The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-9-21

Sunday Post

Today is Mother’s Day. So a very happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there, no matter what types of creature you are a mom to! The most rambunctious of my feline babies has treated me to not one, not two, not three, but four rounds – so far – of ALL STAR CAT WRESTLING! I am definitely entertained. And concerned for the stability of the furniture.

Very much on the other paw, last night a couple of absolutely adorable bois posed for this darling picture. Possibly out of exhaustion but still, they are adorable.

Current Giveaways:

Peaches and Schemes by Anna Gerard (signed copy) plus more books and swag
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Peaches and Schemes by Anna Gerard + Giveaway
Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop
Spotlight + Excerpt: The Stepsisters by Susan Mallery
B+ Review: The Lady Has a Past by Amanda Quick
A Review: Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire
Stacking the Shelves (443)

Coming This Week:

A Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark (review)
The Album of Dr. Moreau by Daryl Gregory (review)
The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting by KJ Charles (review)
Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica (blog tour review)
The Summer Seekers by Sarah Morgan (blog tour review)

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Stacking the Shelves

I can’t get the song from Camelot out of my head. “Tra-la, it’s May, the lusty month of May...” Also the somewhat blustery month of May as it’s felt a bit like monsoon season here in Atlanta this week. And Mother’s Day is tomorrow – which is always a sign of spring, at least here in the Northern Hemisphere.’

As always, there are some absolutely fascinating books in the stack – like the next Hawthorne and Horowitz mystery, A Line to Kill. I have to admit that as much as I enjoyed the first book in the series, The Word is Murder, it just didn’t read like something that made sense to become a series. But it did and they are loads of fun if you like twisty mysteries with unlikeable genius detectives – which I do.

Payback’s a Witch, on the other hand, looks like a completely different kind of fun. So many books to look forward to – and not nearly enough time to read them all!

For Review:
2034 by Elliot Ackerman and James Stavridis
Alien: Into Charybdis by Alex White
The All-Consuming World by Cassandra Khaw
The Devil Comes Courting (Worth Saga #3) by Courtney Milan
The Eagle’s Claw by Jeff Shaara
Falling by T.J. Newman
Forget Me Not by Alexandra Oliva
The Halo Conspiracy (Lucas Nash #1) by Michael Murphy
Hostage by Clare Mackintosh
Lightning Strike (Cork O’Connor #18) by William Kent Krueger
A Line to Kill (Hawthorne and Horowitz #3) by Anthony Horowitz
The Lords of Time (White City #3) by Eva Garcia Sáenz
The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers
The Mad Women’s Ball by Victoria Mas
Miss Lattimore’s Letter by Suzanne Allain
The Missing Treasures of Amy Ashton by Eleanor Ray
Neon Gods (Dark Olympus #1) by Katee Robert
On Harrow Hill (Dave Gurney #7) by John Verdon
The Others by Sarah Blau
Payback’s A Witch by Lana Harper
Send for Me by Lauren Fox
The Stranger in the Mirror by Liv Constantine
Super Host by Kate Russo
Surviving Savannah by Patti Callahan
This Thing Between Us by Gus Moreno
The Unheard by Nicci French
We Know You Remember (High Coast #1) by Tove Alsterdal

Purchased from Amazon/Audible/Kickstarter:
The Year of the Cat: A Cat of Feral Instincts edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch &
Dean Wesley Smith (Kickstarter)



The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-2-21

Sunday Post

Today I have an extra special version of “how it started/how it’s going” because yesterday was George’s first gotchaversary. It’s been a whole year since we picked up the orange energy ball and OMG how he’s grown!

I just discovered, to my utter chagrin, that although I prepped yesterday’s Stacking the Shelves post I neglected to actually post it. Red-faced apologies all around.

Clearly George’s gotchaversary celebration got WAY out of hand!

Winner Announcements:

The winner of An Invincible Summer is Sharon
The winner of the Rain Drops on Roses Giveaway Hop is Rochelle

Blog Recap:

A Review: Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells
A Review: Havoc by M.L. Buchman
A- Review: The Best Thing You Can Steal by Simon R. Green
B Review: The Bodyguard by Anna Hackett
A Review: Confessions from the Quilting Circle by Maisey Yates
Stacking the Shelves (442)

Coming This Week:

Peaches and Schemes by Anna Gerard (blog tour review)
Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop
The Stepsisters by Susan Mallery (blog tour excerpt)
The Lady Has a Past by Amanda Quick (review)
Band of Sisters by Lauren Willig (review

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Stacking the Shelves

I just finished After the Crown and it was utterly awesome, particularly on audio. Last week I beat myself with the clue-by-four and realized that I could use my sleep headphones, the ones I wear to play white noise when I’m going to sleep, could ALSO be used to play audiobooks while I’m up and playing games on my iPad. This is NOT conducive to getting more sleep – more like the reverse – but it’s great for getting more time with a good book. After the Crown was excellent so I’m looking forward to starting Beyond the Empire over the weekend!

For Review:
Bath Haus by P.J. Vernon
The Between by Ryan Leslie
Beyond (Founding of Valdemar #1) by Mercedes Lackey
Dare to Know by James Kennedy
Destroyer of Light by Jennifer Marie Brissett
Getaway by Zoje Stage
A Girl Made of Air by Nydia Hetherington
The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell by Brian Evenson
The Guncle by Steven Rowley
The Hobgoblin of Little Minds by Mark Matthews
The Last Guest by Tess Little
The Librarian of Saint-Malo by Mario Escobar
Long Division by Kiese Laymon
Mango, Mambo, and Murder (Caribbean Kitchen Mystery #1) by Raquel V. Reyes
The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer
The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin
Night Music by Jojo Moyes
The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell
Out of Love by Hazel Hayes
The Queen’s Men (Agents of the Crown #2) by Oliver Clements
The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer
Revelator by Daryl Gregory
Screams from the Void by Anne Tibbets
Sisters in Arms by Kaia Alderson
The Social Graces by Renee Rosen
Very Sincerely Yours by Kerry Winfrey
When the Goddess Wakes (Ring-Sworn Trilogy #3) by Howard Andrew Jones
A Woman of Intelligence by Karin Tanabe
The Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
After the Crown (Indranan War #2) by K.B. Waters (audio)
Beyond the Empire (Indranan War #3) by K.B. Waters (audio)

Borrowed from the Library:
A Court of Mist and Fury (Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Wings and Ruin (Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas



The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 4-25-21

Sunday Post

First, here’s an absolutely gorgeous picture of Hecate to brighten up your Sunday. She just rolled over and showed off all the pretty colors she normally hides on her underside in order to demand some scritches! (In case you’re wondering, of course her demands were successfully met!) Could anyone resist all that cute?)

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Rain Drops on Roses Giveaway Hop
An Invincible Summer by Mariah Stewart

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the April Showers Giveaway Hop is Rose S.

Blog Recap:

B Review: The Three Mrs. Greys by Shelly Ellis
B Review: The Kindred Spirits Supper Club by Amy E. Reichert
A Review: An Invincible Summer by Mariah Stewart + Giveaway
A Review: A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine
A+ Review: A Tip for the Hangman by Allison Epstein
Stacking the Shelves (441)

Coming This Week:

Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Walls (review)
Havoc by M.L. Buchman (review)
The Best Thing You Can Steal by Simon $. Green (review)
The Bodyguard by Anna Hackett (review)
Confessions from the Quilting Circle by Maisey Yates (blog tour review)

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Stacking the Shelves

The size of the stacks in recent weeks reminds me of the videogame I’ve been playing. You’re probably wondering how that works. Recent stacks, between committee assignments and other commitments have turned into book hauls. I’m playing Diablo III while I wait for the Mass Effect Trilogy Remaster to arrive. Diablo III is the kind of game that is sometimes referred to as a “Monty Haul” or “Monty Hall” after the late game show host. In other words, it’s a game where the player accumulates a LOT of loot. The mantra is “Stay awhile, and loot the place.” An instruction I’m generally happy to follow in game.

IRL, books make the BEST loot.

For Review:
Basil’s War by Stephen Hunter
The Bodyguard (Norcross Security #4) by Anna Hackett
The Bright and Breaking Sea (Captain Kit Brightling #1) by Chloe Neill
The Charmed Wife by Olga Grushin
Day Zero by C. Robert Cargill
The Donut Trap by Julie Tieu
Eternal by Lisa Scottoline
Girl One by Sara Flannery Murphy
Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur
The Heiress Gets a Duke (Gilded Age Heiresses #1) by Harper St. George
Her Scottish Scoundrel (Diamonds in the Rough #7) by Sophie Barnes
How to Survive a Scandal (Rebels With a Cause #1) by Samara Parish
The Last Guard (Psy-Changeling Trinity #5) by Nalini Singh
Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford
A Man Named Doll by Jonathan Ames
Maybe One Day by Debbie Johnson
Mrs. Wiggins by Mary Monroe
The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner
The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano by Donna Freitas
The Ninth Metal (Comet Cycle #1) by Benjamin Percy
The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
The Return of the Pharaoh by Nicholas Meyer
Sleeping Bear by Connor Sullivan
So We Meet Again by Suzanne Park
Thirty-One Bones by Morgan Cry
We Hear Voices by Evie Green
What a Happy Family by Saumya Dave

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Gray Hair Don’t Care (Never Too Late #1) by Karen Booth
Paladin’s Strength (Saint of Steel #2) by T. Kingfisher
Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers #3) by Becky Chambers
The Year of the Cat: A Cat of Artistic Sensibilities edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch & Dean Wesley Smith

Borrowed from the Library:
A Court of Frost and Starlight (Court of Thorns and Roses #4) by Sarah J. Maas
The Law of Innocence (Mickey Haller #6) by Michael Connelly



The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 4-18-21

Sunday Post

I’m not exactly in the village of “Running-on-Time” this week. And it’s only Sunday!

One thing that did happen on time this week is that both Galen and I received our second COVID vaccinations. We’re looking forward to feeling comfortable doing a few more things – like eating in outdoor restaurants and going shopping in person for more than just groceries. (The UPS for my desktop computer started making sad fweeping noises this weekend, so its replacement just moved up the to-do list for what’s left of the weekend.

I’m always sad to see the Blogo-Birthday Celebration end for the year, but happy as always to distribute the presents. Congratulations to everyone who won, thanks to everyone who participated, and I hope you’ll all stick around to see what comes up this year.

Speaking of what comes up, here’s a picture of George both looking up and looking utterly adorable – as he so often does!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card from TA Moore and Split Shift
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the April Showers Giveaway Hop (ENDS TUESDAY!!!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Rain Drops on Roses Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Blogo-Birthday prize of any book by C.S. Harris is Lisa R.
The winner of the Blogo-Birthday prize of any book by Jacqueline Winspear is Teresa W.
The winner of the Blogo-Birthday prize of any book by Anthony Horowitz is Laura D.
The winner of the Honey Bunny Giveaway Hop is Linda K.
The winner of $25 of Books in the Blogo-Birthday Giveaway is John S.
The winner is the $25 Gift Card in the Blogo-Birthday Giveaway is Elizabeth L.

Blog Recap:

B- Review: The Venice Sketchbook by Rhys Bowen
A- Review: The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin
A- Review: Split Shift by TA Moore + Excerpt + Giveaway
B Review: Just Get Home by Bridget Foley
Rain Drops on Roses Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (440)

Coming This Week:

The Three Mrs. Greys by Shelly Ellis (blog tour review)
The Kindred Spirits Supper Club by Amy E. Reichert (blog tour review)
An Invincible Summer by Mariah Stewart (blog tour review)
A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine (review)
A Tip for the Hangman by Allison Epstein (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

For this reader, new book covers always give me “bright shiny object” syndrome – the only logical response to which is “grabby hands”. They all look SO PRETTY and I want to read them all RIGHT NOW. Which just isn’t possible – dammitall!

For Review:
Anchored Hearts (Keys to Love #2) by Priscilla Oliveras
Black Girls Must Die Exhausted by Jayne Allen
The Clover Girls by Viola Shipman
The Collector’s Daughter by Gill Paul
The Corpse Flower by Anne Mette Hancock
Death at Greenway by Lori Rader-Day
The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji
The Devil’s Dictionary by Steven Kotler
The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird
Grave Reservations by Cherie Priest
Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian
Havoc (Miranda Chase NTSB #7) by M.L. Buchman
How to Kidnap the Rich by Rahul Raina
An Invincible Summer (Wyndham Beach #1) by Mariah Stewart
Lady Sunshine by Amy Mason Doan
Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki
Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica
Lola on Fire by Rio Youers
The Mismatch by Sara Jafari
The Moon, the Stars, and Madame Burova by Ruth Hogan
The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton
Near the Bone by Christina Henry
Not Your Average Hot Guy by Gwenda Bond
The People We Keep by Allison Larkin
The Queen of the Cicadas by V. Castro
Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby
The Sorceress Queen and the Pirate Rogue (Heirs of Magic #2) by Jeffe Kennedy
Slewfoot by Brom
A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow
The Summer Seekers by Sarah Morgan
The Temple House Vanishing by Rachel Donohue
Ten Things I Hate About the Duke (Difficult Dukes #2) by Loretta Chase



The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 4-11-21

Sunday Post

All good things must come to an end, including my Blogo-Birthday Celebration Week. It’ll be back next year, while I’ll be here every day in between now and then.

Which leads me right to thanking everyone for their support and for their lovely comments on the big Blogo-Birthday post (and giveaway!) last Monday. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate what everyone said about the reviews – and the occasional mention of the cat pictures! (Also, for everyone who mentioned the giveaways, consider this my annual reminder that Reading Reality is self-funded, so if you enjoy the giveaways please use the Amazon Affiliate links in my reviews if you shop at Amazon. Every little bit does help!)

Speaking of helping, thanks very much to those who put in a bit for the puppers and kittehs in my Facebook Fundraiser for Planned PEThood of Duluth GA. The fundraiser closed last night and it met its goal thanks to everyone’s generosity.

And, just in case you are missing your weekly dose of adorable cattitude, I promise that regular service of cat pictures will resume next week!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Honey Bunny Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the April Showers Giveaway Hop
$25 Gift Card AND $25 in Books in Reading Reality’s 10th Anniversary Blogo-Birthday Giveaway
Any book by Anthony Horowitz
Any book by C.S. Harris
Any book by Jacqueline Winspear

Blog Recap:

Reading Reality’s 10th Anniversary Blogo-Birthday Celebration + Giveaway
April Showers Giveaway Hop
A- Review: Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz + Giveaway
A+ Review: What the Devil Knows by C.S. Harris + Giveaway
A Review: The Consequences of Fear by Jacqueline Winspear + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (439)

Coming This Week:

The Venice Sketchbook by Rhys Bowen (blog tour review)
The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin (blog tour review)
Split Shift by TA Moore (blog tour review)
Just Get Home by Bridget Foley (blog tour review)
Rain Drops on Roses Giveaway Hop

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Stacking the Shelves

And here we are, back for another edition of “as the TBR pile grows taller”. Or perhaps multiplies. I suspect that if my TBR pile were physical and actually in a pile it would reach the MOON! At least it would until George knocked it over…

For Review:
Among Thieves by M.J. Kuhn
Black Widows by Cate Quinn
Cast in Conflict (Chronicles of Elantra #16) by Michelle Sagara
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Cover Wife by Dan Fesperman
Defending Britta Stein (Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart #6) by Ronald H. Balson
Forgotten in Death (In Death #53) by J.D. Robb
The Girls in the Stilt House by Kelly Mustian
The Godmothers by Camille Aubray
Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
Happy Endings by Thien-Kim Lam
A Heart Divided (Legends of the Condor Heroes #4) by Jin Yong
The House of Dust by Noah Broyles
In the Watchful City by S. Qiouyi Lu
The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova
The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward
Matrix by Lauren Groff
The Memory Collectors by Kim Neville
The Missing Hours by Julia Dahl
Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian
No Gods, No Monsters (Convergence Saga #1) by Cadwell Turnbull
Rhapsody by Mitchell James Kaplan
Rise and Shine by Patrick Allington
Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney
Seven Days in June by Tia Williams
Split Shift (Night Shift #2) by TA Moore
Suburban Dicks by Fabian Nicieza
Tenderness by Alison Macleod
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune
When Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting
While We Were Dating (Wedding Date #6) by Jasmine Guillory
Witch Please (Fix-It Witches #1) by Ann Aguirre
Yours Cheerfully (Emmeline Lake Chronicles #2) by AJ Pearce