Bookshelf Roundup: 11/20/21: 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.
My update is going to be a relatively small one today, but big things are happening behind the scenes. Many of you know I work from home doing independent contract work, and the market conditions last year have resulted in me putting in extra hours and that has of course taken some time away from the blog and reading/reviewing in general. Pretty soon though, it looks like I’ll be taking on another job, one that just kind of fell into my lap. Basically, I found out a local business I frequent was in need of some help, and with the current state of labor shortages these days, they’ve had trouble filling the position. While I wasn’t really looking, I asked as a loyal customer and friend if there was anything I could do, and soon one conversation led to another and now I’m being trained next week!
Thing is though, this might have started with me just genuinely wanting to help out, but it’s actually an awesome position and a great opportunity for me, so I’m pretty psyched. Of course, this will mean yet more readjustment of my schedule, but I’m also confident I’ll be able to work out a good balance between blog, jobs, family and life in general, so I guess we’ll see how things go. For now, let’s move on to the books and see what’s new in my mailbox and inbox this week!
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!
Quite a few gems added to the review TBR this week, from a variety of publishers, starting with the kind folks at William Morrow for an ARC of No Second Chances by Rio Youers. I’ve heard of the author, but never read any of his books. This thriller will hopefully be my first, which features an intensely twisted tale following a disgraced actor suspected of killing his wife, a young naïve starlet new to Hollywood, as well as a vengeful drug dealer who’s after them both.
Next up, I also received You Sexy Thing by Cat Rambo, with thanks to the awesome Tor Books crew. With a week and a half left in November, I’m hoping I can still fit this one in for Sci-fi Month before it’s over, because by all accounts this book is really fun!
Thanks also to the team at Minotaur Books for a surprise copy of The Deathwatch Beetle by Kjell Eriksson. The macabre title definitely caught my attention, and though I found out upon further research that it’s actually the twelfth installment in the Swedish thriller Ann Lindell series, I hope it can be read as a standalone because I’d really love to check it out.
Also thank you to Wunderkind PR and 47North for a finished copy of Star Mother by Charlie N. Holmberg, described as the author’s most whimsical novel yet. I’ve read a couple of her other books, and more whimsy certainly sounds good to me!
And finally, with thanks to Angry Robot for a review copy of Swashbucklers by Dan Hanks, and what a crazy wild ride it was! In case you missed it, my review went up earlier this week, you can check it out here.
Just one new audiobook in the digital haul this week. With thanks to Random House Audio, I picked up a listening copy of Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy: Lesser Evil by Timothy Zahn. I’m in no way caught up with this series yet, but in spite of myself I just can’t seem to resist anything Thrawn. I do hope I’ll get to read all of these at some point.
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!