Bookshelf Roundup: 12/18/21: 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!

First up, with thanks to Grand Central Publishing for a review copy of Verity by Colleen Hoover! I’ve always wanted to read the author’s work, and was thrilled when I was pitched her newest romance mystery thriller. Also thank you to Tor Books for ARCs of Until the Last of Me by Sylvain Neuvel, sequel to A History of What Comes Next which I enjoyed, as well as The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi, one of my most anticipated reads in the new year!

Courtesy of the kind folks at Redhook I also received an ARC of Wild and Wicked Things by Francesca May, a historical fantasy set in the aftermath of World War I full of dark magic, romance, and mystery. And finally my thanks to Minotaur for a surprise copy of Silent Parade by Keigo Higashino, ninth in a crime mystery series called Detective Galileo and translated from its original Japanese. This was completely new to me, but I’m glad to hear this book can be read as a standalone because I confess to being very intrigued.

From Listening Library, I was also excited to received review copies of Cast in Firelight and Bound by Firelight by Dana Swift. The first book has actually been out for a while, but looks like the audiobook won’t be available until the new year, along with the audio of the sequel releasing shortly after. This has been on my list of YA fantasy I really want to check out, so I was happy for the ALCs.


Absynthe by Brendan P. Bellecourt (3 of 5 stars)
The Stowaway by James S. Murray and Darren Wearmouth (3 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: 12/18/21: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. OOh nice new reads! These are pretty much all new to me ones. I hope you enjoy each and every one of them!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  2. I think I first learned of Keigo Higashino when The Miracles of the Namiya General Store was released. It sounded really interesting and something I wanted to try. Unfortunately, I still haven’t. But I did pick up an ebook of A Midsummer’s Equation, so perhaps I’ll still try his work one of these days. 🙂


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