Bookshelf Roundup: 03/26/22: 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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It’s been another busy week, to the point where even the regular feature posts I typically schedule ahead of time are being done last minute (like this one!) Hopefully though, things should settle down a little after this weekend. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it here before, but I started doing martial arts (Ninpo) recently and tonight was my belt test, for which I’ve spent the last two weeks preparing with training and cramming on Japanese. Now that that’s over, I will more free time again, or at least until the next belt test! By the way, I passed 😀

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!

There were several more books that came this week that I haven’t even had a chance to really look at yet because things have been so crazy, but here are a few I got to log. And they are super exciting! My thanks to Angry Robot for a review copy of Stringers by Chris Panatier. I’ve heard a lot of great things about his book The Phlebotomist and I’m definitely not about to let this one pass me by.

Also thanks to HarperVoyager for an ARC of Tear Down the Throne by Jennifer Estep, the second book in the Gargoyle Queen sequence. I’ve been really enjoying this world since her Crown of Shards series and I can’t wait to continue.

And a huge thank you to the amazing folks at Ballantine Books for an ARC of Upgrade by Blake Crouch! The book isn’t due to be released until July, but something tells me I’ll be diving into it much sooner.

I tried so hard not to request any audiobooks this week with April just around the corner, and as you know, each new month always brings plenty of available audio review copies and I already have a pretty big reading list. Still, I could not resist grabbing Blood Sugar by Sascha Rothchild, described as a story about “the most likable murderess you will ever meet.” Now, that’s the kind of tagline that gets my attention! My thanks to Penguin Audio for providing a listening copy.


The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi (4 of 5 stars)
Sea Storm by Andrew Mayne (3.5 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!

9 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup: 03/26/22: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. Wait you have to learn Japanese too?? Umm how’s even your Chinese? And don’t martial arts generally have more kicky-kicky-punchy than speaky-speaky in them? But also congratulations!!!


  2. OOh nice new reads! I just finished Tear Down the Throne this past week and loved it! I really liked where Jennifer moved the story to and I am super excited to see how it will end next year! Your other books are totally new to me but I hope you enjoy them all!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  3. Ninpo! Wow, that’s awesome. And congratulation on passing, very cool, indeed. Japanese is the language I’d most like to learn at this point. It’s possible watching anime may have something to do with that. And speaking of Ninpo, I remember when living on the 5th floor in government quarters our neighbor was very interested in many aspects of ninjutsu and one of the other folks living in the building was convinced she saw him crawling up the outside wall of the building and looking in folks windows. 🙂


  4. Congrats on your belt test, that’s so cool! I’m so curious to see what you make of Stringers. I loved parts of it but really didn’t like some parts.


  5. Congratulations on passing your test – that’s so cool and no wonder you’ve been busy what with that and working and all the other daily life ‘things’ with children and dogs and a home! Wow.
    I new Blake Crouch – still not read this author – perhaps this will be the one.
    Lynn 😀


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