Mailboxes, Shelves, and What I'm Reading

Stacking The Shelves and Mailbox Monday are a pair of weekly memes that are about sharing the books that came your way over the past week, and which you've added to your shelves - whether they be physical or virtual, borrowed or bought, or for pleasure or review.

On the review front this week, I got an awesome surprise in the mail - an ARC of Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish, courtesy of Simon & Schuster Canada . . . complete with an origami owl! A modern-day Indiana Jane who reluctantly navigates a hidden supernatural world? A red dragon who owns and runs the Japanese Circus Casino in Las Vegas? An artifact stolen three thousand years ago? A pack of vampires that want her dead? A weapon powerful enough to wipe out a city? Sounds like fun!

On the digital review front, I also took a chance on A Fox's Love by Brandon Varnell - a literary Shōnen manga parody, complete with a red-haired, emerald-eyed, overly amorous vixen whose sole purpose in life seems to be making zealous attempts at getting into Kevin Swift's pants.


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is another weekly meme, this time focused on what books are spending the most time in your hands and in your head, as opposed to what's been added to your shelf. I've polished off a bunch of shorter review titles lately, with reviews coming next week, but the big titles on hand are:

Of Bone and Thunder: A Novel by Chris Evans
"Apocalypse Now meets The Lord of the Rings in a bold new fantasy from the acclaimed author of the Iron Elves trilogy." That tagline was enough to pique my interest right there.

Fearsome Magics by Jonathan Strahan
Strahan's anthologies are always a high point of the year for me, just packed solid with one fantastic story after another. I've been sitting on this one for a while, but I'm anxious to get reading.

What's topping your shelves this week?


  1. Bone and Thunder does sound interesting.
    Where were those kinds of vixens when I was young and single, anyway?

  2. OF BONE AND THUNDER and FEARSOME MAGICS could be interesting.. . and how cool is it sharing name with my most beloved Chris Evans :)

  3. I agree, Of Bone and Thunder sounds like an intriguing read! Hope you enjoy all your new books!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by then!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  4. Owl looks great. I wonder who at the publisher was tasked to make all those origami owls? :)

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    My STS

  5. Owl lookers interesting?yowl is interesting. Enjoy.

  6. I hope you enjoy your reads. They sound interesting.

  7. Owl and the Japanese Circus does sound good. I'll be eager to hear what you think. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  8. Yeah, I got Owl and the Japanese Circus too. The owl origami was cool. My 10 year-old son has been making complicated origami designs for awhile and the best ones he made were a set of books for me. :-)

  9. To answer your question, I am working on R&R'ing a few plays, and doing interviews with the playwrights.

    Guy Vestal @ Counter Culture Critic

  10. Great mailbox this week. I think these are all new to me. Enjoy!
    2 Kids and Tired Books MM


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