Stacking the Shelves – July 22, 2018
Stacking the Shelves / July 22, 2018

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature all about sharing your good luck in book acquisitions! So here’s what came my way since my last post! It’s been another couple of great weeks for book additions! Received for Review While I have to confess to falling behind on my reading, I did have a number of books show up that I’m really excited to get to. I also really need to do these posts more often 😀   Many thanks to Tor Books for the following for arrivals. I’m really excited about all of them (I already read and enjoyed Starless, and have begun reading both Mystic Dragon (I really enjoyed the first in this series, so have high hopes) and The Calculating Stars), and am really looking forward to Drop by Drop.       This one sounds really intriguing. My thanks to DAW books for the copy! This was a surprise arrival that was not on my radar at all previously, but it sounds really exciting and I’ve been craving a good thriller lately. Many thanks to Twelve! Super excited to get a chance to start this as I have enjoyed the rest of the Wayfarer series. Many thanks…

Question: How do you organize your books?
Discussions / July 21, 2018

So, confession time. I have had inadequate shelving for my books for years, and I hate that they end up in stacks. Its hard to keep track of them, I am not always sure what I do or do not have a copy of, etc. So, I am really happy I finally ordered some bookcases that should let me finally sort, organize and see what I have. So, when I go to fill them, I am curious, what shelving strategy should I use? I am sure that I want a functional organization method versus aesthetic (so I’m not sorting by color or size). My initial inclination is to just sort by author last name, but I am also considering making a section for read versus unread, or maybe sorting by genre. So, while I am deciding, I thought I would see what others like to do, what system works best for you (for those of you out there that might be disciplined enough to actually stick to a system.

Tor #FearlessWomen Blog Tour: Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
Excerpt , FearlessWomen / July 3, 2018

Today, I’m excited to share another #FearlessWomen title. It’s an excerpt from The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal, which releases today. I’ve read started reading this one and am really enjoying it so far! About FearlessWomen (from Tor Books) Women are shining in every genre of speculative fiction, and it is no longer enough to say “Women are here.” Instead, #FearlessWomen everywhere are taking a stand to say “Women will thrive here.” Highlighting major titles from bestselling authors V.E. Schwab, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jacqueline Carey as well as titles from acclaimed and debut authors such as Mary Robinette Kowal, Tessa Gratton, Sam Hawke, and Robyn Bennis, #FearlessWomen will be a coordinated social media celebration encouraging fans to start a dialogue about women in publishing, their worlds, their voices, and their unique stories. Tor Books’ handles across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@torbooks) will be using the hashtags #FearlessWomen (and #FearlessFantasy and #FearlessSF) to promote excerpts, exclusive content, quizzes and giveaways beginning in May. There will also be exclusive giveaways at BookCon, San Diego Comic-Con, and New York Comic Con. Follow Tor Books online, join the conversation – and get reading! About the Book On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to…

Tor #FearlessWomen Blog Tour: City of Lies by Sam Hawke
Excerpt , FearlessWomen / July 3, 2018

Today, I’m excited to share two posts for #FearlessWomen titles. The first is an excerpt from City of Lies by Sam Hawke, which releases today. I love this sound of this one (treachery and assassins!) and am really looking forward to reading it! About FearlessWomen (from Tor Books) Women are shining in every genre of speculative fiction, and it is no longer enough to say “Women are here.” Instead, #FearlessWomen everywhere are taking a stand to say “Women will thrive here.” Highlighting major titles from bestselling authors V.E. Schwab, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jacqueline Carey as well as titles from acclaimed and debut authors such as Mary Robinette Kowal, Tessa Gratton, Sam Hawke, and Robyn Bennis, #FearlessWomen will be a coordinated social media celebration encouraging fans to start a dialogue about women in publishing, their worlds, their voices, and their unique stories. Tor Books’ handles across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@torbooks) will be using the hashtags #FearlessWomen (and #FearlessFantasy and #FearlessSF) to promote excerpts, exclusive content, quizzes and giveaways beginning in May. There will also be exclusive giveaways at BookCon, San Diego Comic-Con, and New York Comic Con. Follow Tor Books online, join the conversation – and get reading! About the Book Poison. Treachery. Ancient…

Review: Starless by Jacqueline Carey
Reviews / July 2, 2018

I have to say, Starless is one of those books that pulled me in very quick. The story is about a world where the children of the main god were all cast down to live among the mortals, and with them, all the stars in the sky were gone as well, changing the night sky. The role of gods in this interesting. They all have unique qualities and rule over specific domains. The people in those domains become well acquainted with their “local god”, for lack of a better term. The first section of the book is a coming of age tale. I love Khai as a character, he is fierce and talented and just over all, a good character. He is very much a “chosen one”, who excels well beyond his talented peers to take on awe inspiring skills. This should not be too surprising since Khai was selected by his one of the Sacred Twin gods to be the shadow or the Sun-blessed chosen. His soul and fate is linked to another, a person he has never met but is committing his entire life to train to become their protector.  I particularly enjoyed a brother that became a…