Bookshelf Roundup: 04/02/22: 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.
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!
With thanks to Subterranean Press for an ARC of Comparative Anatomy: The Best of Stephen Gallagher, a collection of thirty tales spanning the author’s distinguished career.
Huge thanks also to Union Square Co. for a review copy of The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper, which has apparently made it stateside with a US publisher and I’m so excited! I have been obsessed with everything Pompeii as of late, and I am itching to start this one.
Earlier in the week I also received an ARC of The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah, the first book of a fantasy trilogy about a thief who hunts and sells illegal magic with the help of her jinn bodyguard. As well, courtesy of their sister imprint Redhook, I received The Ballad of Perilous Graves by Alex Jennings, a lush debut of music and magic set in a fantastical version of New Orleans.
Time to dive into the digital haul! With thanks to Penguin Audio, I received Amongst Our Weapons by Ben Aaronovitch, the ninth book of the Rivers of London series which I will be listening to real soon. From Random House Audio I also received World of Warcraft: Sylvanas by Christie Golden. It’s been a while since I’ve played WoW but I can’t help but be drawn back to the stories, especially ones about the Banshee Queen, and I’m also a big fan of the author. I also couldn’t resist a thriller, so I picked up I’ll Be You by Janelle Brown because I really enjoyed the last book I read by her.
With thanks to Listening Library, I also received a listening copy of Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor, probably the first YA fantasy title that’s interested me in a long time. I would also like to thank Brilliance Audio for a review copy of Or Else by Joe Hart. I’ve read the author before, and I’m definitely excited to again with his new domestic thriller. And finally, with thanks to Simon & Schuster Audio for an ALC of Gone Dark by Amanda Panitch, a YA survival thriller that has been described as Dry meets Hatchet.
Scorpica by G.R. Macallister (4.5 of 5 stars)
What I’ve Been Reading
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!
Hmmmm I forgot to request a copy of the Stardust Thief—thanks for the reminder! I did get a copy of Perilous Graves, which I’m very much looking forward to despite having never heard of its author before. It’s good to see you getting a few more titles this week. I hope that means that life has settled down enough for you to relax and read a bit more!
I’m glad to be of service! I hope we’ll both enjoy The Stardust Thief, the blurb sounds awesome! And well, I guess things have calmed down a little? But now I have family visiting so that has thrown a wrench in my schedule lol…it never ends, does it?
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Immediate family, extended family, or in-laws? I can solve each of them (probably)!
Immediate family’s easy: they’ve know you for long enough that they should know that you’d rather read then do stuff with them. In-laws: they’re never going to love you as much as their grandchildren, so why even bother? Extended family is a bit trickier, but I’m sure you can come up with something; maybe set your kids on them with specific instructions to distract them thoroughly for at least a chapter at a time:)
LOL nice! It’s my immediate family that are in town. My parents are pretty cool with whatever I need to do and most of the time they’re also doing their own thing. But then there’s my brother who I haven’t seen in years (he’s from Canada and they’ve been locked down hard throughout the entire pandemic) and I kinda like hanging out with him too 🙂
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Yeah okay. I haven’t been within a thousand miles of my sister in three and a half years, so… I suppose you’ll just have to interrupt your reading:/
Hope you have fun though!!
I’d like to try The Stardust Thief. And I just noticed The Ballad of Perilous Graves show up as a giveaway. I’ll have to look closer at that one.
The Stardust Thief was a relatively new discovery for me, but I have to say the description has me sold! I hope we’ll both enjoy it 🙂
OOoh nice new reads! I can’t wait to read Hotel Magnifique! It sounds amazing and I love the “for fans of Caraval” tag! Hope you enjoy all of your awesome new reads!
My StS will be up tomorrow, so stop by then if you can!
Have a GREAT day!
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Hotel Magnifique definitely called to me! I hope we’ll both love it!
Nice haul! I really like the look of The Ballad of Perilous Graves, will def be keeping an eye out for it.
False Value was quite a disappointment for me, so I hope Amongst Our Weapons is good. Am looking forward to your review 😁😁😁
Sorry to hear False Value disappointed you! I guess it was somewhat a departure…hopefully AMongst Our Weapons will get things back on track 🙂
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I’m also reading Gone Dark this month. I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve read any YA!
Same here! I’ve been reading some MG I guess, but that’s not really the same 😀
The stardust one sounds interesting
Crossing my fingers it’ll be good!
I am curious to read what you’ll think of the audiobook of Hotel Le Magnifique because the book is on my TBR
I was looking at the Ballad of Perilous Graves but I’m trying to be careful. I had way too many books in March and April.