The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-25-20

Sunday Post

The picture below is titled Ethereal Freddie for the way the light is shining in his face. It could also be “Mischievous Freddie” as this is one of his little tricks to get attention. Both because he’s up on the headboard over Galen’s head, and because he’s about to play with the lampshade. Freddie is not the most graceful cat, and this particular position pretty much guarantees that he’ll either fall on Galen’s face, pointy-side out, or that he’ll knock the lamp off the table onto the floor, causing an unholy clatter and if he’s really lucky, a broken light bulb. If he’s especially clumsy, both. It’s guaranteed to cause human panic and garner him some negative attention, so he wins no matter what happens.

But he’s adorable all the same. We love him. We love him even when he’s driving us bananas.

And we have books. We always have books! I’ve been listening to The Memory of Souls for WEEKS, and I finally finished it. It’s every bit as awesome as the previous books in the series, and I wanted to finish it faster, but I’m not doing nearly as much driving as I used to. And while I do have the ebook, this series works so much better in audio. This story has footnotes, which flow much better when read as asides by the narrator, and both of the narrators are marvelous.

Current Giveaways:

The Light at Wyndcliff by Sarah E. Ladd
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Thanks a Latte Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card from Sophie Barnes and A Duke for Miss Townsbridge

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish is Laura D.
The winner of Return to Virgin River is Danielle H.
The winner of the Meowloween Giveaway Hop is Ashley T.

Blog Recap:

A Review: Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
B+ Review: A Duke for Miss Townsbridge by Sophie Barnes + Giveaway
B+ Review: The Troubleshooter by Anna Hackett
A- Review: The Light at Wyndcliff by Sarah E. Ladd + Giveaway
A- Review: Stories from Suffragette City edited by M.J. Rose and Fiona Davis
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Coming This Week:

The Secret Women by Sheila Williams (review)
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton (review)
Masquerade in Lodi by Lois McMaster Bujold (review)
The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons (review)
Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

I actually got books from the library this week! I’ve noticed that now that I’m no longer working at one, I get a lot fewer books there. This may also have something to do with the fact that I used to have at least some say in what books got purchased at libraries that I worked at, but I no longer do. So I don’t find as much that I want as I used to. There’s a message in there someplace.

I also picked up some books that look really fascinating. And one I got just for the title. That would be The Good, the Bad, and the Dumped. I’m really curious about that one, because haven’t we all been there?

For Review:
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
Blood Cruise by Mats Strandberg
The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo
Doors of Sleep by Tim Pratt
Gifting Fire by Alina Boyden
The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth
The Good, the Bad, and the Dumped by Jenny Colgan
The Helm of Midnight (Five Penalties #1) by Marina Lostetter
Immunity Index by Sue Burke
The Ladies of the Secret Circus by Constance Sayers
Love at First by Kate Clayborn
The Perfect Guests by Emma Rous
The Sculptress by V.S. Alexander
Seven Perfect Things by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce

Purchased from Kickstarter:
The Year of the Cat: A Cat of Space and Time edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch & Dean Wesley Smith

Borrowed from the Library:
Just Watch Me (Riley Wolfe #1) by Jeff Lindsay
Long Bright River by Liz Moore
A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende



The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-18-20

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Election Day in the U.S. is just 15 days away. Have you voted yet? If not, do you have a plan for voting? You may think that your vote doesn’t count, but it does. If it didn’t, they wouldn’t be trying so hard to discourage you from voting. Think about it. Please!

Current Giveaways:

Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish by Tori Whitaker
Return to Virgin River by Robyn Carr
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Meowloween Giveaway Hop (ends TUESDAY!!!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Thanks a Latte Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card from the authors of Bad, Dad and Dangerous is Erica F.
The winner of the Color Me Lucky Giveaway Hop is Shannon P.

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish by Tori Whitaker + Giveaway
A- Review: Return to Virgin River by Robyn Carr + Giveaway
A+ Review: The Emperor’s Wolves by Michelle Sagara
A- Review: The Four Profound Weaves by R.B. Lemberg
Thanks a Latte Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (414)

Coming This Week:

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse (review)
A Duke for Miss Townsbridge by Sophie Barnes (blog tour review)
The Troubleshooter by Anna Hackett (review)
The Light at Wyndcliff by Sarah E. Ladd (blog tour review)
Stories from Suffragette City edited by M.J. Rose and Fiona Davis (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

Since I just got home from Pilates, here’s a picture of George practicing yoga. While napping, of course!

And, I have books, most of which came at the last minute for this post. Some weeks are just like that.

For Review:
Beauty Among Ruins by J’Nell Ciesielski
Chaos on CatNet (CatNet #2) by Naomi Kritzer
The Dating Plan by Sara Desai
The Duke Undone by Joanna Lowell
Legacy by Nora Roberts
The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry by C.M. Waggoner
Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne
Serena Singh Flips the Script by Sonya Lalli
Storing Up Trouble (American Heiresses #3) by Jen Turano
The Troubleshooter (Norcross #2) by Anna Hackett
The Venice Sketchbook by Rhys Bowen

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Junkyard Cats by Faith Hunter
Masquerade in Lodi (Penric & Desdemona #4) by Lois McMaster Bujold



The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-11-20

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It’s time for another cat picture. Here’s Freddie giving George a thorough cleaning – and George looking rather smug in return. And so he should be. He seems to have single-handedly (single-pawedly?) gotten every single cat in the house to snuggle with him. They still don’t snuggle with each other, but everybody snuggles with him – just not at the same time. Progress!

Speaking of progress, I had some fascinating books this week, spent a lot of incredibly good time with the Pets in Space, and have more great books to look forward to this week. AND I was able to verify that my mail-in ballot has already been accepted. Make sure your voice is heard this year. Your vote counts! VOTE!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Color Me Lucky Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Meowloween Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card from the authors of Bad, Dad and Dangerous

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Bad, Dad and Dangerous by Rhys Ford, Jenn Moffatt, TA Moore and Bru Baker + Excerpt + Giveaway
Meowloween Giveaway Hop
B Review: Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas
A Review: Pets in Space 5 by S.E. Smith and more
A- Review: Daughter of Black Lake by Cathy Marie Buchanan + Excerpt
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Coming This Week:

Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish by Tori Whitaker (blog tour review)
Return to Virgin River by Robyn Carr (blog tour review)
The Emperor’s Wolves by Michelle Sagara (blog tour review)
The Four Profound Weaves by R.M. Lemberg (review)
Thanks a Latte Giveaway Hop

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Stacking the Shelves

YAY! A few more books this week!

For Review:
Domesticating Dragons by Dan Koboldt
First Comes Like by Alisha Rai
Fortune’s Child by James Conroyd Martin
A Hanging at Dawn (Bess Crawford) by Charles Todd
It Had to Be You by Georgia Clark
A Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark
Murder in the Margins (Open Book Mysteries #1) by Margaret Louson
The Narrowboat Summer by Anne Youngson
No Holding Back (McKenzies of Ridge Trail #1) by Lori Foster
The Patriots by Winston Groom
The Queen of Izmoroz (Goddess War #2) by Jon Skovron
Symbiosis (Escaping Exodus #2) by Nicky Drayden
An Unexpected Temptation (Townsbridges #5) by Sophie Barnes

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
The Aleph Extraction (Galactic Cold War #2) by Dan Moren
The Bayern Agenda (Galactic Cold War #1) by Dan Moren
A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers #2) by Becky Chambers
Duke I’d Like to F… by Sierra Simone, Joanna Shupe, Eva Leigh, Nicola Davidson, Adriana Herrera (pre-order)
The Duke Who Didn’t (Wedgeford Trials #1) by Courtney Milan
Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline (audio/preorder)
Spellbreaker (Spellbreaker #1) by Charlie N. Holmberg
This Won’t End Well by Camille Pagan
What Unites Us by Dan Rather



The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-4-20

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First, a picture of George. The red gentleman on the red comforter. His stripes are particularly well delineated in this shot, as is the winsome expression on his little face.

And, we have a week of books. Last week included two absolutely awesome books, The Dragon Waiting and A Deadly Education. This coming week features the annually awesome Pets in Space collection and the Meowloween Giveaway Hop. The eyes in the hop image look very much like our Lucifer. (See, I can always get back to cats as well as books!)

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Color Me Lucky Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Fabulous Fall Giveaway Hop is Kimberly R.
The winner of An Apple a Day Giveaway Hop is Kate F.

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: The Dragon Waiting by John M. Ford
A- Review: At the Clearest Sensation by M.L. Buchman
B+ Review: Happily this Christmas by Susan Mallery
Color Me Lucky Giveaway Hop
A++ Review: A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
Stacking the Shelves (412)

Coming This Week:

Bad, Dad and Dangerous by Rhys Ford, Jenn Moffatt, TA Moore and Bru Baker (blog tour review)
Meowloween Giveaway Hop
Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas (review)
Pets in Space 5 (review)
Daughter of Black Lake by Cathy Lee Buchanan (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-27-20

Sunday Post

Today is the first day of Banned Books Week, and it seems more appropriate than ever. Because censorship is one of the tools of tyranny. It may seem as if the point of Banned Books Week is to talk about the books that have been banned or challenged, and it is. But it’s really about the idea that someone else can restrict what you read – because restricting reading, and restricting what is available to read – is one of the many tools that authoritarian governments use when they want to keep their people ignorant and unthinking. Think about it. And READ!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Fabulous Fall Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in An Apple a Day Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: The Silence of the White City by Eva Garcia Saenz
B- Review; The Seventh Perfection by Daniel Polansky
A++ Review: Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots
A- Review: Burning Roses by S.L. Huang
B+ Review: Remember Me by Mario Escobar
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Coming This Week:

The Dragon Waiting by John M. Ford (review)
At the Clearest Sensation by M.L. Buchman (review)
The Ghost Tree by Christina Henry (review)
Color Me Lucky Giveaway Hop
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

For our regularly scheduled George picture we have George and his butt. Really we have George and his reflection as he lounged just outside my office the other day, with part of him “live” and part the reflection in the glass. He does blend into the wood floor quite nicely!

And we have books. The lists seem to be getting shorter as the year winds down. OMG does this year need to wind down! Did anyone have “Zombie Hurricane” on their 2020 bingo card? Who knew that was even a thing?

For Review:
Beneath the Keep (Queen of the Tearling #4) by Erika Johanson
A California Christmas (Silver Springs #7) by Brenda Novak
Call of the Bone Ships (Tide Child #2) by RJ Barker
Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard
A Lady’s Formula for Love (Secret Scientists of London #1) by Elizabeth Everett
Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish by Tori Whitaker
The Necessary Beggar by Susan Palwick
No Sleep Till Wonderland (Mark Genevich #2) by Paul Tremblay
The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
Savage Legion (Savage Rebellion #1) by Matt Wallace
Siege of Rage and Ruin (Wells of Sorcery #3) by Django Wexler
A Tip for the Hangman by Allison Epstein
Waiting for the Night Song by Julie Carrick Dalton



The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-20-20

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We are in the waning hours of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. It’s one of those time when I miss my mother as she always reminded me when the holidays were. We are also in the first flush of grief over the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, may she rest in peace. Which was what my parents – and grandparents – would always say after the name of someone who was deceased. RBG will be missed in this world, because her work in the cause of justice and equality was not done. It is work that never ends, but she left a torch for us to pick up and carry on.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Fabulous Fall Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in An Apple a Day Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the September to Remember Giveaway Hop is Viki S.
The winner of the Hello Autumn Giveaway Hop is Caroline B.
The winner of The Ancestor by Lee Matthew Goldberg is Cassandra D.

Blog Recap:

C Review: The Killings at Kingfisher Hill by Sophie Hannah
Fabulous Fall Giveaway Hop
An Apple a Day Giveaway Hop
B Review: The Investigator by Anna Hackett
A- Review: At the Slightest Sound by M.L. Buchman
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Coming This Week:

The Silence of the White City by Eva Garcia Saenz (review)
The Seventh Perfection by Daniel Polansky (review)
Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots (review)
Burning Roses by S.L. Huang (review)
Remember Me by Mario Escobar (blog tour review)