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I did say I was going to pick up the rest of the Merry Folger series, didn’t I? I really liked Death on a Winter Stroll because I really liked Merry as a character so I expect her series to be a great comfort read.

But speaking of comfort reads, well, sorta/kinda, I bought A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny earlier this week because I adore the Gamache series, even if – or especially because – it uses its very comforting characters to tell some quite disturbing stories – as was the case this time.

The book I’m most looking forward to in this stack – since I’ve already read and reviewed the Gamache – is City Under One Roof by Iris Yamashita. It seems to be based, at least a bit, on Whittier Alaska, which really is a city where all the inhabitants live under one roof. What a great place to set a mystery!

For Review:
Chasing Cleopatra (Cleopatra Chronicles #1) by Tina Sloan
Chasing Othello (Cleopatra Chronicles #2) by Tina Sloan
Children of Memory (Children of Time #3) by Adrian Tchaikovsky
City Under One Roof by Iris Yamashita
Immortal Longings (Flesh & False Gods #1) by Chloe Gong
One Extra Corpse (Silver Screen Historical Mystery #2) by Barbara Hambly

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Death in the Off-Season (Merry Folger Nantucket Mystery #1) by Francine Mathews
Death in Rough Water (Merry Folger Nantucket Mystery #2) by Francine Mathews
Death in a Mood Indigo (Merry Folger Nantucket Mystery #3) by Francine Mathews
Death in a Cold Hard Light (Merry Folger Nantucket Mystery #4) by Francine Mathews
Death on Nantucket (Merry Folger Nantucket Mystery #5) by Francine Mathews
Death on Tuckernuck (Merry Folger Nantucket Mystery #6) by Francine Mathews
The Sign for Home by Blair Fell (audio)
A World of Curiosities (Chief Inspector Gamache #18) by Louise Penny (A+ REVIEW)


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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-27-22

I hope you had a wonderful Turkey Day, where the bird was moist, the sides were tasty, and the company was excellent. We had turkey by ourselves on THE DAY, and chili with friends on Saturday – so an excellent holiday weekend at Chez Reading Reality.

I also hope that you had an opportunity – or two or three – to visit ALL the stops on the Thankful for Books Giveaway Hop and enter as many times as allowed! I’m always thankful for books and reading – and laughing a bit that one of the gamification badges in this season’s Kindle Challenge is to “READ INSTEAD” of shopping this Black Friday weekend.

And here’s a picture of Miss Hecate. I should say she’s sleeping off HER turkey coma, but this is a picture of her regularly scheduled afternoon nap in Galen’s office. Hecate naps in Galen’s office while Luna naps in mine. Everybody has their own spot and that’s just the way they like it!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Thankful for Books Giveaway Hop (ENDS TOMORROW!!!!!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop (ENDS TUESDAY!!!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the In All Things Give Thanks Giveaway Hop (ENDS WEDNESDAY!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Fall 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

Thankful for Books Giveaway Hop 2022
B+ Review: Mr. Clarke’s Deepest Desire by Sophie Barnes
A- Review: Ship Wrecked by Olivia Dade
Thanksgiving 2022 (Guest post by Galen! – with Luna pictures!)
A Review: The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle by Jennifer Ryan
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Coming This Week:

The Three Dahlias by Katy Watson
The Twist of a Knife by Anthony Horowitz (review)
Partners in Crime by Alisha Rai (review)
A Wish for Winter by Viola Shipman (review)
Holly Jolly Giveaway Hop

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I honestly didn’t think there would be much this week, considering the official US holiday on Thursday and the unofficial holiday on Friday. But my prognostications turned out to be more than a bit off and brought me some lovely books this week. I’ve already read Never Too Old to Save the World and it was AWESOME. Plus there are two books that I have been looking forward to, the upcoming Sparks & Bainbridge historical mystery (The Lady from Burma) AND the forthcoming contemporary mystery The Way of the Bear, the latest in Anne Hillerman’s Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito series.

So many books to look forward to, not nearly enough time to read them all. But I’ll certainly give it my best shot!

For Review:
The Lady from Burma (Sparks & Bainbridge #5) by Allison Montclair
The Lost War (Eidyn Saga #1) by Justin Lee Anderson
Never Too Old to Save the World edited by Alana Jolie Abbott and Addie J. King
The Only Purple House in Town by Ann Aguirre
Perilous Times by Thomas D. Lee
Queen Wallis (Widowland #2) by C.J. Carey
Summer Reading by Jenn McKinlay
The Way of the Bear (Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito #26) by Anne Hillerman
White Cat, Black Dog by Kelly Link

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Dead Water by C.A. Fletcher (audio)
The Vibrant Years by Sonali Dev


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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)

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It’s not just me, is it? This year is going by really, really fast? The Thankful for Books Giveaway Hop starts on OMG MONDAY! and Thanksgiving is less than a week away! I know “time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana” but this year has just zipped by. At warp speed!

I swear I did not simply cut off this stack after the letter ‘C’ although it sure looks that way! This is what I have covers for so far. And so far, the covers for the Saffron Everleigh series, which started with A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons, certainly win the prettiest cover award!

For Review:
All the Queen’s Spies (Agents of the Crown #3) by Oliver Clements
Arca (Five Queendoms #2) by G.R. Macallister
Atalanta by Jennifer Saint
The Blood Gift (Blood Gift Duology #2) by N.E. Davenport
A Botanist’s Guide to Flowers and Fatality (Saffron Everleigh #2) by Kate Khavari
Camp Zero by Michelle Min Sterling
Canary Girls by Jennifer Chiaverini
The Carnivale of Curiosities by Amiee Gibbs

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
A Caribbean Heiress in Paris (Las Léonas #1) by Adriana Herrera (audio)


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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-13-22

Everyone needs their own Spot, at least according to a print by Mary Engelbreit. Here’s George in the George spot at the end of the couch:

Sadly, this used to be the Freddie spot until Freddie went to the Rainbow Bridge. Occasionally, now it’s the Tuna spot, which sometimes ends in it being the spot where an epic battle takes place between George and Tuna over who gets possession of the spot. But it’s a very cozy spot, and I often end up reading on the couch with George in his spot near my feet. (Little does he know that I’m usually hiding my slippers under that blanket to keep him from chewing on them!)

Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Thanks a Latte Giveaway Hop (ENDS TUESDAY!!!)
$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Fall 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: When the Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha Lamb
Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop
B+ Review: A Matter of Happiness by Tori Whitaker
A- Review: Conqueror by Anna Hackett
Veterans Day 2022
Stacking the Shelves (522)

Coming This Week:

Under a Veiled Moon by Karen Odden (blog tour spotlight + excerpt)
Cold Fear by Brandon Webb and John David Mann (review)
In All Things Give Thanks Giveaway Hop
The Girl with the Emerald Flag by Kathleen McGurl (blog tour review)
Death on a Winter Stroll by Francine Mathews (blog tour review)

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A few more books this week because last week a faithful follower of Reading Reality recommended Combined Operations as a readalike for Steel Fear. And I was tempted…

In other reading notes, someone in my reading group made the observation that publishers have been using “romcom” as a replacement description for “contemporary romance” – even though not all contemporary romances are romcoms. Far from it. But the observation continued that the cartoon-style, drawn, cover art seems to be leading everyone down a primrose path of thinking that the stories within are lighter in tone than they actually are. I’m thinking in particular of A Proposal They Can’t Refuse of a few months back, which was, most definitely, a romance, but deals with a lot of very serious stuff and isn’t really a comedy at all.

I’m curious if anyone else has any thoughts on the matter?

For Review:
The Archive Undying (Downworld Sequence #1) by Emma Mieko Candon
Death Comes to Marlow (Marlow Murder Club #2) by Robert Thorogood
Full Exposure by Thien-Kim Lam
Good Night, Irene by Luis Alberto Urrea
Mr. Clarke’s Deepest Desire (Enterprising Scoundrels #2) by Sophie Barnes
Playing it Safe (Electra McDonnell #3) by Ashley Weaver

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Between Two Graves (Combined Operations #4) by Dorothy Grant
Blood, Oil and Love (Combined Operations #2) by Dorothy Grant
Going Ballistic (Combined Operations #1) by Dorothy Grant
A Perfect Day, With Explosions (Combined Operations #3) by Dorothy Grant


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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-6-22

Galen has been away most of this week (he’s back now) which leaves me alone to tend to FIVE very demanding felines. Tuna is on overwatch every single time I prepare their food. This is literal, as his head is at my waist when he stands at the table next to me watching every step and scoop. It’s a bit daunting.

I swear I saw him acting as Lucifer’s food tester the other night as well. Not that Tuna scarfed the old boy’s food. That he watched me put it down, took a sniff and one nibble, then moved out of the way for our Elder Statescat to get his due. It’s adorable and disconcerting at the same time.

And I looked down to THIS the other day while I was peacefully working at my desk. (Tuna on the left, Luna on the right with her white feets.) Aren’t they adorable? And don’t you wonder what they’re really up to? I certainly did!

Current Giveaways:

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

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Lute by Jennifer Thorne
Thanks a Latte Giveaway Hop
A- Review: Mission: Uncovered by Anna Hackett
A+ Review: Steel Fear by Brandon Webb and John David Mann
B Review: The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen
Stacking the Shelves (521)

Coming This Week:

When the Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha Lamb (audiobook review)
Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop
A Matter of Happiness by Tori Whitaker (blog tour review)
Conqueror by Anna Hackett (review)
Veteran’s Day 2022 (post by Galen)

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Out of a mere nine books, I have one I’ve just finished, one I’ve been waiting for for months, one that requires me to check to see if I’m caught up with it’s series and one book in a new series by a favorite author that I’m terribly curious to read. All of that, and the prettiest cover this week goes to Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter which is none of the above. A short stack filled with absolutely oodles of intriguing choices!

For Review:
Conqueror (Galactic Kings #4) by Anna Hackett
The Fourth Enemy (Daniel Pitt #6) by Anne Perry
Hel’s Eight by Stark Holborn
In the Lives of Puppets by TJ Klune
Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter by Lizzie Pook
The Peacekeeper (Good Lands #1) by B.L. Blanchard
Queens of Wonderland (Defenders of Lore #2) by Gama Ray Martinez
The Three Dahlias (Dahlia Lively #1) by Katy Watson
The White Lady by Jacqueline Winspear


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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
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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)