Bookshelf Roundup: 03/13/21: 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.
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 47North and the team at Wunderkind PR, I received a finished copy of Wings of Fury by Emily R. King, which I really hope I’ll get a chance to read this month! I’ve been seeing more reviews and they’re making this Greek mythology inspired fantasy sound so good!
And a huge thanks to Ballantine Books for sending me an ARC of Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir! I practically started jumping up and down on right there on my doorstep when I opened the package because this is one of my most anticipated releases this year. I can’t wait to read it and I hope I’ll love it, especially since I hear it is more like The Martian than Artemis.
Also, looks like postal services in my area are picking up again, as the copy of The Second Bell by Gabriela Houston that I was expecting finally arrived! In case you missed Gabriela’s guest post about her novel and the monsters of Slavic lore, check it out here! My thanks to Angry Robot for the review copy.
Earlier in the week, I also received a surprise copy of The Stolen Kingdom by Jillian Boehme with thanks to the kind folks at Tor Teen. This hadn’t even been on my radar, but I just realized I had read a book by the author before, Stormrise. Hopefully I’ll have time to check this out, as it sounds really interesting.
I was also pretty psyched to receive an ARC of The Physicians of Vilnoc by Lois McMaster Bujold, courtesy of the amazing Subterranean Press team. This one’s part of the Penric and Desdemona sequence, which I still need to catch up with, even though these novellas can be read as standalones for the most part. I’m just glad there are more of them for me to read!
And finally, with thanks to Saga Press I received The Two-Faced Queen by Nick Martell, sequel to The Kingdom of Liars, which I enjoyed a lot. This is definitely a new author to watch and I’m excited to continue the series!
In the digital haul this week, I received a few new audiobooks, first with thanks to Hachette Audio for a listening copy of The Quiet Boy by Ben H. Winters. I’m always in checking out the author’s new works! From Simon & Schuster Audio I also received The Girls Are All So Nice Here by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, which caught my attention when I read the totally spine-tingling synopsis, and you know me, I just can’t resist a good mystery-thriller.
Speaking of which, with thanks to HarperAudio I also picked up Her Dark Lies by J.T. Ellison (because who doesn’t a killer wedding?) as well as The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson which was pitched as a debut following a detective on the trail of a copycat serial killer. But even I need to catch a break from the thrillers sometimes, and Meet Me In Another Life by Catriona Silvey is a romance with sci-fi and time travel elements which has been compared to The Time Traveler’s Wife. The description sounded wonderful and reviews are encouraging, so I figured I would give it a try.
And from Tantor Audio, I saw that Swordheart by T. Kingfisher was getting an audio edition, so of course I just had to request it! I’ve been loving the author’s work, and this book that came out a few years ago seems well-adored by her fans, so I’m really looking forward to it. Also thanks to the publisher for a listening copy of Domesticating Dragons by Dan Koboldt, of which I had an eARC, but I have a feeling listening to the audiobook will be loads of fun. I mean, just look at that cover!
Forget Me Not by Alexandra Oliva (4 of 5 stars)
Black Coral by Andrew Mayne (4 of 5 stars)
A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth (3 of 5 stars)
We Shall Sing a Song into the Deep by Andrew Kelly Stewart (2 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!