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.
Happy new year, everyone! This is going to be a light roundup due to the holidays, but on the bright side, this was the first time in years that we didn’t have to travel anywhere so I managed to get a lot of reading done during our staycation. I’ll have a lot of review writing to catch up on, but I’m definitely looking forward to getting back into the rhythm of things.
Received for Review
My thanks to the publishers and authors for the following review copies received, and be sure to click the links to their Goodreads pages for more details and full descriptions!
Last month from the kind folks at Berkley, I received an ARC of The War Within by Stephen R. Donaldson. I didn’t even know that he’ll have a new book out, but a little bit of digging showed this will be the sequel to Seventh Decimate, which–oops!–I still need to catch up on.
Also thanks to Simon Pulse for a finished copy of Slayer by Kiersten White! This is one I’m hoping to read for January.
With thanks also to Tor for a finished copy of Terran Tomorrow by Nancy Kress, the third and final book in the Yesterday’s Kin trilogy. Looks like I still have to read book two before I can get to this one, but I was planning on it anyway, since I enjoyed the first one.
And from the amazing team at Subterranean Press, I received this incredible haul of ARCs: Death & Honey by Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson and Chuck Wendig is a collection containing three novellas, one by each of the authors. These stories also feature their characters from their respective series: Atticus and Oberon, Rhett Walker, and Miriam Black. At Home in the Dark edited by Lawrence Block is an anthology collecting a number of dark speculative fiction stories written by genre favorites including Joe Hill, Joe R. Lansdale, and Joyce Carol Oates. Then there’s Cruel Fate by Kelley Armstrong, which looks to be the follow up to Rough Justice. Both are part of the author’s Cainsville world, which I’ve not had the chance to check out yet, but I’d love to read these two books at some point.
And a belated thanks to Wunderkind PR and Top Shelf Productions for The Jekyll Island Chronicles Vol. 1: A Machine Age War and Vol. 2: A Devil’s Reach by Steve Nedvidek, Ed Crowell, Jack Lowe, and Moses Nester. These beautiful graphic novels came to me in early December, but I haven’t had time to take a look yet. I’m going to try to get to them because I want to read more comics/graphic novels this year, and these stories exploring an alternate history between the two World Wars look to be an interesting place to start.
Finally, from Tor comes this trio of paperbacks, The Magic of Recluce, The Towers of the Sunset, and The Magic Engineer by L.E. Modesitt Jr, the first three books in his Saga of Recluce. I’ve never read the series, but I guess it’s getting reissued because these look to be brand new covers, and they are gorgeous. My thanks to the publisher for this amazing surprise.
On to the digital haul, I made some Netgalley requests before the holidays and a couple came in this week. As an extra bonus, I was even auto-approved by Random House Children’s when I got the email granting me access to Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim, a Chinese-inspired YA fantasy that has been compared to Mulan. I also grabbed Inspection by Josh Malerman, with thanks to Del Rey. And try as I might, I could not resist the call of Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan, so big thanks to Wednesday Books for approving my request.
Just a couple of new audiobooks in the haul this week. From Listening Library, I received an audio review copy of Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee. I wasn’t crazy about the author’s adult sci-fi series and never made it past Ninefox Gambit, but I was intrigued by this Middle Grade space-opera-and-fantasy mix featuring mythological fox spirits as well as space pirates and gamblers. And from Penguin Audio, I snagged a listening copy of The Au Pair by Emma Rous, the first of many mystery-thrillers I’m looking forward to this year.
Here’s a quick summary of reviews posted since my last update. Yes, I actually managed a few between all the year-end lists!
King of the Road by R.S. Belcher (5 of 5 stars)
The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden (4 of 5 stars)
The Outsider by Stephen King (4 of 5 stars)
City of Broken Magic by Mirah Bolender (2.5 of 5 stars)
Limetown created by Zack Akers & Skip Bronkie with Cote Smith (2 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. December was my catch-up month and I was able to finish a few more 2018 books before the end of the year, and even got a jump on several 2019 releases. A ton of reviews on the way!
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!