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Stacking the Shelves

Welcome to the pre-Turkey Day edition of Stacking the Shelves.

I didn’t have a lot of books drop onto the stack, at least not compared to some weeks. And that’s probably a good thing? Isn’t it? We still haven’t unpacked all the books after the recent move, so it’s definitely a good thing that these are all virtual additions to the towering TBR pile!

For Review:
The Art of Running in Heels (Chinooks Hockey Team #7) by Rachel Gibson
Fury & Darkness (Warriors of the Wind #3) by Anna Hackett
Good Guys by Steven Brust
It Takes Two to Tumble (Seducing the Sedgwicks #1) by Cat Sebastian
The Last Wolf (Legend of All Wolves #1) by Maria Vale
Throne of Caesar (Roma Sub Rosa #12) by Steven Saylor
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

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Today is Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in the UK and many Commonwealth countries, including former members of the Commonwealth. Today marks the 99th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I, “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918.

For Review:
Cast in Deception (Chronicles of Elantra #13) by Michelle Sagara
Counting on a Countess (London Underground #2) by Eva Leigh
Court of Lions by Jane Johnson
A Scandalous Deal (Four Hundred #2) by Joanna Shupe
Third Son’s a Charm (Survivors #1) by Shana Galen
The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen
War Games (Valiant Knox #4) by Jess Anastasi

Borrowed from the Library:
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

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Stacking the Shelves

Welcome to the first post-move Stacking the Shelves.

We have BOXES! OMG do we have boxes. Most rooms are not too bad at this point, but the center of my office is just a sea of boxes, and probably will be for a while longer. Let’s just say it’s all a work in progress.

Freddie is just starting to come out of his shell. He got very upset by the whole move, and spent a lot of time hiding IN the fireplace. He’s tabby enough that he blended into the logs that are there, giving us some very scary moments. But he’s starting to come back to his usual frenetic, intrusive, overwhelmingly lovey-dovey self. He’s the first cat I’ve ever had who regularly licks my face. It’s weird, but it’s part of his routine at night. And we love him so it’s okay.

And we’re already looking at getting him a playmate. But meanwhile, I have new books. Of course I do. I ALWAYS have new books!

For Review:
Back Home at Firefly Lake (Firefly Lake #3) by Jen Gilroy
Cave of Bones (Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito #22) by Anne Hillerman
Heart Sight (Celta’s Heartmates #15) by Robin D. Owens
Sisters Like Us (Mischief Bay #1) by Susan Mallery
The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

Purchased from Amazon:
The Forbidden Heir (Four Arts #2) by M.J. Scott

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Stacking the Shelves

It’s a short stack this week, and that’s probably a good thing, because this has been the week from hell.

Mellie-cat, our very own Clown Princess, had to be put to sleep on Thursday. She was 17 1/2 years old, and I watched her being born. The docs discovered a tumor at the base of her heart, and her lungs were filling up with fluid. It was just her time. She ran through all the extra lives left to her when her daddy-cat, mommy-cat and sister went on before her. And now she is at peace and with them. We’re all heartbroken, even poor Freddie who can’t figure out where his aunty-Mellie has gone.

And as you read this, the movers will be putting our stuff on a truck and taking it about three miles away to our new house. One chapter has ended, and another is beginning.

For Review:
Beast (Galactic Gladiators #7) by Anna Hackett
The Unmourned (Monsarrat #2) by Thomas Keneally and Meg Keneally
The Upside / You Changed My Life by Abdel Sellou

Purchased from Amazon:
Hooked (Fandom Hearts #3) by Cathy Yardley
The Women of Baker Street (Mrs. Hudson and Mary Watson #2) by Michelle Birkby (review)

Borrowed from the Library:
Hue 1968 by Mark Bowden

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We’re moving next weekend. I’m not totally sure about the YAY usually implied by this gif, but the freak out – definitely!

And now, back to our regularly scheduled Stacking the Shelves…

For Review:
Cherish Hard (Hard Play #1) by Nalini Singh
My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
Neogenesis (Liaden Universe #21) by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Points of Impact (Frontlines #6) by Marko Kloos
The Soldier’s Curse (Monsarrat #1) by Thomas Keneally and Meg Keneally

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Acting on Impulse (Love on Cue #1) by Mia Sosa
The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard (edited) by David A. Goodman
La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust #1) by Philip Pullman (audiobook)

Borrowed from the Library:
Grant by Ron Chernow
The Lawrence Browne Affair (Turner #2) by Cat Sebastian
The Soldier’s Scoundrel (Turner #1) by Cat Sebastian
What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

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Yet another week where my eyes were bigger than the amount of reading time I’ll have available. But I just couldn’t resist. Or had other reasons that made resistance not an option.

I’m really curious about The Awkward Squad. It sounds a lot like one of my favorite British TV mysteries, New Tricks. Speaking of TV shows, the first Ravi PI mystery, Her Nightly Embrace, read very much like episodes of the TV series, even though that seems to still be in development. But the first one was fun, so I’m willing to give the second a go.

For Review:

The Awkward Squad (Anne Capestan #1) by Sophie Henaff
Chicago by David Mamet
Dogs at the Perimeter by Madeleine Thien
The End of the World Running Club by Adrian J. Walker
Her Beautiful Monster (Ravi PI #2) by Adi Tantimedh
In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
A Scandal in Battersea (Elemental Masters #12) by Mercedes Lackey
The Second Coming of the KKK by Linda Gordon
Smile by Roddy Doyle
Start Without Me by Joshua Max Feldman
Stranger Magics by Ash Fitzsimmons

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This week added possibly a few too many books to the virtual towering TBR pile. Lots of new and interesting books popped up on NetGalley and Edelweiss. And after enjoying The Ninja’s Illusion by Gigi Pandian so much this week, I couldn’t resist buying the earlier books and catching up. Sometime in the hopefully not too distant future.

For Review:
Black Box Inc (Black Box Inc #1) by Jake Bible
Christmas at Thorncliff Manor (Secrets at Thorncliff Manor #4) by Sophie Barnes
Don’t Live for Your Obituary by John Scalzi
The Duke Who Came to Town (Honorable Scoundrels #3) by Sophie Barnes
The Earl Who Loved Her (Honorable Scoundrels #2) by Sophie Barnes
The Governess Who Captured His Heart (Honorable Scoundrels #1) by Sophie Barnes
The Pines of Winder Ranch (Cowboys of Cold Creek #5 & #10) by RaeAnne Thayne
Steal the Stars by Mac Rogers and Nat Cassidy
The Unclaimed Victim by D.M. Pulley

Purchased from Amazon:
Artifact (Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt #1) by Gigi Pandian
Michelangelo’s Ghost (Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt #4) by Gigi Pandian
Pirate Vishnu (Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt #2) by Gigi Pandian
Quicksand (Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt #3) by Gigi Pandian

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It’s a good thing that a big chunk of my towering TBR stack is virtual. We just found out we’re moving again. Packing books and unpacking books is a pain, and books in mass quantities add seriously to the weight of what’s being moved. And therefore the price of moving it. As we’ve done before. C’est la vie.

Lots of good, new stuff this week. I always love getting something new from Anna Hackett, and I’m definitely in the mood for some seriously distracting reading this weekend!

For Review:
The Black Tides of Heaven (Tensorate #1) by JY Yang
The Gate Keeper (Inspector Ian Rutledge #20) by Charles Todd
Hell Squad: Ash (Hell Squad #14) by Anna Hackett
In the Shadow of Agatha Christie edited by Leslie S. Klinger
My Lady’s Choosing by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris
A Necessary Evil (Sam Wyndham #2) by Abir Mukherjee
Once Upon a Maiden Lane (Maiden Lane #12.5) by Elizabeth Hoyt
The Red Threads of Fortune (Tensorate #2) by JY Yang
River Rising (Carson Chronicles #1) by John A. Heldt

Purchased from Amazon:
Seal’d Legacy (Brotherhood of SEAL’d Hearts #2) by Gabi Moore

Borrowed from the Library:
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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I have found the plot! No, seriously, I have a copy of The Lost Plot, the next book in the absolutely fantastic Invisible Library series. And even though it doesn’t come out until January, now that I have it, I’m not sure I’ll be able to resist. If you believe that there is magic in books (and there is, there definitely is) this series is a gem. And if you start now with the first book, The Invisible Library, you should have enough time to catch up, including a chance to take a breath between dives into this marvelous world. You’ll need them.

A couple of other interesting titles popped up, or popped into my list this week. The City of Brass looks interesting, especially because it was one of the publisher’s really, really big featured titles in that SF/Fantasy article I did for Library Journal. And I’m really curious about Seventh Decimate. Back in the day, I read the entire Thomas Covenant series. They were good, but very, very depressing. I liked his Mirror of Her Dreams / A Man Rides Through duology much better, because he managed a happy ending and I was both charmed and astonished. I’m curious to see where this one will fall.

For Review:
The Armored Saint (Sacred Throne #1) by Myke Cole
Awesome Jones by AshleyRose Sullivan
The City of Brass (Daevabad #1) by S.A. Chakraborty
Lona Chang by AshleyRose Sullivan
The Lost Plot (Invisible Library #4) by Genevieve Cogman
Seventh Decimate (Great God’s War #1) by Stephen R. Donaldson
A Spoonful of Magic by Irene Radford

Borrowed from the Library:
Bellevue by David Oshinsky
Hunger by Roxane Gay

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Not a big list, but hopefully an interesting one.

While waiting out Tropical Storm Irma, I yearned for comfort reads, so I dove into Phryne Fisher’s world, again. While there’s a new eARC in the pile, I also discovered that one of the upcoming books in my reading order was one that I did not have in any format. That omission has been rectified. It looks like another book that was not adapted for the TV series. It’s always interesting to read those and try to figure out why not.

I also borrowed the whole Ravenels series (so far) by Lisa Kleypas from the library. I read a spotlight/promo about book 4 in the series, Hello, Stranger, and it sounded so fascinating that I decided to get the whole series and read up to it. It looks like fun!

For Review:
First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones
Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell
The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger (Lady Travelers Guide #2)  by Victoria Alexander
Murder on a Midsummer Night (Phryne Fisher #17) by Kerry Greenwood
Of Spice and Men (Pancake House #3) by Sarah Fox
Season of Blood (Crispin Guest #10) by Jeri Westerson

Purchased from Amazon:
The Castlemaine Murders (Phryne Fisher #13) by Kerry Greenwood

Borrowed from the Library:
Cold-Hearted Rake (Ravenels #1) by Lisa Kleypas
Devil in Spring (Ravenels #3) by Lisa Kleypas
The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
Marrying Winterborne (Ravenels #2) by Lisa Kleypas