Bookshelf Roundup 04/11/20: 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!

With most publishers halting their physical book mailings at the moment, I was really surprised to find Chaos Reigning by Jessie Mihalik landing on my doorstep earlier this week, courtesy of Harper Voyager. This is the third standalone installment in the Consortium Rebellion series, featuring Catarina, the youngest sister of House von Hasenberg. With thanks to Ace Books, I also received this gorgeous finished copy of The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence! And thank you also to Titan Books for this surprise arrival of Gears of War: Bloodlines by Jason M. Hough. It is the follow-up to Gears of War: Ascendance, the prequel to the Gears 5 video game which I read last year.

In the digital pile, I downloaded a couple of e-galleys from Edelweiss, including The Cabin on Souder Hill by Lonnie Busch, a mystery with paranormal elements which I first heard about from Tammy at Books, Bones & Buffy. Next, I grabbed The End of Her by Shari Lapena because I’ve enjoyed the author’s books so much in the past, at this point I would read anything new she writes. My thanks to Blackstone Publishing and Pamela Dorman Books, respectively.

This week I also received a bunch of new listening copies from audiobook publishers, first with thanks to Macmillan Audio for The House on the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune. From Harper Audio I also received Something She’s Not Telling Us by Darcey Bell, an intriguing psychological thriller. From Random House Audio, I received a sci-fi humor title called Bubblegum by Adam Levin. And finally, from Hachette Audio, I received Sword in the Stars by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy, the sequel to Once & Future, a YA space opera retelling of the King Arthur legend.


Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa (5 of 5 stars)
Otaku by Chris Kluwe (2 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 04/11/20: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. Ooh nice! I still need to start Jessie’s books! They sound like fun though and I know I have at least the first one in my TBR pile! 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’m getting a UPS from Random Penguin next week, which surprises me, so a few publishers are still sending out mail. Although I think it’s the Ace books I requested for April that are finally showing up.


  3. Nice haul! With the halt in physical book mailings, I was surprised to get a copy of Tim Lebbon’s Eden in the mail this week. Kind of feel it may be the last for a while, which bums me out.


  4. A rather quiet week for you, eh? Haven’t had my Gears of War fix lately. I miss the Gears books and games, but I think I made the right call on switching to the PS4. But feel free to correct me 😉


    • Yep, it’s been quiet ever since the quarantine and a lot of the publisher’s warehouses are closed or publicists working from home can’t send out ARCs. Any, re: the Xbox vs. Playstation discussion, I have both consoles but we’re now mostly gaming exclusively on the PS4. I don’t regret the decision either, they’ve always had better RPG exclusives, which is more my thing. In related news, I cannot wait for The Last of Us 2!

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  5. I’m about 3/4 of the way through The Book of Koli, and thoroughly enjoying it. I thought post-apocalypse might be a bit too close to the bone these days, but it’s an enjoyable daft (but not silly) different take on things. Got an ARC of The Girl and the Stars, and soooo looking forward to it! 🙂


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