The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-13-19

Sunday Post

It’s been a bit of a week here – although for a change it was a week when the schedule actually held up – at least on the surface.

Speaking of surfaces, one of the upstairs bathrooms flooded – again – and dripped into the living room. So there’s that to deal with. There’s never a dull moment when it comes to home ownership, but there are certainly plenty of drippy moments…and sometimes dippy moments but hopefully not at the same time.

Jade City was so awesome I immediately got Jade War and ripped through it. By the end of the week I was reading AND listening, switching back and forth whether I was in the car, on the treadmill, or reading in bed way too late. The only problem with having finished is that the third book in the series, Jade Legacy, won’t be out until probably late next year. It’s going to be a damn long wait!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop (ENDS TUESDAY!!!)
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: Jade City by Fonda Lee
Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Hop
C+ Review: The Lying Room by Nicci French
A+ Review: To Be Taught If Fortunate by Becky Chambers
A Review: Pets in Space 4 by S.E. Smith and others
Stacking the Shelves (361)

Coming This Week:

Jade War by Fonda Lee (review)
The Art of Theft by Sherry Thomas (blog tour review)
Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden (blog tour review)
Every Last Breath by Juno Rushdan (review)
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

It’s weeks like this that make me realize just how badly I’m affected by tsundoku. My stack looked so tiny that I couldn’t resist getting more audiobooks from Audible. And they had a sale. And I finished Jade War Friday afternoon and it was just SO AWESOME! I’ve been loving all of the SF and Fantasy I’ve been listening to – so more was just irresistible. Yes, I know I have an addiction. But there are so many worse things it could be. Still, “My name is Marlene and I’m a biblioholic.”

And, in other news, Fall is finally Fell here in Atlanta. People in the South look forward to the falling temperatures of Autumn in the same way that little children look forward to the appearance of Santa Claus at Xmas. I read that on Facebook but it is just SO TRUE!

For Review:
All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg
Blood and Blade (Goddess with a Blade #6) by Lauren Dane
That Kind of Guy (Ravenswood #3) by Talis Hibbert
The Queen of Paris by Pamela Binnings Ewen
Queen of the Unwanted (Women’s War #2) by Jenna Glass
Scornful Stars (Breaker of Empires #3) by Richard Baker
A Tender Thing by Emily Neuberger

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
The Library of the Unwritten (Novel from Hell’s Library #1) by A.J. Hackwith (audio)
The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye (audio)
Second Hand Curses by Drew Hayes (audio)
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow (audio)
The True Bastards (Lot Lands #2) by Jonathan French (audio)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-6-19

Sunday Post

This was the week of the hot mess in reviews. Honestly, three of the books I reviewed this week featured a hot mess in one form or another. Ivy Gamble in Magic for Liars is a hot mess, as was the entire situation of the French Revolution in Ribbons of Scarlet (although the book about this particular hot mess is very good!) and the story in This is How You Lose the Time War, well, it read like a hot mess to me, although opinions on this one certainly vary. It seems to be a book that people either really love or can’t quite get into – and for me it was the latter.

It also feels like Giveaway Hop season is starting to rev up. Whether that’s because people are in more of a giving mood near the holidays, or because some bloggers (including moi) enjoy having a day when we don’t have to produce a review, or a bit of both, it’s still getting to be that season. Speaking of giveaway hops, signups for the Black Friday Giveaway Hop are open! – even if I can’t believe I’m working on stuff for Thanksgiving already.

Current Giveaways:

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

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Follow the Yellow Brick Road Giveaway Hop is Megan
The winner of The Price of Grace by Diana Munoz Stewart is Sharon
The winner of Coming Home for Christmas by RaeAnne Thayne is Danielle

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
Spooktacular Giveaway Hop
B+ Review: Ribbons of Scarlet by Kate Quinn
A Guest Review by Amy: Sten by Chris Bunch and Allan Cole
B- Review: This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
Stacking the Shelves (360)

Coming This Week:

Jade City by Fonda Lee (review)
Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Hop
The Lying Room by Nicci French (blog tour review)
To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers (review)
Pets in Space 4 by S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Tiffany Roberts, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Donna McDonald, Regine Abel, Alexis Glynn Latner, E.D. Walker, J.C. Hay, Kyndra Hatch, Cassandra Chandler (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

It’s still summer in Atlanta. Maybe not according to the calendar, but it’s supposed to be in the 90s again this weekend. Forecasts say the temps will finally start dropping this week, but, as the saying goes, “Climate is what you expect. Weather is what you get.” So far this “Fall” we’ve been getting way more weather and not so much climate. For those of you thinking that 90s sounds marvelous compared to whatever you’ve got – particularly if you’ve already got snow – we hit the too much of a good thing point a LONG time ago.

At least this is great weather for staying in the cool air conditioning and reading a good book. Or two. Or ten. But we’re still looking forward to cooler nights when ALL the cats sleep with us!

For Review:
The Apollo Deception by Mitch Silver
A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen
Camp Lake (Carson Chronicles #5) by John A. Heldt
The Case of the Spellbound Child (Elemental Masters #14) by Mercedes Lackey
The Country Guesthouse (Sullivan’s Crossing #5) by Robyn Carr
Curious Toys by Elizabeth Hand
Flamebringer (Heartstone #3) by Elle Katharine White
Into the North (Keltin Moore #2) by Lindsay Schopfer
Losing You by Nicci French
My Way to You (Creek Canyon #1) by Catherine Bybee
The Poet King (Harp and Ring #3) by Ilana C. Myer
Sorcery Reborn by (Rebellion Chronicles #1) Steve McHugh

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (audio)
Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight by Aliette de Bodard
The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl (Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #3) by Theodora Goss (audio)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-29-19

Sunday Post

First things first. Now that it is, at least theoretically Fall, it’s time to begin thinking about the holidays. Including the annual Black Friday Giveaway Hop, hosted again by yours truly and the Caffeinated Reviewer. So if you can participate in the hop, sign ups are now open. If you’re hoping to avoid the Black Friday shopping crowds and stay home and curl up with a good book, we’ll be here to give you opportunities to win a present or two or three.

Speaking of giveaway hops, the Follow the Yellow Brick Road Hop ends tomorrow – just in time for Spooktacular to begin on Tuesday! It’s still so hot in Atlanta that the Wicked Witch would melt just by standing out in the sun – no water required!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Follow the Yellow Brick Road Giveaway Hop (ENDS TOMORROW!!!!)
Coming Home for Christmas by RaeAnne Thayne
The Price of Grace by Diana Muñoz Stewart

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the September to Remember Giveaway Hop is Kelly

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Lies in White Dresses by Sofia Grant
B+ Review: Coming Home for Christmas by RaeAnne Thayne + Giveaway
A- Review: Kiss of Eon by Anna Hackett
Black Friday Giveaway Hop Sign Up
B+ Review: The Price of Grace by Diana Muñoz Stewart + Giveaway
A- Review: The MacInnes Affair by Blair McDowell
Stacking the Shelves (359)

Coming This Week:

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey (review)
Spooktacular Giveaway Hop
Ribbons of Scarlet by Kate Quinn, Sophie Perinot, Laura Kamoie, Stephanie Dray, E. Knight, Heather Webb (blog tour review)
The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley (review)
This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

I know this list looks long, but it isn’t really. It also sort of is. Confusing, isn’t it? I didn’t get many review copies this week, but there were multiple irresistible sales at Amazon and Audible. The Forward Collection is a freebie for Prime Members, and Audible is doing another one of their sales on selected not-so-recent audios. And then there’s the books I just couldn’t resist. I’m loving Jade City on audio and want to continue with Jade WarI’ve also loved the Mycroft Holmes series by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Whitehouse, so when The Empty Birdcage released this week I got the ebook/audio bundle. If it’s as good as the previous books in the series, which were awesome, I know I’m going to want to switch back and forth from the audio to the book and back depending on where I’m at.

For Review:
Gold Digger by Rebecca Rosenberg
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
Otaku by Chris Kluwe
Shatner by Michael Seth Starr

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Ark (Forward Collection #1) by Veronica Roth
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (audio)
Emergency Skin (Forward Collection #3) by N.K. Jemisin
Eye of Truth (Agents of the Crown #1) by Lindsay Buroker
Jade War (Green Bone Saga #2) by Fonda Lee (book and audio)
The Last Conversation (Forward Collection #5) by Paul Tremblay
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers (audio)
Mycroft and Sherlock: The Empty Birdcage (Mycroft Holmes and Sherlock #3) by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse (book and audio)
Randomize (Forward Collection #6) by Andy Weir
Summer Frost (Forward Collection #2) by Blake Crouch
A Trick of Light (Stan Lee’s Alliances) by Stan Lee and Kat Rosenfield
You Have Arrived at Your Destination (Forward Collection #4) by Amor Towles

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-22-19

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Reading-wise, this was a terrific week, with not just one but TWO A+ books. That both are female-led space operas probably says a lot about where my headspace is at the moment. I also finished another one, and absolutely adored it, but haven’t written it up yet. It was a FANTASTIC week for space opera – or at least for me to go on them.

But this week is also fantastic, as it is Banned Books Week. The reason for Banned Books Week is, of course, not so fantastic. As a librarian, the idea that some people want to prevent other people from reading whatever they want is pretty much anathema. That someone does not personally want to read a particular book, a particular genre, or a particular author is not the issue. You do you – but I’ll do me, thank you very much. There are plenty of things I have no interest in, and find abhorrent or can’t be bothered with – or occasionally both. But I won’t stop you. And you shouldn’t stop me either.

If you check out any of the Banned Books Week lists at the American Library Association website, you will see some extremely surprising books on those list. Many books that are thought of as classics have been banned at one point or another, and some, like Slaughterhouse Five, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Grapes of Wrath, downright frequently. As has the entire Harry Potter series – and Dr. Seuss!

Celebrate your freedom to read, and see what it’s all about!

 

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the September to Remember Giveaway Hop (ENDS TUESDAY!)
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Follow the Yellow Brick Road Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Hello Autumn Giveaway Hop is Stephanie

Blog Recap:

Follow the Yellow Brick Road Giveaway Hop
A+ Review: Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes
A+ Review: A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
B Review: Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane
B+ Guest Review: H20 by Irving Belateche
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Coming This Week:

Lies in White Dresses by Sofia Grant (blog tour review)
Coming Home for Christmas by RaeAnne Thayne (blog tour review)
Kiss of Eon by Anna Hackett (review)
The Price of Grace by Diana Muñoz Stewart (blog tour review)
The MacInnes Affair by Blair McDowell (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

A short stack this week, which is a good thing as my planned reading for various other things has gone into (over)full swing. I can’t believe we’ve started on the “Best of 2019” activities, but it’s already begun. It’s barely fall. It’s not really fall here at all. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana. Ba-dum-bump!

For Review:
Don’t Look Down (Shadows of New York #2) by Hilary Davidson
Kiss of Eon (Eon Warriors #4) by Anna Hackett
Lethal Pursuit (Barker and Llewelyn #11) by Will Thomas
Meg & Jo by Virginia Kantra
The Puzzler’s War (Tarakan Chronicles #2) by Eyal Kless
The Secret She Keeps (Whitaker Island #2) by HelenKay Dimon
Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia
The Vanished Bride (Bronte Sisters Mystery #1) by Bella Ellis

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Jade City (Green Bone Saga #1) by Fonda Lee (audio)

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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-15-19

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It’s fair and festival season here in the Atlanta area, or at least it feels like it. The County Fair is this week, the Fall Festival in the next ‘burb over is next weekend, and the one in the ‘burb we used to live in is the one after that. And it’s supposed to be in the mid-90s this week. That is NOT fall weather, or at least not to me. I’ve lived a few places where that might qualify as “Indian Summer” but that term implies that there was a cool stretch after summer sorta/kinda ended. Which it just hasn’t here yet. I’m listening to a book about global warming – among other disasters – right now and I’m definitely feeling the heat around here!

Current Giveaways:

$20 Amazon Gift Card or $20 Book in the Hello Autumn Giveaway Hop (ENDS TUESDAY!!!)
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the September to Remember Giveaway Hop
$10 Dreamspinner Gift Card from TA Moore

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: The Heart of the Circle of Keren Landsman
September to Remember Giveaway Hop
A- Review: The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White
B Review: Medusa in the Graveyard by Emily Devenport
A- Review: Dead Man Stalking by TA Moore + Excerpt + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (357)

Coming This Week:

Follow the Yellow Brick Road Giveaway Hop
Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes (blog tour review)
The Orchid Throne by Jeffe Kennedy (review)
Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane (blog tour review)
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

This was going to be a short stack, at least until Tor Books dumped their Winter ARCs into Edelweiss. So many completely irresistible books. One of the books in this week’s stack won’t be out until the end of May! If time flies when you’re having fun, then it goes at warp speed when you’re reading. Or at least, when I’m reading!

For Review:
Any Old Diamonds (Lilywhite Boys #1) by KJ Charles
The Bard’s Blade (Sorcerer’s Song #1) by Brian D. Anderson
A Bond Undone (Legends of the Condor Heroes #2) by Jin Yong
Burn the Dark (Malus Domestica #1) by S.A. Hunt
The Cerulean Queen (Nine Realms #4) by Sarah Kozloff
A Hawk in the Woods by Carrie Laben
The Impossible Contract (Chronicles of Ghadid #2) by K.A. Doore
Inside the Asylum (Kathy Ryan #2) by Mary SanGiovanni
The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
Knight of the Silver Circle (Dragonslayer #2) by Duncan M. Hamilton
The Lost Spear (Lost #0.5) by N.J. Croft
The Monstrous Citadel (Chronicles of Amicae #2) by Mirah Bolender
A Sanctuary of Spirits (Spectral City #2) by Leanna Renee Hieber
The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
The Fated Sky (Lady Astronaut #2) by Mary Robinette Kowal (audio)
Quantum (Captain Chase #1) by Patricia Cornwell

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