The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-1-23

ICYMI, today is New Year’s Day of 2023. (The holidays do have a tendency to sneak up on me, but by the time we get to this one it’s a bit hard to miss!)

Also a bit sad, as we look back on the year that was while also perhaps not looking forward to going back to the daily grind either tomorrow or Tuesday – depending on how fortunate you are in your work/holiday arrangements. The holiday weeks always provided a bit of a break for me, even if I had to work the days in between. But January 2 was usually a sharp shock, back to the grind, often in weather that blew big winter winds and vibes, and no break in sight from either for a while.

Here’s hoping that we’ll all have a happy, healthy, safe, sane and prosperous New Year!

And here’s Lucifer, looking just a bit disgruntled. It’s the companion picture to last week, when he was looking on with displeasure as all the beds on top of Galen’s dresser were filled with other cats. We put one up just for him on my dresser – it’s even heated to help his old bones! – and Luna jumped in first. (We have since put up yet a fourth cat bed which has finally ended the disgruntlement as Hecate prefers sleeping downstairs.)

 

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Winter 2022-23 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Holiday Ho Ho Ho Giveaway Hop is Will G.
The winner of the Dashing December Giveaway Hop is Aadel

Blog Recap:

Boxing Day 2022 and the detection of tsunamis (Guest post by Galen)
A- Review: The Gingerbread Cat by Stephanie Osborn
A- Review: The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
B Review: The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake
Best Books of 2022
Stacking the Shelves (529)

Coming This Week:

New Year’s Day (Belated Guest Post by Galen)
Most Anticipated Books for 2023
Sleep No More by Jayne Ann Krentz (review)
Courting Dragons by Jeri Westerson (review)
Breaking the Circle by M.J. Trow (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-25-22

Whether or not you believe that this is “the most wonderful time of the year”, today is Christmas. If this is your holiday, then Merry Christmas. If all you’re celebrating is a day off, like this household, then that can be plenty to celebrate. If you’re celebrating that you have heat and power and in your house after this week’s weather, that’s something pretty big to celebrate!

A tree fell on our house in the middle of the night on Xmas Eve Eve, so we’re definitely celebrating that last bit. The tree hit the back stairs and managed to do nothing more than barely scrape the side of the house and deck. But that sudden impact made for quite the shock at 3 something in the dark of the a.m.

It didn’t wake either the cats or myself, although Galen was up and about trying to see what the damage was in the middle of a rather interrupted night.

Something to celebrate on a very cold and wintry holiday.

p.s. The boys say Happy Holidays!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Holiday Ho Ho Ho Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Dashing December Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Winter 2022-23 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Fall 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop is Kelly
The winner of the Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop is Susan S.

Blog Recap:

B Review: Shenanigans by Mercedes Lackey
A+ Review: Look Closer by David Ellis
Winter 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop
A- Review: Sentinel Security: Striker by Anna Hackett
A Review: Eversion by Alastair Reynolds
Stacking the Shelves (528)

Coming This Week:

Boxing Day (guest post by Galen)
The Gingerbread Cat by Stephanie Osborn (review)
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna (review)
In the Shadow of Lightning by Brian McClellan (review)
Best Books of 2022

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-18-22

Considering that the holidays are NEXT WEEKEND, I’m not quite sure whether my plans for this week are going to turn into my reality for this week when all is said and done. Although, as the saying goes, there’s usually a lot more said than done. As I just heard something crash in the distance as I type this, I’m reminded, forever and always, that the cats really run this house and the humans are just here to provide kibble and laps.

The picture below is Luna of course, looking EXTREMELY proud of her little self that she’s claimed my ENTIRE half of a queen-sized bed. Definitely a case of it you don’t snooze – or at least secure a location for snoozing – you lose!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop (ENDS TUESDAY!!!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Fall 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop (ENDS TUESDAY!!!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Holiday Ho-Ho-Ho Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Holly Jolly Giveaway Hop is Cali W.

Blog Recap:

B Review: Into the West by Mercedes Lackey
A- Review: The Ballad of Perilous Graves by Alex Jennings
A- Review: Secrets Typed in Blood by Stephen Spotswood
A Review: Sweep of the Heart by Ilona Andrews
Dashing December Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (527)

Coming This Week:

Shenanigans by Mercedes Lackey (review)
Look Closer by David Ellis (review)
Winter 2022-23 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop
Sentinel Security: Striker by Anna Hackett (review)
Eversion by Alastair Reynolds (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-4-22

It’s a kind of misty, moisty weekend here in the ATL. Here’s a picture of part of the clowder watching the world drip by.

That’s Lucifer on the left and George and Luna on the right. This particular configuration gets along well. George and Luna are buddies and nobody messes with Lucifer. He’s the smallest of the five cats, but he has a tremendous amount of presence. And he was here first so the rest of them defer to his demonic majesty.

Between  The Twist of a Knife and A World of Curiosities this week, I ended up with some mystery television to watch. Magpie Murders was terrific. I won’t say it was better than the book, but it certainly made terrific use of its new medium. Three Pines, on the other hand, was not bad, and certainly better than an earlier attempt, but I have some reservations. They did a good job casting Gamache, but so much of what makes him so fascinating in the books is going on beneath the surface, which is not something that TV does well at all. But I’m curious enough to see how the series turns out.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Fall 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Holly Jolly Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Thankful for Books Giveaway Hop is Lyzabeth
The winner of the In All Things Give Thanks Giveaway Hop is Rebecca
The winner of the Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop is Marisela

Blog Recap:

B Review: The Three Dahlias by Katy Watson
A+ Review: The Twist of a Knife by Anthony Horowitz
B Review: A Wish for Winter by Viola Shipman
Holly Jolly Giveaway Hop
A+ Review: A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny
Stacking the Shelves (525)

Coming This Week:

The Socialite’s Guide to Murder by S.K. Golden (blog tour review)
Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop
Hide by Tracy Clark (blog tour review)
Pets of Park Avenue by Stefanie London (blog tour review)
Holiday Ho-Ho-Ho Giveaway Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-20-22

This is Thanksgiving Week. OMG how time flies when you’re having whatever the hell this year has been.

The annual Thankful for Books Giveaway Hop, hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer and yours truly, starts tomorrow! YAY! (Insert Kermit Flail here!)

Not to literally insert a Kermit Flail, although it does fit with my mood about the whole thing. Thanksgiving seriously snuck up on me this year.

Instead, I’ll insert a picture of the Lovely Luna in one of her favorite poses and places, making her adorable upside-down-kitty-face from between Galen’s legs while on top of the cushy blanket.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the In All Things Give Thanks Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Fall 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Thanks a Latte Giveaway Hop is Wendy

Blog Recap:

Spotlight: Under a Veiled Moon by Karen Odden + Excerpt
A+ Review: Cold Fear by Brandon Webb and John David Mann
In All Things Give Thanks Giveaway Hop
A- Review: The Girl with the Emerald Flag by Kathleen McGurl
A+ Review: Death on a Winter Stroll by Francine Mathews
Stacking the Shelves (523)

Coming This Week:

Thankful for Books Giveaway Hop
Mr. Clarke’s Deepest Desire by Sophie Barnes (blog tour review)
Ship Wrecked by Olivia Dade (review)
Thanksgiving 2022 (guest post by Galen!)
The Art of Prophecy by Wesley Chu (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-30-22

As I’m typing this, it seems to be an “out of sorts” kind of day. I’m not quite sure why. I certainly had plenty of good books this week!

But even George seems a bit out of sorts. Here’s a picture of George making what we call his “George face” – not that his face isn’t always a George face, but he likes to prop his chin on the back of the couch from his “George spot” and just watch the proceedings – even if not much is going on at the time. George is basically just “Georging”.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Fall 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Breast Cancer Awareness Giveaway Hop is Angela
The winner of the Howloween Giveaway Hop is Clem

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: Lavender House by Lev AC Rosen
A Review: Skibird by M.L. Buchman
A- Review: Into the Windwracked Wilds by A. Deborah Baker
A+ Review: The Bruising of Qilwa by Naseem Jamnia
A+ Review: Braking Day by Adam Oyebanji
Stacking the Shelves (520)

Coming This Week:

Lute by Jennifer Marie Thorne (review)
Thanks a Latte Giveaway Hop
Mission: Uncovered by Anna Hackett (review)
Steel Fear by Brandon Webb and John David Mann (review)
The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-23-22

I’m doing this a couple of days ahead because we’re planning to get our COVID boosters this weekend. It could be a piece of cake. The first shot was a piece of cake. One nap later and I felt fine. The first and second boosters – not so much. So we’ll see. It may be a napping weekend in preparation for whatever happens this week.

The cats will be watching over us, whatever we do – or don’t do. Tuna in particular seems to believe we need supervision for EVERYTHING!

Current Giveaways:

5 Audio copies of Riverside
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Howloween Giveaway Hop (ENDS TUESDAY!!!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Breast Cancer Awareness Giveaway Hop (ENDS WEDNESDAY!!!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Fall 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop is DeAnna

Blog Recap:

B- Review: Uncanny Times by Laura Anne Gilman
B Review: Riverside by Glenda Young and Ian Skillicorn + Giveaway
A+ Review: The Mountain in the Sea by Ray Naylor
B+ Review: Can’t Spell Treason Without Tea by Rebecca Thorne
A Review: Pets in Space 7 by S.E. Smith, R.J. Blain, Grace Goodwin, Skye MacKinnon, Carol Van Natta, Honey Phillips, Carysa Locke, S.J. Pajonas, JC Hay, Kyndra Hatch
Stacking the Shelves (519)

Coming This Week:

The Bruising of Qilwa by Naseem Jamnia (review)
Braking Day by Adam Oyebanji (review)
Into the Windwracked Wilds by A. Deborah Baker (review)
Skibird by M.L. Buchman (review)
Lavender House by Lev AC Rosen (audiobook review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-2-22

I changed things around a bit from last week. Partly because Travel by Bullet was calling my name, and partly because Sweep of Stars turned out to be a bit longer than I was expecting and it threw my reading plans off a bit. It’s not that the page count was incorrect (I have a print copy and checked) it’s that the print is rather small and the kindle loc count reflects a book that should be at least 100 pages longer and I just wasn’t prepared for that this week.

C’est la vie.

Returning to other parts of my vie (life) I have an adorable picture of a sleepy Luna to share. She likes to cuddle up to my legs while I’m reading – as cats do. She also adores the cushy blanket she’s nesting in. All the cats love the cushy blankie but she seems to get possession of it more than most.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Fall 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Fabulous Fall Giveaway Hop is Maria G.
The winner of the Falling into Leaves Giveaway Hop is Wendy J.

Blog Recap:

B Review: Marple: Twelve New Mysteries by Agatha Christie et al.
B Review: A Death in Door County by Annelise Ryan
B Review: In the Shadow of a Queen by Heather B. Moore
A Review: Travel by Bullet by John Scalzi
A+ Review: The Monsters we Defy by Leslye Penelope
Stacking the Shelves (516)

Coming This Week:

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop
Howloween Giveaway Hop
The Belle of Belgrave Square by Mimi Matthews (blog tour review)
A Fox in the Fold by Candace Robb (review)
Station Eternity by Mur Lafferty (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-25-22

It seems fitting that the Fabulous Fall Giveaway Hop ends tonight, on this first fabulous fall weekend. It’s beautiful here in Atlanta, and the temperature has finally dropped down from OMG IT’S HOT to just lovely. It’ll be long-sleeve weather soon!

Speaking of lovely things, here’s a particularly good picture of the lovely Luna, the Princess of Quite A Lot auditioning for the position of Queen of All She Surveys. Hecate is still off grumping in the kitchen window seat and refusing to compete.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or Book in the Fabulous Fall Giveaway Hop (ENDS TONIGHT!!!!!!!!)
$10 Gift Card or Book in the Falling into Leaves Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or Book in Fall 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Summer 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop is Jo

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco
B+ Review: Hades: Sentinel Security #2 by Anna Hackett
B Review: Drunk on Love by Jasmine Guillory
Fall 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop
A- Review: Sweetwater and the Witch by Jayne Castle
Stacking the Shelves (515)

Coming This Week:

Marple: Twelve New Mysteries by Agatha Christie et al (review)
A Death in Door County by Annelise Ryan (review)
In the Shadow of a Queen by Heather B. Moore (blog tour review)
Sweep of Stars by Maurice Broaddus (review)
The Monsters We Defy by Leslye Penelope (audiobook review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-18-22

Banned Books Week begins today, and I can’t even. By that I mean that the whole mess has gotten so far out of hand that when I try to talk about it I end up stuttering in rage. I know I’m not alone. The whole damn point of a public library is that it has something in it to offend everyone. Not because libraries set out to be offensive, but because no matter how much a community’s residents might seem the same on the outside, they still represent many different beliefs and perspectives. And the members of that community will have to go out and deal with the rest of the damn world, which will undoubtedly have even more different perspectives. Reading opens the mind – and that seems to be what so many people who want to censor books are the most afraid of. Or to quote Stephen King, “Censorship and the suppression of reading materials are rarely about family values and almost always about control, about who is snapping the whip, who is saying no, and who is saying go.”

Go forth and read a banned book. Find out just what it is that someone doesn’t want you – or anyone else – to know.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Summer 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop (ENDS WEDNESDAY along with the season!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Fabulous Fall Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Falling into Leaves Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Glam and Glitz Giveaway Hop is Christy R.

Blog Recap:

C+ Review: Haven by Emma Donoghue
A- Review: Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
B- Review: The Book Haters’ Book Club by Gretchen Anthony
C Review: Lucky Girl by Mary Rickert
Falling into Leaves Giveaway Hop
Thankful for Books Giveaway Hop Sign Up 2022
Stacking the Shelves (514)

Coming This Week:

Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco (review)
Hades: Sentinel Security #2 by Anna Hackett (review)
Drunk on Love by Jasmine Guillory (blog tour review)
Fall 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop
Sweetwater and the Witch by Jayne Castle (blog tour review)