The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 8-2-20

Sunday Post

As an important reminder from George, all keyboards belong to the cats. We just borrow them now and again.

Someone needs to explain to me the attraction of cats to keyboards when we’re not using them. I understand why they interfere when we’re paying attention to the keyboard instead of to them, but there seems to be an inexplicable desire to feel the caress of keys under their little fuzzy butts that I just don’t get. On the other hand, George also likes to play video games. He will follow the cursor on the TV and try to catch the leaves in any outdoor scenes. Galen just finished playing Ghost of Tsushima, which was awesome. It also has extremely realistic falling leaves. George was mesmerized!

Current Giveaways:

Return to Learn Giveaway Hop STARTS TUESDAY!!!

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Feline Good Giveaway Hop is Ann
The winner of the Seas the Day Giveaway Hop is Nikki

Blog Recap:

B- Review: The Hero of Hope Springs by Maisey Yates
A Review: Anthems Outside Time by Kenneth Schneyer
A- Review: A Royal Affair by Allison Montclair
B- Review: Queen of the Unwanted by Jenna Glass
A- Review: The Friendship List by Susan Mallery
Stacking the Shelves (403)

Coming This Week:

Search the Dark by Charles Todd (review)
Return to Learn Giveaway Hop
The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows by Olivia Waite (review)
The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis (review)
The Sin in the Steel by Ryan Van Loan (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-26-20

Sunday Post

I bought A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking for the title. Some books get bought for their covers, but for this one it was definitely the title. The cover is cute but it isn’t all that. But the book, oh, the book was definitely this week’s winner among some very excellent contenders. I just won’t ever be using Wizard Mona’s recipe for gingerbread. Her book, on the other hand, was terrific!

 

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Feline Good Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Seas the Day Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $20 Gift Card from Rhys Ford and Silk Dragon Salsa is Sandy

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Hearts and Stones by Robin D. Owens
Spotlight + Excerpt: The Friendship List by Susan Mallery
B Review: Falling for Mr. Townsbridge by Sophie Barnes
A+ Review: A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher
A Review: Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook by Celia Rees
Stacking the Shelves (402)

Coming This Week:

The Hero of Hope Springs by Maisey Yates (blog tour review)
Anthems Outside Time by Kenneth Schneyer (review)
Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson (review)
A Royal Affair by Allison Montclair (review)
The Friendship List by Susan Mallery (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-19-20

Sunday Post

In addition to being Sunday and George having an extreme case of the zoomies, today is also my husband Galen’s birthday. So Happy Birthday to the love of my life!

But speaking of birthdays, or at least of time passing, this new picture of George that shows just  how big he’s getting to be. This one looks like the way that George will look when he’s full grown, but he’s not quite 6 months old yet. Still, the way he’s sprawled is definitely the shape – and size – of things to come. Which is going to be a bit of an ongoing problem for me, as George likes to sit in front of my computer monitor and try to follow the cursor. The bigger he is the more of the screen he will block!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Feline Good Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Seas the Day Giveaway Hop
$20 Gift Card from Rhys Ford and Silk Dragon Salsa

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Star Spangled Giveaway Hop is Wendy

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: Silk Dragon Salsa by Rhys Ford + Excerpt + Giveaway
Feline Good Giveaway Hop
B Review: The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull
Seas the Day Giveaway Hop
A- Review: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
Stacking the Shelves (401)

Coming This Week:

Hearts and Stones by Robin D. Owens (review)
The Friendship List by Susan Mallery (blog tour spotlight + excerpt)
Falling for Mr. Townsbridge by Sophie Barnes (blog tour review)
Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook by Celia Rees (review)
Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-12-20

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This year will probably take the cake for weird in so many ways. I’m not sure which feels stranger at the moment, that Tax Day is Wednesday, or that it’s July and Tax Day is Wednesday, or that we lost such complete track of the damn thing that we have to file an extension. Time feels totally liminal, that it’s in a place between places, and it’s just not real.

On my other hand, the one instance where time is VERY real is the way that George is growing by leaps and bounds. Literally as he seems to be all legs at the moment. It feels like only yesterday that we brought him home, but he’s scheduled for his ‘snip and chip’ in just a couple of weeks. This is a case where time is actually visibly flying, as he seems to get bigger every day. Unfortunately, Freddie seems to get more roly-poly every day. As soon as George is chipped we’ll need to go back to using the food-training dishes. This will NOT be popular.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Star Spangled Giveaway Hop (ends WEDNESDAY!)

Blog Recap:

B Review: A Cruel Deception by Charles Todd
B Review: Claim of Eon by Anna Hackett
B+ Review: Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson
B- Review: Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson
B+ Review: The Disappearance of Alistair Ainsworth by Leonard Goldberg
Stacking the Shelves (400)

Coming This Week:

Silk Dragon Salsa by Rhys Ford (blog tour review)
Feline Good Giveaway Hop
The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull (blog tour review)
Seas the Day Giveaway Hop
Queen of Storms by Raymond E. Feist (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-5-20

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To celebrate the end of of this 3-day weekend, here’s a picture of George stretched out very, very long. I have no idea what that thing is in the bottom of the picture. But George has become a very long, skinny drink of water in the last few weeks. Once he grows into his legs and tail he’s going to be a very big boy.

Have you seen the #Hamilfilm this weekend? We saw the play in the theater, in Chicago, but long after the original cast had left – and from slightly obstructed seats. So we’re looking forward to seeing all the parts we missed sometime this weekend. Along with a viewing of one of my favorite movies, 1776. As I was talking with a friend today, I realized that there is a similarity beyond the time period. Both plays, and both movies, rely on the music to tell the story. The sets were minimal, and so was the spoken dialog. It’s the music that moves, and the music that sticks in the mind long after the show is over.

Speaking of things that stick in the mind, this past week The Angel of the Crows really knocked me for a marvelous reading loop. If you like historical fantasy, or urban fantasy, or Sherlock Holmes, or wingfic, or Katherine Addison or Sarah Monette, this book is well and truly awesome. As was The Lost Princess Returns, but Lost Princess is the culmination of a long and deeply involved – and involving – series, while Angel is either an opening number or complete in itself. I sincerely hope it is an opening act, I’d love to see more in this world. And from this author.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Star Spangled Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the June of Books Giveaway Hop is Carl
The winner of the Daddy Shark Giveaway Hop is Jenness
The winner of the Gift Card Giveaway Hop is Molli

Blog Recap:

A Review: The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison
A- Review: Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory
Star Spangled Giveaway Hop
A+ Review: The Lost Princess Returns by Jeffe Kennedy
C Review: The Rakess by Scarlett Peckham
Stacking the Shelves (399)

Coming This Week:

A Cruel Deception by Charles Todd (review)
Witchmark by C.L. Polk (review)
Claim of Eon by Anna Hackett (review)
Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook by Celia Rees (review)
Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-28-20

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I kind of scrapped the last part of this week’s schedule. I wanted to get lost in a good book, and the books I had scheduled are supposed to be good, but I couldn’t reach the lostness. Hence the turn towards comfort reading.

And I have an adorable picture of George. Not that all pictures of George aren’t utterly adorable. But this time George is swearing that he’s up to no good while he’s sleeping on a throw of the Marauder’s Map.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the June of Books Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Daddy Shark Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card (or $10 Book) in the Gift Card Giveaway Hop
$20 Amazon Gift Card from Lisa Kessler

Blog Recap:

A Review: Ghostrider by M.L. Buchman
B- Review: Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings
B Review: Pirate’s Persuasion by Lisa Kessler + Giveaway
A- Review: No Cats Allowed by Miranda James
A- Review: Dead Man’s Chest by Kerry Greenwood
Stacking the Shelves (398)

Coming This Week:

The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison (review)
Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory (review)
Star Spangled Giveaway Hop
The Lost Princess Returns by Jeffe Kennedy (review)
The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-21-20

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Today is Father’s Day – in the U.S. and a lot of other countries, but not everywhere. It’s been 30 years since my dad passed away. I still miss him. And I’m feeling weird, because I’m now the age he was when he died.

And here’s a picture of George to make me feel better. If you’re close to your dad, you’re lucky. And if you’re not, for whatever reason, hopefully this will give you a bit of a pick-me-up as well.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the June of Books Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Daddy Shark Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card (or $10 Book) in the Gift Card Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

A- Review: An Unnatural Life by Erin K. Wagner
Daddy Shark Giveaway Hop
Gift Card Giveaway Hop
A Review: Automatic Reload by Ferrett Steinmetz
A- Review: The Woman in the Green Dress by Tea Cooper
Stacking the Shelves (397)

Coming This Week:

Ghostrider by M.L. Buchman (review)
Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings (review)
Pirate’s Persuasion by Lisa Kessler (blog tour review)
The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa (review)
Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-14-20

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Ok, so I think this will be this week’s schedule. I’m actually sure about everything but Thursday, as I’m committed for the other days and I’m halfway through An Unnatural Life. But it’s been another week of bouncing hard off of too many things and having a difficult time getting back in the groove.

Here’s this week’s George picture to distract you from my waffling:

Don’t worry about him being in the carrier. I know he LOOKS miserable, and he wasn’t happy about the situation, but he’s in there to go to the vet’s for his 16-week kitten wellness check and booster shots. Where he got a clean bill of health so he’s just fine. One more set of boosters next month and then it will be time for him to be snipped and chipped! Which won’t make him terribly happy either but MUST be done.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the June of Books Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Driving the Deep by Suzanne Palmer
B Review: The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho
A Review: The Marriage Game by Sara Desai
A- Review: The Heirs of Locksley by Carrie Vaughn
A Review: A Choir of Crows by Candace Robb
Stacking the Shelves (396)

Coming This Week:

An Unnatural Life by Erin K. Wagner (review)
Daddy Shark Giveaway Hop
Gift Card Giveaway Hop
Automatic Reload by Ferret Steinmetz (review)
The Woman in the Green Dress by Tea Cooper (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-7-20

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I caught George napping at my feet this morning. He’d made a little nest for himself on the couch and was just peeking over the top. Until he fell asleep. And it’s a bit of a lazy Sunday so I was very tempted to join him in that nap!

It has been a long week in America. I desperately want this to be the end of the long dark night, but I fear that it is not. Concentrating on anything, even on reading, is difficult. Sometimes just sitting and petting the cats is the only option for sanity. Take care of yourselves and your loved ones.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the June of Books Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Movie Night Giveaway Hop is Breanne

Blog Recap:

June of Books Giveaway Hop
B+ Review: The Summer House by Lauren K. Denton
A- Review: Hell Squad: Tane by Anna Hackett
A Review: Riviera Gold by Laurie R. King
B+ Review: Red Sky Over Hawaii by Sara Ackerman
Stacking the Shelves (395)

Coming This Week:

Driving the Deep by Suzanne Palmer (review)
The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho (review)
A Cowboy to Remember by Rebekah Witherspoon (review)
Automatic Reload by Ferret Steinmetz (review)
Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-31-20

Sunday Post

The world is having a really crappy time right now. A kitten picture will not solve anything, unfortunately, but hopefully it will make you smile for a second or two. George’s antics certainly make us smile!

There’s a bird’s nest in the eaves on our front porch just outside my office. Galen went out to take a picture of the nest while George was peering through the window. Supervising. Who could resist that concerned little face?

Speaking of resistance being futile, I couldn’t resist being part of the To Sleep in a Sea of Stars excerpt tour this week. Partially because I was just thrilled to be asked. And also because it gave me a couple of days to just chill and not have to have a review ready. I am very happy when I get a guest contribution from Amy Daltry or Galen – who was responsible for this Monday’s Memorial Day post, but for the most part Reading Reality is a one-woman band, with yours truly being the one beating all the instruments. It’s lovely to get a couple of days off to just read whatever the heck I want to, even if its something that really can’t be reviewed. With the week we’ve all just had, a complete escape was a relief. The only problem is that the world is still the mess it is when I come back to it. It’s starting to look like the future that science fiction warned us about, and I really wish it hadn’t been so damn accurate!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Movie Night Giveaway Hop (ENDS TONIGHT!!!)

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop is Ann B.

Blog Recap:

Memorial Day 2020
B+ Review: Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey by Abigail Wilson
Spotlight + Excerpt: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
B Review: Out of Body by Jeffrey Ford
Spotlight + Complete Excerpt: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
Stacking the Shelves (394)

Coming This Week:

June of Books Giveaway Hop
The Summer House by Lauren K. Denton (blog tour review)
Hell Squad: Tane by Anna Hackett (review)
Red Sky Over Hawaii by Sara Ackerman (blog tour review)
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones (review)