Bookshelf Roundup: 04/10/21: 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 Saga Press for an ARC of Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace, yet another sci-fi dystopian with a gaming angle–which means yup, I wants this precious! The story centers on a pair of women gamers and friends working together to expose a terrible secret in the popular VR game run by a corporation that controls every aspect of their lives. Very excited to sink my teeth into this one.

Also thank you to Titan Books for a review copy of Birds of Paradise by Oliver K. Langmead. Earlier this week I was honored to be a part of the blog tour for this book, featuring a guest post that the author kindly wrote for us. In case you missed it, you can check it out here!

My thanks also to Tor Books for a finished copy of The Helm of Midnight by Marina Lostetter. I am intrigued by the description of this being a “Silence of the Lambs meets Mistborn” fantasy-thriller about a city stalked by a serial killer. Sounds like my kind of story!


In this week’s digital haul, I received a listening copy of Malice by Heather Walter, with thanks to Random House Audio. From the kind folks at HarperAudio, I was also thrilled to snag an ALC of The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers! Words cannot describe how excited I am to start listening. And from the team at Nightfire, Tor Book’s new horror imprint, I received a NetGalley widget of The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward. Of their new titles releasing this fall, this is the one I’m probably most excited about!


Near the Bone by Christina Henry (3.5 of 5 stars)
Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay (3.5 of 5 stars)
Her Dark Lies by J.T. Ellison (3 of 5 stars)

Guest Posts

“A Decade of Drafting” by Oliver K. Langmead

What I’ve Been Playing

It was my birthday earlier this week and my husband got me a Playstation 5 (though it was actually I who helped him secure one from a retailer drop after he was having no luck…I have lightning fast fingers 😉 ) which means I have been diving back into console gaming. While I did also pick up a couple PS5 releases including Marvel’s Spider-man: Miles Morales and Sackboy: A Big Adventure, those are games my kids like to watch me play/play co-op with me, so I decided to fire up something from my massive PS4 backlog instead.

Ghost of Tsushima is an action-adventure game set in feudal Japan during the first Mongol invasion, and you play a samurai on a quest to protect your island and its people. I’m not very far into it yet, but already the story is incredible and the PS5 patch makes everything look so good and play so smoothly.

The other game I’ve been dabbling in is the enhanced PS5 edition of Spirit of the North, an indie game I picked up for its chill gameplay and beautiful visuals. You play an adorable red fox journeying across a vast world inspired by Nordic folklore, finding connections with ancient spirts and solving puzzles. I find I’m really enjoying the game right now, simply because it’s such a relaxing experience. It’s also got a gorgeous soundtrack.

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!:)

30 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup: 04/10/21: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. Yeah, I’ve heard Ghost of Tsushima is amazing, I hope you like it! I saw you enjoyed Fugitive Telemetry, and I’m waiting impatiently for your review 😜 but I thought you were going to put it off to savour it…?


  2. It sounds like you are living the dream… PS5 (I’m going to tell my grandson that I have a friend who’s got one, it will considerably raise my stock with him…) AND acquired Fugitive Telemetry AND an arc of The Galaxy and the Ground Within. Now if you could just wave a hand and make this covid business go away, please??


  3. OOh nice ones! Mostly new to me one but hearing a lot of buzz over Malice! Hope you enjoy all of the new reads!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  4. I’m still drawn to that cover of Birds of Paradise. And it seems Becky Chambers keeps taunting me with new books, knowing I’ve yet to try any of those I’ve already bought. Happy-belated Birthday!


  5. Nice, congrats on getting a PS5! I’m going to try and track one down later this year, once some more releases come out that justify the purchase. Enjoy Miles Morales, that was a fun one!


  6. I’ll look up this Spirit of the North. I just got a PS4 from a friend (he just got a PS5) since I kept talking about how much I love the music from Skyrim. The PS4 is blowing my mind. I haven’t used a Playstation since the early 1990s when the first one came out.


  7. Yes, my husband gifted himself a PS5 – as soon it was available, preordered and waiting not so very patiently. He does love it.
    I enjoyed the Last House on Needless Street. It’s a bit shocking and not at all what I expected in some ways.
    Lynn 😀

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