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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Hope you all had a wonderful holidays and happy new year! I’m actually on the road this week visiting family in Cape Cod, so I’ll be keeping this Bookshelf Roundup update short and sweet.
RECEIVED FOR REVIEW
Like I said, I’m currently out of town so I don’t have access to the titles of my physical books at home and I’ll have no idea what else is waiting for me until I get back. So in the meantime, check out the new digital galleys received for review! My thanks to the authors and publishers!
The Last Dream Keeper by Amber Benson – Last month, Ace Books surprised me with an invite to this title. I read the first book last year and was on the fence about continuing the series, but now that I have the sequel on hand, I might just check it out after all. My thanks to the publisher.
The Lazarus War by Jamie Sawyer – Much thanks to Orbit Books for providing me with a review copy. This is looks like one cool military sci-fi!
The Guns of Ivrea by Clifford Beal – I first saw this one featured at another blog and I practically ran to request it at NetGalley. Epic fantasy and pirates! With thanks to Solaris/Rebellion Publishing.
Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal – This one was actually supposed to be featured in my last Roundup, but I somehow missed it in the shuffle thanks to the holiday madness. The story sounds interesting, and look at that gorgeous cover! Thanks, Tor.com!
The Rogue Retrieval by Dan Koboldt – My thanks to the author and publisher for hooking me up with a review copy of this. When Dan emailed me about his book, I told him I would gladly check it out. I happen have a weakness for Vegas illusionists…
Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell – My love for Peter Pan retellings strikes again! Not to mention delicious rogue pirates. Review copy received through Edelweiss with thanks to Simon Pulse.
I also bought a bunch of ebooks/audiobooks over the course of November and December because of all the sweet holiday sales. Who can say no to a book and hours of entertainment for the mere price of a cup of coffee? Here are some of the deals I jumped on, because I’ve heard so much about them from fellow bloggers. Tammy from Books Bones & Buffy wrote this fantastic review for The Unnoticeables, how could I not take a look? Bookwraiths also had great things to say about Clash of Eagles and I’ve been curious about it for a while. Lynn’s rave review of The Invisible library made me grab this audiobook. And folks all over the blogosphere have been gushing about Rainbow Rowell, but it was Kaja’s Author Addiction post and awesome review of Fangirl that finally convinced me to jump on the bandwagon.
I also picked up a few titles that caught my eye in 2015, like Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits, and Angry Robot had a giant ebook sale so I one-clicked The Dragons of Heaven and a preorder of Steal the Sky which won’t even be out until later this week. Earlier in the fall I won an audiobook code from Tantor so I used it on Rise Again because I wanted to check out more from new-favorite-author Ben Tripp, and it just so happened the sequel Rise Again Below Zero popped up soon after as a Kindle Daily Deal, so I snapped that one up too!
Here are the reviews I’ve written and posted since the last update, gathered together and listed here for your convenience and viewing pleasure. Just two, because I didn’t post that many during the holidays, but I hope you enjoyed the end-of-year lists!
WHAT I’VE READ SINCE THE LAST UPDATE
December was my catch-up month and I made the most out of it. I got to finish a couple books that have been on my TBR since late summer/early autumn, and even got to get a jump on several January titles. As you know, my review and giveaway for Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard is up now, but be sure to look out for the rest in the coming weeks! I’ll be back to my regular schedule upon my return.
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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! 🙂