Bookshelf Roundup 01/09/21: 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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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 few weeks ago, I received a surprise copy of the second book of The Endling series and I lamented about not having read the first book, so I probably should track it down because the premise sounded pretty interesting. Well, lo and behold, earlier this week a copy of Endling: The Last by Katherine Applegate showed up out of the blue! Looks like someone at the publisher was looking out for me! Thank you, HarperCollins!

Thanks also to Grand Central Publishing for a finished copy of The Effort by Claire Holroyde, which actually turned out to be really serendipitous because the audio copy I downloaded had some problems. I recently finished this one, and my review should be posted soon.

Also huge thanks to Orbit Books for We Lie with Death by Devin Madson, the second novel of The Reborn Empire. Great timing, as I just finished the first book and really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to continuing the series.


In the digital pile, a big haul from the awesome team at Penguin Random House Audio. First a couple of thrillers: The Push by Ashley Audrain, a psychological thriller with hints of horror, as well as The Perfect Guests by Emma Rous, who also wrote The Au Pair which I so enjoyed last year. I also picked up a listening copy of In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce after her debut You Let Me In was one of my favorite books of 2020. At the time of this writing, I’m only about a few chapters in, but already I’m hooked. And with great excitement, I snagged a copy of Star Wars: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule, the highly anticipated first novel of The High Republic publishing campaign whose launch was pushed back because of the pandemic, but now it’s finally here! Finally, from their YA imprint Listening Library I picked up City of the Uncommon Thief by Lynne Bertrand and Don’t Tell A Soul by Kirsten Miller. Starting the new year off with a couple of YA books I’ve got my eye on, hope they’ll be good.


We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson (4 of 5 stars)
The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins (3.5 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!:)

35 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup 01/09/21: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. OOoh nice! I’ve had my eyes on Don’t Tell a Soul for months now! I can’t remember when I first heard about it but it sounded creepy good and I am all for it!! Hope you enjoy all of your awesome new reads!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  2. I’m looking forward to your review of In the Garden of Spite! And I’m sad I didn’t enjoy Devin Madson’s first book enough to want to read the sequel…


  3. Lately I’ve been feeling a pull to reread some of the books I read when younger, or those that seem like ones I might have read then if they’d been around and I knew about them. And that has me more curious about The Endling series than I might be otherwise.


  4. I just out The Push on hold at the library after seeing it a few places. Don’t know when it will come in but I do want to give it a try.


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