Bookshelf Roundup 04/30/23: 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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Tomorrow is the first day of May, and together with readers across the blogosphere I’ll be participating in Wyrd and Wonder, back for another year with hosts imyril, Annemieke, Ariane, Jorie, Lisa! I’ll have more details in my kick-off post tomorrow, but here’s the link to the signup if you’re interested in joining in this super fun, super low pressure event.

Magic portal artwork by Tithi Luadthong.

Received for Review

With thanks to Union Square Co. for:

  •  Lion’s Legacy by L.C. Rosen, an Indiana Jones inspired YA adventure. This was a surprise arrival, and very happy that the publisher introduced this one to me.

With thanks to Orbit Books for:

With thanks to Subterranean Press for:

  • The Secrets of Insects by Richard Kadrey, the author’s first short story collection covering more than twenty years of his career. The tales in book look interesting but I just can’t get over the creepy cover!

With thanks to Ace Books for:

  • Scarlet by Genevieve Cogman, a historical fantasy inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel with the French Revolution and vampires. I loved the author’s The Invisible Library series and I am seriously excited to read this. And speaking of libraries…
  • The Book that Wouldn’t Burn by Mark Lawrence, which follows a boy who has lived his whole life trapped within an enormous, ancient library. Just keep giving me books about books, always.


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!

21 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup 04/30/23: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. I hope you have tons of fun with Wyrd & Wonder.
    Every time something like that happens I wish, for about 5 seconds, that I could really get into that kind of group thing and I’m sad that I can’t. But then the 5seconds pass and I realize the inevitable clash of me with “somebody/anybody” just isn’t worth it and besides, I already know I’m right and they are wrong, so why fight about it? Hahahaha 😀


    • Well, the only two events I do each year are W&W and Sci-fi November, and the fact that I’m predominantly a sci-fi and fantasy reader is definitely not a coincidence! I just don’t have the time to put a lot into these things so I try to go for the low-key events that already fit my schedule 😛

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  2. I’m looking forward to taking part in Wyrd and Wonder for the first time this year and certainly looking forward to reading all the posts. I’ve just finished Scarlet which I thought was OK. I’ve never read any of the Invisible Library so don’t know how it compares. The characterisation felt a bit flat to me.


  3. The Book That Wouldn’t Burn… makes me wonder what that trapped little boy has done to try to escape the library. Can’t wait to find out! 🙂


  4. I have heard amazing things about The Book that Wouldn’t Burn! I hope you’ll love it!


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