Bookshelf Roundup 11/20/22: 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

An awesome haul this week! With thanks to Saga Press for an ARC of The Thick and the Lean by Chana Porter which follows an aspiring chef in a world where food pleasure is highly taboo. I have a feeling reading this one will make me hungry! Also thanks to Tordotcom for a review copy of Even Though I Knew the End by C.L. Polk, following a magical detective on a hunt for a serial killer in this fantasy period novella set in Chicago. Thank you also to Subterranean Press for sending me an ARC of The Best of Catherynne M. Valente, a collection of the author’s stories, some of which are long out of print or have never before collected before. And this is just the first volume!

From the amazing folks at Angry Robot, I was also thrilled to receive a review copy of HellSans by Ever Dundas, a really unique story which sounds like a bit of sci-fi, horror, dystopian, and humor all rolled into one! I’ve been hearing some good things about this one, looking forward to checking it out. Speaking of which, earlier this month I was so excited to receive an ARC of Rubicon by J.S. Dewes with thanks to Tor Books. Definitely one of my most anticipated releases of 2023! And finally, huge thanks to McElderry Books for sending me an ARC of Delicious Monsters by Liselle Sambury, a ghostly paranormal tale following two young women separated by time but connected by a haunted mansion.

No new audiobooks or eARCs for review this week, so moving on to the reviews!


The Lost Metal by Brandon Sanderson (5 of 5 stars)
Area 51 Interns: Zoned Out by James S. Murray and Carsen Smith (4.5 of 5 stars) (Guest Review)
Lost in Time by A.G. Riddle (2.5 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!

16 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup 11/20/22: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. I think Station Eternity will be my next read. and I’m liking the sounds of the Unger book too. The Catherynne Valente short story collection has me curious. I have Comfort Me With Apples on my list but haven’t gotten to it yet. Been wanting to try her books.


  2. I thought The Thick and the Lean sounded interesting when I saw the cast: an aspiring chef, a cyberthief, and a kitchen maid. Can’t wait to learn more about it. I’m listening to The Lost Metal now and I have Flight Risk for a bit later, maybe for December.


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