The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-19-21

First things first. This is a save the date announcement about saving the date to save the date. This Thursday, both Caffeinated Reviewer and Reading Reality will be posting the sign up for our Thanksgiving Week Hop. We’re going to expand out a little bit from our traditional Black Friday Hop to start before Turkey Day, so no one has to worry about prepping a post ON Turkey Day, and let it run for a week so there’s more time to enter.

Speaking of things to be thankful for, here’s a picture of Freddie, literally sleeping as snug as a bug in a rug. Or actually a blanket surrounded by his favorite person’s legs and feet. He’s just too cute for words sometimes!

Current Giveaways:

Deadly Summer Nights by Vicki Delany (paperback)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the September to Remember Giveaway Hop (ENDS TUESDAY!!!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Falling into Leaves Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Glam and Glitz Giveaway Hop is Francine

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Deadly Summer Nights by Vicki Delany + Giveaway
A- Review: Digging Up the Dirt by Miranda James
C Review: Chance of a Lifetime by Jude Devereaux and Tara Sheets
Falling into Leaves Giveaway Hop
B Review: No Gods, No Monsters by Cadwell Turnbull
Stacking the Shelves (462)

Coming This Week:

The Scholars of Night by John M. Ford (review)
Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather (review)
The Dishonored Viscount by Sophie Barnes (review)
Thankful for Books Giveaway Hop Sign Up
An Impossible Promise by Jude Deveraux and Tara Sheets (blog tour review)
Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire (review)

Stacking the Shelves (462)

I just realized that this list makes it look like I cut off half the alphabet – except for that one book I got from the library. Looks kind of weird, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles, or at least that’s the way the titles fell out this week.

For Review:
An Impossible Impostor (Veronica Speedwell #7) by Deanna Raybourn
Just One Look by Lindsay Cameron
The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera
The League of Gentlewomen Witches (Dangerous Damsels #2) by India Holton
The Night Shift by Alex Finlay
The Paris Bookseller by Kerri Maher
A Practical Guide to Conquering the World (Siege #3) by K.J. Parker
Shady Hollow (Shady Hollow #1) by Juneau Black
Sweep of Stars (Astra Black #1) by Maurice Broaddus
The Thousand Eyes (Serpent Gates #2) by A.K. Larkwood
Unity by Elly Bangs
What Comes After by Joanne Tompkins

Borrowed from the Library:
Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty


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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-12-21

Because one of this week’s books was a real disappointment, here’s a picture of George living his best, if slightly confused life. If you’re wondering what he’s doing, he’s doing his damndest to nurse from one of Galen’s shirt buttons. It looked hilarious while it was going on as it was obvious from his face that the whole thing was not quite working out the way he expected to. I was torn between laughing hysterically, worrying about the button breaking off and reflexively cringing just thinking about him trying to nurse from his mother with quite that level of toothy aggression!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Glam and Glitz Giveaway Hop (ENDS WEDNESDAY!!!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the September to Remember Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Write My Name Across the Sky is Les

Blog Recap:

Labor Day 2021
September to Remember Giveaway Hop
B+ Review: King of Eon by Anna Hackett
C Review: Jekyll & Hyde Inc. by Simon R. Green
B Review: Forgotten in Death by J.D. Robb
Stacking the Shelves (461)

Coming This Week:

Deadly Summer Nights by Vicki Delany (blog tour review)
Digging Up the Dirt by Miranda James (review)
An Impossible Promise by Jude Deveraux (blog tour review)
Falling into Leaves Giveaway Hop
Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire (review)

Stacking the Shelves (461)

Today marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11. 9/11 feels like one of those watershed moments, the kind where you remember where you were, what you were doing, who you were with, for the rest of your life. I know I do. But also, how soon we forget. It feels both like yesterday and like a lifetime ago. Only because it was.

For Review:
Boundaries (Tales of Valdemar #15) edited by Mercedes Lackey
The Bone Orchard by Sara A. Mueller
The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James
Children of Demeter by E.V. Knight
The Deadliest Sin (Crispin Guest #15) by Jeri Westerson
The Good Wife of Bath by Karen Brooks
Heroic Hearts edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes
The Librarian Always Rings Twice (First Edition Library Mystery #3) by Marty Wingate
Lightning in a Mirror (Fogg Lake #3) by Jayne Ann Krentz
Master of Rods and Strings by Jason Marc Harris
The Ninja Betrayed (Lily Wong #3) by Tori Eldridge
The Untold Story (Invisible Library #8) by Genevieve Cogman
We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz
Westside Lights (Gilda Carr Tiny Mystery #3) by W.M. Akers


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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-5-21

I just discovered that, while I certainly prepped yesterday’s Stacking the Shelves post, I neglected to actually post it. My bad. Apologies. I knew I was a bit dain-bramaged that afternoon, but I didn’t know it was quite THAT bad.

I may have been a bit out of it, but here’s a picture of George just being a cute little man. He  was obviously much more “with-it” than I was that day!

Current Giveaways:

Write My Name across the Sky by Barbara O’Neal
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Glam and Glitz Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Old School Giveaway Hop is Carl

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Write My Name Across the Sky by Barbara O’Neal + Giveaway
B Review: The Inheritance by JoAnn Ross
Glam and Glitz Giveaway Hop
A- Review: Unnatural Habits by Kerry Greenwood
B+ Review: Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian
Stacking the Shelves (460)

Coming This Week:

September to Remember Giveaway Hop
Forgotten in Death by J.D. Robb (review)
King of Eon by Anna Hackett
Jekyll & Hyde Inc. by Simon R. Green

Stacking the Shelves (460)

For those in the U.S., Labor Day is on Monday and for many people it’s a 3-day weekend. That’s always worth a YAY, especially since I prep these posts on FriYAY. Here at Chez Reading Reality, it makes for a nice long weekend to read a bunch of books, write up a bunch of stuff, and generally sit in places where the cats can use one or both of us as mattresses for their mid-morning and mid-afternoon naps!

I’ll be spending at least a bit of time looking for safe places to store my new walking shoes. I like my shoes to fit, and George likes to eat shoelaces. Our goals are not aligned! So, my nearby bookshelves are serving double-duty as bookcases and safe shoe racks. Wish me luck!

For Review:
Age of Ash (Kithamar Trilogy #1) by Daniel Abraham
All the Horses of Iceland by Sarah Tolmie
The Brightest Star in Paris by Diana Biller
Duke, Actually by Jenny Holiday
Fevered Star (Between Earth and Sky #2) by Rebecca Roanhorse
A Game of Fear (Inspector Ian Rutledge #24) by Charles Todd
The Haunting of Leigh Harker by Darcy Coates
The Ice Coven by Max Seeck
The Killing Hills by Chris Offutt
King of Eon (Eon Warriors #9) by Anna Hackett
The Seamstress of New Orleans by Diane C. McPhail
Sherlock Holmes & the Singular Affair by M.K. Wiseman
Sisters of the Forsaken Stars (Sisters of St. Rita #2) by Lina Rather
A Swift and Savage Tide (Kit Brightling #2) by Chloe Neill
Witch, Please (Fix-It Witches #1) by Ann Aguirre (audio)

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Sisters of the Vast Black (Sisters of St. Rita #1) by Lina Rather

Borrowed from the Library:
Pack Up the Moon by Kristan Higgins


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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 8-29-21

This was, actually, kind of an A- week, and not just in the book reviews. This weekend is kind of the calm between multiple storms, or rather between multiple assignments with hard deadlines. It’s good to have a bit of time to take a breather.

Today’s picture of feline adorableness is not exactly taking a breather. Here’s Hecate peeking through the bars of, not a prison, but a chairback. That window seat has the best view in the house for backyard kitty television and she likes to nap there. At the moment this picture was taken, however, she was clearly fascinated with something her humans are doing. I’ve also noticed just how round a kittyball she makes. She looks like a large tribble with eyes. It’s hard to believe that when she first came to us she weighed less than half a pound!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Old School Giveaway Hop (ENDS TUESDAY!!!)

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
A Review: For the Love of April French by Penny Aimes + Excerpt
A Review: The Scavenger Door by Suzanne Palmer
A- Review: The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny
A- Review: The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang
Stacking the Shelves (459)

Coming This Week:

Write My Name Across the Sky by Barbara O’Neal (blog tour review)
The Inheritance by JoAnn Ross (blog tour review)
Glam and Gifts Giveaway Hop
Unnatural Habits by Kerry Greenwood (review)
Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian (blog tour review)

Stacking the Shelves (459)

First of all, the lists are getting shorter. It’s that time of year, which probably sounds strange. But not a lot comes out in December and January, and that’s affecting what’s available in NetGalley and Edelweiss. I have some eARCs as far out as May, but that’s so far out they don’t have covers yet!

There’s one book on here that I’ve already read/listened to. I got an AudioARC for The Heart Principle earlier this week, started it in audio, got hooked, and switched to the ebook, as yesterday’s review will attest. There’s one book in here that I did not expect at all but am really happy to see, that’s The Misfit Soldier by Michael Mammay. I’ve enjoyed his Planetside series because I love the voice of the main character. This isn’t a part of that series, but I’m hoping that the voice of the protagonist in this one will be just as good.

For Review:
The Best of World SF: Volume 1 edited by Lavie Tidhar
Cyber Mage by Saad Z. Hossain
Goliath by Tochi Onyebuchi
The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes (Last Chance Scoundrels #1) by Eva Leigh
The Heart Principle (Kiss Quotient #3) by Helen Hoang (audio)
How to Kill Your Best Friend by Lexie Elliott
The Misfit Soldier by Michael Mammay
No Gods, No Monsters (Convergence Saga #1) by Cadwell Turnbull (audio)
Once More Upon a Time by Roshani Chokshi
Woman on Fire by Lisa Barr

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
The Gentleman and the Thief (Dread Penny Society #2) by Sarah M. Eden
The Lady and the Highwayman (Dread Penny Society #1) by Sarah M. Eden


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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 8-22-21

Have you ever had the whim-whams? Or are you wondering what the “whim-whams” might be? The whim-whams are when something is vaguely wrong but you’re not sure exactly what. Yesterday I had the whim-whams. I wasn’t exactly sick in any particular direction, but wasn’t exactly well, either. Sometimes the whim-whams develop into something definable, and sometimes they just go away. This time they went away, which is terrific. And I got a LOT of reading done yesterday when I wasn’t feeling much else, and that’s even better!

And here’s a picture of Freddie zoombombing one of Galen’s meetings this week. All of the cats were excellent nurse-kitties yesterday, settling in next to me or on top of me to make sure I was on the mend.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Old School Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

Old School Giveaway Hop
A Review: A Terrible Fall of Angels by Laurell K. Hamilton
C+ Review: Star Eater by Kerstin Hall
A Review: The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday by Saad Z. Hossain
B+ Review: Murder in the Dark by Simon R. Green
Stacking the Shelves (458)

Coming This Week:

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire (review)
For the Love of April French by Penny Aimes (blog tour review)
Black Water Sister by Zen Cho (review)
The Scavenger Door by Suzanne Palmer (review)
The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny (review)

Stacking the Shelves (458)

Today (Friday as I write this) has just been one of those days. It feels like I take two steps forward and one step back – or possibly the other way around. Or both! It’s a dance! No wait, it’s just the usual insanity.

So many books, so many reviews to write, so little time. C’est la vie. Like I said, one of those days. I just love deadlines. I love the sound they make as they go whizzing by!

For Review:
The Bone Shard Emperor (Drowning Empire #2) by Andrea Stewart
The Exiled Fleet (Divide #2) by J.S. Dewes
First Love, Take Two by Sajni Patel
Hunt the Stars (Starlight’s Shadow #1) by Jessie Mihalik
The Resting Place by Camilla Sten
Scorpica (Five Queendoms #1) by G.R. Macallister
Spear by Nicola Griffith
Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3) by Seanan McGuire
Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children #5) by Seanan McGuire
Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire
The Last Smile in Sunder City (Fletch Phillips Archives #1) by Luke Arnold (audio)
The Madness of Crowds (Chief Inspector Gamache #17) by Louise Penny
The Rage of Dragons (Burning #1) by Evan Winter (audio)
The Scavenger Door (Finder Chronicles #3) by Suzanne Palmer (audio)


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