Bookshelf Roundup 02/05/23: 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.
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!
Thank you to Tor Books for a finished copy of Hopeland by Ian McDonald. The last time I read the author was his Luna series, and it’s been too long! Also thanks to the publisher for sending an ARC of Fractal Noise by Christopher Paolini. If you’ve been following my Waiting for Wednesdays, it’ll come as no surprise that I’m so excited to check out this follow-up to To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, but it can be read as a standalone as a novel of the larger Fractalverse.
With thanks also to Head of Zeus and the kind folks at Kaye Publicity for offering me a review copy of City of Last Chances by Adrian Tchaikovsky. After the disappointment of Children of Memory I’m kind of looking forward to getting back to the author’s fantasy, and this one sounds amazing from all the reviews I see.
Courtesy of the teams at Thomas & Mercer and Wunderkind PR I also received a review copy of The Family Bones by Elle Marr, which was pitched to me as perfect for true crime and Knives Out fans. Honestly, it had me at locked-room mystery.
With thanks also to Subterranean Press for a couple of surprise ARCs this week: Ragged Maps by Ian R. MacLeod, a new collection including a never-before-published novelette, as well as another collection called The Voice That Murmurs in the Darkness by James Tiptree, Jr. which collects numerous short fiction pieces that span the author’s long career.
Quite a few new audiobooks in the digital haul this week. Courtesy of Brilliance Audio I received a listening copy of the fourth book of the Underwater Investigation Unit series Sea Castle by Andrew Mayne, and from HarperAudio I received a listening copy of The Last Tale of the Flower Bride by Roshani Chokshi. The rest of my haul is thanks to Macmillan Audio, who sent me ALCs of Angel Maker by Alex North, Murder at Haven’s Rock by Kelley Armstrong, The God of Endings by Jacqueline Holland, and Antimatter Blues by Edward Ashton.
Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo (4 of 5 stars)
The Cabinet of Dr. Leng by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (3 of 5 stars)
The Terraformeres by Annalee Newitz (2.5 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!
The Last of the Flower Bride is also one that I want to read!
I’m curious what you’ll think! Because let’s face it, you’ll probably get to it before me, lol 😀
You’ve got an amazing haul here. I hope that you do enjoy City of lost Chances. I felt a bit let down by it as I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had expected.
I hope I’ll enjoy it. But honestly, the last book I read by him was so disappointing, I just think anything would be an improvement 😛
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OOoh very nice! Lots of new to me ones here! Though I am excited for Kelley Armstrong’s new book! I got another of her titles this week that I didn’t even realize was releasing at all! I think that’s at least 3 novels for her releasing this year and I was just like whoa! I thought getting 2 out was impressive, but this is beyond amazing! Lol.
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I ran and added Hemlock Island to my Goodreads after reading your comment, lol 😀
I’m very curious about Hopeland, I hope you like it! And I think I’m going to buy a copy of The God of Endings rather than request it. My pile is already getting so big, but I really want to read it.
My reading pile is huge too, that’s why I went with the audio – though I don’t know when I’ll be able to fit that in either, I saw afterwards that it’s quite long!
There are a number of very recognizable names in that first group. I think I mentioned I loved The Angel Maker, and I hope you do, as well. And I’m looking forward to getting Antimatter Blues, Mickey7 was a lot of fun.
Yes! I remember your comments about Angel Maker and I’m queueing that audiobook up for later this month when I need a strong pick me up!
Are the Mayne books pretty good? I’ve ben thinking of trying them. Maybe I saw one reviewed here, not sure. Paolini is an author I haven’t tried as of yet hmm…
Yes, I do enjoy Mayne a lot! I mentioned in another comment about maybe starting with The Naturalist – it’s got thrills, chills, and science! Just a warning, his stuff can get a little over the top! I would say this Underwater Investigation Unit series is one of his tamer ones, lol.
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