Bookshelf Roundup 01/11/20: 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!

To my great excitement, I received an ARC of Crush the King by Jennifer Estep earlier this week, thanks to the kind folks at Harper Voyager. I’m really enjoying this series and I can’t wait to read book three. With thanks to the Forge Books team I also received a copy of Remembrance by Rita Woods. A historical fiction novel that weaves in a light touch of magic, it’s a bit out of my wheelhouse but looks good nonetheless. Courtesy of Subterranean Press, I also received an ARC of their re-issue of Unexpected Stories by Octavia E. Butler, a collection that includes the stories “A Necessary Being” and “Childfinder”. As a side note, seeing these last two books next to each other, it seems cover artists need some new ideas. Next up, I’d like to thank 47North and Wunderkind PR for sending me a finished copy of The Will and the Wilds by Charlie N. Holmberg. I had mixed feelings about the last book I read by the author so I haven’t decided if I’ll read this one yet, but I’ll be keeping a close eye on reviews. And from Ace Books, I received a surprise copy of Stars Beyond by S.K. Dunstall, the second installment of the Stars Uncharted series. I enjoyed the first book, so I might just check out this one if I have time.

In the digital haul, I received a listening copy of Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda with thanks to Harper Audio. I enjoyed the author’s Shutter a few years back and I’m curious to read another one of her books. NetGalley has also been a lot more active now that the holidays are over, and I ventured into my auto-approvals section for the first time in weeks to see what was available. Big mistake, I almost caved in to a lot of temptations, but in the end I only grabbed two horror/thriller themed titles: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Grapham Jones with thanks to Saga Press and You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce with thanks to Tor Books.


Jade City by Fonda Lee (5 of 5 stars)
The Queen’s Road by R.S. Belcher (5 of 5 stars)
The Shadow Saint by Gareth Hanrahan (3.5 of 5 stars)

Roundup Highlights:

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!:)

25 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup 01/11/20: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. OOh nice new reads! Crush the King is in my review pile as well! Can’t wait to see how that series will end! Just gotta finish up January books, then read February books and THEN I can read this one…I think…LOL!

    Hope you enjoy all the new reads!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  2. I’ve had my eyes on Crush the King, but I’ve got some catching up to do there first.

    This week’s reads for me include The Wolf of Oren-Yaro (paperback) and Heart of Black Ice and A Queen in Hiding (ebook).


  3. The Jennifer Estep books have been calling out to me a little lately- maybe it’s the covers. 🙂 Love the look of You Let Me In as well, I need to go take a peek at that.


  4. I really should decide whether to pick up Protect the Prince. I liked the first book well enough, but it hasn’t worked its way through the priority list yet.


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