Bookshelf Roundup: 01/22/22: 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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Small update this week. I haven’t been reading a lot but also falling way behind on a ton of reviews because of general lack of time and just some stuff going on in real life right now, so apologies if I’m not as responsive when it comes to replying to comments or visiting blogs. There might also be fewer posts on the blog until life smooths out again when hopefully I’ll be able to get back on a more regular schedule.

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!

Towards the end of the year last year, Angry Robot was so kind as to thank their reviewers with any book of their choosing from their vast catalogue, and I just knew I had to pick up The Phlebotomist by Chris Panatier. I’ve definitely regretted not being able to read this one, especially after all the glowing reviews, so the choice was super easy!

With thanks also to DAW Books for a review copy of The Amber Crown by Jacey Bedford. I love that it’s a standalone epic fantasy, and I’ve always wanted to read more by Jacey Bedford!

And courtesy of Random House Audio and their YA imprint Listening Library, I also received listening copies of The Violence by Delilah S. Dawson and Castles in Their Bones, respectively.

With thanks also to Macmillan Audio for ALCs of Mickey7 by Edward AshtonFinlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle CosimanoCold the Night, Fast the Wolves by Meg Long, and Waking Romeo by Kathryn Barker that all came in this week! Can’t wait to listen to them all.


The Maid by Nita Prose (4.5 of 5 stars)
Far From the Light of Heaven by Tade Thompson (2 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!

26 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup: 01/22/22: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. These last couple weeks have been insane. Sooo stressful. But I’m thinking of you and hoping everything gets better soon!!

    Also I hope you like Mickey7! (I thought it was really good:)


  2. Good luck with everything, Steff! I just finished The Violence and loved it. And The Phlebotomist is still up in my top ten books of all time. Hope you love it too😁


  3. Hope things settle down for you soon.

    OOh nice new reads! Seeing a few I’m excited about like Castle in Their Bones, The Violence, and Finlay Donovan–though I still need to read the first book! I hope you enjoy all of your new reads as you read them!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  4. Hang in there! I hope things smooth out for you soon. I’m leaning very strongly towards picking up the audiobook of The Maid, and your review is a major reason for that.


  5. My reading has been down too. I’m hoping to turn that around soon! Good luck and hopefully your new week goes well. I added The Maid it looks awesome.


  6. I hope everythings okay with you and that life settles down soon. Looks like you’ve got some good books to read/listen to. Also thrilled to see that you enjoyed Maid so much – really looking forward to picking that one up later this year.


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