Bookshelf Roundup 12/12/20: 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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Gah, I thought I would be making a bigger dent in my catch-up TBR pile by this point, but work has been busy lately. Granted, I’ve also been putting in extra hours because when you’re a self-employed contractor, you take work when you can get it, and I did spend like a drunken sailor this past Black Friday/Cyber Monday week! Did anyone else score some sweet deals last week? The good news though is that I am still on a self-imposed ban from NetGalley and Edelweiss, so on that front I have been good at resisting requesting any new books. And let me just say how hard it’s been when all the early 2021 ARCs are just now starting to drop, but I’ve been staying strong…somewhat.

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!

Just one new arrival in the mail this week, but it’s a good one! My thanks to Subterranean Press for The Dispatcher: Murder by Other Means by John Scalzi. This is the sequel to the novella The Dispatcher, which I really enjoyed, so it is very likely I will be reading this too. It is actually already available as an audiobook, but I am very glad there will also be a print publisher and a release date for the hardcopy in April.

Only one item in the digital pile this week. When Tor Books pitched me The Helm of Midnight by Marina Lostetter, I just couldn’t say no to the description of a “Silence of the Lambs meets Mistborn” fantasy-thriller about a city stalked by a legendary serial killer.


Warlock Holmes: The Finality Problem by G.S. Denning (4.5 of 5 stars)
The Silver Shooter by Erin Lindsey (4 of 5 stars)
Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline (3.5 of 5 stars)

Roundup Highlights:

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 12/12/20: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. I enjoyed The Dispatcher, as well, so I look forward to trying the sequel. And I’m always a little leery of descriptions comparing a book to this meets that, but I do like the sound of the comparisons being made for The Helm of Midnight.


  2. It’s very hard to stay strong when there are so many 2021 ARCs on Netgalley, I was happy with myself because I had resisted requesting a bunch of ARCs this year but, I already have a lot of 2021 ARCs and if I don’t start reading them soo, I’m going to be in trouble lol


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