Bookshelf Roundup 10/31/20: 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!

Orbit has been really good to me lately, with new books arriving from them nearly every week. This week I want to thank them for sending me Legacy of Steel by Matthew Ward and The Shattered Realm of Ardor Benn by Tyler Whitesides, both of which are sequels. I’ve already read Legacy of Ash by Matthew Ward so I’ll be able to jump into the second book right away, and happily I recently snagged an audio copy of The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn and should be caught up soon enough.

Also thanks to Subterranean Press, I received a couple of new ARCs: The Best of Elizabeth Hand edited by Bill Sheehan and The Big Score by K.J. Parker (this one I’m pretty excited to check out!)

And with thanks to Head of Zeus and the kind folks at Kaye Publicity, I received an ARC of The Package by Sebastian Fitzek, who is called Germany’s most successful author of psychological thrillers. I believe this was originally published a few years ago, but might only be now coming to the US market. The tagline is this: “All you’ve done is taken in a parcel for a neighbor. You have no idea what you’ve let into your home.” Sounds pretty creepy and wild!

In the digital haul, I received a couple eARCs via NetGalley. First with thanks to Quirk Book for Whisper Down the Lane by Clay McLeod Chapman, and also to Minotaur Books for sending an invite widget for The Lost Village by Camilla Sten. And from Inkshares, I received an e-galley of The Boy in the Woods by Scott Thomas, a new novella by the author who brought us Kill Creek and Violet. I’m definitely feeling the Halloween mood and loading up on some creepy reads!

And only one audiobook acquisition this week, and it’s the latest installment to the official Minecraft series of novels, The Shipwreck by C.B. Lee. I’ve always been curious to try the author’s work, particularly the Sidekick Squad series, but I think this should be interesting too. With thanks to Random House Audio for the listening copy.


Dracula’s Child by J.S. Barnes (4 of 5 stars)
The Loop by Jeremy Robert Johnson (3.5 of 5 stars)
They Threw Us Away by Daniel Kraus (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Ghost Tree by Christina Henry (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!:)

21 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup 10/31/20: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. Another nice haul! Though good luck finding out what the Package is like when it tells you straight away not to open it.

    Also, please define “soon enough”. I just finished reading a sequel to a book that I somehow read five years ago and kept swearing every year since that I would “definitely read it this year” 😂


  2. OOh nice new reads! These are all totally new to me ones. I hope you enjoy them all!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  3. Most of these are new to me and I love that. The cover design for The Package is awesome, and the story sounds promising, too. And I’m not familiar with the Ardor Benn series but I like that cover. I guess I’m a cover person. 🙂


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