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What a wild and crazy stack this is!

There are several pretty covers, although as usual the pretty ones aren’t pretty in the same ways. My personal favorite is Sorcery and Small Magics, but Buried Deep and Other Stories, The Crescent Moon Tearoom and Wheel of the Infinite are definitely contenders.

The books I’m MOST looking forward to are Darkside and Where is Anybody? – and both for their cynical, snarkastic protagonists. The book I’m definitely the most curious about is The Full Moon Coffee Shop, because it’s about a magical coffee shop run by talking cats – although Sargassa is also making my curiosity bump itch even though there are no cats, at least as far as I know, in that one.

What about you?

For Review:
Buried Deep and Other Stories by Naomi Novik
California Dreaming by Noa Silver
Cast in Atonement (Chronicles of Elantra #19) by Michelle Sagara
The Crescent Moon Tearoom by Stacy Sivinski
Darkside (Planetside #4) by Michael Mammay
The Fan Who Knew Too Much (Kit Pelham #1) by Nev Fountain
The Full Moon Coffee Shop by Mai Mochizuki, translated by Jesse Kirkwood
Goyhood by Reuven Fenton
Guide Me Home (Highway 59 #3) by Attica Locke
Home and Alone by Daniel Stern
Housemates by Emma Copley Eisenberg
An Instruction in Shadow (Inheritance of Magic #2) by Benedict Jacka
Love Live Evil (Time of Iron #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan
My Kaddish by Thérèse Masson
The Safekeep by Yael van der Wouden
Sargassa (Ex Romana #1) by Sophie Burnham
Saying No to Hate by Norman H. Finkelstein
The Scholar and the Last Faerie Door by H.G. Parry
Sorcery and Small Magics (Wildersongs Trilogy #1) by Maiga Doocy
Wheel of the Infinite by Martha Wells
Where is Anybody? (Gideon Sable #5) by Simon R. Green


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It’s a lot. I know it’s a lot. It’s so many that they won’t all fit into the Instagram post because no one would be able to read it without a TON of magnification. That being said, the book I’ve been looking forward to the most and the longest is one of the shortest books in the stack – Chaotic Aperitifs. I ADORED the first Hidden Dishes book, The Nameless Restaurant and have been itching for this second book for MONTHS.

The book I’m really, really curious about is The Author’s Guide to Murder by Team W (that’s Williams, Willig and White). The authors are three great tastes that really go great together, and the blurb sounds like it might be a bit of Magpie Murders and I’m certainly here for THAT!

There are several very pretty covers this time around. My personal faves are In the Shadow of the Ship, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, The Summer Swap and To Gaze Upon Wicked Gods. The titles that have me shaking my head, at least when seen together, are Things That Cause Inappropriate Happiness and Your Presence is Mandatory because I think they’re sending utterly opposed messages.

We’ll certainly see in the months ahead.

For Review:
The Author’s Guide to Murder by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Karen White
A Brutal Design by Zachary C. Solomon
Chaotic Aperitifs (Hidden Dishes #2) by Tao Wong
A Cold War Exodus by Shaul Kelner
Cracking the Nazi Code by Jason Bell
Crypt of the Moon Spider (Lunar Gothic Trilogy #1) by Nathan Ballingrud
Deluge edited by Jamie Stern-Weiner
The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo (audio)
Ghost Station by S.A. Barnes (eARC and audio)
Graveyard Shift by M.L. Rio
Hugging My Father’s Ghost by Zack Rogow
In the Shadow of the Ship (Xuya Universe) by Aliette de Bodard
Liberty Street by Jason K. Friedman
Love You a Latke by Amanda Elliot
My Thirty-Minute Bar Mitzvah by Denis Hirson
New Adventures in Space Opera edited by Jonathan Strahan
A Plague of Cholera and Other Stories by Jonah Rosenfeld, translated by Rachel Mines
The Rulebreaker by Susan Page
The Secret Mind of Bertha Pappenheim by Gabriel Brownstein
Shylock’s Venice by Harry Freedman
Somewhere Beyond the Sea (Cerulean Chronicles #2) by TJ Klune
The Summer Swap by Sarah Morgan
Tap Dancing on Everest by Mimi Zieman
Things That Cause Inappropriate Happiness by Danila Botha
To Gaze Upon Wicked Gods by Molly X. Chang (eARC and audio)
Victory Parade by Leela Corman
Your Presence is Mandatory by Sasha Vasilyuk

Purchased from Amazon/Audible/Etc.:
Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes


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If anything turns out to be horribly awry in this post, I’m blaming it on Luna. She sat on the keyboard and somehow managed to both erase the graphic above AND reduce the display font by 50%. I think I caught everything she oh-so-helpfully did, but it’s hard to be certain when there is a feline agency involved with ANYTHING.

For Review:
As A Burning Flame by Noa Mishkin
Blank by Zibby Owens
Children of the Dead by Elfriede Jelinek, translated by Gitta Honegger
Exploring American Jewish History through 50 Historic Treasures by Avi Y. Decter
Fear the Flames (Fear the Flames #1) by Olivia Rose Darling
Green World by Michelle Ephraim
The Hebrew Teacher by Maya Arad, translated by Jessica Cohen
Herod the Great by Martin Goodman
Israel’s Black Panthers by Asaf Elia-Shalev
It Could Be Worse by Dara Levan
Mazaltob by Blanche Bendahan
My Dearest Mackenzie by Rachel Blaufeld
The Necessity of Exile by Shaul Magid
Out of the Darkness: The Germans, 1942-2022 by Frank Trentmann
The Terrifying Realm of the Possible by Brett Gelman
Traces of a Jewish Artist by Kerry Wallach
Unalone by Jessica Jacobs
Worry by Alexandra Tanner

Purchased from Amazon/Audible/Etc.:
Clockwork Cairo: Steampunk Tales of Egypt edited by Matthew Bright

Borrowed from the Library:
Iron Flame (Empyrean #2) by Rebecca Yarros


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In this week’s stack I have some real gems, some real curiosities, and some books I’m just plain looking forward to.

There are several pretty covers this time around. My personal faves are The Night Ends with Fire, The Price of Redemption and Rough Pages. Rough Pages is also the book I’m most looking forward to because I’ve adored the Evander “Andy” Mills series so far, especially in audio.

The books I’m seriously curious about are The Mercy of Gods, The Secret War of Julia Child and The Village Library Demon-Hunting Society.

I’ve never read (or watched) The Expanse. By the time it got to be a big thing it was already several books in, they are none of them short, and I just couldn’t make myself pick it up in the middle. The Mercy of Gods is the first book in a new series, so I’ll finally get to see what all the fuss is about and get in on the ground floor, so to speak. I picked up The Secret War of Julia Child because I loved Mastering the Art of French Murder and now I’m just so curious that I could not resist this one. I got The Village Library Demon-Hunting Society for the title. Really, truly. When I read the description of Buffy mixed with Murder, She Wrote featuring a librarian as the amateur detective, I was all in.

Yes, this stack is huge. And…they’re going to be like this for a while. Because…reasons. I’m on a book judging committee for one of  the American Library Association’s Book and Media Awards. Which committee has changed over the years, but the deluge of books is a constant. I review a minimum of five books every month for Library Journal – sometimes more if I’m lucky. This is one of the ‘lucky’ months. And then there are the books I pick up because I simply can’t resist, which generally explains the rest of any given stack. In the end, I review about half of what I get, for a ‘long tail’ definition of eventually. But upfront it always looks like a LOT – only because it is.

For Review:
The Amen Effect by Sharon Brous
Blood of the Old Kings by Sung-il Kim
The Book of Elsewhere by Keanu Reeves and China Miéville
Elusive (Scarlet Revolution #2) by Genevieve Cogman
The Ghost Cat by Alex Howard
This Great Hemisphere by Mateo Askaripour
Investigating Babyn Yar by Martin C. Dean
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 40 edited by Jody Lynn Nye
Lady Macbeth by Ava Reid
The Mercy of Gods (Captive’s War #1) by James S.A. Corey
The Night Ends with Fire (Night Ends with Fire #1) by K.X. Song
The Ornithologist’s Field Guide to Love (Love’s Academic #1) by India Holton
The Price of Redemption (Tides of Magic #1) by Shawn Carpenter
A Revolution in Type by Ayelet Brinn
Rough Pages (Evander Mills #3) by Lev AC Rosen
The Secret of the Three Fates (Ruby Vaughn #2) by Jess Armstrong
The Secret War of Julia Child by Diana R. Chambers
A Sephardi Turkish Patriot by Anthony Gad Bigio
Subculture Vulture by Moshe Kasher (Jan)
This World is Not Yours by Kemi Ashing-Giwa
The Village Library Demon-Hunting Society by C.M. Waggoner
We Are Only Ghosts by Jeffrey L. Richards
Writings on Yiddish and Yiddishkayt: The War Years, 1939-1945 by Isaac Bashevis Singer


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This is certainly an interesting batch, isn’t it? Ironically, the prettiest cover might be Haunt Sweet Home – either that or The Phoenix Bride. Full Speed to a Crash Landing is definitely the most ‘interesting’ title, while it and The Bloodless Princes are the books I’m most looking forward to out of this week’s rather large stack.

For Review:
Adam Unrehearsed by Don Futterman
Alfred Dreyfus by Maurice Samuels
The Bloodless Princes (Fireborne Blade #2) by Charlotte Bond
A Brilliant Life by Rachelle Unreich
Full Speed to a Crash Landing (Chaotic Orbits #1) by Beth Revis
Haunt Sweet Home by Sarah Pinsker
Henrietta Szold by Francine Klagsbrun
Horizons Blossom, Borders Vanish by Anna Elena Torres
The Last Ships from Hamburg by Steven Ujifusa
A New Lease on Death by Olivia Blacke
Newshawks in Berlin by Larry Heinzerling and Randy Herschaft with Ann Cooper
On Her Own by Lihi Lapid, translated by Sondra Silverston
The Phoenix Bride by Natasha Siegel
Propaganda and Persecution by Renee Poznanski
The Scrolls of Deborah (Desert Songs Trilogy #1) by Esther Goldenberg
Spinoza by Ian Buruma
Stranger in the Desert by Jordan Salama
Sweet Malida by Zilda Joseph
Time’s Agent by Brenda Peynado
What We Sacrifice for Magic by Andrea Jo DeWerd


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A bigger stack this week than the last several. That’s how it goes!

The prettiest cover feels like a tie between The Scent of Hours and Truly Madly Magically. I think they are both pretty just not in the same way – which makes it more difficult to judge. The book that’s making my curiosity bump itch is Lost to Eternity – because it’s a followup to Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (AKA “the one with the whales”) and I LOVED that movie.The book I’m looking most forward to is Passions in Death by J.D. Robb. I always look forward to the next In Death book because I need to find out how all my peeps are doing!

For Review:
Burn (Fury Brothers #3) by Anna Hackett
Every Time We Say Goodbye by Natalie Jenner
The Forbidden Daughter by Zipora Klein Jakob
Gaytheist by Lonnie Mann and Ryan Gatts
The Holocaust by Dan Stone
Jack Ruby by Danny Fingeroth
Lost to Eternity (Star Trek: The Original Series) by Greg Cox
The Lost Van Gogh by Jonathan Santlofer
Passions in Death (In Death #59) by J.D. Robb
The Scent of Hours by Barbara O’Neal
The Secret That Is Not a Secret by Jay Michaelson
Truly Madly Magically (Witchlore #3) by Hazel Beck
You’ll Never Find Me (Angelhart Investigations #1) by Allison Brennan

Purchased from Amazon/Audible/Etc.:
Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner


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A bit of a short stack this week, not helped by cutting things off a day early to get stuff done AND the books that don’t have cover art yet.

For Review:
Asunder by Kerstin Hall
Between Dragons and Their Wrath (Shattered Kingdom #1) by Devin Madson
A Jewel in the Crown (Secret Churchill Files #1) by David Lewis
The Lost Story by Meg Shaffer
Murder at King’s Crossing (Wrexford & Sloane #8) by Andrea Penrose


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An interesting batch of covers that should be twice as big, but half the books I picked up this week don’t have cover art yet! So what you see is not exactly what I got.

This is another eclectic batch of covers as well, particularly House of Open Wounds with its extremely busy cover. Then again, based on the first entry in its series, City of Last Chances, I suspect that cover is a case of ‘truth in advertising’ and that it will be an extremely busy book as well! Although at the time I reviewed City of Last Chances for Library Journal it read as if it was a standalone. Before I read the second book, I’m planning to go back and listen to the audio to try and figure out what clues I missed.

For Review:
A Body at the Dance Hall (London Ladies’ Murder Club #3) by Marty Wingate
Death on the Tiber (Flavia Albia #12) by Lindsey Davis
Haunted Ever After by Jen DeLuca
Januaries by Olivie Blake
She Who Knows: Firespitter by Nnedi Okorafor

Purchased from Amazon/Audible/Etc.:
The Book of Phoenix (Who Fears Death #0) by Nnedi Okorafor (ebook and audio)
House of Open Wounds (Tyrant Philosophers #2) by Adrian Tchaikovsky (ebook and audio)

Borrowed from the Library:
Ghosts of Honolulu by Mark Harmon and Leon Carroll


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This week’s covers fall into two categories. Either they’re really pretty or they’re just pretty weird, and not much in the middle. As much as I can’t resist a library, I think the prettiest covers are Daughter of the Merciful Deep and The God and the Gumiho, although I could certainly understand if someone liked Lady Eve’s Last Con better than either. As far as weird goes, well, I was already headed down an internet rabbit hole when I spotted Centaur and Sensibility and decided “what the heck” because seriously, WTF?

After having said all of that the book in this stack I’ve been most looking forward to is the next Gamache book by Louise Penny, The Grey Wolf. Nineteen books in and that series is STILL awesome.

For Review:
Convergence Problems by Wole Talabi
Daughter of the Merciful Deep by Leslye Penelope
The God and the Gumiho (Fate’s Thread #1) by Sophie Kim
The Grey Wolf (Chief Inspector Gamache #19) by Louise Penny
Lady Eve’s Last Con by Rebecca Fraimow
The Underground Library by Jennifer Ryan

Purchased from Amazon/Audible/Etc.:
The Annual Migration of Clouds by Premee Mohamed (ebook and audio)
Centaur and Sensibility (Regency Bestiary for Fine Ladies and Gentlemen #1) by Quenby Olson
Manticore Park (Regency Bestiary for Fine Ladies and Gentlemen #2) by Quenby Olson


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How is it that something that is so ubiquitous it is literally called ‘the common cold’ manages to make a person feel so uncommonly miserable with so little warning? You’d think I’d get plenty of reading done while I’m sniffling and coughing, but looking down to read just makes everything worse. I think it’s finally on its way out, but it feels like it’s taking twice as long to leave as it did to arrive.

Yuck. And I repeat. YUCK.

Something definitely not yucky that I participate in every year is serving on one of the American Library Association’s adult book awards committees. This year it’s the Sophie Brody Medal Committee, which administers “an award to the U.S. author of the most distinguished contribution to Jewish literature (fiction and/or non-fiction) for adults published in the United States” published during the year. In this particular case, published during the year 2024.

Being on one of the ALA book award committees, whichever committee it happens to be in a given year, does influence which books I pick up from NetGalley and Edelweiss, and boxes of books show up at my front door on a regular basis. So the titles that may be under consideration will appear in my stacks, but won’t be noted as such, and this is the last time I’ll mention the committee until the winner(s) are officially announced in January 2025. Which seems like a lifetime from now and already too damn close, both at the same time.

For Review:
The Dallergut Dream Department Store by Miye Lee
Dear Edna Sloane by Amy Shearn
Fervor by Toby Lloyd
The Goldie Standard by Simi Monheit
In the Shadow of the Greenbrier by Emily Matchar
An Intrigue of Witches (Secret Society #1) by Esme Addison
Judaism is About Love by Shai Held
The Kill List (Inspector Anjelica Henley #3) by Nadine Matheson
Mastering the Art of French Murder (American in Paris #1) by Colleen Cambridge
A Murder Most French (American in Paris #2) by Colleen Cambridge
Opening Doors by Hasia R. Diner
Summer’s End (Shady Hollow #5) by Juneau Black
To Be A Jew Today by Noah Feldman
Toward a Holy Ecology by Ellen Bernstein


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