The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-13-19

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It’s been a bit of a week here – although for a change it was a week when the schedule actually held up – at least on the surface.

Speaking of surfaces, one of the upstairs bathrooms flooded – again – and dripped into the living room. So there’s that to deal with. There’s never a dull moment when it comes to home ownership, but there are certainly plenty of drippy moments…and sometimes dippy moments but hopefully not at the same time.

Jade City was so awesome I immediately got Jade War and ripped through it. By the end of the week I was reading AND listening, switching back and forth whether I was in the car, on the treadmill, or reading in bed way too late. The only problem with having finished is that the third book in the series, Jade Legacy, won’t be out until probably late next year. It’s going to be a damn long wait!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop (ENDS TUESDAY!!!)
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: Jade City by Fonda Lee
Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Hop
C+ Review: The Lying Room by Nicci French
A+ Review: To Be Taught If Fortunate by Becky Chambers
A Review: Pets in Space 4 by S.E. Smith and others
Stacking the Shelves (361)

Coming This Week:

Jade War by Fonda Lee (review)
The Art of Theft by Sherry Thomas (blog tour review)
Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden (blog tour review)
Every Last Breath by Juno Rushdan (review)
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-6-19

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This was the week of the hot mess in reviews. Honestly, three of the books I reviewed this week featured a hot mess in one form or another. Ivy Gamble in Magic for Liars is a hot mess, as was the entire situation of the French Revolution in Ribbons of Scarlet (although the book about this particular hot mess is very good!) and the story in This is How You Lose the Time War, well, it read like a hot mess to me, although opinions on this one certainly vary. It seems to be a book that people either really love or can’t quite get into – and for me it was the latter.

It also feels like Giveaway Hop season is starting to rev up. Whether that’s because people are in more of a giving mood near the holidays, or because some bloggers (including moi) enjoy having a day when we don’t have to produce a review, or a bit of both, it’s still getting to be that season. Speaking of giveaway hops, signups for the Black Friday Giveaway Hop are open! – even if I can’t believe I’m working on stuff for Thanksgiving already.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Follow the Yellow Brick Road Giveaway Hop is Megan
The winner of The Price of Grace by Diana Munoz Stewart is Sharon
The winner of Coming Home for Christmas by RaeAnne Thayne is Danielle

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
Spooktacular Giveaway Hop
B+ Review: Ribbons of Scarlet by Kate Quinn
A Guest Review by Amy: Sten by Chris Bunch and Allan Cole
B- Review: This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
Stacking the Shelves (360)

Coming This Week:

Jade City by Fonda Lee (review)
Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Hop
The Lying Room by Nicci French (blog tour review)
To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers (review)
Pets in Space 4 by S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Tiffany Roberts, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Donna McDonald, Regine Abel, Alexis Glynn Latner, E.D. Walker, J.C. Hay, Kyndra Hatch, Cassandra Chandler (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-29-19

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First things first. Now that it is, at least theoretically Fall, it’s time to begin thinking about the holidays. Including the annual Black Friday Giveaway Hop, hosted again by yours truly and the Caffeinated Reviewer. So if you can participate in the hop, sign ups are now open. If you’re hoping to avoid the Black Friday shopping crowds and stay home and curl up with a good book, we’ll be here to give you opportunities to win a present or two or three.

Speaking of giveaway hops, the Follow the Yellow Brick Road Hop ends tomorrow – just in time for Spooktacular to begin on Tuesday! It’s still so hot in Atlanta that the Wicked Witch would melt just by standing out in the sun – no water required!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Follow the Yellow Brick Road Giveaway Hop (ENDS TOMORROW!!!!)
Coming Home for Christmas by RaeAnne Thayne
The Price of Grace by Diana Muñoz Stewart

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the September to Remember Giveaway Hop is Kelly

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Lies in White Dresses by Sofia Grant
B+ Review: Coming Home for Christmas by RaeAnne Thayne + Giveaway
A- Review: Kiss of Eon by Anna Hackett
Black Friday Giveaway Hop Sign Up
B+ Review: The Price of Grace by Diana Muñoz Stewart + Giveaway
A- Review: The MacInnes Affair by Blair McDowell
Stacking the Shelves (359)

Coming This Week:

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey (review)
Spooktacular Giveaway Hop
Ribbons of Scarlet by Kate Quinn, Sophie Perinot, Laura Kamoie, Stephanie Dray, E. Knight, Heather Webb (blog tour review)
The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley (review)
This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-22-19

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Reading-wise, this was a terrific week, with not just one but TWO A+ books. That both are female-led space operas probably says a lot about where my headspace is at the moment. I also finished another one, and absolutely adored it, but haven’t written it up yet. It was a FANTASTIC week for space opera – or at least for me to go on them.

But this week is also fantastic, as it is Banned Books Week. The reason for Banned Books Week is, of course, not so fantastic. As a librarian, the idea that some people want to prevent other people from reading whatever they want is pretty much anathema. That someone does not personally want to read a particular book, a particular genre, or a particular author is not the issue. You do you – but I’ll do me, thank you very much. There are plenty of things I have no interest in, and find abhorrent or can’t be bothered with – or occasionally both. But I won’t stop you. And you shouldn’t stop me either.

If you check out any of the Banned Books Week lists at the American Library Association website, you will see some extremely surprising books on those list. Many books that are thought of as classics have been banned at one point or another, and some, like Slaughterhouse Five, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Grapes of Wrath, downright frequently. As has the entire Harry Potter series – and Dr. Seuss!

Celebrate your freedom to read, and see what it’s all about!

 

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the September to Remember Giveaway Hop (ENDS TUESDAY!)
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Follow the Yellow Brick Road Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Hello Autumn Giveaway Hop is Stephanie

Blog Recap:

Follow the Yellow Brick Road Giveaway Hop
A+ Review: Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes
A+ Review: A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
B Review: Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane
B+ Guest Review: H20 by Irving Belateche
Stacking the Shelves (358)

Coming This Week:

Lies in White Dresses by Sofia Grant (blog tour review)
Coming Home for Christmas by RaeAnne Thayne (blog tour review)
Kiss of Eon by Anna Hackett (review)
The Price of Grace by Diana Muñoz Stewart (blog tour review)
The MacInnes Affair by Blair McDowell (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-15-19

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It’s fair and festival season here in the Atlanta area, or at least it feels like it. The County Fair is this week, the Fall Festival in the next ‘burb over is next weekend, and the one in the ‘burb we used to live in is the one after that. And it’s supposed to be in the mid-90s this week. That is NOT fall weather, or at least not to me. I’ve lived a few places where that might qualify as “Indian Summer” but that term implies that there was a cool stretch after summer sorta/kinda ended. Which it just hasn’t here yet. I’m listening to a book about global warming – among other disasters – right now and I’m definitely feeling the heat around here!

Current Giveaways:

$20 Amazon Gift Card or $20 Book in the Hello Autumn Giveaway Hop (ENDS TUESDAY!!!)
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the September to Remember Giveaway Hop
$10 Dreamspinner Gift Card from TA Moore

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: The Heart of the Circle of Keren Landsman
September to Remember Giveaway Hop
A- Review: The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White
B Review: Medusa in the Graveyard by Emily Devenport
A- Review: Dead Man Stalking by TA Moore + Excerpt + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (357)

Coming This Week:

Follow the Yellow Brick Road Giveaway Hop
Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes (blog tour review)
The Orchid Throne by Jeffe Kennedy (review)
Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane (blog tour review)
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-8-19

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It feels like the year is starting to wind down. As soon as Labor Day weekend ended, all the stuff that nobody wants to deal with over the summer popped back up. Like organizing the Black Friday Giveaway Hop, starting to think about the Library Journal Best SF/F Books list, writing a couple of articles that were post-Worldcon, thinking about what we’ll do for the holidays and seeing just how fascinated the cats are with the leaves falling in the backyard.

Hecate, who is under my desk as I type this, is not quite a year old. We got her last October, so this is actually the first time she’s seen the falling leaves. She’s absolutely absorbed by them, at least until she has to run off to do other catly things. Like run up the stairs on the outside of the banister and scare her people half to death. The life of a cat!

Current Giveaways:

$20 Amazon Gift Card or $20 Book in the Hello Autumn Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

Labor Day 2019
Hello Autumn Giveaway Hop
B Review: The Lost Daughter by Gill Paul
A- Review: Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews
B Review: Vendetta in Death by J.D. Robb
Stacking the Shelves (356)

Coming This Week:

The Heart of the Circle by Keren Landsman (review)
September to Remember Giveaway Hop
The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White (blog tour review)
Medusa in the Graveyard by Emily Devenport (review)
Dead Man Stalking by TA Moore (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-1-19

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already September 1, that this is Labor Day Weekend in the U.S. and that summer is unofficially over. I say unofficially because it’s still going to be in the low 90s here in Atlanta for most of the week. While one of the things I love about living here is that winter mostly skims by us – at least compared to other places I’ve lived – summer most definitely does not.

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Bursts of Fire by Susan Forest is Danielle H.
The winner of the Back to School Giveaway Hop is Sharon B.

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Spaceside by Michael Mammay
A+ Review: The Passengers by John Marrs
B- Review: The Chocolate Maker’s Wife by Karen Brooks
A- Review: Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone
A+ Review: A Better Man by Louise Penny
Stacking the Shelves (355)

Coming This Week:

Hello Autumn Giveaway Hop
The Lost Daughter by Gill Paul (blog tour review)
Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews (review)
Cold Storage by David Koepp (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 8-25-19

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Dorothy was right. There is no place like home. (There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.) We had a fantastic time in Dublin, and Worldcon was awesome, but it is SO GOOD to be home. We missed the cats SO MUCH, and the pet cam is no substitute for cuddling them. Also jet lag is a complete bitch. I’ve seen the sun come up more times this week than I have in years because my body clock just isn’t adjusting back to my usual night owl schedule. And it’s driving Lucifer a bit spare because I’m just not assuming the position he wants me in for nearly as long as he requires for his nightly snuggle. He has to be in the feline superior position and my going to sleep right away is just not working for him.

This is a bit of a catch-up Sunday Post, as I’ll finally be announcing – and notifying – the winners of all the giveaways that ended while we were gone. But speaking of giveaways ending, the Back to School Giveaway Hop rather appropriately ends this week, as everyone seems to have gone back to school by now!

And I’d like to give a very big shout out to Amy Daltry, who provided so many wonderful guest reviews while I was away. Thanks a bunch Amy!

Current Giveaways:

Bursts of Fire by Susan Forest
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Back to School Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Forgotten Bones by Vivian Barz is Anita Y.
The winner of Relative Fortunes by Marlowe Benn is Marjorie R.
The winner of The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare is Jen M.
The winner of the Sweet Goodness Giveaway Hop is Angela C.
The winner of the Oh! the Places You’ll Go Giveaway Hop is Jenness M.

Blog Recap:

B Review: For the Killing of Kings by Howard Andrew Jones
A- Guest Review: Sentinel of Darkness by Katie Reus
A Review: The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs
B+ Review: Bursts of Fire by Susan Forest + Giveaway
B+ Review: Defender by Anna Hackett
Stacking the Shelves (354)

Coming This Week:

Spaceside by Michael Mammay (review)
Passengers by John Marrs (blog tour review)
The Chocolate Maker’s Wife by Karen Brooks (blog tour review)
Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone (review)
Turning Darkness into Light by Marie Brennan (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 8-18-19

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This is my “crystal ball” post. I’m prepping it almost two weeks ahead because we’ll be away, so I’m attempting to predict the future. I have almost everything set up and ready to go, with one book that I’m planning to read on the plane and write up in Ireland. We’ll see how well my predictions match reality when I get home.

Speaking of getting home, all giveaway winners will be determined and notified (YAY Rafflecopter!) when I get home this coming week.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Oh! The Places You’ll Go Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Back to School Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

A Guest Review by Amy: Poison Fruit by Jacqueline Carey
A+ Guest Review by Amy: Mischief and Mayhem by L.E.Rico
A+ Review: The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang
A- Review: American Magic by Zach Fehst
Back to School Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (353)

Coming This Week:

For the Killing of Kings by Howard Andrew Jones (review)
Sentinel of Darkness by Katie Reus (guest review by Amy)
The Oystervile Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs (blog tour review)
Bursts of Fire by Susan Forest (blog tour review)
Defender by Anna Hackett (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 8-11-19

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As you read this, I’m in Dublin (Ireland, not Ohio) doing some sightseeing before Worldcon at the end of the week. I’m posting a whole bunch of stuff ahead so that I don’t have to worry too frantically about the blog while I’m away.

That means that all Winner Announcements are postponed until I get back.

It probably also means that I’m seeing a virtual ton of new and fascinating books to add to the virtually towering TBR pile. This will be grand!

Current Giveaways:

$25 Amazon Gift Card from Ann Aguirre and The Third Mrs. Durst
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Sweet Goodness Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Oh! the Places You’ll Go! Giveaway Hop
The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs by Katherine Howe (3 copies)
The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: The Third Mrs. Durst by Ann Aguirre + Giveaway
Oh! the Places You’ll Go! Giveaway Hop
A Review: The Hound of Justice by Claire O’Dell
A- Review: The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs by Katherine Howe + Giveaway
B+ Review: The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (352)

Coming This Week:

Poison Fruit by Jacqueline Carey (guest review by Amy)
Mischief and Mayhem by L.E. Rico (guest review by Amy)
The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang (blog tour review)
American Magic by Zach Fehst (review)
Back to School Giveaway Hop