Bookshelf Roundup 05/09/20: 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!

I was surprised to see a couple more book packages trickle in late last week and this week, but I have a feeling these will be the last ones for a while. First a big thanks to St. Martin’s Press for this ARC of The Night Swim by Megan Goldin. The author’s name sounded so familiar to me, and a quick check on Goodreads showed that I’d actually read one of her books last year, The Escape Room! I did enjoy it, so I’ll most likely be giving this one a look as well.

Next up, I also received a couple finished copies with thanks to Tor Books. With the shutdown, I really had not expected to get a print copy of The Cerulean Queen by Sarah Kozloff, so I had already requested and listened to the audiobook. Imagine my shock when it turned up! Still, I couldn’t be happier, because now I have the full set! I was also pretty excited to receive Critical Point by S.L. Huang, which is the third book in the Cas Russell series. Silly me though, I’d thought I was all caught up, but it appears I’ve not actually read the second book, so I’m definitely going to rectify that posthaste.


I’ve been trying to take this opportunity to cut back on requests. That being said, with no telling when shipping capacities will return to normal, I grabbed the eARC of Peace Talks by Jim Butcher so I can get started early, with thanks to Ace Books. Courtesy of Henry Holt and Co., I was also sent a widget for The Unsuitable by Molly Pohlig, which was just too damn hard to resist! I’ve been seeing some great things about it around the blogosphere and the rave reviews have me intrigued. Finally, like a fool, I wandered into my NetGalley auto-approvals section and came away with one new book in spite of myself. Hey, I could have gone nuts, but I didn’t. What I grabbed was The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey, with thanks to Tor Books. The author has written stuff that’s hit or miss with me, but this one does sound completely up my alley.

From Edelweiss with thanks to Titan Books, I was also approved for Night Train by David Quantick, a horror novel I’ve been eyeing for a while now. And earlier this week I also received a pitch for a novella called Consider the Dust by Casey Blair, with thanks to the author for supplying an eARC!


Race the Sands by Sarah Beth Durst (5 of 5 stars)
Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier (4.5 of 5 stars)
The Cerulean Queen by Sarah Kozloff (3.5 of 5 stars)
Legacy of Ash by Matthew Ward (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 05/09/20: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. Night Train for some reason feels like it might have something to do with a horror movie the one guy from Hangover played in, can’t remember the name of the film tho. Might be something completely different


  2. OOh nice new reads! Those are all new to me ones. I hope you enjoy them all!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  3. I wasn’t lucky enough to land any of the Sarah Kozloff books in paperback, so I’ll have to order the set for myself. I loved the first but wanted tor read the rest in print (not digital) so it looks like Canada Post will have another box of books to deliver soon. 🙂


  4. I was really surprised to see The Echo Wife up on NG already. I actually won an ARC from Goodreads months ago! I hope I don’t forget about it🤣


  5. I haven’t read any of these yet, but I think the two I’d be most likely to push higher up the TBR are the Dresden Files series and Race the Sands. Definately curious about several of the others, too.


  6. I’ve had a couple opportunities to grab Peace Talks, and I’ve made myself skip. This is a rare time where I want to hold a finished copy in my hand, and I will patiently wait a few more months for it. Enjoy!


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