Bookshelf Roundup 04/04/20: 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!
There are fewer books coming in through the mail these days, given what’s happening in the world, but I’m still getting some here and there. First, a big thank you to Del Rey for sending along a finished copy of Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett! This one is high priority for April, and I hope to be starting it very soon. My thanks also to Orbit Books for this surprise ARC of Ashes of the Sun by Django Wexler, another highly anticipated release coming out later this summer. I’m a big fan of the author, and can’t wait to discovery this new series. Also thanks to the kind folks at William Morrow for sending The Last Odyssey by James Rollins, the newest novel in the Sigma Force sequence. Technically this is book fifteen in the series, but can be read as a stand alone. I read the previous one without any issues and enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to checking this one out too.
The ever awesome Subterranean Press also brightened up my day when a box of books showed up last week, containing In the Shadows of Men by Robert Jackson Bennett, a novella about two brothers who purchase a mysterious old motel in the desolate flats of west Texas; Edited By by Ellen Datlow, a huge collection of speculative fiction stories from the queen of SFF anthologies; and Dispersion by Greg Egan, a sci-fi novella about a new disease that fragments the world’s rigid social structure. There’s not a lot of info on these yet, but I’m definitely interested in the Robert Jackson Bennett, and even the Greg Egan, though not sure I want to be reading any book related to a disease right now!
In the digital pile, I picked up a few new audiobooks for review. I’m so excited for Deeplight by Frances Hardinge as I haven’t read a single book by her yet that I haven’t loved, and I suspect that’s not going to change with this one! I also picked up The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix which I can’t wait to listen to, and I’ve already heard some amazing things from other reviewers. With thanks to Audible Studios for these! And from Random House Audio, I snagged Pretty Things by Janelle Brown, a new mystery thriller that caught my eye because I’ve been curious about the author and the book’s description sounded really good.
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!