The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 8-2-20

Sunday Post

As an important reminder from George, all keyboards belong to the cats. We just borrow them now and again.

Someone needs to explain to me the attraction of cats to keyboards when we’re not using them. I understand why they interfere when we’re paying attention to the keyboard instead of to them, but there seems to be an inexplicable desire to feel the caress of keys under their little fuzzy butts that I just don’t get. On the other hand, George also likes to play video games. He will follow the cursor on the TV and try to catch the leaves in any outdoor scenes. Galen just finished playing Ghost of Tsushima, which was awesome. It also has extremely realistic falling leaves. George was mesmerized!

Current Giveaways:

Return to Learn Giveaway Hop STARTS TUESDAY!!!

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Feline Good Giveaway Hop is Ann
The winner of the Seas the Day Giveaway Hop is Nikki

Blog Recap:

B- Review: The Hero of Hope Springs by Maisey Yates
A Review: Anthems Outside Time by Kenneth Schneyer
A- Review: A Royal Affair by Allison Montclair
B- Review: Queen of the Unwanted by Jenna Glass
A- Review: The Friendship List by Susan Mallery
Stacking the Shelves (403)

Coming This Week:

Search the Dark by Charles Todd (review)
Return to Learn Giveaway Hop
The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows by Olivia Waite (review)
The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis (blog tour review)
The Sin in the Steel by Ryan Van Loan (review)

Stacking the Shelves (403)

Stacking the Shelves

An oldie but a goodie for this first day of August:

Another month ends.
All targets met.
All systems working.
All customers satisfied.
All Staff eagerly enthusiastic.
All pigs fed and ready to fly.

For Review:
The Bright Lands by John Fram
Colonyside (Planetside #3) by Michael Mammay
Fishing for Trouble (Alaskan Diner Mystery #2) by Elizabeth Logan
Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland
The Forgotten Sister by Nicola Cornick
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
The Girl from the Channel Islands by Jenny Lecoat
Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy
The Historians by Cecilia Ekback
My Last Duchess (Wildes of Lindow Castle #0.5) by Eloisa James
‘Nother Sip of Gin (Sinners #7) by Rhys Ford
The Paradise Affair (Carpenter and Quincannon #9) by Bill Pronzini
The Patient by Jasper DeWitt
The Roommate by Rosie Danan
The Tower of Fools (Hussite Trilogy #1) by Andrzej Sapkowski
Truth of the Matter (Potomac Point #2) by Jamie Beck
The Vineyard at Painted Moon by Susan Mallery
We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner (audio)
The Law & the Heart by Kenneth Schneyer
New Girl in Town (Age is Just a Number #1) by Rebel Carter

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-26-20

Sunday Post

I bought A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking for the title. Some books get bought for their covers, but for this one it was definitely the title. The cover is cute but it isn’t all that. But the book, oh, the book was definitely this week’s winner among some very excellent contenders. I just won’t ever be using Wizard Mona’s recipe for gingerbread. Her book, on the other hand, was terrific!

 

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Feline Good Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Seas the Day Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $20 Gift Card from Rhys Ford and Silk Dragon Salsa is Sandy

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Hearts and Stones by Robin D. Owens
Spotlight + Excerpt: The Friendship List by Susan Mallery
B Review: Falling for Mr. Townsbridge by Sophie Barnes
A+ Review: A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher
A Review: Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook by Celia Rees
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Coming This Week:

The Hero of Hope Springs by Maisey Yates (blog tour review)
Anthems Outside Time by Kenneth Schneyer (review)
Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson (review)
A Royal Affair by Allison Montclair (review)
The Friendship List by Susan Mallery (blog tour review)

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Stacking the Shelves

George went in for his ‘snip and chip’ yesterday. He’s fine. He came home and immediately tried to eat ALL the things and destroy ALL the toilet paper. It took hours for him to calm down. But he’s definitely fine.

The stack embiggened again. Embiggen is such a lovely little word, even if it means the size of the virtually towering TBR pile has grown ever larger. Or especially because!

For Review:
The Ancestor by Lee Matthew Goldberg
Behind the Red Door by Megan Collins
The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season by Molly Fader
Breathe the Sky by Michelle Hazen
Everything Here is Under Control by Emily Adrian
The Glass Kingdom by Lawrence Osborne
Hearts and Stones (Celta’s HeartMates) by Robin D. Owens (review)
The House on Vesper Sands by Paraic O’Donnell
How to Catch a Queen (Runaway Royals #1) by Alyssa Cole
If the Boot Fits (Cowboys of California #2) by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Kitty’s Mix-Tape (Kitty Norville #16) by Carrie Vaughn
A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem (Lady’s Guide #1) by Manda Collins
The Less Dead by Denise Mina
Love and Theft by Stan Parish
Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel
Our Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson
The Paper Daughters of Chinatown by Heather B. Moore
Persephone Station by Stina Leicht
The Princess Knight (Scarred Earth #2) by G.A. Aiken
The River Home by Hannah Richell
Voodoo Heart by John Everson
When She Was Good (Cyrus Haven #2) by Michael Robotham

Purchased from Amazon/Audible/Kickstarter:
The Trouble with Hating You by Sajni Patel
The Year of the Cat: A Cat of Disdainful Looks edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith (Kickstarter)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-19-20

Sunday Post

In addition to being Sunday and George having an extreme case of the zoomies, today is also my husband Galen’s birthday. So Happy Birthday to the love of my life!

But speaking of birthdays, or at least of time passing, this new picture of George that shows just  how big he’s getting to be. This one looks like the way that George will look when he’s full grown, but he’s not quite 6 months old yet. Still, the way he’s sprawled is definitely the shape – and size – of things to come. Which is going to be a bit of an ongoing problem for me, as George likes to sit in front of my computer monitor and try to follow the cursor. The bigger he is the more of the screen he will block!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Feline Good Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Seas the Day Giveaway Hop
$20 Gift Card from Rhys Ford and Silk Dragon Salsa

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Star Spangled Giveaway Hop is Wendy

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: Silk Dragon Salsa by Rhys Ford + Excerpt + Giveaway
Feline Good Giveaway Hop
B Review: The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull
Seas the Day Giveaway Hop
A- Review: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
Stacking the Shelves (401)

Coming This Week:

Hearts and Stones by Robin D. Owens (review)
The Friendship List by Susan Mallery (blog tour spotlight + excerpt)
Falling for Mr. Townsbridge by Sophie Barnes (blog tour review)
Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook by Celia Rees (review)
Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

When George gets sleepy, he gets very, very sleepy. Especially if he’s just been having the zoomies. Yes, that’s my foot and No, it’s not moving. I have been officially incapussitated.

It’s a good thing that I have plenty to read, as evidenced by this week’s stack. All of these look like fun, but I’m especially looking forward to The Emperor’s Wolves by Michelle Sagara. It’s a side-story in her Chronicles of Elantra series, and I hope that it answers more than few burning questions. We’ll see. Also, I fully admit that I bought A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking for the title. Because reasons. Hint, it’s definitely NOT a cookbook.

For Review:

Any Rogue Will Do (Misfits of Mayfair #1) by Bethany Bennett
Burning Girls and Other Stories by Veronica Schanoes
East Coast Girls by Kerry Kletter
The Emperor’s Wolves (Wolves of Elantra #1) by Michelle Sagara
The Grove of the Caesars (Flavia Albia #8) by Lindsey Davis
A History of What Comes Next (Take Them to the Stars #1) by Sylvain Neuvel
It Is Wood, It Is Stone by Gabriella Burnham
Murder in Chianti (Tuscan Mystery #1) by Camilla Trinchieri
The Other Side of the Door by Nicci French
The Selah Branch by Ted Neill
Seven Years of Darkness by You-Jeong Jeong
These Women by Ivy Pochoda
A Thousand Moons by Sebastian Barry

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Paladin’s Grace by T. Kingfisher
A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-12-20

Sunday Post

This year will probably take the cake for weird in so many ways. I’m not sure which feels stranger at the moment, that Tax Day is Wednesday, or that it’s July and Tax Day is Wednesday, or that we lost such complete track of the damn thing that we have to file an extension. Time feels totally liminal, that it’s in a place between places, and it’s just not real.

On my other hand, the one instance where time is VERY real is the way that George is growing by leaps and bounds. Literally as he seems to be all legs at the moment. It feels like only yesterday that we brought him home, but he’s scheduled for his ‘snip and chip’ in just a couple of weeks. This is a case where time is actually visibly flying, as he seems to get bigger every day. Unfortunately, Freddie seems to get more roly-poly every day. As soon as George is chipped we’ll need to go back to using the food-training dishes. This will NOT be popular.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Star Spangled Giveaway Hop (ends WEDNESDAY!)

Blog Recap:

B Review: A Cruel Deception by Charles Todd
B Review: Claim of Eon by Anna Hackett
B+ Review: Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson
B- Review: Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson
B+ Review: The Disappearance of Alistair Ainsworth by Leonard Goldberg
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Coming This Week:

Silk Dragon Salsa by Rhys Ford (blog tour review)
Feline Good Giveaway Hop
The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull (blog tour review)
Seas the Day Giveaway Hop
Queen of Storms by Raymond E. Feist (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

Today is the 400th Stacking the Shelves post here at Reading Reality. YAY! The mothership for STS, Team Tynga’s Reviews, passed this milestone a few weeks ago, but I must have scheduled a few Saturdays for something completely different sometime in the wayback.

In  honor of the 400th STS, I have a picture of not one but 3 kitties. Lucifer, as usual, is above it all. Possibly literally as he generally spends the afternoon sleeping on the cat tree almost directly upstairs from where this picture was taken!

For Review:
The Archive of the Forgotten (Hell’s Library #2) by A.J. Hackwith
The Burning God (Poppy War #3) by R.F. Kuang
The Cold Millions by Jess Walter
The Ikessar Falcon (Chronicles of the Bitch Queen #2) by K.S. Villoso
The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan
The Museum of Forgotten Memories by Anstey Harris
The Quisling Factor by J.L. Oakley
A Sweet Mess by Jayci Lee
Tell Me My Name by Erin Ruddy

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
The Relentless Moon (Lady Astronaut #3) by Mary Robinette Kowal (audio/preorder)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-5-20

Sunday Post

To celebrate the end of of this 3-day weekend, here’s a picture of George stretched out very, very long. I have no idea what that thing is in the bottom of the picture. But George has become a very long, skinny drink of water in the last few weeks. Once he grows into his legs and tail he’s going to be a very big boy.

Have you seen the #Hamilfilm this weekend? We saw the play in the theater, in Chicago, but long after the original cast had left – and from slightly obstructed seats. So we’re looking forward to seeing all the parts we missed sometime this weekend. Along with a viewing of one of my favorite movies, 1776. As I was talking with a friend today, I realized that there is a similarity beyond the time period. Both plays, and both movies, rely on the music to tell the story. The sets were minimal, and so was the spoken dialog. It’s the music that moves, and the music that sticks in the mind long after the show is over.

Speaking of things that stick in the mind, this past week The Angel of the Crows really knocked me for a marvelous reading loop. If you like historical fantasy, or urban fantasy, or Sherlock Holmes, or wingfic, or Katherine Addison or Sarah Monette, this book is well and truly awesome. As was The Lost Princess Returns, but Lost Princess is the culmination of a long and deeply involved – and involving – series, while Angel is either an opening number or complete in itself. I sincerely hope it is an opening act, I’d love to see more in this world. And from this author.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Star Spangled Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the June of Books Giveaway Hop is Carl
The winner of the Daddy Shark Giveaway Hop is Jenness
The winner of the Gift Card Giveaway Hop is Molli

Blog Recap:

A Review: The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison
A- Review: Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory
Star Spangled Giveaway Hop
A+ Review: The Lost Princess Returns by Jeffe Kennedy
C Review: The Rakess by Scarlett Peckham
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Coming This Week:

A Cruel Deception by Charles Todd (review)
Witchmark by C.L. Polk (review)
Claim of Eon by Anna Hackett (review)
Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook by Celia Rees (review)
Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

It’s the Fourth of July! And it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! At the SAME TIME! I feel like there ought to be a flag on this list and a 10-yard penalty for rushing the season. I understand why there are Xmas books on Netgalley and Edelweiss now, and I even understand why they all come out in September, but it still feels weird. Very weird.

And for today’s picture of George, this is George after Friday’s visit to the vet for his final set of kitten booster shots. He’s getting to be such a big boy!

For Review:
The Boy Toy by Nicola Marsh
Christmas at Holiday House (Haven Point #12) by RaeAnne Thayne
Claim of Eon (Eon Warriors #6) by Anna Hackett
The Conductors (Murder & Magic #1) by Nicole Glover
Daughters of Darkness (Jennie Redhead #3) by Sally Spencer
The Fair (Time Box #2) by John A. Heldt
First, Become Ashes by K.M. Szpara
The Ghost Tree by Christina Henry
Happily This Christmas (Happily Inc #6) by Susan Mallery
Hollow Empire (Poison Wars #2) by Sam Hawke
In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce
The Last Christmas Cowboy (Gold Valley #11) by Maisey Yates
The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk
The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict
Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee
The Politics of Love by Jen Jensen
Skin Deep (Siobhan O’Brien #1)  by Sung J. Woo
A Solitude of Wolverines (Alex Carter #1) by Alice Henderson
The Stormbringer (Stormbringer #1) by Isabel Cooper
Tools of Engagement (Hot & Hammered #3) by Tessa Bailey

Purchased from Amazon/Audible/Kickstarter:
Found Girl (Project Enterprise #6) by Pauline Baird Jones
Girl Gone Nova (Project Enterprise #2) by Pauline Baird Jones
Kicking Ashe (Project Enterprise #5) by Pauline Baird Jones
Lost Valyr (Project Enterprise #7) by Pauline Baird Jones
Maestra Rising (Project Enterprise #8) by Pauline Baird Jones
Steamrolled (Project Enterprise #4) by Pauline Baird Jones
Tangled in Time (Project Enterprise #3) by Pauline Baird Jones
The Year of the Cat: A Cat of Perfect Taste edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith (Kickstarter)