The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-19-20

Sunday Post

There were two “firsts” this week. This week marked the first time I’ve ever officially used my new “A++” rating – for The Name of All Things. Which was absolutely super-awesome. If you love epic fantasy, the series so far, The Ruin of Kings and The Name of All Things are definitely worth a read. The author gave me the ultimate good news/bad news after she saw my review. I had thought/hoped the series was a trilogy, with book 3 coming out this summer. It’s a Pentalogy (5 book series), so it’s great that there are more coming than I thought but bad that it will be longer before its done.

I’m also pretty sure that this is the first time I’ve ever had three blog hops in a single week. I hadn’t originally planned on quite so many, but I’m off to the American Library Association Midwinter Conference at the end of the week and I needed the breather to get my act, if not together, at least into a single pile. I never seem to have as many round tuits as I really need.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Roaring 20s Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Best of 2019 Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Welcome Winter Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of The Country Guesthouse by Robyn Carr is Alison
The winner of the Welcome 2020 Giveaway Hop is Deb
The winner of the 3…2…1…Giveaway Hop is Carl

Blog Recap:

A++ Review: The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons
The Roaring 20s Giveaway Hop
Best of 2019 Giveaway Hop
B+ Review: Skinwalker by Faith Hunter
Welcome Winter Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (375)

Coming This Week:

St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets by Annie England Noblin (blog tour review)
Sweep with Me by Ilona Andrews (review)
Malfunction by Nina Croft (review)
Junkyard Cats by Faith Hunter (review)
Last Light by Alex Scarrow (guest review by Amy)

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Stacking the Shelves

I had to put myself in “kitten jail” to get this done. Hecate really, really, really wanted to play on the top of my desk – while I’m typing. After about the tenth round of “jump on the desk, stalk around the monitors, block the screen, climb into mommy’s lap and jump off” I moved her out of my office and closed the door. It’s driving her crazy – she can see me but she can’t reach me – which makes whatever I’m doing WAY more interesting. My office doors open inwards and they don’t latch, but when she was little closing her out kept her out unless she could convince Freddie to push the door open for her. Now that she’s full grown, I’m sure that she could push the doors open if she tried – but she seems to still remember when kitten-Hecate wasn’t big enough to make it work. So temporary peace has been achieved – even if she is still playing “pawsies” under the door.

For Review:
Always the Last to Know by Kristan Higgins
Blood on the Chesapeake (Haunted Shores #1) by Randy Overbeck
The Book of Dragons edited by Jonathan Strahan
Children of the Stars by Mario Escobar
Crossings by Alex Landragin
The Lion’s Den by Katherine St. John
Malfunction (Dark Desires Origins #1) by Nina Croft
The Marriage Game by Sara Desai
The Moment of Tenderness by Madeleine L’Engle
More Miracle Than Bird by Alice Miller
Passing Fancies (Julia Kydd #2) by Marlowe Benn
We Ride the Storm (Reborn Empire #1) by Devin Madson
The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock #1) by Faith Hunter (review)
Stars Uncharted (Stars Uncharted #1) by S.K. Dunstall
Sweep with Me (Innkeeper Chronicles #5) by Ilona Andrews
Truthwitch (Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-12-20

Sunday Post

I think this is it for this week. I’m sure about tomorrow  – and about the Blog Hops of course. But I keep waffling on the other book. I’m gearing up for ALA Midwinter in Philly, psyching myself up for the weather, and starting to spazz about having all my blogging ducks in a row before I leave – which is why there are three blog hops this week. I can’t count on getting anything done during the conference. Sometimes there’s downtime – in Chicago there was a blizzard! – but I can’t count on it. And don’t really want to deal with a blizzard. Current weather predictions there are that’s its unseasonably warm in Philly right now, but will be back to cold normal when we get there. Oh well, climate is what you expect, weather is what you get – whether you like it or not!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the 3…2…1…Giveaway Hop (ends WEDNESDAY!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Welcome 2020 Giveaway Hop (ends THURSDAY!)
The Country Guesthouse by Robyn Carr
Whitaker Island series by HelenKay Dimon
The Four Hundred series by Joanna Shupe

Blog Recap:

A- Review: The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman
B+ Review: The Country Guesthouse by Robyn Carr + Giveaway
A- Review: The Vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz
B+ Review: The Secret She Keeps by HelenKay Dimon + Giveaway
B Review: The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe + Giveaway
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Coming This Week:

The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons (review)
The Roaring 20s Giveaway Hop
Best of 2019 Giveaway Hop
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson (review)
Welcome Winter Giveaway Hop

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Stacking the Shelves

And we’re back! Or at least the publishing universe is back after two weeks of not very much. For me it always feels like the time period between New Year’s and the ALA Midwinter Conference is much too short and goes by in a flash.

It isn’t even all that cold here, but it’s still a good time for reading and listening. I’m in the middle of listening to a book that I really want to finish. I have 7 hours left to listen to, but it would be less than 2 hours to read. But the narrators are SO GOOD. Decisions, decisions…

For Review:
Cries from the Lost Island by Kathleen O’Neal Gear
False Value (Rivers of London #8) by Ben Aaronovitch
The Ingredients of You and Me (Hopeless Romantics #3) by Nina Bocci
The Kingdom of Liars (Legacy of the Mercenary King #1) by Nick Martell
The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
One Perfect Summer by Brenda Novak
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
The Queen’s Bargain (Black Jewels #10) by Anne Bishop
The Sea Glass Cottage by RaeAnne Thayne
Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
By the Light of Camelot edited by J.R. Campbell and Shannon Allen
Junkyard Cats by Faith Hunter (audio)
The Minuteman by Greg Donahue (audio)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-5-20

Sunday Post

Welcome 2020! Welcome to the first Sunday Post of the new year!

We had a pretty quiet holiday, except for the neighbors across the street exploding fireworks until, well, until much too late for the cats who spent the holiday under the bed.

This will be the first real post-holiday week. So NetGalley and Edelweiss will probably explode with new eARCS and the “Taj Mahal of dumpster fires” in Romancelandia will probably sink to new depths. I wish that second part weren’t true, but it probably is.

And in other news, this is both a leap year and a presidential election year in the US. A situation that is already heating up – literally.

Happy New Year!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the 3…2…1…Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Welcome 2020 Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Dashing Giveaway Hop is Tracie C.

Blog Recap:

20 for 2020: My Most Anticipated Books for 2020
B+ Review: Blood and Blade by Lauren Dane
3…2…1…Giveaway Hop
Welcome 2020 Giveaway Hop
B Review: Mark of Eon by Anna Hackett
Stacking the Shelves (373)

Coming This Week:

The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman (review)
The Country Guesthouse by Robyn Carr (blog tour review)
Atlas Alone by Emma Newman (review)
The Secret She Keeps by HelenKay Dimon (blog tour review)
The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe (blog tour review)

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Stacking the Shelves

Yet another short stack. Probably the last short stack for a while as the publishing world is bound to come back to work on Monday. I’m looking forward to a deluge of new books on NetGalley and Edelweiss.

Pride and Prejudice was actually a freebie from Amazon. The book is WELL out of copyright so there are free kindle versions available. I was reviewing The Other Bennet Sister for Library Journal and wanted to check a couple of things in the original. I read – or rather listened to –  P&P a long time ago. I enjoyed it at the time and the general story stuck, but the whole point of the book I was reviewing was that one sister got overlooked in the original story – which means I remembered nothing because she wasn’t memorable then. She certainly was this time around!

For Review:
Back in Black (McGinnis Investigations #1) by Rhys Ford
Last Day by Luanne Rice
The Secrets of Bones (Jazz Ramsey #2) by Kylie Logan
The Vanishing (Fogg Lake #1) by Jayne Ann Krentz
Westside Saints by W.M. Akers

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-29-19

Sunday Post

Welcome to the final Sunday Post of 2019. And the unofficial final post of the 2010s. Yes, I know the decade technically ends on 12/31/2020, but it just doesn’t feel that way, does it?

I’ve been following the “Taj Mahal of dumpster fires” in Romancelandia over the holidays and the hashtag #RWAShitShow pretty much sums it up. It’s a train wreck. Or a multi-car pileup on the Highway, complete with gazer block. I can’t turn my eyes away either. If you want more on this I’ve included links in my posts Friday and yesterday. And here are a couple more, a terrific summary at All About Romance and a thoughtful and personal commentary by Nora Roberts. (THANKS Arlene for the tip!)

But back to real life – or at least real blogging life. And real reading life and not just obsessively checking twitter. This past week included Xmas and most of Hanukkah, which ends tomorrow. This week is New Year’s, which doesn’t feel quite real at the moment as we’re thinking about turning on the A/C or at least running all the fans. Life goes on.

Happy New Year!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Dashing Giveaway Hop (ends TUESDAY!)

Blog Recap:

A- Review: The Jewel and Her Lapidary by Fran Wilde
B Review: Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield
Happy Holidays 2019
Best of My 2019
A- Review: The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan
Stacking the Shelves (372)

Coming This Week:

Blood and Blade by Lauren Dane (review)
Most Anticipated Books of 2020
3..2..1..Giveaway Hop
Welcome 2020 Giveaway Hop
Mark of Eon by Anna Hackett (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-22-19

Sunday Post

I really have no idea what I’m doing this week, so the “Coming This Week” section is kind of a guess. I’m definitely doing my “Best of the Year” list this week, but the rest feels iffy. I’ve kind of fallen down into a black hole of excellent fanfiction and can’t seem to pull myself away from the event horizon. It’s been that kind of a year. It’s been that kind of year for a couple of years – and next year will probably be even crazier.

I know the Mark Twain version goes “The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.” That probably works for people who love dogs. But it’s definitely just as true for those of us who love cats. And I think I need to go pet mine right now!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Dashing Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop is Edye

Blog Recap:

Dashing Giveaway Hop
A- Review: The Girl Who Reads on the Metro by Christine Feret-Fleury
B Guest Review: Hard Duty by Mark E. Cooper
A Review: Thunderbolt by M.L. Buchman
A- Review: A Trace of Deceit by Karen Odden
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Coming This Week:

The Jewel and Her Lapidary by Fran Wilde (review)
Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield (review)
Best of 2019 (feature)
Catfishing on Catnet by Naomi Kritzer (review)

Stacking the Shelves (371)

Stacking the Shelves

Not a lot this week, and that’s probably a good thing. It’s the holiday doldrums – lots of time to read, not so many new books out to latch onto. And I’m realizing that I may never adjust to the whole thing about it not really getting “wintry” here in the winter. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love that it doesn’t go there, but it throws me off at holiday time. I still expect the Thanksgiving to New Year’s season to be cold and snowy – but that doesn’t happen in Atlanta. It gets chilly enough to need a decent jacket, and it gets dark way too damn early, but it isn’t really COLD and there’s no snow or even the threat thereof. I don’t miss any of that crap – at all – but it just doesn’t fell quite like the holidays.

On the other hand, January and February also aren’t nearly as crappy as I’m used to – and I’m all over that!

But whatever your weather and whichever your holidays, Season’s Greetings, Happy Holidays and best wishes for the coming New Year!

For Review:
The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
Finna by Nino Cipri
The Sea Glass Cottage by RaeAnne Thayne
Tomb of Gods by Brian Moreland
The Unwilling by Kelly Braffet

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (audio)
Witherspin (Starways #1) by Alexis Glynn Latner

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-15-19

Sunday Post

This year is definitely winding down. With the holidays coming up, this week is the last full week of pretty much everything. Which leaves lots of time for reading around this house. Also plenty of cats looking for laps – or for toys we hadn’t intended as toys. This morning we found the shower mat dragged out of the shower and halfway across the bathroom. Why any cat thinks something wet and plastic is a toy is anyone’s guess – but someone was certainly DETERMINED.

I’m determined to get a bunch more books read before the end of the year. What about you?

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop
My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Meet Me on Love Lane by Nina Bocci is Dianna

Blog Recap:

B Review: My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh + Giveaway
A- Review: Hanukkah at the Great Greenwich Ice Creamery by Sharon Ibbotson
A- Review: Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh
A Review: The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole
B- Review: The Wicked Redhead by Beatriz Williams
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Coming This Week:

Dashing Giveaway Hop
The Girl Who Reads on the Métro by Christine Féret-Fleury (review)
Thunderbolt by M.L. Buchman (review)
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert (review)
A Trace of Deceit by Karen Odden (blog tour review)