Stacking the Shelves

It’s been a bit of a weird and wonderful week for me, as far as acquisitions go — which surprises nobody, really. My trip last weekend to a consciousness workshop in London was really interested, and prompted pretty much all the non-fiction I’ve picked up, and then I had a three hour monster exam on Wednesday on maths and science, and my mother provided a nice chunk of Amazon voucher to reward me, so… yeah. Books!

I don’t know if I mentioned I also got a new Kindle recently — a Kindle Voyage, which has been christened Glyph, and which I should write a review of soon.


Cover of The Edge of Uncertainty by Michael Brooks Cover of 13 Things That Don't Make Sense by Michael Brooks Cover of The Technological Singularity by Murray Shanahan

Cover of The Tell-Tale Brain by V.S. Ramachandran Cover of Self Comes to Mind by Antonio Damasio Cover of A Portrait of the Brain by Adam Zeman

Cover of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks

I know, I know, it’s a little unbelievable I haven’t read more of Sacks’ work already. Working on it!

On a side note, since this week covered my weird reading habits, here’s a weird blogging habit: I prefer multiples of three for covers in a row. Two is acceptable. That Oliver Sacks cover on its own is a travesty that, if I’d noticed before, I’d have fixed by getting out another library book on neurology.

Fiction (bought)

Cover of The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker Cover of The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente Cover of Chapelwood by Cherie Priest

Cover of The Heart of Valour by Tanya Huff Cover of Valour's Trial by Tanya Huff Cover of The Truth of Valour by Tanya Huff

Cover of Farlander by Col Buchanan Cover of Sunset Mantle by Alter S. Reiss

Sunset Mantle was blurbed by Jo Walton, so I’m very much looking forward to it. I noticed the Tanya Huff books were only £2.50 ish each on Kindle, so I grabbed ’em to complete my collection. Goodness knows when I’ll get round to all this reading…

Fiction (library)

Cover of The Gate to Women's Country by Sherri S. Tepper Cover of London Falling by Paul Cornell Cover of Hard to Be A God by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky

I have a challenge/resolution to read more of the SF Masterworks, and I’ve been meaning to try London Falling for a while, so they were my somewhat random choices at the library.

And that’s it! It’s been a busy ol’ week. How’s everyone else been doing? What have you been reading, acquiring, reviewing and squealing over? Do tell.

33 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves

  1. Two of my favourite words in the English language are ‘Amazon Voucher’!!! I’ve got a pile of Tanya Huff books sitting on my shelf which I’ve been meaning to get to for about 5 years now! Honestly, I really need to get some of these books looked at as I officially have NO space on ANY of my bookcases and no space to get another one. Grrr! The trials of being a book addict…Enjoy your purchases!

    • Yep! Especially in that combination, heh. Tanya Huff’s books are fun! They’re like comforting fluff for me. I’m in the same boat re: bookcases. I’ve got three boxes full of books in my room (plus a fourth just containing library books, which is overflowing — I have a problem, clearly).

  2. Oh, Amazon certificates…score!

    All of these books and authors are new to me except for Tanya Huff. I’ve heard this was supposed to be her best series.

    Great haul! Happy reading!!

  3. I hope you did well on your exams. So many books from a lot of different genres. I hope you love all your new books this week.

    Grace @ Books of Love

    • You know, I don’t even know the plot of Farlander or anything, but it was 99p, so I figured… why not? Heh. The new covers (also the Titan paperback cover)… I was okay with them, but then I noticed that they’re all essentially the same (I hadn’t really registered anything but the colour changes, I think!) and I’m not fond of that.

  4. Great haul of books! I think the Valor books by Huff are the only ones of hers that I haven’t read so will have to check them out! Have just downloaded Sunset Mantle, if Jo says it’s good then it must be 🙂

    Good luck with the exam results, enjoy your new books and happy reading!

  5. I really want to read The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. I agree with you about covers looking best in multiples of 3…I hate it when I just have 1 book to talk about. It stands out so much!! Haha.

    The covers of the Fairyland books are all so beautiful but for some reason I keep putting off that series.

  6. Huh, Chapelwood looks interesting. Is that a direct sequel to the last one? *squints* I personally thought that Maplecroft felt pretty singular, so I’m a little surprised to see a new one.

    Hopefully that’s a good book!

  7. Wow, fabulous haul! I am not super familiar with any of these, but some of the titles and/or covers have me curious, so it looks like I am off to Goodreads 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

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