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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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!

I was surprised, I actually received a trio of new books in the mail this week. First, with thanks to HarperCollins for the paperback edition of Endling: The First by Katherine Applegate, the second book in a middle grade series by the same author who wrote The One and Only Ivan. This one arrived out of the blue and I was actually disappointed when I discovered it was a sequel, because it sounds like something I would really enjoy, but unfortunately I haven’t read the first one. I might have to check it out from the library to see if I can get caught up.

Also thank you to Saga Press for Persephone Station by Stina Leicht. I’ve been meaning to try this author for a while, and what better than with a western-y sci-fi space opera?

Finally, earlier this week I was pretty excited by the arrival of Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells. I love Murderbot! This the sixth book in the sequence, and we’re going back to the novella format so I should be able to knock this one out quick before its release in spring. Big thanks to the awesome folks at for the ARC.

In the digital haul this week, I was so happy when I was contacted by Rob J. Hayes with an offer of an eARC for his new novel Pawn’s Gambit. This is the standalone sequel to Never Die which I haven’t read yet, but Rob was also kind enough to provide an Audible review code for the listening copy! I’ve heard such great things about this series from SPFBO and others, and I can’t wait to get started.

This week I also received three more ALCs from publishers, first A House at the Bottom of A Lake by Josh Malerman with thanks to Random House Audio. This is actually an older book, but I think it’s great that it’s getting a reissue including a new audiobook. From Penguin Audio I also snagged Shiver by Allie Reynolds, because come on! A locked-room murder mystery thriller, set in a remote mountaintop resort in the French Alps where five friends are stranded in the middle of a snowstorm? This one has my name written ALL over it.

Last but not least, with thanks to Macmillan Audio for a listening copy of The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins. I’m in the mood for thrillers again, and I’ve been hearing some amazing things about this one from genre reviewers I trust, so I thought I would take a look.


The Guest List by Lucy Foley (4.5 of 5 stars)
The Beast and The Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips (4.5 of 5 stars)
The Woods by Vanessa Savage (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!:)

25 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup 12/12/20: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. I enjoyed The Once and Future Witches so I hope you do, too. And I have yet to have the pleasure of reading Battle Ground – but I certainly want to! Happy reading, Mogsy:))


  2. OOh nice ones! These are new to me ones. The House at the Bottom of the Lake looks intriguing from the cover alone! I hope you enjoy them all!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  3. I love the covers for Never Die, Pawn’s Gambit, and Shiver, and that’s enough to get me interested in trying the books. Can’t wait to read your thoughts if you’re able to get to those. And another Murderbot? I’m absolutely in on that one!


    • Yes, I love those covers! The art style is very eye catching, and really underscores the importance of getting a good professional cover done in self-publishing. Even though it might be a bit more expensive, it’s an investment that pays off, precisely because it gets people interested in trying the books!


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