Bookshelf Roundup 12/28/19: 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.

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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!

Thank you to for filling my mailbox with all kinds of goodies! There’s so much I’m looking forward to reading in 2020. Anthropocene Rag by Alex Irvine wasn’t on my radar before, but it sure is now. With the tagline “Huck Finn-meets-Willy Wonka”, who can resist? I’m also curious to check out Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings, and I was also thrilled to receive a finished copy of Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi. And as you can imagine, I just about lost it when the following ARCs arrived: Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir is the sequel to Gideon the Ninth, and though I had some mixed feelings about the first book’s beginning, I loved its second half, which pretty much solidified my decision to continue with the series. And guys, I am sooooo excited about Network Effect by Martha Wells, but if you’ve read my reviews for the Murderbot Diaries, you probably know that already!

Also thanks to Subterranean Press for keeping me well stocked with amazing novellas and anthologies, including The Postutopian Adventures of Darger and Surplus by Michael Swanwick, a collection of short stories and vignettes about our titular con artists, as well as Jack by Connie Willis, a re-issue of the author’s classic.

And thank you to Tor Teen for sending me a finished copy of City of Stone and Silence by Django Wexler! What great timing, because I finished the first book. So glad I was able to squeeze that one in before the end of the year!

Finally, rounding up the physical books, a big thank you also goes to Del Rey for sending me a finished copy of The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez. I can’t believe its release date is just around the corner, how quickly the time flies!

Just a couple of audiobooks in the digital haul this week. First, I got a listening copy of The Queen’s Road by R.S. Belcher, with thanks to Audible Studios and the author. I was also offered a reviewer code for Smoke and Stone by Michael R. Fletcher, with thanks to the author and narrator!


Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django Wexler (4 of 5 stars)
You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen (4 of 5 stars)

This Week’s Reads

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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!:)

22 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup 12/28/19: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. Oh nice! Those are all totally new to me ones. I hope you enjoy each and every one of them!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  2. I’m glad you got some sequels that you were looking forward to (: and the timing with the Sorcery Of Wells books really good. I’ll definitely have to read Martha Wells books sometime as I see them mention all the time!!


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