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
My thanks 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.
Thank you Clarion Books and the kind folks at Wunderkind for sending me Hiding by Henry Turner, which according to Goodreads is a Young Adult psychological thriller about a teenager who breaks into his ex-girlfriend’s house and apparently discovers more about her than he bargained for. This one was new to me, but I’m curious.
I was also surprised this week with a finished copy of Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel. This is the third (and I think final) book of the Themis Files series, a journey that first began when a piece of a giant robot was discovered in the ground just outside Deadwood, South Dakota. I’ve been following the story since book one, so I’m excited to see what will happen next. With thanks to Del Rey!
And courtesy of Subterranean Press, who are always keeping me supplied with fascinating new finds, I received two more amazing ARCs: A Voice in the Night by Jack McDevitt is a collection of stories described as a mysterious ride into “odd places”, and it even includes a couple episodes starring Priscilla Hutchins from the author’s Academy series. And next up, Rock Manning Goes for Broke by Charlie Jane Anders is a quirky looking novella which I still know very little about at this point, but the first line of the book’s blurb is “Viking vs. Steampunks!” so at least I know it’s going to be interesting.
I was also super excited with the arrival of this ARC of Devil Sharks by Chris Jameson. This book is pretty high up my list of most anticipated releases for the summer, and I already know I’m going to get a good read since I enjoyed the author’s Shark Island last year. That’s some perfect beach reading right there, with thanks to St. Martin’s Press.
We have a smaller batch of new arrivals this week, so rounding things up today is this finished copy of Verdict on Crimson Fields by M.C. Planck, with thanks to the awesome team at Pyr Books. I am so behind on this series, which is already on its fourth installment, but that cover is seriously to die for. I really wish I knew what was going on there! Maybe one day I’ll finally catch up.
I’m really trying to cut down on all requests, so I only have three digital acquisitions this week. In the audiobook pile is Star Wars: Last Shot by Daniel José Older, a story of Han Solo and Lando Calrissian from their younger days. I’m really excited for this one in anticipation for the Solo movie next month. With thanks to Random House Audio for the listening copy.
With thanks also to William Morrow for these e-galleys: All the Ever Afters by Danielle Teller is being touted as the untold story of Cinderella’s stepmother, and you all know how I’m a sucker for fairy tale retellings especially from the villain’s point of view. And finally, I was thrilled when my request was approved for Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough. I’m a huge fan of the author and was glad to see the US release date (September) isn’t going to be too far behind the UK (May) and that I won’t have to wait at all now to read it.
A summary of my reviews since the last update:
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (5 of 5 stars)
Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence (4 of 5 stars)
The Oracle Year by Charles Soule (4 of 5 stars)
Noir by Christopher Moore (3.5 of 5 stars)
One Way by S.J. Morden (3.5 of 5 stars)
Impostor Syndrome by Mishell Baker (3.5 of 5 stars)
Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman (3.5 of 5 stars)
Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon (3 of 5 stars)
What I’ve Read Since the Last Update
Here’s what I’ve managed to “unstack” from the TBR in the last two weeks. I’m actually behind on reviews! I’ve gotten about half of these posted already, and more are incoming, so be sure to 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!