Bookshelf Roundup: 12/25/21: 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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Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Whatever you celebrate, I hope your day is filled with warmth, love, and joy!

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!

Huge thanks to Orbit this week for a review copy of Leviathan Falls by James S.A. Corey! The final volume of the epic Expanse series is finally here, and it feels like I’ve been waiting forever. I’m both excited and nervous to start this one, but what’s certain is that I’ll do it real soon! With thanks also to Angry Robot for an ARC of The Circus Infinite by Khan Wong, a sci-fi found family adventure about a runaway who discovers a new life among the members of an intergalactic circus. Totally in love with that cover too!

Thank you also to the incredible team at for an ARC of Servant Mage by Kate Elliott. It’s been ages since I’ve read something from the author, and I’m looking forward to diving back into her work with this fantasy novella. And I was also very excited to receive an advance copy of Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes, described as Titanic meets The Shining. I’ve been itching for a sci-fi horror and this is one of my most highly anticipated new releases in the new year! My thanks to Nightfire Books!

With thanks also to Macmillan Audio for a duo of mystery thrillers this week. I was very happy to receive listening copies of Such A Pretty Smile by Kristi DeMeester and A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham, both of which had been on my watchlist!


Way of the Argosi by Sebastien de Castell (4.5 of 5 stars)
A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher (4 of 5 stars)
My Darling Husband by Kimberly Belle (3.5 of 5 stars)

Roundup Highlights:

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!

20 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup: 12/25/21: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. I kinda want to start Dead Silence today, but I’m also still a little burned out on scifi… so I’ll probably procrastinate 😁 Happy Christmas Steff!!!


  2. Servant Mage and Dead Silence keep grabbing my attention so I look forward to hearing about those. And I saw your rating of Angel Killer. Glad to see you enjoyed it. I thought it was a great return to Mayne’s writing and a welcome short break from Theo Cray, though I’m curious to get to the book that combines the two series.


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