Bookshelf Roundup: 06/05/21: 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 Orbit Books for a review copy of Catalyst Gate by Megan E. O’Keefe, the third and final installment in The Protectorate trilogy!

Also thank you to Random House for a finished copy of Scorpion by Christian Cantrell, a high concept technothriller about a cat-and-mouse hunt for an international killer known as the Elite Assassin.

And also my thanks to Minotaur/Wednesday Books for an ARC of Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche by Nancy Springer, which is technically the seventh volume in the series but can be read as a standalone. In fact, the last book came out more than a decade ago, so this is definitely more of the series revival following the success of the Netflix movie more than anything!

Huge thanks also to Hachette Audio for the following audiobooks added to the digital review pile this month: A Season of Sinister Dreams by Tracy Banghart is a YA court intrigue fantasy, and The Retreat by Elisabeth de Mariaffi is a locked room mystery-thriller with a snowy setting that I’ve been looking forward to checking out.


The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell (4 of 5 stars)
The Lights of Prague by Nicole Jarvis (4 of 5 stars)
The Trouble With Peace by Joe Abercrombie (4 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!

22 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup: 06/05/21: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. I’ve had my head buried in the sand so much with my exam that I haven’t really been keeping an eye on upcoming books, and most of these are new to me. o_o I’m curious about the Enola Holmes series now, though, for sure.


  2. Ooh nice new reads! Those are new to me ones. I hope you enjoy them all!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  3. The Retreat caught my eye back when you featured it on WOW ( if I’m remembering correctly) so I’ll be curious to see what you think!


  4. I really regret not having applied for a copy of Day Zero, as I LOVED Sea of Rust. I think I’m going to get hold of a copy, anyway… And I enjoyed Library of the Dead – my biggest grizzle was that I thought the title was rather misleading, as the library angle seemed rather tacked on. Although I’d happily read the 2nd book in the series because I really liked young Ropa and the family dynamic:)). I hope you enjoy the new books, Mogsy!


    • Oh yes, you enjoyed Sea of Rust, Day Zero is a must! It’s a separate story, but I think it adds a lot to the saga especially if you know what happens to the world. And I agree with you on The Library of the Dead, I did not get enough of the library! Considering I picked the book up because of it, I was disappointed the library did not get a bigger role!

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      • I’m definitely treating myself to Day Zero, then:)).

        Yes – it was annoying – I really enjoyed the worldbuilding and the family dynamic, but it seems a shame that a good book is spoilt because of a bad title choice!


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