Sunday, October 22, 2023

Stacking the Shelves #18


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Reading Reality. It's a place to showcase any books I have purchased, borrowed, or been lucky enough to have been given an advance copy of. Hope you find something that looks interesting to you or that makes you remember a favorite book you need to finish. Enjoy your reading this week :)

I have wanted to read Georgette Heyer for awhile now and see her reviewed positively by so many of my fellow bloggers. This book particularly interests me due to the focus on the Napoleonic Wars period so I'm thinking it's a good place to start. I have borrowed a copy from the Libby App and started today. I am very confused by some of the initial conversation but that hopefully will iron itself out as I continue with the book. Also, I'm going to probably swap it out for one of the classics on my Classics Club list that just isn't doing it for me. If you've read this one, did you like it?

It's time to start another Cadfael book. The last one I read was book 4, St. Peter's Fair and it wasn't my favorite but this one looks unique and interesting. I like to go in order with most series books I read so this is next. Always full of great atmosphere set in the 1100's world of Shrewsbury and Wales, the Cadfael Chronicles are fun to pick up for a quick read and great mystery. Also, they are often on sale so you can slowly collect them all for around $1.99 each. My daily Book Bub emails really pay off when it comes to Kindle books!

I read and reviewed MacLean's stand alone novel, The Bookseller of Inverness recently and really enjoyed it. This is book one in the Captain Damian Seeker series and I always hear good things about the novels. Set during the Cromwell period in London, it has been called, "the best historical crime novel of the year" by one paper and that sounds like a book I should try. Another one I got on sale for $1.99 this week thanks to my daily Early Bird Books email. 


  1. I love Georgette Heyer but An Infamous Army isn't typical of her books. It's very closely based on real historical events while most of her others are purely fictional and I find those ones much more fun to read. I'll be interested to hear what you think of it. I've still only read the first Cadfael book but am hoping to read the second one soon!

    1. I had read this one was a big departure from her others. I am not a huge fan of Regency romances, including Jane Austen, I'm kind of picky in that genre! But since this one had the history element I thought I'd start with it. If I like it I'm willing to try her others. Thanks for the heads up on that :) Yes, Cadfael is great!

    2. I read 'An Infamous Army' many years ago as a teenager, and remember being disappointed that it was all about battles with not much romance. Georgette Heyer did exhaustive research, and apparently this novel was so good on the Battle of Waterloo that it was recommended reading at Sandhurst in the 1930s. So great if you like military history!