Mogsy’s Bookshelf Roundup: Book Haul, Backlist, What I’ve Read

Time for another Bookshelf Roundup! Here’s what’s been going on in the last two weeks:

Received for Review

Lots of new books this week, mostly unsolicited and some requested. First, this pretty gem arrived late last week:


Knight’s Shadow by Sebastien de Castell – This one was on my most-anticipated list for 2015, and I was practically bouncing up and down with excitement when it arrived. The book came with an “invitation” to join the Greatcoats and — get this — a piece of Greatcoat Hard Candy. I haven’t eaten it yet, so no telling whether it’ll give me that extra energy boost and turn me into a swashbuckling superhero. It just looks like some kind of sesame snack, but hey, YOU NEVER KNOW. Thank you so much, Jo Fletcher Books, both for the review copy and the lovely and clever presentation.

Storm and Steel The Crow of Connemara Vision in Silver dragon conspiracy_front mech.indd

 Aurora Uprooted Shadow Scale HiddenHuntress-300dpi

Storm and Steel by Jon Sprunk – Physical ARC, courtesy of Pyr. I read book one Blood and Iron last year, so I’m really grateful to the publisher for thinking of me when they sent these out. I hope I can find the time to fit this one in.

The Crow of Connemara by Stephen Leigh – Hardcover, courtesy of Penguin. This one was completely new to me, but it looks interesting enough that I’m putting it on the “definitely considering” pile.

Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop – Hardcover, courtesy of Penguin. Also unsolicited, but now its arrival has given me the perfect motivation to catch up with the series!

The Dragon Conspiracy by Lisa Shearin – Paperback, courtesy of Penguin. Sequel to The Grendel Affair which I really enjoyed. Currently reading this one now because I’m in a UF kinda mood and this is perfect.

Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson – Physical ARC, courtesy of Orbit. This was a surprise arrival, and I wasn’t sure what to make of it at first. It doesn’t seem like my kind of book, but I’m willing to try anything. In the meantime, my husband will probably want to steal this ARC from me, he’s quite a fan of Kim Stanley Robinson.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik – From NetGalley. I said I was going to wait until I polished off a few more titles from my NG pile  before I requested this one, didn’t I? Nope, couldn’t resist.

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman – From NetGalley. I almost forgot that I had requested this one because it sat in my pending queue for so long (I would never had forgotten if I had the old dashboard, grumble), but I was nonetheless quite happy when I got approval. Really looking forward to this.

Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen – Digital ARC, courtesy of Angry Robot. The publisher was so kind as to send an early copy to the folks who helped out in the cover reveal.


“Books from abroad” seems to be the theme for my Purchased Shelf this week:


Earth Flight by Janet Edwards – My wonderful brother visited from Toronto at the end of February, and he brought a gift for me! I guess this book doesn’t have a US release date yet, but it is currently out in the UK and Canada. Talk about worthy tribute!

The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams and Those Above by Daniel Polansky – Ah, the Book Depository haul. Two books I really want to read that should have had US release dates yesterday. Very excited when both of them came!

Back to the Backlist

Here’s what’s on tap from the backlist bar this week.

Murder of Crows

Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop – Audiobook. Like I said, I need to catch up with this series, and it’s time to put my money where my mouth is and get it done! And for those wondering, Goodreads says Murder of Crows has been on my TBR since April 10, 2014. That’s hitting the backlist, all right.

What I’ve Read Since the Last Update:

A couple rather large books I’m reading have slowed me down some, so I didn’t get quite that many finished this time. But keep an eye out for my reviews of these books in the coming weeks. The one for Nice Dragons Finish Last is already up!

Nice Dragons Finish Last  Touch Knight's Shadow Alchemist of Souls

We Are All Completely Fine 9780803739765_The_Mad_Apprentice

22 Comments on “Mogsy’s Bookshelf Roundup: Book Haul, Backlist, What I’ve Read”

  1. Wow, a lovely pile of books! Ihave to laugh because I just ordered Those Above from the BD too (although mine hasn’t arrived yet.) Nice to know in this day and age it’s easy to get books from anywhere! I’ve also been hearing great things about Touch so I must try to get a copy.


    • I know, thank goodness for BD and their free shipping. Every time I want a book that’s out in the UK and doesn’t yet have a US release I always hit them up 🙂


  2. That’s an awesome haul, Mogsy! Shadow Scale arrived in my mailbox earlier this week, too. (STS post coming next weekend.) I’m not sure when I’ll get to it, since I sort of have a reading plan for the next few weeks… But I look forward to reading your review for that book, and also for Hidden Huntress (even though I still haven’t read Stolen Songbird yet).


  3. Very nice presentation on the new Greatcoats book – I’m really looking forward to that one. Aurora I’m curious about as well.

    My sole new arrival this week is one I begged and chased for months, so I plan to be utterly consumed by a Clive Barker theme this week.


  4. I’m excited to read what you think about Uprooted and Shadow Scale! 🙂 And that candy thing is so cool – it’s small but makes all the difference. I haven’t read any books by Castell yet but they look very interesting.


  5. You seem to be speeding up in reading, while I feel myself slowing down. I will be hovering around closer to 75 books this year than the 100+ of the last two.

    And the post office lost my copy of Knight’s Shadow I think. When is US release? =)


    • Really? I feel like I’m slowing down. Like I said, the last couple of weeks saw me reading a couple longer books. Started Crown for Cold Silver, which was a part of it…but took a break from that one for now.


  6. Gah! Knight’s Shadow! It’s SO PRETTY, I’m going to die! I can not wait to get my hands on that one 😀 And seeing Shadowscale here reminded me that I MUST get going on Seraphina already…I have it as an ebook and I can’t help but think that if I had a physical copy, I’d have read it already. >.< Dying to read Those Above and that Anne Bishop series as well! I hope you enjoy ALL your goodies here Mogsy^^ Happy reading!


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