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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Received for Review

Normally my Bookshelf Roundup is a feature I do every other week, but today I wanted to slip in a special update to give a shout-out to the kind folks at Subterranean Press. A wonderful surprise came from them last week in a form of a care package containing a veritable bounty of ARCs. A big thank you to the awesome team at Subterranean Press for all these goodies! For more details and full descriptions of the books, be sure to check out their Goodreads pages, linked below!


Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi by John Scalzi  ♦  The Four Thousand, The Eight Hundred by Greg Egan  ♦  Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold  ♦  Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold  ♦  Last Train from Perdition by Robert McCammon  ♦  Resume Speed by Lawrence Block  ♦  A Long December by Richard Chizmar  ♦  The Purloined Poodle by Kevin Hearne  ♦  Voyages: The Chronicles of Lucifer Jones by Mike Resnick  ♦  Coco Butternut by Joe R. Lansdale  ♦  Dead on the Bones by Joe R. Lansdale

Almost all of these are novellas and collections of short stories, bite-sized portions perfect for some afternoon reading. The quandary is trying to decide what to pick up first.

Any time I see Lois McMaster Bujold’s name though, my interest is always piqued, especially since the Penric novellas are set in the same universe as her World of the Five Gods that includes her Chalion series (which are absolutely wonderful, wonderful books). I’m also eyeing The Purloined Poodle because I’ve heard it’s adorable and funny, which shouldn’t be surprising since it’s set in the same world as Hearne’s Iron Druid ChroniclesI’ll also happily check out anything by Scalzi, even his super short stories. Most of the rest are completely new to me, but given my penchant for fantasty westerns and weird pulpy books, Last Train from Perdition and Dead on the Bones is calling out to me too!

What looks good to you?


A small list since it’s only been a week, but what a week! Here are the books I reviewed since the last update, and among them are some amazing gems. Feature spot goes to The Reader, for being my favorite YA novel of the year so far.

The Reader by Traci Chee (5 of 5 stars)
Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine (4.5 of 5 stars)
Invasive by Chuck Wendig (4 of 5 stars)
The Warlock and the Wolf by Delfy Hall (SPFBO)

Roundup Highlights:

The Reader

Interviews & Guest Posts

Big thanks to Seth Skorkowsky who stopped by The BiblioSanctum this week with a guest post. His new book Ibenus is out now, so go check it out!

Guest Post: “You Can’t Hide Everything…So Don’t” by Seth Skorkowsky

Seth Skorkowsky Ibenus

What I’ve Read Since the Last Update

Young Adult, Magic, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Horror, Adventure…seems I had a taste of a bit of everything this week. Stay tuned, here’s some of what will be reviewed at the BiblioSanctum very soon.

Poisoned Blade The Bloodsworn Empire of Storms Ibenus Transition 2 SPFBO

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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!:)

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34 Comments on “Mogsy’s Bookshelf Roundup: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. Wow what a lot of books. I loved your review of The Reader and really want to read that one now. You’re going to need a new house soon for all these books! My husband would be most displeased! I already have such a lot of books which is why I like the kindle these days! I’m just reading Bloodsworn now and enjoying it. About two thirds in. It’s one of those reads that has me worried about the ending because I just feel concerned for the outcome for some of the characters.


    • Yes, the book towers are now getting out of hand and half the linen closet is doing double-duty as book storage, since space has long run out on my actual shelves. My husband can be as displeased as he wants, he’s the one who’s promised to build me shelves for almost three years now, and still nada. He can either get started or stop complaining 😉


      • Haha. All my book storage is long since filled and I have little stacks of books piled all over like a mad professor. I must admit that the kindle has been brilliant in stopping the rise of the leaning tower of books.


  2. Ooh very nice! I think I will need to add the Purloined Poodle to my stacks! I love Oberon! And I really need to get caught up in this series again! LOL! Happy Reading!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by then!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  3. Very cool, I love Sub Press but didn’t realize they send books to bloggers. I might have to do a little research and make some requests! I definitely want to read the John Scalzi book.


    • I didn’t know they did ARCs either! They contacted me and asked if they could add me to their ARC list, I said yes, and the next week a box showed up from them. Before I was only aware of Sub Press as a publisher of special prints, collector’s editions, etc. so finding out that they work with ARCs and reviewers was a very pleasant and welcome surprise!


  4. None of the new novellas you listed are on my wishlist… But so far, I agree with your high rating of Traci Chee’s The Reader. I’m about halfway through now and ADORING it. 😀

    I also got a couple books for my birthday. Two of them aren’t fantasy (M.L. Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans, Ruta Sepetys’s Salt to the Sea), and one is (Victoria Schwab’s This Savage Song), but all of them are books I’m looking forward to.


    • I’m so thrilled to hear you’re enjoying The Reader! I’ll be keeping an eye out for your review once you finish.

      I’ve also heard awesome things about Salt to the Sea, I’ve always wanted to try something by the author. And nice, This Savage Song! I really enjoyed that one 🙂

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  5. Oooooh, I have The Purloined Poodle on preorder from Audible. I love the Iron Druid series and Luke Daniels’ narration of this series is pitch perfect, especially his Oberon. I’m very excited to listen to a novella from Oberon’s point of view.

    The Poisoned Blade has been hovering near the top of my TBR for a while now, but keeps getting pushed down. I hope to get to it soon. I know you weren’t so fond of Court of Fives. I hope you enjoyed the second one better.


    • I’ve read only up to book 2 or book 3 of the series, I think. So I’m very far behind! But I’m pretty excited at the idea of hitching a ride in Oberon’s brain too, I love that cool quirky pup!

      And I thought The Poisoned Blade was much better than the first book, I’m happy to say. My review should be up next week.


  6. I simply must read a Scalzi book and a Hearne book before the year is out. I read a short story set in the Iron Druid world once and with Oberon the dog, you’d think I’d have already started the series. Great haul.


  7. Other than The Reader, I think all your books are new to me! They look and sound interesting though and honestly: you always have THE BEST hauls 😀 I hope you enjoy your goodies!! xx


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