The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-14-18

Sunday Post

Both the January Book of Choice Giveaway Hop AND the Jeepers! It’s January Giveaway Hop end this week. But as it still seems to be Hop Season, the Best of 2017 Giveaway Hop starts tomorrow!

I’m still doing a lot of comfort reading, and this time that seems to mean mysteries. I’m not quite sure why, exactly, but I’m going with it, at least for a bit longer. Phryne Fisher was the one bit of comfort reading I hadn’t picked up in a while, so I’m reading the next book in my Phryne read through and really liking it. It’s one of the stories that was not filmed, and it feels a bit meatier than some of the others, at least so far. And there’s a historical angle that I’m liking a lot.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the January Book of Choice Giveaway Hop (ENDS TOMORROW!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Jeepers! It’s January Giveaway Hop (Ends Wednesday)

Blog Recap:

A Review: The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman
A- Review: Out of Circulation by Miranda James
Spotlight + Excerpt: Sisters Like Us by Susan Mallery
A- Review: Wings of Fire by Charles Todd
A- Review: Sunday Silence by Nicci French
Stacking the Shelves (270)

Coming Next Week:

Best of 2017 Giveaway Hop
The Castlemaine Murders by Kerry Greenwood (review)
The English Wife by Lauren Willig (review)
Season of Blood by Jeri Westerson (review)
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-7-18

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Welcome to the first Sunday Post of 2018!

Things are starting to settle down here at Casa Reading Reality after the last two weeks of unfortunate events. I’m just hoping that they stay settled for a little while. The last couple of weeks have been more exciting, and more negative excitement, than anyone would want to cope with.

But as life has gone back to normal, so has what we refer to around here as “bloggy stuff”. A new Goodreads challenge, a new 50 Book Pledge, more reviews and more of everything you’ve come to enjoy at Reading Reality.

One final note about what’s coming up this week. I don’t normally do Spotlights/Promo posts for tours. But there are always exceptions that prove every rule, and next week’s promo post fits two of those exceptions. One reason that I was happy to participate in the Promo tour for Sisters Like Us by Susan Mallery because I am also participating in the review tour. I’ve enjoyed several of Susan’s previous books and am definitely looking forward to this one. The second reason is that this tour is being organized by TLC Book Tours. I get a lot of my best books and tours through TLC, and I love working with them and am always happy to participate in one of their tours.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the January Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Jeepers! It’s January Giveaway Hop
Paperback set of the entire Chinooks Hockey Romance series by Rachel Gibson
Sonali Dev Prize Pack including $50 Amazon Gift Card plus paperbacks of A Bollywood Affair and A Change of Heart

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins is Amber C.
The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop is Holly T.

Blog Recap:

January Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
18 for 2018: My Most Anticipated Books for 2018
Jeepers! It’s January Giveaway Hop
A Review: The Art of Running in Heels by Rachel Gibson + Giveaway
B+ Review: A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (269)

Coming Next Week:

The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman (review)
Out of Circulation by Miranda James (review)
Spotlight/Promo for Sisters Like Us by Susan Mallery
Rebel by Rhys Ford (review)
Sunday Silence by Nicci French (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-31-17

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Happy New Year’s Eve!

Welcome to the hospital edition of The Sunday Post. I thought I had food poisoning. Instead, I picked up a gut bug somewhere and have spent this weekend in the hospital. Hopefully I can go home tomorrow. I really, really miss the kitties.

In spite of the extremely unfortunately end to the year, it was still a regular week with regular things going on. And tomorrow starts what will hopefully be a better and brighter New Year!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop (ends TONIGHT!)
Three Kingmaker Bundles from Sourcebooks
Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins
A Most Unlikely Duke by Sophie Barnes (3 paperbacks)

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway Hop is Sherry

Blog Recap:

Christmas Day 2017
A Review: Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet + Giveaway
17 for 2017 : My Best Books of 2017
A- Review: Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins + Giveaway
B+ Review: The Duke of Her Desire by Sophie Barnes + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (268)

Coming Next Week:

January Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
Most Anticipated Books of 2018
Jeepers! It’s January Giveaway Hop
The Art of Running in Heels by Rachel Gibson (blog tour review)
A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-24-17

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Welcome to the Christmas Eve edition of the Sunday Post! I hope you’ve got all your holiday shopping done!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway Hop (ends TONIGHT!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop
$50 Amazon Gift Card from Harlequin

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card in the Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop is Sarah L.

Blog Recap:

Winter Holiday Traditions Guest Post by Lori Foster + Giveaway
A+ Review: A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne
B+ Review: Once Upon a Maiden Lane & Once Upon a Christmas Eve by Elizabeth Hoyt
Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop
A- Review: The Prisoner of Limnos by Lois McMaster Bujold
Stacking the Shelves (267)

Coming Next Week:

Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet (blog tour review)
Best Books of 2017
Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins (blog tour review)
The Duke of Her Desire by Sophie Barnes (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-17-17

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I would say that it is beginning to look a lot like Xmas, but that was last weekend here in Atlanta, Not the holiday itself, but the snow.

Today is, however, in the middle of Hanukkah, so for those who celebrate the Festival of Lights, Chag Sameach, Gut Yom Tov and Gut Yontiff. That last is a phrase I haven’t heard since childhood, but was the form of “Happy Holiday” that my grandparents used. Whatever you celebrate, the best of the season to you and yours.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the December Book of Choice Giveaway Hop is Fee.

Blog Recap:

A Review: Heart Sight by Robin D Owens
Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway Hop
A- Review: Big Sky, Loyal Heart by M L Buchman
A- Review: War Games by Jess Anastasi
A-, B+, B+, C+ Review: Amid the Winter Snow by Grace Draven, Thea Harrison, Elizabeth Hunter, Jeffe Kennedy
Stacking the Shelves (266)

Coming Next Week:

Winter Traditions Guest Post by Lori Foster (blog tour)
A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne (review)
Once Upon a Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt (review)
Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop
Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-10-17

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The weather outside is frightful. Wet, cold, nasty stuff. Snow. It’s warm inside, though, and there are plenty of books to read and plenty of feline attention available. They do make very nice lap warmers – when they can be bothered to sit still, that is.

The year is definitely winding down, and blog hop season is certainly winding up. And we’re all making lists – lists of holiday presents and lists of best books for the year now passing. And occasionally even combining the two!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the December Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop
Signed copy of Christmas at Thorncliff Manor by Sophie Barnes
$25 Amazon Gift Card + paperback copy of Back Home at Firefly Lake by Jen Gilroy

Blog Recap:

B Review: The Paris Secret by Karen Swan
B+ Review: The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger by Victoria Alexander
Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop
B+ Review: Christmas at Thorncliff Manor by Sophie Barnes + Giveaway
B+ Review: Back Home at Firefly Lake by Jen Gilroy + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (265)

Coming Next Week:

Heart Sight by Robin D. Owens (review)
Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway Hop
War Games by Jess Anastasi (blog tour review)
Big Sky, Loyal Heart by M.L. Buchman (review)
Amid the Winter Snow by Grace Draven, Thea Harrison, Elizabeth Hunter and Jeffe Kennedy (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-3-17

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It’s so hard to believe that it’s December. Especially since it has been in the 60s in Atlanta this week. But it is, and the winter holidays are just around the corner.

It’s also blog hop season. It looks like I’ll be giving something away every week between now and Xmas. Which reminds me. Reading Reality is an Amazon Associate, and if you click on any of the links in my posts, and then do some of your Xmas shopping at Amazon, I’ll get a teeny, tiny percentage from everything you buy. It won’t cost you anything you weren’t already planning to spend, but it will help with funding the prizes I give away at all the blog hops. Thank you so much for all of your participation and comments and good wishes throughout the year.

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, I managed to get one really, really long book read. I absolutely adored A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne. Now I just have to find a day to post my review. But if you know someone who loves epic fantasy and you’re trying to think of a book to get them for the holidays, A Plague of Giants was marvelous from beginning to end.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the December Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
$25 Amazon Gift Card from Lori Foster and Harlequin
Paperback copy of Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card in the Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop is Elizabeth T.
The winner of the $10 Gift Card in the Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop is Tracy S.

Blog Recap:

A- Review: A Scandal in Battersea by Mercedes Lackey
A Review: Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai + Giveaway
A- Review: Close Contact by Lori Foster + Giveaway
B Review: Rogue by Anna Hackett
December Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (264)

Coming Next Week:

The Paris Secret by Karen Swan (blog tour review)
The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger by Victoria Alexander (blog tour review)
Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop
Christmas at Thorncliff Manor by Sophie Barnes (blog tour review)
Back Home at Firefly Lake by Jen Gilroy (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-26-17

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We are Microsoft, resistance is futile, you (or at least your computer) will be absorbed.

We’re back from Thanksgiving. And my computer had a conversation with itself while we were away, did a Windows 10 update, and killed the driver for my old graphics card. Admittedly, my desktop machine was getting a bit long in the tooth, but it worked fine. Until it didn’t. Suddenly and without warning. GRRRRR! Galen decided that replacing it was simpler than fixing it, and so it has been put out to pasture, replaced by a new box. Which of course, needs a whole bunch of stuff installed. So much for our Sunday plans.

It’s still good to be home. We had a great time, and I always love Friendsgiving in Houston, but it is great to be home. The kitties seem to have achieved detente, but they still missed us. And we missed them.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop (ends TOMORROW!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop (ends Thursday!)
$10 Amazon Gift Card + ebook of The Duke Who Came to Town by Sophie Barnes

Blog Recap:

A+ Guest Review: Outsystem by M. D. Cooper
B Review: The Duke Who Came to Town by Sophie Barnes + Giveaway
B Review: Fury & Darkness by Anna Hackett
Thanksgiving 2017
Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (263)

Coming Next Week:

A Scandal in Battersea by Mercedes Lackey (review)
Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai (blog tour review)
Close Contact by Lori Foster (blog tour review)
Rogue by Anna Hackett (review)
December Book of Choice Giveaway Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-19-17

Sunday Post

I don’t know about you, but I am just not ready for the holidays this week. And is it my imagination, or does Thanksgiving feel early this year?

This week also feels like the beginning of Giveaway Hop season. It seems like everyone wants to help with holiday shopping by giving away gift cards and other prizes. The Black Friday Book Bonanza starts on Friday, hosted by The Caffeinated Review and yours truly at Reading Reality.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card from Sophie Barnes

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Christmastime Cowboy by Maisey Yates is Mallory M.
The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the November Book of Choice Giveaway Hop is Jana L.

Blog Recap:

A Review: Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai
B+ Review: The Earl Who Loved Her by Sophie Barnes + Giveaway
Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop
A+ Review: The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
A Review: Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh
Stacking the Shelves (262)

Coming Next Week:

Fury & Darkness by Anna Hackett (review)
The Duke Who Came to Town by Sophie Barnes (blog tour review)
Outsystem by M.D. Cooper (guest review by Amy)
Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-12-17

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As I said earlier this week in this Facebook post. this has been a really sucky week. Not just that life is what happens when you’re making other plans, but that life is sometimes too damn short.

When I’m confronted with something I can’t get past or over, my usual response is to retreat into a good book. This week was no exception. I didn’t realize it until afterwards, but the book I retreated into, Murder in Montparnasse by Kerry Greenwood, was also a perfect book for Veterans Day, AKA Remembrance Day, celebrated yesterday on the anniversary of “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” marking the end of hostilities of World War I.

I do have a week of lovely books to look forward to. I know because I’ve finished two and am in the middle of the third. But I’m planning to make plenty of time to hug my husband, pet the cat (and be hugged and kissed by the cat, which is strange, surprising and very sweet) and get in touch with friends. Life is short.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the November Book of Choice Giveaway Hop (ends WEDNESDAY!)
$10 Amazon Gift Card from Sophie Barnes
Christmastime Cowboy by Maisey Yates
4 Digital copies of Of Spice and Men by Sarah Fox

Blog Recap:

B Review: Christmastime Cowboy by Maisey Yates + Giveaway
B+ Review: The Governess Who Captured His Heart by Sophie Barnes + Giveaway
C+ Review: Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire
A- Review: Murder in Montparnasse by Kerry Greenwood
B Review: Of Spice and Men by Sarah Fox + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (261)

Coming Next Week:

Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai (review)
The Earl Who Loved Her by Sophie Barnes (blog tour review)
Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty (review)
Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh (blog tour review)