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!
With thanks to Margaret K. McElderry Books for this ARC of The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente, her upcoming Middle Grade novel following Charlotte, Anne, Emily, and Branwell Brontë as they’re transported into Glass Town, the fictional realm based on a world of the siblings’ own creation. I’ve always been curious about Valente’s MG projects, and this sounds like it could be the perfect place to start.
Raining Fire by Rajan Khanna is the third book of the Ben Gold series which I’m still behind on, but as soon as I’m caught up with book two I’d like to check this one out. My thanks to Pyr Books for the finished copy.
From the kind folks at Simon & Schuster I also received this finished copy of The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck and illustrated/adapted by Nick Bertozzi, a graphic novel adapted from the 1931 classic. The artwork is really breathtaking, and I wish I had read the original story.
Huge thanks to Flatiron Books for this ARC of 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough! I’m a big fan of the author’s work, not to mention that this novel has already been out in the UK for a while now to great acclaim, which is making me even more excited to read it.
The first book of the Adventures of Arabella Ashby series was such a joy to read, which is why I was thrilled when its sequel Arabella and the Battle of Venus by David D. Levine landed on my doorstep earlier this week. I also received Perilous Prophecy by Leanna Renee Hieber, the third installment of her Victorian-era fantasy series Strangely Beautiful, though I hear this one is considered a prequel novel and thus can be read as a stand alone. My thanks to Tor for these finished copies.
Continuing with the new arrivals from Tor, I also received Tomorrow’s Kin by Nancy Kress which I’m very excited to read because I just love tales of first alien contact. Next up is The Queen of Swords by R.S. Belcher, third in the Golgotha sequence, of which I’ve only read the first book. From the description though, it sounds like this novel can be read as a standalone and I’m really hoping this is the case – after all, how can I resist a story about female pirates? My thanks again to the publisher.
Last week I received a mystery package from Hachette, and to my to delighted surprise it contained this ARC of Provenance by Ann Leckie. The author’s Imperial Radch trilogy is one of the most unique works of science fiction I’ve ever read, so I’m really curious to see what she has in store for us next. Provenance appears to contain some elements of a heist book, featuring a young woman’s quest to retrieve a priceless lost artifact and a prison break. I can’t wait to see what it’s all about! With thanks to Orbit Books.
Thanks also to Harper Voyager for The Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth Durst, book two of The Queens of Renthia series. I read the first book last year and enjoyed it a lot, and I’m excited to see how the story will continue.
Later this fall, Graydon House which is a new imprint from HarperCollins will be releasing their major launch title Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda, a story that takes place over 24 hours following a seemingly perfect couple. The husband takes his wife away to their lakehouse for a romantic weekend getaway, promising her the best day ever (like that doesn’t sound ominous!) Domestic suspense is a genre that is hit or miss with me, but holy shit I can’t get over how AMAZING this one sounds. My sincerest thanks to the publisher and Wunderkind PR for the review opportunity, I’m seriously dying to read this.
And speaking of suspense, LoveMurder by Saul Black is another surprise arrival, described as a haunting thriller starring a homicide detective who must work with the convicted killer she put away six years ago in order to solve another grisly murder. It is technically the second book of a series, but sounds like it’s possible to just jump right in. My thanks to St. Martin’s Press.
So yeaaaah I went kinda nuts on NetGalley, but you can hardly blame me. From Del Rey, I requested A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne because what urban fantasy fan can say no to a brand new series from the mind who brought us the hilarious Iron Druid Chronicles? From Crown, I also requested Artemis by Andy Weir, a near-future heist thriller that sounds very different from his sci-fi hit The Martian. I also got an email one afternoon in which Little Brown Books for Young Readers was offering a limited number of “Read Nows” for Invictus by Ryan Graudin, so you can bet I slammed on that button right quick. Magicians Impossible by Brad Abraham was also an intriguing supernatural/fantasy thriller novel that caught my eye from Thomas Dunne Books. And finally, I saw Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine from Thomas & Mercer and just could not help myself. I love Rachel Caine but I’ve only read her fantasy, and I’d very much like to see how handles mystery/thriller. With thanks to all the publishers.
This week I also received a couple of review requests from authors. Revenant Winds by Mitchell Hogan is the first of a new epic fantasy series set in a world devastated by a series of cataclysms, and a group of unlikely heroes must band together to stop an evil long thought to have been defeated. Snowspelled by Stephanie Burgis is a romantic fantasy novella set in an alternate version of Regency England in which magic is reserved for gentlemen while ladies are expected to attend to the more practical business of politics. Thanks Mitchell and Stephanie, I’m looking forward to reading!
And finally, my thanks to Tor.com for these e-galleys of Switchback by Melissa F. Olson and Weaver’s Lament by Emma Newman, both of which are sequels to books I have not gotten a chance to read yet. I’ve been falling behind on all these novellas I want to read, but I’m working hard to catch up.
In this section I do a roundup of my reviews posted since the last update. I’m so glad I finally got to share my review of Devil’s Call by debut author J. Danielle Dorn, which gets the highlighted spot this week along with the brilliant Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory.
Devil’s Call by J. Danielle Dorn (5 of 5 stars)
Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory (4.5 of 5 stars)
Shark Island by Chris Jameson (4 of 5 stars)
Now I Rise by Kiersten White (4 of 5 stars)
A Kiss Before Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton (4 of 5 stars)
Warlock Holmes: The Hell-Hound of the Baskervilles by G.S. Denning (4 of 5 stars)
Godblind by Anna Stephens (3 of 5 stars)
Interviews & Guest Posts
A huge thanks to Laurence MacNaughton who stopped by last week for a Q&A about his new novel A Kiss Before Doomsday!
What I’ve Read Since the Last Update
The following are books I finished recently. Considering there were a couple of huge clunky tomes in the “unstacked” pile this week, I was surprised I got to read this many books, honestly. Reviews for most of these are 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!