Saturday, July 6, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #54


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature co-hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality. It is a chance to showcase all the goodies you've collected throughout the week, whether they're bought on-line or in-store, an ARC or a final copy, borrowed from a friend or the library, physical or digital, etc. Never has my addiction been more obvious than when I am now keeping track of every single book I acquire.

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I am reeeeeeally trying to slow down on my library grabs because it is already July, and school starts in a little over a month. Time is slipping away too quickly, and Eleanor and I are quickly losing days to explore and adventure around the city!

What did you add to your stash this week?

Happy Reading!
Sarah

26 comments:

  1. Summer is flying by. I thought June started out okay at a kind of lesurely pace, but then bam July arrived and we're past the 4th already!?!

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    1. I know!!!! :'( I always feel the same way, we dawdle along through June and then OMG IT IS JULY AND SCHOOL STARTS IN A MONTH+. It is terribly upsetting.

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  2. Interesting title for the Mary Tudor book..."The White Queen", albiet in French?

    I probably shouldn't have, but I bought two Star Trek anthologies (both 25th anniversary collections published to celebrate ST TOS and ST TNG) used, as well as two $1 Kindle ST books (a revered classic called "My Enemy, My Ally", as well one by the Relaunch author Christopher L Bennett called "Uncertain Logic", set in the Rise of the Federation series. I've had a Trek itch lately but STD is hot garbage at the beginning, and I haven't yet plowed through to the "good stuff" allegedly waiting for me. I figure visiting prime Trek - -Star Trek at its prime, not simply the first Trek universe -- will do nicely.

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    1. Oh! And "The United States of Beer", also a bookbubs cheapie. And then a book on hacker investigations in the 1980s.

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    2. Yes, I have not read it yet, but she was married to Louis briefly, three months or so I think? So I am not sure if only her letters survived from that period, or why Sarah chose that title. I will be getting to it soon though.

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    3. I know nothing about Star Trek at all, so I will not judge if those purchases were okay or not, haha.

      I read the beer book not too long ago. It was a pretty decent look at how beer has evolved, but the author is also kind of annoying.

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    4. I figure...what the heck, it's only $2.

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    5. Yep, it was on sale at the time.

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    6. It's not terrible, so the $2 is not ill-spent.

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  3. I want to read Helter Skelter one of these days. Since I knew this post was coming today I did my count first thing: 5 books in, 3 from the library and 2 purchased from Barnes & Noble, a hardcover and a paperback. The one I am most excited about is Chimes of a Lost Cathedral by Janet Fitch, the second volume to her story of a Russian woman during the revolution. The first volume, The Revolution of Marina M was up there with Hilary Mantel for historical fiction.
    Here is what is cool about this meme: also every Friday morning I go back over my little lists of books in and cross off the ones I have read. I am really reading most of them!

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    1. I am not sure I will actually read Helter Skelter. I too have wanted to read it for a long time, but I also just can not fathom the depths of that evil. There are several photos of the murderers and I just can't even look at them. And Charles Manson is right up there with Rasputin for my least favorite photos to look at because they are terrifying and disgusting.

      I am glad that this little post helps you out - once you really start paying attention, you can see if you are making progress or not. Good job!

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  4. A better than expected haul for me this week but that includes a few slow books from Amazon. I *was* looking for a book explaining how Washington's revolutionary army retook the airports from the British but couldn't find one anywhere... [grin]

    Fiction:

    Buller's Dreadnought by Richard Hough
    Buller's Victory by Richard Hough
    Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness
    Murder in Midsummer edited by Cecily Gayford
    Our Friends in Berlin by Anthony Quinn
    Points of Danger by Edward Marston

    Non-Fiction:

    Lords of the Desert - Britain's Struggle with America to Dominate the Middle East by James Barr
    Shadowplay: Behind the Lines and Under Fire - The Inside Story of Europe's Last War by Tim Marshall

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    1. There's a series on Netflix called Midsomer Mruders. It's about this quaint English village with an appalling murder rate. Any relation, you think?


      @Cyberkitten: Wasn't that the Trenton raid? Washington used paratroopers and caught the Germans sleeping, because it wasn't flying weather. Then the French showed up with u-boats and it was all over.

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    2. Oh, I know Midsomer Murders. Never seen any of them though! The 'Murder in Midsummer' book is a collection of classic murder short stories. Looked like fun and it was in the "Buy One Get One Half Price" pile so.....

      Why Trump couldn't just say "Sorry, I misspoke" with a shrug & a laugh rather than blaming the teleprompter..... [shakes head]. It just makes him look even stupider.

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    3. I don't know if it's in his constitution to back down from anything. Double down and keep moving is more of his tactic.

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    4. CK - OBVIOUSLY! Washington led his men after Valley Forge straight on to LaGuardia. I seriously CAN. NOT. with this shit. And while trumplethinskin's critics point out time and again how stupid he is and this is all fucking ridiculous, his base makes excuses and doesn't care that he is a fucking moron. And what REALLY gets me too is the fact that he constantly gave Obama shit for using a teleprompter, saying no president should use one. And when his 'malfunctions', he just started winging it, clearly showing he has no grasp of US history. What could have possibly made him think it made any sense at all that there were airports in 1776?! Does he even know when that war was fought?! No, he doesn't, because he is stupid and now there goes my blood pressure again. OI!

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    5. Stephen - Agreed. Deflect, blame others, charge forward and hope everyone forgets.

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  5. I haven't heard of any of these books before, but they all sound interesting!

    Here’s my Stacking the Shelves!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. Thank you for coming by Ronyell! I finished The Five already and it was really good. Helter Skelter is about the murders committed by Charles Manson's followers, including Sharon Tate, Roman Polanski's wife who was 8 and a half months pregnant. Not sure if I will actually work up the courage to read it though, it is so horrifying.

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  6. June flew by sooooo fast! Even July is already going by so quick! I haven't heard of these before but I hope you enjoy!
    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

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    1. I KNOW, RIGHT?! I swear just yesterday school was out and now we are almost ready to start again. Happy Reading, Genesis!

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  7. A friend texted me the other day to ask about going in on school supplies together since she wants to buy bulk. All I could think of was, oh my gosh, is it that time again?! School for my daughter starts back up in mid-August. Probably right when our temperatures start in the triple digits, I'm sure. We've been lucky so far. Anyhow, on to the subject at hand, The Five is one I've had my eye on. I am glad to see you enjoyed it! The other two sound good as well! Although I imagine Helter Skelter won't be an easy read.

    (The humor coming out over Trump's "teleprompter error" have been hilarious. I'm with Cyberkitten; I think he would have been better off just admitting he misspoke than blaming something else. But as Stephen said, that isn't his style.)

    I hope you have a great week!

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    1. Uuuugggghhhh, yes it almost that time! Teacher days begin in early August and students start back in I think the second or third week. I am not entirely sure and I put off looking at the calendar until I absolutely have to.

      The book really is great, I love it. There is supposition, because there has to be for the parts of their lives where there is no information. But I think the author did a really good job balancing this and placing it in the context of what would have been typical of the time. All of these women deserved better than they were treated in the wake of their murders, and this book starts to right that wrong. I really loved the fact that the author did not go into detail of their actual murders, but ended each chapter right at that point. The murders have been glorified enough, and this is a welcome change to the slew of titles already available.

      It would have done him well to do so, but he is all bluster and bullshit, so he will never admit he screwed up!

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  8. I read Helter Skelter many many years ago but to be honest I can't recall if I liked it or not. That was during my true crime phase.

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    1. I am wary of it. Manson chills me like no other. He and Rasputin are both so thoroughly disgusting to me, but managed to compel large groups of followers. I do believe Manson was truly pure evil. I can hardly look at photos of him, even though he is dead now. There's something there that terrifies me.

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