Bookshelf Roundup 03/07/20: 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!
First, a big thank you to Titan Books for sending me this beautiful finished copy of Re-Coil by J.T. Nicholas, which is even more colorful and vivid in person. I took part in the tour for this book earlier in the week, and now I’m even more excited to check it out. Also thanks to William Morrow for a surprise copy of Hour of the Assassin by Matthew Quirk, which I think I received because I reviewed the author’s The Night Agent last year. Political thrillers aren’t really my thing, but if I have time I might it a try.
With thanks also to Tor.com for sending along a finished copy of Hearts of Oak by Eddie Robson which I’d like to try because I’ve been hearing some great things from early reviews, as well as an ARC of Drowned Country by Emily Tesh, the sequel to Silver in the Wood. I’m kicking myself for not having started the series yet, but I know it’s never too late!
Courtesy of the wonderful peeps at Subterranean Press, I also received these pretties: The Orphans of Raspay by Lois McMaster Bujold is the seventh novella in the wonderful Penric and Desdemona sequence. Honestly though, just seeing Bujold’s name on the cover of a book is reason enough to read it. And finally, Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 3 edited by William Schafer is the third installment of the publisher’s acclaimed dark fantasy anthology series, featuring stories from ten of the most exciting names in the genre including Kat Howard, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Sarah Gailey, C.J. Tudor, Richard Kadrey, P. Djèjí Clark and more.
I’ve been doing pretty well whittling down my audiobook pile lately and needed to stock up on good listens, so I decided to make a few requests. From Hachette Audio, I grabbed The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett which caught my eye for being described as a more mature YA fantasy with fairy tale vibes and court intrigue, as well as Girl on the Edge by Karen Dietrich, a thriller about a girl who seeks to understand what drove her father to commit mass murder. Speaking of thrillers, from Penguin Random House Audio I also grabbed listening copies of The Body Double by Emily Beyda, a debut novel about a young woman recruited to impersonate a reclusive Hollywood star; Providence by Max Barry, a story about four astronauts journeying across space in a supposedly indestructible ship to fight against an alien race; and The Keeper by Jessica Moor, a crime mystery following a detective who investigate an apparent suicide that turns out to be a murder. I love listening to thrillers in audio, so we’ll if any of these are what I’m looking for. Courtesy of the kind folks at Audible Studios I also picked up Twilight of the Gods by Scott Oden (so happy the books in this series finally got audio versions, I might add) and House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas for review this week, as well as Voodoo Shanghai by Kristi Charish with thanks to the author for providing me a reviewer code!
False Value by Ben Aaronovitch (4 of 5 stars)
The Queen of Raiders by Sarah Kozloff (4 of 5 stars)
Bent Heavens by Daniel Kraus (4 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!
Ooh nice new reads! Some new to me ones here but I hope you enjoy them all! I got my copy of House of Earth and Blood too and can’t wait to read it. The question is when will I have the time for this 800+ beauty? Lol.
My StS will be up tomorrow, so stop by then if you can!
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I know, the new Sarah J. Maas is huge! I have it in audio, so hopefully getting through it will be easier.
I’m really curious to check out Re-Coil as well, I just love the cover!
Isn’t it pretty? 😀
Looking forward to your review of Picard: The Last Best Hope! I finished it last week and it helped a lot in grounding my appreciation for the TV series…
I haven’t started to show yet, I decided to wait until I read the book. Glad I did!
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Moreover, the show should work better if you are able to watch more than one episode per week, rather than following it with the current airing schedule… 😉
THose YA do look good, but nope, I must stay away
Yeah, I need to learn some self control, haha!
Great haul this week!!!
Thanks! Happy reading!
That Subterranean anthology looks great!
Yes, great line up of authors!
I tend to think that non of the books featured here are to my liking. Drowned City has a great cover though. Also I am interested to see the Picard movie/series still.
I haven’t gotten to the Picard series yet, wanted to read the book first. Prepared now!
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Ooooh, Drowned Country! I’m so excited to get to that one myself. I’m also really curious about that new Maas series. I’ve been kind of hit or miss with her series so far. Enjoy!
Her Throne of Glass series started well, but the last few books were meh, to the point I haven’t read the last book yet and I don’t know if I ever will 😛
Girl on the Edge and Body Double are definitely talking to me – in fact they’re positively bouncing up and down and waving enthusiastically.
I’m glad we’re sharing each other’s thriller finds!