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.
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)
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!
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!