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This is a list that has a little bit of everything. When I read Slough House earlier this year, I wanted to read the earlier books in the series. Lo and behold, two of them turned up on Edelweiss. There are several books on this stack that I’ve been specifically waiting for, the new Lady Sherlock, the new Viola Shipman and the new Nnedi Okorafor. And then there’s the one I picked up for the title. Of course that would be The Cat Who Saved Books, because naturally I was curious. (My cats are more inclined to knock books over into one of their scattered water dishes) But the cover of this one is adorable and the story looks fascinating. We’ll see!

For Review:
The Black Coast (God-King Chronicles #1) by Mike Brooks
The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa
Dead Lions (Slough House #2) by Mick Herron
Dolphin Junction by Mick Herron
Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin
The Fallen (Outside #2) by Ada Hoffman
Far from the Light of Heaven by Tade Thompson
The Grandmother Plot by Caroline B. Cooney
Hacking Mr. CEO (Billionaire Heists #3) by Anna Hackett
The Hand of the Sun King (Pact & Pattern #1) by J.T. Greathouse
Miss Moriarty, I Presume? (Lady Sherlock #6) by Sherry Thomas
Noor by Nnedi Okorafor
Pearl by Josh Malerman
Reprieve by James Han Mattson
The Second Life of Mirielle West by Amanda Skenandore
The Secret of Snow by Viola Shipman
Slow Horses (Slough House #1) by Mick Herron
A Thorn in the Saddle (Cowboys of California #3) by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Mother of All (Women’s War #3) by Jenna Glass (audio)


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This particular stack includes three books I’ve been waiting for and one that I’ve already read. Not that they ALL don’t look interesting! This list isn’t quite as eclectic as last week’s, either, as more of these books are either in genres or series that are near and dear to my heart. Which ones will turn out to be the cream of the crop? That’s anybody’s guess. But it sure will be fun finding out!

For Review:
Abandoned in Death (In Death #54) by J.D. Robb
At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis
Buried Memories (Ishmael Jones #10) by Simon R. Green
Closing Costs by Bracken MacLeod
Donut Fall in Love by Jackie Lau
Electric Idol (Dark Olympus #2) by Katee Robert
Faithless by Hunter Shea
The House of Ashes by Stuart Neville
In Every Mirror She’s Black by Lolá Ákínmádé Åkerström
Isolate (Grand Illusion #1) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi
The Liar’s Knot (Rook & Rose #2) by M.A. Carrick
The Lighthouse Witches by C.J. Cooke
Observations by Gaslight: Stories from the World of Sherlock Holmes by Lyndsay Faye
The Reluctant King by K’wan
Shadows Have Offended (Star Trek: The Next Generation) by Cassandra Rose Clarke (REVIEW!!!)
Sistersong by Lucy Holland


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Well, this is certainly an eclectic stack of books! I think the one I’m most curious about is Deadly Summer Nights. It’s the concept. The idea of a cozy mystery series set among the Catskills holiday resorts in the 1950s is intriguing, to say the least. Maybe the author was wondering what kind of a story Dirty Dancing would have been if it had been a mystery instead of a drama. I’m not at all sure about the whole idea, but I’m certainly willing to find out!

For Review:
The 22 Murders of Madison May by Max Barry
Body Shocks: Extreme Tales of Body Horror edited by Ellen Datlow
Deadly Summer Nights (Catskill Summer Resort #1) by Vicki Delany
Designs on the Dead (Death in Paris #3) by Emilia Bernhard
A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham
The Good Turn (Cormac Reilly #3) by Dervla McTiernan
Hyde by Craig Russell
An Impossible Promise (Providence Falls #2) by Jude Deveraux and Tara Sheets
The Inheritance by JoAnn Ross
The Liar of Red Valley by Walter Goodwater
The Lost Girls by Jessica Chiarella
Perfect Timing by Owen Nicholls
Pirate’s Promise (Sentinels of Savannah #5) by Lisa Kessler
The Shaadi Set-Up by Lillie Vale
Sisters of the Great War by Suzanne Feldman
The Throwback List by Lily Anderson
When Ghosts Come Home by Wiley Cash
The Wicked Widow (Wicked City #3) by Beatriz Williams
The Wildest Ride (Closed Circuit #1) by Marcella Bell

Borrowed from the Library:
The Henna Artist (Jaipur Trilogy #1) by Alka Joshi


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For those in the U.S., happy Independence Day weekend! It’s even a three-day weekend this year as the actual holiday falls on Sunday so it’s “officially” celebrated on Monday. At the moment, I’m in the middle of reading four completely different epic fantasies, and I kind of need to finish one over the weekend. Murphy’s Law means that the one I most want to finish is the one I’m listening to rather than reading – and it’s a MUCH better listening experience so I’ll have to read something else to myself. That’s just the way the cookie crumbles.

Whatever you decide to do for the long weekend – if you have it – I hope it’s fun!

For Review:
All the Tommys in the World by Javier Gombinsky
April in Spain (Quirke #8) by John Banville
The Basel Killings (Inspector Hunkeler #1) by Hansjörg Schneider
The Brides of Maracoor (Another Day #1) by Gregory Maguire
Bright Familiar (Bonds of Magic #2) by Jeffe Kennedy
The Duke Who Loved Me (Duke’s Estates #1) by Jane Ashford
Emily’s House by Amy Belding Brown
For the Love of April French by Penny Aimes
Girl In Ice by Erica Ferencik
Isn’t It Bromantic? (Bromance Book Club #4) by Lyssa Kay Adams
The Knight’s Tale (Geoffrey Chaucer #1) by M.J. Trow
A Marvellous Light (Last Binding #1) by Freya Marske
The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven by Nathaniel Ian Miller
My Mistress’ Eyes are Raven Black by Terry Roberts
The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish
Papa Lucy & the Boneman by Jason Fischer
The Pariah (Covenant of Steel #1) by Anthony Ryan
Shadows of Eternity by Gregory Benford
Shallow Waters by Anita Kopacz
The Show Girl by Nicola Harrison
We Are the Brennans by Tracey Lange
When Things Get Dark: Stories Inspired by Shirley Jackson edited by Ellen Datlow


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Anyone who has ever wondered how these stacks get to be quite so tall needs to take a look at the picture of one week’s deliveries in last Sunday’s Sunday Post. Because it’s splendiferous. And awesome. And OVERWHELMING. If you want to show it to your spouse or significant other to get them to understand that your book habit could be much, much worse, feel free. My mom never did understand that just because I worked in a library it didn’t mean that I didn’t really want to OWN ALL THE BOOKS in my favorite genres. Because I did. And I still do! Even if I do reluctantly admit that THAT is not an achievable goal. Because the house would collapse.

For Review:
After Dark with the Duke (Palace of Rogues #4) by Julie Anne Long
Battle Royal by Lucy Parker
Best Laid Plans (Nora Best #1) by Gwen Florio
Bone Chase by Weston Ochse
Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka
By Any Other Name by Lauren Kate
City on Fire by Don Winslow
Count the Ways by Joyce Maynard
Cruel as the Grave (Bill Slider #22) by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Dark Stars: New Tales of Darkest Horror edited by John F.D. Taff
False Witness by Karin Slaughter
Faye, Faraway by Helen Fisher
I Kissed a Girl by Jennet Alexander
In the Crypt with a Candlestick by Daisy Waugh
The Last Garden in England by Julia Kelly
Love, Chai and Other Four-Letter Words (Chai Masala Club #1) by Annika Sharma
Midnight Water City (Water City Trilogy #1) by Chris McKinney
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles (audio)
Seven Visitations of Sydney Burgess by Andy Marino
Shipped by Angie Hockman
Star Eater by Kerstin Hall (audio)

Purchased from Amazon/Audible/Tor BOMC
Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen #1) by Steven Erickson


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Today is Juneteenth! And for the very first time, it’s a federal holiday. While it’s about time for the holiday, it is kind of amazing that it got signed into law this week and immediately went into effect. Next year, Juneteenth will be on the same Sunday as Father’s Day.

For Review:
Blackmailing Mr. Bossman (Billionaire Heists #2) by Anna Hackett
Children of Red Peak by Craig DiLouie
Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M. Valente
The Devil You Know (Mercenary Librarians #2) by Kit Rocha
The Free Bastards (Lot Lands #3) by Jonathan French
The Heart Principle (Kiss Quotient #3) by Helen Hoang
The Maleficent Seven by Cameron Johnston
Reality and Other Stories by John Lanchester
The Scholars of Night by John M. Ford
The Starless Crown (Moon Fall #1) by James Rollins
Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo
Sword & Citadel (Book of the New Sun #2) by Gene Wolfe
White Top (Miranda Chase NTSB #8) by M.L. Buchman

Borrowed from the Library:
Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan
Life’s Too Short (Friend Zone #3) by Abby Jimenez
The Power Couple by Alex Berenson
The Survivors by Jane Harper
The Unwilling by John Hart


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After reading All the Feels several months early, I couldn’t resist looking for more of Olivia Dade’s books – just in case I need another reading pick-me-up sometime soon.  Because of course I will. I don’t know about you, but HAVING to read something was always the kiss of death when I was in school. Sometimes I still feel that way – or sometimes I’m just not feeling the book I happen to have in hand!

On an entirely different note, my curiosity bump itches something terrible about the Laurell K. Hamilton book. I loved the first few books of the Anita Blake series before it got to the porn-with-little-plot point, and kept reading them long after I should have stopped. I can’t help but wonder if this new series is going to be more like those early books – or more like the later ones. We’ll see.

For Review:
Bloodline by Jess Lourey
Bombshell (Hell’s Belles #1) by Sarah MacLean
Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes
Dear Miss Metropolitan by Carolyn Ferrell
A Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya Lalli
The Lady Gets Lucky (Fifth Avenue Rebels #2) by Joanna Shupe
The Mixtape by Brittainy Cherry
Scream to the Shadows by Tunku Halim
A Secret Never Told (Lady Dunbridge #4) by Shelley Noble
Shiftless (Night Shift #3) by TA Moore
The Singles Table by Sara Desai
A Terrible Fall of Angels (Zaniel Havelock #1) by Laurell K. Hamilton

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
40-Love (There’s Something About Marysburg #2) by Olivia Dade
The Haunting of the Desks (Sparks and Bainbridge #2.5) by Allison Montclair
Practical Boots (The Torn #1) by C.E. Murphy
Sweetest in the Gale (There’s Something About Marysburg #3) by Olivia Dade
Teach Me (There’s Something About Marysburg #1) by Olivia Dade


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Stacking the Shelves Meme Official Re-Launch

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! And audiobooks. Don’t forget audiobooks!

In other words, if you can read it or if it can be read to you – no matter how you got it – it belongs in Stacking the Shelves.

The Stacking the Shelves meme was originally hosted at Team Tynga’s Reviews. For the last few years it’s been co-hosted at Team Tynga’s and here at Reading Reality.

Reading Reality became the one and only host of Stacking the Shelves when Team Tynga’s Reviews closed its virtual doors in 2021.

You are welcome to use my Stacking the Shelves image. I’d like to give a big SHOUT OUT to Michelle@Because Reading – Ms. Limabean Designs herself – for the image.

SO…create your own Stacking The Shelves post. You can use my graphic or your own, but please link back to Reading Reality so more people can join the fun!

I am posting Stacking The Shelves on Saturdays, but feel free to post yours any day that fits you.

Be sure to visit Reading Reality on Saturday and add your link so others can visit you!

Visit other participants’ links to find out what they added to their shelves!

So many books, so little time, and so many glorious stacks!