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.
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop
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.
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)
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)
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.
$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the March Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen
The winner of the $10 Gift Card in the Keep Calm and Hop On Giveaway Hop is Nicky M.
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)
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)
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.
$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Keep Calm and Hop On Giveaway Hop
$25 Gift Card from Heather Graham and Harlequin
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.
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)
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)
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.
$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
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.
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)
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)
Happy New Year! And thank goodness 2016 is OVER! Although I read something very scary earlier this week saying that we can look forward (HAH!) to a whole string of years just like this one when it comes to the stars and heroes of our youth dropping dead all over the place. The theory is that the Baby Boomer generation, or at least the ones who became famous, were much, much harder on their bodies than stars of earlier eras. Too many lived the sex, drugs and rock and roll lifestyle, and the ones that have survived this long are paying for it now. As theories go, it’s depressing and it really, really sucks. I hope it’s wrong. We’ll certainly find out in the years ahead.
But it does remind me. When I did my 2016 Best Books post I used fire numbers, because, as so many people did, I wanted 2016 to die in a fire. I just wish I could have found the 2017 numbers as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse for my 2017 Most Anticipated post tomorrow. I had to settle for candle flames. Dammit.
$25 Gift Card from Harlequin and Delores Fossen
10 copies of A Promise of Fire + Signed Bookplate
The winner of Say Goodbye for Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde is Susan N.
The winner of the $10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop is Jana L.
16 for 2016: My Best Books of the Year
Best E-Originals of 2016
B Review: Those Texas Nights by Delores Fossen + Giveaway
B+ Review: The Edge of the Blade by Jeffe Kennedy
B+ Review: Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet + Giveaway
B+ Review: Miniatures by John Scalzi
Stacking the Shelves (216)
17 for 2017: My Most Anticipated Books of 2017
Someone to Love by Mary Balogh (review)
Diffraction by Jess Anastasi (blog tour review)
Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil (review)
My Father and Atticus Finch by Joseph Madison Beck (review)
And a very Happy Chrismukkah to All! Today is Christmas, and today is also the first day of Hanukkah. So Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings and best wishes for whatever holiday you celebrate at this much celebrated time of the year.
As I said yesterday, my Hanukkah present turned out to be a new-to-me car. My mother gave me, or perhaps ceded me is the better word, my previous car when she gave up driving. It was a 1997 Mazda Protege, and served me well for about a year and a half. But the poor dear thing could only go faster than 50 mph when rolling downhill AND with a tailwind. I’d say its get-up-and-go got up and went, but I don’t think that particular model ever had any. It did roll into Carmax under its own steam but the exhaust system was failing, along with the transmission, the battery and at least one of the tires. Time to put the poor beast out to pasture. So to speak.
My new car is neither new nor exactly new-to-me. A few years ago, I owned a 2005 Toyota Solara, which we sold to Carmax when we moved to Seattle. The public transit system there is excellent, and we only needed one car. But now that we’re back in Atlanta, we need two cars again. The Solara was an excellent car, and I’m not sure why Toyota stopped making them. So when a new car became necessary, I went looking for used Solaras. And lo and behold, I found one. It’s a 2008 Solara convertible, the last year they made Solaras. It is just new enough to have an aux port for my iPhone. And it’s gorgeous!
Say Goodbye for Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde
10 copies of Absolute Trust by Piper J. Drake
$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop
The winner of the $10 Gift Card in the Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop is Jammie
A Review: Say Goodbye for Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde + Giveaway
B Review: Absolute Trust by Piper J Drake + Giveaway
Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop
B+ Review: Hell Squad: Devlin by Anna Hackett
A- Review: The Liberation by Ian Tregillis
Stacking the Shelves (215)
Best Books of 2016
Those Texas Nights by Delores Fossen (blog tour review)
The Edge of the Blade by Jeffe Kennedy (blog tour review)
Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet (blog tour review)
Miniatures by John Scalzi (review)
The schedule kind of crapped out at the end of the week. I had a tour book which just completely failed for me. I didn’t like any of the characters, I didn’t feel for anyone, and I just didn’t want those people taking up residence in my head. It happens. The tour operator wanted me to post a promo, and I just don’t do promos unless I’ve either already read the book (and liked it) or I have a relationship with either the author or the tour company. I do stuff for TLC Book Tours all the time because they generally have terrific books and they are just incredibly nice to work with as well as being thoroughly professional about the whole business.
Promos are so tempting, because there’s almost no work involved on the part of the blogger, but, it’s just not a temptation I want to give in to. I started this blog because I wanted to share books I enjoyed, and because I wanted to write. Too many promos, and promos for books I hated, just don’t fit into that.
But what do you think? Do you like to see lots of promos? Or what are you looking for when you read a book blog? This inquiring mind really wants to know!
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop
The winner of The Blockade by Jean Johnson is Lysette L.
The winner of The Secrets of Worry Dolls by Amy Impellizzeri is Marjorie R.
A- Review: Hanging the Stars by Rhys Ford
B+ Review: Who Watcheth by Helene Tursten
Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop
A- Review: Hero by Anna Hackett
B Review: Reluctant Mate by Lauren Dane
Stacking the Shelves (213)
The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johnasen (blog tour review)
American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin (review)
Winter Holiday recipes (+ reads!): Guest Post from Maisey Yates (blog tour)
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (review)
The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder (review)
Somebody please remind me never to do this to myself again. Last week I hosted a blog tour every single day. What was I thinking? It’s not that any of the books were bad, because they weren’t. There were no stellar standouts this week, but also no clunkers. But 5 tours means 5 days with no wiggle room whatsoever. When I ran behind, and I did, I couldn’t switch in a novella or a pre-written review to help myself catch up. Never again.
This coming week, I have a whole bunch of things I’m looking forward to. And one review I’ve already written, because I read the book months before publication. And a blog hop. ‘Tis the season to give presents, so there are plenty of blog hops on the way!
The Blockade by Jean Johnson
$25 Gift Card from Harlequin and Gena Showalter
Secrets of Worry Dolls by Amy Impellizzeri
10 copies of Size Matters by Alison Bliss
The winner of the $10 Gift Card in the Gratitude Giveaway Hop is Christie K.
The winner of the $10 Gift Card in the Black Friday Book Bonanza is Courtney W.
B+ Review: The Blockade by Jean Johnson + Giveaway
B+ Review: Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt
B Review: The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter + Giveaway
B Review: Secrets of Worry Dolls by Amy Impellizzeri + Giveaway
B Review: Size Matters by Alison Bliss + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (212)
Hanging the Stars by Rhys Ford (review)
Who Watcheth by Helene Tursten (review)
Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop
Hero by Anna Hackett (review)
The Operator by Kim Harrison (blog tour review)
It’s the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Do you have your turkey plans in the bag? Or in the oven? We’re traveling to be with friends, and it’s going to be awesome. And we have a long drive ahead of us each way, so plenty of time to listen to some (hopefully) great audiobooks. I can’t wait!
This Friday starts the sixth annual Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop. This is also the first hop I’ve ever co-hosted. It’s a whole different version of “making a list and checking it twice!” When you recover from your turkey coma, stop by and check out all the great bookish prizes. It’s a perfect opportunity to shop in your jammies!
$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Gratitude Giveaway Hop
5 sets of American Gods, Anansi Boys, Neverwhere and Stardust by Neil Gaiman
The winner of Love, Literary Style by Karin Gillespie is Megblod
A Review: Stardust by Neil Gaiman + Giveaway
Gratitude Giveaway Hop
A- Guest Review: Hold Me, Cowboy by Maisey Yates
A- Review: The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
A Review: Spaceman by Mike Massimino
Stacking the Shelves (211)
Her Nightly Embrace by Adi Tantimedh (review)
Demons of the Flame Sea by Jean Johnson (review)
When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz (review)
Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop