Bookshelf Roundup 10/10/20: 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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Heya folks! I’m actually prepping this post in advance for Sunday instead of my usual Saturday, and by the time it goes live, I would have been out of town for much of this past week. So if you’ve noticed that I haven’t been around online as much to reply to comments or check out your blogs, it’s because I’m at the beach 🙂 I look forward to catching up on everything and everyone’s posts upon my return though!

Anyway, I usually don’t get much reading done while I’m away, and I also have some of my mail held so I won’t know what book packages are waiting for me until I get home, so this is going to be a somewhat quick update. However, I do want to take this opportunity to spread the word about Spooktastic Reads, which is a mini-event held from October 19th until midnight on Halloween, brought to us by hosts imyrilLisa and Jorie. You might recognize some of them as the wonderful people behind the Wyrd & Wonder, and Spooktastic Reads is sort of the same thing except that it’s more casual, runs only for 13 days, and is focused on everything spooky-related. This can be horror, dark fantasy, ghost stories and urban legends, Gothic romance…seriously, anything goes as long as it’s sort of creepy! And the awesome thing is, the event isn’t even limited to just books.

Artwork by Sergey Nivens from

Seeing as I usually stack my October with horror and darker reads anyway, I think I’ll join up! Plus, I do have a couple of horror reviews lined up for later this month. If you want to take part too, the more the merrier, and since it’s so casual, there’s no sign ups or any kind of formalities – just hop on board and post your content and join the conversation, using the tag #SpooktasticReads and @WyrdAndWonder on social media. Hope to share in the Spooktastic fun with all of you very soon!

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!

Here are a few books that arrived at the beginning of the week. With thanks to Seventh Street Books and Kaye Publicity for The Big Man’s Daughter by Owen Fitzstephen, a mystery inspired by The Maltese Falcon as well as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. And all the way from the UK, I also received a copy of Map’s Edge by David Hair, the author who also brought us The Moontide Quartet, which I LOVED. This is the first book of a new series called The Tethered Citadel, and my deepest thanks to the amazing folks at Jo Fletcher Books for the opportunity! Thank you also to Saga Press team for The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher, which I’m so excited to read! I plan to start it soon, hopefully just in time for coverage during Spooktastic Reads.


In the digital review pile, with thanks to Harper Voyager for The Bone Maker by Sarah Beth Durst. I love her books and I can’t wait to check this one out! I also received Domesticating Dragons by Dan Koboldt, which will be published by Baen in early 2021. This was described to me as a bit like “Build-A-Bear Workshop meets Jurassic Park“, about a genetic engineer who goes to work for a company that wants to create custom-made dragons. Fun! With thanks for the author for providing a review copy!

In the audiobook haul, with thanks to Macmillan Audio for an ALC of A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe, as well as Hachette Audio for a listening copy of A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians by H.G. Parry (so glad this one’s finally coming to audio!)


A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik (3.5 of 5 stars)
Fable by Adrienne Young (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!:)

28 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup 10/10/20: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. Ugh you’re at the beach? You totally suck.

    I mean, miss you! Hope you have fun! Hope you like… any of the books you collected this week (I’ve never actually heard of any of them) 🙂


    • I went to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, a resort town that gets really busy during the summer, but early October was still nice weather and no crowds 🙂

      And I completely agree with you on Doors of Eden. Good, but not his best.


      • I passed there some years ago, but it was January and fucking cold, haha 😀
        Enjoy your vacation, there’s not enough of that. I pledge for six months vacations, twice a year 😀
        On the other side, we get 30 days here (plus sick leave) and I won’t ever really complain.


  2. Glad to hear you’re taking some time off and I hope you’re enjoying it! I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on Black Sun, The Doors of Eden, and I’m curious about The Hollow Places. Enjoy the book backlog next time you get the mail. 🙂


  3. Lol… I know just how you feel – I have just returned from a two-week writing retreat in a flat overlooking the sea and it was absolutely glorious! I hope you enjoy The Doors of Eden – I thoroughly enjoyed it. And I’m yearning for Domesticating Dragons, which looks like so much fun! I’ve also got an arc for Map’s Edge, which I haven’t started yet, as I’ve fallen a tad behind, as I haven’t read all that much while away. But I loved the Olympus trilogy he co-wrote with Cath Mayo. Let’s hope this is as fabulous! Enjoy your books:))


  4. I’m so late on catching up on posts, so I hope you had a wonderful time at the beach or are having a wonderful time, if you’re still there. It’s good to get away for a bit, and I wish I could too.
    I’ll look out for your thoughts on that T. Kingfisher book. I read their Twisted Ones but didn’t like it as much as I thought I would.


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