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Stacking the Shelves

The stack is still short. Just barely tall enough to make a decent pancake breakfast – and that’s only after a couple of last minute additions. I actually have two other new books, but they are still sans covers, so I’ll wait to post them. It does look like things are picking back up at NetGalley and Edelweiss after the holidays, so next week’s stack should be a bit taller. We’ll see…

For Review:
An Illusion of Thieves (Chimera #1) by Cate Glass
No Country for Old Gnomes (Tales of Pell #2) by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne
Touch of Eon (Eon Warriors #2) by Anna Hackett
Titanshade by Dan Stout
Wild Country (World of the Others #2) by Anne Bishop
Zachary’s Christmas (Night Stalkers White House #4) by M.L. Buchman (review)

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
The Glory of the Empress (Evgardian #3) by Sean Danker
The Order War (Saga of Recluce #4) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (audio)

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Stacking the Shelves

This was almost the “Empty Shelf” edition of Stacking the Shelves, but…there was a sale. And something popped up on Edelweiss at the last minute. AND I remembered that there was a book on my “anticipated shelf” at Edelweiss that never did have an available eARC. And so on and so forth. And, as always, so many books, so little time.

But this is also the pre-New Years’ edition of Stacking the Shelves, and there is plenty of time to wish you and yours a Happy New Year, one hopefully filled with good luck, good health, much happiness and plenty of great books to read!

For Review:
Templar Silks by Elizabeth Chadwick

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Alice Payne Arrives (Alice Payne #1) by Kate Heartfield
Ninefox Gambit (Machineries of Empire #1) by Yoon Ha Lee
Raven Stratagem (Machineries of Empire #2) by Yoon Ha Lee
Revenant Gun (Machineries of Empire #3) by Yoon Ha Lee

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This would be the pre-holiday edition of Stacking the Shelves – but my holiday has already happened. Hanukkah was a couple of weeks ago, but New Years is still to come. So the mid-holiday edition. Your thoughts on this may vary, depending on exactly which holidays you do or don’t celebrate during this season.

Whatever you celebrate this season, Happy Holidays to you and yours.

For Review:
The Cliff House by RaeAnne Thayne
The Disappearance of Alistair Ainsworth (Daughter of Sherlock Holmes #3) by Leonard Goldberg
The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams
Invitation to Die (Inspector Redfyre #2) by Barbara Cleverly
Murder in the City of Liberty (Van Buren and DeLuca #2) by Rachel McMillan
Protect the Prince (Crown of Shards #2) by Jennifer Estep
The True Queen (Sorcerer to the Crown #2) by Zen Cho
Tutus and Tinsel (Half Moon Bay #2.5) by Rhys Ford (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

I didn’t get a lot this week, but what I got was definitely choice!

For Review:
Fifty Things that Aren’t My Fault by Cathy Guisewite
Gather the Fortunes (Crescent City #2) by Bryan Camp
The Hound of Justice (Janet Watson Chronicles #2) by Claire O’Dell
The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
The Magic Engineer (Saga of Recluce #3) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (audio)

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Stacking the Shelves

What is it about traveling? Probably all the recycled air and recycled germs on the plane and in the airport. We both came back from our Thanksgiving trip with whatever crud is going around, and let me tell you, it’s really nasty crud. There’s been a whole lot of coughing, and sneezing, and coughing around here. I keep expecting to cough up my toenails – from the inside. Horrible stuff.

But I still got a few interesting books this week, as I do every week. Reading is definitely my happy place! And WOOT! I don’t know what made me look, but there’s a Jean Johnson book that I managed to miss. And have now started. WOOT!

For Review:
Edge of Eon (Eon Warriors #1) by Anna Hackett
Flare Up (Boston Fire #6) by Shannon Stacey
The Infamous Duchess (Diamonds in the Rough #4) by Sophie Barnes
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
Mahimata (Asiana #2) by Rati Mehrotra
Terminal Uprising (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse #2) by Jim C. Hines
The View from Alameda Island by Robyn Carr
Who Slays the Wicked (Sebastian St. Cyr #14) by C.S. Harris

Purchased from Amazon:
The Temple (Guardians of Destiny #4) by Jean Johnson

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Stacking the Shelves

This is two weeks’ worth of stack, and for that time period, it’s not too bad. Or rather, it’s not too big. More books is always good, even if I don’t have time to read all the books I get. So many books, so little time!

For Review:
The American Agent (Maisie Dobbs #15) by Jacqueline Winspear
Duchess by Deception (Gilded #1) by Marie Force
A Duke Changes Everything (Duke’s Den #1) by Christy Carlyle
Faking Forever (First Wives #4) by Catherine Bybee
Hunting Game (Embla Nyström #1) by Helene Tursten
Indian Paintbrush (Carson Chronicles #3) by John A. Heldt
The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick
The Lost Puzzler (Tarakan #1) by Eyal Kless
The Sentence is Death (Hawthorne #2) by Anthony Horowitz

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets by John Woolf and Nick Baker (audio)
The Towers of the Sunset (Saga of Recluce #2) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (audio)

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Stacking the Shelves

Think of this as the “Comfort Reads” edition of Stacking the Shelves. It’s the Thanksgiving weekend here in the US. By the time you read this, I’ll have been out of town for most of the week, and not picked up much, if anything, from either NetGalley or Edelweiss. And it will be a slow week on both services anyway, because Thanksgiving. This is not a week where a whole lot get done much of anywhere in the US, unless it’s last minute grocery shopping for the ceremonial roasting of the bird – or insane Black Friday Xmas shopping.

So instead of talking about what I didn’t get this week, I thought I’d talk about some of the series that I call “comfort reads”. Series that I’ve started, or am in the middle of, that I turn to whenever I want a guaranteed “great read” of a certain type, or when I just begin to miss hearing the main character’s voice. Looking at the list, quite a few are mysteries. Mysteries, to me at least, are very comforting. Good always triumphs, evil always gets its just desserts, and the detective always goes on to solve crimes another day.

Mystery comfort reads:

Phryne Fisher by Kerry Greenwood – first book in series is Cocaine Blues
Inspector Ian Rutledge by Charles Todd – first book in series is A Test of Wills
Cat in the Stacks by Miranda James – first book in series is Murder Past Due
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear – first book in series is Maisie Dobbs

Romance comfort reads:
Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews – first book in series is Magic Bites
Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs – first book in series is Moon Called
Any book by M.L. Buchman – first book in Night Stalkers series is The Night is Mine

Science fiction/fantasy/urban fantasy comfort reads:
The Saga of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt Jr. – first book in series is The Magic of Recluce
The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne – first book in series is Hounded (this series is particularly good in audio)

Who do you turn to when you need a comfort read?

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Stacking the Shelves

Welcome to the pre-Thanksgiving edition of Stacking the Shelves! Thanksgiving feels early this year or maybe it’s just that the holiday seems to have rushed towards me at breakneck speed. It feels like it was summer only yesterday.

I don’t have a lot this week, but one book I’m really glad to see: The Tale Teller by Anne Hillerman. I loved this series (Leaphorn & Chee) when her dad, Tony Hillerman was writing it, and I think I love it even more now that she’s picked it up! Winds of Marque also looks interesting. It’s being billed as Aubrey & Maturin (Master and Commander) in space. That’s been done before (Honor Harrington among others) so I’m curious to see just how well it’s done this time.

For Review:
The Chaos Function by Jack Skillingstead
Christmas Camp Wedding by Karen Schaler
Not the Duke’s Darling (Greycourt #1) by Elizabeth Hoyt
Smoke and Ashes (Sam Wyndham #3) by Abir Mukherjee
The Tale Teller (Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito #5) by Anne Hillerman
The Unquiet Heart (Sarah Gilchrist #2) by Kaite Welsh
Winds of Marque by Bennett R. Coles
The Woman in the Lake by Nicola Cornick

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Stacking the Shelves

There’s a very tiny kitten trying to eat my ear as a type this. It’s very distracting – alternately ticklish and painful. I had to put her back in her playpen when she nearly succeeding in giving my ear another piercing.

It’s cold and rainy here in Atlanta, so it’s a lovely weekend for reading. And I have plenty of new stuff to choose from!

For Review:
Apollo to the Moon by Teasel E. Muir-Harmony
Cast in Oblivion (Chronicles of Elantra #14) by Michelle Sagara
Christmas Camp Wedding by Karen Schaler
Do You have Kids?: Life when the Answer is No by Kate Kaufmann
Mission: Her Security (Team 52 #3) by Anna Hackett
Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik

Purchased from Amazon:
Blackmark (Kingsmen Chronicles #1) by Jean Lowe Carlson
Bloodmark (Kingsmen Chronicles #2) by Jean Lowe Carlson
Debris & Detritus, the Lesser Greek Gods Running Amok by Patricia Burroughs (Editor), Rhonda Eudaly (Foreward), Max Adams, Toni McGee Causey, Mark Finn, Claire M Johnson, Jeanne Lyet Gassman, Michelle Muenzler , Robin D. Owens, Irene Radford, ChandaElaine Spurlock, Weyodi Squid, Beth Teliho, Antioch Grey, M.J. Butler
Goldenmark (Kingsmen Chronicles #3) by Jean Lowe Carlson
In the Stacks by Scott Lynch
Script of the Heart (Celta’s Heartmates #15) by Robin D. Owens
Unfettered by Shawn Speakman (Editor), Terry Brooks, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Jacqueline Carey, Tad Williams, R.A. Salvatore, Naomi Novik, Geno Salvatore, Peter V. Brett, Daniel Abraham, Lev Grossman, David Anthony Durham, Peter Orullian, Blake Charlton, Michael J. Sullivan, Eldon Thompson, Robert V.S. Redick, Carrie Vaughn, Kevin Hearne, Jennifer Bosworth, Todd Lockwood, Mark Lawrence
Unfettered II by Shawn Speakman (Editor), Brandon Sanderson, Naomi Novik, Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris, Michael J. Sullivan, Janny Wurts, Bradley P. Beaulieu, Mark Lawrence, Seanan McGuire , Peter Orullian, Aidan Moher, Erin Lindsey, John A. Pitts, Anthony Ryan, Scott Sigler, Django Wexler, Rachel Caine, Sarah Beth Durst, David Farland, Terry Brooks
Unfettered III by Shawn Speakman (Editor), Tad Williams, Naomi Novik, Megan Lindholm, John Gwynne, David Anthony Durham, Katherine Arden, Callie Bates , Jason Denzel, Carrie Vaughn, Deborah A. Wolf, Anna Stephens, Patrick Swenson, Ramon Terrell, Peter Orullian, Terry Brooks, Lev Grossman, Seanan McGuire, Delilah S. Dawson, Mark Lawrence (preorder)

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Stacking the Shelves

OK, I know this shelf stack has a certain theme to it. Probably in celebration of the thirteenth and final book of the series coming out in January, the ENTIRE Charley Davidson series popped up on NetGalley this week. Since this is one of those series that has been recommended to me multiple times, I couldn’t resist the impulse to “collect the set” and started reading right away. Not that I’ll be caught up by January, but I’ll make at least a little dent.

So far, I do understand exactly why all the recommendations over the years. It’s a fun read!

For Review:
The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson #10) by Darynda Jones
The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson #9) by Darynda Jones
Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson #8) by Darynda Jones
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson #11) by Darynda Jones
Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson #5) by Darynda Jones
First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones (review)
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson #4) by Darynda Jones
Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2) by Darynda Jones
Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson #7) by Darynda Jones
Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson #6) by Darynda Jones
Summoned to Thirteenth Grave (Charley Davidson #13) by Darynda Jones
Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson #3) by Darynda Jones
The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson #12) by Darynda Jones

Borrowed from the Library:
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones