Bookshelf Roundup 12/21/19: 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.
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!
With thanks to Simon Pulse for an ARC of Girls With Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young, which is the sequel to Girls With Sharp Sticks, which I loved! Also thanks to Pyr Books and the kind folks at Kaye Publicity for sending along a finished copy of The Hanged Man by K.D. Edwards. Unfortunately I probably won’t be able to squeeze it into my reading schedule this month, but you can be sure this sequel to The Last Sun will be high priority for January 2020. Up next is an ARC of The Ranger of Marzanna by Jon Skovron, with thanks to the amazing team at Orbit. I read and enjoyed the author’s Hope and Red so I’m excited to check out more of his work.
Thank you also to Tor.com, because they’ve been spoiling me silly lately! Last week they sent me the following ARCs: The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho, The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo, and Hearts of Oak by Eddie Robson. Looking forward to reading them all because they all look so good!
I would also like to thank William Morrow publicity for reaching out about Hunter Killer by Brad Taylor. I’ve always been curious about his thrillers! This one’s the latest in the Pike Logan series but I was told it can be read as a standalone, so I’m going to give it a try. Thanks also to HarperTeen and the awesome Wunderkind PR team for sending along this beautiful hardcover of The Sky Weaver by Kristen Ciccarelli. I was also sent the second book earlier this year to help me catch up, so that’ll likely be next up on my reading list.
With thanks to Tor Books, I was also thrilled to receive the following ARCs of titles that are on my highly anticipated list for early 2020! Otaku by Chris Kluwe is a book I featured on a Waiting on Wednesday post not too long ago because I’m intrigued by its gaming angle, and The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood is the first book of a high fantasy series called The Serpent Gates which looks to have a lot of potential.
I’ve been hitting my audiobook TBR hard these last few weeks, so I’m trying not to request too many books to add to it. But when Serial Box contacted me, I couldn’t help but check out a couple of their newer series. Machina by Fran Wilde, Malka Older, Curtis C. Chen, and Martha Wells has just started, so I may wait until it is closer to completion to binge read this sci-fi serial about two companies competing to send their AI robots to colonize Mars. Then there’s The Triangle by Dan Koboldt, Sylvia Spruck Wrigley, and Mindy McGinnis, which caught my attention because it gave me serious LOST vibes. believe the first season is finished, so I’ll likely be diving into the audio episodes soon.
Crownbreaker by Sebastien de Castell (4.5 of 5 stars)
Anyone by Charles Soule (4 of 5 stars)
Salvaged by Madeleine Roux (3 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!
Machina definitely looks like one I need to look at closer. Same for the Unspoken Name.
Yeah, I’m curious about Machina, it’s been a long time since I read an SB serial and I’m kinda looking forward to getting back into it.
OOh nice! Lots of new to me ones here! I still need to start Ciccarelli’s books! I hope you enjoy all the lovely new reads!
My StS will be up tomorrow, be sure to stop by then if you can!
Have a GREAT day!
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I read the first Skyweaver book and enjoyed it a lot so I don’t know why I never continued! Well, fixing that right now, as I’m reading book two at the moment 😀
I’m still waiting on my copy of Hanged Man…I’m pretty sure it’s lost, lol. I was excited to get a copy of Otaku too, even though I don’t know much about it😁
Oh no, that sucks! Hopefully Kaye Publicity/Pyr can arrange to send you another one!
I love that “your new fantasy obsession begins” – because no matter how crowded our TBRs are, we always need more great stories to steal our minds… 😉
I agree, it’s a powerful tagline that no book lover can ignore! 😀
The two of these I’m most curious about are The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water and The Ranger of Marzanna. It’s always fun discovering new authors, or at least authors that are new to me.
It is fun for me too! Both Zen Cho and Jon Skovron are authors I’ve read in the past, but I’m always curious to read more.
So excited for that Zen Cho book!
Ooo, hardcopy Unspoken Name! I have an eARC looking forward to that. I’m really excited about Zen Cho’s new book and I’ve requested Empress of Salt and Fortune. Orbit spoiled me this month, so I’ve got plenty to read in the meantime.
I like the look of the no name title book, lol
Nice list, and it seems everybody and their uncle are stoked for the Hanged Man – I’ve got to give the series a try 😉
Jon Skovron – that book looks good although I do feel bad that I never completed his other series. Perhaps this year.
Girls with Razor Hearts – very intrigued to see where this one goes.