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.

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So I’m back home from my vacation and still settling back in, so please bear with me as I slowly get back into the rhythm of things, which includes catching up on my huge TBR, posting reviews (because I actually managed to finish several books while I was away), and checking out everyone’s blogs! There was also a lot of activity in my mailbox during my absence, so I’m gradually sorting out new arrivals as well. Here’s what I’ve got to feature today though, and my thanks to the publishers and authors for the following review copies received. Be sure to click the links to their Goodreads pages for more details and full descriptions!

Received for Review

First off, a huge thanks to Orbit Books for sending along an ARC of Ghoster by Jason Arnopp. You wouldn’t believe how long I’ve been looking forward to this one! Ever since reading The Last Days of Jack Sparks (now one of my favorite books ever) I have been waiting to see what the author will write next, and the time is finally here.

Thanks also to Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers for this finished copy of Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim. I already read this book and really enjoyed it, and you can check out my full review here.

Also my thanks to the kind folks at Ace/Roc/DAW for the following new arrivals: an ARC of Revolution by W.L. Goodwater, which is the sequel to the Cold War fantasy Breach; a finished copy of Lies of Descent by Troy Carrol Bucher, an intriguing debut epic fantasy; an ARC of Walk the Wild with Me by Rachel Atwood, a whimsical fae-inspired adventure; and a beautiful hardcover of The Gossamer Mage by Julie E. Czerneda, which I really excited to check out.

I also arrived home this week to a package from across the Atlantic, with thanks to Penguin Books UK for Minecraft: The Lost Journals by Mur Lafferty. I’m so thrilled they got the author to write for this world, and since I’ve read and enjoyed the last couple of official Minecraft novels, I’m definitely going to read this one too.

With thanks also to 47North and the amazing team at Wunderkind PR the for sending me a copy of Aftershocks by Marko Kloos, the first book of a military sci-fi space opera series called The Palladium Wars.

A while back I also first discovered a book called What’s Bred in the Bone by Jan S. Gephardt from Barb over at Booker T’s Farm. Cyber-enhanced police dogs in space? Color me intrigued! So when I was contacted and offered the book for review consideration, I jumped at the opportunity. My thanks to the author and to Beverly Bambury Publicity.

Courtesy of Subterranean Press, I also received the following ARCs: A Very Scalzi Christmas by John Scalzi is a collection of fifteen short takes (stories, poems, articles, etc.) related to the holidays; The Sky Done Ripped by Joe R. Lansdale is another new SFF adventure from the acclaimed pulp novelist and creator of Ned the Seal; and My Beautiful Life by K.J. Parker is a fantasy novella about a dying narrator who looks back on his eventful life (not surprisingly, the title is supposed to be ironic).

I’d also like to thank Titan Books for the following books received for review: The Record Keeper by Agnes Gomillion is a near-future dystopian novel which you may have heard about when The BiblioSanctum took part in the tour for it last month, and I’m looking forward to read it now that it’s in my hands; Sweet Dreams by Tricia Sullivan is the new novel from the author who also wrote the mind-bending Occupy Me, which makes me very curious to see what she’ll have in store next; and Gears of War: Ascendance by Jason M. Hough is the official prequel novel to the upcoming video game Gears 5, picking up the story immediately after Gears of War 4. Having played all of these games, I am soooooo psyched! You can bet I’ll be playing the new game, and I’m sure this novel will tide me over during the wait.

With thanks to Minotaur Books, I also received Sunrise Highway by Peter Blauner, a thriller about one young cop’s hunt for a serial killer. The publisher has never really sent me books before, so this was a nice surprise, especially since I’m really into the genre these days. This is one I’d like to check out later this summer.

Big thanks also to Inkshares for this surprise ARC of Violet by Scott Thomas. I loved his book Kill Creek and was so happy to discover that he will have another horror novel out this fall, just in time for Halloween season.

And wrapping up the batch, my thanks to Dey Street Books for sending me a paperback copy of Astounding by Alec Nevala-Lee, described as a biographical portrait of John W. Campbell, Robert A. Heinlein, and L. Ron Hubbard.

In the digital pile this week, we have a few new audiobooks. With thanks to: Hachette Audio for a listening copy of The Last Astronaut by David Wellington, already finished and reviewed; and Penguin Random House Audio for Star Wars: Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn, the third Thrawn novel, and Lost You by Haylen Beck, a psychological suspense thriller.

And I know I probably shouldn’t have, but I also requested a couple books from NetGalley. Both were worth breaking my self-imposed NG ban though. The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman is a supernatural horror that I’ve been eyeing for a while now, and a big thank you to Quirk Books for granting my wish. And do I really have to explain why I immediately jumped on the download for Turning Darkness into Light by Marie Brennan? I loved her Memoirs of Lady Trent series and I cannot wait to return to the world. Thank you to Tor Books.


Here is a quick summary of my reviews posted since the last update (three weeks’ worth!):

The Philosopher’s War by Tom Miller (5 of 5 stars)
Three Laws Lethal by David Walton (5 of 5 stars)
The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson (4.5 of 5 stars)
Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O’Keefe (4 of 5 stars)
Someone We Know by Shari Lapena (4 of 5 stars)
Salvation Day by Kali Wallace (4 of 5 stars)
Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep (4 of 5 stars)
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim (4 of 5 stars)
The First Mistake by Sandie Jones (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Last Astronaut by David Wellington (3.5 of 5 stars)
Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes (3 of 5 stars)

Roundup Highlights:

What I’ve Read Since the Last Update

Here’s what I’ve managed to “unstack” from the TBR since the last update. You’d think I would have read more, considering it’s been three weeks and I was also on holiday with plenty of beach reading time, but no, not really! I had a difficult time concentrating with this as my view (yay for the waterproof Kindle):

Anyway, that’s it for now. More reviews coming soon!

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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!:)

36 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. OOh nice new reads! Those are pretty much all new to me ones! I hope you enjoy each and every one of them!

    My StS will be up tomorrow, so stop by then if you can!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  2. I had just heard about Gears of War from Jason’s newsletter, but I’m not sure whether I’ll enjoy it or not since I’m not a gamer. But I’m dying to read something else from him since I read and loved Zero World several years ago!


  3. I like the look of the Gossamer Mage but don’t think it’s over in the UK yet. Will have to wait.
    Can’t wait to see what you made of Sorcery of thorns.
    Your vacation looks like a little slice of paradise.
    Lynn 😀


  4. I’d really like to try some of Julie Czerneda’s work. The Gossamer Mage sounds really interesting to me.
    Where’d you go for vacay? That water looks like the Caribbean.


  5. “enhanced police dogs in space” – that sentence, together with the cover image, makes me beyond curious! I don’t believe I ever read anything with that kind of concept at its core, and I can’t wait to hear what you think of it! 🙂


  6. Gotta finish racing through my reread of the last Lady Trent book and get onto the new book. Aaaah. *bounces* Are you frontloading it on your stack? 😀


  7. There are so many great looking books here and a lot I want to read as well. I’ll be reading Bred in the Bone in August for Dog Days of Summer and the lovely author is even providing a guest post. Looking forward to the reviews of many of these!


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