Bookshelf Roundup 08/22/20: 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!

First, I was so excited to get a copy of Red Noise by John P. Murphy, which I’ve seen described as a Samurai space western. I have a vague recollection of answering to an email pitch about it earlier this year, but as this was at the beginning of coronavirus shutdown chaos, it had completely slipped my mind. I’m so happy that I eventually received the book, with huge thanks to Angry Robot!

This week, I also received a finished copy of Ink & Sigil by Kevin Hearne with thanks to Del Rey. This is the first book of a spin-off series based on the author’s Iron Druid Chronicles universe, and I’m looking forward to discovering all the new characters and stories it has to offer!

And also thanks to Tor Books for sending me a finished copy of The Last Uncharted Sky by Curtis Craddock, the third book in The Risen Kingdoms series. I’m absolutely in love with this world and can’t wait to get back in.

In the digital haul, courtesy of Tantor Audio I received a listening copy of Yellow Jessamine by Caitlin Starling. I had mixed feelings for her book The Luminous Dead, but I’m really hoping this one will work better for me. The good news is that it’s a novella so it’s short, and its description does seem more in line with the type of horror I enjoy, involving a mysterious plague in a dying city.


The Suicide House by Charlie Donlea (4 of 5 stars)
Silver in the Wood/Drowned Country by Emily Tesh (3.5 of 5 stars)
Automatic Reload by Ferrett Steinmetz (3.5 of 5 stars)
Driftwood by Marie Brennan (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!:)

31 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup 08/22/20: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. I really like the cover for The Last Uncharted Sky, I might have to check out that series. And I’ve been curious about Kevin Hearne’s books for a while now, but for some reason I keep avoiding them.


    • It’s a fantastic series, the Risen Kingdoms! Do check it out if you have the chance. And I really enjoyed Ink & Sigil. I actually like it more than the Iron Druid series, which I thought had a really annoying protagonist 😛


  2. Hello Mogsy. You have made all those books sound good. It seems fantasy novels are everywhere these days and although I always hesitate to read them, I always find myself sinking into their worlds.


  3. OOh nice new reads! I STILL need to read the rest of The Iron Druid series! I’m glad to see Kevin expanded the world! I enjoyed the first half of the series that I read. I fell behind once they turned hardcover! Lol. Still have them all lined up to read though.

    Hope you enjoy all the newest additions!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  4. Ink & Sigil looks like a lot of fun! I’ve never read The Iron Druid series but I’ve had it recommended to me, and the book I did read by him I really liked.


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