The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 8-12-18

Sunday Post

The next two weeks are going to be a bit odd. We’re going to be at the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon76) in San Jose, California for part of this week and the beginning of next week. (Insert jokes about “Do you know the way to San Jose?” here. And if that doesn’t ring any bells, schedule a trip in Peabody’s WAYBACK Machine…)

It’s not just that I’m doing a bunch of stuff early, but also that I signed up for back-to-back bloghops to have stuff to post every day. I kind of assumed that no one would really mind more chances to win Amazon Gift Cards and/or books while I’m off having a good time. I’ve also got some of Amy’s guest post scheduled next week to pick up some of the slack.

I love doing this blog (obviously or I wouldn’t still be doing it after 8 1/2 years) but it is nice to occasionally get far enough ahead to take a few days “off”. Especially somewhere I can learn about more new and new-to-me books and authors in my favorite genres!

Current Giveaways:

$15 Amazon Gift Card from Jess Anastasi

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Entropy by Jess Anastasi + Giveaway
B+/B-Review: Bayside Heat by Melissa Foster / Sweet Heat at Bayside by Addison Cole
B+ Review: The Wedding from Hell: The Reception by J.R. Ward + Excerpt
A+ Review: Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson
B+ Review: Gift of Griffins by V.M. Escalada
Stacking the Shelves (300)

Coming Next Week:

Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose (blog tour review)
Planetside by Michael Mammay (review)
Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop
A+ Giveaway Hop
Mission: Her Protection by Anna Hackett (review)

Stacking the Shelves (300)

Stacking the Shelves

This is the OMG 300th edition of Stacking the Shelves over here at Reading Reality. I run a few numbers behind the official Stacking the Shelves over at Team Tymga’s, because there have been a few Saturdays where I’ve done something else, either a blog hop or I’ve been out of town for the weekend and run a guest post. Life happens.

Life is actually going to happen again next weekend, but this time I’m planning ahead a bit. I try to adult. I don’t always succeed, but I do try…

For Review:
The Bartered Brides (Elemental Masters #13) by Mercedes Lackey
Dare to Love a Duke (London Underground #3) by Eva Leigh
Driven to Distraction (Road to Love #1) by Lori Foster
Edinburgh Dusk (Ian Hamilton #2) by Carole Lawrence
Midsummer Mayhem (Potting Shed #7) by Marty Wingate
Mission: Her Protection (Team 52 #1) by Anna Hackett
There Will Be No Miracles Here by Casey Gerald

Borrowed from the Library:
The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 8-5-18

Sunday Post

The dust is starting to settle at the new house. It’s going to settling for a while, but it is starting, at least. One of the better side effects of the move is that Freddie and Lucifer seem to be banding together more. They slink down the stairs together at night to explore the brave new world, as well as seek out fresh kibble. As soon as we get a new door installed on the back porch, they’ll be able to boldly go where no cat has gone before – at least as far as we know.

The built in shelves in my office now contain my ALA committee books and our fiction collection up to the beginning of the letter G. More shelves are upstairs, just waiting to be loaded with the rest of our library.

It’s definitely an adventure!

Current Giveaways:

Hardcover set of The Wildes of Ludlow Castle series by Eloisa James
(1) $50 Amazon Gift card and (5) $10 Amazon Gift Cards from Suzanne Johnson

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Shattered Silence by Marta Perry is Becky
The winner of the $10 Amazon Gift Card in the Scoop of Luck Giveaway Hop is Lisa

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Born to Be Wilde by Eloisa James + Giveaway
A Review: Frenchman Street by Suzanne Johnson + Giveaway
B+ Review: The Art of Inheriting Secrets by Barbara O’Neal
B Review: Hard in Hightown by Varric Tethras with Mary Kirby
A Review: The Locksmith’s Daughter by Karen Brooks
Stacking the Shelves (299)

Coming Next Week:

Entropy by Jess Anastasi (blog tour review)
Wedding from Hell: The Reception by J.R. Ward (blog tour review)
Gift of Griffins by V.M. Escalada (review)
Southernmost by Silas House (review)
Meet Me at the Museum by Ann Youngson (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

The grid picture is my stack for this week. The picture below features the built-in bookshelves in my office in the new house. Aren’t they gorgeous? For anyone wondering, the shelves in my office contain our fiction collection up to the G’s, plus review books for my ALA committee. The rest of the alphabet, plus the nonfiction, will be housed upstairs in the spare room, the guest room and finish in Galen’s office. The frightening thing is that this is about half of what we moved to and from Alaska.

Notice that I am carefully not showing the other side of the room. That’s still box city. Someday we’ll be unpacked. Someday.

For Review:
The Alchemist’s Illusion (Accidental Alchemist #4) by Gigi Pandian
Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday
Consumed (Firefighters #1) by J.R. Ward
For the Sake of the Game edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger
Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
A Spy in Exile by Jonathan de Shalit
The Verdun Affair by Nick Dybek

My new office bookshelves!

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-29-18

Sunday Post

I was right about last week’s prediction of this week’s schedule. It did turn out to be a bit more aspirational than realistic. And I think this week’s might have some of the same issues. The packers are coming today, and the movers are coming tomorrow. I’m hoping to get stuff scheduled at least through Monday if not Tuesday by the point I collapse on Saturday evening. I’m prepping this post a bit early in furtherance of that goal.

We are a bit at sixes and sevens, as they say, at this point in the moving process. We haven’t cleaned up as ruthlessly as we have in the past, on the other hand our stuff doesn’t have to move across country, and we don’t have to worry about what we do and don’t need for two, three or even six weeks. All we have to do is get everything there and start unpacking. We try to unpack the bedroom the first evening, so we don’t wake up in the morning to a sea of boxes. It helps cut down on the whelm.

Freddie and Lucifer have no idea what’s about to happen. It’s going to be an adventure!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the A Scoop of Luck Giveaway Hop (ends TUESDAY!)
Shattered Silence by Marta Perry

Blog Recap:

B Review: Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan
B+ Review: Shattered Silence by Marta Perry + Giveaway
B Review: Day of the Dead by Nicci French
A- Review: Untamed Cowboy by Maisey Yates
C+ Review: Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
Stacking the Shelves (298)

Coming Next Week:

Born to be Wilde by Eloisa James (blog tour review)
Frenchman Street by Suzanne Johnson (blog tour review)
The Art of Inheriting Secrets by Barbara O’Neal (blog tour review)
Hunting the Truth by Beate and Serge Klarsfeld (review)
The Locksmith’s Daughter by Karen Brooks (blog tour review)

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Stacking the Shelves

I’ve cut this stack off early. We’re moving on Sunday and Monday, and I’m trying to get stuff done ahead of time. If at all possible. And this is certainly among the possible. But this stack looks kind of weird now that I see it. It represents one of the few times when I have more books that I have to read or ought to read than I do books that I just plain want to read.

On the other hand it has Hard in Hightown on it, which just makes me smile. A work of fiction written by a fictional author from a fictional universe. Sometimes I just love being a gamer.

For Review:
America for Beginners by Leah Franqui
The Cambodian Curse and Other Stories (Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt) by Gigi Pandian
Domina by Guy de la Bédoyère
Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien
Heavy by Kiese Laymon
How to Fracture a Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen
The Seas by Samantha Hunt
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Yeast of Eden (Pancake House Mystery #4) by Sarah Fox

Purchased from Amazon:
Hard in Hightown by Varric Tethras and Mary Kirby
Point of Hopes (Astreiant #1) by Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-22-18

Sunday Post

This week’s schedule seems a bit more aspirational than realistic, but I’m going with it anyway. Last week’s certainly turned out to be that way. I had surgery on Monday, and although the procedure was minor, it is throwing me for more of a loop than I expected. And the move is scheduled for a week from tomorrow, with the packers showing up a week from today. So that is also proceeding apace. So much stuff happening and so little time.

Freddie and Lucifer have no idea just how much their world is about to get thrown into a blender. I think they’re going to love the “kitty television” in the new house, but the process of getting there is not going to be something they will enjoy.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the A Scoop of Luck Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Trial on Mount Koya by Susan Spann is Danielle
The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Seas the Day Giveaway Hop is Ann S.

Blog Recap:

A Scoop of Luck Giveaway Hop
C+ Review: Kill the Farm Boy by Kevin Hearne and Delilah S. Dawson
B+ Review: The Wedding from Hell: The Rehearsal Dinner by J.R. Ward + Excerpt
B Review: Lowcountry Bookshop by Susan M. Boyer
B Review: The Seas of Distant Stars by Francesca G. Varela
Stacking the Shelves (297)

Coming Next Week:

Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan (blog tour review)
Shattered Silence by Marta Perry (blog tour review)
The Day of the Dead by Nicci French (blog tour review)
Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (review)
Hunting the Truth by Beate and Serge Klarsfeld (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-15-18

Sunday Post

When I discovered that the publication of Hope Never Dies had been moved up from mid-August to early July I simply could not resist reading it – pretty much the way I could not resist picking it up in the first place. When I saw the blurb on Edelweiss, it struck me as a case of the bear dancing, where you’re not surprised it’s done well, you’re simply surprised that it’s done AT ALL. It was a boatload of fun. Possibly even a Trans Am trunkload of fun, as long as you fling your willing suspension of disbelief out the window before you start.

Don’t forget, today is your last chance to seize your chance at the prize in the Seas the Day Giveaway Hop. The hop ends tonight at midnight!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Seas the Day Giveaway Hop (ends TONIGHT!)
Trial on Mount Koya by Susan Spann
Taste of Seattle Gift Bag from Susan Mallery

Blog Recap:

B Review: Trial on Mount Koya by Susan Spann + Giveaway
B+ Review: Imperator by Anna Hackett
A+ Review: Between You and Me by Susan Wiggs
A- Review: When We Found Home by Susan Mallery + Giveaway
B- Review: Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer
Stacking the Shelves (296)

Coming Next Week:

A Scoop of Luck Giveaway Hop
Kill the Farm Boy by Kevin Hearne and Delilah S. Dawson (review)
Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (review)
Hunting the Truth by Beate and Serge Klarsfeld (review)
Lowcountry Bookshop by Susan M. Boyer (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

There are a couple of really interesting things in this week’s stack. Not that they aren’t all interesting looking books – or I wouldn’t have picked them up. But interesting in different ways from the usual.

First unusual thing, or first and second unusual things depending on how you count, is that Bayside Heat by Melissa Foster and Sweet Heat at Bayside by Addison Cole are essentially the same book. The steamy version is under Foster and the sweet, or at least sweeter version is under Cole. I’ll be comparing to see what difference that makes.

And Under the Table by Stephanie Evanovich currently holds the dubious achievement award for being the farthest out. The book won’t be published until April 2019!

For Review:
All That is Left is All That Matters by Mark Slouka
The Animal Gazer by Edgardo Franzosini
Bayside Heat (Bayside Summers #3) by Melissa Foster
Dagger’s Edge (Brute Force #2) by Lora Leigh
Entropy (Atrophy #4) by Jess Anastasi
Frenchman Street (Sentinels of New Orleans #6) by Suzanne Johnson
A Girl’s Guide to Missiles by Karen Piper
The Hollow of Fear (Lady Sherlock #3) by Sherry Thomas
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
The Poisoned City by Anna Clark
Sweet Heat at Bayside (Sweet with Heat: Bayside Summers #3) by Addison Cole
That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam
Under the Table by Stephanie Evanovich
Witness by Ariel Burger

Purchased from Amazon:
Hunted (Iron Druid Chronicles #6) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-8-18

Sunday Post

It’s been an eventful week. Not as productive as it might have been on the blog front, but c’est la vie. Also c’est la view as I originally typed. We closed on the house on Friday, so now the fun begins. We’ll probably move around the end of July, as there’s a few things that need to be taken care of before we move in. We need to get the place that the dryer plugs into fixed before we can plug in a dryer. Also we need a dryer – and a washer. Lots of little things like that but nothing major and nothing else that prevents us from moving in. Before Worldcon in mid-August.

We moved so often, and we had our original clowder of cats for so long, that they all understood what it meant when the boxes started appearing everywhere. Freddie and Lucifer have no clue what’s about to upset their world – but they are going to love the giant catio in the new house!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Seas the Day Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

A Review: Night Fall by Simon R. Green
B+ Review: The Dark Side of the Road by Simon R. Green
Fourth of July 2018
A- Review: Mycroft Holmes by Kareen Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse
B+ Review: Trapped by Kevin Hearne
Stacking the Shelves (295)

Coming Next Week:

Trial on Mount Koya by Susan Spann (blog tour review)
Imperator by Anna Hackett (review)
Between You and Me by Susan Wiggs (blog tour review)
When We Found Home by Susan Mallery (blog tour review)
Hunting the Truth by Beate and Serge Klarsfeld (review)