Mogsy’s Bookshelf Roundup: Stacking the Shelves 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 round up what I’ve finished reading and/or reviewed since the last update, and sometimes throw in stuff like reading challenge progress reports, book lists, and other random bookish thoughts or announcements.
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This came out of my fortune cookie last week when the family and I got Chinese takeout. Oh cookie, it was like you and I were meant to be. You were delicious too.
RECEIVED FOR REVIEW
Lots of surprises again this week, as I’ve been curbing review requests and the number of books I accept for review since the beginning of fall. One reason for this is because I’m gearing up for SciFiMonth, trying to catch up on personal reads and sci-fi titles already on my to-be-reviewed shelf. Also, after much consideration, I think I’m going to do it. I’m going to do NaNoWriMo again. So yeah, November will be a busy month. Regardless, there are certainly a couple of new discoveries and a lot of really cool books in this haul that I want to check out! My thanks to all the wonderful publishers and authors!
Bound ARCs/Finished Copies:
Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie – Paperback, with thanks to Orbit. This is the third book of the Imperial Radch trilogy which first began with the award-winning Ancillary Justice, a book I’m sure needs no introduction! Its arrival was an unexpected surprise since I had already received an audio review copy of the book last week, but I’ll be sure to enjoy both!
Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald – Hardcover, with thanks to Tor. The only books I’ve read by Ian McDonald are from his young adult series Everness, but I love them to bits. I’ve seen this one compared to Game of Thrones, except we’re on the moon. I’m totally lining it up for Sci-fi Month, which should come as no surprise, so keep an eye out for a review in November.
An Apprentice to Elves by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear – Hardcover, with thanks to Tor. This beautiful finished copy arrived last week, and I’m quite excited to dive into it. It’s technically the third book in a series, but the publicist let me know that it works perfectly fine as a stand alone and that it builds on the first two books, but has a different protagonist and is a fine place to jump into the story.
Gold Throne in Shadow by M.C. Planck and Rising Tide by Rajan Khanna – Paperbacks, with thanks to Pyr. Yay, more finished copies! Both are sequels of books I read last year, so I am in a good place to continue either series. I’m especially hyped to read Rising Tide later this fall because I love airships and a good zombie post-apocalypse.
The King’s Justice by Stephen R. Donaldson – Hardcover, with thanks to G.P. Putnam’s Sons. This one was a surprise arrival that made me very happy! It’s a two-novella collection by Stephen R. Donaldson of the Thomas Covenant series fame, though I haven’t read any of those books and was initially concerned that I wasn’t going to be able to read this without getting completely lost. Happily, I later learned that both stories are new and original, or at least it sounded that way, so this is going right onto my fall TBR.
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin – Print ARC, with thanks to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers via their NOVL program. This was pitched as “Code Name Verity meets Inglourious Basterds“, a YA alternate history novel about a teen who needs to win an epic motorcycle race across Europe and Asia in order to assassinate Hitler. Are you kidding me, that is like the most awesome premise ever.
A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond – Hardcover, with thanks to Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Occasionally I will receive unsolicited YA novels from Penguin Random House, and most of these I haven’t talked about in my Bookshelf Roundups because they are outside The BiblioSanctum’s scope in terms of genre. This time I’m pleased to feature A Song for Ella Grey though, a creative reimagining of the tragic tale of Orpheus and Eurydice. Wow! I always like to see more mythology-related retellings.
The Last Exodus by Paul Tassi – Paperback, with thanks to Talos. Skyhorse Publishing is generous as usual, surprising me with a copy of this book about an invasion that leaves Earth in ruins and a survivor who searches for his family in the aftermath of an intergalactic war.
Digital and Audio:
Star Wars: Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed – eARC, with thanks to Del Rey via NetGalley. Some books I can’t resist requesting, like this one based on the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront game (which I’m going to play the shit out of, by the way).
Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto – eARC with thanks to Balzer + Bray. Another thing I can never resist is a good story with a fantasy western setting and Edelweiss was so kind as to indulge me.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Audiobook, with thanks to Audible Studios. I’m prepping this post mid-week, so by the time it goes live I hope to be well into this one. I have heard such amazing things about this book, and I have a weakness for stories that feature heists.
WHAT I’VE READ SINCE THE LAST UPDATE
It looks like a lot, but I actually indulged in several novellas this past fortnight, and they were super quick reads. I’m also falling behind on writing reviews, but I suppose that’s a good problem to have if it means I’m making some good progress on my to-read pile. Fall and winter are my catch-up months and so far I’m off to a great start.
Here are the reviews I’ve written and posted since the last update, gathered together and listed here for your convenience and viewing pleasure.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (4.5 of 5 stars)
The Last Witness by K.J. Parker (4 of 5 stars)
Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson (4 of 5 stars)
Reign of Iron by Angus Watson (4 of 5 stars)
Sunset Mantle by Alter S. Reiss (3.5 of 5 stars)
Swords and Scoundrels by Julia Knight (3.5 of 5 stars)
Last First Snow by Max Gladstone (3.5 of 5 stars)
Queen of Shadow by Sarah J. Maas (3.5 of 5 stars)
Bat out of Hell by Alan Gold
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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! 🙂