Mogsy’s Bookshelf Roundup: New Books, Reading Challenges Update, Books I’ve Read
Bookshelf Roundup is a feature I do every two weeks where I talk about the new books I’ve added to my library or received for review, what I plan to read soon, and what I’ve finished reading in the last fortnight. Sometimes I throw in progress reports like reading challenge updates.
Received for Review
It’s been an amazing couple of weeks with the arrivals of some of my most anticipated reads this summer:
Armada by Ernest Cline – Print ARC, with thanks to Wunderkind and Random House. I confess, I devoured this one already. I just could not in good conscience let it sit on my shelf for one second longer without being read. I think sci-fi fans and gamers will really enjoy this one. It’s cheesy. It’s gimmicky. But I loved it.
Dark Ascension by M.L. Brennan – Print ARC, with thanks to Roc. This fourth book of Generation V was a surprise arrival, and I’m glad I was alone the day the package came because I’m sure there was some major squeeing and embarrassing flailing on my part. If I could make out with this book without rendering it unreadable, I would.
Splintered by Jamie Schultz – Paperback, with thanks to Jamie and Roc. When the author contacted me about reviewing this book, I very enthusiastically accepted. This is the sequel to the dark and highly entertaining heist novel Premonitions I read last year.
Queen of Fire by Anthony Ryan – Hardcover, with thanks to Ace Books. This one came in a surprise package, but I had a good guess from the shape and heft of this huge tome that it might be the final volume of the Raven’s Shadow trilogy. I’m excited to see how it ends.
Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman – Print ARC, with thanks to Tor. Sweetness, this sounds good. Any book with a character who is an “exoethnologist” gets my full attention. I have a tour review for this scheduled on its release date, so keep an eye out for it next month.
The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord – Audiobook, with thanks to Audible Studios. I’ve wanted to read Karen Lord for a long time. There was a few months wait after the initial book’s release, but I was pleased to see The Galaxy Game finally available in audio format.
Updraft by Fran Wilde – Digital ARC via NetGalley with thanks to Tor. The concept behind this book’s world just sounds so damn cool! When I saw it up on NG, I knew had to check it out.
The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milán – Digital ARC with thanks to Tor. This one has been on my radar for a while, but I waffled for a bit before caving in to the temptation of dino-riding knights and eventually wrote to the publisher to request a digital galley. 2015 is undoubtedly the year of the dinosaur!
Last First Snow by Max Gladstone – I was very excited to win an ARC of this from Tor. I haven’t caught up with Full Fathom Five yet, but I’m hoping all the books in the Craft Sequence follow the stand alone pattern. I’m loath to read books out of order, but it’s nice knowing I can jump right in.
Reading Challenges Progress
Seeing others update their progress on their reading challenges have reminded me we’re about halfway through the year (Already? I know!) and that now’s the time to take stock of where I’m at:
You can see my progress in the update that my co-bloggers and I posted yesterday!
100 books is my usual Goodreads Challenge “default” I set every year, and while there’s little doubt that I’ll hit it, I might end up updating my goals or I might not. I’ll just see how many books I end up with at the end of the year. I had initially decided not to be too ambitious with my goal, not knowing how much I’ll have time to read in 2015 with the birth of my second child, because I knew that if this baby was going to be anything like my oldest, she would want to be attached to me 24/7.
As it turned out, I was able to get A LOT of reading done. What I hadn’t consider was that reading is actually one of the few hobbies I could do one-handed (with an e-reader) whereas my time for everything else (gaming, crocheting, drawing, painting, etc.) petty much went out the window. So whenever I had free time and during 1am, 3am and 5am feedings, I read. And read. And read. I also underestimated the power of audiobooks. Being such a convenient way to “read”, they’ve really bumped up my number of books completed as well.
Every year I do multiple Worlds Without End challenges, but the most important one to me is Women of Genre Fiction Reading Challenge. Ever since its inception, it’s been my goal to do this challenge annually with the most stringent adherence to the rules. That means only books by a female author I’m reading for the first time in 2015 count towards the goal, and I’m also not counting Young Adult titles because those go towards another challenge. This year I’m going for broke by taking on the Master tier, reading 24 books towards this challenge instead of 12. Books so far:
What I’ve Read Since the Last Update
Keep an eye out for my reviews of these books in the coming weeks, and you can see my reviews for these books which are up already: Hidden Huntress, A Murder of Mages (with a US giveaway running until 6/28), and Nemesis Games.
Have you heard of or read any of the books featured in this week? What looks interesting to you?