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.
Kicking us off this week is Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente, a finished copy of which I finally hold in my hands, yay! There were some delays with the shipment of review copies, but thanks to the kind folks at Saga Press and Wunderkind PR, I got mine late last month and I devoured it like a hungry beast as soon as it arrived. Be on the lookout for my review sometime in the next week.
Up next are a couple of new ARCs courtesy of Freeform/The Disney Book Group: #MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil is one I’ve been seeing around a lot in recent months, so when it was pitched to me for review, I couldn’t resist. Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes also caught my eye because I’ve become drawn to YA mysteries lately. The protagonist in this one allows her wealthy grandmother to bribe her into becoming a proper Southern debutante in the hopes of finding out who her father is, so I already know I’ll be in for an interesting ride.
Thanks to Orbit Books, I also received ARCs of a couple highly anticipated May releases! The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn by Tyler Whitesides has been on my radar for a while, but I only recently found out that it’s a heist story, so now I’m even more excited to read it. And then of course there’s Wrath of Empire by Brian McClellan, the second book of the Gods of Blood and Powder series that he started last year to follow up his Powder Mage trilogy. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
And then there’s this little gem which was a surprise arrival with thanks to Tachyon Publications. The People’s Republic of Everything by Nick Mamatas looks to be a collection, featuring “a decade’s worth of crimes, fantasies, original fiction”. I’ve only read one book by the author (I Am Providence) and I enjoyed it, so maybe I’ll check this out.
I was also beside myself with excitement when a surprise package arrived from Crown Publishing a couple weeks ago, containing an ARC of Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett! A new RJB book is always cause for a celebration, and this one sounds like it’s gonna be killer. Huge thanks to the publisher.
And speaking of exciting ARCs, a copy of Mecha Samurai Empire by Peter Tieryas landed on my doorstep recently and its arrival was what prompted me to feature it for my Waiting on Wednesday post this week. After all, who can resist a book about 150-foot-tall robots vs. Nazis? The publisher also sent me The Empire of Ashes by Anthony Ryan, the third book of the Draconis Memoria series, but of course, I still need to catch up with book two, gah! Soon, I hope. With thanks to Ace Books.
And at last, the third book of The Queens of Renthia is here! The Queen of Sorrow by Sarah Beth Durst will round out the trilogy, promising a dramatic finale (and a bloody one too, if the trend from the previous books continues). Speaking of, the publisher also included paperback copies of the first two volumes, The Queen of Blood and The Reluctant Queen, in the package, which was so awesome of them! My thanks to Harper Voyager.
And finally, thanks to Pyr Books for this finished copy of Blood Orbit by K.R. Richardson. I’m looking forward to reading it, and also thrilled to be hosting an author guest post and giveaway sometime later this month, so be sure to keep an eye out for that!
On to the digital haul, from NetGalley I didn’t hesitate to snag an eARC of We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix as soon as I saw that it was available; the author’s books are always a lot of fun, so I have pretty high hopes for this one. I also couldn’t resist Brief Cases by Jim Butcher because I never want to miss anything to do with Dresden Files, one of my favorite urban fantasy series. I’ll even read this anthology, even though short stories aren’t generally my thing. I was also sent a widget of Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering, and even though this book is nothing like what I would normally read, I nonetheless decided to give it a try since the publisher description intrigued me. With thanks to Quirk Books, Ace Books, and Atria Books, respectively.
I was also sent an eARC of Scream All Night by Derek Milman from Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss. My thanks to the author who got in touch to let me know about the book! I hadn’t known about this Young Adult horror before, but after finding out more about its premise, I really want to read it now.
And in the audiobook pile, I was pretty psyched to get a listening copy of Circe by Madeline Miller, courtesy of Hachette Audio, after hearing all the wonderful things about this book. Finally, from Macmillan Audio, I requested Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young. I tried as hard as I could to resist this one, but then caved hard after reading Tammy’s rave review at Books, Bones & Buffy!
The following is a list of my reviews posted since the last update, along with this week’s highlighted read. The distinction, without a doubt, belongs to The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang.
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (5 of 5 stars)
Head On by John Scalzi (4.5 of 5 stars)
The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus (4 of 5 stars)
Glimpse by Jonathan Maberry (4 of 5 stars)
Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel (3.5 of 5 stars)
Star Wars: Last Shot by Daniel José Older (3.5 of 5 stars)
What I’ve Read Since the Last Update
Here’s what I’ve managed to “unstack” from the TBR since the last update. Stay tuned for more reviews!
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!