Full Bloom Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Full Bloom Giveaway Hop, hosted by MamatheFox!

Spring should be sprung by now. Shouldn’t it?

Some days we have the air conditioner on, and some days we have to switch back to the furnace. The whole gray and gloomy thing is getting really, really old around here.

But it could be worse – it could be snow. It could still be snow. It’s time for Spring. It’s time for the flowers to bloom. Isn’t it?

While these damp, chilly days are marvelous for curling up with a good book and a sleepy cat, the gloominess has long outworn its welcome. We’ve had the April Showers, now it’s time for the Spring Flowers!!!!!

But while we’re waiting for Spring, I’m giving away the winner’s choice of a $10 Amazon Gift Card or a $10 Book from the Book Depository, just to tide you over until Spring finally springs into action wherever you are.

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For more fantastic prizes, be sure to visit the other stops on this hop!

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Rain Rain Go Away! Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Rain Rain Go Away! Giveaway Hop, hosted by The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island

When I was a little girl, my grandmother taught me the rhyme, “Rain, rain go away! Come back another day.” I’m still kind of expecting the rain to answer back, “But I did. I did!” I’ve often looked for a cartoon that did this, but I haven’t found one. At least not yet.

There’s also a riddle about rain that I’m a little bit too fond of.

“If April Showers bring May Flowers, then what do May Flowers bring?”

The answer, of course, is pilgrims. I can’t believe I actually managed to catch someone with this the other day. Everything old is new again. Except the rain. Even when we need it, days and days of rain just plain get old.

What never gets old is the opportunity to win your choice of a $10 Amazon Gift Card or a $10 Book from the Book Depository, just by entering the rafflecopter below.

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And for more fabulous prizes, be sure to visit the other stops on the hop. This one is HUGE!

Blogo-Birthday Giveaway

Today, April 4, is the seventh anniversary of the first post on Reading Reality. Tomorrow, April 5, is my 61st birthday. And I’m not sure which I find more astonishing.

The banner above was the original header for Reading Reality, back when it was called “Escape Reality, Read Fiction”, a line I got from a t-shirt. I found the original bear the other day, and he’s sitting on my desk right now. He’s still a good luck mascot – and Freddie has not yet found him and played with him to death. Give him time. Freddie, I mean, not the bear. There’s a reason we call him the Fredinator.

In those intervening years, Reading Reality has published 2,902 posts, most of them mine. It’s gone from a 3 or 4 day a week blog to a daily blog – even if I occasionally find myself scrambling to get a post ready on time. Believe it or not, there have been over 22,000 comments made during those seven years. That’s a lot of conversation.

And it has been, and continues to be, an absolute blast to do. It surprised me to realize that this is the second-longest I’ve ever held a single job. My record is 9 years, and that’s coming up fast.

What makes it all worthwhile are the contacts. I may not respond as much as I should, but I love hearing from readers that they have enjoyed the blog and my reviews, whether through comments here or comments on my Goodreads reviews. And I very much appreciate the way that my reach has expanded over the years, so that I get to read even more great books – as well as the occasional clunker.

This week is my opportunity to give back to all of you who have given so much to me over the past seven years, and I hope many more to come. For Reading Reality as well as myself, this is a Hobbit birthday, where I give presents instead of receiving them. I’m giving away something every day this week, whether through a blog tour, due to the generosity of some of my favorite authors, or out of Reading Reality’s pocket.

As the actual anniversary, today’s giveaways are special. I’m giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card AND a book from the Book Depository up to $25 in value, shipped anywhere that the Book Depository ships, which is a tremendous number of places.

It’s my way of saying thanks to all of you. I’m looking forward to spending many more years together, talking about even more books!

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April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the April 2018 Book of Choice Giveaway Hop, hosted by FLYLeF

And also welcome to the opening entry in this year’s Blogo-Birthday Celebration Week here at Reading Reality!

April 4 is the SEVENTH Anniversary of the first post on Reading Reality. April 5 is my birthday. So we have a Blogo-Birthday to celebrate.

And today is April Fools’ Day. And Easter Sunday. And it’s Passover. That a whole lot of celebration going on!

If April showers bring May flowers, than what do Mayflowers bring?…Pilgrims, of course.

I always have books I’m looking forward to, and this month is no exception. You’ll see as the reviews unfold over the month.

But this Blogo-Birthday Celebration is a Hobbit birthday, speaking of one of my all-time favorite books. That means I’ll be giving presents away, starting today. To get in on this particular giveaway, just fill out the Rafflecopter and let us know what books you are most looking forward to this month!

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For more fabulous prizes, be sure to visit the other stops on this hop!

Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop for 2018, hosted by Bookhounds.

Do you feel lucky?

Do you feel like you might be lucky enough to win a prize in this blog hop? Fill out the rafflecopter for your chance to win your choice of a $10 Amazon Gift Card or a $10 book from the Book Depository.

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And to try your luck for more fabulous prizes, be sure to visit the other stops on the hop!

All About Diversity Blog Hop

Welcome to the All About Diversity Blog Hop, hosted by Little Library Muse!

What is diversity? Isn’t that the big question?

Diversity is not just checking off boxes, or filling quotas, as is so often implied. Instead, I think it is about broadening horizons and viewpoints.

I also think it can mean different things in different contexts. And it is a very hard topic to wrap one’s arms around. It is also an extremely difficult topic to discuss, particularly in groups or situations that currently favor the status quo. It’s even difficult for me to find a way to write the intro to this blog hop without worrying about touching off one or more “hot buttons”, and there are plenty when it comes to diversity.

So let’s try to focus on diversity in books and reading, as this is a book blog. Through reading, it is possible to learn about, develop an understanding of and an empathy for people who are different from oneself. But that only works if those multiple viewpoints are published, and if you seek them out to read them.

For example, most of The New York Times Best Sellers for fiction and non-fiction in 2017 were written by white men – unless they have even a hint of romance, most of which is written by white women. There are very few other voices on those lists, and if that’s where you get your reading from, then that’s who you’re reading, whether intentionally or not. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

There have been multiple memes, themes and projects to get people to read books written from other perspectives, whether that diversity is represented by gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, country of origin, country of publication, or diversity on any other axis that shows a different point of view. The #WeNeedDiverseBooks initiative as well as A Year of Reading the World are just two of the many examples.

Representation is also important. Just as it can be eye-opening to read books written from a completely different perspective than my own, it is also affirming to read books that speak to me because they represent me. And both of those are experiences that everyone should have the chance to have, no matter who they are or where they are coming from. We do need diverse books, not just for children, but for adults as well.

Perhaps, in times like these, especially for adults.

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As part of this blog hop, I’m giving one lucky winner either a $10 Amazon Gift Card or a $10 Book from the Book Depository that they will hopefully use to further their own exploration of diverse books.

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For more terrific prizes, be sure to visit the other stops on the hop!

March Book of Choice Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the March 2018 Book of Choice Giveaway Hop, hosted by FLYLeF

The old saying about March is that it comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb. It’s supposed to be every bit as chilly and rainy today as it was Wednesday, which is probably as lion-like as March gets in Atlanta. Especially considering that this weekend is supposed to be sunny with temperatures in the mid-60s. By the end of the month, who knows? It might even be summer around here.

Rainy or sunny, it’s always good weather to read a great book! Even if we are losing an hour to daylight savings time in the middle of the month!

As always, there are a few books I’m particularly looking forward to this month.

March is the month when the new Maisie Dobbs mystery comes out. This year it’s To Die But Once, and I’m expecting great things of Maisie, as always. The Maisie Dobbs series is historical mystery at its finest, so if you like the genre you’ll love Maisie.

Two completely new books that I’m looking forward to, books that are not part of any series (at least not so far) are Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon, and The Queens of Innis Lear, by Tessa Gratton. Blood of the Four looks like terrific dark fantasy. Golden and Lebbon are the authors of one of my favorite post-Katrina New Orleans fantasies, The Map of Moments, so I’m expecting great things.

The Queens of Innis Lear is a fantasy retelling of the Shakespearean tragedy King Lear, only this time the story is told from the daughters’ point of view. And it looks awesome.

And I would say I was looking forward to Lake Silence by Anne Bishop and Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai, but I confess that I read both of them a couple of months ago, as soon as I got my eARC. If you love The Others series, Lake Silence is a real treat and an interesting continuation of the series. I hope there will be lots, lots more. And Hurts to Love You is every bit as sexy and heartbreaking as the first two books in that series, Hate to Want You and Wrong to Need You. I think this particular series may be over, but I really, really hope that somehow it’s not.

What books are you looking forward to this month?

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Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop, hosted by Bookhounds!

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, so a lot of people are probably thinking about romance. And that’s only fair, as this is a blog hop to celebrate romance – romance books, that is.

Of the romances I’ve read so far this year, the one that I’m recommending everyone read is The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory. This rom-com is a winner from beginning to end, whether you usually like rom-coms or not. It’s just a great, fun, romantic story.

The romance I’m looking forward to reading right now is Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison. I read a fair amount of fantasy and paranormal romance, and several, many, LOTS of people have recommended Harrison’s Elder Races series, but I’ve never managed to get a round tuit until now. It’s my review for tomorrow.

And for those of you who like science fiction romance, or who might be thinking of just seeing what it’s all about, the SFR Galaxy Awards were announced just a couple of weeks ago. There are plenty of fantastic, award-winning books right there to add to your TBR pile. I know I found some. A few. Too many to count…

Speaking of adding to your TBR pile, I’m offering the lucky winner of the giveaway their choice of a $10 Gift Card from Amazon or a $10 Book from the Book Depository. The rafflecopter is right down there, waiting for you to enter.

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And for more romantic and bookish prizes, be sure to visit the other stops on the hop!

February Book of Choice Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the February 2018 Book of Choice Giveaway Hop, hosted by FLYLeF

February is the shortest month. Considering the weather in the northern hemisphere this time of year, that’s often a blessing.

But even in a short month there’s still plenty of time to get into a few (or quite a few) good books. And with Valentine’s Day in the middle of the month, it’s certain the season for romance!

As always, there are a few books I’m particularly looking forward to this month. Right now, I’m reading Into the Fire, the second book in the marvelous military-ish SF series, Vatta’s Peace. Which is itself a sequel series to one of my favorite SF series, Vatta’s War. If you think SF needs more kick-ass female warriors, you really need to meet Kylara Vatta.

I’m also looking forward to the latest entry in a completely different series. The Cat in the Stacks cozy mystery series follows the adventures of small-town Mississippi librarian Charlie Harris and his smart, sweet and very outsized Maine Coon cat Diesel – so named because his big purr sounds like one. Charlie reads like “one of us librarians” and Diesel is always a treat. But there are always Claws for Concern in the little town of Athena Mississippi, as Charlie manages to stumble over yet another dead body.

And speaking of romance, one of my favorite authors, Maisey Yates, is opening a new series this month with Smooth Talking Cowboy. Although its not a completely new series, as Gold Valley is just down the road from Copper Ridge, and that series has certainly been a treat for both my guest reviewer Amy and for me.

What books are you looking forward to this month?

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Best of 2017 Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Best of 2017 Giveaway Hop, Hosted by Bookhounds.

It’s time to not just talk about the best books of last year, but also to give some away. This blog hop celebrates the best books of the previous year, at least according to yours truly.

I publish three different “Best of the Year” lists. One for me, one for Library Journal and one for the SFR Galaxy Awards, coming up at the end of the month. But no spoilers for the Galaxy Awards, to that means two lists to work with.

Two lists for you to work with, that is.

So take a look at 17 for 2017 here on Reading Reality, and the whole Library Journal Best Books 2017 article and let me know which book appeals to you the most.

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And for more fabulous bookish prizes, be sure to visit the other stops on this hop!