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.

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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!

First a huge thanks to Orbit for sending me a big box of books! The Last Astronaut by David Wellington is a horror-tinged space thriller that I’ve already read and reviewed, and you can check out my thoughts here. Next up comes a parade of sequels, and I really need to catch up with all these series: Jade War by Fonda Lee is the follow up to Jade CityReticence by Gail Carriger is the fourth book of the Custard ProtocolThe House of Sacrifice by Anna Smith Spark closes out her Empires of Dust trilogy, and The Spider by Leo Carew is the sequel to The Wolf. I also received an ARC of Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri. I enjoyed the previous book Empire of Sand despite some doubts so I’m really looking forward to this sequel to expand things.

With thanks to Berkley Books, I was also excited to receive a copy of The Passengers by John Marrs, a thriller about self-driving cars. It’s interesting how I recently read a book based on this very topic (Three Laws Lethal) so I’m intrigued to see how this one will tackle the idea. Also thanks to Crown Publishing for sending me a finished copy of The Warehouse by Rob Hart! I’ll probably be starting this one real soon.

Thank you also to the kind folks at Tor Books for sending me the following: a finished copy of Kingmaker by Margaret Weiz and Robert Krammes, the conclusion to the Dragon Corsairs series; Earth by Ben Bova, the latest novel in his Grand Tour sequence; and ARC of Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade, first book of a new epic fantasy adventure series called The Shroud of Prophecy; and from the publisher’s YA imprint Tor Teen I also received In the Woods by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel. This is a book that’s been on my radar for a while, so I was thrilled to receive a surprise finished copy!



In the digital haul, with thanks to Macmillan Audio for listening copies of Blood of an Exile by Brian Naslund and Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff. Courtesy of Penguin Random House Audio, I also received a listening copy of The Perfect Son by Lauren North, which looks like an interesting thriller, as well as Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee. And from Hachette Audio, I received Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton, which sounds really unique and hilarious!

Also from NetGalley, I snagged a couple of eARCs of books I’m very excited about! First up from Thomas & Mercer is Dark Pattern by Andrew Mayne, the next Theo Cray mystery – I just love this series! And I’m also quite curious to try The Deep by Alma Katsu, after the good time I had with her previous book The Hunger. Thank you to G.P. Putnam’s Sons for approving my request! And finally from Edelweiss, with thanks to Swoon Reads I also downloaded a digital galley of The King’s Questioner by Nikki Katz. I know it’s not something I typically go for, but this one’s synopsis did catch my eye and I hope it will be as good as it sounds.


Here is a quick summary of my reviews posted since the last update:

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (4 of 5 stars)
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson (4 of 5 stars)
Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman (4 of 5 stars)
The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall (3.5 of 5 stars)
Minecraft: The Lost Journals by Mur Lafferty (3 of 5 stars)
The Escape Room by Megan Goldin (3 of 5 stars)
The Toll by Cherie Priest (3 of 5 stars)
Cry Pilot by Joel Dane (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. 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!:)

22 Comments on “Mogsy’s Bookshelf Roundup: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. I’m thinking of getting The PAssengers, I’m curious about that. In the Woods I’m kinda hoping to tackle after my current read. And Last Ones Left Alive might have to find its way into my reading pike soon haha. I’ve been intrigued by that one too!


  2. Maybe now that I have all of the Custard Protocol series (well, technically my copy of the last one is being delayed. *eyeroll* so much for order in the next 40 minutes and get it by Friday!) I can finally read them all! Lol.

    Hope you enjoy all the new lovelies!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  3. Jade War and The Spider are high on my “want to read” list, since I greatly enjoyed their predecessors. I’m reading Blood of an Exile, but since I’m also reading another book at the same time, the progress is slow – still, it looks promising… 🙂


  4. I’m about 100 pages into Jade War and loving the developments. The world is definitely expanding.
    I’ve read The Passengers and Last Ones Left Alive. I liked both of them.


  5. Oooh, i’m excited to see The Passengers on your list! I really liked it. I will also need to check out the book you mentioned is similar to it 🙂


  6. Ooooh, lots of great stuff. I see sequels to series I want to start but haven’t. Also interested in that new Alma Katsu book (I think she’s an author I normally wouldn’t read but I met her at a con and she’s so nice I really want to try one of her books now). I’m also SUPER intrigued by the Loki book by Mackenzi Lee.


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