Mogsy’s Bookshelf Roundup: Stacking the Shelves, Coloring Books, 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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Things are winding down in my inbox, while activity is revving up in real life as we approach the holidays! Still, there are some really exciting arrivals this week, as review copies are starting to show up for a few massively anticipated titles that I’ve been waiting for all year.
RECEIVED FOR REVIEW
The Last Mortal Bond by Brian Staveley – Christmas came early for me when I received an unexpected package from Macmillan earlier this month and I couldn’t believe my eyes when this ARC came out! I’ve been pining for this finale to the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne trilogy since last year, thank you so much Tor Books!
In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan – Continuing with the awesome surprises from Tor, I received this ARC of the fourth book in Marie Brennan’s amazing Memoir by Lady Trent series, which I wasn’t expecting for another couple months! This is one of my favorite series right now, and Todd Lockwood’s dragon artwork gracing this latest cover is beautiful as always.
Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard by Lawrence M. Schoen – One last arrival from Tor, and it’s this gorgeous finished copy of Barsk. Be sure to keep an eye out for my review on release day (December 29) along with a giveaway!
Midnight Taxi Tango by Daniel José Older – I knew as soon as I finished reading Half-Resurrection Blues last year that I wanted to continue this really unique and cool series. My thanks to Roc for this finished paperback.
River Marked by Patricia Briggs – Today I’m also thrilled to announce that I’ll be participating in the Mercy Thompson Re-Read Blog Tour! For eight days, eight bloggers are each covering one of the first eight books to drum up excitement in the week leading up to the release of Fire Touched, the upcoming ninth book in Patricia Brigg’s excellent series. I was so happy that I got picked for my favorite title, River Marked (Book 6)! I’ll be highlighting Mercy’s adventures and all of the reasons why I love this book in my re-read, so look forward to all that fun in March!
Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs – Speaking of Mercy Thompson and Fire Touched, I was sent this ARC earlier this week and I can’t be more excited to read it! Thanks, Ace Books!
The Dragon Round by Stephen S. Power – I featured this book in my Waiting on Wednesday a couple weeks ago, and funny enough it showed on on Edelweiss for request later on that same day! My thanks to Simon and Schuster for approving me.
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore – Audiobook with thanks to Audible Studios. My audio listens have been on the darker, heavier side lately, so I was in the mood for a lighter YA. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this one and it sounded perfect. Plus, forbidden love!
Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger – This book was on my watch-list, so when I saw it go up on NetGalley I couldn’t resist! Thanks Quirk Books, and yay for auto-approval. “A sharp and funny urban fantasy for “new adults” about a secret society of bartenders who fight monsters with alcohol fueled magic.” Haha, what could possibly go wrong?
Good Girls by Glen Hirshberg – My thanks to the generous folks at Tor for an eARC of this standalone sequel to Motherless Child. I’ve always wanted to read the first book which is still glaring at me from my shelves, but I just couldn’t resist the temptation of “standalone”!
NEW FEATURE: COLORING BOOKS FOR ADULTS
After months of trying to resist the temptation, I finally couldn’t take it anymore. Yep, that’s right. I gave in to the magical world of adult coloring books. Starting in the new year, I’m kicking off a new feature. The plan right now is to review one book per month, though sometimes it might be longer between (I do need time to color, after all!) Since expressing my interest in reviewing coloring books earlier in the year, I’ve already been sent a few sweet looking titles by publishers, and I can’t wait to experiment with my various color pens and pencils. Check out what’s coming up the pipeline!
The Time Chamber by Daria Song – Review copy via Blogging for Books, with thanks to Crown Publishing.
Here are the reviews I’ve written and posted since the last update, gathered together and listed here for your convenience and viewing pleasure. This Roundup’s highlighted reads are Skyborn and Wolf by Wolf not only because I loved them but also because they shook up my expectations and ended up being really special gems.
Skyborn by David Dalglish (4.5 of 5 stars)
Black Wolves by Kate Elliott (4.5 of 5 stars)
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin (4.5 of 5 stars)
The Flux by Ferrett Steinmetz (4 of 5 stars)
Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski (4 of 5 stars)
Time and Time Again by Ben Elton (4 of 5 stars)
Ash and Silver by Carol Berg (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (3.5 of 5 stars)
WHAT I’VE READ SINCE THE LAST UPDATE
As you can see, I’m back on track with my reading schedule. This is a lot, even for me. I blame it on the post-NaNoWriMo reading binge after suffering withdrawal in November. This is also my catch-up month, so I’m reading some books that I’ve missed earlier in the year that I’m really excited about, so that helps a lot.
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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! 🙂