Bookshelf Roundup 01/29/23: 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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But first, THORIN UPDATE! Puppy is getting so big now!

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!

Some interesting new books hitting my mailbox earlier this month. With thanks to Tor Books for an ARC of The Warden by Daniel M. Ford. “For fans who have always wanted their Twin Peaks to have some wizards” is how this was described, and I also recently found out the author was local. Looking forward to checking it out.

Also thank you to Del Rey for a finished copy of Nocturne by Alyssa Wees, an unconventional retelling of Beauty & the Beast set in 1930s Chicago. This is one of my must-reads for February (wow, where did January go?!)

My thanks also to William Morrow for an ARC of City of Dreams by Don Winslow, the follow up to City on Fire which was the first book of a fiery crime trilogy about the Irish and Italian gang wars in New England during the 1980s. I expected a second book of course, given how the previous one ended, and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

With thanks to the brand new imprint of Entangled Publishing, Red Tower Books, as well as Kaye Publicity, I received an ARC of Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros, described as an epic love story set to the backdrop of war and a military school for dragon riders. It’s always exciting to see a new fantasy imprint launch, and this New Adult “romantasy” sounds like a lot of fun!

From the amazing team at Minotaur Books I also received a surprise copy of The Last Orphan by Gregg Hurwitz. My one and only experience with the author had been a YA horror novel about zombies, so I’m curious to try something of a different flavor by Mr. Hurwitz. This one is listed as the 8th book in the Orphan X series but many reviews report that it can be read as a standalone.

I also want to thank the kind folks at both 47North and Wunderkind for sending me a copy of Meru by S.B. Divya, the first book of a new space opera series about humans restricted to earth while their space-faring posthuman descendants discover a new Earth-like planet.

One new eARC in the digital haul this week, with thanks to Angry Robot for an early copy of The Judas Blossom by Stephen Aryan, the first book of a new fantasy saga which reimagines the Mongol Empire’s invasion of Persia. I’m excited to start it!


What Lies in the Woods by Kate Alice Marshall (5 of 5 stars)
Children of Memory by Adrian Tchaikovsky (2.5 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!

22 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup 01/29/23: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. OOOOMG! He is so freaking cute!! I’ve always loved the Corgi! Pure adorableness!

    Ooh nice new reads too! All new to me ones but Nocturne has a pretty cover and omg, it’s a B&tB retelling?! Eek! Can’t wait for your thoughts on that one to see if I need to get it too! Lol!

    Here’s my StS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  2. OMG You got Fourth Wing??? I want to read that one so bad! And Thorin is so cute that should be illegal LOL Last but not least, I read Hell Bent (audio) and it was AMAZING!


  3. Look at those ears, so perked up listening to everything you say. 🙂 I bought the hardcover of the first Orphan X novel when it came out thinking it sounded interesting, and here they are with 8 books out and I’ve still not read that first one. 🙂


  4. Love that name Thorin 🙂

    I want to read the Marshall book. And The Judas Blossom- what a cover. I remember that YA series by Hurwitz you mentioned- I read the first one too but never did the second one.


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