March is supposed to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb. 2020, being the thoroughgoing bastard of a year that it is, just comes in and takes all the lions. RIP Sir Sean Connery.
Speaking of 2020, if you are a U.S. citizen and have not already voted, make a plan to vote on Tuesday. Your vote matters. If it didn’t, they wouldn’t be trying so hard to take it away from you.
Because of, well, everything, concentration is even more difficult than usual this week. Hence tomorrow’s book.
The winner of The Light at Wyndcliff is Anne
The winner of the Thanks a Latte Giveaway Hop is Sara
A Review: The Secret Women by Sheila Williams
A++ Review: The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons
B+ Review: Masquerade in Lodi by Lois McMaster Bujold
B Review: The Art of Deception by Leonard Goldberg
A+ Review: Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark
Stacking the Shelves (416)
Hope Rides Again by Andrew Shaffer (review)
Sherlock Holmes and the Ripper of Whitechapel by M.K. Wiseman (blog tour review)
Museum of Forgotten Memories by Anstey Harris (review)
The Patriots by Winston Groom (blog tour review)
Murder by Other Means by John Scalzi (review)
The picture below is titled Ethereal Freddie for the way the light is shining in his face. It could also be “Mischievous Freddie” as this is one of his little tricks to get attention. Both because he’s up on the headboard over Galen’s head, and because he’s about to play with the lampshade. Freddie is not the most graceful cat, and this particular position pretty much guarantees that he’ll either fall on Galen’s face, pointy-side out, or that he’ll knock the lamp off the table onto the floor, causing an unholy clatter and if he’s really lucky, a broken light bulb. If he’s especially clumsy, both. It’s guaranteed to cause human panic and garner him some negative attention, so he wins no matter what happens.
But he’s adorable all the same. We love him. We love him even when he’s driving us bananas.
And we have books. We always have books! I’ve been listening to The Memory of Souls for WEEKS, and I finally finished it. It’s every bit as awesome as the previous books in the series, and I wanted to finish it faster, but I’m not doing nearly as much driving as I used to. And while I do have the ebook, this series works so much better in audio. This story has footnotes, which flow much better when read as asides by the narrator, and both of the narrators are marvelous.
The Light at Wyndcliff by Sarah E. Ladd
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Thanks a Latte Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card from Sophie Barnes and A Duke for Miss Townsbridge
The winner of Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish is Laura D.
The winner of Return to Virgin River is Danielle H.
The winner of the Meowloween Giveaway Hop is Ashley T.
A Review: Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
B+ Review: A Duke for Miss Townsbridge by Sophie Barnes + Giveaway
B+ Review: The Troubleshooter by Anna Hackett
A- Review: The Light at Wyndcliff by Sarah E. Ladd + Giveaway
A- Review: Stories from Suffragette City edited by M.J. Rose and Fiona Davis
Stacking the Shelves (415)
The Secret Women by Sheila Williams (review)
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton (review)
Masquerade in Lodi by Lois McMaster Bujold (review)
The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons (review)
Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark (review)
First, a picture of George. The red gentleman on the red comforter. His stripes are particularly well delineated in this shot, as is the winsome expression on his little face.
And, we have a week of books. Last week included two absolutely awesome books, The Dragon Waiting and A Deadly Education. This coming week features the annually awesome Pets in Space collection and the Meowloween Giveaway Hop. The eyes in the hop image look very much like our Lucifer. (See, I can always get back to cats as well as books!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Color Me Lucky Giveaway Hop
The winner of the Fabulous Fall Giveaway Hop is Kimberly R.
The winner of An Apple a Day Giveaway Hop is Kate F.
A+ Review: The Dragon Waiting by John M. Ford
A- Review: At the Clearest Sensation by M.L. Buchman
B+ Review: Happily this Christmas by Susan Mallery
Color Me Lucky Giveaway Hop
A++ Review: A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
Stacking the Shelves (412)
Bad, Dad and Dangerous by Rhys Ford, Jenn Moffatt, TA Moore and Bru Baker (blog tour review)
Meowloween Giveaway Hop
Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas (review)
Pets in Space 5 (review)
Daughter of Black Lake by Cathy Lee Buchanan (blog tour review)
We are in the waning hours of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. It’s one of those time when I miss my mother as she always reminded me when the holidays were. We are also in the first flush of grief over the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, may she rest in peace. Which was what my parents – and grandparents – would always say after the name of someone who was deceased. RBG will be missed in this world, because her work in the cause of justice and equality was not done. It is work that never ends, but she left a torch for us to pick up and carry on.
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Fabulous Fall Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in An Apple a Day Giveaway Hop
The winner of the September to Remember Giveaway Hop is Viki S.
The winner of the Hello Autumn Giveaway Hop is Caroline B.
The winner of The Ancestor by Lee Matthew Goldberg is Cassandra D.
C Review: The Killings at Kingfisher Hill by Sophie Hannah
Fabulous Fall Giveaway Hop
An Apple a Day Giveaway Hop
B Review: The Investigator by Anna Hackett
A- Review: At the Slightest Sound by M.L. Buchman
Stacking the Shelves (410)
The Silence of the White City by Eva Garcia Saenz (review)
The Seventh Perfection by Daniel Polansky (review)
Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots (review)
Burning Roses by S.L. Huang (review)
Remember Me by Mario Escobar (blog tour review)
SAVE THE DATE! Caffeinated Reviewer and Reading Reality are co-hosting the Black Friday Giveaway Hop again this year. The hop runs November 27th through November 30th and signups open TOMORROW!!!
Some weeks I have good books. Some weeks I have books I really, really wonder about – not necessarily in a good way. And then there are weeks like this one, where the books were all wonderful. I live for weeks like this one.
And, to close out one week and open another, A picture of Hecate recharging in the sun. Cats, as we all know, are solar powered. Except George. I’m pretty sure he’s full of espresso beans.
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the September to Remember Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Hello Autumn Giveaway Hop
The winner of the Back to School Giveaway Hop is Julie W.
A++ Review: All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny
September to Remember Giveaway Hop
Hello Autumn Giveaway Hop
A+ Review: Driftwood by Marie Brennan
A Review: The Brothers of Auschwitz by Malka Adler
Stacking the Shelves (408)
Black Friday Giveaway Hop Sign Up!!!!!
The Ancestor by Lee Matthew Goldberg (blog tour review)
Shadows in Death by J.D. Robb (review)
The Deadly Hours by Susanna Kearsley, C.S. Harris, Anna Lee Huber, Christine Trent (review)
A Question of Betrayal by Anne Perry (review)
George is normally a very serious little fellow – although he’s getting bigger every day. But he’s also a surprisingly hard start for cat. Like me, he wakes up slowly and a bit groggy. Which allowed me to catch him in a blep one afternoon, waking up from a nap.
I had some great books this past week, books I’d been looking forward to that really lived up to my anticipation, as well as one (Winter Counts) which has had a lot of buzz and definitely lived up to the hype. I always have mixed feelings about thrillers, but when they grab me, they really, really grab me. As this one did. And as one of this coming week’s books has already done. You’ll see.
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Back to School Giveaway Hop (ends TOMORROW!)
The winner of The London Restoration is Carl
The winner of the $20 Gift Card from Rhys Ford is Pamela
B+ Review: Cat Me if You Can by Miranda James
A Review: Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews
B Review: Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones
A+ Review: Ink & Sigil by Kevin Hearne
A Review: Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden
Stacking the Shelves (407)
All the Devils are Here by Louise Penny (review)
September to Remember Giveaway Hop
Hello Autumn Giveaway Hop
Driftwood by Marie Brennan (review)
The Brothers of Auschwitz by Malka Adler (blog tour review)
As an important reminder from George, all keyboards belong to the cats. We just borrow them now and again.
Someone needs to explain to me the attraction of cats to keyboards when we’re not using them. I understand why they interfere when we’re paying attention to the keyboard instead of to them, but there seems to be an inexplicable desire to feel the caress of keys under their little fuzzy butts that I just don’t get. On the other hand, George also likes to play video games. He will follow the cursor on the TV and try to catch the leaves in any outdoor scenes. Galen just finished playing Ghost of Tsushima, which was awesome. It also has extremely realistic falling leaves. George was mesmerized!
Return to Learn Giveaway Hop STARTS TUESDAY!!!
The winner of the Feline Good Giveaway Hop is Ann
The winner of the Seas the Day Giveaway Hop is Nikki
B- Review: The Hero of Hope Springs by Maisey Yates
A Review: Anthems Outside Time by Kenneth Schneyer
A- Review: A Royal Affair by Allison Montclair
B- Review: Queen of the Unwanted by Jenna Glass
A- Review: The Friendship List by Susan Mallery
Stacking the Shelves (403)
Search the Dark by Charles Todd (review)
Return to Learn Giveaway Hop
The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows by Olivia Waite (review)
The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis (review)
The Sin in the Steel by Ryan Van Loan (review)