Bookshelf Roundup 05/23/20: 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!

A few surprise arrivals this week. First was a package from the kind folks at St. Martin’s Press containing an ARC of Axiom’s End by Lindsay Ellis, who was a Hugo nominee in 2019 for best-related work. I’ve had my eye on her sci-fi debut for a while, so receiving this was a real treat. Next up, with thanks to Titan Books I received Hope Island by Tim Major, who always seems to have the coolest covers for his books! I’m curious to check this one out too. And the most awesome surprise of all came courtesy of Orbit and their friends at Redhook, from whom I received an ARC of The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow. I really enjoyed her last novel, The Ten Thousand Doors of January, so I’m quite looking forward to this one.

Things aren’t too crazy in the digital pile this week. From Edelweiss, I was really excited to see The House of Whispers by Laura Purcell available for download because I’m a huge fan of her Gothic horror. Although I’m a bit perplexed by the drastic change in title for the US edition (in the UK, it’s known as Bone China), I’m happy enough the book is finally coming stateside. From Listening Library, I also grabbed just one advanced listening copy: The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant. And from the amazing team at Kaye Publicity I also received digital galleys to a couple of highly-anticipated titles coming soon from new HarperCollins YA imprint Blink, including Twin Daggers by MarcyKate Connolly and Ignite the Sun by Hanna C. Howard. Can’t wait to check out both of these.


Network Effect by Martha Wells (4.5 of 5 stars)
The Girl Beneath the Sea by Andrew Mayne (4 of 5 stars)
If It Bleeds by Stephen King (4 of 5 stars)
Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen (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!:)

31 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup 05/23/20: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. Seeing The Once and Future Witches reminds me I really want to try The Ten Thousand Doors of January. Looking forward to seeing what you think of all these.


      • Good timing. I was in need of a new book to read, so I just started Ten Thousand Doors. I’ve only read the first short section so far, but I have to say that was a fantastic start to the book. I love the style, how the words flow, and all the talk of doors and the even more special Doors. It’s captured my interest. 🙂


  2. Ooh nice! I’ve been seeing a lot of buzz over A Court of Miracles and while I’m curiously intrigued…I’m also hesitant. I feel like all the buildup and buzz is going to get to me and then I won’t enjoy the book as much as I thought. Lol. I’ll have to keep an eye on it all the same!

    I hope you enjoy all the lovely new reads!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  3. Nice! I landed a pandemic paperback of Hope Island this week too. Almost forgot what it was like to get a physical book in the mail. 🙂


  4. I jumped for joy when I open TOAFW so I know how you feel😁 And I had no idea about The House of Whispers! That is a strange name change. I can download it as well, but dang, it’s a June release and my June is really full. I may have to pass.


  5. I hope The Once and Future Witches is as good as Ten Thousand Doors – I’m very excited for that one. And, I’m reading the Court of Miracles at the moment, in fact almost finished, and up to this point I’m really enjoying it and would say it’s living up to the hype.
    Lynn 😀


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