Bookshelf Roundup 02/12/23: 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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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!

We’re kicking things off this week with A Shadow Crown by Melissa Blair, sequel to A Broken Blade. I would have to catch up with book one first to read this, but at some point I do want to check out this series to see what the buzz is all about. With thanks to Union Square Co. for the review copy.

Thank you also to Orbit Books for The Tyranny of Faith by Richard Swan, which I can’t wait to start! I loved the first book The Justice of Kings and this sequel is one of my most anticipated reads of this year.

With thanks also to the kind folks at Amazon Crossing as well as Wunderkind PR for a review copy of Hospital by Han Song. This one’s new to me, but a Goodreads description says it’s a dark sci-fi delving into the horror of a dystopian hospital system, which sounds absolutely twisted and I’m very curious.

Also thanks to Tor Nightfire for The Salt Grows Heavy by Cassandra Khaw, a fairytale horror about a vengeful murderous mermaid. Um yeah, sign me up please! And from Tor Books I also received Spring’s Arcana by Lilith Saintcrow. It’s been years since I’ve read her last book and I’m definitely interested in this Russian-inspired fantasy described as American Gods vs. Baba Yaga.

Earlier this week, my hardcopy of Tress of the Emerald Sea by Brandon Sanderson also arrived, along with an enamel pin and other goodies as part of my Kickstarter backer rewards! It’s so beautiful!

Only one audiobook in the digital haul this week, but I was very excited to snag a listening copy of The Writing Retreat by Julia Bartz, a locked-room mystery set in an old gothic mansion during a snowstorm. Sounds exactly like kind of book.


Don’t Fear the Reaper by Stephen Graham Jones (4.5 of 5 stars)
The Spite House by Johnny Compton (3.5 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!

24 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup 02/12/23: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. OOooh nice new reads! These are all totally new to me ones! Lilith Saintcrow’s is giving me Supernatural vibes with that car on the cover! I haven’t read her books in years! I might need to look this one up for nostalgia sake! Hope you enjoy each and every one of your new reads!

    Here’s my StS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


    • I’m going to write my review soon, but in a nutshell, Cradle of Ice did feel more like a bridge book. And it was looooong. I still think the series is worth continuing, but there were parts of book 2 that dragged.


  2. I haven’t read any of these. I’m interesting in the Richard Swan book – but obviously need to read the first one. Hospital has all sorts of potential to be truly horrific!! Happy reading, Mogsy:)).


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