State of the Stacks: Rainy Day Edition

It’s a common refrain from book lovers, but there’s not much I enjoy more than curling up with a good book on a rainy day. A blanket, a book, and the tap of rain on the roof is the perfect mood-setter for a comforting day. However, Midwest weather has rarely cooperated lately. Local forecasts regularly report rain for an entire week and then. as each day arrives, updated models show yet another hot and humid twenty-four hours.

Fortunately, this week broke the cycle. Monday through Saturday was much of the same, but Sunday— praise be! Cool, refreshing, sweet, wondrous rain. I read through every minute of it.

And you can read on for more bookish updates on this week’s State of the Stacks.


Mostly quiet on the ARC front. I picked up one book through Edelweiss that’s cover — dare I say it — has me ready for snow:

  • 25 Days ‘Til Christmas by Poppy Alexander

Publication Day

Only one book reviewed here celebrated its Publication Day this past week, but it could not be more perfect for in preparation for Halloween next month. Alys Murray has quickly become a favorite of mine since her debut last year, so go and check out all of her work at libraries and bookstores everywhere.

Reading About Books

If you’re not reading a book, the next best thing is reading about books. Here’s a selection of bookish news and essays I enjoyed this week:

  • The American Library Association is celebrating intellectual freedom this week with Banned Book Week, which highlights censorship in libraries.
  • Danielle Steel talked with Samantha Leach from Glamour about how she’s written 179 books — and the unique desk she writes them on.
  • Samuel Ashworth explores Congressional fan fiction and its relation to politics for Longreads.

That’s that— the State of the Stacks.


  1. 25 Days ‘Til Christmas sounds like a good one and I do have it added! I have the kindle version added and that cover is gorgeous too.

    It rained over the weekend finally for us. First day of fall and it’s cooler, but back into the 80s for next weekend. Yuck! Can’t wait for fall. It’s truly my favorite season for reading. 🎃🍂👍

    Have a good week!

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      1. Yes, I suspected ghost writers, a common phenomena which I find disappointing, but everything I read indicated that she really does write all of those books herself. Amazing! As is the fact that she works on several books at the same time!

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