Bookshelf Roundup 01/16/21: 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 new arrivals this week. First, with thanks to Subterranean Press, I received an ARC of The Cretaceous Past by Cixin Liu, translated and publishing for the first time in the US this May. I don’t know much about this one, just that it was previously published in the UK under the title Of Ants and Dinosaurs and that it’s a short story in the form of an allegorical fable. The cover looks incredible!

Also with thanks to Entangled: Teen, I received a surprise copy of Crown of Bones by A.K. Wilder which I had actually added to my watchlist last year, so I was pretty excited at its arrival! I don’t often see a lot of YA epic fantasy come my way, but whenever they do, I’m intrigued. Crossing my fingers it’ll be good!

And thank you also to Orbit for sending along a finished copy of Brother Red by Adrian Selby. This will be my third book by the author, and I think it is also set in the same fantasy world as the other ones. I’m really looking forward to reading this, especially since it appears to have an element of mystery.

In new audiobooks, I received a listening copy of Tales from the Hinterland by Melissa Albert from the awesome folks at Macmillan Audio. I really enjoyed the fairy tales in this series, so I wasn’t about to miss this collection! With thanks to HarperAudio, I also received The Frozen Crown by Greta Kelly, a hidden gem of a fantasy novel that’s been getting lots of praise lately.

And in new eARCs this week, I received a widget for The Minders by John Marrs with thanks to Berkley Books. I’ve been hooked on his work ever since The Passengers, and this one sounds like it’s going to be another pulse-pounding near-future thriller!


In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce (5 of 5 stars)
The Mask of Mirrors by M.A. Carrick (3 of 5 stars)
The Effort by Claire Holroyde (2.5 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!:)

31 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup 01/16/21: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. Ooooh I really wanted Tales from the Hinterland! (No luck yet but) I can’t wait to see how you like it! And Brother Red. I’ve heard mixed things about both previous books and have always been on the fence about reading them.


  2. OOh nice! I still need to get my keeper copy of Tales of the Hinterland! I really enjoyed that one! Hope you enjoy all the new reads!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  3. The Cretaceous Past looks fantastic (I can’t resist a good dino tale) and Brother Red is one I’m really curious about. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on The Frozen Crown. 🙂


  4. Cixin Liu is one of the authors I’d really like to try. I’ll probably start with The Three Body Problem unless something else really catches my eye before that (which is always possible).


  5. I have seen “in the Garden of Spite “everywhere with raving reviews but I am still not convinced it would be for me Mogsy 😉


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