Shelf Control – Pick Two

This is unusual. My second post today. But I’m waiting for my computer to do this thing that it’s doing so, again, why not. This one is for Shelf Control (a meme started by Book Shelf Fantasies) and discovered on and inspired by Zeezee with Books.

So like Zeezee I’m pulling two books from my shelf – books which honestly I won’t be getting to for a while as there are already too many books in my active reading pile (at various stages of read/unread). Pulled at random, they are Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal and Inner City Girl by Colleen Smith-Dennis. Here’s the breakdown:


Title: Without a Summer

Author: Mary Robinette Kowal

Genre: historical (regency era) speculative (with fantasy elements) fiction

Published: 2014

Summary: Up-and-coming fantasist Mary Robinette Kowal enchanted fans with her novels Shades of Milk and Honey and Glamour in Glass, which introduced Regency glamourists Jane and David Vincent. In Without a Summer, Jane and Vincent take a break from their international travels. But in a world where magic is real, nothing—even the domestic sphere—is quite what it seems.

After a dramatic trip to Belgium, Jane and Vincent go to Long Parkmeade to spend time with Jane’s family, but quickly turn restless. The spring is unseasonably cold, and no one wants to be outside. Mr. Ellsworth is concerned about the harvest, since a poor one may imperil Melody’s dowry. And Melody has concerns of her own, given the inadequate selection of local eligible bachelors.

When Jane and Vincent receive a commission from a prominent London family, they take it, and bring Melody with them. They hope the change of scenery will do her good, and her marriage prospects—and mood—will be brighter in London. Talk here frequently turns to increased unemployment of coldmongers and riots in nearby villages by Luddites concerned that their way of life is becoming untenable. With each passing day, it’s more difficult to avoid getting embroiled in the intrigue, which does not really help Melody’s chances for romance. It doesn’t take long for Jane and Vincent to realize that in addition to arranging a wedding, they must take on one small task: solving a crisis of national proportions.

Where I got it: From the author

When I got it: About a year ago (I think)

Why I got it: I had done some editing work for the author on a later book in the series and she sent me the entire series plus copies of the book I’d worked on. I’ve so far read and reviewed two other books in the series – Shades of Milk and Honey and Glamour in Glass.



Title: Inner City Girl

Author: Colleen Smith-Dennis

Genre: teen/young adult Caribbean fiction

Published: 2009

Summary: Martina does the unthinkable: a poor girl from the inner city gains entry into one of the most prestigious high schools in the country. Milverton High, situated on a hill with its picturesque surroundings, students from the upper echelons of society and teachers who do not neccessarily understand, contrasts with the poverty, hunger and family problems which Martina encounters. But Martina is not about to succumb to ridicule, rejection, and poverty. Milverton High! Here she comes – defying all the odds!

Where I got it: via CODE, sponsors of the Burt Award, and the publisher LMH Publishing

When I got it: 2014

Why I got it: This book – along with All over Again and my own Musical Youth was a top three finisher for the inaugural Burt Award in 2014. As part of the prize copies of the books were printed for distribution to teens across the Caribbean. I assisted with getting some of the books out in Antigua.

As for that active reading pile (which I blogged about in September), progress is slow but the one that has me most engaged at the moment is Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings.

How about you? What’s on your shelf?

2 thoughts on “Shelf Control – Pick Two

  1. I read the first book in the Glamourist series years ago, and I’m not sure why I didn’t continue. I’m glad I saw the mention here — maybe I’ll give those books another try. 🙂

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