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
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.
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 Tor.com! 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)
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.
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!