Bookshelf Roundup 01/02/21: 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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Happy 2021! I hope everyone had a great New Years Eve and New Years Day, and I’m super excited to be starting another year with you all. Last month I had a good time looking back at my reading in 2020, but now it’s time to look forward. I had some reasonable success at catching up and chipping away at that old TBR in December, and even got to get started on the early 2021 pile. With that, let’s get on the with the roundup and check out the new shelf additions as well as what I’ve been reading…

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!

A couple of new arrivals this week. With thanks to Titan Books for this beautiful copy of Hall of Smoke by H.M. Long. I’m hoping to jump into this Viking-inspired fantasy real soon, probably later this month.

From the kind folks at, I also received a surprise ARC of First, Become Ashes by K.M. Szpara. There were a ton of disclaimers that came with the pitch for this book, but I’m honestly not too bothered by the warnings of graphic sex or violence. However, I’ve already seen some reviews accusing it of creating controversy for the sake of controversy, and that’s something I can’t really get behind. So, I don’t know yet if I’ll read this one, guess we’ll see.

After a few months dry spell, Hachette Audio finally did a huge update on so I was able to request a few titles. I was thrilled that my listening copy of The Effort by Claire Holroyde became available this week, and I can’t wait to get started.


Shiver by Allie Reynolds (5 of 5 stars)
A Chorus of Fire by Brian D. Anderson (4 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!:)

24 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup 01/02/21: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. Oh nice haul! 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 🙂


  2. I read Szpara’s first book and it was my least favorite book of the year. Not because of all the trigger warnings but because of sloppy world building. I’m still giving this one a try though. I guess I’m a glutton for punishment!


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