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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Welcome to the final roundup for the year! I hope all of you had an amazing Christmas and a great time over the holidays no matter what you celebrate. It’s hard to believe that in a few days, it’ll be 2018! Our family has plans to spend New Years at my mother-in-law’s so by the time you are reading this I should be on the road (I wrote and scheduled this post earlier in the week). Activity in the mailbox has slowed because of the holidays in any case, so this will be a brief update – though to be honest, at this point I’d welcome a lighter week to catch up on some reading and everything I didn’t get to do during the break. Anyway, here’s what’s been happening on my shelves…

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!

First, huge thanks to Orbit for this trio of surprise ARCs: The Questionable Behavior of Delilah Moss by Max Wirestone is the third book of the Delilah Moss Mysteries – I’ve read the first one and it was hilarious! Somehow I missed the second book, but I’ll soon be catching up so I can read this one. Next up, Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds is a return to the universe of his 2007 novel The Prefect, which I have not read. I’ve heard it’s supposed to be a direct sequel, so sadly I have my doubts I’ll be able to read it as a standalone. Finally, Torn by Rowenna Miller is a new one to me, but it sounds incredible, featuring a seamstress who stitches magic into clothing. Orbit has been kicking ass lately with their debuts, so I’m hoping the trend will continue with this one.

Last week I also received The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman, which I’m beyond excited about! I’ve been enjoying The Invisible Library series a lot, and I can’t wait to catch up with Irene and Kai again. Thank you so much to Ace Books.

With thanks to Subterranean Press, I also received this ARC of I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis, a novella about the irreplaceable magic of books. Originally published earlier this year in Asimov’s Science Fiction, a limited hardcover edition will be coming out next spring for those who are into book collecting.

Last but not least, thank you to Tor for rounding up my physical copies with Kill All Angels by Robert Brockway, the third and final book of The Vicious Circuit. I loved the first two books, and I’m excited to read this conclusion.


Moving on to the digital pile, I picked up just a couple more titles from NetGalley. First, I caved and got The Raptor & the Wren by Chuck Wendig, which is the fifth book in the Miriam Black series from Saga Press. And with thanks to Del Rey, I also grabbed Into the Fire by Elizabeth Moon, the second novel in her new military sci-fi series Vatta’s Peace.


A quick summary of the reviews I’ve posted since the last update:

Persepolis Rising by James S.A. Corey (5 of 5 stars)
The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso (4.5 of 5 stars)
The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter by Michael J. Sullivan (4.5 of 5 stars)
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (4 of 5 stars)
Places in the Darkness by Chris Brookmyre (4 of 5 stars)
One of Us Will be Dead by Morning by David Moody (3.5 of 5 stars)
Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren (2.5 of 5 stars)

Roundup Highlights:


What I’ve Read Since the Last Update

Clearly the holidays have not been too conducive to reading! I did get some books finished though, and hopefully I’ll be getting back into the swing of things once I get back. Happy new year, everyone!


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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!:)

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

  1. Nice. I am extremely jealous that you have a copy of Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds! I have been looking forward to that book for a while. Looking forward to seeing what you think of it 🙂


    • I’m actually sad that the Alastair Reynolds book is a sequel! I only read him for the first time this year, with Revenger, and I can’t say I enjoyed it. I was hoping to try another novel of his, but I haven’t read The Prefect so I doubt I can jump into Elysium Fire.

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      • Revenger was his first foray into YA writing and I don’t think it is as good as his other stuff. I quite liked it personally although I have a bit of a fanboy predisposition when it comes to Reynolds haha.

        If you ever find the time I recommend you give Revelation Space a go. It is just freakin’ awesome in every way.


        • That’s what others have told me about Revenger too, which is how I figured it wasn’t indicative of his usual work and why I want to try him again 😀 I am going to add Revelation Space to my Goodreads TBR (though I think it might be there already!)

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  2. Into the Fire looks good, I just grabbed Cold Welcome myself as I liked the sound of it. And Elysium Fire I know nothing about but it looks interesting? I’ll have to check it out.

    Have a great New Years!!


  3. OOh nice! Some new to me reads here! I hope you enjoy each and every one of them once you read them!!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so stop by then if you can!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  4. Lovely haul! I’ve just started ‘The Prefect’ so I can move on to Elysium Fire. Lost Plot is high on my to-buy list, and I have just bought the first in the Expanse series 🙂


  5. Happy New Year! I’m very excited about Torn, and looking forward to getting a copy closer to release date. I didn’t even see The Raptor and the Wren on NG so I’ll have to look again😁


  6. Oh my … I am so so excited about the Alastair Reynolds and the Connie Willis – I had no idea they had new books coming and I love them both so much!!! Argh!! So excited!!! 😀 😀


      • You haven’t? Oooo, read Blackout/All Clear first – you know, when you get the chance – that and Doomsday Book are her absolute best. I only started reading her stuff a year ago, but she blows me away every time. 🙂


    • The Invisible Library series is a lot of fun! It also got a lot better with the latest book, so I’m really looking forward to see how things will continue in The Lost Plot! I hope you’ll get a chance to return to the series one day!


  7. I want the Cogman book. Lots of loveliness.
    I’ve been terrible the past two weeks. Barely read anything, not been blogging or visiting other blogs – just let the holiday spirit win me over. I now have some catching up to do.
    Lynn 😀


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