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.
Received for Review
I’ve been working hard to rein in my book requests this year, but apparently I have not been showing as much restraint when it comes to electronic galleys. In a perfect storm of email invitations, auto-approvals, and every single one of my NetGalley/Edelweiss requests that have been hanging in limbo forever suddenly deciding to come in all at once this week, my digital review pile appears to have exploded! Whoops. Meanwhile, books in the mail have been mostly surprise arrivals, but they all look so good! Hard to fight against the excitement though, even as Mount TBR grows another few feet; my enormous gratitude to the authors and publishers for the months of great reading ahead of me!
Alcatraz Vs. The Evil Librarians and The Scrivener’s Bones by Brandon Sanderson – This might be the only series left by Sanderson that I haven’t tried yet. Until now Alcatraz has always managed to elude me, but this year they’re being re-issued by Starscape/Tor Books and I pounced on the opportunity to review these beautifully illustrated new hardback editions. I already read the first one, and loved it — hilarious adventurous middle grade madness! My thanks to the publisher!
The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins – I was so excited when a finished copy of this book arrived, courtesy of Viking. I’ve been highly anticipating this gorgeous historical fantasy debut about goddesses, mad kings, druids and faerie magic.
UFO Hunters Book Two by William J. Birnes – Until this one arrived from Tor, I had no clue there was even a UFO Hunter book, let alone two! It’s billed as an official companion to the History Channel show, which I’m only vaguely familiar with. I may pass this on to my husband, who loves this stuff.
Nebula Awards Showcase 2016 edited by Mercedes Lackey – My thanks to Pyr for brightening up my day with another awesome Nebula Awards Showcase collection!
The King of Fear by Drew Chapman – Surprise arrival from Simon & Schuster earlier in the week; although it’s not my usual genre, I was intrigued. Chapman brings his extensive experience in film and television writing to this novel of global espionage and cyber terrorism. I’ll be keeping this one in mind for when I feel like a good thriller.
Invaders: 22 Tales from the Outer Limits of Literature edited by Jacob Weisman – When book mail arrived from California, I was thrilled to discover it was this sci-fi anthology from Tachyon Publications! From aliens to nanotech, this wild collection features all manner of science fiction and beyond. I’m not even a big reader of short stories, but I do want to read this one.
Good Girls by Glen Hirshberg – I’ve wanted to read Glen Hirshberg for a while now, and I finally got my wish this week! My thanks to Tor Books for sending along a finished hardcover of this emotionally hard-hitting supernatural horror. Keep an eye out for my review which will be posted on release date!
Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan – A retelling of A Tale of Two Cities?! Um, YES PLEASE. All resistance pretty much went out the window the moment I heard that pitch. With thanks to Clarion Books (NetGalley).
Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay – Do you even need a reason to be excited for Guy Gavriel Kay? I mean, other than it’s Guy Gavriel Kay? Didn’t think so! With thanks to NAL (NetGalley).
Roses and Rot by Kat Howard – I literally did a dance for joy when Saga Press started listing titles at NetGalley last week. They auto-approved me too, which could have been really bad for my review pile because I’m excited about practically every single one of their titles. I was able to restrained myself and only requested Roses and Rot…for now. Can’t wait to dive into this dark twist on a fairy tale.
The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky – I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of the audio edition last week. IT. IS. AMAZING. I lost a chunk of a day to this audiobook while I was vacuuming the house and I must have done several rooms twice without even realizing it. That’s how thoroughly hooked I was. I’m sure you’ll be hearing me rave all about it next week, which is hopefully when I’ll have my review up. My thanks to Hachette Audio!
The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells – Evidently the start of a new series about the Raksura, even though it is technically the fourth book in the sequence. I’ve never actually read a Raksura novel (just the short stories collections) so this might be a good place for me to jump on board. With thanks to Night Shade Books (Edelweiss).
Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay – Earlier this month I read A Head Full of Ghosts and it was definitely one of those mind-blowing “I NEED to read more by this author right the hell NOW” experiences. My thanks to William Morrow (Edelweiss).
In the Shadow of the Gods by Rachel Dunne – An epic fantasy about a group of mortals standing up against a pair of vengeful gods? This sounds interesting! And I’ll never turn down a dark fantasy. With thanks to Harper Voyager (Edelweiss).
Fellside by M.R. Carey – eARC, with thanks to Orbit (NetGalley). I loved The Girl with All the Gifts and I was very excited when I found out about Carey’s new novel. The publisher description is a bit vague, but I’ve heard whisperings that it’s a ghost story…
The Days of Tao by Wesley Chu – I was actually a beta reader for this book, and I’m looking forward to see what has changed in the final version. This short novella is an action-filled story about Cameron Tan and contains some bridge elements that will lead into The Rise of Io, Chu’s next quasing series. With thanks to Subterranean Press (NetGalley).
The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis – Psychological literary thriller set in a post-apocalyptic wilderness. What’s not to like? I’ve eyed this one for a while, and now that the publisher has revealed their cover, I decided to request. My thanks to Crown (NetGalley).
Here are all my reviews since the last update, gathered together and listed here for your convenience and viewing pleasure. We’re all over the board in terms of ratings, but on the whole I’d say I had a great first half of February.
Chains of the Heretic by Jeff Salyards (5 of 5 stars)
The Damned by Andrew Pyper (4.5 of 5 stars)
Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden (4.5 of 5 stars)
The Death of Dulgath by Michael J. Sullivan (4 of 5 stars)
A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly (4 of 5 stars)
Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh (4 of 5 stars)
Drake by Peter McLean (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Guns of Ivrea by Clifford Beal (3 of 5 stars)
Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto (2.5 of 5 stars)
What I’ve Read Since the Last Update
I spent the first week of February reading a couple of humongous epic fantasy doorstoppers, so for the rest of the roundup period I indulged in some shorter, lighter reads in Urban Fantasy, Horror and Young Adult. A good mix of genres helps keep me sane. I also grabbed the Morning Star audiobook the day it came out and finished listening to it over three or four nights of workouts. I’ve been looking forward to it for so long and it was definitely worth the wait.
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! 🙂