Bookshelf Roundup 09/26/20: 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, with thanks to the kind folks at Subterranean Press for an ARC of The Best of Walter Jon Williams, a huge anthology of short fiction drawn from the author’s career spanning four decades, including some stories that have never been collected before. This one’s due to release sometime next year, though I am having trouble finding more information about it at the moment, not even on the publisher’s website.

Up next, with thanks to Blink and the team at Kaye Publicity, I also received surprise copy of A Curse of Gold by Annie Sullivan, which was completely new to me. Only when I looked it up did I discover it is a sequel, the second volume in the A Touch of Gold series, making it less likely I’ll be able to read it anytime soon unless I can get my hands on the first book. The premise sounds interesting though, so I’ll be keeping this one on my TBR!

Also huge thanks to Tor Books for sending me a finished copy of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab earlier this week. I’ve already started reading this one and will probably be done by the time this drafted post goes live. I have to say, the story and the characters are very enjoyable so far, and the writing is just incredible.


In the digital haul this week, I made one e-galley request for A Stranger in Town by Kelley Armstrong and was approved with thanks to Minotaur Books. This is the sixth installment in the Rockton series featuring protagonist Casey Duncan, and I just love this series so much I couldn’t resist.

In the audiobook pile, I also received a listening copy of The Seventh Perfection by Daniel Polansky with thanks to Macmillan Audio. It’s been a while since I last read the author, so I’m pretty excited to check this one out. My thanks also to Penguin Audio for The Nesting by C.J. Cooke audiobook which I’ve been waiting not-so-patiently for, and I’m thinking this one will be a perfect October read. Next, with thanks to Hachette Audio I also snagged None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney, a YA thriller described as The Silence of the Lambs meets Sadie. Even though the book came out earlier this month, it was brought to my attention only recently. It sounds pretty damn awesome though, so I figured why not! And finally, thank you to Brilliance Audio for a listening copy of Keep Your Friends Close by Janelle Harris. I’m always on the lookout for good psychological thrillers, and the description of this caught my attention.


The Residence by Andrew Pyper (4 of 5 stars)
To Sleep in A Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini (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 09/26/20: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. My daughter is currently reading the Schwab arc and enjoys it really.
    I‘m looking at that Williams collection and I‘m envious 😄
    Tor continuously rejects my requests, and I’m sad. But there are enough great new books to fill my days! I‘ve been in a reading race the last two weeks, lying in a sun chair on a fabulous beach in Crete. Now it’s over and I‘m waiting for checkin at the airport. Sad 😔


      • She enjoyed it so far, and still has to read a couple of pages and write the review.
        Vacation is finished and I’m already missing Crete. Beautiful sand beach, good Greek food, sunshine, amazing landscape, and what a history – not only the Minoans with the Knossos palace, but also Venetian history. Yes, I‘ll come back.


  2. I might try out that Walter JW collection at some point. I’m pretty iffy on his long stuff (ie, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t and I don’t know why) but I’m usually up for collections of short stories.


  3. Ooh nice ones! Been seeing a lot of hype for Addie La Rue! I hope you enjoy that one! I need to get caught up on Kelley’s series which I plan to do in the very near future! Just trying to squeeze in a few more horror TBR books before I start making myself read some review books!

    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 🙂


  4. I’ve not read anything yet by V.E. Schwab but not too long ago I watched a video where she spoke about The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and her enthusiasm for it was compelling. Ever since I’ve been curious to give it a try.


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