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.
Why, hello July! On the one hand I am thrilled to be soaring into summer, but on the other I am also a little bit nervous, because this is probably the busiest time of the year for book releases. Some good news, though: I’m pretty much finished with the initial round of vetting for the 30 books in our batch for SPFBO (yep, I know I haven’t been updating on my SPFBO progress lately, but that is most definitely still going on) so I’ve been able to pick up speed on my regular reviewing again. There will be a huge SPFBO update coming up very soon, so be sure to keep an eye out for that, and stay tuned for all kinds of other good stuff in the coming weeks, including author features, giveaways and more. It’s going to be a big, eventful month for us here at The BiblioSanctum, and I’m really excited.
Received for Review
My TBR this month is gigantic. Like, scary gigantic. I do have a more focused list of my must-read books but I’ve also never been very good at keeping to a set plan, and I keep going “off script” picking up anything that catches my eye especially among some of my unsolicited arrivals. So July be a pretty eclectic month for sure! Lots of incredible books have found their way into my mailbox this past fortnight, some requested and some surprises, but I’m sure you’ll be seeing reviews of all of these at some point. My thanks to all the publishers for the review copies received! For more details and full descriptions of the books, be sure to click the links to their Goodreads pages!
The Dinosaur Knights by Victor Milán and Time Siege by Wesley Chu – This was definitely a week for finished copies, and Tor is kicking it off with these sequels to The Dinosaur Lords and Time Salvager, respectively. I enjoyed both those books immensely last year, and I’m looking forward to their follow-ups. My thanks to the publisher!
Also huge thanks to the kind folks at Penguin (Ace, Roc, DAW and NAL) for sending along the following finished copies this week: The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan is the first book of a new series called The Draconis Memoria and I can’t wait to read it. I have a review planned for later this month, along with a US giveaway so watch for that! Next up is Red Queen by Christina Henry, book two in The Chronicles of Alice. I’ll also be hosting a giveaway of the first book Alice with my review in a couple weeks, so if you haven’t started this series yet, that’s something else to look out for. I’m also crazy excited about diving into these next two books, and by the time this post goes live I should actually be deep into Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn which I’m hoping will be as fun as it sounds, and Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine of course is the highly anticipated sequel to Ink and Bone, one of my favorite reads of last year.
The Gates of Hell by Michael Livingston – My thanks to Tor books for this amazing surprise! This sequel to Livingston’s incredible historical fantasy debut The Shards of Heaven was already firmly on my must-read list for this fall, but I hadn’t expected ARCs to be ready for another month or two. I want more Ancient Rome! More Cleopatra Selene! It’s going to be tough keeping my hands off of this one until closer to release date, that’s for sure.
The Shattered Lens and The Dark Talent by Brandon Sanderson – I also want to thank Tor (who are really spoiling me this week) for these two gorgeous gems: a finished copy of book 4 and an ARC of the long-awaited book 5 in Brandon Sanderson’s middle grade series Alcatraz. I was literally speechless with gratitude (that is, right after I got all the squeeing out of my system). The Dark Talent is actually the concluding volume, and while I’m sad this series is coming to a close, it’s also great knowing I’ll be able to jump right in after finishing The Shattered Lens to find out how it all ends. This is such an amazing series, you guys.
A Little Knowledge by Emma Newman – For the past couple months I’ve been participating in a read along of The Split Worlds series with the SFF Read-Along group, and you’ve probably noticed from the posts that I’ve gotten really addicted to these books. In July, we’ll be plunging into book 3, so the timing of this new arrival couldn’t have been more perfect! In August, Diversion Books will be pubbing the fourth book A Little Knowledge along with re-issues of the first three, complete with gorgeous new covers. My thanks to their awesome publicity team!
The Dark Side by Anthony O’Neill and Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan – Finished copies from Simon & Schuster and Del Rey, respectively. These are wonderful books, and last week I posted reviews to both. In case you missed them, see the links in my review roundup section below!
The Prisoner of Hell Gate by Dana I. Wolff – I actually missed featuring this book a couple weeks ago, so here it is now! A horror novel steeped in history, centered around the story of Typhoid Mary. If you’re a germophobe, I hear this one will go very badly for you… My thanks to Macmillan/Picador via NetGalley!
The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells – Audiobook, with thanks to Audible Studios. Wendy wrote a wonderful review for this book earlier this year, so when I saw a review copy of the audiobook edition on offer, I thought it would be neat to review this format too. I already listened to this and loved it, so my thoughts will be up soon.
Tracer by Rob Boffard and Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters – Audiobooks, with thanks to Hachette Audio. Both these titles have been on my radar for a while. This week I did a lot of work around the house, which also translated into a ton of audiobook listening, so I’ve actually completed both of these books s well. Reviews to come in the next couple weeks!
The Wall of Storms by Ken Liu – Have I mentioned lately how much I adored The Grace of Kings? When I saw this sequel pop up on NetGalley, I didn’t think; my hand just automatically clicked the request button. My thanks to Saga Press!
A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson, Everything Belongs to the Future by Laurie Penny, and The Burning Light by Bradley P. Beaulieu and Rob Ziegler – My thanks to Tor.com for also sending over three more e-galleys this week. I am intrigued by the first two (which were new to me) and positively thrilled about the third because in the past I’ve really enjoyed the work of Bradley P. Beaulieu.
Writing doesn’t always come naturally for me, but lately I’ve been having a better time with my reviews. I don’t know, maybe I’m reading the kind of books that are easy to gush (or rant) about. Here is a roundup of my reviews since the last update, gathered together and listed here for your convenience and viewing pleasure. Check out the highlights!
Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley (4.5 of 5 stars)
Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan (4.5 of 5 stars)
And I Darken by Kiersten White (4 of 5 stars)
The Big Sheep by Robert Kroese (4 of 5 stars)
The Dark Side by Anthony O’Neill (4 of 5 stars)
The Suicide Motor Club by Christopher Buehlman (3.5 of 5 stars)
Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman (3.5 of 5 stars)
Mechanical Failure by Joe Zieja (3 of 5 stars)
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix (3 of 5 stars)
Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen (2 of 5 stars)
My thanks to Jon Skovron who stopped by The BiblioSanctum with a guest post last week!
What I’ve Read Since the Last Update
A lot of audiobook listening this week. We’ll have family visiting later this month so I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to get the place presentable, which means cleaning the house from top to bottom and tidying our back and front yards so it doesn’t look like we live in the middle of an overgrown jungle. All the while, I had a book in my ear of course. Hold on to your butts, because here’s some of what I’ll be reviewing at the BiblioSanctum in the next few weeks, minus the reviews that are already up.
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!