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
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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

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Stacking the Shelves

On March 23 and 24, Tor was giving away free ebook copies of Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings. If I hadn’t loved Legion quite so much, I might not have been interested. But since I did, the deal seemed too good an opportunity to pass up.

Bowing to the inevitable, I had preordered John Scalzi’s new book, The Collapsing Empire, several weeks ago. Tor did not put this one up on Edelweiss for pre-reviews. As much as I’m personally sorry about that, I understand completely. It’s not as if Scalzi needs pre-reviews in order to sell anything he writes. But since I’ve been getting back into audio, I also ended up getting the audio, read by Wil Wheaton. So far, it’s marvelous and entertaining, as expected. I’m only chagrined that the next time I see Scalzi at a book signing, I know that I’ll end up buying the hardcover, too.  And probably be happy to do so.

For Review:
Betrayal at Iga (Shinobi Mystery #5) by Susan Spann
Call of Fire (Breath of Earth #2)  by Beth Cato
Champion (Galactic Gladiators #5) by Anna Hackett
The Curious Affair of the Somnambulist & the Psychic Thief by Lisa Tuttle
For God and Mars (Takamo Universe) by Shona Husk
Lockdown by Laurie R. King
A Touch of Frost by Jo Goodman
Tough Justice 1-8 by Carla Cassidy, Tyler Anne Snell, Carol Ericson and Gail Barrett
A Tyranny of Queens (Manifold Worlds #2) by Foz Meadows

Purchased from Amazon:
The Collapsing Empire (Interdependency #1) by John Scalzi (both ebook and audio)

Received from Giveaways:
The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson

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
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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)

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Stacking the Shelves

This was not a big week, and that’s a good thing. But there are books on here that I’ve either been waiting for, or squeed with glee because I didn’t know they existed. A Peace Divided was on my “Most Anticipated” list for this year, because I love Huff’s Valor/Confederation series, and I’m still completely gleeful that she continued it. And I was delighted to discover that Lois McMaster Bujold has continued her marvelous series of Penric novellas with two new books. The Chalion (World of the Five Gods) series was possibly my favorite of hers, and Penric continues to be a marvelous expansion of that series.

For Review:
A Peace Divided (Peacekeeper #2, Confederation #7) by Tanya Huff
Raisins and Almonds (Phryne Fisher #9) by Kerry Greenwood
The Right Side by Spencer Quinn

Purchased from Amazon:
Mira’s Last Dance (Penric & Desdemona #4) by Lois McMaster Bujold
Penric’s Mission (Penric & Desdemona #3) by Lois McMaster Bujold
Silk and Shadows (Silk #1) by Mary Jo Putney

Borrowed from the Library:
The Haj by Leon Uris

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

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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
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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)

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Stacking the Shelves

We just got back from a trip last night, and I’m still not feeling quite the thing. And is it my imagination or have airplane seats and the space between rows gotten a whole lot smaller in the last few years? I’m only 5’1″, I’m not supposed to have legroom issues!

I expected to get more reading done than actually occurred, as so often happens. And I found myself looking for lighter stuff than usual. Hence the airport purchase-and-downloads of the Classified as Murder and Death at Victoria Dock. I just wanted to be anywhere but where I was for as long as possible.

For Review:
Hannah’s Moon (American Journey #5) by John A. Heldt
The Island Deception (Gateways to Alissia #2) by Dan Koboldt
The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente and Annie Wu
The Samurai of Seville by John J. Healey

Purchased from Amazon:
Classified as Murder (Cat in the Stacks #2) by Miranda James
Death at Victoria Dock (Phryne Fisher #4) by Kerry Greenwood

Borrowed from the Library:
File M for Murder (Cat in the Stacks #3) by Miranda James
Hammered (Iron Druid #3) by Kevin Hearne
Hexed (Iron Druid #2) by Kevin Hearne
Hunted (Iron Druid #6) by Kevin Hearne
Shattered (Iron Druid #7) by Kevin Hearne
The Silence of the Library (Cat in the Stacks #5) by Miranda James
Staked (Iron Druid #8) by Kevin Hearne
Trapped (Iron Druid #5) by Kevin Hearne
Tricked (Iron Druid #4) by Kevin Hearne

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

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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
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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)

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Stacking the Shelves

It was not a great week, but the books were mostly good. And I’ve re-discovered the joys of audiobooks, which is marvelous. But it just seems to be one of those “out of sorts” kind of days/weeks, and I’m not sure why. C’est la vie.

I guess it’s time to lose myself in a good book and make the world go away.

For Review:
City of Light, City of Poison by Holly Tucker
The Guns Above (Signal Airship #1) by Robyn Bennis
The Light in Summer by Mary McNear
Valiant Dust (Breaker of Empires #1) by Richard Baker
Where the Light Falls by Allison Pataki and Owen Pataki

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Hounded (Iron Druid #1) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)

Borrowed from the Library:
Legacy of the Dead (Inspector Ian Rutledge #4) by Charles Todd
Magic Binds (Kate Daniels #9) by Ilona Andrews
Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews
Magic Stars (Kate Daniels #8.5) by Ilona Andrews
Princess Elizabeth’s Spy (Maggie Hope #2) by Susan Elia MacNeal

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

Sunday Post

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
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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

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Stacking the Shelves

I had so much fun with Twelve Angry Librarians that I decided to get the rest of the series. And speaking of rest of series, Anna Hackett sent me the latest book in her Galactic Gladiators series this week. I am really looking forward to diving back into the world of the Kor Magna arena. Last but not least, I picked up the next Phryne Fisher book on audio. So now I’ve seen them on TV, read them, and listened to them. Oodles of fun every way!

For Review:
A Cruel Necessity (John Grey #1) by L.C. Tyler
The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton
Hills of Nevermore (Montana Gold #1) by Janalyn Voigt
The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen (Lady Travelers Guide #1) by Victoria Alexander
Protector (Galactic Gladiators #4) by Anna Hackett
A Rising Man (Sam Wyndham #1) by Abir Mukherjee

Purchased from Amazon:
Murder on the Ballarat Train (Phryne Fisher #3) by Kerry Greenwood (audiobook)

Borrowed from the Library:
Arsenic and Old Books (Cat in the Stacks #6) by Miranda James
Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews
Magic Steals (Kate Daniels #6.5) by Ilona Andrews
Murder Past Due (Cat in the Stacks #1) by Miranda James
No Cats Allowed (Cat in the Stacks #7) by Miranda James
Out of Circulation (Cat in the Stacks #4) by Miranda James