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!
After a brief dry spell, things are picking up again in my mailbox, with the arrival of some early 2020 ARCs. With thanks to Harper Voyager, I received a couple of these, first the very anticipated Race the Sands by Sarah Beth Durst. It was such a surprise when this showed up, but I’m very excited to read it. Another surprise arrival was Carved from Stone and Dream by T. Frohock, book five in her Los Nifilim sequence. I’ve very much enjoyed the author’s work in the past, but I sadly fell behind on this series so I’m going to have to do a little research to see if I can read this as a standalone. From the publisher also came a couple of finished copies, including The Blue Eye by Ausma Zehanat Khan, the third book in The Khorasan Archives. I’ve only read the first one, and I can’t believe this series is so far along already! Finally, I also received Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden, and this sounds like another strange one. I’d like to give it a try if I some time this fall.
Thank you to Titan Books, I also received Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon by James Lovegrove. You know how I can’t resist anything to do with Sherlock Holmes, and this sounds like it would be a great one to read over the holidays.
And with thanks to Pyr and Kaye Publicity, I also got my finished copy of Forever and a Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton, yay! And in case you missed it, Laurence kindly wrote us a guest post earlier in the week, so be sure to check it out if you haven’t already, it’s a fun read. I can’t wait to check out his new book, the latest in the Dru Jasper series.
This was also a week of new discoveries. From Simon & Schuster, I received a new-to-me book earlier this month called White Elephant by Trish Harnetiaux, which is a Christmas mystery according to the publisher description. Another good one to check out over the holidays! From Subterranean Press I also received an ARC of Jane Goes North by Joe R. Lansdale, a road trip adventure. And from 47North and the kind folks at Wunderkind PR I also received a finished copy of The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith, which I’m looking forward to diving into real soon, if I haven’t already started by the time this post goes live.
Also thanks to Tachyon Press for sending me the following ARCs: Sea Change by Nancy Kress, which looks really interesting and I’ve always wanted to read more by the author; as well as The Immortal Conquistador by Carrie Vaughn, a story that sounds linked to her Kitty Norville books. Last but not least, I received this gorgeous graphic novel from HarperCollins called Estranged: The Changeling King by Ethan M. Aldridge. It appears to be the second book in a series, and while it is geared towards Middle Grade readers, the illustrations are simply stunning and I find myself curious to take a look.
A huge digital haul this week, as I find myself gravitating more towards audio, especially. With thanks to Tantor Audio, I received listening copies of Walking to Aldebaran by Adrian Tchaikovsky. From Hachette Audio, I received the highly anticipated audiobook to The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black. From Penguin Random House Audio, I received The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern and from their YA imprint Listening Library I received A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy.
I was also sent a few exciting eARCs from authors and publishers. Dispel Illusion by Mark Lawrence is the third book in the Impossible Times series published by 47North and I can hardly wait to read it! And speaking of not being able to wait, the time has also finally come for The Last Sun sequel, The Hanged Man by J.D Edwards, cheers to Pyr Books and the team at Kaye Publicity. In my email earlier this week I was also ecstatic to find an invite from Entangled: Teen for Find Me Their Bones by Sara Wolf, the follow-up to the brilliant Bring Me Their Hearts.
Oops, I also might have gone a little nuts on NetGalley and Edelweiss, but with all these eARCs to download right away, it was hard to resist. From Tor, I grabbed The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer, a book I recently featured for Waiting on Wednesday. I also loved the sound of The Return by Rachel Harrison, a horror thriller from Berkley about a group of friends who reunite after the return of them from a mysterious two-year disappearance. St. Martin’s Press also got me good with a trio of highly anticipated books on my wishlist: The God Game by Danny Tobey, Alone in the Wild by Kelley Armstrong, and Twilight of the Gods by Scott Oden!
Below is a quick summary of my reviews posted since the last update. I was really trying to stack some horror reads for early October, but I didn’t have luck with many of my choices, as you can see. Thank goodness there were a couple good ones though.
The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher (4.5 of 5 stars)
Dark Pattern by Andrew Mayne (4 of 5 stars)
The True Bastards by Jonathan French (4 of 5 stars)
The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh (4 of 5 stars)
Violet by Scott Thomas (3.5 of 5 stars)
Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky (2.5 of 5 stars)
The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring (2 of 5 stars)
The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht (2 of 5 stars)
Interviews and Guest Posts
A shout out to the authors who stopped by The BiblioSanctum!
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!
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!