Stacking the Shelves 51

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It’s Saturday again and we are approaching a heat wave. Today is gorgeous: a perfect Summer day. However, it is supposed to get hotter from tomorrow and by Monday we could be seeing temperatures of 38 degrees or over 100 in Fahrenheit. I have to say that I’m very tempted to pack up the cat in her basket and head north. Trouble is that she hates car travel and I don’t think she would like being cooped up for hours on end. I guess I’ll just have to stay here and read as it will be too hot to do anything else.

Saturday means that it’s time for my weekly Stacking the Shelves post. Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Marlene at Reading Reality and details are on her blog. The gorgeous graphic is also used courtesy of the site.

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!

My STS posts are generally my library books. The library is where I get most of my books and I hope that maybe I can inspire other people to use their local library. Our libraries are constantly under threat of closure but the more people that use them, the less likely that is. My library is also how I manage to read a lot of newly released hardbacks as I can order them. Sometimes they can take quite a while to arrive if a title is really popular though.

This week is a bumper library haul as there are a couple of giant books in my stack. It’s a great collection though with epic fantasy, historical fiction and a couple of thrillers and should keep me going through the heat wave.

The Botanist by M W Craven
I love M W Craven’s thrillers and I’m very excited to read this latest outing for Washington Poe and the amazing Tilly.

The Last Hours by Minette Walters
This is a historical fiction novel about the Black Death in the fourteenth century. I saw Minette Walters recommended in another blog and I feel really bad because I can’t remember who it was. I did make a resolution to try and note down where I get recommendations from but you can see how well I’m keeping to it.

The Hunger of the Gods by John Gwynne
This one weighs in at 633 pages so it might take a while to read. I loved John Gwynne’s previous two trilogies and I’ve heard really good things about this latest one.

Dark in Death by J D Robb
This should provide a bit of gory light relief after the epic fantasy and black death. I’m continuing to work my way through the copies of the In Death series that the library holds. Eventually I’ll be up to date but I’ve a few to go yet.

That’s what I’ve added to my shelves this week. What’s been added to yours?

Stacking the Shelves 48

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It’s Saturday again and the Summer Solstice has been and gone. This year seems to just be racing away so quickly. There are just 6 months until Christmas!!!!!! Scary or what?

Saturday means that it’s time for my weekly Stacking the Shelves post. Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Marlene at Reading Reality and details are on her blog. The gorgeous graphic is also used courtesy of the site.

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!

My STS posts are generally my library books. The library is where I get most of my books and I hope that maybe I can inspire other people to use their local library. Our libraries are constantly under threat of closure but the more people that use them, the less likely that is. My library is also how I manage to read a lot of newly released hardbacks as I can order them. Sometimes they can take quite a while to arrive if a title is really popular though.

This week I didn’t have any reserved books waiting for me so all my choices are ones that I found on the shelves. I could have picked four crime novels but decided to try and broaden my choices a bit.

The Forgotten Sister – Nicola Cornick
A historical mystery involving Amy Robsart and the favourite courtier of Elizabeth 1, Robert Dudley combined with a present day story involving a musician who causes a scandal at a wedding. I quite like dual time line stories and I’ve heard good things about Nicola Cornick although I haven’t read anything by her before so this seemed like an interesting book to choose.

Dark in Death by J D Robb
Another book in the In Death series. Lovely escapism into futuristic crime solving in New York twenty years from now.

The Dead of Winter by Nicola Upson
Maybe I should have hunted down more books by authors called Nicola? This is another in the historical crime series featuring author Josephine Tey. I’ve loved all the others and this one sounds just as good.

The Telephone Box Library by Rachel Lucas
This week’s feel good read concerns a local community trying to set up a volunteer library in a disused telephone box. I’m a sucker for any books with Library in the title and this promises to be a nice light read.

I’ve also still got half of Bleak House and my non fiction book I belong here to read from last week’s library visit so I have plenty to keep me occupied over the next seven days.

What have you added to your bookshelf this week?