Bookshelf Roundup: 06/25/22: 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 Minotaur Books for a review copy of Outside by Ragnar Jonasson, the audiobook of which I reviewed recently, but the arrival of the hardcover was a nice surprise. The book was okay, but I had some mixed feelings about the story which I thought could have been more. From the publisher I also received The Blue Diamond by Leonard Goldberg which was another surprise arrival, and though this is the sixth book of a series called The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries, I really hope it can be read as a standalone!
Also thanks to Orbit for sending me an ARC of Eversion by Alastair Reynolds earlier this month. Three entwined stories, one set set aboard a sailing ship in the 1800s, another set on a zeppelin in the 1900s, and the last in the far future on a spaceship form a narrative about a doctor who tries to figure out why certain events around him keep on repeating themselves. It sounds fascinating and I must try to read this.
Thank you also to Tor Books for a finished copy of The Grief of Stones by Katherine Addison, the follow up to The Witness for the Dead, which I LOVED, and I hope this one will be just as good. And from the kind folks at Tordotcom, I received a surprise copy of January Fifteenth by Rachel Swirsky which I knew very little about, but according to the book’s description and reviews, the story’s premise appears to explore the concept of Universal Basic Income.
My big audiobook haul came in this week, with thanks to Macmillan Audio! Looks like I’ll be set on thrillers for the next little while, with listening copies of Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier, Stay Awake by Megan Goldin, and Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney.
As for speculative fiction, I was also ecstatic to receive What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher, described as a gothic horror retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher. I was also curious about Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree, a little book that came out of nowhere and seems to have taken the fantasy blogosphere by storm. I so happy that the audio version was available to request, and it’s even narrated by the author! And finally, I also received an ALC of Mary: An Awakening of Terror by Nat Cassidy, an intriguing horror novel described as Midsommar meets American Psycho and I’ll be Gone in the Dark.
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!