Stacking the Shelves (503)

As I said in the intro paragraph for yesterday’s bloghop, I have the plague. So does Galen. It seems that our cautions and precautions work just fine in everyday life, but just didn’t stand up to being with approximately 14,000 of our friends and colleagues. I’m really glad I don’t even have to think about attending the midwinter conference, now known as LibLearnX. The Overachiever’s Book Club will meet over Zoom again and I’m much happier with that outcome.

I know this still looks like a pretty tall stack, but they are finally going down. While these all look fascinating, the one I’m anticipating the most is Blue Like Me by Aaron Philip Clark, the followup to last year’s compelling mystery, Under Color of Law.

For Review:
An Affair of Spies by Ronald H. Balson
All Dressed Up by Jilly Gagnon
The American Roommate Experiment by Elena Armas
Blue Like Me (Trevor Finnegan #2) by Aaron Philip Clark
A Cosmic Kind of Love by Samantha Young
Eversion by Alistair Reynolds
The Guest House by Robin Morgan-Bentley
Jackal by Erin E. Adams
The Kingdoms of Savannah by George Dawes Green
The Man Burned by Winter (Rooker Lindström #1) by Pete Zacharias
Pharoni by Colin Dodds
Season of Love by Helena Greer
The Secret Witness (Shepard & Gray #1) by Victor Methos
Small Town, Big Magic (Witchlore #1) by Hazel Beck
The Two Lives of Sara by Catherine Adel West
The Winter Guest by W.C. Ryan
The Witches of Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais
Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gilliam McAllister

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
The Close-Up (I Heart SF #1) by Sarah Smith
How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu (audio)
Maisie Dobbs: A Mysterious Profile by Jacqueline Winspear


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Stacking the Shelves (502)

This is being done ahead, because as you are reading this, I’m at the American Library Association Annual Conference, live and in person for the first time since COVID happened.

This particular stack is filled with a lot of familiar faces with new books. I’ve even already read a couple! Notably both Deploying Dragons (the followup to the fun Domesticating Dragons) Silver Queendom, and The Protector. I’m really looking forward to Ship Wrecked, the third book in Olivia Dade’s series after the utterly splendiferous Spoiler Alert and All the Feels. And a new Wayward Children book. This list is just full of win!

On a more somber note, I want to thank everyone who sent condolences last week on the loss of poor Freddie. I appreciated each and every message, and all of you as well.

For Review:
Crazy to Leave You by Marilyn Simon Rothstein
Deploying Dragons (Build-A-Dragon #2) by Dan Koboldt
Ex Appeal (Ponto Beach Reunion #2) by Cathy Yardley
External Forces (Marrowbone Spells #2) by Shannon Fay
House of Hunger (Bethel #2) by Alexis Henderson
Into the Broken Lands by Tanya Huff
The Librarian Spy by Madeline Martin
A Little Too Familiar by Lish McBride
Lost in the Moment and Found (Wayward Children #8) by Seanan McGuire
Marmee by Sarah Miller
The Minuscule Mansion of Myra Malone by Audrey Burges
Partners in Crime by Alisha Rai
The Protector (Norcross Security #9) by Anna Hackett
Ship Wrecked (Spoiler Alert #3) by Olivia Dade
Silver Queendom by Dan Koboldt
Suburban Hell by Maureen Kilmer
Terminal Peace (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse #3) by Jim C. Hines
Under a Veiled Moon (Inspector Corravan #2) by Karen Odden

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
The House of Binding Thorns (Dominion of the Fallen #2) by Aliette de Bodard
The House of Shattered Wings (Dominion of the Fallen #1) by Aliette de Bodard
The House of Sundering Flames (Dominion of the Fallen #3) by Aliette de Bodard
The Jasmine Throne (Burning Kingdoms #1) by Tasha Suri (audio)
Wool (Silo #1) by Hugh Howey (audio)


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Stacking the Shelves (501)

“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” That’s just as true about staying in the emotional place where we are as it is about a physical location. I’ve always used reading as an escape, whether from the everyday, or into a time and/or place that no longer exists or that I am unlikely to live to see. All of that is to say why I pick up so many books and why they are such a comfort to me, even though I may not get to a particular book soon or even at all. All of which goes a bit towards explaining why my stacks are so tall and these posts can seem rather long.

I also read to put a bit of time and emotional distance between me and something that is just too hard to bear. Freddie went to the Rainbow Bridge on Wednesday after a month of increasingly puzzling visits to the vet and more than a few days where he seemed to be getting back to his old self. We’re both devastated and George keeps going to all of Freddie’s spots to see if he can find his buddy. He’s confused and heartbroken and frankly, so are we.

So I’ll be losing myself in a good book or two, or five, until the pain isn’t quite so sharp. With one or more cats in my lap at all times.

For Review:
Aphrodite and the Duke by J.J. McAvoy
Back to the Garden by Laurie R. King
Because I Could Not Stop for Death (Emily Dickinson Mystery #1) by Amanda Flower
Book of Knives by Lise Haines
A Broken Blade (Halfling Saga #1) by Melissa Blair
How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie
Ithaca by Claire North
Landslide (Mason Hackett #1) by Adam Sikes
Ledge (Glacian Trilogy #1) by Stacey McEwan
Love & Saffron by Kim Fay (Grade A REVIEW!!!)
The Measure by Nikki Erlick
Mother Daughter Traitor Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal
Ocean’s Echo (Winter’s Orbit #2) by Everina Maxwell
A Quick Trip to Moab by Kevin T. Jones
A Restless Truth (Last Binding #2) by Freya Marske
Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson
Sometimes People Die by Simon Stephenson
The Stars Undying by Emery Robin
Such Sharp Teeth by Rachel Harrison
Swashbucklers by Dan Hanks
A Truth to Lie for (Elena Standish #4) by Anne Perry
The Ways We Hide by Kristina McMorris
The Witch and the Tsar by Olesya Salnikova Gilmore
Wrath by Sharon Moalem, Daniel Kraus
Your Mind Is a Terrible Thing by Hailey Piper

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Black Box (Miranda Chase Origin Stories #4) by M.L. Buchman
Honor Flight (Miranda Chase Origin Stories #1) by M.L. Buchman
Island Christmas (Miranda Chase Origin Stories #2) by M.L. Buchman
A Very Jeremy Christmas (Miranda Chase Origin Stories #3) by M.L. Buchman


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Stacking the Shelves (500!)

OMG it’s my 500th Stacking the Shelves post! Goodness gracious this thing has been going for 10 years! Time flies when you’re have fun – or when you’re reading alot! My first STS post was on May 5, 2012 and it does look a bit different – but surprisingly not all that much! Although the stack was only about a third as high as this one. Clearly that whole “so many books, so little time” thing needs to be the tag line for this meme!

For Review:
Africa Risen: a New Era of Speculative Fiction edited by Sheree Renée Thomas,
Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, and Zelda Knight
Anywhere You Run by Wanda M. Morris
Blackmail and Bibingka (Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery #3) by Mia P. Manansala
Children of Sugarcane by Joanne Joseph
The Color Storm by Damian Dibben
Daphne by Josh Malerman
The Decoy Girlfriend by Lillie Vale
The Disinvited Guest by Carol Goodman
Flight Risk (Booking Agents #2) by Cherie Priest
The Gatekeeper by James Byrne
Ghost Eaters by Clay McLeod Chapman
The Ghost That Ate Us by Daniel Kraus
Hawk Mountain by Conner Habib
Last Call at the Nightingale by Katharine Schellman (audio)
Little Eve by Catriona Ward
Longshadow (Regency Faerie Tales #3) by Olivia Atwater
Lost in Time by A.G. Riddle
Of Charms, Ghosts and Grievances (Dragons and Blades #2) by Aliette de Bodard
Our Gen by Diane McKinney-Whetstone
The Picture Bride by Lee Geum-yi
Road of Bones by Christopher Golden (REVIEW!)
Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young
The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
West Side Love Story by Priscilla Oliveras

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Of Dragons, Feasts and Murders (Dragons and Blades #1) by Aliette de Bodard (REVIEW!)


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Stacking the Shelves (499)

So many books, so little time, so tall the TBR pile. While this can’t all be laid at the virtual door of the “Overachievers’ Book Club”, a lot of it can. And the rest because they’re all just so shiny and picking up new books gives me joy.

For Review:
Across the Sand (Sand Chronicles #2) by Hugh Howey
Becoming Family (Dogwood County #3) by Elysia Whisler
The Belle of Belgrave Square (Belles of London #2) by Mimi Matthews
A Death in Door County (Monster Hunter Mystery #1) by Annelise Ryan
A Dress of Violet Taffeta by Tessa Arlen
Every Cloak Rolled in Blood (Holland Family #4) by James Lee Burke
Extra Witchy (Fix-It Witches #3) by Ann Aguirre
The Island by Adrian McKinty
Lightning (Miranda Chase #10) by M.L. Buchman
Lucky Girl by Mary Rickert
Luda by Grant Morrison
Marple: Twelve New Mysteries by Agatha Christie, Naomi Alderman, Leigh Bardugo, Alyssa Cole, Lucy Foley, Elly Griffiths, Natalie Haynes, Jean Kwok, Val McDermid, Karen M. McManus , Dreda Say Mitchell, Kate Mosse, Ruth Ware
The Murder Rule by Dervla McTiernan
The New Neighbor by Carter Wilson
On Rotation by Shirlene Obuobi
The Ones We Keep by Bobbie Jean Huff
The Other Side of Night by Adam Hamdy
Reputation by Sarah Vaughan
Ruby Fever (Hidden Legacy #6) by Ilona Andrews
Sand (Sand Chronicles #1) by Hugh Howey
The Second Cut by Louise Welsh
Shadow Flicker by Gregory Bastianelli
The Shadow People by Graham Masterton
Shadows of Berlin by David R. Gillham
The Shot by Sarah Sultoon
The Siren of Sussex (Belles of London #1) by Mimi Matthews
The Source by Sarah Sultoon


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Stacking the Shelves (498)

I just downloaded my Hugo Voters Packet Friday afternoon. I’m not adding THAT pile to this one even though it will be part of my reading this summer. Because OMG this is already a lot. Howsomever, I will be reading a lot this weekend. I tweaked something awful in Pilates this afternoon and it hurts like blazes. And we’ll be watching Freddie like hawks to make sure he doesn’t relapse. He’s more than feisty enough to fight the meds at this point, so he seems fine. But better safe than sorry!

For Review:
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by André Lewis Carter
Beyond the Lavender Fields by Arlem Hawks
The Binding Room (Inspector Anjelica Henley #2) by Nadine Matheson
Cold Fear (Finn Thrillers #2) by Brandon Webb and John David Mann
Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen
Dark Earth by Rebecca Stott
Death Under the Perseids (Havana Mystery #3) by Teresa Dovalpage
The Enigma of Room 622 by Joël Dicker
The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager
A Hundred Other Girls by Iman Hariri-Kia
The Investigator (Letty Davenport #1) by John Sandford
Kaikeyi by Vashnavi Patel (audio)
Lark Ascending by Silas House
The Last of the Seven by Steven Hartov
The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark
The Lost Book of Eleanor Dare by Kimberly Brock
The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie by Rachel Linden
Mary: An Awakening of Terror by Nat Cassidy
Mika in Real Life by Emiko Jean
Murder on the Red River (Cash Blackbear #1) by Marcie R. Rendon
Not Good for Maidens by Tori Bovalino
Poster Girl by Veronica Roth
Something in the Heir by Suzanne Enoch
The Spear Cuts Through Water by Simon Jimenez
Vanessa Jared’s Got a Man by LaQuette
Would You Rather by Allison Ashley

Borrowed from the Library:
The Magnolia Palace by Fiona Davis


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Stacking the Shelves (497)

And here we are again, with another edition of “as the overstuffed bookcase collapses”.  The overstuffed-ness of my stacks is probably going to keep going through June. The “judging year” for the Overachievers’ Book Club ends on Halloween, so things should start slowing down. On my own, I do get more books than I can read, because the tsundoku is strong and the books are shiny, but usually not quite this much!

For Review:
Alias Emma by Ava Glass
All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers
Always the First to Die by R.J. Jacobs
Bindle Punk Bruja by Desideria Mesa
Black Cloud Rising by David Wright Falade
The Butcher and the Wren by Alaina Urquhart
The Chosen Twelve by James Breakwell
The Codebreaker’s Secret by Sara Ackerman
Dead Water by C.A. Fletcher
The Devil Takes You Home by Gabino Iglesias
Good Morning, Love by Ashley M. Coleman
The Heroine with 1,001 Faces by Maria Tatar
A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw
The Hollow Kind by Andy Davidson
The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews
How the Wallflower Was Won (Last Chance Scoundrels #2) by Eva Leigh
The Latinist by Mark Prins
The Lost Kings by Tyrell Johnson
Master of Furies (Firemane #3) by Raymond E. Feist
Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monoghan
The Old Place by Bobby Finger
The Recovery Agent (Gabriela Rose #1) by Janet Evanovich
The Roguish Baron (Diamonds in the Rough #9) by Sophie Barnes (REVIEW!)
Station Eternity (Midsolar Murders #1) by Mur Lafferty
Ten Thousand Stitches (Regency Faerie Tales #2) by Olivia Atwater
Thistlefoot by GennaRose Nethercott
Up Against It by Laura J. Mixon
The Yeoman’s Tale (Geoffrey Chaucer Mystery #2) by M.J. Trow

Borrowed from the Library:
House of Sky and Breath (Crescent City #2) by Sarah J. Maas


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Stacking the Shelves (496)

Tomorrow’ Sunday Post is going to include a positively demonic picture of George, in the midst of the destruction he has wrought among the empty book boxes. He clearly was having MUCH too good a time. Or perhaps I just get too many books.

Nah, that couldn’t be it. LOL

For Review:
Babel : Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution by R. F. Kuang
Bluebird by Genevieve Graham
Captain of the Guard (Galactic Kings #3) by Anna Hackett
The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston
Desperate Undertaking (Flavia Albia #10) by Lindsey Davis
The Edge of Summer by Viola Shipman
Even Though I Knew the End by C.L. Polk
The Forty Elephants by Erin Bledsoe
Half a Soul (Regency Faerie Tales #1) by Olivia Atwater
High Times in the Low Parliament by Kelly Robson
An Indiscreet Princess by Georgie Blalock
Leech by Hiron Ennes
The Lives of Diamond Bessie by Jody Hadlock
Lute by Jennifer Marie Thorne
Motherthing by Ainslie Hogarth
Old Country by Matt Query and Harrison Query
The Oleander Sword (Burning Kingdoms #2) by Tasha Suri
Outside by Ragnar Jonasson
Raven Unveiled (Fallen Empire #3) by Grace Draven
Reluctant Immortals by Gwendolyn Kiste
The River of Silver: Tales from the Daevabad Trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty
Self-Portrait with Nothing by Aimee Pokwatka
The Stardust Thief (Sandsea Trilogy #1) by Chelsea Abdullah (audio)
The Unbalancing (Birdverse) by R.B. Lemberg
Wake by Shelley Burr
Where We End & Begin by Jane Igharo
Will Do Magic for Small Change by Andrea Hairston

Borrowed from the Library:
All Her Little Secrets by Wanda M. Morris


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Stacking the Shelves (495)

“So many books, so little time.” I could say that every week – and it would be applicable every time! But there are always a couple or three that I’m looking forward to just that teeniest bit more than the others. And that’s true this time around as well. Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match is giving me a few of the same vibes as The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, and I miss that series a LOT. I’m also more than curious about Uncanny Times by Laura Anne Gilman. I LOVED her Retrievers series, but haven’t connected quite as much with her later work. So I have hope. We’ll see. And Nonna Maria and the Case of the Missing Bride just sounds adorable!

For Review:
The Accomplice by Lisa Lutz
Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match by Sally Thorne
Ashton Hall by Lauren Belfer
Catch Her When She Falls by Allison Buccola
City of Orange by David Yoon
Complicit by Winnie M. Li
A Dreadful Splendor by B.R. Myers
Forbidden City by Vanessa Hua
The Frederick Sisters Are Living the Dream by Jeannie Zusy
The Good Left Undone by Adriana Trigiani
Growing Up Weightless by John M. Ford
An Honest Living by Dwyer Murphy
I’ll Be You by Janelle Brown
Into the Windwracked Wilds (Up-and-Under #3) by A. Deborah Baker
Kalmann by Joachim B. Schmidt
The Last Housewife by Ashley Winstead
Lavender House by Lev AC Rosen
The Maid by Nita Prose
Marrying the Ketchups by Jennifer Close
Nonna Maria and the Case of the Missing Bride by Lorenzo Carcaterra
Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance by Alison Espach
Notorious Sorcerer (Burnished City #1) by Davinia Evans
Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen
Trouble the Water by Rebecca Dwight Bruff
Trust by Hernan Diaz
Unlikely Animals by Annie Hartnett
Uncanny Times (Huntsmen #1) by Laura Anne Gilman


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Stacking the Shelves (494)

Another tall stack of books in this week’s STS, some of which look even more interesting than usual.  (Not that all books don’t inherently generate at least a tiny bit of interest!) I think the most interesting cover in this bunch probably goes to Legends & Lattes if only in the sense of “who woulda thunk it?” The book I’m most looking forward to, again, not that I’m not looking forward to all of them eventually, but looking forward to immediately as in I’m reading it this weekend, is Kiss Hard by Nalini Singh. I’ve found her Psy-Changeling series interesting but I’ve kind of lost steam with it – or possibly vice versa – with the last couple of entries. But I love her contemporaries – possibly because they’re both excellent and relatively rare. (Rock Hard, which is a precursor to the Hard Play series, is still a big favorite.) And in the “big shoes to fill” category there’s Dead Man’s Hand by James J. Butcher whose urban fantasy protagonist Grimshaw Griswald Grimsby is going to have to live up to – or perhaps that’s down to – the reputation of Harry Dresden every bit as much as son James J. will be compared to his dad Jim Butcher.

For Review:
Aftermath by LeVar Burton
Base Notes by Lara Elena Donnelly
The Book of Sand by Theo Clare AKA Mo Hayder
Dead Man’s Hand (Unorthodox Chronicles #1) by James J. Butcher
Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang
Front Page Murder (Homefront News #1) by Joyce St. Anthony
Her Name is Knight (Nena Knight #1) by Yasmin Angoe
Holy Terror by Cherie Priest
Hooked by A.C. Wise
Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn
Kiss Hard (Hard Play #4) by Nalini Singh
Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree
Less is Lost by Andrew Sean Greer
The Lunar Housewife by Caroline Woods
The Maker of Swans by Paraic O’Donnell
Midnight Hour by Abby L. Vandiver
The Moonday Letters by Emmi Itäranta
Nobody But Us by Laure Van Rensburg
One-Shot Harry by Gary Phillips
A Proposal They Can’t Refuse (Vega Family Love Stories #1) by Natalie Caña
The Reunion by Meghan Quinn
The Serpent in Heaven (Gunnie Rose #4) by Charlaine Harris
The Shadow of the Empire (Judge Dee #1) by Qiu Xiaolong
They Can’t Take Your Name by Robert Justice
They Come at Knight (Nena Knight #2) by Yasmin Angoe

Borrowed from the Library:
Forging a Nightmare by Patricia A. Jackson
Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens
The Postmistress of Paris by Meg Waite Clayton


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