Bookshelf Roundup: 05/08/21: 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!
Exciting new arrivals this week! With thanks to Del Rey, I received the following ARCs: Paper and Blood by Kevin Hearne is the second book in his Ink & Sigil series which spins off of The Iron Druid Chronicles. I love the new star character Al MacBharrais and I’m anxiously looking forward to catch up with him on this next adventure! From the publisher I also received The Desert Prince by Peter V. Brett, the start of a brand new story set after the events of the author’s epic Demon Cycle. That series concluded some time ago and it feels like I’ve been waiting forever for Brett’s new project! Can’t wait to read this one.
I also want to thank Titan Books for sending me a copy of The Lights of Prague by Nicole Jarvis, a gaslamp fantasy that has been described as science meets magic. I’m going to be taking part in a blog tour with a review next month, so keep your eyes out for that. I have plans to start this one very soon.
And finally, thank you to the kind folks at Subterranean Press for sending me an ARC of City of Songs by Anthony Ryan. This is the third novella in The Seven Swords series, and I haven’t even started the first! I really want to read these books though, and they’re pretty short, so hopefully one of these days I can sit down and knock them all out at once.
Just one audiobook in the digital haul this week. I became intrigued by The Maidens by Alex Michaelides after seeing this mystery/thriller being talked about everywhere, so when the opportunity the review the ALC came about, I took it. With thanks to Macmillan Audio.
What I’ve Been Watching
Like so many others, I’ve been watching Shadow and Bone on Netflix. Progress had been slow because life has been pretty busy, but I finally finished this week. As someone who has read the trilogy as well as the Six of Crows duology, I really liked how they mashed the characters of the two series together, because without a doubt, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed the show as much if they hadn’t. It might not be the best adaptation, not to mention the writing could have been better, but on the whole I thought they made solid, sensible changes while preserving the most important elements from the source material. Visually, it was also stunning and you could tell everyone put a lot of work and love into it. Fans of the books, especially if you love the Crows, will be quite pleased. If you’ve also seen it, let me know what you think!
What I’ve Been Playing
This past week I’ve also been taking a break from the PS5 to dive back into my Nintendo Switch, because of, ahem, New Pokémon Snap. Back in the day, the original game for the N64 was one of my favorites (DON’T JUDGE ME) which made this an automatic buy. Twenty-two years later, I’m still a total geek for taking cute pictures of Pokémon and bouncing up and down like a lunatic whenever I get a great shot. Now you can even edit your photos with stickers and special filters to show off to the world what a big Pokémon nerd you are…
What I’ve Been Reading
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!