Bookshelf Roundup: 08/28/21: 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.

Well, I’m back from my trip visiting the in-laws, and we actually left the day the storm rolled onto the east coast. Needless to say, the rain was coming down pretty hard and traffic was horrendous, but we managed to get home earlier in the week safe and sound, and I even got to take some nice shots of the beach where we were staying at on the evening before the weather turned bad.

Anyway, I’m still trying to settle back into a rhythm because there’s a lot of catching up to do (maybe I still have a chance to get back to my old schedule of pumping out four reviews a week? Ha, I can dream…) not to mention a bunch of new book mail to be picked up and sorted. Last Saturday’s roundup post got skipped because I was away, so this one will cover the last two weeks. I’m happy to say I did get quite a bit of reading done, mostly through listening to audiobooks while on the road (they do make the miles fly by) so now I just need to find time to write all these reviews! But first, let’s get to the new books…

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!

My thanks to Orbit Books for a review copy of Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee, third volume in The Green Bone Saga series. Okay, I’m just a little bit behind on this one, but I absolutely loved the first book and will be getting caught up ASAP. From the publisher I also received an ARC of Far From the Light of Heaven by Tade Thompson. I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s The Wormwood Trilogy, and if this one is anywhere near as wild as those books, I think it will be very interesting!

And from Orbit’s sister imprint Redhook, I was also thrilled to received a review copy of Wildwood Whispers by Willa Reece. It’s beautiful, but I have a feeling it’ll be a bit on the quieter, slower side based on the reviews I’ve seen. Not sure I’m in the mood for that at the moment, but I definitely have plans to read this once I’m over the weird reading funk I’m in right now. With thanks also to the kind folks at 47North for an ARC of Star Mother by Charlie N. Holmberg. This was a new one to me, but I’m familiar with the author and I certainly won’t mind checking this out!

I also want to thank Subterranean Press for an ARC of Square³ by Mira Grant, which is the pen name under which Seanan McGuire writes horror and sci-fi. To be honest, I’ve not had much luck with her Mira Grant stuff, but this novella being so short and having such an intriguing premise, I might just consider picking it up! Also thank you to Del Rey for sending along a galley proof of The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik, the sequel of A Deadly Education. I don’t think I’ve ever received a review copy in this format, but I kinda like the bigger pages and text! Regardless, really looking forward to this one. And finally, with thanks to Angry Robot for a review copy of The Maleficent Seven by Cameron Johnston. I meant to read this one while I was on vacation, but didn’t have enough time. You know how it is! Hopefully though, I will have it finished soon.


In the digital pile, I received listening copies of Revelator by Daryl Gregory and No One Goes Alone by Erik Larson, with thanks to the awesome team at Penguin Random House Audio. And with thanks to Hachette Audio, I was also happy to receive The Hawthorn Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, which is the sequel to The Inheritance Games, as well as The Body Scout by Lincoln Michel, a moody sci-fi noir tale that’s a bit of techno-thriller as well.


Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney (4 of 5 stars)
The Desert Prince by Peter V. Brett (4 of 5 stars)
Paper & Blood by Kevin Hearne (3.5 of 5 stars)
City of Iron and Dust by J.P. Oakes (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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