Mogsy’s Bookshelf Roundup: Stacking the Shelves, NaNoWriMo, Recent Reads
Bookshelf Roundup is a feature I do every other weekend which fills the role of several blog memes, like Stacking the Shelves where I talk about the new books I’ve added to my library or received for review, as well as It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? where I round up what I’ve read since the last update and what I’m planning to read soon. Mostly it also serves as a recap post, so sometimes I’ll throw in stuff like reading challenge progress reports, book lists, and other random bookish thoughts or announcements.
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Ah, November, November, everything is happening in November! On the blogging front, you may have noticed The BiblioSanctum has kicked off its Sci-Fi Month event, alongside dozens of participants across the blogosphere. The party’s just getting started! On the real life front, I’ve also started NaNoWriMo, but more about that later. First though, on to the books. Some great looking titles found their way to my shelves these last two weeks, and I just happen to be insanely excited about a lot of them. My thanks to all the wonderful publishers and authors who sent me review copies!
RECEIVED FOR REVIEW
The Palace of Glass by Django Wexler – A huge thanks to Django Wexler, who sent a signed ARC my way and made my entire week! I’m a big fan of his work. Whether he’s writing epic fantasy or middle grade fiction, you just know it’s going to be great. I’m loving the Forbidden Library series, and I can’t wait to read this third book.
Winterwood by Jacey Bedford – When this ARC arrived, I almost flailed out of my seat. OMG you guys, if there’s one thing that makes me even more excited about a girl-disguised-as-a-guy story, it’s a girl-disguised-as-a-guy story WITH MAGIC AND PIRATES.
Dreaming Death by J. Kathleen Cheney – Print ARC, with thanks to Roc. Another flail-worthy arrival, this is one of my most anticipated titles coming out next year. The cover is so beautiful! Plus, I’m very eager to get into a new series by J. Kathleen Cheney; I fell in love with her writing when I read her Golden City trilogy and I want more.
Son of the Morning by Mark Alder – When Pegasus Publishing contacted me about this book, I just about tripped over myself to reply. Do you know how long I’ve waited for this book to be published in the US?! Next February will be when it finally happens! In the meantime, the publisher was kind enough to send me this beautiful ARC. That on the cover is the painting “St. Michael” by Luca Giordano. I’m a big fan of classical art, so you can understand why I prefer the US cover over the UK version for once.
Blue Darker than Black by Mike Jenne – Print ARC, with thanks to Yucca Publishing. This is the second book in the Blue Gemini series which is new to me, but the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive so it appears I’ve been missing out! I’ll have to remedy that.
Weighing Shadows by Lisa Goldstein – My thanks to Night Shade for this gorgeous paperback. I am new to this book and to the author, but the story sounds like something I want to try!
The Wheel of Time Companion by Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, Maria Simons – Hardcover, with thanks to Tor. The post dropped off this heavy box last week, and at first I thought it might be power tools my husband ordered or something. But nope, inside was actually this 800+ page comprehensive Wheel of Time encyclopedia. I’ve only read the first book of Jordan’s celebrated series, but I do so love these “compendium” type books! I could probably spend hours perusing the information in here.
Mystic by Jason Denzel – A finished copy of Mystic also arrived from Tor last week. I really enjoyed this book! In case you missed it, here’s the review and also a Q&A with Jason. Don’t forget to enter our Mystic giveaway if you live in the US or Canada!
Star Wars Psychology: Dark Side of the Mind edited by Travis Langley – Paperback, with thanks to Sterling Publishing. I don’t typically read a lot of nonfiction, but DUDE COME ON, STAR WARS! Actually, I’m really glad I read this. It is an incredibly fascinating book of essays looking at Star Wars from a psychological perspective. If this sounds interesting to you, be sure to keep an eye out for my review next week along with a chance to win your own copy of Star Wars Psychology in an upcoming giveaway!
Invasive Species and Slavemakers by Joseph Wallace – Speaking of giveaways, I’ll also be reviewing Invasive Species and hosting a giveaway for it later this month to celebrate the release of its sequel Slavemakers, due out in December! A newly evolved predator emerges from the jungles to take over humanity? Sounds positively chilling. My thanks to Penguin (Berkley and Ace) for review copies, I can’t wait to read these.
Graveyard by William C. Dietz – Print ARC, with thanks to Ace. This was an unexpected arrival, but I’m very interested because I’ve read the first book. Seems like there was an installment in between that I missed though (I had no idea the books in this series were coming out in such quick succession) so once I catch up, I am definitely giving this a read.
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins – Gah, after much hemming and hawing I have finally decided to give this book a try because I just couldn’t ignore all the rave reviews anymore. Thanks to an offer of a review copy from HighBridge and Audiobook Jukebox, I’ll be experiencing it in audio! I am so excited for this!
The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky and Skyborn by David Dalglish – This week, Orbit unleashed armageddon on my NetGalley TBR. ARMAGEDDON, I TELL YOU. They have a lot of good stuff coming out this winter, but I couldn’t accept every invite without imploding my stats. I heard tons of great stuff about The Immortals and Skyborn already, so I decided to read these two first.
The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle – My thanks to Tor.com for sending me this eARC. I’ve not heard of this book before it hit my inbox, but I’m always happy to check out any of their new novellas.
The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson – Eee! Finally, much love and gratitude to Tor for sending me this eARC. When I saw the invitation email, it was like early Christmas in November! Can’t wait to read this next Mistborn novel.
If I am slower to visit your blogs and read your reviews this month, or if I miss replying to your comments here, please don’t take it personally! It’s just me going completely off my rocker by deciding to take part in NaNoWriMo. I really shouldn’t have done it. I mean, there’s just too much going on in my life right now to take on another project. Thing is though, I’ve taken part in NaNo for the last four years and it just didn’t feel right to break tradition. And I guess the best part about NaNo is that it never hurts to try. You already win when you do. Still, I’m a student of the philosophy of Yoda. I’m not in this just to try. So, even if it will mean less free time this month–less reading, less reviews and less sleep–I’m giving it my all. Wish me luck!
Here’s my progress so far. As you can see, I took advantage of the energy and excitement of the first week and hit the ground running. My goal is to write every day, even if I don’t hit the daily word count.
Here are the reviews I’ve written and posted since the last update, gathered together and listed here for your convenience and viewing pleasure. We’re all over the board with the ratings this time.
The Fifth House of the Heart by Ben Tripp (5 of 5 stars)
Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier (5 of 5 stars)
The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone (4 of 5 stars)
The Geomancer by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith (4 of 5 stars)
Tremontaine Ep. 1: Arrivals by Ellen Kushner (4 of 5 stars)
Mystic by Jason Denzel (4 of 5 stars)
Planetfall by Emma Newman (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Builders by Daniel Polansky (3.5 of 5 stars)
Soundless by Richelle Mead (2.5 of 5 stars)
My thanks to the wonderful authors who stopped by these last couple of weeks and took their time to speak with me:
WHAT I’VE READ SINCE THE LAST UPDATE
We’re definitely sci-fi heavy this Roundup! My reading also slowed down last week. More likely than not, next update will show fewer reviews/books completed as I shift my focus to NaNo. However, my co-bloggers and I did manage to get some reviews scheduled in advance, along with more cool stuff planned for later in the month, so it’s going to stay pretty busy here at the BiblioSanctum.
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Have you heard of or read any of the books featured this week? What caught your eye? Any new discoveries? Nothing makes me happier than sharing my love for books, so let me know what you plan on checking out. I hope you found something interesting for a future read! Until next time, see you next Roundup! 🙂