Bookshelf Roundup 04/02/23: 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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Happy April! Just a heads up that next week is our spring break and we are visiting the Smoky Mountains so there will be no Bookshelf Roundup. While I do have some posts queued up for the next few days, I will be incommunicado for the most part and will be back to checking out everyone’s blogs and commenting upon my return! Hopefully, I’ll get to get lot of reading done. Speaking of which, my “Most Anticipated Releases/Must-Reads” post for April to June is scheduled to drop on Tuesday, and my personal goal on this trip is to get a good head start on that reading list!

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!

This was a week of finished copies galore. With thanks to Random House for a hardcover copy of Damsel by Evelyn Skye. I already have plans to read this next, and I’m very curious about its twist on the classic fantasy where a damsel in distress takes on the dragon herself.

Thank you also to the William Morrow team for sending me a finished copy of City of Dreams by Don Winslow which continues the story from City on Fire that is set to the backdrop of the gang wars between the Irish and Italian mafias in 1980s New England.

Also thanks to Nightfire Books for a finished copy of Piñata by Leopoldo Gout. I’m reading this one now and it’s quite interesting so far, a refreshing change of pace from most traditional horror.

As for the new ARC arrivals, I want to thank Tordotcom for a surprise copy of Emergent Properties by Aimee Ogden, which follows an intrepid AI reporter hot on the heels of a story about corporate warfare. The author’s been on my radar for a while and I’m looking forward to checking out this novella.

And from the amazing team at Subterranean Press, I also received The Last Dragoners of Bowbazar by Indra Das, a fantasy of wonders and dragons set in Calcutta.

In the audiobook haul, with thanks to Blackstone Publishing I was able to request a listening copy of You Shouldn’t Have Come Here by Jeneva Rose. This mystery thriller caught my attention because the description made the story seem like it could be a romance, but somehow I don’t think that will be the case!


A House with Good Bones by T. Kingfisher (5 of 5 stars)
Rubicon by J.S. Dewes (4.5 of 5 stars)
Loki’s Ring by Stina Leicht (3 of 5 stars)

Roundup Hightlights:

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!

14 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup 04/02/23: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. Have a great trip! The Smokies sounds awesome. 🙂

    Emergent Properties sounds great, and I love that cover. Rubicon and Antimatter Blues sound great too.


  2. OOoh nice new reads! I’m curious about Damsel! I will likely need to get that one and read it before the Netflix movie this fall! It sounds like a simple task, but it’s always seems to be more challenging to me once I start getting caught up on review books and can go back to reading whatever I want! Lol!

    Hope you enjoy all of your fantastic new reads!

    Here’s my StS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  3. Have a lovely trip.
    I didn’t know Indra Das has a book coming. I’ll have to look out for it. I wasn’t a big fan of their first book, but I loved the writing. The story was well done; it just didn’t gel with me.


  4. I hope you have a great vacation. I’ve never been to the Smokies but I’ve absolutely loved the photographs I’ve seen of the area.


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