Bookshelf Roundup: 08/07/22: 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!

This week, a couple exciting arrivals from the amazing team at Tor Books and Tordotcom: finished copies of The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean, which I’m reading right now, and A Half-Built Garden by Ruthanna Emrys, a tale of first contact with aliens that takes place in my neck of the woods. With thanks also to Del Rey for a review copy of The Art of Prophecy by Wesley Chu which I’m hoping to get to next!

Courtesy of Minotaur Books, I also received an ARC of Blackwater Falls by Ausma Zehanat Khan, the first book of her new detective thriller series. I’ve read a bit of the author’s fantasy, so I’m curious to see her write in another genre. And with thanks to Scholastic Press, I received an ARC of Two Degrees by Alan Gratz, whose middle grade books seem to be all the rage these days. My daughter is a huge fan, and seeing the excitement in her eyes when this arrived made me feel like a million bucks. She’s reading it now, who knows, maybe we’ll get a guest review from her later this fall!

The beginning of the month always brings lots of audio goodies. With thanks to Macmillan Audio for listening copies of Master of Iron by Tricia Levenseller, the highly anticipated sequel to Blade of Secrets, as well as Face by Joma West, a dystopian tale of a world where “saving face” is all that matters. From HarperAudio, I was also thrilled to receive Clown in a Cornfield 2: Frendo Lives by Adam Cesare, because I thought the first one was pretty fun.

With thanks to Hachette Audio, I also received Ithaca by Claire North, a novel of Greek mythology. Thank you also to Recorded Books for a listening copy of Shutter by Ramona Emerson, a supernatural thriller horror set in New Mexico’s Navajo Nation. I also decided to take a chance on A Broken Blade by Melissa Blair, mostly because I was attracted to the high fantasy setting. Huge thanks to Blackstone Publishing for the opportunity.


Black Mouth by Ronald Malfi (5 of 5 stars)
The Swell by Allie Reynolds (4.5 of 5 stars)

Roundup Highlights:

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!

10 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup: 08/07/22: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. I’m so curious about Chu’s book. I’m starting to wonder if we’re ever going to get a third in his time Salvager series, but it looks like he’s moved on… I’m so glad the Reynolds book is good, I think I’m going to read that one next maybe.


  2. There are a number of books here I look forward to hearing about, and perhaps a decent subset of those I’ll even look forward to reading. 🙂


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