The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-17-18

Sunday Post

Looking for a house is hard work. Also hot and hungry work. I don’t know how real estate agents do it, especially in the summer in the South. Or, come to think of it, the winter in the north. We think we found a place. We’ll see.

Of course, then the real work begins!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop
Echo Moon by Laura Spinella
The Cottages on Silver Beach by RaeAnne Thayne

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Amazon Gift Card in the Beach Reads Giveaway Hop is Patricia

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Echo Moon by Laura Spinella + Giveaway
C+ Review: A Study in Treason by Leonard Goldberg
B+ Review: The Cottages on Silver Beach by RaeAnne Thayne + Giveaway
A-/B Review: Unidentified by Anna Hackett
Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (292)

Coming Next Week:

The Privilege of Peace by Tanya Huff (review)
Island of the Mad by Laurie R. King (review)
Boardwalk Summer by Meredith Jaeger (blog tour review)
A Long Way from Home by Peter Carey (review)
Prisoner of the Crown by Jeffe Kennedy (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

There are three books on this week’s list that have been on my “anticipated” list for quite a while. In the case of one of the books, quite a long while. And the others, of course, also look very, very interesting, or I wouldn’t have picked them up in the first place!

For Review:
All the Lives We Never Lived by Anuradha Roy
The Black Khan (Khorasan Archives #2) by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Boom Town by Sam Anderson
Good Time Cowboy (Gold Valley #3) by Maisey Yates
Hunting the Truth by Beate and Serge Klarsfeld
The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang
An Informal History of the Hugos by Jo Walton
In the Garden of Fugitives by Ceridwen Dovey
The Iron Codex (Dark Arts #2) by David Mack
Kingdom of the Blind (Chief Inspector Gamache #14) by Louise Penny
Making Chase (Chase Brothers #4) by Lauren Dane
The Parking Log Attendant by Nafkote Tamirat
The Ravenmaster by Christopher Skaife
Six Cats a Slayin’ (Cat in the Stacks #10) by Miranda James
The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton
Under Control (Boston Fire #5) by Shannon Stacey
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrise Khan Cullors and asha bandele



The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-10-18

Sunday Post

I read two absolutely terrific fantasies this week and they were glorious! The other books weren’t half bad either.

But seriously, Spinning Silver and The Magic of Recluce were both epically awesome. If you liked Uprooted, you’ll love Spinning Silver, and vice versa. They are not part of the same series, so you can read one without the other or in any order. But they are both wonderfully fractured fairy tales, so if you like that sort of thing (I certainly do!) get them both. You’ll thank me later.

I adore Modesitt’s Imager Portfolio, but I was able to get in on that on the ground floor, so to speak. When Imager came out in 2009, The Saga of Recluce was already on book 16, and none of the books in that series are exactly skinny. I just couldn’t get a round tuit. But now that I’ve read the first one and loved it, I’m going back. The Magic of Recluce was grand!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Beach Reads Giveaway Hop
Hardcover copy of Wilde in Love by Eloisa James and a peacock keychain
Signed print copy of The Girl Who Stepped Into the Past by Sophie Barnes + a $10 Amazon Gift Card

Winner Announcements:

The winner of I Am Justice by Diana Munoz Stewart is Judy C.

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
B+ Review: Death by Water by Kerry Greenwood
A+ Review: The Magic of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
B+ Review: Too Wilde to Wed by Eloisa James + Giveaway
B Review: The Girl Who Stepped into the Past by Sophie Barnes + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (291)

Coming Next Week:

Echo Moon by Laura Spinella (blog tour review)
High Season by Judy Blundell (review)
The Cottages on Silver Beach by RaeAnne Thayne (blog tour review)
A Study in Treason by Leonard Goldberg (review)
Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop

Stacking the Shelves (291)

Stacking the Shelves

This was just was on those weeks. You know the ones I mean, where it feels like you’re chasing your own tail, and never quite caught up with yourself. And since I closed the stack early last weekend because we were away, this stack is a bit bigger than it should be. There needs to be a bookish equivalent to “my eyes were bigger than my stomach” regarding taking more food than one can or perhaps should eat at one sitting. “So many books, so little time,” while absolutely true, does not convey quite the same sentiment.

For Review:
Eagle & Crane by Suzanne Rindell
The King’s Justice (Stanton and Barling #1) by E.M. Powell
A Knife in the Fog by Bradley Harper
A Murdered Peace (Kate Clifford #3) by Candace Robb
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Rocky Mountain Valor (Rocky Mountain Justice #3) by Jennifer D. Bokal
Stray Magic (Strays #1) by Kelly Meding
Unidentified (Treasure Hunter Security #7) by Anna Hackett
Whiskey Sharp: Torn (Whiskey Sharp #3) by Lauren Dane
Witchmark by C.L. Polk

Purchased from Amazon:
Death by Water (Phryne Fisher #15) by Kerry Greenwood (review)
The Girl Who Stepped into the Past by Sophie Barnes (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-3-18

Sunday Post

I’m writing this a couple of days ahead because we’ll be out of town for the weekend. Two phrases keep running through my mind. One is “the hurrieder I go, the behindeder I get” and the other one is “if it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would ever get done.” The day before leaving on a trip, even a very short trip, always feel like both of those things at once!

Current Giveaways:

I Am Justice by Diana Munoz Stewart
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Beach Reads Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card in the Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop is Zoey

Blog Recap:

Memorial Day 2018
B+ Review: I Am Justice by Diana Munoz Stewart + Giveaway
B+ Review: Ocean Light by Nalini Singh
B Review: The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Stephen Brusatte
Beach Reads Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (290)

Coming Next Week:

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (review)
There There by Tommy Orange (review)
The Magic of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (blog tour review)
Too Wilde to Wed by Eloisa James (blog tour review)
The Girl Who Stepped Into the Past by Sophie Barnes (blog tour review)

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Stacking the Shelves

I didn’t get much this week. And I’m closing the list a bit early because we’re going out of town for the weekend, so this is all I’m going to get. But one thing I did get this week is Cocktales, the anthology to support the authors who have been directly negatively impacted by the idiocy that is #cockygate. I said directly, because the potential is that every author will be affected by the concept of trademarking single words that are in common usage. that’s just nuts, and so is the author who perpetrated this mess.

For Review:
Accessory to War by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang
The Lost Queen by Signe Pike
Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan

Purchased from Amazon:
Cocktales: the Cocky Collective by Penny Reid, Nana Malone, Dylan Allen, Jana Aston, Whitney Barbetti , Sawyer Bennett, K.F. Breene, Ruth Clampett, L.H. Cosway, Amy Daws, Mariah Dietz, B.B. Easton, Jaymin Eve, Emma Hart, Staci Hart, Jessica Hawkins, Julie Johnson, Karpov Kinrade, Adriana Locke, Lex Martin, Aly Martinez, Kayti McGee, Corinne Michaels, Liv Morris, Red Phoenix, Daisy Prescott, Jessica Prince, Meghan Quinn, C.D. Reiss, Julie A. Richman, Aleatha Romig, Kennedy Ryan, Kylie Scott, Sierra Simone, Tara Sivec, Kate Stewart, Leia Stone, Karla Sorensen, Rachel Van Dyken, April White

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-27-18

Sunday Post

And again, happy 3-day Memorial Day weekend to all the U.S. readers. We have more time to read this weekend! YAY!

The Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop ends on Tuesday, just in time for the Beach Reads Giveaway Hop to begin on Friday. They both have the same theme, beach books and beach reading. And I still prefer to be inside where there’s air conditioning. It gets damn hot here in ATL in the summertime!

I had a feeling last week that somewhere during my reading week the bounce was going to go out of my bungee. And it did. Those two extra books this week for LJ reviews did me in. The dinosaurs will be back this week for sure. I’m also really looking forward to The Word is Murder. I enjoyed his Magpie Murders, particularly the historical bits. This one isn’t historical, but I’m still very curious to see how it goes.

Current Giveaways:

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

Blog Recap:

B- Review: Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
B+ Review: I Met a Traveller in an Ancient Land by Connie Willis
B+ Review: Lowcountry Bonfire by Susan M. Boyer
B Review: All the Ever Afters by Danielle Teller
A- Review: Tricked by Kevin Hearne
Stacking the Shelves (289)

Coming Next Week:

I am Justice by Diana Munoz (blog tour review)
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Stephen Brusatte (review)
The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz (review)
Beach Reads Giveaway Hop

Stacking the Shelves (289)

Stacking the Shelves

To everyone in the U.S., happy Memorial Day 3-day weekend! YAY! More time to read!

I’m really curious about An Easy Death. It looks like Charlaine Harris is starting a new series. I loved Sookie and the beginning, but it really, really dragged at the end. I found Midnight to be kind of middling, so my curiosity bump itches about this one.

I’ve also been reading a lot of Harry Potter fanfic recently. I’ve discovered that I find Dumbledore-bashing to be terribly cathartic, but I’m not sure why. I think it feeds into the reason I liked Fantastic Beasts as much as I did – it’s good to see the adults stepping up to the plate and not expecting children to win their war for them. As much as I loved Harry Potter, that is one thing about the series as a whole that does not wear well. At least for moi.

For Review:
Astounding by Alec Nevala-Lee
Dopesick by Beth Macy
An Easy Death (Gunnie Rose #1) by Charlaine Harris
European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #2) by Theodora Goss
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
Implanted by Lauren C. Teffeau
Impostor’s Lure (Sharpe & Donovan #8) by Carla Neggers
In the Hurricane’s Eye by Nathaniel Philbrick
Mage Against the Machine by Shaun Barger
The Mercy Seat by Elizabeth H. Winthrop
The Mystery of Three Quarters (New Hercule Poirot #3) by Sophie Hannah
The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick
Southernmost by Silas House
Time’s Convert (All Soul’s Universe #1) by Deborah Harkness
Virgil Wander by Leif Enger

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-20-18

Sunday Post

This is going to be a very busy week here at chez Reading Reality. In addition to the books you see scheduled for this week, I also have two reviews to write for Library Journal. Although I sometimes do review my LJ books here also, I can’t use the same words in the review. And the LJ reviews are usually prepublication, so even though I’m writing the review now I generally can’t publish it for a couple of months. One of this week’s “extra” books will show up here later, the other is “to be determined.”

I’m also going to finish up listening to Tricked, the fourth book in the Iron Druid Chronicles, sometime this week. And I may use that review instead, just to not drive myself too crazy. I learned something new listening to Tricked, the relative sizes of shitload, buttload and fuckton. You really do learn something new everyday!

Current Giveaways:

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

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card in the May I Suggest Giveaway Hop is Birdie

Blog Recap:

A Review: King of Ashes by Raymond Feist
Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop
A- Review: By Fire Above by Robyn Bennis
B- Review: Fall of Angels by Barbara Cleverly
B- Review: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Stacking the Shelves (288)

Coming Next Week:

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (review)
I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis (review)
Lowcountry Bonfire by Susan M. Boyer (review)
All the Ever Afters by Danielle Teller (blog tour review)
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Stephen Brusatte (review)

Stacking the Shelves (288)

Stacking the Shelves

Looking around the shelves in my office (and the piles of books on the floor) I’m starting to think I need a library cart just to, well, cart things around. We got some new furniture last week, including a new desk and hutch in Galen’s office. Which necessitated moving two of the bookshelves out of his office into the spare room. Which necessitated emptying said bookcases before moving. Hence the piles on my office floor. We’ll probably do a bit of a weed before we put them back up, but it’s getting crowded in here.

So many books, so little time, so much fun!

For Review:
Aroused by Randi Hutter Epstein
The Art of Inheriting Secrets by Barbara O’Neal
Becoming Belle by Nuala O’Connor
Census by Jesse Ball
The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
A Gift of Griffins (Faraman Prophecy #2) by V.M. Escalada
High Risers by Ben Austen
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
The Magnificent Esme Wells by Adrienne Sharp
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
These Truths by Jill Lepore
Us Against You (Beartown #2) by Fredrik Backman