Bookshelf Roundup 02/22/20: 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.
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!
Kicking us off, a big thank you to the awesome folks at 47North for Ballistic by Marko Kloos, the sequel to Aftershocks, which was a fantastic read. It ended on a nail-biter of a cliffhanger too, so definitely eager to dive into book two. Also thank you to Simon Pulse for When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey, which was a surprise but a welcome one because this book has been on my radar for a while. And speaking of surprises, cheers to Del Rey for an ARC of Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie. It’s new to me, but from the synopsis it looks to be a promising start to a new coming-of-age science fiction trilogy.
Up next, courtesy of Tor Books, I also received The Queen of Raiders by Sarah Kozloff, the second installment of her four-book series The Nine Realms. As promised, these are coming out fast and furious, and I have plans to read this later in the month so I don’t fall behind. From Tor as well, I received this exciting ARC of The Sin in the Steel by Ryan Van Loan. I actually featured this book on a past Waiting on Wednesday, so you can imagine how thrilled I was when it showed up. And also thanks to Harper Voyager for this beautiful finished copy of Crush the King by Jennifer Estep. I’m looking forward to reading this conclusion to the Crown of Shards trilogy.
Thanks also to Minotaur books for the following mystery/thriller arrivals: Hard Cash Valley by Brian Panowich is described as a tale of “southern noir” featuring a race against time to solve a brutal murder in a Jacksonville, Florida motel room and to find a missing boy with Asperger’s Syndrome before the killer finds him first. Then there’s this this adorable looking doggy mystery called The Finders by Jeffrey B. Burton, the first book of a series featuring the heroic team of a golden retriever cadaver dog and her handler. Finally, my thanks to the team at Gallery Books for sending along this sweet hardcover of Star Trek: Picard: The Last Best Hope by Una McCormack. I actually haven’t started the new show yet, but maybe I’ll just wait to watch once I finish this prequel novel.
About a month ago, I also discovered a new indie bookstore in my town which holds a lot of cool bookish events and also accepts book donations. Anyway, I was there earlier this week dropping off a couple boxes of books and was checking out their local crafts section and saw they had these adorable Harry Potter earrings which I thought would be perfect for my daughter, as well as this awesome Star Wars book sleeve which I just had to get, of course! The store owner is also incredibly nice and when she found out I review books, she gave me this ARC of Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova to review for them as well as some extra swag from promotions of Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland and The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the upcoming Hunger Games prequel. They’re an amazing little community-driven store called Caprichos Books and if you’re ever in the area, you should definitely give them a visit.
In the digital pile, just one audiobook for review this week. From Listening Library, I received The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte. I enjoyed her debut Four Dead Queens so I’m pretty excited to listen to this one.
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!