The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-24-21

Sunday Post

This was the weekend we were supposed to have been in Indianapolis for the American Library Association Midwinter Conference. I can’t say I was all that enthused about going to Indy in January. It’s BRRRR cold there in January. (Next year’s conference is scheduled for San Antonio and the year after New Orleans, which are much better winter venues.) Howsomever, I’m on a committee that usually meets for two 8-hour plus days at Midwinter to determine the winners of the ALA Reading List Awards for adult genre fiction, and that work still has to happen this weekend.

So, instead of those two, long, eight-hour in person meetings, we’re having four five-hour Zoom meetings. Technically we’re meeting on Webex, but you get the idea. One of my colleagues has mailed treats to all of us to help us get through the deliberations, and I think we’re all looking forward to meeting each other’s pets.

And in the spirit of that, as well as of the general idea that two – or more – heads are better than one, hence why we’re meeting in the first place, I have a cat picture. (Of course I have a cat picture!) Here are Lucifer and George to remind me that two heads are much better than one, especially when it comes to naps!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the MLK Giveaway Hop (ENDS TOMORROW!!!!!)

Blog Recap:

MLK Giveaway Hop
A Review: Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor
A+ Review: The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson
A Review: Conjure Women by Afia Atakora
B- Review: When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole
Stacking the Shelves (428)

Coming This Week:

Spotlight + Excerpt: The Vineyard at Painted Moon by Susan Mallery (blog tour event)
Storm of Eon by Anna Hackett (review)
The Golden Gryphon and the Bear Prince by Jeffe Kennedy (review)
The Girl from the Channel Islands by Jenny Lecoat (blog tour review)
Raider by M.L. Buchman (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

I’m so happy I almost can’t stand it. I’m also equal amounts of tired. It feels like a weight has lifted and now I can relax. Once I get several naps in.

But I have books. Oodles and oodles of books. Life is good!

For Review:
Chinook (Miranda Chase #6) by M.L. Buchman
Danger in Numbers by Heather Graham
The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon
Gone for Good (Detective Annalisa Vega #1) by Joanna Schaffhausen
How to Mars by David Ebenbach
How to Train Your Earl (First Comes Love #3) by Amelia Grey
The Jigsaw Man (Inspector Anjelica Henley #1) by Nadine Matheson
Just Get Home by Bridget Foley
Letters Across the Sea by Genevieve Graham
Lost Immunity by Daniel Kalla
Meant to Be by Jude Deveraux
Raider (Miranda Chase #5) by M.L. Buchman
The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary
Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda
Tell No Lies (Quinn & Costa #2) by Allison Brennan
To Catch a Dream (Wish #2) by Audrey Carlan
To Love and To Loathe (Regency Vows #2) by Martha Waters

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Behind the Throne (Indranan War #1) by K.B. Wagers (audio)



The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-17-21

Sunday Post

It was definitely a grade B sort of week. No real highs, no serious lows. Just some decent reads – along with an audiobook I totally bailed on. C’est la vie. Hopefully this week will be better. The audiobook I started is certainly a vast improvement – which gives me hope!

The picture below proves that cats rule the universe. Lucifer decided to take over Galen’s monitors and his Zoom meeting. Isn’t he gorgeous? I have a multi-day Zoom meeting starting on Friday and I’m hoping that he’ll come invade my meeting too!

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the New Year, New You Giveaway Hop is Wendy H.

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria
B Review: Find Me in Havana by Serena Burdick
B+ Review: The Secrets of Colchester Hall by Sophie Barnes + Giveaway
B Review: Breathe the Sky by Michelle Hazen
B Review: The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher
Stacking the Shelves (427)

Coming This Week:

MLK Giveaway Hop
Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor (review)
The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson (review)
Conjure Women by Afia Atakora (review)
When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole (review)

Stacking the Shelves (427)

Stacking the Shelves

The stacks are starting to feel “normal” sized, which probably means they are too big. But there are SO MANY good books coming. It’s hard to resist! So I don’t. LOL

For Review:
The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser
Capture the Crown (Gargoyle Queen #1) by Jennifer Estep
Death with a Double Edge (Daniel Pitt #4) by Anne Perry
Her Dark Lies by J.T. Ellison
The Hidden Palace (Golem and the Jinni #2) by Helene Wecker
Leonora in the Morning Light by Michaela Carter
Murder by Page One (Peach Coast Library Mystery #1) by Olivia Matthews
The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian
She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
Someone to Cherish (Westcott #8) by Mary Balogh
Sugar Birds by Cheryl Grey Bostrom
Sunset on Moonlight Beach (Moonlight Harbor #5) by Sheila Roberts
While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
The Duke and I (Bridgertons #1) by Julia Quinn
Minor Mage by T. Kingfisher
An Offer from a Gentleman (Bridgertons #3) by Julia Quinn
The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons #2) by Julia Quinn



The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-10-21

Sunday Post

I know doomscrolling is bad but have you SEEN the quality of the doom this week? I’m paraphrasing something that Galen saw on the twitters late this week, but the point is well made. This has been a week, and next week promises to be just as “interesting”. At least in the sense that “may you live in interesting times” is a curse and not a blessing.

Which leads directly to the cat picture. Because the clowder absolutely are blessings in our lives, even if they do occasionally go “pointy-side out” with abandon. Especially George. Lucifer is much more of a gentleman, but they are still best buds, as shown below.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the New Year, New You Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

21 for 2021: My Most Anticipated Books for 2021
A- Review: All the Colors of Night by Jayne Ann Krentz
A- Review: Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T.A. Willberg
A- Review: Domesticating Dragons by Dan Koboldt
A+ Review: Paladin’s Grace by T. Kingfisher
Stacking the Shelves (426)

Coming This Week:

You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria (review)
Find Me in Havana by Serena Burdick (blog tour review)
The Secrets of Colchester Hall by Sophie Barnes (blog tour review)
Breathe the Sky by Michelle Hazen (review)
The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

While NetGalley and Edelweiss haven’t quite gotten back to pre-holiday levels, this stack is at least a bit taller than the last few.

Although speaking of normal, this past week was definitely far from that. I don’t know about you but I’m tired. It feels like a good weekend to cuddle up with a couple of cats and READ!

For Review:
The Frozen Crown (Warrior Witch #1) by Greta Kelly
Half Life by Jillian Cantor
Incense and Sensibility (Rajes #3) by Sonali Dev
An Irish Hostage (Bess Crawford #12) by Charles Todd
Murder at Wedgefield Manor (Jane Wunderly #2) by Erica Ruth Neubauer
Peaches and Schemes (Georgia B&B #3) by Anna Gerard

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Clockwork Boys (Clocktaur War #1) by T. Kingfisher
Enchanted Again: Author’s Preferred Edition (Mystic Circle #2) by Robin D. Owens
Enchanted Ever After: Author’s Preferred Edition (Mystic Circle #3) by Robin D. Owens (preorder)
Enchanted No More: Author’s Preferred Edition (Mystic Circle #1) by Robin D. Owens
Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2020 Edition (free)
Swordheart (Clocktaur War) by T. Kingfisher
The Wonder Engine (Clocktaur War #2) by T. Kingfisher



The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-3-21

Sunday Post

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

And now that I’ve gotten that out of my system – at least for the moment – I have a pair of cat pictures for you. This is George, in the spirit of “How it started and how it’s going”

He started out small, but the way he’s going he’s getting bigger every day!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the New Year, New You Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Dashing Giveaway Hop is Cali

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: Colonyside by Michael Mammay
B Review: The Dark Archive by Genevieve Cogman
A+ Review: The Doors of Eden by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Best Books of 2020
New Year New You Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (425)

Coming This Week:

Most Anticipated Books of 2021
All the Colors of Night by Jayne Ann Krentz (review)
Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T.A. Willberg (blog tour review)
Domesticating Dragons by Dan Koboldt (review)
Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

Happy New Year! Welcome to the first Stacking the Shelves post of 2021. Thank goodness 2020 is finally over, even if its effects will be malingering for a while.

I didn’t get a lot this week, NetGalley and Edelweiss really only got new books for three days, after all. On the other hand, Audible had a bit of a sale, and I couldn’t resist. Not that I tried very hard. Not that I EVER try very hard.

For Review:
In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead
Like Cats and Dogs (Whitman Street Cat Cafe #1) by Kate McMurray
The Rakehell of Roth (Regency Rogues #2) by Amalie Howard
The Secrets of Colchester Hall by Sophie Barnes

Purchased from Amazon/Audible/Kickstarter:
The First Blade of Ostia (Society of the Sword #0) by Duncan M. Hamilton
The Neil Gaiman Reader by Neil Gaiman (audio)
The Year of the Cat: A Cat of Roving Nature edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch & Dean Wesley Smith (Kickstarter)

Borrowed from the Library:
Conjure Women by Afia Atakora



The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-27-20

Sunday Post

Last week it seemed appropriate to read a week of romances, with their requisite happy endings, as a run up to Xmas Day on Friday. This week it seems even more apropos to have a week of speculative fiction leading up to New Years’ Day, because we all have plenty of speculation about what next year will bring, and a hell of a lot of hope, but, well, we’ll see. So this week’s books will be looking at the future, the science of parallel worlds, and the sheer exuberant fun of a worlds’ spanning library.

We’ll see what next year brings, next year, starting with next week. OMG 2021 starts next week! The kitties are ready! They’re planning to nap through EVERYTHING!

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 Jan D.

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: A Cowboy to Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon
B+ Review: The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
A Review: Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade
A- Review: Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
Xmas 2020
Stacking the Shelves (424)

Coming This Week:

Colonyside by Michael Mammay (review)
The Dark Archive by Genevieve Cogman (review)
The Doors of Eden by Adrian Tchaikovsky (review)
Best Books of 2020!
New Year New You Giveaway Hop

Stacking the Shelves (424)

Stacking the Shelves

Happy week between Xmas and New Years! This week is always so weird. If one has to work, it’s a week where nobody is around and nothing seems to get done. The days crawl. And if you’re off, it absolutely flies by.

It’s not a surprise that not many books popped up on Netgalley and Edelweiss this past week. Or probably this coming week, come to think of it. But more new books is always good for those of us who live with tsundoku.

I hope you had a happy whatever you might have celebrated and are looking forward to a brighter new year!

For Review:
The Freedom Race (Dreambird Chronicles #1) by Lucinda Roy
The Last Debutantes by Georgie Blalock
The Living and the Lost by Ellen Feldman
Love and Fury by Samantha Silva
My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
Sea Spray (Time Box #3) by John A Heldt
War Widow (Billie Walker #1) by Tara Moss
The Women’s March by Jennifer Chiaverini