The next two weeks are going to be a bit odd. We’re going to be at the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon76) in San Jose, California for part of this week and the beginning of next week. (Insert jokes about “Do you know the way to San Jose?” here. And if that doesn’t ring any bells, schedule a trip in Peabody’s WAYBACK Machine…)
It’s not just that I’m doing a bunch of stuff early, but also that I signed up for back-to-back bloghops to have stuff to post every day. I kind of assumed that no one would really mind more chances to win Amazon Gift Cards and/or books while I’m off having a good time. I’ve also got some of Amy’s guest post scheduled next week to pick up some of the slack.
I love doing this blog (obviously or I wouldn’t still be doing it after 8 1/2 years) but it is nice to occasionally get far enough ahead to take a few days “off”. Especially somewhere I can learn about more new and new-to-me books and authors in my favorite genres!
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…
The dust is starting to settle at the new house. It’s going to settling for a while, but it is starting, at least. One of the better side effects of the move is that Freddie and Lucifer seem to be banding together more. They slink down the stairs together at night to explore the brave new world, as well as seek out fresh kibble. As soon as we get a new door installed on the back porch, they’ll be able to boldly go where no cat has gone before – at least as far as we know.
The built in shelves in my office now contain my ALA committee books and our fiction collection up to the beginning of the letter G. More shelves are upstairs, just waiting to be loaded with the rest of our library.
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.
I was right about last week’s prediction of this week’s schedule. It did turn out to be a bit more aspirational than realistic. And I think this week’s might have some of the same issues. The packers are coming today, and the movers are coming tomorrow. I’m hoping to get stuff scheduled at least through Monday if not Tuesday by the point I collapse on Saturday evening. I’m prepping this post a bit early in furtherance of that goal.
We are a bit at sixes and sevens, as they say, at this point in the moving process. We haven’t cleaned up as ruthlessly as we have in the past, on the other hand our stuff doesn’t have to move across country, and we don’t have to worry about what we do and don’t need for two, three or even six weeks. All we have to do is get everything there and start unpacking. We try to unpack the bedroom the first evening, so we don’t wake up in the morning to a sea of boxes. It helps cut down on the whelm.
Freddie and Lucifer have no idea what’s about to happen. It’s going to be an adventure!
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.
This week’s schedule seems a bit more aspirational than realistic, but I’m going with it anyway. Last week’s certainly turned out to be that way. I had surgery on Monday, and although the procedure was minor, it is throwing me for more of a loop than I expected. And the move is scheduled for a week from tomorrow, with the packers showing up a week from today. So that is also proceeding apace. So much stuff happening and so little time.
Freddie and Lucifer have no idea just how much their world is about to get thrown into a blender. I think they’re going to love the “kitty television” in the new house, but the process of getting there is not going to be something they will enjoy.
When I discovered that the publication of Hope Never Dies had been moved up from mid-August to early July I simply could not resist reading it – pretty much the way I could not resist picking it up in the first place. When I saw the blurb on Edelweiss, it struck me as a case of the bear dancing, where you’re not surprised it’s done well, you’re simply surprised that it’s done AT ALL. It was a boatload of fun. Possibly even a Trans Am trunkload of fun, as long as you fling your willing suspension of disbelief out the window before you start.
Don’t forget, today is your last chance to seize your chance at the prize in the Seas the Day Giveaway Hop. The hop ends tonight at midnight!
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!
It’s been an eventful week. Not as productive as it might have been on the blog front, but c’est la vie. Also c’est la view as I originally typed. We closed on the house on Friday, so now the fun begins. We’ll probably move around the end of July, as there’s a few things that need to be taken care of before we move in. We need to get the place that the dryer plugs into fixed before we can plug in a dryer. Also we need a dryer – and a washer. Lots of little things like that but nothing major and nothing else that prevents us from moving in. Before Worldcon in mid-August.
We moved so often, and we had our original clowder of cats for so long, that they all understood what it meant when the boxes started appearing everywhere. Freddie and Lucifer have no clue what’s about to upset their world – but they are going to love the giant catio in the new house!