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Stacking the Shelves

This is the OMG 300th edition of Stacking the Shelves over here at Reading Reality. I run a few numbers behind the official Stacking the Shelves over at Team Tymga’s, because there have been a few Saturdays where I’ve done something else, either a blog hop or I’ve been out of town for the weekend and run a guest post. Life happens.

Life is actually going to happen again next weekend, but this time I’m planning ahead a bit. I try to adult. I don’t always succeed, but I do try…

For Review:
The Bartered Brides (Elemental Masters #13) by Mercedes Lackey
Dare to Love a Duke (London Underground #3) by Eva Leigh
Driven to Distraction (Road to Love #1) by Lori Foster
Edinburgh Dusk (Ian Hamilton #2) by Carole Lawrence
Midsummer Mayhem (Potting Shed #7) by Marty Wingate
Mission: Her Protection (Team 52 #1) by Anna Hackett
There Will Be No Miracles Here by Casey Gerald

Borrowed from the Library:
The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu

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Stacking the Shelves

The grid picture is my stack for this week. The picture below features the built-in bookshelves in my office in the new house. Aren’t they gorgeous? For anyone wondering, the shelves in my office contain our fiction collection up to the G’s, plus review books for my ALA committee. The rest of the alphabet, plus the nonfiction, will be housed upstairs in the spare room, the guest room and finish in Galen’s office. The frightening thing is that this is about half of what we moved to and from Alaska.

Notice that I am carefully not showing the other side of the room. That’s still box city. Someday we’ll be unpacked. Someday.

For Review:
The Alchemist’s Illusion (Accidental Alchemist #4) by Gigi Pandian
Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday
Consumed (Firefighters #1) by J.R. Ward
For the Sake of the Game edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger
Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
A Spy in Exile by Jonathan de Shalit
The Verdun Affair by Nick Dybek

My new office bookshelves!

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Stacking the Shelves

I’ve cut this stack off early. We’re moving on Sunday and Monday, and I’m trying to get stuff done ahead of time. If at all possible. And this is certainly among the possible. But this stack looks kind of weird now that I see it. It represents one of the few times when I have more books that I have to read or ought to read than I do books that I just plain want to read.

On the other hand it has Hard in Hightown on it, which just makes me smile. A work of fiction written by a fictional author from a fictional universe. Sometimes I just love being a gamer.

For Review:
America for Beginners by Leah Franqui
The Cambodian Curse and Other Stories (Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt) by Gigi Pandian
Domina by Guy de la Bédoyère
Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien
Heavy by Kiese Laymon
How to Fracture a Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen
The Seas by Samantha Hunt
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Yeast of Eden (Pancake House Mystery #4) by Sarah Fox

Purchased from Amazon:
Hard in Hightown by Varric Tethras and Mary Kirby
Point of Hopes (Astreiant #1) by Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett

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Stacking the Shelves

There are a couple of really interesting things in this week’s stack. Not that they aren’t all interesting looking books – or I wouldn’t have picked them up. But interesting in different ways from the usual.

First unusual thing, or first and second unusual things depending on how you count, is that Bayside Heat by Melissa Foster and Sweet Heat at Bayside by Addison Cole are essentially the same book. The steamy version is under Foster and the sweet, or at least sweeter version is under Cole. I’ll be comparing to see what difference that makes.

And Under the Table by Stephanie Evanovich currently holds the dubious achievement award for being the farthest out. The book won’t be published until April 2019!

For Review:
All That is Left is All That Matters by Mark Slouka
The Animal Gazer by Edgardo Franzosini
Bayside Heat (Bayside Summers #3) by Melissa Foster
Dagger’s Edge (Brute Force #2) by Lora Leigh
Entropy (Atrophy #4) by Jess Anastasi
Frenchman Street (Sentinels of New Orleans #6) by Suzanne Johnson
A Girl’s Guide to Missiles by Karen Piper
The Hollow of Fear (Lady Sherlock #3) by Sherry Thomas
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
The Poisoned City by Anna Clark
Sweet Heat at Bayside (Sweet with Heat: Bayside Summers #3) by Addison Cole
That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam
Under the Table by Stephanie Evanovich
Witness by Ariel Burger

Purchased from Amazon:
Hunted (Iron Druid Chronicles #6) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)

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Stacking the Shelves

I’m closing this out a day early. I normally put this post together on Friday, but this Friday we’ll be closing on our new house! We’ve held off on making too many concrete plans about what happens next for fear of jinxing the whole thing so as soon as the closing is over we’re planning to go to the new house and start planning.

For Review:
Burning Down the Haus by Tim Mohr
A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl by Jean Thompson
Imperator (Galactic Gladiators #11) by Anna Hackett
Insurrecto by Gina Apostol
Invisible by Stephen L. Carter
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Guide #2) by Mackenzi Lee
Mecha Samurai Empire (United States of Japan #2) by Peter Tieryas
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfesh
Night Soil by Dale Peck
A Notorious Vow (Four Hundred #3) by Joanna Shupe
Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire #1) by Grace Draven
The Splendor Before the Dark (Nero #2) by Margaret George

Purchased from Amazon:
Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

This is the post-ALA “OMG don’t all the books look shiny!” edition of Stacking the Shelves.

But let me be clear, I didn’t walk out with ARCS of any of these – or actually anything at all. These are, for the most part, books I saw or heard about at the conference and then picked up eARCs from Edelweiss and NetGalley. I can’t carry this many books. Galen and I together can’t carry this many books. And we didn’t have room for nearly this many books in our luggage. I did see plenty of people walking around – let’s be honest here, lumbering around – with either big stacks of books in their arms or multiple overflowing bags of books hanging from their arms. And it looked PAINFUL. This is why I love eARCs. My iPad weighs exactly the same no matter how many books are in it.

Occasionally, however, this presents a problem. As you can see, I also don’t know when to quit!

For Review:
Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller
Call Them by Their True Names by Rebecca Solnit
A Dream Called Home by Reyna Grande
Eliza Hamilton by Tilar J. Mazzeo
Exile of the Seas (Chronicles of Dasnaria #2) by Jeffe Kennedy
Forever (Trelawneys of Williamsburg #3) by Anne Meredith
The Frame-Up (Golden Arrow Mysteries #1) by Meghan Scott Molin
Heartland by Sarah Smarsh
The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival by Terry Roberts
Immortal (Trelawneys of Williamsburg #2) by Anne Meredith
Indianapolis by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic
John Woman by Walter Mossley
A Key to Treehouse Living by Elliot Reed
The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson
Melmoth by Sarah Perry
The New Inheritors by Kent Wascom
OK, Mr. Field by Katharine Kilalea
Palaces for the People by Eric Klinenberg
Redlined by Linda Gartz
Rising Out of Hatred by Eli Saslow
The Ruin of Kings (Godslayer #1) by Jenn Lyons
Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane (Honeymoon Harbor #2) by JoAnn Ross
Some Trick by Helen DeWitt
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Tender (Trelawneys of Williamsburg #1) by Anne Meredith
Vox by Christina Dalcher
The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey

Purchased from Amazon:
Circe by Madeline Miller
Herons Landing (Honeymoon Harbor #1) by JoAnn Ross
Home to Honeymoon Harbor (Honeymoon Harbor #0.5) by JoAnn Ross
The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

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Stacking the Shelves

It’s a very short stack this week. I’m cutting it off early because I’ll be away this weekend, at the American Library Association Conference in New Orleans. I love New Orleans, and have since the first time I went there at 19. I have fond memories of the place because its the first time I was treated as an adult and not either as a child or an adjunct to my parents. But I’ll fully admit that I’d rather be going there in the winter. Or at any time except the height of summer. It’s going to be too damn hot, and much too humid to be thinking about being in meetings.

Still, c’est la vie and laissez le bons temps rouler!

For Review:
Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston
One Perfect Kiss (Hope #8) by Jaci Burton
The Science of Science Fiction by Mark Brake
The Seas of Distant Stars by Francesca G. Varela
Wicked and the Wallflower (Bareknuckle Bastards #1) by Sarah MacLean (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

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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Stacking the Shelves

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