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.

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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!

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 HillierStay 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.


Black Tide by K.C. Jones (4 of 5 stars)
The Peacekeeper by B.L. Blanchard (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!

24 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup: 06/25/22: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. Things we do in the Dark and Stay Awake sound just perfect for my tastes, and I’m also looking at Daisy Darker with interest: with the heat of summer weighing on us, some chilly thrillers are exactly what we need! 😉


  2. Outside is one I’ve been curious about since seeing it pop up. The premise of Eversion has me SOOO curious. Plus I read an Alastair reynolds and liked it, but it’s been a while…

    I want the Feeney one just for that cover.


  3. I’m a fan of Alastair Reynolds, but Eversion is new to me and the story sounds very different from much of what I’ve read from him. Can’t wait to try it.


  4. I’ll trade your something for January 15th in case you hate it;)

    Wait—do I even want it if you hate it? Hmmmm… let me know if it’s good? 😁


  5. I read the first Daughter of SH book, and it was bad… but in a still entertaining way? I wouldn’t pay for the rest of the series, but I believe they are on Scribd so I might read more of the series 🙆🏼‍♀️


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