Bookshelf Roundup: 07/24/21: 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.

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!

The amazing folks at Subterranean Press were extremely good to me this week, with this trio of new arrivals: A Twist of Fate by Kelley Armstrong, the second book in the author’s gothic paranormal time travel mystery series, A Stitch in Time. Next up is another exciting sequel, Masquerade in Lodi by Lois McMaster Bujold which is ninth in the Penric and Desdemona sequence. Luckily for me the books are mostly standalone because I’m definitely not caught up with all of them, but I love these characters. And finally Belladonna Nights and Other Stories by Alastair Reynolds is the fourth collection in his long career of publishing short fiction, and features much sci-fi including some tales from his  Revelation Space universe.

With thanks to Redhook, I also received an ARC of The Seven Visitations of Sydney Burgess by Andy Marino, a horror thriller about a woman’s spiral into madness as she wakes up in the hospital after a traumatic event that everyone seems to remember differently than her. It’s sounds absolutely harrowing and intense.

And speaking of horror, last but not least thank you to Inkshares for an ARC of The House of Dust by Noah Broyles, a haunting southern gothic blending mystery and spooky small-town folklore. Releasing in late September, this one will be just in time for the creepy season, and I can’t wait to read it!

Another light week for the digital pile. With thanks to Penguin Audio, I picked up a listening copy of Holdout by Jeffrey Kluger, an action thriller about an astronaut who risks it all aboard the International Space Station to save what matters to her most.

And from Audible, I was super excited to receive Nolyn by Michael J. Sullivan, the first book of the Rise and Fall trilogy that takes place in the Riyria universe but is a standalone tale. From the publisher I also received Lux by Brandon Sanderson, technically the fourth book in The Reckoners series, but it too appears to be separate from the original trilogy and can be read as a standalone. This one wasn’t even been on my radar until an email hit my inbox on release day, I love being surprised like that!


Not A Happy Family by Shari Lapena (3.5 of 5 stars)
A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers (3.5 of 5 stars)
Capture the Crown by Jennifer Estep (3 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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