Bookshelf Roundup 05/02/20: 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!

Books are still trickling in, at a slower rate than before the world shutdown of course, but finding these little surprises in my mailbox always makes my day. Earlier this week I received The Archer at Dawn by Swati Teerdhala, the sequel to The Tiger at Midnight – which was an amazing book, by the way. I’m so excited to continue the series. Thank you so much to Katherine Tegen Books and Wunderkind PR for the ARC.

I was also beyond thrilled when a package from Simon & Schuster arrived, containing a couple of ARCs. Savage Legion by Matt Wallace is the first book of a new fantasy series by the author of the delightful Sin du Jour novellas, and The First Sister by Linden A. Lewis is one I’ve had my eye on, an opening volume to a new science fiction trilogy that has been described as Red Rising meets The Handmaid’s Tale in space. Yep, just give it to me! My thanks to Saga Press and Skybound/Gallery Books.

I also picked up a few new audiobooks this week, with thanks to Penguin Random House Audio for Minecraft: The Voyage by Jason Fry, the latest book in the official series based on the hit game, as well as Stealing Thunder Alina Boyden, the first book of an epic fantasy series inspired by the Mughal Empire. Courtesy Macmillan Audio I also picked up Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen, the sequel to Dark Shores which I really enjoyed, as well as The Split by Sharon Bolton, a suspense thriller I’ve had my eye on for a while now. With thanks to Hachette Audio, I also snagged the highly anticipated sci-fi dystopian Goldilocks by Laura Lam, and with thanks to Harper Audio I received The Guest List by Lucy Foley, the mystery novel that everyone’s been talking about!

And this last one’s not a new release, but it’s still a big deal – because Under Ordshaw by Phil Williams is finally in audio! I’ve been waiting for the audiobook release ever since the author told me last year it was in the works. Big thanks to Phil for supplying me a review copy, I can’t wait to get started!


Age of Witches by Louisa Morgan (4 of 5 stars)
Pretty Things by Janelle Brown (4 of 5 stars)
Looking Glass by Christina Henry (3.5 of 5 stars)

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!:)

20 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup 05/02/20: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. Nice! I’ve had a digital ARC of The First Sister for a while now but would love a physical copy. I’m tardy in getting Goldilocks read, but I’m reading Stealing Thunder now.


  2. The Archer at Dawn jumped out at me because just yesterday I purchased the audiobook of The Tiger at Midnight. Good timing! 🙂


  3. From the look of the cover for The First Sister I would never have imagined that it would be a SF novel, given its Art Deco design, but I’m so very thrilled at the description of a cross between Red Rising and the Handmaid’s Tale. I will have to keep a close watch on this one! 🙂


  4. OOoh very nice! These are all new to me ones! I hope you will enjoy each and every one of them!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  5. I’ve just read Goldilocks. Look forward to seeing what you make of it – in the current climate you could definitely say it’s ‘on point’.
    And, You Let Me in – what did you think of it?
    Lynn 😀


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