Bookshelf Roundup: 03/27/21: 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!

With thanks to Gallery/Saga Press for this surprise ARC of Among Thieves by M.J. Kuhn. I didn’t know much about it, but after looking it up, I was really excited to find out it’s a fantasy heist novel. Say no more, I am so IN! Also thanks to Titan Books for sending me a review copy of The Swimmers by Marian Womack. In case you missed it, we featured an excerpt from the book last month, so check it out! Thank you also to Orbit Books for an ARC of The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri, the first volume of her new trilogy Burning Kingdoms. I had a great time with the author’s debut Empire of Sand, so I’m looking forward to see what she has in store for this one.

Courtesy of the kind folks at Grand Central Publishing, I also received a review copy of Win by Harlan Coben. I’ve been hearing great things about his books for a long time, but I’ve never actually read him! I think this will be a great opportunity to start with the first book of his new series starring a side character from the author’s Myron Bolitar books. My thanks also to Tor Books for this gorgeous ARC of She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan, one of my most anticipated releases this summer! Earlier this month the publisher also sent along a finished copy of A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine, the sequel to A Memory Called Empire. I’m so upset that I haven’t started this series yet, but it’s definitely high on my priority list still because I’ve heard such amazing things about it.

I also want to give a huge shoutout to the awesome team at Minotaur Books for what is quite possibly the coolest book publicity swag I’ve ever received! When the big box containing this ARC of The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter, I was definitely a bit puzzled as to what could be inside, because it didn’t feel too heavy. Imagine my surprise (and nostalgic glee!) when I open it and out popped this customized Image3D RetroViewer, complete with its own reel of promotional images and pictures! My entire family had so much fun looking through them, and it sucks that I can’t get the photos to show up here, but many of the images in the viewfinder were taken from the book trailer:

In the digital pile, with thanks to DAW for sending me a NetGalley widget invite for Adrift by W. Michael Gear. I do love this sci-fi series so much, and as I said when I recently featured this book for Waiting on Wednesday, I’m so excited to sail off on Donovan’s seas for the very first time. And finally, thanks to Simon & Schuster Audio for a listening copy of Girls With Rebel Souls by Suzanne Young, the third and final volume of the Girls With Sharp Sticks trilogy. I’m looking forward to see how it all ends!


Swordheart by T. Kingfisher (4 of 5 stars)
What Abigail Did That Summer by Ben Aaronovitch (4 of 5 stars)
The Unbroken by C.L. Clark (3 of 5 stars)

What I’ve Been Reading

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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!:)

18 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup: 03/27/21: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. OOoh nice! Lots of new to me reads here! I hope you enjoy each and every one of them!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂

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  2. I had a pleasure of reading She Who Became the Sun and I loved it. Looking forward to your review!
    I hope you’ll jump on Arkady Martine, it’s a great series. 🙂


  3. Obviously, the title itself has me interested 🙂 but I love that swag for The Photographer. I haven’t seen one of those in ages, and to have images related to the book in it is very cool.


    • Haha, yes I can see why that one would catch your interest! And yes, it was the first time I’d seen one of those viewfinder things in ages as well, and apparently now they make custom ones on order, which is pretty cool!


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