Mogsy’s Bookshelf Roundup: Stacking the Shelves, Announcements, and Recent Reads
Bookshelf Roundup is a feature I do every other weekend similar to Stacking the Shelves where I talk about the new books I’ve added to my library or received for review, as well as what I plan to read soon. I also summarize what I’ve finished reading and/or reviewed since the last update, and sometimes I even throw in fun stuff like reading challenge updates, book lists, and other random bookish thoughts or announcements.
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RECEIVED FOR REVIEW
It’s September! Where has the summer gone? Traditionally I’ve always used the last few months of the year to catch up on my reading from both my own personal TBR as well as the unsolicited arrivals that have come my way, so for the rest of 2015 you may see me take on less review books. The last couple of weeks saw some exciting titles come my way though, including a couple summer books mixed in with some highly anticipated fall releases. My thanks to all the wonderful publishers and authors!
Bound ARCs and Finished Copies:
Mystic by Jason Denzel – Print ARC, with thanks to Tor. While this book has been on my radar for a while, I admit didn’t know too much about it. The more I’m learning about it though, the more excited I am! Rest assured, we’ll be seeing a lot more about this book in the coming months, so keep an eye out for my review closer to the release date and who knows, perhaps even a giveaway! /tease
A Cold Silence by Alison Littlewood – Paperback, with thanks to Jo Fletcher Books. It always makes me so happy to see something from JFB because they always send me the coolest books (and it’s fun getting mail from London). I’m also glad to be adding some horror to my reading list.
Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher – Paperback, with thanks to Harper Voyager. I have no idea why this one slipped by me this summer, but everything about it sounds like it’s right up my alley. A couple weeks ago, the publisher very kindly sent me a copy, so I’m definitely going to be reading this one post-haste.
Nebula Awards Showcase 2015 edited by Greg Bear – Print ARC, with thanks to Pyr. A collection of stories by some of the biggest names in SFF. Every year, the publisher puts out one of these wonderful anthologies.
Dragon Coast by Greg Van Eekhout – Hardcover, with thanks to Tor. A finished copy of this third book of the Daniel Blackland series landed on my doorstep last week. Something tells me it’s going to be as good as the first two books, if not even better.
Lady of Magick by Sylvia Izzo Hunter – Paperback with thanks to Ace. I’m looking forward to read this sequel to The Midnight Queen, especially after my recent participation in a Twitter Q&A with the author where I got to learn more about her and her books.
The Terrans by Jean Johnson – Print ARC, with thanks to Ace. I was actually expecting this one to show up earlier in the summer, but it didn’t arrive until last week. Better late than never, I say! And just in time too, because I’ve started drawing up my reading list for Sci-fi November. Brace yourself, The Terrans, because you’re going in.
Digital and Audio:
The Shards of Heaven by Michael Livingston – eARC with thanks to Tor. A couple of NetGalley invites also found their way to my inbox these last two weeks. I’m super excited about this historical fantasy about Ancient Rome following Caesar’s assassination. The best part? This book also features one of my favorite historical figures ever: Selene, daughter of Cleopatra and Marc Antony. I’ll be part of this book’s tour in November, so stay tuned for more to come.
The Machinery by Gerrard Cowan – eARC with thanks to Harper Voyager UK. Much thanks also to the author who contacted me and sent me an invite widget to read his book! Looking forward to checking this out.
Planetfall by Emma Newman – eARC with thanks to Roc via NetGalley. In case you missed it, this was actually my pick this week for Waiting on Wednesday. I’m excited for it, and like I said, I’m already putting together a reading list for Sci-Fi November and this one is all lined up. Naturally!
Soundless by Richelle Mead – eARC with thanks to Razorbill via First to Read. Rounding up the digital pile are a couple of highly anticipated YA titles on my wishlist. I was really hoping that Soundless was going to show up on FtR one of these days…and then it did! Quite thrilled to snag a review copy.
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – Audiobook with thanks to Audible Studios. The next YA title is this fourth book of the Throne of Glass series. Sure, the series has its ups and downs, but the third book definitely ended on a high note. It’s got me looking forward to what’s coming next.
PURCHASED BOOKS & GIVEAWAY WINS
Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig – Force Friday was September 4th and to be honest, the only offering I was interested in that day was this book! I’m a huge Star Wars fan, but as much as I love all the toys and gadgets, nothing can ever beat books.
Hunter by Mercedes Lackey and Ungodly by Kendare Blake – I won these two ARCs by linking up at the On Starships and Dragonwings book blog. Thanks, Anya! Be sure to check out her website and her brilliant weekly Sci-fi and Fantasy Friday feature to link up. It’s a great way to share your reviews and discover new ones.
THE SPECULATIVE HERALD
I also have some very exciting news to talk about today! For you see, a dragon is waking…
The end of this month will see the launch of The Speculative Herald, a new Science Fiction & Fantasy website with a focus on news and early reviews of the genre’s latest titles. I’ve been asked by site manager Lisa of Tenacious Reader to be a contributor, cross-posting some of the reviews I post here on The BiblioSanctum, along with other bloggers including Tammy of Books Bones & Buffy, Lynn of Lynn’s Book Blog, Bob of Beauty in Ruins and Nathan of Fantasy Review Barn. Looks like I’m in good company! So definitely keep an eye our for our big debut, and of course in the meantime you can follow us on Twitter or subscribe to the blog.
WHAT I’VE READ SINCE THE LAST UPDATE
I was very productive these last two weeks. Go me! And no, in case you’re wondering, I still haven’t been sleeping very well. Keep an eye out for reviews of these books in the coming weeks, if they’re not up already.
Here are the reviews I’ve written and posted since the last update, gathered together and listed here for your convenience and viewing pleasure.
Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P. Beaulieu (4.5 of 5 stars)
Earth Flight by Janet Edwards (4.5 of 5 stars)
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (4 of 5 stars)
Abomination by Gary Whitta (4 of 5 stars)
The Undying Legion by Clay Griffith & Susan Griffith (4 of 5 stars)
Star Wars: Lords of the Sith by Paul S. Kemp (4 of 5 stars)
Pacific Fire by Greg Van Eekhout (4 of 5 stars)
The Trials by Linda Nagata (3.5 of 5 stars)
Updraft by Fran Wilde (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker (3.5 of 5 stars)
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab (3.5 of 5 stars)
Dragon Heart by Cecelia Holland (2.5 of 5 stars)
Persona by Genevieve Valentine (2 of 5 stars)
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Have you heard of or read any of the books featured this week? What caught your eye? Any new discoveries? Let me know if you plan to read any of these! Nothing makes me happier than sharing my love for books and I hope you found something interesting for a future read. Until next time, see you next Roundup! 🙂