Bookshelf Roundup 06/13/20: 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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Well, last week was so busy that I had a roundup post all drafted out in the middle of the week, but when Saturday rolled around, it completely slipped my mind to actually hit that “Publish” button. Oops! By the time I remembered it was already quite late, so this just means we’ll have a longer post today because we’ll be covering two weeks.

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!

In the mail, I received The Puzzler’s War by Eyal Kless, the sequel to The Lost Puzzler which I read last year. It was an intriguing introduction to a post-apocalyptic dystopian series, and despite some pacing issues, I was interested in continuing. Very glad to have a review copy, with thanks to Harper Voyager.





Because I missed posting last week’s roundup and because it was also the first week of the month, my digital piled kind of exploded, especially with audiobooks. But first, from NetGalley I snagged Seven Devils by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May, with thanks to DAW Books.

Next, we’re hitting up all the audiobook publishers today, leading with Penguin Random House Audio, from whom I received listening copies of Seven Lies by Elizabeth Kay, Home Before Dark by Riley Sager (creepy!) and Devolution by Max Brooks (read by an epic full cast). From their Young Adult audio imprint Listening Library, I also received The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae as well as Star Wars: Queen’s Peril by E.K. Johnston.

With thanks to Hachette Audio I also hauled a couple exciting new listens including The Hollow Ones by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan as well as Afterland by Lauren Beukes. Courtesy of Harper Audio, I received Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano and Obliteration by James S. Murray and Darren Wearmouth. And finally, my thanks to Macmillan Audio for sending me The Half Sister by Sandie Jones and The Shadows by Alex North. I’m definitely getting my thriller fix in for the week!


This Is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf (4 of 5 stars)
Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova (4 of 5 stars)
Dragon Unleashed by Grace Draven (4 of 5 stars)
The House of Whispers by Laura Purcell (4 of 5 stars)
The Last Emperox by John Scalzi (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Closer You Get by Mary Torjussen (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Split by Sharon Bolton (3 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!:)

30 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup 06/13/20: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. I got my copy of Grace Draven this week!!! I think in July as I’ll have three weeks off I’ll have to binge read so many books I got these last weeks!


  2. Ooh nice! I am super curious about Seasons of the Storm! It sounds like a unique kind of read! 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. I grabbed Seven Devils as well, and I’ve been reading some good reviews for Devolution. I’d like to read The Hollow Ones as well, but I’m waiting for it to pop up on NetGalley. And I took a peek and saw your rating for Hella, looks like we had similar reading experiences🤪


  4. I’ve got Seven Devils & Afterland waiting for reads as well. I looked at Obliteration but while I thought their other collaborations were OK, I didn’t like them enough to commit to a review.

    I don’t normally read YA, but I have to admit Johnston has caught my attention with first an Ahsoka book and now 2 Padme/Amidala books.


  5. How is this TWO WEEKS? If I got this many books a month I’d be way behind! Though I guess since most of them are audiobooks I could just listen all day… all week… no, I think it’d still be too much for me. I’m interested to see how you like Sager’s book, though mostly I’ve heard good things.


  6. I have a couple of your books on my shelf waiting to be read. I’m trying to behave with NG and try and get my stats up – it seems impossible for me to get above 75% – I blame my early heady ‘kid in a sweetshop’ days which makes it almost impossible to truly catch up.
    Lynn 😀


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