Bookshelf Roundup 03/14/20: 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!

First a huge thanks to Saga Press for this trio of ARCs I received last week: The Down Days by Ilze Hugo is a magical realism debut, The Kingdom of Liars by Nick Martell a high fantasy novel of magic and political intrigue, and The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones is a described as a creeping supernatural horror. Really looking forward to diving into these beauties, which all have release dates in May.

With thanks also to Orbit books for We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson which was a surprise arrival, but a very welcome one. This book was a finalist in the fourth SPFBO and I’ve been curious about it ever since it started racking up all these high marks from every judge in the competition.

Also thank you to for sending along finished copies of The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo and Anthropocene Rag by Alex Irvine. I hope to knock at least one of both of these off my TBR before the end of the month!

And a special shout out to Flame Tree Press and Smith Publicity for sending along an ARC of The Wise Friend by Ramsey Campbell, a horror novel of the occult which has been on my radar for a while. As a bonus, a review copy of The Garden of Bewitchment by Catherine Cavendish was also enclosed because of my interest in atmospheric Gothic horror, as well as a copy of Slash by Hunter Shea because I had made a comment about how long I’ve wanted to try his work. I was incredibly touched by the kind gesture, and also by the inclusion of this cool hardcover journal, which will definitely come in handy when I do my reading notes.

In the digital pile, I was so happy to pick up an advance listening copy of Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa from Harper Audio. I cannot wait to read the conclusion to this epic YA trilogy.


No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez (4.5 of 5 stars)
The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller (4 of 5 stars)
The Seventh Sun by Lani Forbes (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Deep by Alma Katsu (3 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!:)

27 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup 03/14/20: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. What an eclectic pile! I’ve read We Ride the Storm and it has a very interesting pov character, can’t wait to see your thoughts on it.


  2. I always meant to read We Ride the Storm, even before its rerelease. Otherwise, I hope you have enough reading material to ride out the current… happenings.


  3. OOh nice new reads! Lots of new to me ones here! I did just finish reading Night of the Dragon earlier this week and quite enjoyed how it ended! I’ve always loved Julie’s books and will likely continue to do so! The Return sounded intriguing! I’ll be curious to your thoughts on that one as I put it on my backburner list! Lol.

    Happy Reading!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  4. This is a lovely haul of books, Mogsy:)). I love the look of We Ride the Storm – have a fabulous reading week – I think you should with the books you’ve got lined up!


  5. After looking at the synopsis for We Ride the Storm I think this might turn into a very enthralling read – especially when the presentation speaks of “a warrior, and assassin and a princess”. What’s not to feel excited about? 🙂


  6. NIce! I received a copy of We Ride the Storm this week too, and I have my review of The Empress of Salt and Fortune scheduled for this coming week.


  7. Me looking at your haul: Oooh. OOOOHHHH! OOOOOOOOOOOHHHH! LOL I can’t wait to see your thoughts on some of these. I think I’m most excited for Night of the Dragon but there are several that I have my eyes on. Enjoy!


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