A Trip to Powell’s: The Mothership Called Me Home

So, on this little sabbatical to while my son does his initial recuperation, I’ve done some good damage to my TBR pile (the literal, I’ve purchased TBR pile, not the “I wanna read” mountain), particularly the hard copies — I’ve knocked off 12 of them in the past few weeks. And then we made a mistake, we went to Powell’s City of Books — a very fitting name, btw. Somehow I’ve managed to live in the Pacific Northwest my entire life and have never been there.

I honestly felt a little overwhelmed, the place was so big. I spent over an hour there, and didn’t get to browse nearly as much as I should have. I’m not complaining, I’m just stating. Honestly, I was tempted to walk out in the first 5 minutes and go find some tiny little hole-in-the-wall shop. I’m glad I didn’t, it’s an awesome collection of books, clearly run by people who know their product and how to sell it. If you’ve never been, and have the opportunity, take advantage of it.

I indulged, but not as much as I could have:

So I’ve knocked off 12 hard copy books and I walked out of Powell’s with a decent stack — 7 books replaced those. I know there are 8 in the picture, I may have math struggles, but come on. The other is for my son (I still may end up reading it, who are we kidding). I got a nice assortment of new, used, and remaindered — by the way, who takes a signed Don Winslow to a used bookstore? I know who left a used bookstore with one. There were 6 books I left on the shelf through will-power — plus who knows how many I could’ve added had I just wandered around aimlessly for another hour.

Now, I’ve got to get to work reducing ye olde TBR pile . . .

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Saturday Miscellany – 8/11/18

Hey! I’m back — I think. We’ve moved into a different place for the remainder (probably) of our time away from home — a Ronald McDonald House. It is great — by the way, absolutely worth tossing your coins (or bills or checks) into the boxes while getting some fries and whatnot — anyhow, their WiFi seems pretty stable, and there are no immediate plans to update it (I think it was a bad job of installing new hardware that killed things at the last place — the poor hotel staff didn’t have a clue what to do with so many angry customers). I should be okay for the foreseeable future. Thankfully, I was still able to pull together a few odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:

    This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:

  • In the Stacks: Author’s Enhanced Edition by Scott Lynch — a revised and expanded version of his short story.
  • See You Soon, Afton by Brent Jones — the second of four novellas about Afton Morrison, everyone’s favorite librarian/would-be-murderer.
  • In Truth and Claw by Ari Marmell — the fourth Mick Oberon novel, and the second reminder that I need to read the second Mick Oberon novel (also, #s 3 and 4) — bought it years ago, just need to, you know read it. A Fae living in 1930’s Chicago and working as a PI. I mean, come on, who doesn’t want to read that?

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to Leah’s Bookish Obsession and Johnny for following some form of the blog this week.

Saturday Miscellany – 8/4/18

Odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:

    I didn’t see any new releases this week that really appealed to me — as is generally the case for a fifth week of the month. More time to catch up.

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to http120111324 (which is one of the stranger monikers I’ve come across online, which isn’t a bad thing), Clarissa, and Jenn for following the blog this week.

July 2018 Report: What I Read/Listened to/Wrote About

I’ve had a little time on my hands lately, so I’ve gotten a few more books read than usual — but fewer audiobooks. The downside to a reading burst is that it’s difficult to keep up with the posts about what you read. Oh well . . . worse problems to have.

So, here’s what happened here in July.

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

Doctor Who: Christmas Invasion Needle Song My Lady Jane
3.5 Stars 5 Stars 4 Stars
Planet Funny The Affectionate Theology of Richard Sibbes Besieged (Audiobook)
3.5 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
Marked An Obvious Fact (Audiobook) The Day That A Ran Away
4 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
The Death Pictures Heaven on Earth Small Favor (Audiobook)
3.5 Stars 3 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
Nightwolf Arsenal Colorblind
4 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
Lessons From Lucy The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet True Fiction
5 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
Ophelia Immune Ways to Die in Glasgow The Puppet Show
3 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 Stars
Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time Between the Shade and the Shadow A Mint Condition Corpse
3.5 Stars 2 Stars 5 Stars
The Passenger Boise Longpig Hunting Club  Just One Damned Thing After Another
3.5 Stars 3.5 Stars
(maybe more..)
4 Stars
Picket Town Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine      
3 Stars I’m not sure yet      

Still Reading:

The Holy Spirit Dear Mr. Pop Star Scoundrels Among Us
The Life and Theology of Paul            

Reviews Posted:

Book Challenge Progress:

Angel's Guilty Pleasures My Lady Jane (Audiobook) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows, Katherine Kellgren
Planet Funny by Ken Jennings
Besieged (Audiobook) by Kevin Hearne, Luke Daniels
An Obvious Fact (Audiobook) by Craig Johnson, George Guidall

Planet Funny by Ken Jennings
Doctor Who: Christmas Invasion by Jenny T. Colgan
Arsenal by Jeffery H. Haskelll
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Ophelia Immune by Beth Mattson
Ways to Die in Glasgow by Jay Stringer (link to come)
The Puppet Show by M. W. Craven (link to come)
Between the Shade and the Shadow by Coleman Alexander
Boise Longpig Hunting Club by Nick Kolakowski (link to come)
Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor (link to come)
Picket Town by Chris von Halle (link to come)
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (link to come)
Nightwolf by Willie Davis

Arsenal by Jeffery H. Haskell
Ophelia Immune by Beth Mattson
Between the Shade and the Shadow by Coleman Alexander
Boise Longpig Hunting Club by Nick Kolakowski (link to come)
Picket Town by Chris von Halle (link to come)
Nightwolf by Willie Davis
Needle Song by Russell Day
A Mint Condition Corpse by Duncan MacMaster (link to come)

Another month with nothing for this one…not feeling good about it.

How was your month?

Saturday Miscellany – 7/28/18

Odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:

    There’s only one New Release this Week that I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon, but it’s probably a good one:

  • Video Killed The Radio Star by Duncan MacMaster — I (finally!) read the first in this series, yesterday. It was great! I bet this is, too.

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to A Star on the Forehead, Tiana (The Book Raven), V Ramasamy, dpranita583 (don’t click on that link if you’re hungry, btw), Peg Glover, and SAM for following the blog this week.

Saturday Miscellany – 7/21/18

I didn’t spend much time on social media this week — or anything really (see Wednesday’s Programming Note or this longer post on my other blog for details), but I was still able to find a decent list of odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:

    This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:

  • The Sinners by Ace Atkins — the 8th Quinn Colson/Tibbehah County novel is sure to be a good one. Sadly, my copy is hundreds of miles away from me, I’ll get to it when I can.
  • Kill The Farm Boy by by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne — Part fantasy satire, part celebration of fantasy tropes, all fun and strong fantasy. I blogged about it a few weeks back.
  • Constance Verity Saves the World by A. Lee Martinez — I’ve never read a Martinez sequel before, I don’t know what to expect. But…it’s going to be good.
  • The Annotated Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler; edited by Owen Hill, Pamela Jackson and Anthony Rizzuto — This is also hundreds of miles from me, but one of my kids opened the box and described it to me. Sounds like so much fun.
  • Rescued by David Rosenfelt — Andy Carpenter defends a man he wants to be very far from Here’s what I had to say about it.
  • The Wild Dead by Carrie Vaughn –the sequel to Bannerless a Vaughn book that has somehow not moved from by TBR Tower, this dystopian mystery novel looks just as good as its predecessor.
  • Degrading Orbits by Bradley Horner — another sequel is out before I’ve had the opportunity to read the first in the series. Whoops.

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to figlia dei fiori, Deb / Being Aunt Debbie, Dog Training Guidance, Cristian Mihai, pitchstory,and Jordan Peters for following the blog this week.

Saturday Miscellany – 7/14/18

Just a few odds ‘n ends over this past week about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case: