Bookshelf Roundup 04/23/23: 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
With thanks to Minotaur for:
- The Girl by the Bridge by Arnaldur Indriðason, a mystery following Detective Konrád as he investigates a case of a missing young woman who was a known drug smuggler. This one was new to me, but I’m definitely familiar with the name of the author who is an Icelandic crime fiction legend.
- The Ghost Ship by Kate Mosse, book three in The Burning Chambers high seas adventurer series. Another surprise arrival, but it’s making me wish I had read the first two books because the premise of a “Ghost Ship” that hunts pirates sounds amazing.
- The Magistrate by Brian Klingborg, book three in the Inspector Lu FeiMysteries is anothe new one to me, following the eponymous detective on his adventures policing a sleepy small town in northern China.
With thanks to Tordotcom for:
- Untethered Sky by Fonda Lee, which was released earlier this month. It’s on my April to-read list and I hope to start it soon!
With thanks to Entangled: Teen for:
- The Stolen Throne by Abigail Owens, book two of the Dominions series which I’m not too familiar with, but I do wish I’ve read the first book because the reviews I’m seeing are really good! I also just can’t get over that gorgeous cover.
With thanks to Union Square & Co for:
- A Shadow Crown by Melissa Blair, book two of The Halfling Saga. We’re really swimming in the sequels today! This was another surprise arrival, from another series I really wish I had started when I had the chance.
With thanks to Datura for:
- Spider by Azma Dar, a domestic suspense novel following an actress who must discover the truth about her husband’s suspicious car crash death. Datura is Angry Robot’s new crime fiction imprint, and it looks like they’re starting out strong!
With thanks to Berkley for:
- Black Sheep by Rachel Harrison, a very exciting and one of my most anticipate releases this year! A cynical twentysomething must return to her family farm where she grew up and confront the dark secrets of her past.
With thanks to Orbit Books for:
- Gods of the Wyrdwood by RJ Barker, the opening volume of a new fantasy series from the author who brought us The Wounded Kingdom trilogy, one is of my favorites of all time. Really looking forward to reading this one.
Just one book in the digital/audiobook haul today. I just had to request Lying in the Deep by Diana Urban, described as a mystery of jealousy, love, and betrayal set aboard a cruise ship. I couldn’t resist the premise, and that cover has caught my eye so many times because…just look at it! With thanks to Listening Library.
- 4 of 5 stars to Damsel by Evelyn Skye
- 3 of 5 stars to The Dispatcher: Travel by Bullet by John Scalzi
- 3 of 5 stars to Arca by G.R. Macallister
Recent Reads & Upcoming Reviews
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!
OOh nice new reads! I enjoyed The Stolen Throne! Thought it was a really good second installment of the trilogy and am so looking forward to the next one! Hope you enjoy each and every one of your new reads
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I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I know next to nothing about the series, but the description sounds amazing!
It wasn’t that many years ago I was introduced to Icelandic crime fiction and I’ve been hoping to get back to that at some point. I’ve never read anything by Arnaldur Indriðason, but I’ve seen the name around and I’ve collected some ebooks of theirs.
I haven’t read his books specifically, but I have delved into other “Nordic crime fiction” and have always wonder how well they translate sometimes. Experiences have been hit or miss.
I got my copy of Gods of the Wyrdwood too, so excited😁
Yay! It’s much bigger than I thought it would be 😛
Once again, so many great books! And I added Damsel to my audible wishlist as your review really made me want to read that one!
I’m so glad I was able to put Damsel on your radar, and hopefully you’ll enjoy it! I think the audiobook should be good!
A great trove of books, Mogsy:). I enjoyed The Dispatcher more than you did:)). Have a great week!
That’s great to hear! I think I will be interested in reading more Dispatcher books, but for me neither the second or third ones have been as good as the original!
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