The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 2-16-20

Sunday Post

This is one of those rare weeks where there’s no blog hop and no blog tour books. Which means I can read whatever I want, and my wants may change without notice. You have been warned!

My cat Lucifer, who could almost have been the model for the Cat’s Meow Giveaway Hop graphic (right color fur, wrong color eyes) tells me to remind you that the hop ends Tuesday. And I ALWAYS do what Lucifer tells me to!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Cat’s Meow Giveaway Hop (ends TUESDAY!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the OMG It’s a Giveaway Hop
Wild Wild Rake by Janna MacGregor

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Last Day by Luanne Rice is Kathy M.

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: The Fate of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy
A- Review: Hell Squad Survivors by Anna Hackett
B Review: Wild Wild Rake by Janna MacGregor + Giveaway
B Review: Sisters by Choice by Susan Mallery
OMG It’s a Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (379)

Coming This Week:

The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal (review)
The Beast Hunter by Lindsay Schopfer (review)
The Orchid Throne by Jeffe Kennedy (review)
Sword of Fire by Katharine Kerr (review)
Dead Man’s Reach by D.B. Jackson (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 2-9-20

Sunday Post

The weather outside is actually quite frightful, and I’m not singing “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.” It’s already SNOWING, dammit. I’m writing this one Saturday, this is Atlanta, and it is just not supposed to snow here. As somebody said on twitter, “THERE ARE RULES, PEOPLE.” And we have tickets to see The Eagles tonight, in downtown Atlanta. Which is going to be an absolute mess. And probably even worse in the morning, because this snow is supposed to turn to rain, then FREEZE. And we’ll have freezy skid stuff everywhere. Dammit.

Howsomever, Lucifer is standing in the hallway, pivoting his view from one front window to another, looking extremely grateful to be in here where it’s warm and dry and not out there in the middle of that nasty, cold, wet stuff. He appears exceedingly pleased with his current accommodations.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in The Cat’s Meow Giveaway Hop
Last Day by Luanne Rice

Winner Announcements:

The winner of The Hollows by Jess Montgomery is Carol L.
The winner of the $25 Gift Certificate in the Back in Black Tour is Bill H.

Blog Recap:

B Review: Last Day by Luanne Rice + Giveaway
The Cat’s Meow Giveaway Hop
A+ Review: Back in Black by Rhys Ford
A- Review: Golden in Death by J.D. Robb
A- Review: Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
Stacking the Shelves (378)

Coming This Week:

The Fate of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy (review)
Sisters by Choice by Susan Mallery (review)
Wild, Wild Rake by Janna MacGregor (blog tour review)
Hell Squad: Survivors by Anna Hackett (review)
OMG It’s a Giveaway Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 2-2-20

Sunday Post

We’ve been home almost a week, and the cats have mostly forgiven us. They’re still clinging like they are all made of kitty-velcro, but we seem to be forgiven. They just won’t let us out of their sight unless they’re sleeping – and sometimes not even then. It’s nice to be reassured that they missed us because we certainly missed them!

It’s also been a weird week on the blog, doing two spotlights back-to-back to have enough posts to fill my conference absence. But we did a thing at conference. The ALA Reading List committee of which I am a member deliberated for two days and came up with what feels like an excellent list of winners for this year. If you’re curious, or just looking for some excellent reads, check out our list of award winners, short-listed titles and read-alikes at https://rusaupdate.org/2020/01/2020-reading-list-years-best-in-genre-fiction-for-adult-readers/.

Work on next year’s list begins this week!

Current Giveaways:

$25 Gift Card from Rhys Ford and the Back in Black Tour
The Hollows by Jess Montgomery

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Roaring 20s Giveaway Hop is Ken O.
The winner of the Welcome Winter Giveaway Hop is Peggy N.
The winner of the Best of 2019 Giveaway Hop is Will G.

Blog Recap:

Spotlight + Excerpt: Sisters by Choice by Susan Mallery
Back in Black by Rhys Ford: The Blog Tour
B- Review: Careless Whiskers by Miranda James
A Review: Cast in Wisdom by Michelle Sagara
A- Review: The Hollows by Jess Montgomery + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (377)

Coming This Week:

Last Day by Luanne Rice (blog tour review)
The Cat’s Meow Giveaway Hop
Back in Black by Rhys Ford (blog tour-ish review)
Golden in Death by J.D. Robb (review)
Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-26-20

Sunday Post

This week’s schedule looks just a bit strange, I know. As you read this, I’m at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in chilly Philly, wishing I were back home in Atlanta where it should be warmer if not actually warm. So I’ve done a lot of stuff ahead this week and arranged for a couple of tour features for books I’m planning to review in the very near future. It’s that kind of week.

By this point I know I’m already looking forward to coming home and waiting for the cats to forgive me. It usually doesn’t take TOO long.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Roaring 20s Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Best of 2019 Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Welcome Winter Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

A- Review: St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets by Annie England Noblin
A- Review: Sweep with Me by Ilona Andrews
B Review: Malfunction by Nina Croft
A- Review: Junkyard Cats by Faith Hunter
A- Guest Review: Last Light by Alex Scarrow
Stacking the Shelves (376)

Coming This Week:

Sisters by Choice by Susan Mallery (blog tour spotlight + excerpt)
Back in Black by Rhys Ford (blog tour feature)
Careless Whiskers by Miranda James (review)
Cast in Wisdom by Michelle Sagara (blog tour review)
The Hollows by Jess Montgomery (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-19-20

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There were two “firsts” this week. This week marked the first time I’ve ever officially used my new “A++” rating – for The Name of All Things. Which was absolutely super-awesome. If you love epic fantasy, the series so far, The Ruin of Kings and The Name of All Things are definitely worth a read. The author gave me the ultimate good news/bad news after she saw my review. I had thought/hoped the series was a trilogy, with book 3 coming out this summer. It’s a Pentalogy (5 book series), so it’s great that there are more coming than I thought but bad that it will be longer before its done.

I’m also pretty sure that this is the first time I’ve ever had three blog hops in a single week. I hadn’t originally planned on quite so many, but I’m off to the American Library Association Midwinter Conference at the end of the week and I needed the breather to get my act, if not together, at least into a single pile. I never seem to have as many round tuits as I really need.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Roaring 20s Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Best of 2019 Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Welcome Winter Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of The Country Guesthouse by Robyn Carr is Alison
The winner of the Welcome 2020 Giveaway Hop is Deb
The winner of the 3…2…1…Giveaway Hop is Carl

Blog Recap:

A++ Review: The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons
The Roaring 20s Giveaway Hop
Best of 2019 Giveaway Hop
B+ Review: Skinwalker by Faith Hunter
Welcome Winter Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (375)

Coming This Week:

St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets by Annie England Noblin (blog tour review)
Sweep with Me by Ilona Andrews (review)
Malfunction by Nina Croft (review)
Junkyard Cats by Faith Hunter (review)
Last Light by Alex Scarrow (guest review by Amy)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-12-20

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I think this is it for this week. I’m sure about tomorrow  – and about the Blog Hops of course. But I keep waffling on the other book. I’m gearing up for ALA Midwinter in Philly, psyching myself up for the weather, and starting to spazz about having all my blogging ducks in a row before I leave – which is why there are three blog hops this week. I can’t count on getting anything done during the conference. Sometimes there’s downtime – in Chicago there was a blizzard! – but I can’t count on it. And don’t really want to deal with a blizzard. Current weather predictions there are that’s its unseasonably warm in Philly right now, but will be back to cold normal when we get there. Oh well, climate is what you expect, weather is what you get – whether you like it or not!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the 3…2…1…Giveaway Hop (ends WEDNESDAY!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Welcome 2020 Giveaway Hop (ends THURSDAY!)
The Country Guesthouse by Robyn Carr
Whitaker Island series by HelenKay Dimon
The Four Hundred series by Joanna Shupe

Blog Recap:

A- Review: The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman
B+ Review: The Country Guesthouse by Robyn Carr + Giveaway
A- Review: The Vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz
B+ Review: The Secret She Keeps by HelenKay Dimon + Giveaway
B Review: The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (374)

Coming This Week:

The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons (review)
The Roaring 20s Giveaway Hop
Best of 2019 Giveaway Hop
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson (review)
Welcome Winter Giveaway Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-5-20

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Welcome 2020! Welcome to the first Sunday Post of the new year!

We had a pretty quiet holiday, except for the neighbors across the street exploding fireworks until, well, until much too late for the cats who spent the holiday under the bed.

This will be the first real post-holiday week. So NetGalley and Edelweiss will probably explode with new eARCS and the “Taj Mahal of dumpster fires” in Romancelandia will probably sink to new depths. I wish that second part weren’t true, but it probably is.

And in other news, this is both a leap year and a presidential election year in the US. A situation that is already heating up – literally.

Happy New Year!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the 3…2…1…Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Welcome 2020 Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Dashing Giveaway Hop is Tracie C.

Blog Recap:

20 for 2020: My Most Anticipated Books for 2020
B+ Review: Blood and Blade by Lauren Dane
3…2…1…Giveaway Hop
Welcome 2020 Giveaway Hop
B Review: Mark of Eon by Anna Hackett
Stacking the Shelves (373)

Coming This Week:

The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman (review)
The Country Guesthouse by Robyn Carr (blog tour review)
Atlas Alone by Emma Newman (review)
The Secret She Keeps by HelenKay Dimon (blog tour review)
The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-29-19

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Welcome to the final Sunday Post of 2019. And the unofficial final post of the 2010s. Yes, I know the decade technically ends on 12/31/2020, but it just doesn’t feel that way, does it?

I’ve been following the “Taj Mahal of dumpster fires” in Romancelandia over the holidays and the hashtag #RWAShitShow pretty much sums it up. It’s a train wreck. Or a multi-car pileup on the Highway, complete with gazer block. I can’t turn my eyes away either. If you want more on this I’ve included links in my posts Friday and yesterday. And here are a couple more, a terrific summary at All About Romance and a thoughtful and personal commentary by Nora Roberts. (THANKS Arlene for the tip!)

But back to real life – or at least real blogging life. And real reading life and not just obsessively checking twitter. This past week included Xmas and most of Hanukkah, which ends tomorrow. This week is New Year’s, which doesn’t feel quite real at the moment as we’re thinking about turning on the A/C or at least running all the fans. Life goes on.

Happy New Year!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Dashing Giveaway Hop (ends TUESDAY!)

Blog Recap:

A- Review: The Jewel and Her Lapidary by Fran Wilde
B Review: Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield
Happy Holidays 2019
Best of My 2019
A- Review: The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan
Stacking the Shelves (372)

Coming This Week:

Blood and Blade by Lauren Dane (review)
Most Anticipated Books of 2020
3..2..1..Giveaway Hop
Welcome 2020 Giveaway Hop
Mark of Eon by Anna Hackett (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-22-19

Sunday Post

I really have no idea what I’m doing this week, so the “Coming This Week” section is kind of a guess. I’m definitely doing my “Best of the Year” list this week, but the rest feels iffy. I’ve kind of fallen down into a black hole of excellent fanfiction and can’t seem to pull myself away from the event horizon. It’s been that kind of a year. It’s been that kind of year for a couple of years – and next year will probably be even crazier.

I know the Mark Twain version goes “The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.” That probably works for people who love dogs. But it’s definitely just as true for those of us who love cats. And I think I need to go pet mine right now!

Current Giveaways:

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

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop is Edye

Blog Recap:

Dashing Giveaway Hop
A- Review: The Girl Who Reads on the Metro by Christine Feret-Fleury
B Guest Review: Hard Duty by Mark E. Cooper
A Review: Thunderbolt by M.L. Buchman
A- Review: A Trace of Deceit by Karen Odden
Stacking the Shelves (371)

Coming This Week:

The Jewel and Her Lapidary by Fran Wilde (review)
Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield (review)
Best of 2019 (feature)
Catfishing on Catnet by Naomi Kritzer (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-15-19

Sunday Post

This year is definitely winding down. With the holidays coming up, this week is the last full week of pretty much everything. Which leaves lots of time for reading around this house. Also plenty of cats looking for laps – or for toys we hadn’t intended as toys. This morning we found the shower mat dragged out of the shower and halfway across the bathroom. Why any cat thinks something wet and plastic is a toy is anyone’s guess – but someone was certainly DETERMINED.

I’m determined to get a bunch more books read before the end of the year. What about you?

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop
My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Meet Me on Love Lane by Nina Bocci is Dianna

Blog Recap:

B Review: My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh + Giveaway
A- Review: Hanukkah at the Great Greenwich Ice Creamery by Sharon Ibbotson
A- Review: Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh
A Review: The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole
B- Review: The Wicked Redhead by Beatriz Williams
Stacking the Shelves (370)

Coming This Week:

Dashing Giveaway Hop
The Girl Who Reads on the Métro by Christine Féret-Fleury (review)
Thunderbolt by M.L. Buchman (review)
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert (review)
A Trace of Deceit by Karen Odden (blog tour review)