Bookshelf Roundup: 06/26/21: 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.
Summer is in full swing, which means with school out and me still working from home, the last week has been one of schedule changes and adjustments. I didn’t get time to read as much, and even less to write reviews, which is why I haven’t been as active around the blog or with comments, so please bear with me while I sort things out! With long weekends and vacations coming up, it might be take a few weeks, but I’m determined to get through my stack of beach reads this summer, and nothing’s gonna stop me!
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!
Big thanks to Tachyon Publications for an ARC of Arch of Bone by Jane Yolen, which has a fantastic premise. Described as a story continuing from where Moby Dick left off, this adventure follows 14-year-old Josiah Starbuck and his dog Zeke as they they journey to discover the secrets of the Pequod and what really happened to his dad.
Also thank you to Margaret K. McElderry Books for a hardcover copy of Wings of Shadow by Nicki Pau Preto, the final book of the Crown of Feathers trilogy. I’m looking forward to see how everything will end, and I love that cover so much!
Thank you as well to Subterranean for an ARC of The Best of Dark Terrors edited by Stephen Jones and David A. Sutton. As of this writing this book still isn’t on Goodreads and I can find little about it beyond what’s on the publisher website (which I’ve linked), but if the cover is any indication, this is going to be one terrifying collection. I might even check it out, as there are a quite a few authors on the list I’m familiar with.
On to the digital review copies, which is really the audiobook pile these days! With thanks to Tantor Audio for a listening copy of Darling by K. Ancrum, a Peter Pan retelling. ‘Nuff said!
And with huge thanks to Penguin Random House Audio, I received the following haul: Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian, The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig, The Lost Girls by Jessica Chiarella and Kill All Your Darlings by David Bell. Gotta get my mystery/thriller fix in, after all.
Adrift by W. Michael Gear (5 of 5 stars)
Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby (4.5 of 5 stars)
Blood Like Magic (3.5 of 5 stars)
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!
Interesting ones 😀
A nice variety 🙂
This just seems to be a busy time of year doesn’t it. I never seem to have enough time for everything I want to do. Still, you look like you’re still fitting in plenty of reading. 😀
It really is! It always gets busy whenever there’s a shift in schedules and a period of adjustment!
Hope you can get everything all balanced out. It’s tough when things get busy, that’s for sure…
Thanks, the week after July 4-10 should smooth out somewhat, after all the long weekends and vacations 🙂
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Good luck with your schedule! I’m starting The Book of Accidents very soon, I’m really excited😁
I’m looking forward to that one. This is sort of my last chance with Wendig, but I am optimistic this is going to be more my speed 😀
The Wings of Fury cover IS gorgeous, I must investigate, I see a phoenix.
It’s a great series, and all the covers are gorgeous. If you like phoenixes, you need to check it out – there are phoenix riders 😀
🤩 Oh my gosh, YES. The writing could be terrible and I’d still be convinced. Let’s GO!
The cover for Wings of Shadow caught my eye. I just started reading the anthology Wings of Fire and there is some similarity to their covers. I’m also curious about Kill All Your Darlings. I might be ready for another thriller/mystery soon. Good luck balancing your schedule. That’s always fun… 🙂
I recall you commenting on the Wings of Shadow cover on another post – indeed it is lovely! I always need to throw in a mystery/thriller between my sci-fi and fantasy reads, just to mix things up and keep things fresh 😀
I’ve been very curious about The Wolf and the Woodsman, but I haven’t actually read any reviews of it yet… that reminds me to go poke around!
Hope you enjoy the new books!
The reviews I’ve seen so far have been mixed, and I kinda see where they’re coming from. I found it a bit slow and meandering, but the ending was pretty awesome 😀
Oh many intriguing things there! Happy reading!
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