The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-14-18

Sunday Post

Both the January Book of Choice Giveaway Hop AND the Jeepers! It’s January Giveaway Hop end this week. But as it still seems to be Hop Season, the Best of 2017 Giveaway Hop starts tomorrow!

I’m still doing a lot of comfort reading, and this time that seems to mean mysteries. I’m not quite sure why, exactly, but I’m going with it, at least for a bit longer. Phryne Fisher was the one bit of comfort reading I hadn’t picked up in a while, so I’m reading the next book in my Phryne read through and really liking it. It’s one of the stories that was not filmed, and it feels a bit meatier than some of the others, at least so far. And there’s a historical angle that I’m liking a lot.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the January Book of Choice Giveaway Hop (ENDS TOMORROW!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Jeepers! It’s January Giveaway Hop (Ends Wednesday)

Blog Recap:

A Review: The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman
A- Review: Out of Circulation by Miranda James
Spotlight + Excerpt: Sisters Like Us by Susan Mallery
A- Review: Wings of Fire by Charles Todd
A- Review: Sunday Silence by Nicci French
Stacking the Shelves (270)

Coming Next Week:

Best of 2017 Giveaway Hop
The Castlemaine Murders by Kerry Greenwood (review)
The English Wife by Lauren Willig (review)
Season of Blood by Jeri Westerson (review)
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

I tend not to add things to this post until they have covers. Since I almost always get ebooks or eARCS, I can’t really photograph the books. And the “Cover To Be Revealed” graphic is usually pretty boring.

All of that to say that I’ve actually had The Poppy War by R.F Kuang for quite a while, but the cover was just revealed. Murphy’s Law dictates that now that the cover for one outstanding book has appeared, I have another book that should be listed but isn’t because its cover has not yet been revealed. And so it goes.

On a lighter, brighter and fully covered note, there are two books here that I have been waiting quite eagerly for. Someone to Care by Mary Balogh, and To Die but Once by Jacqueline Winspear. Balogh’s Westcott series has been absolutely fantastic, so I can wait to read more of the fallout from the original scandal that started the series. And I always fall right into the Maisie Dobbs series, so I’m sure that the new book will be no exception. I’m hoping that there will be another “Month of Maisie” tour this March, to give me an excuse to read one of the earlier books in the series (not that I really need an excuse) and the new one.

And on a fluffier note, Celta Cats. I would say that I want my own fam-cat, but as much as I love them, the idea of either Freddie or Lucifer being able to talk gives me the heebie-jeebies.

For Review:
Deborah Calling by Avraham Azrieli
Deborah Rising by Avraham Azrieli
The Grey Bastards (Lot Lands #1) by Jonathan French
Midsummer Delights by Eloisa James
The Morcai Battalion: The Pursuit by Diana Palmer
The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
Someone to Care (Westcott #4) by Mary Balogh
To Die but Once (Maisie Dobbs #14) by Jacqueline Winspear
Whiskey Sharp: Jagged by Lauren Dane

Purchased from Amazon:
Celta Cats by Robin D. Owens

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-7-18

Sunday Post

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
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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)

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Stacking the Shelves

Welcome to the first Stacking the Shelves of the new year! It’s hard to believe that it’s 2018 already. I remember as a kid doing the math to determine how old I’d be at the turn of the millennium – and thinking that it sounded way old. Now we’re 18 years past 2000, and the time has flown by. As Groucho Marx famously said, “Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.”

For Review:
The Family Gathering (Sullivan’s Crossing #3) by Robyn Carr
Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan
The River House (Swift River Valley #8) by Carla Neggers
Since Last Christmas (Missed Connections #3) by Jeffe Kennedy

Borrowed from the Library:
Dragos Takes a Holiday (Elder Races #6.5) by Thea Harrison
Five-Carat Soul by James McBride
Lord’s Fall (Elder Races #5) by Thea Harrison
Midnight’s Kiss (Elder Races #8) by Thea Harrison
Night’s Honor (Elder Races #7) by Thea Harrison
An Odyssey by Daniel Mendelsohn
Oracle’s Moon (Elder Races #4) by Thea Harrison
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Peanut Goes to School (Elder Races #6.7) by Thea Harrison
Pia Saves the Day (Elder Races #6.6) by Thea Harrison
Storm’s Heart (Elder Races #2) by Thea Harrison

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-31-17

Sunday Post

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
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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)

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Stacking the Shelves

Welcome to the last and final Stacking the Shelves post of the year. A post in which I’m not actually stacking anything. I did get a few books this week, but not much.

As I said in last week’s STS, my mother went into hospice last Thursday. She passed away on Xmas Day, and her funeral was Wednesday. It was a blustery 6 degrees in Cincinnati that day. I had to borrow one of her coats to have something halfway warm enough to wear at her graveside ceremony. Which felt more than a bit weird, but it still smelled like her perfume and that was surprisingly comforting.

We’re finally home, but it seems that I brought a case of food poisoning home with me along with everything we cleaned out of her apartment. I’m toast.

Which doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t add a link to your Stacking the Shelves post in the linky below.

Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings and a safe New Year’s to you and yours.

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-24-17

Sunday Post

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)

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Stacking the Shelves

As you read this, I’m on my way to Cincinnati. My mother was checked into hospice yesterday. I’m writing this just a bit ahead as we’re planning to get on the road. It probably seems strange that I’m posting this, but reading and blogging both help calm my nerves. Of which I suddenly have a ton.

For Review:
After Hours (Boardroom #2) by Lynda Aicher
Crashed on an Ice World (Phoenix Adventures #11) by Anna Hackett
Giving Chase (Chase Brothers #1) by Lauren Dane
Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

Purchased from Amazon:
Once Upon a Christmas Eve (Maiden Lane #12.6) by Elizabeth Hoyt (review)

Borrowed from the Library:
The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris
Elementary (Elemental Masters #8.5) by Mercedes Lackey
Hunter’s Season (Elder Races #4.7) by Thea Harrison
Kinked (Elder Races #6) by Thea Harrison
Natural Evil (Elder Races #4.5) by Thea Harrison
Reserved for the Cat (Elemental Masters #5) by Mercedes Lackey
Sour Heart by Jenny Zhant
The Wicked (Elder Races #5.5) by Thea Harrison

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-17-17

Sunday Post

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
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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)

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Stacking the Shelves

After reviewing Amid the Winter Snow yesterday, I decided to start collecting the Elder Races series by Thea Harrison. I’ve never read them, but that novella was awesome. More than awesome enough to make me want to binge the series as soon as I get a round tuit.

I picked up Talk to the Paw for the cover. I just couldn’t resist that cute little face!

For Review:
Claws for Concern (Cat in the Stacks #9) by Miranda James
Highland Dragon Master (Dawn of the Highland Dragon #3) by Isabel Cooper
A Study in Honor by Claire O’Dell
Talk to the Paw by Melinda Metz
Welcome to Moonlight Harbor (Moonlight Harbor #1) by Sheila Roberts

Purchased from Amazon:
Fluency (Confluence #1) by Jennifer Foehner Wells
The Prisoner of Limnos (Penric & Desdemona #6) by Lois McMaster Bujold

Borrowed from the Library:
Chemistry by Weike Wang
Devil’s Gate (Elder Races #4.6) by Thea Harrison
Dragos Goes to Washington (Elder Races #8.5) by Thea Harrison
Liam Takes Manhattan (Elder Races #9.5) by Thea Harrison
Pia Does Hollywood (Elder Races #8.6) by Thea Harrison
Serpent’s Kiss (Elder Races #9.5) by Thea Harrison
Shadow’s End (Elder Races #9) by Thea Harrison