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!
Kicking things off with a mystery care package from Orbit this week, which contained these three nerdgasm inducing ARCs. It was like Christmas in June! As you know I’ve featured Age of Assassins by R.J. Baker and The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark in my Waiting on Wednesdays before, so obviously I’m looking forward to reading those. First Watch by Dale Lucas was a relatively new discovery though, but I’ve been increasingly told by fellow bloggers it’s one I should be keeping my eye on, so we shall see if I can fit it in sometime this summer. Earlier this week, I also received You Die When You Die by Angus Watson which is a book I actually requested since I’m a big fan of the author’s Iron Age trilogy. I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us next. With thanks to Orbit for these review copies.
Paradox Bound by Peter Clines was another surprise ARC received earlier this month. I wasn’t even aware that Clines has a new book coming out this fall, so seeing it made me even more giddy. He writes the coolest stories, so needless to say I’m curious to see what he can do with time travel. My thanks to Crown Publishing.
And rounding out the new ARC arrivals this week is At the Table of Wolves by Kay Kenyon, with thanks to the kind folks at Saga Press. This book has been on my radar for a while, so I was pretty thrilled when it showed up. Pitched as a paranormal espionage thriller, the story has been described as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy meets the X-Men.
Last week I was also pitched The Hush by Skye Melki-Wegner, and since I adore music-as-magic stories, I just knew I had to check it out! With thanks to Sky Pony Press.
In the mail, I also received Transformation by James Gunn from Tor. It appears to be the last installment of a trilogy so I probably won’t be able to get to it, or at least not until I can catch up with the previous books. From Amulet I also received More of Me by Kathryn Evans, a Young Adult sci-fi novel following a teen who unwillingly clones herself every year. This one was new to me too, but it definitely sounds interesting! Thank you to the publishers for these finished copies.
And huge thanks to the awesome team at Penguin for sending me The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams and The Legion of Flame by Anthony Ryan! I’m so excited about both these books, The Witchwood Crown because it’ll be my first Tad Williams and The Legion of Flame because I had such a great time with the first book The Waking Fire. I have a feeling these two gigantic tomes will be keeping me busy for a while.
Finally, with thanks to Inkshares I received a finished copy of A God in the Shed by J-F Dubeau. The release date of this one sure snuck up on me quick! I still want to read this one badly; it’s not often that I come across a horror novel so dark and compelling.
Speaking of horror, I had just recently found out about The Twilight Pariah by Jeffrey Ford and oh my goodness it sounded so good! Then to my delight, an e-galley actually popped up in my inbox two days later. Huge thanks to Tor.com!
I also love it when I hear from my favorite authors. That’s how I received Unbreakable by Will McIntosh, when he emailed me to let me know he’s turning to self-publishing this summer. He was also kind enough to offer me an early review copy, and of course I said yes! Thank you so much, Will!
From Disney-Hyperion I was also invited to review Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne. A couple years ago I was a beta reader for Livia, and it appears she had included my name on a list of bloggers to receive NetGalley widgets of her upcoming book, so that was pretty awesome. With thanks to the author and publisher.
Now I Rise by Kiersten White – Last year I read and enjoyed And I Darken, a YA alternate history novel which re-imagines the notorious Vlad the Impaler as a woman. I’d known that I wanted to continue with the sequel, but now I’m even more pumped up after seeing all the fantastic reviews. I did decide to go with the audio edition this time though, mainly because I found out the amazing Fiona Hardingham is the narrator. My thanks to Listening Library for the audio review copy.
A Man of Shadows by Jeff Noon – Admittedly, it’s been a while since I’ve requested anything from Angry Robot because none of their books have caught my eye lately. However, this one was different. One, I’ve always wanted to read Jeff Noon, and two, how could I say no to a sci-fi detective mystery noir? Thanks to the publisher for granting my request.
Here’s a roundup of my reviews posted since my last update. I didn’t even realize I gave out so many 3.5s! On the other hand, I also put up two five star reviews, which I guess is kinda rare but I’m not complaining. Both Children of Time and Tyrant’s Throne are great reads that I want to highlight this week.
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky (5 of 5 stars)
Tyrant’s Throne by Sebastien de Castell (5 of 5 stars)
The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch (4 of 5 stars)
Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts (4 of 5 stars)
Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton (3.5 of 5 stars)
Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom by Bradley W. Schenck (3.5 of 5 stars)
Roar by Cora Carmack (3.5 of 5 stars)
Way Down Dark by J.P. Smythe (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente (3.5 of 5 stars)
What I’ve Read Since the Last Update
It’s been a busy two weeks, so I’m surprised that I got so many books finished, to be honest. Reviews of many of these will be rolling out soon, so stay tuned.
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!