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.
Whew, Christmas celebrations are over and I’ve been enjoying a welcome break for the past week, spending time with my family with a nice staycation. It’s hard to believe that 2016 will be ending at the end of the day and soon we’ll be ushering in 2017. I hope everyone also had a wonderful time over the holidays, and I wish you all a happy new year!
Received for Review
It has been another light week of activity due to the holiday break, but there were still a handful new arrivals in the mail. Thank you to the publishers and authors for the following review copies received. For more details and full descriptions of the books, be sure to click the links to their Goodreads pages!
Hag-seed by Margaret Atwood – Shakespeare retellings seem to be all the rage these days. My thanks to LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program and Crown Publishing for the opportunity to read Margaret Atwood’s modern day re-imagining of The Tempest.
The Liberation by Ian Tregillis – The third book of the Alchemy Wars trilogy. I approach this finale with both sorrow and excitement, since the series has been such an amazing journey so far. With thanks to Orbit.
Gauntlet by Holly Jennings – I can’t wait to check out this sequel to last year’s Arena, a futuristic action-adventure sci-fi novel about the gritty world of competitive virtual gaming. My thanks to Ace Books.
The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman – Hooray for another highly anticipated sequel, this time the third novel in the Invisible Library series. I’m ready to jump back into the world of librarian spies! With thanks to Roc Books.
Dead Man’s Steel by Luke Scull – It feels like I’ve been waiting on this one forever! Finally, the third and final book in the Grim Company series is here, and perfect timing too; I’ve been hankering for some dark fantasy. Thanks again to Roc Books.
The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett – I’m so excited for this one! So grateful to Tor Teen for sending me this Young Adult horror novel which features football, wheat fields, cattle and Satanic panic.
Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel – While the first book was not without its flaws, it did succeed in leaving me curious about where the story will go next. The sequel was “Read Now” to me on NetGalley, so there went my self-control! With thanks to Del Rey.
City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett – Speaking of not being able to control myself, I also went ahead and requested this third book of The Divine Cities series. But you can hardly blame me, right? Thank you, Broadway Books and NetGalley.
Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus and Chalk by Paul Cornell – More awesome novellas courtesy of Tor.com! They’re coming out with some great looking titles in the spring of 2017 and these are just two I’m very interested in checking out.
A quick roundup of the reviews I posted since the last update:
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers (4 of 5 stars)
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley (4 of 5 stars)
The Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington (3.5 of 5 stars)
Ocean of Storms by Christopher Mari & Jeremy K. Brown (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Burning Isle by Will Panzo (3.5 of 5 stars)
Outpost by F.T. McKinstry (3 of 5 stars)
Snowed by Maria Alexander (3 of 5 stars)
What I’ve Read Since the Last Update
This past fortnight did a real number on my reading schedule. The week leading up to Christmas weekend I finished almost no books at all because I was so neck deep in holiday preparations, though I made up for it in the following week when it was more relaxing. There were a few last minute 2016 titles I managed to sneak in before the year was over, and I was even able to get a jump on some January 2017 releases. Reviews of those coming soon!
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!