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Stacking the Shelves

I actually got books from the library this week! I’ve noticed that now that I’m no longer working at one, I get a lot fewer books there. This may also have something to do with the fact that I used to have at least some say in what books got purchased at libraries that I worked at, but I no longer do. So I don’t find as much that I want as I used to. There’s a message in there someplace.

I also picked up some books that look really fascinating. And one I got just for the title. That would be The Good, the Bad, and the Dumped. I’m really curious about that one, because haven’t we all been there?

For Review:
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
Blood Cruise by Mats Strandberg
The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo
Doors of Sleep by Tim Pratt
Gifting Fire by Alina Boyden
The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth
The Good, the Bad, and the Dumped by Jenny Colgan
The Helm of Midnight (Five Penalties #1) by Marina Lostetter
Immunity Index by Sue Burke
The Ladies of the Secret Circus by Constance Sayers
Love at First by Kate Clayborn
The Perfect Guests by Emma Rous
The Sculptress by V.S. Alexander
Seven Perfect Things by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce

Purchased from Kickstarter:
The Year of the Cat: A Cat of Space and Time edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch & Dean Wesley Smith

Borrowed from the Library:
Just Watch Me (Riley Wolfe #1) by Jeff Lindsay
Long Bright River by Liz Moore
A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende



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Stacking the Shelves

Since I just got home from Pilates, here’s a picture of George practicing yoga. While napping, of course!

And, I have books, most of which came at the last minute for this post. Some weeks are just like that.

For Review:
Beauty Among Ruins by J’Nell Ciesielski
Chaos on CatNet (CatNet #2) by Naomi Kritzer
The Dating Plan by Sara Desai
The Duke Undone by Joanna Lowell
Legacy by Nora Roberts
The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry by C.M. Waggoner
Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne
Serena Singh Flips the Script by Sonya Lalli
Storing Up Trouble (American Heiresses #3) by Jen Turano
The Troubleshooter (Norcross #2) by Anna Hackett
The Venice Sketchbook by Rhys Bowen

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Junkyard Cats by Faith Hunter
Masquerade in Lodi (Penric & Desdemona #4) by Lois McMaster Bujold



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YAY! A few more books this week!

For Review:
Domesticating Dragons by Dan Koboldt
First Comes Like by Alisha Rai
Fortune’s Child by James Conroyd Martin
A Hanging at Dawn (Bess Crawford) by Charles Todd
It Had to Be You by Georgia Clark
A Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark
Murder in the Margins (Open Book Mysteries #1) by Margaret Louson
The Narrowboat Summer by Anne Youngson
No Holding Back (McKenzies of Ridge Trail #1) by Lori Foster
The Patriots by Winston Groom
The Queen of Izmoroz (Goddess War #2) by Jon Skovron
Symbiosis (Escaping Exodus #2) by Nicky Drayden
An Unexpected Temptation (Townsbridges #5) by Sophie Barnes

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
The Aleph Extraction (Galactic Cold War #2) by Dan Moren
The Bayern Agenda (Galactic Cold War #1) by Dan Moren
A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers #2) by Becky Chambers
Duke I’d Like to F… by Sierra Simone, Joanna Shupe, Eva Leigh, Nicola Davidson, Adriana Herrera (pre-order)
The Duke Who Didn’t (Wedgeford Trials #1) by Courtney Milan
Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline (audio/preorder)
Spellbreaker (Spellbreaker #1) by Charlie N. Holmberg
This Won’t End Well by Camille Pagan
What Unites Us by Dan Rather



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Not many books this week, so there’s plenty of room for a kitty picture. I’ve titled this one “warm lap” because it’s true for multiple definitions. Both George and Freddie are in my lap, making it very, very, VERY warm. It’s also warmly affectionate, as they are cuddled together and both cuddling with me. And it’s the season where warmth is becoming more desirable as it’s getting a bit chilly. Not terribly so, but just enough that the warmth of two cats on my lap was rather welcome – at least until my knees started complaining.

I may not have gotten may books this week, but I did get some interesting ones, including one that I’ve been looking forward to since I finished the previous book in the series. That would be What the Devil Knows, the 16th book in the atmospheric and marvelously suspenseful Sebastian St. Cyr series.

Even with a shorter stack this week, it still feels like “So many books, so little time!”

For Review:
Books Promiscuously Read by Heather Cass White
Fortress of Magi (Chronicles of Amicae #3) by Mirah Bolender
The Little Sleep (Mark Genevich #1) by Paul Tremblay
Malice by Heather Walter
Mother May I by Joshlyn Jackson
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
Ties that Tether by Jane Igharo
What the Devil Knows (Sebastian St. Cyr #16) by C.S. Harris



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Stacking the Shelves

For our regularly scheduled George picture we have George and his butt. Really we have George and his reflection as he lounged just outside my office the other day, with part of him “live” and part the reflection in the glass. He does blend into the wood floor quite nicely!

And we have books. The lists seem to be getting shorter as the year winds down. OMG does this year need to wind down! Did anyone have “Zombie Hurricane” on their 2020 bingo card? Who knew that was even a thing?

For Review:
Beneath the Keep (Queen of the Tearling #4) by Erika Johanson
A California Christmas (Silver Springs #7) by Brenda Novak
Call of the Bone Ships (Tide Child #2) by RJ Barker
Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard
A Lady’s Formula for Love (Secret Scientists of London #1) by Elizabeth Everett
Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish by Tori Whitaker
The Necessary Beggar by Susan Palwick
No Sleep Till Wonderland (Mark Genevich #2) by Paul Tremblay
The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
Savage Legion (Savage Rebellion #1) by Matt Wallace
Siege of Rage and Ruin (Wells of Sorcery #3) by Django Wexler
A Tip for the Hangman by Allison Epstein
Waiting for the Night Song by Julie Carrick Dalton



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Since this week’s stack is considerably shorter than last week there’s plenty of space for a picture of George. He’s sunning himself, something that hasn’t been possible most of this week as the tail end of Hurricane Sally blew through. All of a sudden, fall is definitely fell around here!

And now, for our regularly scheduled stack of books!

For Review:
Act Your Age, Eve Brown (Brown Sisters #3) by Talia Hibbert
The Arctic Fury by Greer Macallister
Dealbreaker (Gamechanger #2) by L.X. Beckett
The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
The Factory Witches of Lowell by C.S. Malerich
The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix
The Mask of Mirrors (Rook & Rose #1) by M.A. Carrick
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Stargazer (Leaphorn and Chee #24, Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito #6) by Anne Hillerman
The Vanishing at Loxby Manor by Abigail Wilson
The Windsor Knot by SJ Bennett

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers



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Stacking the Shelves

I got a lot of books this week, but I bought more than I received for review. It seems like LOTS of the books I either received for review or read this week (I’m looking at you, The Deadly Hours) inspired me to get more by the same authors. And there was a sale. Several. The tsundoku is real, people!

For Review:
At the Clearest Sensation (Shadowforce: PSI #4) by M.L. Buchman
Bad, Dad and Dangerous by Bru Baker, Jenn Moffatt, TA Moore and Rhys Ford
Battle Ground (Dresden Files #17) by Jim Butcher
The Bone Maker by Sarah Beth Durst
The Dark Archive (Invisible Library #7) by Genevieve Cogman
Imaginary Lives of James Poneke by Tina Makereti
The Investigator (Norcross #1) by Anna Hackett
The Mimosa Tree Mystery (Crown Colony #4) by Ovidia Yu
When a Rogue Meets His Match (Greycourt #2) by Elizabeth Hoyt
Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
The Anatomist’s Wife (Lady Darby #1) by Anna Lee Huber
At the Merest Glance (Shadowforce: PSI #3) by M.L. Buchman
At the Quietest Word (Shadowforce: PSI #2) by M.L. Buchman
At the Slightest Sound (Shadowforce: PSI #1) by M.L. Buchman
Children of Time (Children of Time #1) by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Death at the Abbey (Lady of Ashes #5) by Christine Trent
A Grave Celebration (Lady of Ashes #6) by Christine Trent
House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Knight Watch by Tim Akers
Lady of Ashes (Lady of Ashes #1) by Christine Trent
The Mourning Bells (Lady of Ashes #4) by Christine Trent
Murder by Other Means (Dispatcher #2) by John Scalzi (audio)
A Murder in Time (Kendra Donovan #1) by Julie McElwain
Stolen Remains (Lady of Ashes #2) by Christine Trent
A Virtuous Death (Lady of Ashes #3) by Christine Trent



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I think I actually got too many books this week to throw a cat picture on top of the mix. Not that occasionally a cat doesn’t throw himself into the mix of books, George in particular likes to nestle on the bookshelves in my office. He doesn’t usually toss too many books to the floor in order to achieve his favorite perch.

But I certainly did get books this week! Including YAY! Pets in Space 5. I look forward to getting this collection every year. The stories are always great, and the cause the collection supports, Hero-Dogs.org, is wonderful!

For Review:
Aria by Nazanine Hozar
Bane’s Choice (Vampire Motorcycle Club #1) by Alyssa Day
The Bell in the Lake by Lars Mytting
The Best of R.A. Lafferty by R.A. Lafferty
Crossroads by Laurel Hightower
Dear Child by Romy Hausmann
The Dragon Waiting by John M. Ford
Dune: The Duke of Caladan (Caladan Trilogy #1) by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
Engines of Oblivion (Memory War #2) by Karen Osborne
Fairhaven Rising (Saga of Recluce #22) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
Float Plan by Trish Doller
The Formidable Earl (Diamonds in the Rough #6) by Sophie Barnes
Fugitive Telemetry (Murderbot #6) by Martha Wells
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
The Light at Wyndcliff (Cornwall #3) by Sarah E. Ladd
The Lost Love Song by Minnie Darke
Murder is a Must (First Edition Library #2) by Marty Wingate
The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester
Pets in Space 5 by S.E. Smith, Regine Abel, Cassandra Chandler, Leslie Chase, Michelle Diener, Laurie A. Green, Kyndra Hatch, J.C. Hay, Pauline Baird Jones, Alexis Glynn Latner, Carol Van Natta, Veronica Scott
The Russian Cage (Gunnie Rose #3) by Charlaine Harris
Sisters by Daisy Johnson
Wizard of the Pigeons: 35th Anniversary Illustrated Edition by Megan Lindholm

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas (audio)
Tales of the Thieftaker (Thieftaker Chronicles #0.5) by D.B. Jackson



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Today’s cat picture is Freddie instead of George. Freddie does not like to have his picture taken, and will run if he sees someone approaching him in “camera position”. But this time he was sleeping on my lap and looked up at me sleepily, too sleepily to get out of the way of my trusty iPad. This closeup shows just how much he resembles the Currier print of “The Favorite Cat” that the Metropolitan Museum of Art uses whenever they need a cat picture.

And, I have books. I always have books. Some of which I’ve been waiting for for a while. As well as A Desolation Called Peace, which I’ve been looking for ever since I finished A Memory Called Empire, which was utterly, completely, totally awesome and deserved ALL THE AWARDS! I loved it so much that I got the new one in both eARC and audio. We’ll see which one I actually end up “reading”.

For Review:
20/20 by B. Shawn Clark
A Desolation Called Peace (Teixcalaan #2) by Arkady Martine
Fearless by Allen Stroud
Good & Evil (Black Sun #2) by Eric Giacometti and Jacques Ravenne
The Last Watch (Divide #1) by J.S. Dewes
Monogamy by Sue Miller
Out Past the Stars (Farian War #3) by K.B. Wagers
Simmer Down by Sarah Smith
Sleep Well, My Lady by Kwei Quartey
Snapped (Playbook #4) by Alexa Martin
The Unbroken (Magic of the Lost #1) by C.L. Clark

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Bless Her Dead Little Heart (Southern Ladies #1) by Miranda James
Dead with the Wind (Southern Ladies #2) by Miranda James
A Desolation Called Peace (Teixcalaan #2) by Arkady Martine (audio/preorder)
Digging Up the Dirt (Southern Ladies #3) by Miranda James
Down Among the Dead (Farian War #2) by K.B. Wagers
Fixing to Die (Southern Ladies #4) by Miranda James



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Stacking the Shelves

Today’s picture is of a precariously balanced George, possibly fresh from having destroyed all the toilet paper and paper towel rolls in the house!

And we have books. But still not very many. Howsomever, it does look like the Spring 2021 books are increasing on both NetGalley and Edelweiss. Like there’s a bit of spring in the air even though winter hasn’t arrived yet!

For Review:
Bear Necessity by James Gould-Bourn
Before the Crown by Flora Harding
Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger
Fathers of Cambodian Time-Travel Science by Bradley Bazzle
The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan
Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
The New Wilderness by Diane Cook
The Rib King by Ladee Hubbard
Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi
Stay by Catherine Ryan Hyde
A Summoning of Demons (Chimera #3) by Cate Glass
We Free the Stars (Sands of Arawiya #2) by Hafsah Faizal

Purchased from Amazon/Audible/Kickstarter:
Hellion (415 Ink #3) by Rhys Ford
Rebel (415 Ink #1) by Rhys Ford
Savior (415 Ink #2) by Rhys Ford
The Year of the Cat: A Cat of Strange Lands edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch & Dean Wesley Smith (Kickstarter)