The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-31-20

Sunday Post

The world is having a really crappy time right now. A kitten picture will not solve anything, unfortunately, but hopefully it will make you smile for a second or two. George’s antics certainly make us smile!

There’s a bird’s nest in the eaves on our front porch just outside my office. Galen went out to take a picture of the nest while George was peering through the window. Supervising. Who could resist that concerned little face?

Speaking of resistance being futile, I couldn’t resist being part of the To Sleep in a Sea of Stars excerpt tour this week. Partially because I was just thrilled to be asked. And also because it gave me a couple of days to just chill and not have to have a review ready. I am very happy when I get a guest contribution from Amy Daltry or Galen – who was responsible for this Monday’s Memorial Day post, but for the most part Reading Reality is a one-woman band, with yours truly being the one beating all the instruments. It’s lovely to get a couple of days off to just read whatever the heck I want to, even if its something that really can’t be reviewed. With the week we’ve all just had, a complete escape was a relief. The only problem is that the world is still the mess it is when I come back to it. It’s starting to look like the future that science fiction warned us about, and I really wish it hadn’t been so damn accurate!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Movie Night Giveaway Hop (ENDS TONIGHT!!!)

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop is Ann B.

Blog Recap:

Memorial Day 2020
B+ Review: Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey by Abigail Wilson
Spotlight + Excerpt: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
B Review: Out of Body by Jeffrey Ford
Spotlight + Complete Excerpt: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
Stacking the Shelves (394)

Coming This Week:

June of Books Giveaway Hop
The Summer House by Lauren K. Denton (blog tour review)
Hell Squad: Tane by Anna Hackett (review)
Red Sky Over Hawaii by Sara Ackerman (blog tour review)
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-24-20

Sunday Post

This was generally a good week on the book front, except for that one clunker. Well, for me it was a clunker. Maybe I’m just a contrarian. So many people love The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires – I’m just not one of them. On the other hand, I’m surprised how much I enjoyed Tomb of Gods, as horror is usually not my thing. Apparently if you throw enough history into it, I can get into it after all.

George is turning out to be, not just a delightful kitten, but not at all camera-shy. Here’s a picture of a kitten not merely posing for his closeup, but posing with dignity. Or, at least doing an excellent job of temporarily faking it. Although he IS posing on his favorite dining room chair – UNDER the table.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop (ends TUESDAY!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Movie Night Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

A- Review: The Secrets of Bones by Kylie Logan
A- Review: The Ghosts of Sherwood by Carrie Vaughn
A- Review: Tomb of Gods by Brian Moreland
C Review: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
A Review: Westside Saints by W.M. Akers
Stacking the Shelves (393)

Coming This Week:

Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey by Abigail Wilson (blog tour)
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini (excerpt tour)
Out of Body by Jeffrey Ford (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-17-20

Sunday Post

I just discovered the notice that the last of the events we were planning to travel to this summer has been cancelled. I was expecting it, but as the event was in late August I still had a bit of hope. C’est la vie, and it’s better not to travel and gather if one wants to continue to vie! So color me a bit disappointed but not terribly surprised. George the kitten (see yesterday’s STS post for cute kitten George picture), along with his big brothers and sister, will be more than happy to take up my time by playing with me. Or the other way around.

And there are always plenty of books to read. This was a good week, two giveaways for you and three Grade A books for me!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Movie Night Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Mother May I? Giveaway Hop is Kim

Blog Recap:

A Review: The Physicians of Vilnoc by Lois McMaster Bujold
Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop
A Review: This is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf
A+ Review: The Last Emperox by John Scalzi
Movie Night Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (392)

Coming This Week:

The Secrets of Bones by Kylie Logan (review)
Tomb of Gods by Brian Moreland (review)
Westside Saints by W.M. Akers (review)
The Ghosts of Sherwood by Carrie Vaughn (review)
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-10-20

Sunday Post

First of all, Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there. Even those of us who are, as a friend puts it, “weird giant mama” to one or more felines. Or canines. Or pets of any kind.

And a special shout out to all those moms out there, and it is mostly but not exclusively moms, who have found themselves becoming instant teachers to suddenly homeschooled children who have loads of time on their hands. Every day you manage not to pull your hair out with everything going on is a GREAT day.

If you do manage to grab a few minutes to put your feet up with a cup of tea or a glass of wine – or something stronger – maybe you can find a few good things to read from the daily pages of Reading Reality. Here’s whats coming up next!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Mother May I Giveaway Hop (ends FRIDAY!)
Gift Basket from the author of Mousse and Murder

Winner Announcements:

The winner of The Ingredients of You and Me is Danielle

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Dali Summer by T.J. Brown
B+ Review: Close Up by Amanda Quick
A+ Review: Network Effect by Martha Wells
B Review: Jack by Connie Willis
B+ Review: Mousse and Murder by Elizabeth Logan + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (391)

Coming This Week:

The Physicians of Vilnoc by Lois McMaster Bujold (review)
Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop
This is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf (blog tour review)
The Last Emperox by John Scalzi (review)
Movie Night Giveaway Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-3-20

Sunday Post

Welcome to yet another Sunday in “Quarantineville”. Which has been going on long enough now that it kind of feels like normal. And something not too different from this might be for the foreseeable future. We’re not ready to “reopen” the states. There aren’t nearly enough tests. All of the usual childcare options are still closed, leaving mothers with both young children and jobs in a terrible fix. And people don’t feel safe, and probably won’t for a long time.

Be careful out there people, and buckle up. The next several months are going to be a very bumpy ride!

Meanwhile, I have Murderbot on Wednesday! That’s definitely something to look forward to!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Mother May I Giveaway Hop
The Ingredients of You and Me by Nina Bocci
Her Seafaring Scoundrel by Sophie Barnes

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Something to Marble At Giveaway Hop is Roy
The winner of the Rain, Rain Go Away Giveaway Hop is Shelly

Blog Recap:

B Review: Her Seafaring Scoundrel by Sophie Barnes + Giveaway
A- Review: The Lost Boys of London by Mary Lawrence
A- Review: The Ingredients of You and Me by Nina Bocci + Giveaway
B Review: The Secrets of Love Story Bridge by Phaedra Patrick
Mother May I Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (390)

Coming This Week:

Dali Summer by T.J. Brown (blog tour review)
Close Up by Amanda Quick (blog tour review)
Network Effect by Martha Wells (review)
Jack by Connie Willis (review)
Mousse and Murder by Elizabeth Logan (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 4-26-20

Sunday Post

The quarantine has been going on for 6-ish weeks around here, maybe a little more or a little less where you are. But that’s still a long time. Long enough for habits to develop. And certainly long enough for this to start feeling like normal life. A very different normal life from before, but still, this has been going on long enough that this now feels like real life. I have to wonder what the “new normal” is going to look like, someday, because the old normal feels like it’s been swept away, both for good and for bad. But for real either way.

And in the meantime there’s plenty to read! This past week’s crop of books was particularly excellent. Even in what has felt like two months of Mondays, or something like that, good books are always a win!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Rain Rain Go Away Giveaway Hop (ends TUESDAY!)
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Something to Marble At Giveaway Hop (ends THURSDAY!)

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Sword of Shadows by Jeri Westerson
B+ Review: Mission: Her Shield by Anna Hackett
A+ Review: The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
A- Review: Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai
A+ Review: And They Called It Camelot by Stephanie Marie Thornton
Stacking the Shelves (389)

Coming This Week:

Her Seafaring Scoundrel by Sophie Barnes (blog tour review)
The Lost Boys of London by Mary Lawrence (review)
The Ingredients of You and Me by Nina Bocci (blog tour review)
The Secrets of Love Story Bridge by Phaedra Patrick  (blog tour review)
Mother May I Giveaway Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 4-19-20

Sunday Post

This coming week is National Library Week, which may feel a bit ironic as most libraries are closed this week – and have been for the past few weeks and probably will continue to be – because of COVID19. Which does not mean that you can’t still visit your local library in the virtual space, even if it doesn’t currently have services available in non-virtual spaces. Libraries should be closed right now. There is no such thing as social distancing in a busy library. More likely, people would be cheek-by-jowl, practically on top of each other (occasionally actually on top of each other but that’s a whole other story). There are very few public libraries where people sit in discrete spaces while reading. Usually people are close to each other, occupying all the tables and chairs, gathering for events, and coming to the library staff for help on a regular basis.

 

But libraries have plenty of ebooks and eaudiobooks, fascinating databases and oodles of virtual services, all online and available to you! Remember that when you can’t get away from where you are, books are a great way to get away, at least inside your head, from where you are.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Rain Rain Go Away Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Something to Marble At Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Sunrise on Half Moon Bay by Robyn Carr is Beth
The winner of the Worth Melting For Giveaway Hop is Monique

Blog Recap:

A Guest Review by Amy: PsyTek by Melanie Yaun
Rain Rain Go Away Giveaway Hop
A Review: One Fatal Flaw by Anne Perry
Something to Marble At Giveaway Hop
A++ Review: The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
Stacking the Shelves (388)

Coming This Week:

Sword of Shadows by Jeri Westerson (review)
Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai (review)
Mission: Her Shield by Anna Hackett (review)
And They Called It Camelot by Stephanie Marie Thornton (review)
Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 4-12-20

Sunday Post

First of all, Happy Easter to those who celebrate the holiday.

Second, my Blogo-Birthday Celebration has come to an end for another year. All the prizes will be awarded today, and then it’s back in mothballs for another year. Next April 4-5 will be the 10th Blogo-Birthday, and at that point this will definitely be the longest I’ve ever had a single job. (I stayed one place 9.5ish years but didn’t make 10, so this will be the one!) But it’s always fun to have a Hobbit Birthday and give other people presents – especially from some of my favorite authors.

Meanwhile, here’s a look at what’s coming this week. I had a dream about solving mysteries and drinking whiskey last night. I’m not sure why as I’ve certainly never been a detective and seldom drink – and certainly not whiskey, neat. But the whole mystery solving thing leads me to picking up One Fatal Flaw by Anne Perry, as that’s sure to be a fascinating mystery!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Worth Melting For Giveaway Hop (ends WEDNESDAY!)
Sunrise on Half Moon Bay by Robyn Carr

Winner Announcements:

The winner of their choice of any book by M.L. Buchman is Sandy K.
The winner of their choice of any book by Duncan M. Hamilton is Carl
The winner of their choice of any book in C.S. Harris’ Sebastian St. Cyr series is Nicole C.
The winner of a $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card in my Birthday Giveaway is Sarah L.
The winner of a $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card in my Blogoversary Day Giveaway is Ann
The winner of $25 in books in my BlogoBirthday Book Giveaway is L Lam
The winner of a $25 Amazon Gift Card in my BlogoBirthday GC Giveaway is Alya

Blog Recap:

A Review: Sunrise on Half Moon Bay by Robyn Carr + Giveaway
B Review: Anthropocene Rag by Alex Irvine
B Review: Matzah Ball Surprise by Laura Brown
A- Review: House of Rone: Guard by Anna Hackett
B+ Review: Murder at the Mena House by Erica Ruth Neubauer
Stacking the Shelves (387)

Coming This Week:

PsyTek by Melanie Yaun (guest review by Amy!)
Rain Rain Go Away Giveaway Hop
One Fatal Flaw by Anne Perry (review)
Something to Marble At Giveaway Hop
The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 4-5-20 + Giveaway

Sunday Post

Today is my birthday. And it’s weird to be celebrating a birthday without even the possibility of going out for dinner. It’s not that I generally make a big deal out of it, but it just feels strange not to be able to mark it much at all. And to know that by the time we can go out again, it will be too far in the past to make any sense. This makes all those childhood birthdays when I couldn’t have a party and cake because my birthday often fell during Passover seem like wild extravaganzas in comparison. (Passover this year starts on Wednesday, so I did miss it this year!)

Today is also First Contact Day in the Star Trek Universe. In that version of what would be history, Earth’s known “First Contact” with an alien race will occur on April 5, 2063 when the Vulcans observe Earth’s first warp flight. If this sounds familiar at all, that’s because it’s the event that the Borg are trying to prevent in the movie Star Trek: First Contact. Probably my second favorite of all the Star Trek movies, after Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. And this might be a GREAT day for a rewatch.

But to completely mix my favorite SFF metaphors, while today may be First Contact Day, it is my birthday and, just as every day this past week. it will be a Hobbit birthday. Meaning that I am giving presents instead of getting them. Today’s giveaway is another Barnes & Noble $25 Gift Card, but all of this week’s giveaways are still open, and will be until the end of this coming week.

Live Long, and Prosper!

Current Giveaways:

$25 Amazon Gift Card in the Blogo-Birthday Celebration
$25 in Books in the Blogo-Birthday Celebration
$10 Amazon Gift Card OR $10 Book in the Worth Melting For Giveaway Hop
$25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card in the Blogoversary Day Giveaway
Any book by Duncan M. Hamilton
Any book in the Sebastian St. Cyr series by C.S. Harris
Any book by M.L. Buchman

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Snow Much Fun Giveaway Hop is Viki S.

Blog Recap:

Early Blogo-Birthday Celebration + Giveaway
A++ Review: Servant of the Crown by Duncan M. Hamilton + Giveaway
Worth Melting For Giveaway Hop
A+ Review: Who Speaks for the Damned by C.S. Harris + Giveaway
A Review: Condor by M.L. Buchman + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (386) + Giveaway

Coming This Week:

Sunrise on Half Moon Bay by Robyn Carr (blog tour review)
Matzah Ball Surprise by Laura Brown (review)
Anthropocene Rag by Alex Irvine (review)
Murder at the Mena House by Erica Ruth Neubauer (review)

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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 3-29-20

Sunday Post

When last we left our heroes, they were all sheltering in place at home. And that’s pretty much where they are this week. And next week. And hopefully the week after that, because the other alternatives are all fairly grim, sooner or later.

For those who have laughed at ANY of the cat memes about felines not necessarily wanting their humans home 24/7 disturbing their naps and other important feline business, that’s not true in this house. Hecate is omnipresent, and Freddie is very needy. Lucifer just waits until nightfall to begin quietly demanding his nightly snuggles. As far as this bunch is concerned, their humans are SUPPOSED to be home with them all the time.

But this is certainly a time of disruption and crisis for many of us. Whatever happens, the world will never be the same.

Even though many of us are staying home for the duration, that doesn’t mean that some events aren’t still going on as planned. One of those events is coming up next weekend. The 9th anniversary of the first post on Reading Reality is April 4, and my birthday is April 5. I generally have a Blogo-Birthday celebration the week those events occur, with giveaways every day. That BOTH anniversaries are on a weekend left me in a bit of a quandary – whether to celebrate ahead or wait until after.

We all need a bit of a pick-me-up, so the Blogo-Birthday will be celebrated early, this coming week of March 30-April 3, with giveaways every day. So be sure to come back every day to participate in the festivities!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Snow Much Fun Giveaway Hop (ends TUESDAY!)

Blog Recap:

A- Review: The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
B Review: Paladin by Anna Hackett
B Review: Hearts of Oak by Eddie Robson
A- Review: The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow
A Review: The Orphans of Raspay by Lois McMaster Bujold
Stacking the Shelves (385)

Coming This Week:

Early Blogo-Birthday Celebration
Servant of the Crown by Duncan M. Hamilton (review)
Worth Melting for Giveaway Hop
Condor by M.L. Buchman (review)
Who Speaks for the Damned by C.S. Harris (review)