Bookshelf Roundup: 01/01/22: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads

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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.

Happy New Year! I hope everyone is having an awesome, sparkling day and may 2022 bless you all with health and happiness. With all the holidays going on, it’s been a light week for new books but there were a few that came in earlier in the month I’m still cataloging so here they are!

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!

First up, thank you to Tor Books for an ARC of Sweep of stars by Maurice Broaddus. I think I first learned about this book during Sci-Fi Month and I’ve always wanted to read something by this author, so this one’s definitely going on the reading list this spring. Courtesy of the awesome team at Orbit Books, I also received an ARC of Age of Ash by Daniel Abraham! With work on The Expanse books finished, I’m happy the author is starting up a new epic fantasy series called Kithamar. Really looking forward to starting this one.

My thanks also the kind folks at Grand Central Publishing for a couple of finished copies, including this new edition of Imago by Octavia E. Butler, a look at how a new kind of alien-human hybrid must come to terms with their identify after the near-extinction of humanity. Apparently it’s the third and final novel of a trilogy I haven’t started, so I’m going to have to hunt down the first two books before checking this out. And Winter Water by Susanne Jansson is a Swedish thriller about the disappearance of a little boy that shakes the residents of a small island village. I think this would be a tough read, given the subject matter, but it also sounds very chilling and suspenseful.

Only one audiobook in the digital haul this week. The Maid by Nita Prose was a book I discovered from another blogger, and the description of it being a “Clue-like, locked-room mystery” was what clinched the deal! I’ve also seen it described as part cozy mystery and part dark comedy, so yeah, get onto my TBR right now. With thanks to Random House Audio for the ALC.

Reviews

Angel Killer by Andres Mayne (4 of 5 stars)
Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche by Nancy Springer (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!

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