The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-31-20

Sunday Post

The world is having a really crappy time right now. A kitten picture will not solve anything, unfortunately, but hopefully it will make you smile for a second or two. George’s antics certainly make us smile!

There’s a bird’s nest in the eaves on our front porch just outside my office. Galen went out to take a picture of the nest while George was peering through the window. Supervising. Who could resist that concerned little face?

Speaking of resistance being futile, I couldn’t resist being part of the To Sleep in a Sea of Stars excerpt tour this week. Partially because I was just thrilled to be asked. And also because it gave me a couple of days to just chill and not have to have a review ready. I am very happy when I get a guest contribution from Amy Daltry or Galen – who was responsible for this Monday’s Memorial Day post, but for the most part Reading Reality is a one-woman band, with yours truly being the one beating all the instruments. It’s lovely to get a couple of days off to just read whatever the heck I want to, even if its something that really can’t be reviewed. With the week we’ve all just had, a complete escape was a relief. The only problem is that the world is still the mess it is when I come back to it. It’s starting to look like the future that science fiction warned us about, and I really wish it hadn’t been so damn accurate!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Movie Night Giveaway Hop (ENDS TONIGHT!!!)

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop is Ann B.

Blog Recap:

Memorial Day 2020
B+ Review: Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey by Abigail Wilson
Spotlight + Excerpt: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
B Review: Out of Body by Jeffrey Ford
Spotlight + Complete Excerpt: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
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Coming This Week:

June of Books Giveaway Hop
The Summer House by Lauren K. Denton (blog tour review)
Hell Squad: Tane by Anna Hackett (review)
Red Sky Over Hawaii by Sara Ackerman (blog tour review)
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

Last week I asked if people minded if I continued to post pictures of George and was told to “never stop”. So here’s George, watching the fwapping movements of Lucifer’s tail looking for an opportune moment to pounce. While you can’t see Lucifer’s face in this photo, let me assure you that it conveys the mixed messages of long-suffering “there is no such thing as an opportune moment” with “if you must I’ll briefly allow it.” Lucifer is being surprisingly patient, as this seems to happen most nights. George can’t resist a moving tail, his own or anyone else’s!

But speaking of cats, and managing to connect it with books, The Year of the Cat is from a kickstarter campaign that is going to bring me – you guessed it – 12 months of books of cat stories. This will be GRAND!

For Review:
Emerald Blaze (Hidden Legacy #5) by Ilona Andrews
His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie
How to Rule an Empire and Get Away with It by K.J. Parker
It Will Just Be Us by Jo Kaplan
The Legal Affair (Singh Family #2) by Nisha Sharma
Lowcountry Boondoggle (Liz Talbot #9) by Susan M. Boyer
Members Only by Sameer Pandya
Murder on Cold Street (Lady Sherlock #5) by Sherry Thomas
My Name is Anton by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Nophek Gloss (Graven #1) by Essa Hansen
Tane (Hell Squad #20) by Anna Hackett
The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

Purchased from Kickstarter:
A Cat of a Different Color (Year of the Cat #1) edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch & Dean Wesley Smith

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-24-20

Sunday Post

This was generally a good week on the book front, except for that one clunker. Well, for me it was a clunker. Maybe I’m just a contrarian. So many people love The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires – I’m just not one of them. On the other hand, I’m surprised how much I enjoyed Tomb of Gods, as horror is usually not my thing. Apparently if you throw enough history into it, I can get into it after all.

George is turning out to be, not just a delightful kitten, but not at all camera-shy. Here’s a picture of a kitten not merely posing for his closeup, but posing with dignity. Or, at least doing an excellent job of temporarily faking it. Although he IS posing on his favorite dining room chair – UNDER the table.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop (ends TUESDAY!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Movie Night Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

A- Review: The Secrets of Bones by Kylie Logan
A- Review: The Ghosts of Sherwood by Carrie Vaughn
A- Review: Tomb of Gods by Brian Moreland
C Review: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
A Review: Westside Saints by W.M. Akers
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Coming This Week:

Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey by Abigail Wilson (blog tour)
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini (excerpt tour)
Out of Body by Jeffrey Ford (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

It feels like the stacks are settling down. Probably just in time for the fall books to start showing up! Not that I haven’t already received plenty of those, as well as a few books that won’t be out until 2021. This year is just weird for everything.

But George is turning out to be an absolute delight. Just like several of these books look to be! Although the books aren’t nearly as cute. (BTW I’m going to keep including pictures of George until people tell me to stop!)

For Review:
The Awakening (Dragon Heart Legacy #1) by Nora Roberts
A Choir of Crows (Owen Archer #12) by Candace Robb
The Daughters of Foxcote Manor by Eve Chase
Dead Man in a Ditch (Fetch Phillips #2) by Luke Arnold
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton
The House on Widows Hill (Ishmael Jones #9) by Simon R. Green
Like Lovers Do (Girls Trip #2) by Tracey Livesay
My Favorites by Ben Bova
The Second Home by Christina Clancy
Sherlock Holmes & the Ripper of Whitechapel by M.K. Wiseman
The Sight of You by Holly Miller
The Summer Set by Aimee Agresti
The Trials of Koli (Rampart #2) by M.R. Carey

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Queen of the Unwanted (Women’s War #2) by Jenna Glass (audio)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-17-20

Sunday Post

I just discovered the notice that the last of the events we were planning to travel to this summer has been cancelled. I was expecting it, but as the event was in late August I still had a bit of hope. C’est la vie, and it’s better not to travel and gather if one wants to continue to vie! So color me a bit disappointed but not terribly surprised. George the kitten (see yesterday’s STS post for cute kitten George picture), along with his big brothers and sister, will be more than happy to take up my time by playing with me. Or the other way around.

And there are always plenty of books to read. This was a good week, two giveaways for you and three Grade A books for me!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Movie Night Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Mother May I? Giveaway Hop is Kim

Blog Recap:

A Review: The Physicians of Vilnoc by Lois McMaster Bujold
Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop
A Review: This is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf
A+ Review: The Last Emperox by John Scalzi
Movie Night Giveaway Hop
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Coming This Week:

The Secrets of Bones by Kylie Logan (review)
Tomb of Gods by Brian Moreland (review)
Westside Saints by W.M. Akers (review)
The Ghosts of Sherwood by Carrie Vaughn (review)
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

If you have not seen that there will be a full cast recording of the adaptation of the first three books of Neil Gaiman’s awesome Sandman graphic novels, consider yourself told. It’s going to be awesome. And in the ultimate casting against type, Michael Sheen will be playing Lucifer this time, after his turn as the angel Aziraphale in Good Omens. Which was marvelous and we might watch it again. I still need to get around to The Annotated American Gods. One of these days.

 

Kitten pic for attention. This is George. He’s 2 months old, give or take. Also utterly adorable with the winsomest face ever. He purrs ALL THE TIME.

For Review:
Axiom’s End by Lindsay Ellis
The Book of V. by Anna Solomon
The Fate of a Flapper (Speakeasy Murders #2) by Susanna Calkins
The Fires of Vengeance (Burning #2) by Evan Winter
The Forgotten Kingdom (Lost Queen #2) by Signe Pike
His & Hers by Alice Feeney
The House of Whispers by Laura Purcell
The House that Fell from the Sky by Patrick Delaney
Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell
Just Like You by Nick Hornby
The Lies that Bind by Emily Giffin
Murder in Old Bombay by Nev March
The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard
The Peace Machine by Özgür Mumcu
The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue
The Relentless Moon (Lady Astronaut #3) by Mary Robinette Kowal
Safecracker by Ryan Wick
Shiner by Amy Jo Burns
Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay
The Talented Miss Farwell by Emily Gray Tedrowe
The Three Mrs. Wrights by Linda Keir
The Tourist Attraction (Moose Springs, Alaska #1) by Sarah Morgenthaler
An Unnatural Life by Erin K. Wagner

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Elven Doom (Death Before Dragons #4) by Lindsay Buroker
The Physicians of Vilnoc (Penric & Desdemona #8) by Lois McMaster Bujold (review)
The Sandman by Neil Gaiman (audio/preorder)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-10-20

Sunday Post

First of all, Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there. Even those of us who are, as a friend puts it, “weird giant mama” to one or more felines. Or canines. Or pets of any kind.

And a special shout out to all those moms out there, and it is mostly but not exclusively moms, who have found themselves becoming instant teachers to suddenly homeschooled children who have loads of time on their hands. Every day you manage not to pull your hair out with everything going on is a GREAT day.

If you do manage to grab a few minutes to put your feet up with a cup of tea or a glass of wine – or something stronger – maybe you can find a few good things to read from the daily pages of Reading Reality. Here’s whats coming up next!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Mother May I Giveaway Hop (ends FRIDAY!)
Gift Basket from the author of Mousse and Murder

Winner Announcements:

The winner of The Ingredients of You and Me is Danielle

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Dali Summer by T.J. Brown
B+ Review: Close Up by Amanda Quick
A+ Review: Network Effect by Martha Wells
B Review: Jack by Connie Willis
B+ Review: Mousse and Murder by Elizabeth Logan + Giveaway
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Coming This Week:

The Physicians of Vilnoc by Lois McMaster Bujold (review)
Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop
This is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf (blog tour review)
The Last Emperox by John Scalzi (review)
Movie Night Giveaway Hop

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Stacking the Shelves

I keep thinking these are going to get shorter – but it hasn’t happened so far. Obviously I have a terrible case of tsundoku, particularly in times like this when it can be hard to concentrate. On the other hand, I read Network Effect this week and got completely lost in it for a day. Then it was done, and I had to search for another read. C’est la vie!

For Review:
Ashes of the Sun (Burningblade & Silvereye #1) by Django Wexler
Attack Surface by Cory Doctorow
Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse
The Bladebone (Khorasan Archives #2) by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Bright and Dangerous Objects by Anneliese Mackintosh
The Bright Side of Going Dark by Kelly Harms
The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows (Feminine Pursuits #2) by Olivia Waite
Cat Me if You Can (Cat in the Stacks #13) by Miranda James
The Dating Charade by Melissa Ferguson
The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey
The Eyes of the Queen (Agents of the Crown #1) by Oliver Clements
Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood
A Heart of Blood and Ashes (Gathering of Dragons #1) by Milla Vane
Hella by David Gerrold
The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher
House of Correction by Nicci French
In a Midnight Wood (Jane Lawless #27) by Ellen Hart
In the Black by Patrick S. Tomlinson
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
The Lady Brewer of London by Karen Brooks
Little Wishes by Michelle Adams
Night Train by David Quantick
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
The Raven Lady (Faery Rehistory #2) by Sharon Lynn Fisher
A Resolution at Midnight (Lady Dunbridge #3) by Shelley Noble
Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark
Stories from Suffragette City edited by M.J. Rose and Fiona Davis
Tiny Nightmares edited by Lincoln Michel and Nadxieli Nieto
Tsarina by Ellen Alpsten
White Trash Warlock (Adam Binder #1)  by David R. Slayton
You Lucky Dog by Julia London
You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-3-20

Sunday Post

Welcome to yet another Sunday in “Quarantineville”. Which has been going on long enough now that it kind of feels like normal. And something not too different from this might be for the foreseeable future. We’re not ready to “reopen” the states. There aren’t nearly enough tests. All of the usual childcare options are still closed, leaving mothers with both young children and jobs in a terrible fix. And people don’t feel safe, and probably won’t for a long time.

Be careful out there people, and buckle up. The next several months are going to be a very bumpy ride!

Meanwhile, I have Murderbot on Wednesday! That’s definitely something to look forward to!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Mother May I Giveaway Hop
The Ingredients of You and Me by Nina Bocci
Her Seafaring Scoundrel by Sophie Barnes

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Something to Marble At Giveaway Hop is Roy
The winner of the Rain, Rain Go Away Giveaway Hop is Shelly

Blog Recap:

B Review: Her Seafaring Scoundrel by Sophie Barnes + Giveaway
A- Review: The Lost Boys of London by Mary Lawrence
A- Review: The Ingredients of You and Me by Nina Bocci + Giveaway
B Review: The Secrets of Love Story Bridge by Phaedra Patrick
Mother May I Giveaway Hop
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Coming This Week:

Dali Summer by T.J. Brown (blog tour review)
Close Up by Amanda Quick (blog tour review)
Network Effect by Martha Wells (review)
Jack by Connie Willis (review)
Mousse and Murder by Elizabeth Logan (blog tour review)

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Stacking the Shelves

It feels like April was about a million years long – but now it’s May. That means spring is starting to settle in, except down here in the South where it will undoubtedly make way for summer long before any of us are ready for it.  And then there’s the whole “reopening the economy” mess. As much as I’d love for things to go back to something approaching normal, we’re not ready. It’s going to be a long and bumpy road to the future, whatever it turns out to be.

Meanwhile, there are books. There are lots of books. It’s been a great time to sit out on the back porch and read, and I’m expecting more of that in the future!

For Review:
The Abstainer by Ian McGuire
All Scot and Bothered (Devil You Know #2) by Kerrigan Byrne
All the Devils Are Here (Chief Inspector Gamache #16) by Louise Penny
Ashes of the Sun (Burningblade & Silvereye #1) by Django Wexler
The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew by Denise Heinze
The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde
Daring and the Duke (Bareknuckle Bastards #3) by Sarah MacLean
Dark Star Rising (Blackwood & Virtue #2) by Bennett R. Coles
A Deadly Education (Scholomance #1) by Naomi Novik
East of Hounslow (Jay Qasim #1) by Khurrum Rahman
The Eighth Detective by Alex Pavesi
Escaping Dreamland by Charlie Lovett
First Cut by Judy Melinek & T.J. Mitchell
Forbidden Promises (Jackson Falls #1) by Synithia Williams
The Four Profound Weaves (Birdverse) by R.B. Lemberg
Get a Life, Chloe Brown (Brown Sisters #1)  by Talia Hibbert
Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison
Hard Ride (Clean Slate Ranch #5) by A.M. Arthur
Headliners (London Celebrities #5) by Lucy Parker
Lionhearts (Nottingham #2) by Nathan Makaryk
Love Her or Lose Her (Hot & Hammered #2) by Tessa Bailey
One by One by Ruth Ware
The Only Child by Mi-Ae Seo
Prime Deceptions (Chilling Effect #2) by Valerie Valdes
Second Chance Angel (Last Stop Station #1) by Griffin Barber and Kacey Ezell
Shadows in Death (In Death #51) by J.D. Robb
A Star is Bored by Byron Lane
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
The Tyrant Baru Cormorant (Masquerade #3) by Seth Dickinson
When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole
Wicked Bite (Night Rebel #2, Night Huntress Universe #15) by Jeaniene Frost