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I think it’s pretty clear why those Conrad the Cat Detective mysteries by LT Shearer are in the stack. How could I resist? The covers aren’t particularly pretty, but I never can resist a good mystery that features felines, whether in starring or supporting roles. We’ll just have to see if this one lives up to the original The Cat Who series by Lilian Jackson Braun.

The prettiest cover here might be The Phoenix Keeper, although there are several possible contenders, depending on beauty being in the eye of the beholder and all that. The Stolen Queen would also be a strong possibility, both as pretty and as interesting. It has just a touch of Elizabeth Peters/Amelia Peabody to it, so I’m very curious as I’m still looking for something to scratch that reading itch!

For Review:
Alien Clay by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Breath of Oblivion (Astra Black #2) by Maurice Broaddus
The Cat Who Caught a Killer (Conrad the Cat Detective #1) by L.T. Shearer
The Cat Who Cracked a Cold Case (Conrad the Cat Detective #3) by L.T. Shearer
The Cat Who Solved Three Murders (Conrad the Cat Detective #2) by L.T. Shearer
Fangs So Bright & Deadly (Mythwoven #2) by Piper J. Drake
Ghosts of a Holy War by Yardena Schwartz
The Little Liar by Mitch Albom
The Lotus Empire (Burning Kingdoms #3) by Tasha Suri
The Moonstone Covenant by Jill Hammer
The Paris Novel by Ruth Reichl
The Phoenix Keeper by S.A. MacLean
The Stolen Queen by Fiona Davis
The Vampire of Kings Street by Asha Greyling


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This is the official 600th Stacking the Shelves post at Reading Reality. It hasn’t always been called “Stacking the Shelves” and I haven’t always been the host but here we are lo these many, Many, (MANY) moons later with STS #600. I had to check, and my very first STS was posted almost 12 years ago to the day, on May 5, 2012. OMG how time flies.

This stack is noticeably shorter than the past several stacks – thank goodness!  Most of my committee books have been requested and processed – if not actually read – which means that the stacks should be a bit more manageable for the rest of the year.

In this particular stack, I think the prettiest cover may be a three-way tie between The Teller of Small Fortunes, The Naturalist’s Daughter and Murder in Highbury, although Books Like Sapphires is a MUCH prettier book as a whole.

The books I’m most looking forward to are How to Wear Everything – because I really need to know before our vacation later this summer – and Eight Very Bad Nights. The two I’m most curious about are In the Blink of an Eye, because it sounds a bit like several SF mysteries and I’ve loved all of those so far, and Queen Macbeth because I’m wondering how much it’s like – and how much it’s different – from Ava Reid’s Lady Macbeth, which I’ve already finished and found quite compelling.

We’ll certainly see in the months ahead!

For Review:
Books Like Sapphires by Ann Brener
Burn Book by Kara Swisher
Eight Very Bad Nights edited by Tod Goldberg
How to Wear Everything by Kay Barron
In the Blink of an Eye (Kat and Lock #1) by Jo Callaghan
Lilith by Eric Rickstad
Murder in Highbury (Emma Knightley #1) by Vanessa Kelly
The Naturalist’s Daughter by Tea Cooper
Queen Macbeth by Val McDermid
The Teller of Small Fortunes by Julie Leong


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I’m getting “interesting” vibes from this stack of covers a whole lot more than I am “pretty”. Your mileage almost certainly will vary. In fact, I’m really curious to see which covers you think are the prettiest in this bunch.

The book I’m most looking forward to is Candle & Crow – although I’ve heard that this is going to be the last book in the series so I’m sad about that and hope I’m wrong. The two books I’m most curious about are The Incorruptibles and The Talented Mrs. Mandelbaum because they’re both about gangsters.

And May the Fourth Be With You.

For Review:
Ahoti by Miriam Feinberg Vamosh, translated by Eva Marie Everson
Amerikaland by Danny Goodman
Candle & Crow (Ink & Sigil #3) by Kevin Hearne
Coca-Cola, Black Panthers, and Phantom Jets by Oz Frankel
The Comics of Asaf Hanuka by Matt Reingold
A Dark and Drowning Tide by Allison Saft
Displaced Persons by Joan Leegant
Eight Nights to Win Her Heart by Miri White
The Examiner by Janice Hallett
Feh by Shalon Auslander
The Forgotten Names by Mario Escobar
The Great When (Long London #1) by Alan Moore
How the West Became Antisemitic by Ivan G. Marcus
The Incorruptibles by Dan Slater
Long Island Compromise by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
Nearly Departed by Gila Pfeffer
The Piano Player of Budapest by Roxanne de Bastion
The Place of All Possibility by Adina Allen
The Talented Mrs. Mandelbaum by Margalit Fox
Unsettled by Oren Kroll-Zeldin

Purchased from Amazon/Audible/Etc.:
The Lift (Future Night Stalkers Sci-Fi Romance Collection) by M.L. Buchman


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Yet another eclectic group of books. As always, this is a combination of books for my current committee, books I’ll be reviewing for Library Journal, and books I just plain want to read.

Speaking of which, the book that I’m anticipating the most out of this batch, the one I’ve been salivating over for months, ever since I read the first book in its series, The Kamogawa Food Detectives, is The Restaurant of Lost Recipes. I loved the first book, and I expect to love the second as well. IMHO the prettiest cover is The City in Glass by Nghi Vo, but that’s an accolade that has plenty of contenders this week. The two books I’m most curious about this go around are The Lantern of Lost Memories and We’ll Prescribe You a Cat – and not just because both books have cats on their covers!

For Review:
The City in Glass by Nghi Vo
Dr. Josef’s Little Beauty by Zyta Rudzka, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones
In the Glittering Maw by Joyce Mansour
The Jewish Anarchist Movement in America by Joseph Cohen
Kissing Girls on Shabbat by Sara Glass
Klara’s Truth by Susan Weissbach Friedman
Knightqueen (Oronis Knights #3) by Anna Hackett
The Lantern of Lost Memories by Sanaka Hiiragi, translated by Jesse Kirkwood
Letters from Home by Malka Z. Simkovich
Living with Our Dead by Delphine Horvilleur, translated by Lisa Appignanesi
Memories of My Life in a Polish Village, 1930-1949 by Toby Knobel Fluek
Memories of the Lost by Barbara O’Neal
Metamorphoses by Karolina Watroba
The Number on Your Forearm is Blue Like Your Eyes by Eva Umlauf with Stefanie Oswalt, translated by Shelley Frisch
The Punk-Rock Queen of the Jews by Rossi
The Restaurant of Lost Recipes (Kamogawa Food Detectives #2) by Hisashi Kashiwai, translated by Jesse Kirkwood
Safety Through Solidarity by Shane Burley ad Ben Lorber
They Were Good Germans Once by Evelyn Toynton (May)
We’ll Prescribe You a Cat by Syou Ishida, translated by E. Madison Shimoda
The Whisper Sister by Jennifer S. Brown


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Clearly, I went down a reading rabbit hole this week and came out with more books. I found yesterday’s book, The Murder of Mr. Ma, every bit as good as that initial review in First Clue led me to believe. I was teased by the inclusion of Judge Dee, decided not to go diving into the Van Gulik translation/interpretation, at least not yet, found the vampiric version by Tidhar, was delighted to discover that they are all really short (also really cheap if you’re interested) and was off to the races. Races which included the first book in one of the author’s signature series as well.

I picked up the audio of Lovers at the Museum strictly for the narrator, as he voiced one of my favorite characters in Mass Effect Andromeda, and got Fourth Wing because I expect that one of these days I’ll want to see what all the fuss is about – although that day is not yet.

The prettiest cover in this week’s stack, hands down, is The Sins on Their Bones. The Best Life Book Club is plenty cute, but Sins is simply gorgeous – as they so often are.

For Review:
All For You by Dena Reub Romero
And Then? And Then? What Else? by Daniel Handler
The Best Life Book Club by Sheila Roberts
Mother Doll by Katya Apekina
The Mummy of Mayfair (Irregular Detective #2) by Jeri Westerson
See: Loss. See Also: Love by Yukiko Tominaga
The Sins on Their Bones by Laura R. Samotin
This Will Be Fun by E.B. Asher
The Threshold of Dissent by Marjorie N. Feld
To & Fro by Leah Hager Cohen

Purchased from Amazon/Audible/Etc.:
Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi (audio)
China Trade (Lydia Chin and Bill Smith #1) by SJ Rozan
Judge Dee and the Executioner of Epinal (Judge Dee #7) by Lavie Tidhar
Judge Dee and the Limits of the Law (Judge Dee #1) by Lavie Tidhar
Judge Dee and the Mystery of the Missing Manuscript (Judge Dee #5) by Lavie Tidhar
Judge Dee and the Poisoner of Montmartre (Judge Dee #3) by Lavie Tidhar
Judge Dee and the Three Deaths of Count Werdenfels (Judge Dee #2) by Lavie Tidhar
The Locked Coffin (Judge Dee #6) by Lavie Tidhar
Lovers at the Museum by Isabel Allende (ebook and audio)
Marked by Magic (Tracking Trouble #1) by Lindsay Buroker
Seven Vampires (Judge Dee #4) by Lavie Tidhar

Borrowed from the Library:
Fourth Wing (Empyrean #1) by Rebecca Yarros


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What a wild and crazy stack this is!

There are several pretty covers, although as usual the pretty ones aren’t pretty in the same ways. My personal favorite is Sorcery and Small Magics, but Buried Deep and Other Stories, The Crescent Moon Tearoom and Wheel of the Infinite are definitely contenders.

The books I’m MOST looking forward to are Darkside and Where is Anybody? – and both for their cynical, snarkastic protagonists. The book I’m definitely the most curious about is The Full Moon Coffee Shop, because it’s about a magical coffee shop run by talking cats – although Sargassa is also making my curiosity bump itch even though there are no cats, at least as far as I know, in that one.

What about you?

For Review:
Buried Deep and Other Stories by Naomi Novik
California Dreaming by Noa Silver
Cast in Atonement (Chronicles of Elantra #19) by Michelle Sagara
The Crescent Moon Tearoom by Stacy Sivinski
Darkside (Planetside #4) by Michael Mammay
The Fan Who Knew Too Much (Kit Pelham #1) by Nev Fountain
The Full Moon Coffee Shop by Mai Mochizuki, translated by Jesse Kirkwood
Goyhood by Reuven Fenton
Guide Me Home (Highway 59 #3) by Attica Locke
Home and Alone by Daniel Stern
Housemates by Emma Copley Eisenberg
An Instruction in Shadow (Inheritance of Magic #2) by Benedict Jacka
Love Live Evil (Time of Iron #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan
My Kaddish by Thérèse Masson
The Safekeep by Yael van der Wouden
Sargassa (Ex Romana #1) by Sophie Burnham
Saying No to Hate by Norman H. Finkelstein
The Scholar and the Last Faerie Door by H.G. Parry
Sorcery and Small Magics (Wildersongs Trilogy #1) by Maiga Doocy
Wheel of the Infinite by Martha Wells
Where is Anybody? (Gideon Sable #5) by Simon R. Green


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It’s a lot. I know it’s a lot. It’s so many that they won’t all fit into the Instagram post because no one would be able to read it without a TON of magnification. That being said, the book I’ve been looking forward to the most and the longest is one of the shortest books in the stack – Chaotic Aperitifs. I ADORED the first Hidden Dishes book, The Nameless Restaurant and have been itching for this second book for MONTHS.

The book I’m really, really curious about is The Author’s Guide to Murder by Team W (that’s Williams, Willig and White). The authors are three great tastes that really go great together, and the blurb sounds like it might be a bit of Magpie Murders and I’m certainly here for THAT!

There are several very pretty covers this time around. My personal faves are In the Shadow of the Ship, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, The Summer Swap and To Gaze Upon Wicked Gods. The titles that have me shaking my head, at least when seen together, are Things That Cause Inappropriate Happiness and Your Presence is Mandatory because I think they’re sending utterly opposed messages.

We’ll certainly see in the months ahead.

For Review:
The Author’s Guide to Murder by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Karen White
A Brutal Design by Zachary C. Solomon
Chaotic Aperitifs (Hidden Dishes #2) by Tao Wong
A Cold War Exodus by Shaul Kelner
Cracking the Nazi Code by Jason Bell
Crypt of the Moon Spider (Lunar Gothic Trilogy #1) by Nathan Ballingrud
Deluge edited by Jamie Stern-Weiner
The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo (audio)
Ghost Station by S.A. Barnes (eARC and audio)
Graveyard Shift by M.L. Rio
Hugging My Father’s Ghost by Zack Rogow
In the Shadow of the Ship (Xuya Universe) by Aliette de Bodard
Liberty Street by Jason K. Friedman
Love You a Latke by Amanda Elliot
My Thirty-Minute Bar Mitzvah by Denis Hirson
New Adventures in Space Opera edited by Jonathan Strahan
A Plague of Cholera and Other Stories by Jonah Rosenfeld, translated by Rachel Mines
The Rulebreaker by Susan Page
The Secret Mind of Bertha Pappenheim by Gabriel Brownstein
Shylock’s Venice by Harry Freedman
Somewhere Beyond the Sea (Cerulean Chronicles #2) by TJ Klune
The Summer Swap by Sarah Morgan
Tap Dancing on Everest by Mimi Zieman
Things That Cause Inappropriate Happiness by Danila Botha
To Gaze Upon Wicked Gods by Molly X. Chang (eARC and audio)
Victory Parade by Leela Corman
Your Presence is Mandatory by Sasha Vasilyuk

Purchased from Amazon/Audible/Etc.:
Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes


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If anything turns out to be horribly awry in this post, I’m blaming it on Luna. She sat on the keyboard and somehow managed to both erase the graphic above AND reduce the display font by 50%. I think I caught everything she oh-so-helpfully did, but it’s hard to be certain when there is a feline agency involved with ANYTHING.

For Review:
As A Burning Flame by Noa Mishkin
Blank by Zibby Owens
Children of the Dead by Elfriede Jelinek, translated by Gitta Honegger
Exploring American Jewish History through 50 Historic Treasures by Avi Y. Decter
Fear the Flames (Fear the Flames #1) by Olivia Rose Darling
Green World by Michelle Ephraim
The Hebrew Teacher by Maya Arad, translated by Jessica Cohen
Herod the Great by Martin Goodman
Israel’s Black Panthers by Asaf Elia-Shalev
It Could Be Worse by Dara Levan
Mazaltob by Blanche Bendahan
My Dearest Mackenzie by Rachel Blaufeld
The Necessity of Exile by Shaul Magid
Out of the Darkness: The Germans, 1942-2022 by Frank Trentmann
The Terrifying Realm of the Possible by Brett Gelman
Traces of a Jewish Artist by Kerry Wallach
Unalone by Jessica Jacobs
Worry by Alexandra Tanner

Purchased from Amazon/Audible/Etc.:
Clockwork Cairo: Steampunk Tales of Egypt edited by Matthew Bright

Borrowed from the Library:
Iron Flame (Empyrean #2) by Rebecca Yarros


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In this week’s stack I have some real gems, some real curiosities, and some books I’m just plain looking forward to.

There are several pretty covers this time around. My personal faves are The Night Ends with Fire, The Price of Redemption and Rough Pages. Rough Pages is also the book I’m most looking forward to because I’ve adored the Evander “Andy” Mills series so far, especially in audio.

The books I’m seriously curious about are The Mercy of Gods, The Secret War of Julia Child and The Village Library Demon-Hunting Society.

I’ve never read (or watched) The Expanse. By the time it got to be a big thing it was already several books in, they are none of them short, and I just couldn’t make myself pick it up in the middle. The Mercy of Gods is the first book in a new series, so I’ll finally get to see what all the fuss is about and get in on the ground floor, so to speak. I picked up The Secret War of Julia Child because I loved Mastering the Art of French Murder and now I’m just so curious that I could not resist this one. I got The Village Library Demon-Hunting Society for the title. Really, truly. When I read the description of Buffy mixed with Murder, She Wrote featuring a librarian as the amateur detective, I was all in.

Yes, this stack is huge. And…they’re going to be like this for a while. Because…reasons. I’m on a book judging committee for one of  the American Library Association’s Book and Media Awards. Which committee has changed over the years, but the deluge of books is a constant. I review a minimum of five books every month for Library Journal – sometimes more if I’m lucky. This is one of the ‘lucky’ months. And then there are the books I pick up because I simply can’t resist, which generally explains the rest of any given stack. In the end, I review about half of what I get, for a ‘long tail’ definition of eventually. But upfront it always looks like a LOT – only because it is.

For Review:
The Amen Effect by Sharon Brous
Blood of the Old Kings by Sung-il Kim
The Book of Elsewhere by Keanu Reeves and China Miéville
Elusive (Scarlet Revolution #2) by Genevieve Cogman
The Ghost Cat by Alex Howard
This Great Hemisphere by Mateo Askaripour
Investigating Babyn Yar by Martin C. Dean
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 40 edited by Jody Lynn Nye
Lady Macbeth by Ava Reid
The Mercy of Gods (Captive’s War #1) by James S.A. Corey
The Night Ends with Fire (Night Ends with Fire #1) by K.X. Song
The Ornithologist’s Field Guide to Love (Love’s Academic #1) by India Holton
The Price of Redemption (Tides of Magic #1) by Shawn Carpenter
A Revolution in Type by Ayelet Brinn
Rough Pages (Evander Mills #3) by Lev AC Rosen
The Secret of the Three Fates (Ruby Vaughn #2) by Jess Armstrong
The Secret War of Julia Child by Diana R. Chambers
A Sephardi Turkish Patriot by Anthony Gad Bigio
Subculture Vulture by Moshe Kasher (Jan)
This World is Not Yours by Kemi Ashing-Giwa
The Village Library Demon-Hunting Society by C.M. Waggoner
We Are Only Ghosts by Jeffrey L. Richards
Writings on Yiddish and Yiddishkayt: The War Years, 1939-1945 by Isaac Bashevis Singer


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This is certainly an interesting batch, isn’t it? Ironically, the prettiest cover might be Haunt Sweet Home – either that or The Phoenix Bride. Full Speed to a Crash Landing is definitely the most ‘interesting’ title, while it and The Bloodless Princes are the books I’m most looking forward to out of this week’s rather large stack.

For Review:
Adam Unrehearsed by Don Futterman
Alfred Dreyfus by Maurice Samuels
The Bloodless Princes (Fireborne Blade #2) by Charlotte Bond
A Brilliant Life by Rachelle Unreich
Full Speed to a Crash Landing (Chaotic Orbits #1) by Beth Revis
Haunt Sweet Home by Sarah Pinsker
Henrietta Szold by Francine Klagsbrun
Horizons Blossom, Borders Vanish by Anna Elena Torres
The Last Ships from Hamburg by Steven Ujifusa
A New Lease on Death by Olivia Blacke
Newshawks in Berlin by Larry Heinzerling and Randy Herschaft with Ann Cooper
On Her Own by Lihi Lapid, translated by Sondra Silverston
The Phoenix Bride by Natasha Siegel
Propaganda and Persecution by Renee Poznanski
The Scrolls of Deborah (Desert Songs Trilogy #1) by Esther Goldenberg
Spinoza by Ian Buruma
Stranger in the Desert by Jordan Salama
Sweet Malida by Zilda Joseph
Time’s Agent by Brenda Peynado
What We Sacrifice for Magic by Andrea Jo DeWerd


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