Bookshelf Roundup: 10/02/21: 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.

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!

Super excited to receive a copy of The Lighthouse Witches by C.J. Cooke this week, with thanks to Berkley Books! I read The Nesting by the author last year and was very impressed with the creepy vibes and Gothic atmosphere, so I’m hoping for more of the same here.

Also thank you to Del Rey for a finished copy of The Free Bastards by Jonathan French. In case you missed it, my 5-star review went up earlier this week. This was an incredible ending to The Lot Lands trilogy, and if you haven’t read this series yet I recommend you run, don’t walk, to pick it up.

With thanks also to Tor Books for a review copy of The Scholars of Night by John M. Ford, a reissue of the late author’s technological espionage novel set in the 1980s.

Only one audiobook in the digital haul but it’s one I’m very excited about! With thanks to Listening Library for Sunreach by Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson. I’ve always known that Skyward novellas were coming but I had no idea when, so it was a nice surprise when I saw the ALC offered last week. Definitely going to be listening to this real soon!

Reviews

The Free Bastards by Jonathan French (5 of 5 stars)
Cackle by Rachel Harrison (4 of 5 stars)

Roundup Hightlights:

What I’ve Been Playing

MMOs being the time sinks that they are, I’ve all but left the genre behind me, but I was pulled back in this week with the release of New World from Amazon Games. It’s probably the biggest triple-A MMO title to come out in years and it was also delayed a long time, but it’s finally here and so far I’m having a blast. Having had bad experiences with open betas and all that hype in the past, this time I decided to avoid all of that and am just enjoying being able to experience the world for the first time. It really is a gorgeous game, and so far the biggest highlight for me has been the crafting system, which is just INSANE. I have a feeling I’ll be spending a lot more time in New World, so I better be careful about balancing my reading!

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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