The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 3-26-16

Sunday Post

I had to shift In Shining Armor from last week to this week. I’ve started the book now, and am really enjoying it, but last week I just couldn’t face a 450 page book. And I’d just finished Hounded and it was absolutely awesomesauce.

This coming week ends with the April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop. April is my Blogo-Birthday, so I wanted to start off the month with a real bang. It’s hard to believe that it has been SIX years since I started Reading Reality. Time does fly when you’re having fun. And reading a lot!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or Book in the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop (ends SOON!)
$50 Amazon Gift Card from Lori Foster and Harlequin
Forever a Hero by Linda Lael Miller
$25 Gift Card from Brenda Novak and Harlequin
3 copies of Girl in Disguise and The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Hard Justice by Lori Foster + Giveaway
B+ Review: Forever a Hero by Linda Lael Miller + Giveaway
B+ Review: Finding Our Forever by Brenda Novak + Giveaway
A Review: Hounded by Kevin Hearne
B Review: Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (228)

Coming Next Week:

In Shining Armor by Elliott James (review)
No Getting Over a Cowboy by Delores Fossen (blog tour review)
The Morcai Battalion: the Rescue by Diana Palmer (review)
Champion by Anna Hackett (review)
Chow Chop Suey by Anne Mendelson (review)
April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 3-19-16

Sunday Post

This week seems to have headed downhill – and not in a good way. I started with A- and ended at C, with one complete failure. Not the best way to go. But next week looks much better, she said, having already finished Monday’s book and started on Tuesday’s, and being much, much happier about both of them. Even though I am a bit nervous about having four tour books in a single week. C’est la vie.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie is Carol L.
The winner of the $10 Gift Card in the March Book of Choice Giveaway is Anne.

Blog Recap:

A- Review: The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff
B+ Review: In this Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear
Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop
C+ Review: For Whom the Bread Rolls by Sarah Fox
C Review: There’s This Guy by Rhys Ford
Stacking the Shelves (227)

Coming Next Week:

Hard Justice by Lori Foster (blog tour review)
Forever a Hero by Linda Lael Miller (blog tour review)
Finding Our Forever by Brenda Novak (blog tour review)
In Shining Armor by Elliott James (review)
Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 3-12-16

Sunday Post

Did you remember to “spring” your clocks forward last night? Or did they all do it for you? And why, oh why are we still fooling with this?

Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the March Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie

Winner Announcements:

The winner of In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen is Lisa Q.

Blog Recap:

B/F Joint Review: Etched in Blood by Anne Bishop
B Review: Every Trick in the Rook by Marty Wingate
B Review: The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie + Giveaway
A Review: Madly by Ruthie Knox
A Review: The Whole Art of Detection by Lyndsay Faye
Stacking the Shelves (226)

Coming Next Week:

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff (blog tour review)
In This Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear (blog tour review)
Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop
The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel (review)
There’s This Guy by Rhys Ford (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 3-5-16

Sunday Post

This was a week that started well and petered out by the end. Just as I was planning to start Friday’s book, the Amazon Web Services glitch hit in a funny way. I could see all the many, many books in my kindle app, but the one I planned to read just wouldn’t download. That put me a bit behind, and changed the schedule. I finally did get my downloads back and started it, and it looks good, but it was a bit too densely packed to finish in a night. And I’d just finished listening to Phryne, and here we are.

So many books, so little time. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the March Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card in the Keep Calm and Hop On Giveaway Hop is Nicky M.

Blog Recap:

B- Review: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
B+ Review: In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen + Giveaway
March Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
B Review: Protector by Anna Hackett
B+ Review: Murder on the Ballarat Train by Kerry Greenwood
Stacking the Shelves (225)

Coming Next Week:

Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop (joint review with Cass!)
Every Trick in the Rook by Marty Wingate (review)
The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie (blog tour review)
Madly by Ruthie Knox (review)
The Whole Art of Detection by Lyndsay Faye (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 2-26-16

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I had originally planned on reading All Our Wrong Todays for Friday’s review, and I’ll probably get around to it eventually. But this week I listened to Lincoln in the Bardo, which I probably won’t review because I just couldn’t get enough of a handle on it to cogently talk about it. It is more than a bit weird, and not in the science fictional sense. Although All Our Wrong Todays is science fiction, it is also weird, and it felt like it was weird in the same way as Lincoln in the Bardo. I just couldn’t didn’t feel like reading them back to back. So I didn’t.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Keep Calm and Hop On Giveaway Hop (ENDS 2/28)

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Thieftaker by D.B. Jackson
A- Review: Twelve Angry Librarians by Miranda James
A Review: Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear
B- Review: Under Pressure by Lori Foster
A- Review: Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson
Stacking the Shelves (224)

Coming Next Week:

Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor (review)
In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen (blog tour review)
Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
Protector by Anna Hackett
The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 2-19-16

Sunday Post

Except for Pardonable Lies, this coming week is one where I pulled stuff out of the middle, or at least not the top, of the virtually towering TBR pile. Monday is Presidents Day, and while I’m not in the mood for anything serious, it did seem like an opportunity to pick something set in the period. A lot of my friends have enthusiastically recommended Thieftaker, so this seemed like the time. I’m halfway through, and so far, they were right!

And we’re coming up on March soon, which means it’s time for the Month of Maisie Read Along tour. I’ve been catching up on the older titles while moving forward with the new as part of this tour each year, and it’s been a blast! I’m looking forward to reading the latest book in the series, In This Grave Hour, in a couple of weeks.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Keep Calm and Hop On Giveaway Hop
$25 Gift Card from Heather Graham and Harlequin

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card in the For Love of Books Giveaway Hop is Amber T.
The winner of Tough Justice Countdown by Carla Cassidy is Megan.

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Keep Calm and Hop On Giveaway Hop
C+ Review: Law and Disorder by Heather Graham + Giveaway
A Review: The Chilbury Ladies Choir by Jennifer Ryan
A- Review: Someone to Hold by Mary Balogh
Stacking the Shelves (223)

Coming Next Week:

Thieftaker by D.B. Jackson (review)
Twelve Angry Librarians by Miranda James (review)
Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear (blog tour review)
Under Pressure by Lori Foster (review)
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 2-12-16

Sunday Post

I’m looking at next week’s schedule and realizing that I have no idea which rabbit I’m going to pull out of my hat on Friday. Which makes next week slightly more predictable than this past week, where I threw the whole thing in a blender. Whacking my leg a couple of weeks ago didn’t turn out to be half so disastrous to my reading as the cold I caught. It is just impossible to ignore a drippy nose, especially when it’s your own!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the For the Love of Books Giveaway Hop
Tough Justice Countdown by Carla Cassidy (ebook)

dispatcher by john scalziBlog Recap:

A- Review: The Dispatcher by John Scalzi
B Review: Tough Justice Countdown by Carla Cassidy + Giveaway
A- Review: Flying too High by Kerry Greenwood
A- Review: Legion by Brandon Sanderson
B Review: Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb
Stacking the Shelves (222)

keep calm and hop on giveaway hopComing Next Week:

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (review)
Keep Calm and Hop On Giveaway Hop
Law and Disorder by Heather Graham (blog tour review)
The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan (blog tour review)
Someone to Hold by Mary Balogh (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 2-5-16

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This has been one of those weeks I wouldn’t wish on anyone. Galen was sick all week. There’s a bad cold, or possibly the flu, going around and it caught him. The alternate explanation is “con crud”. For those blissfully not familiar, con crud is the crap you come down with after spending a week at a conference or convention. You run around like crazy, you wear yourself down, and you spend a lot of time packed into heated rooms with LOTS of strangers. Airborne diseases are, well, airborne, and stuff happens.

Tuesday I fell. No big deal. I could tell I’d tweaked something in my left ankle, but I’ve done that before. Entirely too many times. No big deal. At least not until the bruise on my right leg swelled to epic proportions. Literally epic. It felt like someone shoved a grapefruit under my skin. It hurt so much I couldn’t walk. Scared us both half to death. After all the drama, and there was plenty of it, it turns out that my ankle really is cracked, but there’s nothing structurally wrong with my right leg. I just have a gigantic (and extremely colorful) bruise from above my knee to below my ankle.

And I caught the con crud. This week’s reading schedule may not survive contact with reality. Or with the goop in my head.

ForTheLoveOfBooks giveaway hopCurrent Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the For the Love of Books Giveaway Hop
10 paperback copies of The Cottage at Firefly Lake by Jen Gilroy
$100 Amazon Gift Card and 4 signed prints of Staying for Good from Catherine Bybee

Winner Announcements:

The winner of On Second Thought by Kristan Higgins is Darlene O.
The winner of The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry is Trish R.
The winner of the $10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Best of 2016 Giveaway Hop is Carl S.
The winner of the $10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Jeepers its January Giveaway Hop is Deborah C.

on the sickles edge by neville frankelBlog Recap:

A Review: On the Sickle’s Edge by Neville Frankel
B+ Review: The Cottage on Firefly Lake by Jen Gilroy + Giveaway
B+ Review: Staying for Good by Catherine Bybee + Giveaway
B+ Review: The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams
B- Review: The Forests of Dru by Jeffe Kennedy
For the Love of Books Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (221)

binti home by nnedi okoraforComing Next Week:

Someone to Hold by Mary Balogh (review)
Tough Justice: Countdown by Carla Cassidy, Tyler Anne Snell, Emmy Curtis and Janie Crouch (blog tour review)
Hungry Ghosts by Stephen Blackmoore (review)
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (review)
Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-29-16

Sunday Post

It seems to have been a B+ weeks this week. With the exception of One Fell Sweep, although I liked all of this week’s books very much they just didn’t have that special “something” that makes the difference between a B+ and an A-. And if I could codify that “something” I could probably sell the secret and make a fortune. Even though I suspect that whatever that “something” is, it’s different for every reader. One Fell Sweep, of course, had that “something” in a big way.

No winners this week. LOTS of winners next week. Both the Best of 2016 Giveaway Hop AND the Jeepers its January Giveaway Hop end on January 31. Plus the two book giveaways that end at the end of the week. Books and gift cards for more books make some of the best presents.

And I did it to myself again. Next week I have four book tours. All the books look very interesting, and I’ll be glad I read them, but being locked in on four days can be confining, especially if one of the books turns out to simply be long. Now that I have a day job, I can’t stay up all night to read. Maybe I should say that I shouldn’t stay up all night to read. There are some books that are too good to put down!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Best of 2016 Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Jeepers its January Giveaway Hop
The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry
On Second Thought by Kristan Higgins

one fell sweep by ilona andrewsBlog Recap:

A Review: One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
B+ Review: Unfathomed by Anna Hackett
B+ Review: The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry + Giveaway
B+ Review: On Second Thought by Kristan Higgins + Giveaway
B+ Review: Leonard by William Shatner with David Fisher
Stacking the Shelves (220)

ForTheLoveOfBooks giveaway hopComing Next Week:

On the Sickle’s Edge by Neville D. Frankel (blog tour review)
The Cottage at Firefly Lake by Jen Gilroy (blog tour review)
Staying for Good by Catherine Bybee (blog tour review)
The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams (blog tour review)
The Forests of Dru by Jeffe Kennedy (review)
For the Love of Books Giveaway Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-22-16

Sunday Post

And this is the ALA Midwinter edition of the Sunday Post. My nightstand has temporarily moved to downtown Atlanta for the weekend, and I’m probably not getting much reading done. But the show, as they say, must go on. And I’ll be home tomorrow to cuddle the kittehs and recuperate from the conference. On the one hand, since we didn’t have to travel anywhere, I have a tiny flare of hope that I won’t come down with “con crud”. And on that other hand, I miss those hours on the plane when there isn’t much to do but read. Oh well, the Annual Conference in June is in Chicago. That flight will give me a couple of hours at least.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Jeepers It’s January Giveaway Hop
$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Best of 2016 Giveaway Hop
$25 Gift Card from Harlequin and Stephanie Laurens

dragon springs road by janie changBlog Recap:

A Review: Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews
Jeepers It’s January Giveaway Hop
A Review: Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang
Best of 2016 Giveaway Hop
B Review: Lord of the Privateers by Stephanie Laurens + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (219)

leonard by william shatnerComing Next Week:

One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews (review)
Unfathomed by Anna Hackett (review)
The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry (blog tour review)
On Second Thought by Kristan Higgins (blog tour review)
Leonard by William Shatner (review)