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

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!

The Waking Land by Callie Bates – My thanks to Del Rey for this gorgeous ARC! The Waking Land is high on my list of most anticipated 2017 debuts and I can’t wait to read it.

Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan – The start of a new epic fantasy series set in the same universe as the author’s Powder Mage trilogy – which I loved. Definitely looking forward to see more of this world. With thanks to Orbit.

The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge – Not my usual genre, I confess, but then I do have a fascination with all things Lovecraft. So when this was pitched to me, I found I could hardly resist. With thanks to Penguin.

Huge thanks to the amazing team at Subterranean Press for the following trio of beauties: I freaked out when I received The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch, a novella from one of my favorite UF series, Rivers of London/Peter Grant. This book hadn’t even been on my radar, so its arrival was a surprise in more ways than one. I’m also pretty excited about Mightier Than The Sword by K.J. Parker; I’ve always wanted to read more of his work. And The Unorthodox Dr. Draper and Other Stories by William Browning Spencer looks totally wild! No idea what I’ll be in for, but the blurb describes the tales as a commingling of “horror and humor”. The cover alone makes me think this one’s going to be quite interesting.

Gardenia by Kelsey Sutton – “Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been able to see countdown clocks over everyone’s heads indicating how long before they will die…” The moment I saw this first part in the book’s blurb, I just knew I had to check it out. Gardenia looks pretty unique for a Young Adult supernatural novel, so I’m hoping it’ll be as good as it sounds! With thanks to Diversion Books.

Alone by Scott Sigler – My thanks to Del Rey for this finished copy! Alone is the final installment in The Generations Trilogy and I’m curious to see how it will all end.

Black City Demon by Richard A. Knaak – Much love also to Pyr for sending me a finished copy of this follow-up to Black City Saint. Reminds me that I better get cracking on these books!

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Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis – The bulk of my recent YA reads have been sci-fi, horror, dystopian, UF, etc. and I just feel like I need more YA epic fantasy in my life, which is why I felt drawn to this. That and I am a total cover whore. With thanks to Putnam’s YA via the Penguin First to Read program.

My 2017 challenge to read and discover new Horror fiction continues, which was what led me to Only The Dead Know Brooklyn by Chris Vola. Thanks to Thomas Dunne Books for approving my request! From the publisher I also received A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden, a Norse mythology inspired fantasy which I’m really excited about.

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber – What can I say? I have a huge weakness for books with a video gaming twist. With thanks to Thomas Nelson via NetGalley.

The Astonishing Mistakes of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone – And speaking of video games, here is a series that has been described as Veronica Mars meets World of Warcraft. I read the first book and it was hilaaaarious! Definitely going to be reading this one soon. With thanks to Redhook.

Lady of the Lake by Andrzej Sapkowski – Audiobook edition, read by Peter Kenny. I wouldn’t miss the final book of the Witcher saga for anything, and had to go with the audio version too, of course of course! With thanks to Hachette Audio.

Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory – So happy I was approved for this earlier in the week. I’m a big fan of Daryl Gregory and when I found out he has a new book coming out, I knew I had to check it out. With thanks to Knopf via Edelweiss.

And last but not least, a couple of new e-galleys courtesy of! The Ghost Line by Andrew Neil Gray is a science fiction thriller sounds like it could be really good, and so does The Delirium Brief by Charles Stross even though according to Goodreads it is the eight book in a series, which makes me doubt this  makes a good jumping on point. Unless these books can be read as standalones? Anyone know?


Here’s a summary of my reviews posted since the last Roundup. The book gods have been very kind to me in the last couple of weeks, blessing me with a  lot of fantastic reads. Brandon Sanderson’s latest novella Snapshot gets the top honor of being today’s highlight.

Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson (4.5 of 5 stars)
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames (4 of 5 stars)
Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs (4 of 5 stars)
The Holver Alley Crew by Marshall Ryan Maresca (4 of 5 stars)
Idle Ingredients by Matt Wallace (4 of 5 stars)
The Devil Crept in by Ania Ahlborn (4 of 5 stars)
Thunderbird by Chuck Wendig (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Seventh Age: Dawn by Rick Heinz (3 of 5 stars)
Caraval by Stephanie Garber (3 of 5 stars)

Roundup Highlight:

What I’ve Read Since the Last Update

Here are the books I’ve finished recently. Most of these don’t have reviews up yet because I’m a bit behind on posting them, but they’ll be coming soon.

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the-return phantom-pains nemesis Crossroads of Canopy

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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!:)

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

  1. Ghost Line sounds really cool. That cover however, reminds me exactly of some other cover, either one of Scalzi’s or John Wright’s “Count to the Eschaton” sequence.
    Now I’m curious…


      • I wouldn’t read a book based on a cover like that. It’s just too vague. But I could appreciate it if I’d read a bunch of reviews for it or knew the author’s previous writings…


  2. I have both Black City Demon and Sins of Empire lined up in my reader. The latter is going to be my way of reconnecting with this author: to finish his Powder Mage trilogy I need to re-read book 1 first, since I almost forgot it completely, and this new series allows me some latitude. Hopefully.
    And I’m fascinated by Ghost Line: this is one that I will grab as soon as it comes out, indeed… 🙂


    • I’m hoping Sins of Empire will allow some latitude too. I always remember generally what happens in the books I read, but when it comes to the little details, forget it! It’s been a while since I read book one of Powder Mage too, so you’re not alone 🙂


  3. I love the cover for Night Ocean. Fancy reading A Gathering of Ravens – because Norse Mythology! And, also quite like the look of Only the Dead Know Brooklyn – because, vampires.
    Lynn 😀


    • I agree, the cover of Night Oceans is beautiful – hypnotic even, if I stare at it too much.

      And I know right, I was already drawn to Only The Dead Know Brooklyn because I know it’s horror, but vampires too? SOLD!


  4. I peeked and saw your 5 star rating on GR for Phantom Pains! That makes me so happy, it’s my next read, I plan to start it this weekend. I’m going to have to check out Only the Dead Know Brooklyn. I try to keep a close eye on NG but it seems like some things have popped up that I didn’t know about!


    • Yes! I loved Phantom Pains so much. I’ll admit for most of the book my rating was going to be four stars…but then the ending and the way it all came together convinced me to bump it up to five. It was a great read, I think you’ll really like it too!


  5. The Waking Land is gorgeous – no idea what it’s about but I want to read it! I really like the cover for The Night Ocean as well but it doesn’t pull me in the same way. It looks depressive…

    That is SUPER exciting that a surprise Peter Grant story appeared in your life:). Never a bad thing!

    Given to the Sea also catches my eye because I’m obsessed with the ocean but watch that book actually have nothing to do with the sea,lol!

    Happy reading!


    • I’m looking forward to The Waking Land as well, and as for The Night Ocean, I actually just finished it and you’re not wrong – parts of it are a downer but I was surprised to also find it quite tender and heartfelt 🙂 I ended up enjoying it a lot, which surprised me.

      And heck yeah, so excited for more Peter Grant! Something to read while I wait for the next novel in the series 🙂


  6. Wow! So many books! I was going to say, literally all of these are new to me, but then I spotted Given to the Sea and A Conjuring of Light. I am going to finally read Given to the Sea soon! I’m excited. I think this will be the McGinnis book that finally clicks with me. I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a fabulous week, Mogsy. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!


  7. Huh. There’s a giveaway for The Waking Land right now on Goodreads. (*clicks to enter*)

    And ohhhhhh you’ve finished A Conjuring of Light! I might have to skip that review only because it’s next on my list once I finish A Gathering of Shadows, which I’m REALLY enjoying right now.

    In terms of my newest books, I just listed two of them (AGOS and ACOL) as well as Jenny Lawson’s Furiously Happy and S.E. Hilton’s The Outsiders. Neither are speculative fiction, but both were highly recommended – and on sale for 20% off at Target this weekend. 😉


    • I enjoyed ACoL! It had an epic ending and I have a feeling fans will be very satisfied with the ending. The only downside is that the book took way too long to get going 🙂

      And ooh, I remember The Outsiders – I had to read it in school when I was 13 or so 🙂

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      • See, I never read The Outsiders in school, but I know a lot of people who have. So I figured it was time to fix that.

        About ACOL: Ohhhhhh boy! I’m about 100 pages away from finishing AGOS, so I might stay up late tonight to finish it and then bring ACOL with me for my weekend trip to the Cape.


  8. I wish I liked Charles Stross’ work! I’ve tried several of his books, and I never quite “get” it. But I think you might need to read that series from the beginning to really appreciate that one, if it’s the one I’m thinking of.


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