Mogsy’s Bookshelf Roundup: Stacking the Shelves & 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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Hello December! Seriously, this year has flown by so quickly, though I can’t say I’m too sorry to see November behind me, since it was such a busy month. I didn’t read near as many books and only posted two reviews in the last two weeks! However, we did have an excellent time with the wrap-up of another successful SciFiMonth, and in other news, I completed NaNoWriMo for the fifth year in a row! I had aimed to finish my 50K words before Thanksgiving because we had family visiting for a week and I knew I would be getting no writing done, but I ended up squeaking by one day later (lesson learned: I am never pantsing it again.) All in all, I’m eager to get back to my regular schedule now that all the craziness is (pretty much) over.
RECEIVED FOR REVIEW & PURCHASED
So let’s get on to the new books! Some really exciting review copies showed up, and I also did some shopping. I didn’t actually spend much on Black Friday–at least, not on physical books (my digital purchases are another story…it’s so much easier to go nuts on $1-3 deals especially when ebooks/audiobooks take up no shelf space).
Dragon Hunters by Marc Turner – Physical ARC, with thanks to Tor. This is the second book of The Chronicle of the Exile series which I’ve actually been leaning towards continuing, so I was quite happy when this showed up!
A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly – This one is in my top anticipated list for early 2016! Huge thanks to Saga Press for sending me an ARC, I’m very excited to read it.
Redzone by William C. Dietz – A couple Bookshelf Roundups ago I received the ARC for the third book of the Mutant Files series, even though I’ve only read the first book. So last weekend when I was at the bookstore, I decided to pick up book two to catch up!
Black City Saint by Richard A. Knaak – Physical ARC, with thanks to Pyr. Okay, I’m not a fan of Knaak’s World of Warcraft books, but I’m really curious to check out his non media tie-in fiction. DJ over at MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape liked this one, so I’m definitely interested in giving it a shot.
The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May – This book won’t be out in the US until next summer, but I bought the UK edition from The Book Depository earlier this month. I had won the UK edition of The Falconer from a Gollancz giveaway a couple years ago, and I need the books in my series to match, dammit!
The Exiled Earthborn by Paul Tassi – Paperback, with thanks to Talos. This second book of the trilogy is out already and I haven’t read the first one yet! I need to get on that.
No More Heroes by Loren Rhoads – Paperback, with thanks to Night Shade Books. Speaking of series I need to get on, all three books of the In the Wake of the Templars trilogy are out now, so I think it’s time to binge read!
Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier – Hardcover, with thanks to Roc. By now you’re all probably sick and tired of hearing me rave about how much I love this series, so all I’ll say is: READ THESE BOOKS! I was so grateful to receive this beautiful finished copy.
A Daughter of No Nation by A. M. Dellamonica – Hardcover, with thanks to Tor. I have not read the first book Child of a Hidden Sea, but I heard a lot about it when it came out last year. Anyone read this series? Now that I have book two, I’m thinking maybe I should take a look. What do you think?
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix – Earlier in the week I was approved for this eARC from Edelweiss. Grady Hendrix is author of Horrorstör, a quirky horror novel I enjoyed last year, so I’m really looking forward to his next book. Thanks, Quirk Books!
Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor – I blame everyone who featured this one in their Top Ten Tuesdays (Debut Novels We’re Looking Forward to in 2016) lists this week! You’re all enablers! I loved the sound of this and so I went and requested it via Edelweiss…and got approved! Thanks HMH Books for Young Readers!
And now for something fun. As I said, I had family visit me this Thanksgiving, my parents who flew in from Vegas. But before they retired there, they worked and lived in Shanghai for years. When they left China, they bought me some cool bookish gifts…these badass Chinese editions of all the books in the Harry Potter series! My Chinese reading is really rusty at the moment (maybe grade 4 or 5 level!) so until I get back into practice I don’t know how far in the series I can get. Regardless though, these books make really unique and beautiful additions to my book collection.
My dad also handed me down his copies of the Three-Body Problem trilogy by Liu Cixin in its original Chinese. He told me he really enjoyed it, which might explain why the books are a little dog-eared and worn. Also, notice anything interesting about these Chinese editions? The illustrations! Anyone read the Tor English-translated versions and know if the visual components made it in them too? I hear it is common in places like Japan and China for novels to have a few pages of gorgeously rendered drawings. Hmm, I don’t think I’d mind too much if that tradition was adopted here. Hey, pictures aren’t just for children’s books!
Here are the reviews I’ve written and posted since the last update, gathered together and listed here for your convenience and viewing pleasure. Whoa, only two!
My thanks to the authors who stopped by these last couple of weeks!
WHAT I’VE READ SINCE THE LAST UPDATE
I’m what you’d call a Type-A personality, micromanaging my day with to-do lists, and I’ll even make timetables to schedule in my hobbies! However, I reached my limit at the end of November with NaNoWriMo and hosting Thanksgiving on top of a bazillion other things. Even with staying up late and adding a couple more hours of productivity to my days, there was only so much I could cram into 24 hours. My reading time plummeted as a result, but I still managed to finish five books! I’m working on the reviews for these now, so be sure to keep an eye out for them in the coming weeks!
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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! 🙂