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
Huge thanks to the publishers and authors for the following review copies received, and for more details and full descriptions of the books, be sure to click the links to their Goodreads pages!
Winter Halo by Keri Arthur – The second book of the Outcast series, and sequel to City of Light which was my first ever book by Keri Arthur. I loved it, which is why I’m really looking forward to reading more. My thanks to Signet for the surprise ARC.
An Import of Intrigue by Marshall Ryan Maresca – And speaking of exciting sequels, this second book of the Maradaine Constabulary series is pretty high on my list of anticipated titles this fall. In October, Marshall Ryan Maresca will also be stopping by The BblioSanctum on his blog tour, so stay tuned for that and a giveaway! Thank you to DAW books for the opportunity.
Confluence by S.K. Dunstall – This was a surprise arrival, but it reminded me that I really should get cracking on starting the Linesman series. It’s already the third book! Maybe I’ll binge all three this November during Sci-Fi Month. With thanks to Ace Books!
The Rift Uprising by Amy S. Foster – More sci-fi goodness! Thanks to the kind folks at Wunderkind, I was offered a chance to check out famed songwriter and lyricist Amy S. Foster’s first book in her Rift Uprising trilogy, out from Harper Voyager this October. It looks to be a great one, and has crossover appeal for both YA and adult readers as well. Can’t wait to read it.
Gods of Nabban by K.V. Johansen – Thank you Pyr Books for this finished copy of book three in K.V. Johansen’s Marakand sequence. I’m told it can be read as a standalone without reading the previous two books, but since I’ve already read The Leopard, I probably should catch up with The Lady before diving into this one, just for completion’s sake!
Zero G by William Shatner and Jeff Rovin – Everyone’s heard of William Shatner, though most probably have not read his books. I haven’t either, but color me intrigued when this book showed up on my porch last week. I’m really curious about the premise, and definitely wouldn’t mind giving this a try. My thanks to Simon & Schuster.
A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess – A surprise package arrived from Random House a few days ago and this was inside, which was pretty exciting! I’ve been hearing buzz about this YA fantasy for quite some time now, and I’m actually pumped about checking it out. Thank you to Random House Books for Young Readers for the ARC.
A huge thanks to Tor Books for the following awesome review copies received: first up, a surprise package was delivered a couple weeks ago containing not one but two upcoming titles for early 2017, Crossroads of Canopy by Thoraiya Dyer and Game of Shadows by Erika Lewis. These books have been peripherally on my radar for a while, but their arrival prompted me to do some further research and I really like the sound of them. Needless to say, they’re now both considerably higher on my to-read list! Also received were several finished copies. Red Tide by Marc Turner is on tap for later this month, since I enjoyed the first two books of The Chronicle of the Exile and there’s no way I’m missing out on the third installment. Everfair by Nisi Shawl is also one of my most anticipated titles for this fall, so I hope to get to that as soon as possible. Finally, The Dark Talent by Brandon Sanderson has already been read and reviewed, and you can find the link below (my review was also updated, as there have been some interesting developments since the post originally went up)!
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas – Audiobook, with thanks to Audible. I listened to the audio editions for books one through four as well, so naturally I have to to carry on that tradition with book five. It’s true I’ve had my ups and downs with the Throne of Glass series, but there’s just something about these books that make them so hard to quit!
Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis by Anne Rice – That’s right, another Anne Rice book is coming out soon. I was thrilled to be approved for the eARC of this follow-up to her 2014 novel Prince Lestat. You could say I’m an on-again-off-again fan of Rice, since she’s gone through so many different styles in her celebrated career, but I’ll never say no to an opportunity to read her books since you just know anything she writes is going to be pretty interesting. My thanks to Knopf via Edelweiss.
Children of the Different by S.C. Flynn – My thanks to the author for providing me with the audiobook for review. I hadn’t known that an audio edition for this book even existed until a few days ago. Life has been crazy lately, so I have a lot less time to actually sit down and read. On the other hand, I can always find opportunities to listen to books while running around, so I was really glad!
Now for something totally different. Thanks to Sterling Publishing, this is now the coolest coloring book I own! Edgar Allan Poe: An Adult Coloring Book by Odessa Begay is full of line drawings inspired by the macabre and mysterious worlds of the famous 19th century American writer and poet. Later this fall when life calms down a little, I’ll be giving my coloring books a lot more attention and will be reviewing them again, and this one will likely be at the top of the pile. Next time I go to the art store, something tells me I’ll need to stock up on plenty of “Blood Reds” and “Raven Blacks.”
Review roundup time! Here are the books I reviewed since the last update. The coveted feature spot goes to none other than The Empty Ones, which was such an awesome read!
The Empty Ones by Robert Brockway (4.5 of 5 stars)
The Dark Talent by Brandon Sanderson (4 of 5 stars)
The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin (4 of 5 stars)
Assassin’s Charge by Claire Frank (SPFBO)
The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman (3.5 of 5 stars)
Behind the Throne by K.B. Wagers (3.5 of 5 stars)
And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich (3 of 5 stars)
Curioddity by Paul Jenkins (3 of 5 stars)
Interviews & Guest Posts
Big thanks to the special guests who stopped by The BiblioSanctum these last two weeks!
What I’ve Read Since the Last Update
Here’s some of what I’ll be reviewing at the BiblioSanctum in the next few weeks (minus the reviews that are already up). By the end of the month I also plan to have read all six potential finalists in The BiblioSanctum’s original list of thirty entries for SPFBO, and as you can see I’ve already started. We’ve also made a page for SPFBO 2016 where we’ll be keeping track of all the info and updates, so if you want to know what the competition is all about, that should help catch you up!
Have you heard of or read any of the books featured this week? What caught your eye? Any new discoveries? I hope you found something interesting for a future read! Let me know what you plan on checking out. Until next time, see you next Roundup!