The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 4-15-18

Sunday Post

Now I know my Blogo-Birthday is really past – all the Rafflecopters have finished for the week of giveaways. But next year’s Blogo-Birthday is only 350-ish days away! LOL

I really wanted to include a review of Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman this past week, but…My Dear Hamilton, which was absolutely marvelous, weighed in at 670 pages. By the time I finished, I was kind of out of reading juice and had a terrible book hangover. I finished Cave of Bones over the weekend and it is just as absorbing as every book in the series has been.

Don’t forget, the April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop ends TONIGHT!!!!!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop (ENDS TONIGHT!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Rain Rain Go Away! Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winners of my Blogo-Birthday Giveaway are Shirley and Jen.
The winners of books in the Gateways to Alissia Trilogy by Dan Koboldt are Anne, Anita and L Lam.
The winner of the Anna Hackett Prize Pack is Rachelle.
The winner of their choice of any book by John Scalzi is Adik.

Blog Recap:

B Review: Claws for Concern by Miranda James
Rain Rain Go Away Giveaway Hop
B Review: Farewell My Cuckoo by Marty Wingate
A Review: My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
A Review: Hammered by Kevin Hearne
Stacking the Shelves (283)

Coming Next Week:

The Family Gathering by Robyn Carr (blog tour review)
Full Bloom Giveaway Hop
Hot Response by Shannon Stacey (blog tour review)
Unmasked by the Marquess by Cat Sebastian (blog tour review)
Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 4-8-18

Sunday Post

It’s been a wonderful Blogo-Birthday Celebration Week. I got to review lots of great books, I hosted a whole bunch of giveaways, and hopefully a good time was had by all. But now it’s time to call it a week – at least until next year. All of the giveaways are still open, so you have plenty of time to get in, or tweet about the giveaways to get more chances to win.

I want to take this opportunity to once again thank all of you who read, follow or just stop in here at Reading Reality. And I also want to give a shout out and a very warm thank you to the two authors who sponsored giveaways for my celebration, Anna Hackett and Dan Koboldt. I love their books, so I’m very happy to have a chance to share them with more readers.

Today is the start of an entirely different celebration week. It’s National Library Week, at least here in the U.S. So if you haven’t visited your local library in a while, please take this opportunity to stop by and see what they have to offer, whether in person or online.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
From Duke Till Dawn by Eva Leigh (3 winners)
Winners choice of book in the Gateways to Alissia Trilogy by Dan Koboldt (3 winners)
$25 Amazon Gift Card and $25 Book(s) from the Book Depository (2 winners) in my Blogo-Birthday Giveaway
Anna Hackett Prize Pack (books + swag)
Winners choice of any book by John Scalzi

Blog Recap:

B Review: Counting on a Countess by Eva Leigh + Giveaway
A- Review: The World Awakening by Dan Koboldt + Giveaway
Blogo-Birthday Giveaway
A- Review: Cyborg by Anna Hackett + Giveaway
A Review: Head On by John Scalzi + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (282)

Coming Next Week:

Claws for Concern by Miranda James (review)
Rain Rain Go Away Giveaway Hop
Farewell My Cuckoo by Marty Wingate (blog tour review)
My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie (blog tour review)
Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 4-1-18

Sunday Post

Happy April Fool’s Day. Hoppy Easter, Happy Passover, and welcome to the first day of my Blogo-Birthday Celebration Week!

Officially the celebration is April 4 and April 5, but over the years it’s gotten bigger and bigger and now it’s a whole week. I will be giving something away every day this week. There will be books, gift cards and even some swag! Stop by every day to see what’s in store.

Here’s what’s coming up this week, as well as all the goodies that are usually a part of the Sunday Post.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop is Tari
The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the March into Madness Giveaway Hop is Judith
The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the All About Diversity Blog Hop is Adik

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai + Giveaway
A Review: To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear
B Review: The Morcai Battalion: The Pursuit by Diana Palmer
B+ Review: The Awkward Squad by Sophie Henaff
A- Review: Queen of the Flowers by Kerry Greenwood
Stacking the Shelves (281)
April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop

Coming Next Week:

Counting on a Countess by Eva Leigh (blog tour review)
The World Awakening by Dan Koboldt (review)
Blogo-Birthday Giveaway
Cyborg by Anna Hackett (review)
Head On by John Scalzi (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 3-25-18

Sunday Post

My Blogo-Birthday Celebration begins next Sunday. The opening salvo, so to speak, will be the April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop, but I’ll be giving stuff away all week long!

But speaking of giveaways, I have three blog hops still going on, but they all end sometime this week, just in time for Blogo-Birthday Week. But there is still plenty of time to enter them all.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the All About Diversity Blog Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the March into Madness Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

C+ Review: Fast Burn by Lori Foster
A Review: Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell
B Review: The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter
A Review: Hexed by Kevin Hearne
B Review: The River House by Carla Neggers
Stacking the Shelves (280)

Coming Next Week:

Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai (blog tour review)
To Die but Once by Jacqueline Winspear (review)
The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton (review)
Court of Lions by Jane Johnson (review)
The Morcai Battalion: The Pursuit by Diana Palmer (review)
April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 3-18-18

Sunday Post

This week marked my first A+ Review for the year, for Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon. If you like epic fantasy at all, this one is not only awesome, but also complete in a single not-quite-a-doorstop volume. I picked this one because The Map of Moments by these same two gentlemen is one of my absolute favorite books about post-Katrina New Orleans. That one is urban fantasy rather than epic, but equally awesome.

I also have three blog hops going on, and these will last until the end of the month. When not only will the April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop begin, but my Seventh Annual Blogo-Birthday week will commence. I’ll be giving stuff away all week to commemorate the OMG seventh anniversary of the start of Reading Reality as well as my own birthday. There should be something to appeal to everyone!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the All About Diversity Blog Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the March into Madness Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 book in the March Book of Choice Giveaway Hop is Valentina.
The winner of the ebook copy of Surrender My Heart by L.G. O’Connor is Alli.
The winner of the print copy of Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan is Dianna.

Blog Recap:

B Review: A Dangerous Game by Heather Graham
A+ Review: Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon
B+ Review: Good Guys by Steven Brust
Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop
March into Madness Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (279)

Coming Next Week:

Fast Burn by Lori Foster (blog tour review)
Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell (review)
The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter (blog tour review)
Court of Lions by Jane Johnson (review)
The River House by Carla Neggers (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 3-11-18

Sunday Post

One door closes, other doors open. The March Book of Choice Giveaway Hop ends on Thursday, just as the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop and the March into Madness Giveaway Hop begin. Meanwhile, the All About Diversity Giveaway Hop started early this morning and runs until the end of the month – just in time for the April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop to start.

If you like urban fantasy that may or may not be touched with a bit of paranormal romance, and you have not looked into Anne Bishop’s world of The Others, it might be time to start. I love this series (Cass hates it, she hates everything unless there are dragons in it). But even she admits that they are reading crack. Once you pick one up, you can’t put it down.

Did you remember to SPRING FORWARD? Daylight saving time starts today in the U.S. Which means we all lost an hour of reading-time last night!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the March Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the All About Diversity Blog Hop
Surrender My Heart by LG O’Connor (ebook)
Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

Blog Recap:

B- Review: Surrender My Heart by L.G. O’Connor + Giveaway
A- Review: Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan + Giveaway
A Review: Lake Silence by Anne Bishop
A- Review: Guardian by Anna Hackett
C+ Review: Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey
Stacking the Shelves (278)
All About Diversity Blog Hop

Coming Next Week:

A Dangerous Game by Heather Graham (blog tour review)
Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon (review)
Good Guys by Steven Brust (review)
Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop
March into Madness Giveaway Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 3-4-18

Sunday Post

We saw Black Panther last weekend after I wrote my Sunday Post. The movie was marvelous, and it prompted me to bring The Night Masquerade out of the virtual TBR pile. I was looking for more Afrofuturism (still am) and remembered how much I loved Binti, even though the second book in the trilogy didn’t wow me. The third book was almost as good as the first, and that’s high prize. Binti swept the SF awards the year it came out.

I’m posting my review of Lake Silence this week, because this is its book birthday, but I read it a while ago, practically as soon as I received the eARC. If you are hooked on The Others series, Lake Silence is a terrific further exploration of that world. I hope we get to go back again and again (and again).

And I’m always happy to get a new book from Anna Hackett. I know I’m going to have a great time. And I did!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the March Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
3 copies of Highland Dragon Warrior by Isabel Cooper

Winner Announcements:

The winner of a $10 Amazon Gift Card in the Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop is Nikki.

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear
B+ Review: Fatal Chaos by Marie Force
A Review: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor
March Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
B+ Review: Highland Dragon Master by Isabel Cooper + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (277)

Coming Next Week:

Surrender My Heart by L.G. O’Connor (blog tour review)
Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan (blog tour review)
Lake Silence by Anne Bishop (review)
Guardian by Anna Hackett (review)
Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 2-25-18

Sunday Post

We’ve been home for a week now, and I’m still having an intense “happy, happy, joy, joy” reaction to being home. I’m not sure whether it’s because we were gone so long, because I was sick for part of the trip, or I just missed the cats an awful lot. But I am so very happy to be home. Even if I’m still catching up with all the things that had to be put on hold while we were away.

It’s hard to believe that February is almost over. And even harder to believe that it is still officially winter. We were freezing just last month, but it’s been in the 60s and even 70s all week here in Atlanta. We’ll either have a really hot summer, or there will be one more cold snap that will kill off all the plants and flowers that have gotten a bit too early of a start. Or possibly both.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop (ENDS TUESDAY!)

Blog Recap:

A- Review: A Plunder of Souls by D.B. Jackson
B Review: The Upside by Abdel Sellou
A- Review: The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron + Giveaway
B+ Review: Shelter My Heart by L.G. O’Connor
B Review: Deborah Calling by Avraham Azrieli
Stacking the Shelves (276)

Coming Next Week:

Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear (review)
Fatal Chaos by Marie Force (blog tour review)
Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor (review)
March Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
Highland Dragon Master by Isabel Cooper (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 2-18-18

Sunday Post

We’re home after 10 days away at back-to-back conferences. It is SO GOOD to be home. Especially now that the cats have forgiven us, and seem to have meowed all the things they needed to tell us. THAT took a while. Obviously they had a lot to say, and just couldn’t wait to say it. We missed them, so it’s good to know that they missed us, too.

One of the most important things that I was at ALA Midwinter to accomplish was to participate in my final round of voting and wordsmithing as part of the ALA Notable Books Council. For the past four years, I have been part of this excellent group that picks the 25 (or so) best literary fiction, non-fiction and poetry for adults. This year’s list was awesome. If you’re looking for great books to read and recommend, you can’t go wrong with one of our lists.

But Notables is a lot of work (we get over 1,000 books each year to at least look at) so the rules are that we can only serve four years in a row. This was my fourth and final year for this go around. I can come back later, and I might. But in the meantime, this coming year I’ll be part of the Carnegie Medal Committee, which picks one best book in fiction, and one in nonfiction, each year, for adults. (Sometimes there’s overlap with Notables, and sometimes there isn’t). It’s a new group and a new process, but still passionate about books and reading. I’m looking forward to it!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop
3 paperback copies of Christmas Cowboy and Smooth-Talking Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the February Book of Choice Giveaway Hop is Gaby N.

Blog Recap:

B Review: The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard
Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop
A Review: Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
B Review: Modern Loss by Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner
B+ Review: Smooth-Talking Cowboy by Maisey Yates + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (275)

Coming Next Week:

A Plunder of Souls by D.B. Jackson (review)
The Upside by Abdel Sellou (blog tour review)
The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron (blog tour review)
Shelter My Heart by L.G. O’Connor (review)
Deborah Calling by Avraham Azrieli (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 2-11-18

Sunday Post

Welcome to the during ALA Midwinter Conference Madness early posting of my Sunday Post. As you read this, I’m in Denver, either freezing my extremities off, trapped in a meeting room or completely brain-fried after the end of my own three-day meeting marathon. Or possibly all of the above. Conference meeting rooms are not renowned for their temperature control capabilities in any city. I will be ending my tenure on one book awards committee and beginning my tenure on yet another. Which I generally enjoy, but spending most of a conference locked in a small meeting room with a whole bunch of colleagues who are all passionate about books (but not necessarily the same books) has both its upsides and its downsides. Especially when we get to the “wordsmithing” part of the agenda.

I hadn’t realized I had quite so many tour books scheduled for this coming week. My reading post-conference is often a crap-shoot, as things that I planned on in the clear light of pre-conference do not appeal post-conference because brain-fried. This year we’ll certainly see.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the February Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James

Blog Recap:

B Review: Midsummer Delights by Eloisa James + Giveaway
A Review: Into the Fire by Elizabeth Moon
B Review: Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay
A- Review: A Study in Sable by Mercedes Lackey
B Review: The Silence of the Library by Miranda James
Stacking the Shelves (274)

Coming Next Week:

The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard (blog tour review)
Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop
Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison (review)
Modern Loss by Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner (blog tour review)
Smooth-Talking Cowboy by Maisey Yates (blog tour review)