The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 4-23-16

Sunday Post

I don’t normally do promo spots, or cover reveals, or spotlights, or anything that doesn’t include a review of the book being featured. It’s my blog and it is what I say it is, and that’s one of the places where I draw the line. I feature original content as much as possible. Usually mine but not always. Occasionally I give something away, which nobody minds a bit. So why the “Sneak Peek” from Susan Mallery?

Consider it a preview of coming attractions. I am also part of the blog tour for the book, and the review is scheduled for July 11, when the book comes out. I loved her Daughters of the Bride last year, and I can’t wait for this one.

But speaking of features – about Mitla Pass. I read Leon Uris in my teens and early 20s, after having glommed onto Exodus one bored afternoon at my grandparents’. When the estate contacted me asking if I would feature one of the books (they’ve been re-released in ebook), it seemed like a golden opportunity to revisit an author I loved, once upon a time. And while the past is still another country, I enjoyed the book, and the trip down memory lane.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop
Any Day Now by Robyn Carr

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Rain Rain Go Away Giveaway Hop is Lulu B.
The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Spring into Romance Giveaway Hop is Ann S.

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Legend Has It by Elliott James
B Review: Any Day Now by Robyn Carr + Giveaway
A- Review: The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn
B Review: Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon
C+ Review: The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox
Stacking the Shelves (232)

Coming Next Week:

Mitla Pass by Leon Uris (review)
Slow Burn Cowboy by Maisey Yates (blog tour review)
Sneak Peek at Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery (blog tour)
Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey (review)
Swing Time by Zadie Smith (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 4-16-16

Sunday Post

This is another week where the books towards the end look a bit more aspirational than may be possible. We’ll see. We’re having house company for most of the week, and I expect to have a really terrific excuse why I don’t get much reading or writing done this week. And I expect to have LOTS of fun!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Spring into Romance Giveaway Hop (ends Monday!)
$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Rain Rain Go Away Giveaway Hop (ends Wednesday!)

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop is Stacy T.
The winner of the Penric and Desdemona series by Lois McMaster Bujold is Laura R.
The winner of The Rogue Retrieval by Dan Koboldt is Dynal R.
The winner of their choice of book by John Scalzi is Linda R.
The winner of the $10 Book or $10 Gift Card in my Blogo-Birthday Giveaway is Maria M.

Blog Recap:

B Review: The Librarians and the Lost Lamp by Greg Cox
A- Review: The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton
C+ Review: The Captive Shifter by Veronica Scott
A Review: Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman
A- Review: The Green Mill Murder by Kerry Greenwood
Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (231)

Coming Next Week:

Legend Has It by Elliott James (review)
Any Day Now by Robyn Carr (blog tour review)
Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews (review)
Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon (review)
The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 4-9-16

Sunday Post

This past week was my Blogo-Birthday week, so I have OODLES of giveaways in process. And because it was my Blogo-Birthday week, I only picked books I really, really wanted to read this week, which leads to all A reviews. I was looking forward to them, I loved them, and I was a very happy reader for the week. I’m also sharing the love, so if you like the reviews, or the authors, or want to try something new and very highly recommended (at least by moi) I’m giving away one of everything this week, occasionally with the happy collusion of the publisher and author, but often just my ownself.

And we’re off to another year of fun-filled, and occasionally grown-worthy, reading. Today is the first day of National Library Week. So if you love reading, or love your library, be sure to thank a librarian for all they do to keep you in books!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Spring into Romance Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Sixth Annual Blogo-Birthday Blast
The Rogue Retrieval and/or The Island Deception by Dan Koboldt
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Rain Rain Go Away Giveaway Hop
Winner’s choice of any book by John Scalzi
Penric and Desdemona series by Lois McMaster Bujold

Winner Announcements:

The winner of No Getting Over a Cowboy by Delores Fossen is LL

Blog Recap:

Spring into Romance Giveaway Hop
Sixth Annual Blogo-Birthday Blast
A- Review: The Island Deception by Dan Koboldt + Giveaway
Rain Rain Go Away Giveaway Hop
A Review: The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi + Giveaway
A- Review: Mira’s Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (230)

Coming Next Week:

The Librarians and the Lost Lamp by Greg Cox (review)
The Hideaway by Lauren K Denton (blog tour review)
Captive Shifter by Veronica Scott (review)
Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman (review)
Ice Ghosts by Paul Watson (review)
Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 4-2-16

Sunday Post

Welcome to the Blogo-Birthday week edition of the Sunday Post. Tuesday, April 4 is the 6th anniversary of the founding of Reading Reality, which was originally titled “Escape Reality, Read Fiction”. Over the past 6 years, I’ve escaped a lot of reality, along with reading a bit of reality and occasionally writing other stuff. And on April 5, I’ll be celebrating (or possibly commiserating), my own 60th birthday. Where does the time go?

Due to the joint celebrations, I’m participating in several blog hops and giveaways this week. Come on over and share the fun!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
Signed copy of No Getting Over a Cowboy by Delores Fossen

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Forever a Hero by Linda Lael Miller is Rachael C.
The winner of a $10 Book in the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop is Angela C.

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: In Shining Armor by Elliott James
B+ Review: No Getting Over a Cowboy by Delores Fossen + Giveaway
C+ Review: The Rescue by Diana Palmer
A- Review: Champion by Anna Hackett
A Review: Penric’s Mission by Lois McMaster Bujold
April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (229)

Coming Next Week:

Spring into Romance Giveaway Hop
The Island Deception by Dan Koboldt (review)
Rain Rain Go Away Giveaway Hop
The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi (review)
Mira’s Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold (review)

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
Stacking the Shelves (228)

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

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
Stacking the Shelves (227)

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)

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

Sunday Post

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
Stacking the Shelves (226)

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)

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

Sunday Post

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
Stacking the Shelves (225)

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)

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
Stacking the Shelves (224)

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

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 2-19-16

Sunday Post

Except for Pardonable Lies, this coming week is one where I pulled stuff out of the middle, or at least not the top, of the virtually towering TBR pile. Monday is Presidents Day, and while I’m not in the mood for anything serious, it did seem like an opportunity to pick something set in the period. A lot of my friends have enthusiastically recommended Thieftaker, so this seemed like the time. I’m halfway through, and so far, they were right!

And we’re coming up on March soon, which means it’s time for the Month of Maisie Read Along tour. I’ve been catching up on the older titles while moving forward with the new as part of this tour each year, and it’s been a blast! I’m looking forward to reading the latest book in the series, In This Grave Hour, in a couple of weeks.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Keep Calm and Hop On Giveaway Hop
$25 Gift Card from Heather Graham and Harlequin

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card in the For Love of Books Giveaway Hop is Amber T.
The winner of Tough Justice Countdown by Carla Cassidy is Megan.

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Keep Calm and Hop On Giveaway Hop
C+ Review: Law and Disorder by Heather Graham + Giveaway
A Review: The Chilbury Ladies Choir by Jennifer Ryan
A- Review: Someone to Hold by Mary Balogh
Stacking the Shelves (223)

Coming Next Week:

Thieftaker by D.B. Jackson (review)
Twelve Angry Librarians by Miranda James (review)
Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear (blog tour review)
Under Pressure by Lori Foster (review)
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai (review)