Bookshelf Roundup: 05/28/22: 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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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!

A good mix of new arrivals from a wide spread of publishers this week. First up, with thanks to amazing team at Del Rey for an ARC of The Final Strife by Saara El-Arifi, This was a relatively new discovery for me, but its description of an epic fantasy with roots in the mythology of Africa and Arabia intrigued me, especially the plot following a trio of women who band together to fight against a cruel empire. Next, the publisher also sent me a finished copy of Locklands by Robert Jackson Bennett, book three of The Founders trilogy, which I’m looking forward to starting very soon!

With thanks as well to the kind folks at Simon & Schuster for a finished copy of Charlie Thorne and the Curse of Cleopatra by Stuart Gibbs, the newest volume of the author’s series about a thirteen-year-old genius who travels the world solving history’s biggest mysteries. If you read Middle Grade books, this one’s definitely worth a look! A big thank you also to Subterranean Press for an ARC of The Carnival and Other Stories by Charles Beaumont, an anthology featuring a great number of the author’s unpublished or out-of-print stories, collected together now in one huge volume.  Last but not least, with thanks to Grand Central Publishing for a review copy of A Face to Die For by Iris Johansen, the follow up to High Stakes.

Just a couple of new additions to the digital haul this week. With thanks to Hachette Audio for a listening copy of The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones. I read and enjoyed her book The Bone Houses, and this one is a standalone that takes place in the same world. And with thanks to Union Square Co. for sending me an e-galley for The House With the Golden Door by Elodie Harper after I let them know how much I loved The Wolf Den. Can’t wait to get started on this sequel.


The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper (4.5 of 5 stars)
The Hunger of the Gods by John Gwynne (4 of 5 stars)

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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!

7 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup: 05/28/22: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. OOh nice new reads! Those are all new to me ones! I hope you enjoy each and every one of them!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  2. I very much enjoy epic fantasy based on cultures and mythologies less commonly seen in the genre, so The Final Strife stood out for me.


  3. Ooh, can’t wait to see what you make of Shadow of Lightning. And The House with the Golden Door – I really enjoyed it so hope you pick that one up fairly soon
    Lynn 😀


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