Bookshelf Roundup: 11/27/21: 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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For those Stateside, I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving (and if you’re anything like me, you’re probably still working off the turkey coma). This weekend is all about staying in with a good book!

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!

Kicking us off this week is Absynthe by Brendan P. Bellecourt, a very cool mix of sci-fi and alternate history set in a version of Roaring 20s Chicago. Really, can it get any more awesome than that? Thanks so much to DAW Books for sending me a review copy.

Up next, with thanks to Tor Books sending me an ARC of The Bone Orchard by Sara A. Mueller. This is one I’ve had my eye on for a while, and a lush, gothic mystery full of secrets and magic sounds right up my alley.

With thanks also to Grand Central Publishing for an ARC of Killer View by Roy Johansen, a thriller which follows two kick-ass women as they embark on a hunt for a missing businessman while trying to stay ahead of a long list of suspects which include murderers, drug kingpins, and other bloodthirsty criminals.

My next arrivals are a couple of Middle Grade books. My thanks to the amazing team at Wunderkind PR and at Quill Tree Books for a review copy of The Halloween Moon by Joseph Fink, which might be a little past the season (it was actually a July release), but I believe any time is good for a Halloween story.

And finally, with thanks to Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers for an ARC of Spy School: The Graphic Novel by Stuart Gibbs, a comic adaptation of the hit sensation by the author. I thought this would be a great one for my 9-year-old daughter, though if I’m to be honest, I’m actually quite interested in checking it out as well. It’s been a while since she’s done a guest review for me, but maybe this time we’ll do one together.

Only one audiobook in the digital haul this week. With thanks to Dreamscape Media for a listening copy of The Hunger of Crows by Richard Chiappone, a new thriller set in Alaska.


The Past is Red by Catherynne M. Valente (4 of 5 stars)
The Seventh Queen by Greta Kelly (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!

17 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup: 11/27/21: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. Such great looking books!
    I still really, really need to read Skyward! All of them sound like such interesting reads.. But I am pretty curious about Absynthe and The Bone Orchard.
    Happy reading, Mogsy!


  2. OOh nice new reads! These are all new to me ones. I still need to read Finaly Donovan myself! Happy Reading!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂

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  3. The Bone Orchard sounds like an interesting story, and cool cover, though it does look familiar. I don’t recall if there was another similar to it or if we just saw the cover that long ago. And I’m curious about The Hunger of Crows for the setting.


  4. I got a copy of Absynthe too! It’s by Bradley Beaulieu, he just used a pseudonym for… some reason. Hope you had a good thanksgiving!! And that you haven’t been too busy lately!


    • Oh I didn’t know that! Though now that you helped me make that connection, I guess it is obvious…Bradley P. Beaulieu, Brendan P BEllecourt, same initials, similar French sounding last name, haha. That’s cool though, I enjoy his stuff, so that makes me want to read it even more now.

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      • Yeah, it’s pretty… subtle 😜

        He said he wanted to have another handle for his scifi stuff but… this isn’t exactly what I’d class as science fiction. But oh well…


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