The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 8-1-21

I posted this oldie but goodie on this same day last year. It’s still true. It’s ALWAYS true.

Another month ends.
All targets met.
All systems working.
All customers satisfied.
All Staff eagerly enthusiastic.
All pigs fed and ready to fly.

And here’s Lucifer’s opinion of the whole thing:

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Sip Sip Hooray Giveaway Hop is Merysa

Blog Recap:

A Review: The House of Always by Jenn Lyons
A- Review: Hacking Mr. CEO by Anna Hackett
B+ Review: Radar Girls by Sara Ackerman
B+ Review: Pirate’s Promise by Lisa Kessler
A Review: Hold Fast Through the Fire by K.B. Wagers
Stacking the Shelves (455)

Coming This Week:

Paper & Blood by Kevin Hearne (review)
The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams (review)
She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan (review)
Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara (review)
The Godstone by Violette Malan (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-25-21

This seems to have been an A- kind of week, whatever that might mean, in spite of dealing with cars that were complaining that their tires just weren’t right. All fixed now but annoying while it’s going on. As car things often are.

Today’s cat picture is George, because he’s just so photogenic when he’s not being a clown. Like all cats, he likes to be in the sunshine getting his solar batteries recharged. Not that George’s batteries ever seem to lose their charge. After all, he’s just barely out of kittenhood! But there he is, in all of his orange striped tabby glory, being striped in the opposite direction by the sun shining through the blinds in Galen’s office.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Sip Sip Hooray Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

B Review: The Past is Red by Catherynne M. Valente
A- Review: The Knight’s Tale by M.J. Trow
B+ Review: Into the Thinnest of Air by Simon R. Green
A- Review: The Tangleroot Palace by Marjorie M. Liu
A- Review: One Day All This Will Be Yours by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Stacking the Shelves (454)

Coming This Week:

The House of Always by Jenn Lyons (audio review)
Radar Girls by Sara Ackerman (blog tour review)
Pirate’s Promise by Lisa Kessler (review)
Hacking Mr. CEO by Anna Hackett (review)
Hold Fast Through the Fire by K.B. Wagers (review)

 

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-18-21

Today’s picture is of a later session in last week’s boy cat convention. They seem to have resumed deliberation when the sun came out. I know the sunshine surrounding them makes them look like little angels, but I do believe they were planning a bit of deviltry during this discussion. Or at least the destruction of as many toilet paper rolls as they could get their paws on!

And again, the session broke up when I tried to get in closer. I’m obviously NOT supposed to hear whatever Freddie and Lucifer are whispering in each other’s ears!

I’ve pretty much arranged things so that I have all short books this week. I have two “secret” books that I have to finish and write reviews of, so I’m kind of squished. I am eternally grateful to Tordotcom because there are weeks – like this one – where I don’t know what I’d do without their marvelous novellas.

So many books, so little time!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Sip Sip Hooray Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Sparkle Time Giveaway Hop is Breanna

Blog Recap:

B Review: Shadows Have Offended by Cassandra Rose Clarke
B+ Review: The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix
A- Review: While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory
A- Review: Questland by Carrie Vaughn
Sip Sip Hooray Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (453)

Coming This Week:

The Past is Red by Catherynne M. Valente (review)
The Knight’s Tale by M.J. Trow (review)
Into the Thinnest of Air by Simon R. Green (review)
The Tangleroot Palace by Marjorie Liu (review)
Radar Girls by Sara Ackerman (blog tour review)

Please link your Virtual Nightstand post in the linky below:


The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-11-21

I think I started five different books before I finally got stuck into Shadows Have Offended. I’ve been looking for comfort reads, and re-reading a LOT of fanfiction, so I finally just gave in and picked up some of the licensed variety – as that’s what media tie-in novels feel like to me. YMMV. Also, between playing Mass Effect: Andromeda and loving both Project Hail Mary and A Psalm for the Wild-Built last week, I’m still in an SFnal kind of mood.

This week’s cat picture looks like all the boy cats decided to have a convention in the front hallway – or at least a terribly serious meeting about something. And probably something that the humans in the house should worry about. A lot. (Sorry the picture is small. When I tried to get closer, the convention broke up. I guess they really didn’t want me to learn what they were plotting!)

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Sparkle Time Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

(Not Exactly the) Fourth of July
B Review: Books Promiscuously Read by Heather Cass White
A- Review: A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
A Review: M, King’s Bodyguard by Niall Leonard
A+ Review: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Stacking the Shelves (452)

Coming This Week:

Shadows Have Offended by Cassandra Rose Clarke (review)
The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix (blog tour review)
While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory (review)
Band of Sisters by Lauren Willig (review)
Sip Sip Hooray Giveaway Hop

Please link your Virtual Nightstand post in the linky below:


The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-4-21

Today is the actual Fourth of July, so Happy Independence Day to everyone in the U.S.

It’s also a three-day weekend this year (AND NEXT YEAR!), which means an extra long weekend of reading – or whatever floats your boat. Come to think of it, one could read while floating on that boat! I’m in the middle of four big epic fantasy books, and should manage to finish at least ONE this weekend. We’ll see.

Last week, I had a request to turn What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand into a meme with a link up, so the link up is at the bottom. My books are mostly ebooks, hence the “Mostly Virtual” in the title. If yours are too, feel free to link up here as well as to Caffeinated Reviewer’s Sunday Post. The more we link, the more we books we can add to our towering TBR piles!

Last but not least – definitely not least as Freddie and George are our two biggest cats – here’s this week’s cat picture. Freddie likes to climb. George actually doesn’t, which is kind of a surprise as he certainly has the legs for it. But here we have Freddie, as usual posing as the Prince of Quite A Lot, looking down upon George, posing as his lonely, downtrodden minion.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Sparkle Time Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Dad-O-Mite Giveaway Hop is Aaron R.

Blog Recap:

A- Review: The Return of the Sorceress by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
B Review: Murphy’s Slaw by Elizabeth Logan
B Review: Lady Sunshine by Amy Mason Doan
Sparkle Time Giveaway Hop
A- Review: An Irish Hostage by Charles Todd
Stacking the Shelves (451)

Coming This Week:

Books Promiscuously Read by Heather Cass White (review)
A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers (review)
Cast in Conflict by Michelle Sagara (review)
M. King’s Bodyguard by Niall Leonard (review)

Please link your Virtual Nightstand post in the linky below:


The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-27-21

It’s going to be a lazy Sunday here at Chez Reading Reality, because certain humans were up much too late last night playing Mass Effect Andromeda again. Here’s a picture of sleepy Hecate snoozing in the sun and a very sneaky George photobombing her close up. I’ve just realized that George looks an awful lot like the cover picture of the cat Eggs Benedict in the Alaskan Diner series, so he’s even appropriate for this coming week’s books!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or Book in the Dad-O-Mite Giveaway Hop (ENDS WEDNESDAY!!!)

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison
B+ Review: The Abduction of Pretty Penny by Leonard Goldberg
A- Review: Blackmailing Mr. Bossman by Anna Hackett
A+ Review: White Top by M.L. Buchman
B Review: Someone to Cherish by Mary Balogh
Stacking the Shelves (450)

Coming This Week:

Murphy’s Slaw by Elizabeth Logan (review)
The Return of the Sorceress by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (review)
Lady Sunshine by Amy Mason Doan (blog tour review)
Sparkle Time Giveaway Hop
Cast in Conflict by Michelle Sagara (review)

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

Today is Father’s Day. I still miss mine, even after 30 years. If yours is still around, and your relationship is halfway good, it’s a day for a visit or a phone call. If yours isn’t still around, or if your relationship isn’t, it’s a day for reflection – or however you deal with that loss whether it’s through death or otherwise.

Now back to our regularly scheduled discussions of books and cats. Speaking of which, here’s a picture of both. Folks often mention that my Stacking the Shelves posts are quite huge, or the stacks are VERY tall, or put it some other way that makes it clear that people wonder how it happens. The picture above illustrates how. This is one week of UPS deliveries and I have to believe that the UPS person HATES me. George T. Cat included for scale – and giggles.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card from TA Moore and Shiftless
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Dad-O-Mite Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Berry Good Giveaway Hop is Nina L.

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Shiftless by TA Moore + Excerpt + Giveaway
A Review: The Summer of No Attachments by Lori Foster
Dad-O-Mite Giveaway Hop
C Review: Reality and Other Stories by John Lanchester
B- Review: Inside Man by K.J. Parker
Stacking the Shelves (449)

Coming This Week:

The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison (review)
The Abduction of Pretty Penny by Leonard Goldberg (review)
Blackmailing Mr. Bossman by Anna Hackett (review)
White Top by M.L. Buchman (review)
Someone to Cherish by Mary Balogh (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-13-21

A few weeks ago I posted a picture of Freddie as the “Prince of Quite A Lot” of paper products. His “throne” has been raised to new heights!

I have to say that this week’s schedule gets a bit iffy after the blog hop on Wednesday. There will be posts – there will always be posts! But I’ve found myself feeling different books than the books I thought I was going to feel for the last couple of weeks and it could happen again!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Berry Good Giveaway Hop (ENDS TOMORROW!!!)

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: A Rogue’s Company by Allison Montclair
A+ Review: Beyond the Empire by K.B. Wagers
A- Review: Death with a Double Edge by Anne Perry
B+ Review: Stargazer by Anne Hillerman
B Review: Practical Boots by C.E. Murphy
Stacking the Shelves (448)

Coming This Week:

Shiftless by TA Moore (blog tour review)
The Summer of No Attachments by Lori Foster (blog tour review)
Dad-O-Mite Giveaway Hop
While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams (review)
Reality and Other Stories by John Lanchester (review)

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

It’s been “bounce-off” week this week and it looks like next. I’ve not been feeling quite the thing, so I’ve really been looking for books I can get stuck into right away. Which means I’ve thrown this week’s schedule into a blender fairly often in the last couple of days. I’m not too sure this version will stick either after the first couple of books – because I’ve already finished them! I also finished All the Feels by Olivia Dade because it’s what I desperately WANTED to read, even though it won’t be out until October and I can’t post the review for months. But it’s so good. If you loved Spoiler Alert you’ll love All the Feels, too.

But speaking of spoilers, I have to spoil this picture a bit. It’s titled “Anticipation“, after the song, but what Freddie thinks he’s anticipating here isn’t what he’s actually going to get. He’s hoping it’s food. Chewy’s boxes often contain food. And Freddie, out of all of our cats, is the one who lives to eat. He’s going to be so disappointed when we open these and he learns that it’s just kitty litter. Not that that’s not important for a cat who loves to eat! It’s just not nearly as interesting.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Berry Good Giveaway Hop
$25 Amazon Gift Card from Sophie Barnes and Her Scottish Scoundrel

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Her Scottish Scoundrel by Sophie Barnes + Giveaway
Berry Good Giveaway Hop
B Review: Dead Dead Girls by Nekesa Afia
A- Review: Castle Shade by Laurie R. King
A Review: The Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu
Stacking the Shelves (447)

Coming This Week:

A Rogue’s Company by Allison Montclair (review)
Beyond the Empire by K.B. Wagers (review)
While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams (review)
Death with a Double Edge by Anne Perry (review)
The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry by C.M. Waggoner (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-30-21

I miscalculated when I was putting together the calendar and scheduled a tour for tomorrow. Which is Memorial Day. A day I don’t usually post a review, and when I do it’s at least somewhat relevant to the day. But I messed up so there’s a review. It’s a good book, I didn’t mess that part up!

There are no current giveaways or recent winners, which always feels slightly weird, so it’s a good thing that there’s a very good, Berry Good blog hop starting on Tuesday, June 1. It’s hard to believe it’s June already, but the weather is certainly heading towards summer!

I may not be giving away books or gift cards this week, but I always have a cat picture to give you. Freddie will probably never be the king of all he surveys, but at this particular moment he was the prince of quite a lot of paper products!

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Beyond by Mercedes Lackey
A- Review: The Clover Girls by Viola Shipman
B+ Review: Stealing from Mr. Rich by Anna Hackett
C+ Review: Rabbits by Terry Miles
A- Review: Slough House by Mick Herron
Stacking the Shelves (446)

Coming This Week:

Her Scottish Scoundrel by Sophie Barnes (blog tour review)
Berry Good Giveaway Hop
Dead Dead Girls by Nekesa Afia (blog tour review)
West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge (review)
Hall of Smoke by H.M. Long (review)