Saturday, April 16, 2022

Stacking the Shelves #188


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature hosted by 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.

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  1. One? I am impressed! I've been a 'little' more.... productive.

    So... Birthday, trip to favourite Indie bookshop, presents from friends, a few other purchases and.... two weeks to report. It's going to be quite a list so you might want to grab a coffee. On the plus side (for your TBR) about half of the list is Fiction and nearly all of that Classic crime novels, so of little interest to you I'm guessing. I'm afraid that you might like a few of the non-fiction though. So [sound of ripping band-aid]....


    The Honour of Rome by Simon Scarrow
    The Measure of Malice - Scientific Detection Stories edited by Martin Edwards
    Death in the Tunnel by Miles Burton
    The 12.30 From Croydon by Freeman Wills Crofts
    The Notting Hill Mystery by Charles Warren Adams
    The Secret of High Eldersham by Miles Burton
    Murder in the Mill-Race - A Devon Mystery by E C R Lorac
    The Cheltenham Square Murder by John Bude
    The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
    To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
    The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    Shadows of Sherlock Holmes edited by David Stuart Davies


    The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell
    Under Every Leaf - How Great Britain Played the Great Game from Afghanistan to Africa by William Beaver
    Putin's People - How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West by Catherine Belton
    How Iceland Changed the World by Egill Bjarnason
    A Voyage for Madmen by Peter Nichols
    A Brief History of Timekeeping - The Science of Marking Time, from Stonehenge to Atomic Clocks by Chad Orzel
    Quid Pro Quo - What the Romans Really Gave the English Language by Peter Jones
    A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - Murder in Ancient Rome by Emma Southon
    I, Warbot - The Dawn of Artificially Intelligent Conflict by Kenneth Payne
    Blade Runner 2049 and Philosophy - This Breaks the World edited by Robin Bunce and Trip McCrossin

  2. Happy happy birthday! I felt bad missing last week because I knew your big birthday trip was coming up, but work has been so INSANE with kids getting verified for special education services and I have had SO many meetings before and after school that it's exhausting.

    I see a few non-fiction I am adding to my 'You Have To Read Three Books Of Your Own before Reading One From This List' list, lol:

    How Iceland Changed the World
    A Voyage for Madmen
    A Brief History of Timekeeping
    Quid Pro Quo
    A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

    So...thanks a lot :P

    1. Thanks! I still don't feel my age (except maybe first thing in the morning [lol]) and retirement is definitely agreeing with me, so there's that... I presumed it was work keeping you busy - esp this time of year. Have you had Spring Break or is that still to come? When do you 'break' for Summer?

      I did think a few of the non-fiction would appeal. I always have a little bet with myself to see which one's you like. I got most of those - except the Madmen one. Oh, and I'm scheduling a Mall trip next week - but I'm not expecting much book purchasing going on. Mostly looking for new houseplants that I can slowly kill by forgetting to water them..

    2. I am starting to get that way too - I can't sleep on the same side all night like I used to, or my hip hurts a bit in the morning! We had spring break back in March and now have about six weeks left of the year. We are done the week before Memorial Day - which is always the last Monday in May.

      I was on the fence about the Madmen one at first but after looking into the story a bit, I think I would like it a lot. I can't imagine at this point life without GPS. I need it just to get places here in the city - and to try to go around the world in a boat?! INSANE, hence the title, lol.

      I've given up on trying to have plants and flowers. It doesn't help that Eleanor and I always take a trip home in the summer for several days, and sometimes I forget that someone needs to come water them. Oops.

  3. Ooh I read her book Blood Tide a few years back...

    1. How did you like it? I have not read anything by her yet, fiction or non-fiction.

    2. It was okay. I loved the atmosphere- it was set on a Scottish island (I think it was scottish- it's been a few years) so that was spot on but I didn't love it. I would try her again though.

    3. A Scottish island is DEFINITELY a great setting! Did you ever read Madam? Soo good. I'm curious to know which she does better, so we will have to comepare notes!

  4. During the week, I have collected but two books, both non fiction, the book on I just reviewed on my blog on penguins, and I am just starting to read "The Lives of Fungi" by Britt A. Bunyard, which so far seems quite fascinating, and well done.

    1. I liked the penguin book! My daughter and I love penguins. I think I would quite like the fungi book too, so I look forward to your review!

  5. I also just gone one new book this week. Way to go with showing restraint.

    1. Thank you, you as well! I am trying to control my TBR and have made a conscious effort the last couple weeks to stay away from the library, NetGalley, etc and focus on books I own. I have been trying this for four years and the list has come down from over 5,000 to just under 2,500 now. All restraint will be gone I'm sure once I reach my goal of less than 500.

  6. This one sounded really good when I was checking all the titles out!

    1. Right?! And there are hardly ever non-fiction offerings so once I read the summary I did not even bother looking at anything else.


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