Bookshelf Roundup: 02/06/21: 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.
Well, what a week! My laptop suddenly went on the fritz a few days ago, and unfortunately it’s not looking like it can be resuscitated so my guess is that it’s toast 😦 Anyway, just wanted to give everyone a heads up that with my desktop being used most of the day by my kid for virtual schooling, my access to a computer will be limited for the next little while which means I probably won’t be able to visit and comment on other blogs as regularly or be as responsive with replies on here. Thanks for understanding, and hopefully I’ll have a fix for my laptop or a replacement in real soon!
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!
With thanks to Angry Robot, I received a copy of The Moonsteel Crown by Stephen Deas, pitched to me as an epic, sweary, fun, fantasy heist novel. Stephen will also drop by with a guest post next week, so be sure to look out for that. Next, I’d like to thank Tor Teen for Siege of Rage and Ruin by Django Wexler, the final volume of The Wells of Sorcery trilogy. I still need to get caught up with the second book, but I’m a huge fan of the author and have made it a point to read all his work so it’s nice to have the full series on hand.
This week I also received a surprise ARC of The Light of the Midnight Stars by Rena Rossner, courtesy of publicity team at Orbit/Redhook. I enjoyed the author’s debut The Sisters of the Winter Wood, and I’m hoping her sophomore fairy-tale inspired novel will be just as magical. Also huge thanks to the amazing folks at Tor.com for an ARC of The Album of Dr. Moreau by Daryl Gregory, described as H.G. Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau combined with “the panache of a classic murder mystery and the spectacle of a beloved boy band.” Wow, I don’t even really know what that means, but sign me the hell up! And last but not least, my thanks to Tor Books for sending over a finished copy of Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell which I’m actually currently reading and should be done by the time this pre-scheduled post goes live. I already have a lot of thoughts, so hopefully I’ll have my review up soon.
In the digital pile, I hauled a couple audiobooks this week. First, thanks to Macmillan Audio for a listening copy of The Project by Courtney Summers, a YA mystery thriller with an eye on cults. Thank you also to Penguin Audio for an ALC of Dead Space by Kali Wallace, a sci-fi thriller about a murder mystery on an asteroid mine. From their YA imprint I also picked up Star Wars: Into the Dark by Claudia Gray, my most anticipated novel from the new Star Wars: The High Republic series, as well as Red Tigress by Amélie Wen Zhao, the sequel to Blood Heir. And finally with thanks to Tantor Audio, I received Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones. So glad that an audio edition of this one is finally being released, coming at the end of this month!
The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor (4 of 5 stars)
A Stranger in Town by Kelley Armstrong (4 of 5 stars)
This Week’s Reads
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!
Computers going kaput’ish seems to be going around! Good luck and enjoy your time offline 😀
I’m still able to use my desktop in the evening and my phone, but any activity where I need to type a lot, I do prefer having a keyboard 😀
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RIP little laptop!
Pro-tip: Use your smartphone. I‘ve done that for two months when I was in hospital last year and I got accustomed to it. I‘m writing this comment on it, and browsing is just fine.
I do use my phone a lot, but not usually for anything related to blogging or too much typing – the smaller screen frustrates me and I’m just much faster on a computer keyboard 😊
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Winter’s Orbit is one of the books I’m most keen on these days and I hope to be able to add it to my reading queue soon, while I can hardly wait for Dead Space: after the amazing discovery that was Salvation Day, I would pick up this author sight unseen 🙂
And sorry for the loss of your laptop: it’s always SO distressing when technology fails us….
Ooh nice new reads! Those are new to me ones but I hope you enjoy them all!
My StS will be up tomorrow, so stop by then if you can!
Have a GREAT day!
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The Moonsteel Crown is going to be my next so I hope it’s as good as it sounds.
Nice haul! I miss getting surprise ARCs in the mailbox, but hopefully we’ll start seeing more of those soon. 🙂
Sorry about your laptop! I always blog hop on my phone too, and do all my posts on my laptop. I also got The Album of Dr. Moreau and The Light of the Midnight Stars. I’m seriously excited for the new Daryl Gregory, I may read it now!
I’s so excited for The Project by Courtney Summers!
Ohhh the new Wexler 😀
New Wexler! Also, very curious to see what you think of Winter’s Orbit. Hope you enjoy these! 🙂
Good luck with your laptop! Your digital haul is perfect. I got my preorders of The Project and the new High Republic this week. I’m anxiously awaiting the Kali Wallace book. I hope you enjoy Night of the Mannequins. It’s a good one!
I’m really drawn to that cover for The Project. Losing a computer is never fun, and I personally hate shopping for things like that. I hope you’re able to get it all sorted out smoothly.
Argh, I’ve had Ship of Smoke and Steel on my shelf since it released! I LOVE the covers, I need to get to it one of these days!!