Bookshelf Roundup 03/26/23: 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!

Big thanks this week to the amazing team at Tor Nightfire for sending along an ARC of Boys in the Valley by Philip Fracassi, a horror novel about evil occult forces that overcome an orphanage for boys.

From the kind folks at Subterranean Press, I also received The Dead Man and Other Horror Stories by Gene Wolfe, a collection of twenty-eight tales spanning decades of the author’s storied career, including some that have never been collected before. Then there’s The Ghost in Bone by Mike Carey, who also writes under the name M.R. Carey, featuring the long awaited return of his beloved character, exorcist extraordinaire Felix Castor.

With thanks also to Orbit Books for the arrival of a couple of very exciting ARCs: The Sword Defiant by Gareth Hanrahan is the tart of a new fantasy series featuring “daring warriors, living weapons, and bloodthirsty vengeance.” It’s the “living weapons” part of that equation that really interests me! I was also thrilled to receive an advance reading copy of Night Angel Nemesis by Brent Weeks, and I can’t wait to read this continuation of the Night Angel series.

A couple of audio books in the digital haul this week. With thanks to Penguin Random House Audio for listening copies of Damsel by Evelyn Skye and Sisters of the Lost Nation by Nick Medina.


Bitter Medicine by Mia Tsai (4 of 5 stars)
Weyward by Emilia Hart (4 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!

22 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup 03/26/23: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. Nemesis is out already eh? Shoot.
    And I just looked on Amazon, and hte hard cover is 848 pages!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I now have to decide if I’m going to read these as they come out (like I did for his Lightbringer series) or just wait until it’s done. Lightbringer took almost 10 years. I don’t know if I want to wait that long. Decisions, decisions…


    • Yes, it’s GIGANTIC!!! I’m glad my spring reading list is *somewhat* lighter than my winter one, because that one is probably going to take me a while. And yes, it’s been quite few years between his books lately, I think I remember used to seeing a book from him every year or two or so. I wonder if he’s had some real life things to deal with.

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  2. Ooh very nice! I’m excited for Damsel! It sounds like a fun read and how cool is it that it’s already made into a movie as well! I’m hoping I can read the book before the movie comes out, but who knows what will happen come then! I’m going to try though!

    Hope you enjoy all the new reads!

    Here’s my StS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  3. Seeing Gene Wolfe here reminds me I’m looking forward to diving back into some of his classics. I absolutely loved The Book of the New Sun series and that was enough to convince me I had to try more.


  4. I’m going to be starting Night Angel Nemesis quite soon although the length is a bit off putting. I’ve got to read Bone Shard War first though. Hope that you enjoy all of your new reads.


      • I’ve just finished Bone Shard Wat which was quite immense but brilliant. Night Angel should be next but I’m going to read a couple of sensible length ARCs first😀


  5. Wait, Mike Carey has a new book out? How did I miss that?! And I’m looking forward to the reviews of A House with Good Bones which I really want to read (I mean, all of Ursula’s stuff!) but need to know how creepy it is!


  6. Those are really eye-catching books, especially The Last Beekeeper – and a Kingfisher!! But I need to calm down because that’s one of the horror ones, isn’t it? I’m going to check out your review of Weyward, because it’s a book that intrigues me:). Have a great reading week!


    • Haha, yes the Kingfisher is a horror but it was so steeped in easy humor that I think even the most horror averse readers can be able to enjoy it! And I am so behind on reviews right now but hopefully I’ll have my thoughts on The Last Beekeeper up real soon!

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