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!
My thanks to Wunderkind and Saga Press for sending me an ARC of Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse, which I’ve been looking forward to SO MUCH. I’m actually reading it right now, and it’s everything I could hoped for. Since I’m drafting this post in the middle of the week, by the time it goes live I should be close to finished with the book and will have a review up soon.
Next up is another exciting one: Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames, with thanks to Orbit for the ARC! The first book Kings of the Wyld came out last year to great acclaim and I’m all jazzed up to see what new adventures this standalone sequel will bring.
The amazing team at Night Shade Books also sent a couple more surprise ARCs this week. I was all excited about Trial by Treason by Dave Duncan (a historical fantasy with Saxon enchanters and demons!) until I did some research and realized it was a sequel. I doubt that it can be read as a standalone, so now I might just have to pick up the first one. MJ-12: Endgame by Michael J. Martinez is also a sequel, the third installment in Majestic-12 which is another series I haven’t had the chance to start yet. I’ve enjoyed the author’s other books in the past though, so I’d like to check it out at some point.
And hooray for a finished copy of Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine! This series has had its ups and downs, but now that we’re past the halfway point, I’m optimistic that the momentum will pick up again. With thanks to Berkley.
My thanks also to Tor books for the following new arrivals: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal is the first book of a series set in an alternate 1950’s about women who strive to become astronauts. It’s part of the publisher’s summer #FearlessWomen campaign, so be sure to keep an eye out for my spotlight post coming next week. Drop by Drop by Morgan Llywelyn is the first book of a dystopian trilogy where all the world’s plastic mysteriously liquefies, and this is another one I’ve been really looking forward to.
From the kind folks at Crown Books I also received new paperback editions of a couple big titles that came out last year: Artemis by Andy Weir and Paradox Bound by Peter Clines. If interested, you can read my reviews of them here and here, respectively.
And a huge thank you to Del Rey for sending me a finished copy of Age of War by Michael J. Sullivan, the third book in The Legends of the First Empire. I’m still really enjoying this series a lot, so I was pretty psyched when this arrived.
Last week I also received this really cool sampler from the upcoming Art and Arcana: A Visual History by Michael Witner, Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, and Sam Witwer, which is an illustrated guide to the history and evolution of Dungeons & Dragons. There’s a lot of great artwork and information here, and if this preview is anything to go by, I think D&D fans are going to want to keep an eye on this one. With thanks to Ten Speed Press/Penguin Random House.
In the digital pile this week, I received a couple of new ALCs from Penguin Random House Audio: Bright We Burn by Kiersten White is the third book and conclusion of The Conqueror’s Saga, also known as the And I Darken trilogy. I also grabbed Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman because I’ve been hearing so much about this thriller lately. With thanks to Listening Library and Random House Audio.
The only e-ARC I got this week was from NetGalley, where I received War Cry by Brian McClellan. I’m a big fan of the author’s Powder Mage universe books and I just couldn’t resist hitting the download button on his new novella. With thanks to Tor.com.
Here you’ll find a list of my reviews posted since the last update. A few of these were pretty good reads, but I’m desperately in need of something to break me out of my 3-3.5 star funk.
Awakened by James S. Murray with Darren Wearmouth (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Mermaid by Christina Henry (3.5 of 5 stars)
Season of Storms by Andrzej Sapkowski (3.5 of 5 stars)
Provenance by Caroline Kepnes (3.5 of 5 stars)
Devil Sharks by Chris Jameson (3 of 5 stars)
Furyborn by Claire Legrand (3 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. More reviews coming up!
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!