Bookshelf Roundup: 02/27/21: 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!

This week courtesy of Subterranean Press, I received an ARC of The Return of the Sorceress by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. The author has certainly been busy churning out books lately, as I had not even heard of this one before it arrived! I love her work and will read anything she writes though, so this “magical journey of revenge and redemption” is going straight on the list.

Up next, with thanks to Margaret K. McElderry Books for an ARC of A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth. I’m being very circumspect when it comes to YA this year, but I couldn’t say no to this urban fantasy faerie tale and it seems to be getting pretty good reviews all around, so I’m looking forward to starting it next. Plus, it takes place in my hometown of Toronto, and a good chunk of it even features my university, UofT!

I’m also grateful to Del Rey for a review copy of Minecraft: The Mountain by Max Brooks. I’ve been reading the books from the official Minecraft series on and off, but this is one I’ll definitely check out because it’s sort of the direct follow-up from the first one, Minecraft: The Island also by the author. Gonna be interesting to find out where our stranded hero ends up!

And a huge thank you to for an ARC of Hard Reboot by Django Wexler! In case it’s not totally obvious from the cover, the blurb states this features “giant mech arena battles and intergalactic diplomacy.” Just take my damn money already.

In the digital haul, I picked up a couple audiobooks. With thanks to Hachette Audio for The Fall of Koli by M.R. Carey, third in the Rampart trilogy. I still need to catch up with the second book, but I have that in audio too so it will be a quick listen. Also thanks to Penguin Audio for a listening copy of Red Widow by Alma Katsu, which will actually be the first thriller I’ll read by the author, so I’m looking forward to that.


The Bone Maker by Sarah Beth Durst (4.5 of 5 stars)
The Future Is Yours by Dan Frey (4.5 of 5 stars)

Roundup Highlights:

Guest Posts

“Building Imaginary Architecture” by Michael Johnston

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!:)

20 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup: 02/27/21: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. Definitely looking forward to Hard Reboot! Wexler has been churning out some great books lately, so I hope it lives up to the hype. Hope you enjoy it, and the rest of them!


  2. Ooh nice new reads! Those are all new to me ones but I hope you enjoy them all! The covers are wicked awesome too!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  3. My request on NetGalley for Red Widow was declined, I’m so sad, so I’ll definitely be purchasing a copy instead. I’m so curious to read it because of her background in intelligence!


    • Yeah, I’ve been pretty spoiled by audiobooks these days, I find I don’t need to request much from there anymore. Of course, my audiobook requesting has gone up, so I’m still screwed in terms of the ever growing TBR 😀


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