Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books we are adding to our shelves, whether they be physical or digital. This includes books bought (my wife would say I buy too many), borrowed (a rare occurrence), and received for review (which I’m trying to reign in).
New Acquisitions: Paperback Treasures
Just the one new purchase this week, a book I’ve had my eye on for a while, but which catapulted onto my must-buy list because of the author’s stance against the #IStandWithMaya TERF nonsense.
Area X collects the three volumes of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy, the story of a lost world and a group of four women (an anthropologist, a surveyor, a psychologist, and a biologist) with secrets who have come to map the terrain, collect specimens, and hopefully avoid contamination.
Just the one new review title this week, but since it’s my most anticipate read of the new year, I couldn’t have been happier about this early Christmas present.
The Broken Heavens brings Kameron Hurley’s Worldbreaker Saga to a triumphant, bloodsoaked conclusion. With the connected worlds ravaged by war and Oma ascendant, only one world can survive. Who will be sacrificed, and who will be saved, when the heavens finally break? Having finished my reread of the first 2 books this Fall, I wasted no time cracking the spine and jumping right into this one.
New Acquisitions: Digital Titles
Under the tree this year was a brand spanking new Kobo Libra H2O, courtesy of my Wife/Goddess, and a pair of Amazon and Indigo gift cards, courtesy of our family . . . so, naturally, I set to stocking the new ereader with some new titles.
For starters, we’ve got 3 books I picked up after meeting the authors during that same discussion that put Area X on the shelf – Promise of the Opal by Lyra Shanti (a steamy LGBTQ romance about past lives and recurring dreams), The Light in Front of Me by Aria Howell (an LGBT-fantasy full of swordfights, dragons, and an adorable fox), and Graveyard Sparrow by Kayla Bashe (a Regency romance featuring a lady detective and a professional witch).
Next up is a pair of titles that were recommended to me as part of a Twitter discussion around romance novels with strong, dominant women – The Artificer’s Patroness by Vanessa Cardui and At His Countess’ Pleasure by Olivia Waite – and pair of kinky reads from social media friends that I’m eager to explore – Dominated by the Futa Orcs by by Bryce Calderwood and The Centaur’s Pony by Alexis Furr.
That brings me to a trio of titles that just caught my eye, convincing me to take a chance and add them to the shelves. The Pixy and the Giantess by Jennie Lee Schade is a strange, rich and edgy romance about a woman who discovers a male pixy trapped in a spider’s web; Land Of The Giantess
by Toby Hart is the story of a what happens when men become property and plaything after being shrunk to 3 inches tall; and The Princess of Q’fahr
by Melanie Brown is the story of a man who suddenly finds himself a princess in a strange, savage, patriarchal society.
Finally, on the Kindle freebie front, I nabbed Safe Word by M.B. Ladds (a femdom romance), The Dragon Slayer by Harmony Gates (an erotic fantasy about a woman who must save her village by making love to a dragon), Mine to Break by Joely Sue Burkhart (a female dominant romance), and Friends with Benefits (and a Shrink Ray) by Amber Collins (a story of erotic fantasies and a secret shrink ray).