Bookshelf Roundup: 05/15/21: 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!

Huge thanks to Tor Books this week, for sending me a finished copy of The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo, a retelling of The Great Gatsby from the perspective of Jordan Baker, the famous golfer friend of Daisy Buchanan who has been reimagined as a queer immigrant from Vietnam who can work magic and see ghosts. The idea is definitely ambitious and interesting, and I certainly hope it’ll be as good as it sounds.

And courtesy of Tor Teen, I also received Dark ShoresDark Skies, and Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen from her Dark Shores trilogy. I was actually just pitched the last book but they sent all three, so that was a surprise! At least I’m caught up, so I’m excited to see how everything will tie together.

I was also happy to receive an ALC of Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews this week. It’s YA historical fantasy so I’m a little wary, but the mythological angle was just too tempting! With thanks to Hachette Audio.

And thank you to HarperAudio for this trio of listening copies: The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid, Day Zero by C. Robert Cargill, and Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica!


The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne (4.5 of 5 stars)
Blade of Secrets by Tricia Levenseller (4.5 of 5 stars)
Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace (2.5 of 5 stars)

Roundup Highlights:

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!

18 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup: 05/15/21: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. OOh nice new reads! Haven’t tied that series of Jensen yet but have heard good things! Hope you enjoy all the new reads!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  2. I also got a copy of The Chosen and the Beautiful, I’m looking forward to it. I may try to squeeze it in as a Wyrd and Wonder book, we’ll see😁


  3. Ooooh I’m curious about the Jensen series! I can’t wait to see your thought about it. Happy reading!


    • The first couple of books were okay, though I liked book 1 more than book 2 – probably because they were both standalone and kind of tackling the same events from different perspectives though. I am curious to see how she’ll wrap up the series!


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