Bookshelf Roundup: 04/16/22: 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!
Starting out with a couple of fantastic looking Middle Grade titles with thanks to the kind folks at Simon & Schuster! First up is an ARC of Spy School Project X by Stuart Gibbs, the latest installment in the author’s hit children’s series. Books for middle graders tend to be pretty forgiving when it comes to jumping on board in the middle of a series, so maybe my daughter and I will be able to check this one out! From S&S imprint Aladdin, I also received a finished hardcover of Lia Park and the Missing Jewel by Jenna Yoon, the first book of a new MG fantasy series exploring a world of Korean mythology.
On to more mature fare, with thanks to the team at Cemetery Dance Publications, a small horror publisher founded by author Richard Chizmar (which I was recently surprised to discover that they’re headquartered in my own backyard), I received a review copy of The Night Road by Kevin Lucia. It sounds like a creepy little novella, and I hope I’ll have some time later this month to read it. And with thanks to Del Rey, I received an ARC of The Art of Prophecy by Wesley Chu. I’m up for anything inspired by martial arts these days, and I’m also looking forward to reading Wes again!
On to the digital haul! This week’s new arrivals are courtesy of amazing HarperAudio team, who supplied me with a good mix of fantasy and thriller titles to suit my every mood: God of Neverland by Gama Ray Martinez, Insomnia by Sarah Pinborough, An Honest Lie by Tarryn Fisher, The Wild Girls by Phoebe Morgan, and The Couple at Number 9 by Claire Douglas.
The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James (4 of 5 stars)
The Amber Crown by Jacey Bedford (3.5 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!
Speaking of martial arts, will we ever get any pictures of a tree sliced in half with your new sword, or something in that vein? Because that would be totally bad-ass! 😉
My current sword is an iaito, training sword so it’s not sharpened (though it is still plenty dangerous!) but I’ll be going to a Tameshigiri swording testing seminar soon, so I’ll definitely get you some pics of something sliced 😉
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The Art of Prophecy has an awesome cover! 😄
Agreed, I’m in love!
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Oh nice new reads! Those are all new to me ones but I hope you enjoy them all!
My StS will be up tomorrow, so stop by then if you can!
Have a GREAT day!
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I’ve really missed reading Wesley Chu as well, I’m glad he’s finally publishing again!
Yes, I think working on stuff with Cassandra Clare took him away from his usual stuff a bit, but I’m also glad he’s back!
I’ve not read all that much of it, but I’m actually looking forward to reading you and your daughter’s thoughts on the middle-grade books. And I’ve been hoping to try something by Wesley Chu for quite a while, but this new one gets my attention more than his past books have, so maybe this will be the one that finally gets me to try his work.
Thanks! My daughter loves to read, but she’s been busy with a lot of activities and extra curriculars so we haven’t been getting through our MG books as quickly as we’d like – but I’ll let her know your comments! That’s great motivation! 😀
These are very different reads above Mogsy! Enjoy!
That’s nice! Many different things. Happy reading!
I love the look of the Wesley Chu too.