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First, Amazon had a sale. Second, I got tempted by someone’s recommendation into getting the Relic Runner series. You can see how that worked out in my review of the first book, The Courier, earlier this week. And I got tempted by a few things. More than a few. It’s not as if this week is different from any other week, after all!

For Review:
Bronze Drum by Phong Nguyen (audio)
Cruz by Nicolás Ferraro
The Daughters of Izdihar (Alamaxa Duology #1) by Hadeer Elsbai
Fenian Street by Anne Emery
Haven by Emma Donoghue (audio)
Hidden Pieces (Misty Pines #1) by Mary Keliikoa
The Hookup Plan (Boyfriend Project #3) by Farrah Rochon
In the Shadow of a Queen by Heather B. Moore
Signal Moon by Kate Quinn
TITAN by Mado Nozaki
The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett
The Winter Garden by Nicola Cornick
Wolf (Sentinel Security #1) by Anna Hackett

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Any Witch Way (A Witch in Wolf Wood #3) by Lindsay Buroker
Charmed and Dangerous (A Witch in Wolf Wood #5) by Lindsay Buroker
Country Roads (The Relic Runner #3) by Ernest Dempsey
The Courier (The Relic Runner #1) by Ernest Dempsey (REVIEW!)
Heavy Lies the Crown (The Relic Runner #4) by Ernest Dempsey
Mind Over Magic (A Witch in Wolf Wood #1) by Lindsay Buroker
Moment of Tooth (A Witch in Wolf Wood #4) by Lindsay Buroker
Spell Hound (A Witch in Wolf Wood #2) by Lindsay Buroker
Two Nights In Mumbai (The Relic Runner #2) by Ernest Dempsey


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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-31-22

I saw Luna on the stairs just now, went to pet her, calling her “pretty girl”, because she is – and Hecate came running from out of nowhere. Hecate is still in the “leaky teakettle” phase of acceptance of the newcomers. Lucifer has totally adopted them – or perhaps vice versa, while George is still very concerned about it all.

I realized that I have not yet posted a good picture of Miss Luna (the dark of under the bed does not count as “good”), so here she is in all her glory.

We’ve learned this week that both Luna AND Tuna have tiny, squeaky voices. It is still hilarious that the big bruiser that is Tuna has a voice like a very tiny mouse. Not that Luna is small by any means, just that she’s less large than her brother!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Summer 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

A Review: 1632 by Eric Flint
A Review: The Unkept Woman by Allison Montclair
B- Review: The Lost and Found Girl by Maisey Yates
A- Review: Deadly Election by Lindsey Davis
B+ Review: The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah
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Coming This Week:

Apple a Day Giveaway Hop
The Codebreaker’s Secret by Sara Ackerman (blog tour review)
The Courier by Ernest Dempsey (review)
The Fossil Hunter by Tea Cooper (review)
Back to School Giveaway Hop

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I had to go an look at the covers together before I could figure out anything to write about this week’s stack. Because seriously, this bunch couldn’t be more random if I’d tried. Which I didn’t.

The prettiest covers are The Terraformers and Violeta, although they aren’t pretty in remotely the same way. But still, temptingly pretty. The one I’m looking forward to the most is Untethered Sky, because Fonda Lee. Even though it’s not Jade City, I still can’t resist. If you’re surprised I’m not saying Encore in Death, that’s because as much as the In Death series are comfort reads for me, I do pretty much know what I’m going to get when I pick one up. If I didn’t, it wouldn’t be a comfort read. Fonda Lee, on the other hand, whatever I get will be both fascinating and unexpected.

For Review:
Alone with You in the Ether by Olivie Blake
The Boys by Katie Hafner
Calling for a Blanket Dance by Oscar Hokeah
Encore in Death (In Death #56) by J.D. Robb
The Golden Enclaves (Scholomance #3) by Naomi Novik
It Rides a Pale Horse by Andy Marino
Light on Bone (Georgia O’Keeffe Mystery #1) by Kathryn Lasky
A Matter of Happiness by Tori Whitaker
The Mountain in the Sea by Ray Nayler
Nona the Ninth (Locked Tomb #3) by Tamsyn Muir
The Return of the Duke (Once Upon a Dukedom #3) by Lorraine Heath
Sinister Graves (Cash Blackbear #3) by Marcie R. Rendon
Sister Mother Warrior by Vanessa Riley
The Sleepless by Victor Manibo
The Swift and the Harrier by Minette Walters
The Terraformers by Annalee Newitz
Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier
Untethered Sky by Fonda Lee
Violeta by Isabel Allende
Wingwalkers by Taylor Brown


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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-24-22

After a couple of successful – meaning relatively quiet – supervised visits by the incumbent clowder, Luna and Tuna were officially released into the general population of household cats Thursday evening. As World War III has not yet occurred, this is considered a successful introduction.

In celebration, here’s a picture of George and Tuna comparing whatever it is cats measure when they meet. George’s tail is longer, but Tuna’s is magnificent in its own way. They are both certainly VERY big bois!

Back to books – always a popular subject at chez Reading Reality. After a couple of less than successful books – or at least books that may be popular with plenty of other readers but did not float my boat AT ALL, I decided to dive back into the virtually towering TBR pile a little more this week. The recent death of Eric Flint inspired me to take a look back at his marvelous Ring of Fire series – hence tomorrow’s review of the first book therein, 1632. And I was just in the mood for another hard-boiled mystery, which lead me back to Flavia Albia’s cynical view of Imperial Rome and Deadly Election – a title that is almost a bit too apropos in our troubled times as well as hers.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Summer 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Christmas in July Giveaway Hop is Nancy

Blog Recap:

A Review: Three Miles Down by Harry Turtledove
B Review: Till Sudden Death Do Us Part by Simon R. Green
A- Review: This Place of Wonder by Barbara O’Neal
D Review: The It Girl by Ruth Ware
A- Review: One-Shot Harry by Gary Phillips
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Coming This Week:

1632 by Eric Flint (review)
The Unkept Woman by Allison Montclair (review)
The Lost and Found Girl by Maisey Yates (blog tour review)
Deadly Election by Lindsey Davis (review)
The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah (audiobook review)

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The books I want to highlight in this stack are the two I bought, 1632 and 1633 by Eric Flint. I read them back when they came out in 2000 and absolutely loved them. The premise is just so damn much fun, that an entire town in West Virginia on the cusp of the 21st century gets transported across the Atlantic and back in time to the middle of what will eventually become Germany in the year 1632, which happens to be about the midpoint of the Thirty Years’ War. The transport mechanism isn’t dealt with seriously at all in the novel, because it’s not the point. The point is what happens next when 3,000 or so people with late 20th century ideas and attitudes get stuck in the 17th century. It’s about people mostly rising to the occasion and changing history and the ways that history changes are fascinating. Flint passed away last Sunday, so I decided to see if at least the beginning of the series I remembered so fondly still held up over 20 years later. The answer is that it does, it’s still thoughtful and it’s still an awful lot of fun. The author will be missed, but he thankfully left behind a HUGE body of work in this series alone, so I’m looking forward to comfort reads for a long time to come.

And if you’ve ever had a yen to read alternate history, or if you read this series way back when and also remember it fondly, it’s definitely worth picking up now, whether again or for the first time.

For Review:
All This Could Be Different by Sarah Thankam Mathews
An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X.R. Pan
Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
Black Mouth by Ronald Malfi
Burn Down, Rise Up by Vincent Tirado
Demon Dagger by Russell James
The Direction of the Wind by Mansi Shah
Feed Them Silence by Lee Mandelo
Heartbreaker (Hell’s Belles #2) by Sarah MacLean
I Remember You by Brian Freeman
Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century by Kim Fu
The Lies of the Ajungo (Forever Desert #1) by Moses Ose Utomi
Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow
My Dearest Darkest by Kayla Cottingham
One for All by Lillie Lainoff
The Red Palace by June Hur
Take My Husband by Ellen Meister
Very Cold People by Sarah Manguso
What She Found (Tracy Crosswhite #9) by Robert Dugoni

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
1632 (Ring of Fire #1) by Eric Flint (2nd ed.)
1633 (Ring of Fire #2) by Eric Flint & David Weber


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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-17-22

This is one of the new members of our household. This is Luna. Her brother, Tuna is still being shy. They are both in the spare bedroom at the moment so that they can feel a bit more secure together while everyone has the chance to bat paws and sniff under doors at each other.

Luna and Tuna are both just over a year old. They’re a bonded pair and are biological siblings. This is the second time in their young lives that they have been re-homed because their human was no longer able to take care of them. We expect our home to be their forever home – even if that home moves location again sometime in the future. After all, our previous clowder moved with us, back and forth across the country, 11 times during their lives. Home, for us, is where the kitties are!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Christmas in July Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Summer 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Sparkle Time Giveaway Hop is Shelley

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher
B Review: The Edge of Summer by Viola Shipman
A- Review: Remember Love by Mary Balogh
A Review: The Binding Room by Nadine Matheson
D Review: Miss Eliza’s English Kitchen by Annabel Abbs
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Coming This Week:

Three Miles Down by Harry Turtledove (review)
Till Sudden Death Do Us Part by Simon R. Green (review)
This Place of Wonder by Barbara O’Neal (blog tour review)
The It Girl by Ruth Ware (review)
One Shot Harry by Gary Phillips (review)

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Several books in this stack are the latest entries in ongoing series, so they are the ones I’m most looking forward to. They are Haunted by the Past and What Song the Sirens Sang by Simon R. Green. I have to admit that Green’s snarkitude is an acquired taste, but it’s one I acquired so damn long ago that I’m not stopping now. Speaking of series I started a long time ago, Candace Robb’s Owen Archer series is one I picked up decades ago, thought was dead for a while, but am now terribly happy to see continuing with A Fox in the Fold. And last but not least, I picked up the third book in Stephen Spotswood’s Pentecost and Parker series (Secrets Typed in Blood) just this week. If you like period mysteries – and/or if you have fond memories of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe series, Pentecost and Parker are a real treat that starts with their first outing, Fortune Favors the Dead. As that series is only three books in, there’s plenty of time to get caught up!

For Review:
After We Were Stolen by Brooke Beyfuss
Beasts of a Little Land by Juhea Kim
Big Girl by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan
Blitz (Rook Files #3) by Daniel O’Malley
Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Crane Husband by Kelly Barnhill
Dream On by Angie Hockman
A Fox in the Fold (Owen Archer #14) by Candace Robb
Haunted by the Past (Ishmael Jones #11) by Simon R. Green
Heart of the Sun Warrior (Celestial Kingdom #2) by Sue Lynn Tan
The Keeper’s Six by Kate Elliott
The Love Con by Seressia Glass
The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older
A Net for Small Fishes by Lucy Jago
Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng
The Recruit by Alan Drew
Secrets Typed in Blood (Pentecost & Parker #3) by Stephen Spotswood
Too Soon the Night (Theodora Duology #2) by James Conroyd Martin
What Song the Sirens Sang (Gideon Sable #3) by Simon R. Green

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers #2) by Becky Chambers (audio)
Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers #3) by Becky Chambers (audio)


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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-10-22

I made the mistake of adding up how many pages I am intending to read this week – and then I went GACK! and wondered how I was going to make it happen. Something I am STILL very much wondering about – so we’ll certainly see, won’t we?

Speaking of things to see, here’s a picture of Hecate in profile. I would say she’s showing off her good side, but I don’t think she has a bad side – although her sides are different thanks to being a tortie. She’s a very pretty girl even if she doesn’t always know it!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Sparkle Time Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Christmas in July Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Summer 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

July 4th, 2022
B- Review: The Yeoman’s Tale by M.J. Trow
A- Review: A Dress of Violet Taffeta by Tessa Arlen
B- Review: Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
Christmas in July Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (504)

Coming This Week:

What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher (review)
The Edge of Summer by Viola Shipman (blog tour review)
Remember Love by Mary Balogh (review)
The Binding Room by Nadine Matheson (blog tour review)
The It Girl by Ruth Ware (review)

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YAY! The lists are getting shorter. And YAY! The plague has left us! It’s been a damn long couple of weeks.

There are, as always, a few books in this list that I am REALLY looking forward to – not that I’m not looking forward to all of them to one degree or another. But especially Sweetwater and the Witch, because I adore the Castle/Krentz/Quick Harmony series in ALL it’s timeframes. And Tread of Angels by Rebecca Roanhorse because I love her work when I can catch the round tuit. This one looks fascinating and it’s blissfully short if you’ve meant to try her but have had problems with  your own supply of round tuits. Also Pulling the Wings Off Angels by K.J. Parker because I particularly enjoy the author’s line in snark.

And if you haven’t seen my Grade A Review of The Woman in the Library, that mystery was awesome both in text AND in audio!

For Review:
Arch-Conspirator by Veronica Roth
The Bodyguard by Katherine Center (audio)
The Book Woman’s Daughter (Book Woman of Troublesome Creek #2) by Kim Michele Richardson
The Bullet That Missed (Thursday Murder Club #3) by Richard Osman
Cradles of the Reich by Jennifer Coburn
Devil’s Chew Toy by Rob Osler
Dirt Creek by Hayley Scrivenor (audio)
Elsewhere by Alexis Schaitkin
Hatchet Island (Mike Bowditch #13) by Paul Doiron
The Immortality Thief (Kystrom Chronicles #1) by Taran Hunt
Keya Das’s Second Act by Sopan Deb
Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore
The Last to Vanish by Megan Miranda
The Mutual Friend by Carter Bays
Pulling the Wings Off Angels by K.J. Parker
Scattered All Over the Earth by Yoko Tawada
The Sunbearer Trials (Sunbearer Duology #1) by Aiden Thomas
Sweetwater and the Witch (Harmony #16) by Jayne Castle
Tread of Angels by Rebecca Roanhorse
The Two Doctors Górski by Isaac Fellman
The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill (audio) (Grade A REVIEW!!!)


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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-3-22

It turned out to be an excellent thing that I had so much of this week pre-prepped because of ALA, since we brought the plague home from ALA. It’s been a long week so it’s great we have a long weekend to recuperate. We are both getting better, with the able assistance of our nurse-kitties. Here’s a picture of Lucifer and George overseeing our progress.

The primary feature of the picture seems to be George showing off his murder mittens again, but it also makes it really clear that George is half-again as big as Lucifer, who has a gigantic head but nowhere near the body to match it.

So, it’s going to be a quieter than usual weekend here at chez Reading Reality, as we’re still quarantining. And we’re beyond grateful that Instacart is a thing, because it’s not good for either of us to be tackling a grocery store run at the moment although the cupboard is getting rather bare. But we’re on the mend enough that reading is back to being a real thing and look to be out of the woods later this week. YAY!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Sparkle Time Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Summer 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Dad-O-Mite Giveaway Hop is Laurie D.

Blog Recap:

A Review: The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill
A- Review: Of Charms, Ghosts and Grievances by Aliette de Bodard
B Review: The Protector by Anna Hackett
A Review: A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers
Sparkle Time Giveaway Hop
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Coming This Week:

Fourth of July 2022 (Guest Post by Galen)
The Yeoman’s Tale by M.J. Trow (review)
A Dress of Violet Taffeta by Tessa Arlen (blog tour review)
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin (reviwe)
Christmas in July Giveaway Hop