Bookshelf Roundup: 10/09/21: 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!

A big thanks this week to the awesome folks at Tordotcom for an ARC of Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M. Valente. I always love the anticipation of picking up one of her books because you never know what you’ll get, she’s so full of interesting and out-of-this-world ideas. The publisher also sent me a finished copy of Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw. That cover is so creepy! I’ve already read this one though, and it was super quick – a review will be up very soon

Thank you also to Orbit Books for a review copy of The Quicksilver Court by Melissa Caruso, sequel to The Obsidian Tower. I love the author’s work and I can’t wait to continue this series.

It’s the beginning of a new month so we have quite a few audiobooks in the digital haul. With thanks to Simon & Schuster Audio for listening copies of the following: Verspertine by Margaret Rogerson is one I’m excited to get to, and I’ve been seeing some great reviews for it already; Grave Reservations by Cherie Priest looks a little different from the author’s previous works, which has me very curious; Where They Wait by Scott Carson is a horror thriller about a journalist researching a new mindfulness/white noise app that is giving people nightmares, and oh my goodness does the synopsis sound freaky; and finally, Every Star A Song by Jay Posey is the sequel to Every Sky A Grave and I’m looking forward to continuing the series.

Also thank you to Dreamscape Media for a listening copy of The Corpse Flower by Anne Mette Hancock. I confess, this one was kind of an impulse request, but when I saw the description I just couldn’t resist. Originally written in Danish, an English translation is finally being released (with the print version published by Crooked Lane Books) for this psychological thriller which definitely also has a frightening vibe to it.

My thanks as well to Penguin Random House Audio for providing listening copies of Star Wars Visions: Ronin by Emma Mieko Candon which is inspired by the first episode of the new Disney Plus animated series, as well as Pearl by Josh Malerman which, um, sounds pretty out there based on the publisher description, but hey, I’m willing to give anything a try when it comes to this author.

Reviews

Mordew by Alex Pheby (3.5 of 5 stars)
Horseman: A Tale of Sleepy Hollow by Christina Henry (2 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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