Band of Sisters #1) by Diana Muñoz Stewart
The Illegitimate Duke (Diamonds in the Rough #3) by Sophie Barnes
The Locksmith’s Daughter by Karen Brooks
The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah
Lowcountry Bookshop (Liz Talbot #7) by Susan M. Boyer
Not Our Kind by Kitty Zeldis
The Overstory by Richard Powers
Path of Love: Cinque Terre, Italy (Love Abroad B&B #2) by M.L. Buchman
Planetside by Michael Mammay
The Privilege of Peace (Peacekeeper #3, Confederation #8) by Tanya Huff
Tin Man by Sarah Winman
Too Wilde to Wed (Wildes of Ludlow Castle #2) by Eloisa James
Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist
Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison

Purchased from Amazon:
Ghost Gifts (Ghost Gifts #2) by Laura Spinella
The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan
The Great Passage by Shion Miura
Honor’s Flight (Fallen Empire #2) by Lindsay Buroker
The House by the River by Lena Manta
Last Train to Istanbul by Ayse Kulin
The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen
The Question of Red by Laksmi Pamuntjak
A River in Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa
Starseers (Fallen Empire #3) by Lindsay Buroker
Still Waters (Sandhamn Murders #1) by Viveca Sten
Ten Women by Marcela Serrano

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I certainly got stuff this week. Lots and lots of stuff. And Audible is having a sale, so I picked up more of the Iron Druid Chronicles just as I finished Hammered. Good timing. I know that people have said that it doesn’t wear well later in the series, and I usually try not to binge on a series because the patterns start getting old, but I’m listening to this one and Luke Daniels’ voice is just perfect for Atticus. And yes, I’m well aware that I already have the entire series in ebook. But so far, they are absolutely perfect for listening while working out, even if the person on the next treadmill thinks I’m weird for smirking, sniggering, and occasionally even laughing out loud.

For Review:
Broken Trust by Tanya Jean Russell
Combatting Fear by Sandy Vaile
The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White
Her Claim (Legally Bound #2) by Rebecca Grace Allen
Love Song by KG Fletcher
Murder in Mayfair (Atlas Catesby #1) by D.M. Quincy
Murder Most Unusual by Michelle Somers
Mustang Summer (Walker Five #2) by Marie Johnson
Out of Time (Out of Uniform #3) by Melissa Klein
Remember Me and You (Devil’s Kettle #3) by Susan Sey
Risking It (Stolen Moments #2) by Angela Quarles
The Secrets We Carried (Butternut Lake #6) by Mary McNear
Space Unicorn Blues by T.J. Berry

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Besieged (Iron Druid Chronicles #4.1, #4.2, #4.6, #4.7, #8.1, #8.2, #8.6, #8.7, #8.9) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)
The Purloined Poodle (Iron Druid Chronicles #8.5, Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries #1) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)
The Squirrel on the Train (Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries #2) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)
Three Slices (Iron Druid Chronicles #7.5) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)
Trapped (Iron Druid Chronicles #5) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)
Tricked (Iron Druid Chronicles #4) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)
Two Ravens and One Crow (Iron Druid Chronicles #4.5) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)
Two Tales of the Iron Druid Chronicles (Iron Druid Chronicles #0.6, #3.5) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)