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!

I’d like to kick things off with a big thanks to Orbit for following finished copy haul: An Orc on the Wild Side by Tom Holt looks to be a funny one, but humor being so subjective, I’ll be keeping my hype in check. I’m also very excited about A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie and am looking forward to starting it later this week. And Grave Importance by Vivian Shaw is the third book of the Dr. Greta Helsing series which I’m enjoying a lot so far.

Also courtesy of Ace Books, I received a surprise ARC of Novice Dragoneer by E.E. Knight, a YA/coming-of-age fantasy about a girl who enters into a military order of dragonriders. Thanks also to Tor Books for a finished copy of Inch by Inch by Morgan Llywelyn, which reminds me I still have to read the first book Drop by Drop! And with thanks to Del Rey for sending me a finished copy of The Nobody People by Bob Proehl, which I reviewed earlier this week.

My thanks also to Subterranean Press for spoiling me these last two weeks with the following ARCs: Knife Children by Lois McMaster Bujold is one I’m thrilled to discover, because it is part of the Sharing Knife series which I loved when I read it years ago. The Best of Elizabeth Bear is an anthology of 27 of the author’s stories and novellas and looks to be a great collection for any fan. And finally, I really like the sound of King of the Dogs, Queen of the Cats James by Patrick Kelly. It’s got a circus and animals, what’s not to love?

Also thank you to Entangled: Teen for sending me Mirror Bound by Monica Sanz, the second book of The Witchling Academy. I believe I have the first book, so I look forward to catching up. From the kind folks at 47North and Wunderkind PR, I also received an early copy of The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith. I wasn’t all that sure about this one, but the more I’m learning about it, the more interested I am to read it. And from Tachyon Publications comes this quirky little title called Peter Watts Is An Angry Sentient Tumor, a collection of “Revenge Fantasies and Essays” by the author. I’m not sure this one is for me, but I did have a bit of a chuckle reading the publisher description.


In the digital haul, I was approved for Deadly Little Scandals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, the sequel to Little White Lies. Thank you to Freeform via NetGalley! Also from NetGalley, I grabbed A Longer Fall by Charlaine Harris, the sequel to An Easy Death, with thanks to Saga Press. I just featured this book on a Waiting on Wednesday a couple weeks ago, so needless to say, I’m pumped to read this. And courtesy of Harper Voyager, I also received an invite widget to read Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden. I’ve read only one other book by the author, which didn’t really work for me, but I definitely wanted to give her work another shot.

And last but not least, in the audio pile, huge thanks to Macmillan Audio for listening copies of Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff and The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young! I’m so excited to listen to both of these!


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

The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan by Sherry Thomas (5 of 5 stars)
Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton (4 of 5 stars)
Gears of War: Ascendance by Jason M. Hough (4 of 5 stars)
Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau-Preto (4 of 5 stars)
To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers (3.5 of 5 stars)
Missing Person by Sarah Lotz (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Passengers by John Marrs (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Nobody People by Bob Proehl (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. 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!:)

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

  1. Novice Dragoneer sounds pretty good. The Girl The Sea Gave Back is on my list to read soon too.

    I need to read To Be Taught If Fortunate ASAP. I’m so glad it’s out!!


  2. OOoh nice new reads! Lots of new to me ones here but some look familiar! I still need to finish up Charlaine’s Midnight Texas series before I can let myself move onto her new one! It sounds fun though! Hope you enjoy all the new reads!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  3. Wow Mogsy you had a great month! I wanted to get Ruthless Gods by Emily A Duncan but I have been turned down by the publishing house …I guess I’ll have to wait like anyone else LOL


  4. So far A Little Hatred is good, if dark, but that’s Abercrombie for you. I really the Girl the Sea Gave Back, even if the alternating 1st person chapters made it hard to keep track of who was who. The rest of it looks like a pretty good haul, too!


    • I recently finished The Girl the Sea Gave Back, and I 100% agree with you on the confusing alternating chapters. I didn’t really connect with the story as well, as a result. Didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as the author’s first book 😦

      I’m with you on A Little Hatred too, reading it right now and I’m enjoying it! Agreed it’s VERY Joe A 😀


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