The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-23-22

So, I spent last weekend plus Monday and Tuesday in all day Zoom meetings. The meetings were great, and we’ll probably do it that way again next year because it works better from so many angles. Lucifer seemed to think the group was his fan club and popped in several times per day to get oohed and aahed over. (We saw everyone’s pets and children over the course of the meeting)

George, on the other paw, tried to excavate the top of my desk, then chewed the cord for my primary monitor, which dropped me out of the meeting and started shooting sparks out of the cord. It got a little too exciting there for a while. The picture below is, of course, George, looking very proud of himself for all the disruption he caused.

But speaking of the meeting, somewhat indirectly…I’m on a book judging committee for the American Library Association called The Reading List, which picks the best books in eight genres of adult fiction. The awards ceremony is tonight so I’ll finally be able to get all the books I picked up for the committee that I ended up not having to read out of my NetGalley and Edelweiss queues.

Followers of the Stacking the Shelves post regularly comment on the number of books I get and wonder how I manage to read them all. Whatever committee I am on in any given year is generally the cause of a lot of the books I get. This year there were 14 of us all throwing books into the committee hopper. We have to read the books we ourselves suggest, and then we have an upvoting and winnowing process. We have to read anything that gets upvoted, no matter who suggested it. By the time something reaches the upvoting process it’s usually well past its pub date and no longer available on NetGalley or Edelweiss. As I much prefer to read ebooks, I request books from NG and EDW as they are put on the suggestion list so I’ll have them if they get upvoted. It’s quite the process.

So we had 96 books to discuss over those four days. Someone referred to it as the “Overachiever’s Book Club” and that’s about right.

Blog Recap:

Martin Luther King. Jr. Versus the Insurance Companies (guest post by Galen)
B Review: Servant Mage by Kate Elliott
A- Review: Emperor by Anna Hackett
A- Review: Lightning in a Mirror by Jayne Ann Krentz
B Review: Shady Hollow by Juneau Black
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Coming This Week:

Obsidian by Sarah J. Daley (review)
Mr. Donahue’s Total Surrender by Sophie Barnes (blog tour review)
The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf (blog tour review)
Light Years from Home by Mike Chen (blog tour review)
The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon (review)

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Looking at this list made me check to see what’s the furthest out book on my calendar. And it’s The Last Dreamwalker, which won’t be published until late September. And yet, it’s done and I have an eARC. Who knows what the world will be like in September? So far, very little in the last couple of years has gone as planned, so why would this coming year be any different? But still, that’s three whole seasons from now, which is INSANE!

For Review:
The Bladed Faith (Vagrant Gods #1) by David Dalglish
The City Inside by Samit Basu
From Below by Darcy Coates
Hearts of Briarwall by Krista Jensen
Island Time by Georgia Clark
It Could Be Anyone by Jaime Lynn Hendricks
The Last Dreamwalker by Rita Woods
Love & Other Disasters by Anita Kelly
Madwoman: Nellie Bly by Louisa Treger
A Mirror Mended (Fractured Fables #2) by Alix E. Harrow
Remember Love (Ravenswood #1) by Mary Balogh
The Ruins by Phoebe Wynne
Summer at the Cape by RaeAnne Thayne
Three Miles Down by Harry Turtledove
The Wolf Den (Wolf Den #1) by Elodie Harper


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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-16-22

The cat picture below is the state of the Lucifer this weekend. And continuing through Tuesday. He’s not happy. I’ve put myself in ‘kitten jail’, otherwise known as my office, because I’m tied up in a four day zoom meeting. Galen said he’s planning on me being, and I most definitely quote, “a delicate zombie” for the entire thing.

It’s a committee meeting to discuss the books we’ve all been reading and make determinations. It’s great fun, and wonderful to discuss books with a bunch of passionate book people. But…four days on zoom is a lot of zoom. I do let the cats in at least some of the time because we all need the break, but they can be distracting as well. During last year’s meeting, there was a point where Hecate decided no one was paying enough attention to her so she stood on my desk and waved her ass in front of the camera.

This is why I have cats.

Don’t feel too sorry for Lucifer. The door pushes inwards and it doesn’t latch. He could stand and push it open if he wanted. He just likes to sit out there and pout. He makes sure I can see him through the glass so I know he’s pouting at me.

Blog Recap:

A- Review: The Silver Bullets of Annie Oakley by Mercedes Lackey
A- Review: Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick
A+ Review: Under Color of Law by Aaron Philip Clark
B Review: The Paris Bookseller by Kerri Maher
A- Review: The Wedding Setup by Sonali Dev + Spotlight + Giveaway
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Coming This Week:

Servant Mage by Kate Elliott (review)
Emperor by Anna Hackett (review)
Lightning in a Mirror by Jayne Ann Krentz (review)
Shady Hollow by Juneau Black (review)

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There are BOOKS again on NetGalley and Edelweiss. Seriously. Wonderfully. And they all look bright and shiny and I want to read every single one of them. Which is impossible and yes my virtually towering TBR pile is ginormous. As addictions go, reading is much safer than a whole lot of other possibilities. Thank goodness!

Just to leave you with a laugh, when I was looking up all the cover pictures in Amazon, my search for A Strange and Stubborn Endurance (wonderful title BTW) included in the results – above the book I was searching for – was a “Yodeling Pickle”. I swear. Why? I have no idea whatsoever. Nor do I honestly have any idea what one would do with a yodeling pickle. But they exist!

For Review:
The Boardwalk Bookshop by Susan Mallery
Drunk on All Your Strange New Words by Eddie Robson
Emperor (Galactic Kings #2) by Anna Hackett
Fires of Edo (Shinobi Mystery #8) by Susan Spann
The First Binding (Tales of Tremaine #1) by R.R. Virdi
Haven by Emma Donoghue
The Hunger of the Gods (Bloodsworn Trilogy #2) by John Gwynne
The Littlest Library by Poppy Alexander
Lost Worlds & Mythological Kingdoms edited by John Joseph Adams
The Messy Lives of Book People by Phaedra Patrick
Mirror Lake (Shady Hollow #3) by Juneau Black
A Strange and Stubborn Endurance by Foz Meadows

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
The Raven Spell (Conspiracy of Magic #1) by Luanne G. Smith


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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-9-22

I’m running behind getting this posted because I was having a hard time figuring out what the hell I’d be reading this week. So consider this post more about probabilities than certainties. Some weeks are just like that.

I was also having a difficult time getting my hands on the keyboard and mouse. Lucifer wanted LOTS of attention this morning and kept incapussitating me. He’s not demanding all the time the way Freddie is – Freddie is a VERY needy cat – but when Lucifer wants, he WANTS.

Speaking of incapussitation, this week’s picture is one of extreme incapussitation. George and Freddie decided to have a rare snuggle on top of Galen’s legs. He really can’t move, or couldn’t until I snapped the picture. Freddie gets weird when he’s approached in “camera position” with a phone obviously extended to take a picture. He’s such a handsome boy, so it’s a pity that he doesn’t appreciate getting his picture taken. George, on the other hand, is more than a bit of a ham.

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire
A- Review: Fated Blades by Ilona Andrews
B Review: The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian
B+ Review: The Sorority Murder by Allison Brennan
B Review: Black Water Sister by Zen Cho
Stacking the Shelves (478)

Coming This Week:

The Silver Bullets of Annie Oakley by Mercedes Lackey (review)
Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick (review)
Under Color of Law by Aaron Philip Clark (review)
The Paris Bookseller by Kerri Maher (review)
The Wedding Setup by Sonali Dev (blog tour review)

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It’s pretty clear that the publishing industry has woken up from its holiday doldrums. NetGalley and Edelweiss have both been chock full of excellent new books! And doesn’t the Kelly Barnhill book, When Women Were Dragons, have the best title EVER?

For Review:
Booth by Karen Joy Fowler
Engines of Empire (Age of Uprising #1) by R.S. Ford (audio)
From Bad to Cursed (Witches of Thistle Grove #2) by Lana Harper
Hot Time by W.H. Flint
Juniper & Thorn by Ava Reid
The Lioness by Chris Bohjalian
A Matter of Death and Life (Gideon Sable #2) by Simon R. Green
The Perfect Crimes of Marian Hayes (Queer Principles of Kit Webb #2) by Cat Sebastian
The Self-Made Widow by Fabian Nicieza
When She Dreams (Burning Cove #6) by Amanda Quick
When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill
The Wrong Victim (Quinn & Costa #3) by Allison Brennan

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Division One Series (14 books!) by Stephanie Osborn
The Sandman: Act 2 by Neil Gaiman (audio)

Borrowed from the Library:
The Third to Die (Quinn & Costa #1) by Allison Brennan


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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-2-22

I’m not quite sure if this week’s coming attractions are actually going to be this week’s coming attractions. The “back to work” week after the holidays is always a bit like that.  The only ones I’m sure about are Where the Drowned Girls Go and The Sorority Murder, because I’ve already finished the one and am committed to a tour for the other because I really liked another book by the same author. Otherwise, we’ll see. The problem is that book hangover from Jade Legacy, which I still can’t get over. I’m looking for another experience that is just that awesome and just that fantastically absorbing and immersive, which is a damn high bar to get over.

And today’s cat picture – which is what at least some of you are really here for – is Freddie with his bewildered face on. I’m not sure what we did to put this expression on his face, but it must have been seriously confounding!

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Dashing December Giveaway Hop is Beth S.

Blog Recap:

B Review: Guild Boss by Jayne Castle
B+ Review: Cry Wolf by Hans Rosenfeldt
A++ Review: Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee
Top 10(ish) of 2021: Best of 2021
Top 10(ish) of 2021: Most Anticipated Books for 2022
Stacking the Shelves (477)

Coming This Week:

Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire (review)
Fated Blades by Ilona Andrews (review)
The Sorority Murder by Allison Brennan (blog tour review)
The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian (review)
Black Water Sister by Zen Cho (review)

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Wherever you are, it’s New Year’s Day – unless it’s already the day after. So HAPPY NEW YEAR! Whatever 2021 was, at least it’s over. Here’s hoping that 2022 is better. Or at least not any worse.

It hasn’t even felt like winter here, at least until now. We’re supposed to get a “cold” snap this week – meaning it might go down into the 40s during the day and the 20s at night. Cold for here. Positively freezing for Florida. Possibly a warm front for either Chicago or Anchorage. Climate’s what you expect, weather is what you get.

The pickings the last couple of weeks on NetGalley and Edelweiss have been pretty sparse. Whether that’s because not much is coming out or because not many people are working during the holiday month is anyone’s guess. We’ll see what happens next week.

For Review:
The Emma Project (Rajes #4) by Sonali Dev
Flying the Coop (Dreambird Chronicles #2) by Lucinda Roy
Mr. Donahue’s Total Surrender (Enterprising Scoundrels #1) by Sophie Barnes
The Nurse’s Secret by Amanda Skenandore
Out of the Clear Blue Sky by Kristan Higgins
The Summer Getaway by Susan Mallery

Borrowed from the Library:
Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone (Outlander #9) by Diana Gabaldon


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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-26-21

Today is the first day of Kwanzaa. It’s also Boxing Day, at least sorta/kinda, in the U.K. and many current and former Commonwealth countries. It’s primarily known as a shopping holiday. Not exactly like the U.S. Black Friday but not totally different, either.

But there’s Boxing and then there’s BOXING, with or without any Marquess of Queensberry rules. And, there’s kitty-boxing, as pictured below. I want to say that both Hecate and George would be middleweights for cats, but she’s more roly-poly and he would be a lean, mean fighting machine – if he were at all capable of being mean, that is. They’re playing of course, but the expression on Hecate’s face is mighty fierce!

Current Giveaways:

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

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop is Monique

Blog Recap:

A Review: The Untold Story by Genevieve Cogman
A- Review: Ghost of the Bamboo Road by Susan Spann
A+ Review: The Last Daughter of York by Nicola Cornick
A+ Review: Murder Under Her Skin by Stephen Spotswood
B+ Review: Fire of the Frost by Darynda Jones, Jeffe Kennedy, Grace Draven, Amanda Bouchet
Stacking the Shelves (476)

Coming This Week:

Guild Boss by Jayne Castle (review)
Cry Wolf by Hans Rosenfeldt (blog tour review)
Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee (review)
Top 10 of 2021: Best of the Best (feature)
Top 10 of 2021: Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2022 (feature)

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In the immortal words of John Lennon, “So this is Christmas…” So Merry Christmas or Happy Christmas to those of you who celebrate this holiday, and Happy Holidays to everyone!

Not a lot of books came in this week, and I expect next week to be just as sparse. A lot of people have the holidays off in one way or another.  They’re still not real to me, it’s supposed to hit 70°F here in Atlanta, and pretty much stay that way until at least New Year’s Eve.

This is also the first day of the Top 10 of 2021, hosted by @KimberlyFayeReads. Today’s theme is “Books I Wish I’d Made Time to Read in 2021” and the answer, honestly, is ALL OF THEM. Maybe not the ones in genres and subjects I don’t normally read, but that still leaves all the Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mysteries, Romance, etc., etc., etc. So many books, so little time, and more books and less time EVERY YEAR!

For Review:
Escape from Yokai Land (Laundry Files #12) by Charles Stross
Fire of the Frost by Darynda Jones, Jeffe Kennedy, Grace Draven, Amanda Bouchet (REVIEW!!!)
Quarter to Midnight (New Orleans #1) by Karen Rose
Screams from the Dark edited by Ellen Datlow
The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner
Wake of War by Zac Topping
The Wedding Setup by Sonali Dev


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