The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-23-19

Sunday Post

As I said yesterday, while you read this I’m sweating to death in Washington DC at the ALA Annual Conference. Or maybe not. The weather report says cloudy, rainy, thunderboomy and in the mid 80s, so it might not be too bad. But climate’s what you expect and weather is what you get, so by the time I get there, it could be anything. Yes, I know that Atlanta is not exactly known for its cool summers but DC is semi-reclaimed swampland – it gets even muggier there than it does here. And the midwinter conference will be in Philadelphia. In January. I can hardly wait. I’d insert a sarcastic emoji here – but what would that look like?

Meanwhile, back on the blog, I may be out of town but I have plenty of stuff queued up and ready to roll while I’m away. Probably picking up more books.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Hello Summer Giveaway Hop
$20 (USD) Dreamspinner Gift Certificate from Rhys Ford

Blog Recap:

A Review: The Women’s War by Jenna Glass
B Review: Summer by the Tides by Denise Hunter
B+ Review: Hell Squad: Dom by Anna Hackett
A- Review: Ramen Assassin by Rhys Ford + Guest Recipe! + Giveaway
A- Review: The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz
Stacking the Shelves (345)

Coming This Week:

European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss (review)
Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J. Parker (review)
Phaze by S.C. Mitchell (guest review by Amy)
Say No to the Duke by Eloisa James (blog tour review)
Someone to Honor by Mary Balogh (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

This is the during-ALA stack, which mostly consists of books held over from last week’s stack. Even so, there are a couple of books here that I’ve been looking for for quite some time, like The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl and The True Bastards. Both are followups to books I absolutely adored (see Monday’s review of European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman for plenty of squeeing about the Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club and my A+ review of The Grey Bastards for more deets on both series)

While you read this, I’ll be at the American Library Association Conference in Washington DC, hopefully not sweating to death, and trying not to pick up many too many ARCs and eARCs after seeing all the bright, shiny new books on display! I’m not sure whether to ask you to wish me luck – or not!

For Review:
Gallows Court by Martin Edwards
Grave Expectations (Dickens of a Crime #2) by Heather Redmond
A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh
The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl (Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #3) by Theodora Goss
Steel Frame by Andrew Skinner
The True Bastards (Lot Lands #2) by Jonathan French

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder (Herringford and Watts #1) by Rachel McMillan
Conductor of Light (Herringford and Watts #2.5) by Rachel McMillan
A Lesson in Love and Murder (Herringford and Watts #2) by Rachel McMillan
Of Dubious and Questionable Memory (Herringford and Watts #1.5) by Rachel McMillan
A Singular and Whimsical Problem (Herringford and Watts #0.5) by Rachel McMillan
The White Feather Murders (Herringford and Watts #3) by Rachel McMillan

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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-16-19

Sunday Post

If it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would ever get done. Or at least it certainly seems that way. We’re off for the American Library Association Annual Conference at the end of the week and it feels like there are suddenly a million-and-one things to do before we go. Only because there probably are.

The cats are NOT going to be best pleased. They never are when their human servitors abscond from their duties for any length of time longer than a catnap. Come to think of it, not even then. We’re obviously supposed to be at their beck and call even when they’re sleeping!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Hello Summer Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Summer on Mirror Lake is Rita W.
The winner of the Fantastic Father Giveaway Hop is Lisa W.

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Wrath of the Goddess by Lauren Dane
B Review: Murder in the City of Liberty by Rachel McMillan
A- Review: The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery
A- Review: Finder by Suzanne Palmer
Hello Summer Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (344)

Coming This Week:

The Women’s War by Jenna Glass (review)
Summer by the Tides by Denise Hunter (blog tour review)
Hell Squad: Dom by Anna Hackett (review)
Ramen Assassin by Rhys Ford (blog tour review)
The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

This is the pre-ALA stack, which quite frankly means that I split what should be this stack into two so I can prep posts ahead. I will be tied up in meetings next weekend, possibly literally. Sometimes literarily, but definitely meetings.

So this week’s stack and next week’s stack are both a bit short, to be followed by the post-ALA stack which tends to be ginormous. We will see.

Lead me not into temptation; I can find it myself – at least when it comes to books!

For Review:
The Art of Theft (Lady Sherlock #4) by Sherry Thomas
Careful What You Wish For by Hallie Ephron
Dom (Hell Squad #17) by Anna Hackett
Missing Person by Sarah Lotz
The Mythic Dream edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe
Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker
The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry
Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
For the Killing of Kings (Ring-Sworn #1) by Howard Andrew Jones (audio)
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire (audio)
The Sentence is Death (Hawthorne #2) by Anthony Horowitz (audio)

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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-9-19

Sunday Post

This has been the drippiest, rainiest, gloomiest weekend ever. You’d think it wasn’t summer around here, but it is. At least it’s cool. But wet. Very, very wet.

It’s terrific reading weather. Every cloud has a silver lining! (p.s. I’m expecting the little old guy with the animals trailing behind him in pairs to march by any minute now!)

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Fantastic Father Giveaway Hop (ENDS TUESDAY!)
Summer on Mirror Lake by JoAnn Ross
The Alchemist of Lost Souls by Mary Lawrence

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Life’s A Beach Giveaway Hop is Danielle

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: The Alchemist of Lost Souls by Mary Lawrence + Giveaway
A Review: The Right Sort of Man by Allison Montclair
Spotlight + Excerpt: The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery
B+ Review: Summer on Mirror Lake by JoAnn Ross + Giveaway
A- Review: The Summer Country by Lauren Willig
Stacking the Shelves (343)

Coming This Week:

Wrath of the Goddess by Lauren Dane (review)
Murder in the City of Liberty by Rachel McMillan (blog tour review)
The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery (blog tour review)
The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz (review)
Hello Summer Giveaway Hop

Stacking the Shelves (343)

Stacking the Shelves

I am incredibly pleased to have A Conspiracy of Wolves in this week’s stacks. When I finished the previous book in this series, A Vigil of Spies, it very much felt like the end of the series. And I was sad to see the end of Owen Archer’s story. But now he’s back, and I’m really looking forward to picking this one up!

For Review:
Big Sky (Jackson Brodie #5) by Kate Atkinson
The Bird Boys (Delpha Wade and Tom Phelan #2) by Lisa Sandlin
The Chain by Adrian McKinty
A Conspiracy of Wolves (Owen Archer #11) by Candace Robb
Costalegre by Courtney Maum
The Cruel Stars by John Birmingham
The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs by Katherine Howe
Heaven, My Home (Highway 59 #2) by Attica Locke
How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse (Thorne Chronicles #1) by K. Eason
Merlin Redux (Enchanter General #3) by Dave Duncan
Soul of the Sword (Shadow of the Fox #2) by Julie Kagawa
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
Tinfoil Butterfly by Rachel Eve Moulton
Vanishing in the Haight (Colleen Hayes #1) by Max Tomlinson
Whispers of Shadow & Flame (Earthsinger #2) by L. Penelope
Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Lent by Jo Walton
Restoration Heights by Wil Medearis
Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal
Watching You by Lisa Jewell
You Know You Want This by Kristen Roupenian

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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-2-19

Sunday Post

This was certainly the week that was. Was what, I’m not sure, but was. It’s amazing how fast those 3-day weekends whiz by.

It is definitely summer here in Atlanta. It also seems to be summer on Reading Reality, as I have 3 books with “Summer” in the title scheduled this week! Serendipity reigns supreme!

Speaking of reigning, I have a kitten curled between my feet again. This seems to be one of her new rituals. As soon as I pull my chair up to my desk, she settles in between my feet – and usually ON my feet as well. It’s adorable. She’s adorable. But I’m afraid to move…guess I’ll just get more bloggy stuff done today!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop (ENDS TUESDAY!)
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Fantastic Father Giveaway Hop
Tempest by Beverly Jenkins
The Four Hundred Series by Joanna Shupe

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the May of Books Giveaway Hop is Theresa
The winner of the You May Win Giveaway Hop is Kristen
The winner of the Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop is Delia

Blog Recap:

Memorial Day 2019
Fantastic Father Giveaway Hop
B+ Review: Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank
A+ Review: Rebel by Beverly Jenkins + Giveaway
B- Review: The Rogue of Fifth Avenue by Joanna Shupe + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (342)

Coming This Week:

The Alchemist of Lost Souls by Mary Lawrence (blog tour review)
The Right Sort of Man by Allison Montclair (blog tour review)
The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery (tour spotlight + excerpt)
Summer on Mirror Lake by JoAnn Ross (blog tour review)
The Summer Country by Lauren Willig (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-26-19

Sunday Post

I’ve just noticed that Amy almost took over the blog this week. Maybe I should just let her do that sometime and see what shenanigans happen?

I did read some really long, involved, complicated and interesting books this week, that will show up on the blog eventually. But big books take big time, even for me, so I really appreciate Amy pinch hitting for me!

Tomorrow’s Memorial Day Holiday helps too! If you’re in the U.S. and have the three-day weekend, welcome to the unofficial start of summer. I don’t know about where you are, but here in Atlanta summer has arrived with a vengeance. It’s in the 90s, and it’s going to be in the 90s all week with no rain or cooling in sight.

As I type this today there is a kitten snoozing under my chair. I’m kind of afraid to move for fear that I’ll either step on her, roll the chair over her, or just plain wake her up. She’s only quiet and not totally intrusive when she’s sleeping. She’s adorable but extremely bouncy and pouncy when awake!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the May of Books Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the You May Win Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Life is a Beach Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the May Flowers Giveaway Hop is Heather

Blog Recap:

D+ Guest Review by Amy: Sworn to Forget by Maria Imbalzano
Life is a Beach Giveaway Hop
B Review: No Saving Throw by Kristin McFarland
B Review: Mission: Her Safety by Anna Hackett
A Guest Review by Amy: Finding Kat by Kimberley O’Malley
Stacking the Shelves (341)

Coming This Week:

Fantastic Father Giveaway Hop
Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank (blog tour review)
Rebel by Beverly Jenkins (blog tour review)
The Rogue of Fifth Avenue by Joanna Shupe (blog tour review)

Stacking the Shelves (341)

Stacking the Shelves

Let’s see. Amazon had a sale, sorta/kinda. Audible had a sale, definitely. And here we are with the stack of my legally gotten gains. So many books, so little time! But…this is a three-day weekend in the U.S., so maybe just a bit more time.

Have a great holiday weekend!

For Review:
Aurora Blazing (Consortium Rebellion #2) by Jessie Mihalik
The Blue Eye (Khorasan Archives #3) by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Blues in the Dark by Raymond Benson
The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland
A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan
The Magnificent Mrs. Mayhew by Milly Johnson
Peach Clobbered (Georgia B&B #1) by Anna Gerard
Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy #4) by Ilona Andrews
Southern Sass and Killer Cravings (Marygene Brown #1) by Kate Young
The Sweetest Fruits by Monique Truong
This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher
The Wallflower Wager (Girl Meets Duke #3) by Tessa Dare
When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal
Word to the Wise (Library Lover’s Mystery #10) by Jenn McKinlay

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay (audio)
The Inbetween Days by Eva Woods
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (audio)
The Reckoning (Children’s House #2) by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Save Me From Dangerous Men (Nikki Griffin #1) by S.A. Lelchuk

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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-19-19

Sunday Post

It’s  hard to believe that Memorial Day is next weekend. It feels early somehow. Also this is the first year that we haven’t lived in Duluth, GA. The town lines all the major thoroughfares with commemoratives for relatives and ancestors of current residents who served in one of this nation’s armed services, whether that service was during wartime or not. It does bring the significance of the holiday home as you drive by. I say that even though I have a serious problem with all of the markers being crosses. I understand that a simple wooden cross is really easy to create (and inexpensive for the town) but also feels like a slap in the face to anyone who served and was a member of another faith – or no faith at all.

I’ll get down off my soapbox now.

Our black cat, Lucifer, has finally started coming downstairs again during the day. We’re beginning to wonder if the poor baby has seasonal affective disorder as he kind of hibernated for most of the winter. But he’s been increasingly out and about in the house, and its wonderful to see him when we can actually see him. After all, he has the perfect camouflage to hide in the shadows at night. He’s still my nighttime reading buddy, but I love seeing him during the day!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the May of Books Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the May Flowers Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the You May Win Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

B- Review: Shadowblade by Anna Kashina
A+ Review: The Song of the Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning
Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop
You May Win Giveaway Hop
B+ Review: The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms
Stacking the Shelves (340)

Coming This Week:

Sworn to Forget by Maria Imbalzano (guest review by Amy)
Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop
No Saving Throw by Kristin McFarland (blog tour review)
Mission: Her Safety by Anna Hackett (review)
Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J. Parker (review)