Bookshelf Roundup 08/01/20: 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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I’m back from my vacation! Of course, I didn’t get as much reading done while I was away which was sort of expected, but hopefully I’ll be able to get the reviews flowing again as I work on getting back into the rhythm of things. And since I was away and missed last week’s round-up, today’s post will cover two weeks. I also came home to some book packages waiting for me, so here are the ones I’ve cataloged so far.

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!

First up, with thanks to Tor and the kind folks at Kaye Publicity, I received a finished copy of The Living Dead by George A. Romero and Daniel Kraus. It’s so big and beautiful, I just can’t wait to take a great big zombie bite into this one! Also from Tor I received an ARC of Architects of Memory by Karen Osborne. I’ve been hearing lots of praise for it already, and the story sounds like a sci-fi adventure that’s right up my alley.

Also huge thanks to Orbit Books for an ARC of The Trouble with Peace by Joe Abercrombie, and mere words cannot describe how excited I am for this sequel to A Little Hatred (which I loved!) With thanks also Grand Central Publishing for sending me an ARC of The Hollow Ones by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, the writing team that also brought us The Strain trilogy. While I did not fall head over heels in love with The Strain, I thought it was thoroughly entertaining and I’m crossing my fingers we’ll get the same kind of horror-thriller vibes here!

I would also like to thank Kensington for sending me an ARC of The Suicide House by Charlie Donlea, a thriller mystery that’s new to me, but it sounds absolutely amazing! I mean, the main character is a “forensic reconstructionist” and you know I’m all about that stuff. Of course, I only found out after looking up the book that it’s actually the second book in a series, but apparently it works perfectly fine as a standalone. Here’s hoping, because I’m really looking forward to checking it out. Some really nifty swag included in the publicity package too! Wonder what the candle signifies…

I guess one benefit of being on the road and not having the internet readily available is that I wasn’t tempted to check NetGalley or Edelweiss every ten seconds for new eARCs! Only three new audiobooks in the digital haul today, with thanks to Hachette Audio for Chaos Vector by Megan O’Keefe (which is sequel to Velocity Weapon) and Penguin Random House Audio for We Are All the Same in the Dark by Julia Heaberlin and The Mother Code by Carole Stivers.


Left for Dead by Caroline Mitchell (3 of 5 stars)
Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power (3 of 5 stars)
Obliteration by James S. Murray and Darren Wearmouth (2.5 of 5 stars)
Night Train by David Quantick (2 of 5 stars)

Guest Posts

“Where The Trail Cuts: The Golgotha Series, The New Trilogy, and the Ghost Dance Judgment” by R.S. Belcher

“My Favorite Creepy Children” by Tim Major

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!:)

25 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup 08/01/20: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. Hope your vacation was fun! I was wondering what happened to you (it was quite disconcerting). And I hope you like Trouble w/ Peace! I’m super excited for it too!


  2. I have to admit, I didn’t even realize you were on away. Either you did an excellent job of scheduling posts, or I am NOT sherlock holmes when it comes to observing things 😀


  3. Oh nice new reads! All totally new to me ones. I’m curious as to what the souvenir flatten penny is about! I still collect these when I go to certain places and always make sure I save my super shiny pennies for just that! 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 🙂


  4. I also have copies of The Living Dead, Architects of Memory and The Hollow Ones. Trying to squeeze them all in this month, we’ll see how that goes!


  5. A title caught my eye in this post: We Are All the Same in the Dark. I love that title, it reminds me of some lyrics in a favorite song: We are the colors in the dark. I liked it enough to add to my TBR and found there’s a goodreads giveaway, so entered that. I hope you had a great vacation!


  6. His & Hers gets all the rave on Instagram right now! I think you’ll have a great time Mogsy!


  7. Really enjoyed the first Strain book but not so much the second one, but I’m looking forward to reading the Hollow Ones. I got a copy in the mail and I’m so excited. 🙂

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  8. I’ve been wondering about Architect of Memory… feeling tempted, but not enough to click the button on Netgalley, with all the unread ARCs I have sitting around. Oops. Enjoy the new books! 😀


  9. I can’t wait to read The Bright Lands. Jen was kind enough to send me an extra copy and I’m thrilled. I see some books here I can’t wait to get to as well. Glad you had a nice vacation and for some reason, I never get as much reading done while on vacation as I plan. Hope you have a great week!


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