The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 2-18-18

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We’re home after 10 days away at back-to-back conferences. It is SO GOOD to be home. Especially now that the cats have forgiven us, and seem to have meowed all the things they needed to tell us. THAT took a while. Obviously they had a lot to say, and just couldn’t wait to say it. We missed them, so it’s good to know that they missed us, too.

One of the most important things that I was at ALA Midwinter to accomplish was to participate in my final round of voting and wordsmithing as part of the ALA Notable Books Council. For the past four years, I have been part of this excellent group that picks the 25 (or so) best literary fiction, non-fiction and poetry for adults. This year’s list was awesome. If you’re looking for great books to read and recommend, you can’t go wrong with one of our lists.

But Notables is a lot of work (we get over 1,000 books each year to at least look at) so the rules are that we can only serve four years in a row. This was my fourth and final year for this go around. I can come back later, and I might. But in the meantime, this coming year I’ll be part of the Carnegie Medal Committee, which picks one best book in fiction, and one in nonfiction, each year, for adults. (Sometimes there’s overlap with Notables, and sometimes there isn’t). It’s a new group and a new process, but still passionate about books and reading. I’m looking forward to it!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop
3 paperback copies of Christmas Cowboy and Smooth-Talking Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the February Book of Choice Giveaway Hop is Gaby N.

Blog Recap:

B Review: The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard
Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop
A Review: Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
B Review: Modern Loss by Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner
B+ Review: Smooth-Talking Cowboy by Maisey Yates + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (275)

Coming Next Week:

A Plunder of Souls by D.B. Jackson (review)
The Upside by Abdel Sellou (blog tour review)
The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron (blog tour review)
Shelter My Heart by L.G. O’Connor (review)
Deborah Calling by Avraham Azrieli (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 2-4-18

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I appear to have the flu. Again. And yes, I did get a flu shot. This winter has just not been kind.

On that other hand, the SFR Galaxy Awards were announced this week. I’m proud to say that I’ve been one of the judges from the very beginning, and it’s one of my favorite events. Please check out all the winners at the SFR Galaxy Awards site, and see if there are one (or more) books that are just begging to be added to your TBR pile!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the February Book of Choice Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 gift card or $10 book in the Best of 2017 Giveaway Hop is Amber T.

Blog Recap:

A Review: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
B+ Review: Hell Squad: Levi by Anna Hackett
Valentine’s Day Blog Tour – Guest Post from Kristan Higgins
SFR Galaxy Awards
February Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
A- Review: Off the Leash by M.L. Buchman
Stacking the Shelves (273)

Coming Next Week:

Midsummer Delights by Eloisa James + Giveaway (blog tour review)
Into the Fire by Elizabeth Moon (review)
Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay (review)
A Study in Sable by Mercedes Lackey (review)
The Silence of the Library by Miranda James (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-21-18

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Life feels like it is finally back to normal after the unfortunate events over the holidays.  There was a little while there where I had absolutely no interest in reading romance (something like a Norovirus does not leave one inclined towards romance) nor did I feel like facing a family drama story, having much too much left unresolved in my own. But I’m feeling better and life is adjusting, so reading-wise things feel back to normal.

And it’s warming up a bit here in Atlanta. I moved South to get away from the frigid winters in some of the other places that I’ve lived, and did not enjoy the re-hash. Especially as it turns out that the house we’re renting seems to have no insulation on the first floor whatsoever, leaving the kitchen and living room at least 10 degrees colder than the bedrooms and offices. I got a lot of reading done!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Best of 2017 Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the January Book of Choice Giveaway Hop is Cali M.
The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Jeepers! It’s January Giveaway Hop is Buddy G.

Blog Recap:

Best of 2017 Giveaway Hop
A- Review: The Castlemaine Murders by Kerry Greenwood
A- Guest Review by Amy: Her Sweetest Fortune by Stella Bagwell
B+ Review: Season of Blood by Jeri Westerson
A Review: We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Stacking the Shelves (271)

Coming Next Week:

Sisters Like Us by Susan Mallery (blog tour review)
Deborah Rising by Avraham Azrieli (blog tour review)
Cast in Deception by Michelle Sagara (review)
Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell (review)
Markswoman by Rati Mahrotra (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 11-19-17

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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