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, and be sure to click the links to their Goodreads pages for more details and full descriptions!
First, my thanks to Orbit for sending a finished copy of Dark Forge by Miles Cameron. This is the second book of the Masters & Mages series and since I enjoyed Cold Iron I will definitely be continuing with this one. I also received a surprise ARC of The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso which sounds pretty awesome from the publisher description, so I’m quite curious to check it out.
Also thank you to Harper Voyager for sending me a finished hardcover of Boundless by R.A. Salvatore. It’s a part of the author’s Legend of Drizzt saga which I know next to nothing about! But I think this is the second book of a new trilogy set in this world, so there may be a chance to jump in after all.
With thanks also to Tor Books for Gamechanger by L.X. Beckett, a sci-fi described as Neuromancer meets Star Trek, and I’ve heard so many great things about this one already, I may have to give it a read later this fall.
And courtesy of Tor.com, I received the following goodies: a finished copy of Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht which I’m hoping to get on my reading list for September or October, and also this awesome ARC of Docile by K.M. Szpara, a book which wasn’t on my radar before, but it sure is now after reading what it’s about!
Life has been crazy with my new fall schedule so I’ve been relying more on digital formats to get me through, hence the explosion in my digital haul. From Edelweiss I downloaded three eARCs that were available immediately, first Bloodchild by Anna Stephens, the third book of the Godblind sequence. The first book was kind of iffy, but the second book got me hooked, so I’m pretty excited to finish this trilogy with thanks to Talos. My thanks also to Blackstone Publishing, I got to grab Master of Sorrows by Justin Call and The Seventh Sun by Lani Forbes, both of which are fantasy titles that have caught my eye lately. And from NetGalley I also saw The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White pop up last week, and thanks to auto approvals from the kind folks at Random House Children’s/Delacorte Press, I could not help myself.
In the audiobook pile, with thanks to Harper Audio I received Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes, and I have a good feeling this book will work well in audio. From Penguin Random House Audio, I was thrilled to receive a couple YA titles: The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh, her new book about vampires, as well as The Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger, a fantasy about wizards who fight alongside magical animal companions. And last but not least, I finally caved on The Anomaly Files. I’ve had my eye on The Possession by Michael Rutger for a while, but then I found out it was the second book in the series so of course I had to grab the first book The Anomaly as well (which I already listened to and enjoyed).
A quick summary of my reviews posted since the last update:
A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie (4.5 of 5 stars)
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow (4 of 5 stars)
Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine (4 of 5 stars)
Star Wars: Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn (4 of 5 stars)
Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff (3.5 of 5 stars)
Stormrise by Jillian Boehme (3.5 of 5 stars)
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young (2.5 of 5 stars)
What I’ve Read Since the Last Update
Work has been kicking my ass lately, and if it weren’t for audiobooks I probably would have gotten zero books finished. But here’s what I did manage to “unstack” from the TBR mountain since the last update, and I’ll have more reviews up soon.
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!