Bookshelf Roundup 12/7/19: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads
Bookshelf Roundup is a feature I do every 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 summarize what I’ve finished reading in the last week 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.
My, how the time races by! You might have noticed only a week has passed since my last Bookshelf Roundup, and that’s because starting today I’ve decided to make it a weekly post rather than a bi-weekly one. Over time, I’ve been noticing how some of my roundups were becoming very long and unwieldy, which I think kinda defeats the purpose of a summary post! Drafting them was also taking up more and more time, so hopefully by switching to weekly it will become more manageable.
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!
A big thanks to Simon & Schuster for Dead Endless by Dave Galanter, a part of the Star Trek: Discovery series of tie-in novels! Also thank you to Del Rey for sending me an ARC of The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez, a story about a mute boy who falls from the sky and the woman who finds him and takes him in, the two of them communicating with each other through the power of music. This one sounds very interesting, and it wasn’t on my radar before but it sure is now. And also much love to the kind folks at Subterranean Press, who sent me an ARC of The Gobblin’ Society by James P. Blaylock, a new novella starring the author’s Langdon St. Ives character. From the title, you can kind of tell the delightful story you’ll be in for!
Courtesy of Tor.com, I also received an absolute treasure trove of awesome ARCs: Stormsong by C.L. Polk is the second novel of The Kingston Cycle, and I’ve heard such good things about the first book Witchmark that I really thnk I’ll have to start it soon. Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey is one I’ve been looking forward to, so I was thrilled when a surprise copy showed up! Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings also looks amazing, having been described as a haunting fantasy-horror that is half mystery and half fairy-tale. And finally, Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire is the fifth book of her Wayward Children series, which I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t even started yet. But one day soon I’ll binge them all, mark my words!
Hey, I’ve been pretty good at restraining myself from requesting too much lately, just one book in the digital haul this week. As you know, I’ve been following the books in the official Minecraft series and when I saw The End by Catherynne M. Valente I just couldn’t resist. She’s written some great tie-ins, so I’m looking forward to listening to this one, with thanks to Random House Audio.
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson (5 of 5 stars)
Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier (3.5 of 5 stars)
Walk the Wild With Me by Rachel Atwood (2 of 5 stars)
This Week’s Reads
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!