Bookshelf Roundup 10/03/20: 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.
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, my thanks to Titan Books for a copy of Dracula’s Child by J.S. Barnes, a continuation of the great classic following Jonathan and Mina Harker some years after they survived their ordeal in Transylvania. This is going to be a great read for October and I can’t wait to get started.
With thanks also to Del Rey Books for a finished copy of A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik, which I’m actually reading right now. This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year and so far I’m enjoying it, but I gotta say it’s pretty slow. About halfway through and it’s mostly a lot of description and talk, but there’s still plenty of time for it to pick up. I should be done by the time this post goes live.
I also want to thank Saga Press for these next two new arrivals, including this ARC of Machinehood by S.B. Divya, a sci-fi thriller about humanity’s struggle to stay relevant in a future increasingly being dominated by artificially intelligance. A special shoutout also goes out to the amazing team at Wunderkind for hooking me up with a copy of Machine by Elizabeth Bear, the sequel to Ancestral Night, though I am excited to hear it can be read as a standalone. As you know, November is Sci-Fi Month and I’m planning to participate again, so this one will be an excellent addition to next month’s TBR.
Believe it or not, I only hauled one audiobook this week. The Cabin on Souder Hill by Lonnie Busch has been on my wishlist for a while, and I was so excited when I received a listening copy from Blackstone Audio. Of course, when I went to add it to Goodreads, I saw the highly mixed reviews and saw that lots of people were describing the story as “weird” so now I’m a bit worried. Hopefully, it’ll work for me!
Over the last couple of months I’ve also brought my NetGalley stats up some more so I figured I could afford to make a few requests. You might have seen my Waiting on Wednesday post earlier this week featuring A Dark and Secret Place by Jen Williams, so you can imagine the speed at which I slammed on that request button when I saw the eARC pop up from Crooked Lane Books. With thanks to Tor Books I also received widgets for a couple of their upcoming titles including Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell and The Last Watch by J.S. Dewes. And finally, I was pleasantly surprised when I was contacted by Entangled: Teen with news of the imminent release of Send Me Their Souls by Sara Wolf, the finale to the Bring Me Their Hearts trilogy. I hadn’t even realized how soon it was going to come out, and was thrilled when I received an eARC. I can’t wait to see how this series will conclude.
This Week’s Reads
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!