The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 2-10-19

Sunday Post

In Atlanta we had “Fools’ Spring” this week. The temps went up to the low 80s for a couple of days. Then, of course, they dropped like a rock.

Little Hecate was spayed and microchipped this week, so she’s officially a big girl now – at all of 5 pounds soaking wet. Something that actually happens. Food is to eat, but water is to play with! (Unfortunately, so is iced tea!)

And this week’s schedule went into a blender. I started The Ruin of Kings, and it seems awesome – but it has footnotes. I don’t mind footnotes, but in an ebook they are at the end of the chapter, which is awkward. I got the audio and I’m hoping it will be like the audio of Ready Player One, where the footnotes were read just a bit sotto voce in their proper places in the text. Where they make sense. And I need an audio break from Recluce, not that I’m not loving the series. But they’re long, and I’ve been pretty deeply steeped in the series for months now. Time for a bit of a change.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the February of Books Giveaway Hop
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
Valentine’s Day Giveaway from BookTrib (14 romance novels!)

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Forged in Blood II by Lindsay Buroker
B+ Review: The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff + Giveaway
B+ Review: Oria’s Enchantment by Jeffe Kennedy
A- Guest Review by Amy: Derik’s Bane by MaryJanice Davidson
B Review: Dragon Age Library Edition Volume 2 by Greg Rucka, Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, Carmen Carnero, Fernando Heinz Furukawa
Valentine’s Day Giveaway from BookTrib
Stacking the Shelves (326)

Coming This Week:

The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen (blog tour review)
Duchess by Deception by Marie Force (review)
Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop
Mission: Her Defense by Anna Hackett (review)
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (review)

Stacking the Shelves (326)

Stacking the Shelves

I severely underestimated how long the tail would be for books I saw/heard about/talked to people about at ALA. There are LOTS more in this week’s ginormous stack!

For Review:
Black Wings by Megan Hart
Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
Death in a Darkening Mist (Lane Winslow #2) by Iona Whishaw
A Deceptive Devotion (Lane Winslow #6) by Iona Whishaw
Early Riser by Jasper Fforde
The Good Ones (Happy Ever After #1) by Jenn McKinlay
The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor
The Homecoming by Andrew Pyper
The Huntress by Kate Quinn
It Begins in Betrayal (Lane Winslow #4) by Iona Whishaw
The Killer Collective by Barry Eisler
A Killer in King’s Cove (Lane Winslow #1) by Iona Whishaw
Lady Derring Takes a Lover (Palace of Rogues #1) by Julie Ann Long
The Lost Man by Jane Harper
The Lost Night by Andrea Bartz
Mission: Her Defense (Team 52 #4) by Anna Hackett
Never Tell by Lisa Gardner
The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald
An Old, Cold Grave (Lane Winslow #3) by Iona Whishaw
The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
The One You Fight For (Ones Who Got Away #3) by Roni Loren
A Ring of Truth (Henrietta and Inspector Howard #2) by Michelle Cox
A Sorrowful Sanctuary (Lane Winslow #5) by Iona Whishaw
Stroke of Luck (Sterling’s Montana #1) by B.J. Daniels
An Unconditional Freedom (Loyal League #3) by Alyssa Cole
When You Read This by Mary Adkins

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Fallen Empire Omnibus by Lindsay Buroker (currently FREE!)
Junkyard (Fractured Stars #0.5) by Lindsay Buroker (currently FREE!)
The Ruin of Kings (Chorus of Dragons #1) by Jenn Lyons (audio)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 2-3-19

Sunday Post

First of all, I did a thing. On January 31, 2019 the winners of the SFR Galaxy Awards were announced. We had a terrific fleet of winners this year – as we do every year. I’ve already added stuff to the virtually towering TBR stack. If you like science fiction romance, or action adventure romance, this year’s winners will be a real treat. And if you’re new to the genre or just want to see what all the fun is about, the list of ALL the award winners, from this year and previous years, should provide you with plenty of places to start. (Full disclosure, I’m one of the judges).

Second thing, as in previous years, I have been appointed to one of the American Library Association committees that produces a “best books of the year” list. This year it’s The Reading List, which judges genre fiction in the categories of Adrenaline, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction and Women’s Fiction. Almost all of the categories are my jam to one degree or another, so I’m really looking forward to this year’s selections. Which will never be highlighted on any of my Stacking the Shelves posts or in my reviews – but they will be there.

Third, speaking of ALA, I just got back from the Midwinter Conference. The committee I served on this past year, the Carnegie Medals, announced the winners at this year’s conference.

And I picked up what would be an actual metric buttload of books at the conference – if I got print ARCs instead of eARCs. That list is in yesterday’s Stacking the Shelves.

It’s great to be home. The cats really missed us – to the point where they seem to be clinging to us all night and underfoot all day – at least when they’re not cat napping!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the February of Books Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Hats Off! Giveaway Hop is Cassandra D.

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Target of One’s Own by M.L. Buchman
B Review: Connections in Death by J.D. Robb
A- Review: Cast in Oblivion by Michelle Sagara
A- Review: Forged in Blood I by Lindsay Buroker
February of Books Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (325)

Coming This Week:

Forged in Blood II by Lindsay Buroker (review)
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff (blog tour review)
Duchess by Deception by Marie Force (review)
The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons (review)
Oria’s Enchantment by Jeffe Kennedy (review)

Stacking the Shelves (325)

Stacking the Shelves

This is the post-ALA “OMG what have I done” stack. OMG it’s a lot.

Before anyone starts thinking about book hoarding and/or taking ARCs that should be reserved for librarians who are still working in libraries, all of these were eARCs. A few were for books that popped up on NetGalley or Edelweiss after I closed out last week’s Stacking the Shelves in order to go to the conference, but most are books I saw or heard about at the conference that looked and/or sounded like good reads for me. The proof of that will be in the reading, of course.

And for anyone wondering when on Earth I’ll get around to all these books, the answer is that I probably won’t. In the end, for very long definitions of end, I ultimately review about half of what I get, which is one of the reasons I get eARCs. I read about 250 books a year. Some things I try and they just fail me – or I’m just not feeling it at the time and forget to go back. Or life happens. Doesn’t it happen to everyone?

So many books, so little time!

For Review:
Aftershocks (Palladium Wars #1) by Marko Kloos
Aloha Rodeo by David Wolman and Julian Smith
American Moonshot by Douglas Brinkley
American Pop by Snowden Wright
Anything But a Duke (Duke’s Den #2) by Christy Carlyle
The Binding by Bridget Collins
The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson
Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Dark Star #1) by Marlon James
The Bride Test (Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen Hoang
Cowboy to the Core (Gold Valley #6) by Maisey Yates
Dangerous Waters (First Responders #7) by Radclyffe
The Deepest Blue (Tales of Renthia #1) by Sarah Beth Durst
Glory Road by Lauren K. Denton
It Never Goes Away by Anne L. Koch
No Ordinary Texas Billionaire (Devil’s Rock at Whiskey River #3) by Eve Gaddy
Ransom (Benson Security #4) by Janet E. Henderson
Sentinel of Darkness (Darkness #8) by Katie Reus
Slow Ride (Road to Love #2) by Lori Foster
Spindle’s End by Jessica Marting
The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung
This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter
Today We Go Home by Kelli Estes
Traitor’s Codex (Crispin Guest #11) by Jeri Westerson
Where Oblivion Lives (Los Nefilim #1) by T. Frohock

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay
How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin
Minimum Wage Magic (DFZ #1) by Rachel Aaron
Oria’s Enchantment (Sorcerous Moons #5) by Jeffe Kennedy
River of Stars (Under Heaven #2) by Guy Gavriel Kay
Star Crossed: 7 Novels of Space Exploration, Alien Races, Adventure, and Romance by Christine Pope, C. Gockel, Carol Van Natta, Lindsay Buroker, Greta van der Rol, Alexis Glynn Latner, Pauline Baird Jones
Under Heaven (Under Heaven #1) by Guy Gavriel Kay
White Fragility by Robin J. DiAngelo

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-27-19

Sunday Post

I’m writing this very far ahead, as when you read it I’ll be in Seattle for the American Library Association Midwinter Conference. Where it will probably be gray, gloomy and a bit rainy, but hopefully not snowy. Or so my memories of living in Seattle tell me. But “climate is what you expect, weather is what you get” so we’ll see what really happens.

But that means that my attempt to predict what I will post the week of 1/28 probably counts as attempting to see into a crystal ball – or read tea leaves. At least at home I actually HAVE tea leaves, but that doesn’t mean my powers of prognostication are all that good. Divination is generally bunk – but we’ll see just how good I am at predicting my own behavior in the weeks to come.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Hats Off Giveaway Hop (ends THURSDAY!)

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Jeepers! Its January Giveaway Hop is Monique S.

Blog Recap:

A Review: The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
B Review: The Show by John A. Heldt
A Review: Endgames by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
A+ Guest Review by Amy: Perennial: A Garden Romance by Mary Anne Mohanraj
Spotlight + Excerpt: The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
Stacking the Shelves (324)

Coming This Week:

Target of One’s Own by M.L. Buchman (review)
Connections in Death by J.D. Robb (review)
Cast in Oblivion by Michelle Sagara (review)
Forged in Blood I by Lindsay Buroker (review)
February of Books Giveaway Hop

Stacking the Shelves (324)

Stacking the Shelves

As you read this, I am at the ALA Midwinter Conference, desperately trying not to pick up “all the things” – as in all the books I see pretty much everywhere. Even though I resist the impulse to grab print ARCS as much as I can, I can usually talk the publishers into sending me a NetGalley or Edelweiss widget. And I always leave with a LONG list of books I want to read!

In the meantime, here’s what I picked up BEFORE we left.

For Review:
The Darwin Affair by Tim Mason
Milady by Laura L. Sullivan
Radicalized by Cory Doctorow
Shadowblade by Anna Kashina

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Time’s Children by D.B. Jackson (audio)

Free from the publisher:
The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander (Tor.com eBook Club)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-20-19

Sunday Post

This was an excellent week in a way that very few weeks manage to live up to. All Grade A Reviews – including Amy’s guest review of one of my all-time favorite SFR authors/books. If you like space opera-type SF with a touch of romance, you absolutely cannot go wrong with Linnea Sinclair – not ever. I just wish there were more!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Jeepers! It’s January Giveaway Hop (ends TUESDAY!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Hats Off Giveaway Hop
$20 Amazon Gift Card from Jeffe Kennedy

Winner Announcements:

The winner of The Best of Us by Robyn Carr is L Lam
The winner of the $10 Gift Card or Book in the 3…2…1 Giveaway Hop is Joanna P.

Blog Recap:

A Review: The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards
A+ Guest Review by Amy: Finders Keepers by Linnea Sinclair
Hats Off Giveaway Hop
A- Review: Warrior of the World by Jeffe Kennedy + Giveaway
A+ Review: Medusa Uploaded by Emily Devenport
Stacking the Shelves (323)

Coming This Week:

Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty (review)
The Show by John A. Heldt (review)
Target of One’s Own by M.L. Buchman (review)
Perennial: A Garden Romance by Mary Anne Mohanraj (guest review by Amy)
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff (guest post/excerpt)

Stacking the Shelves (323)

Stacking the Shelves

It didn’t feel like I was picking much up this week – at least not until Macmillan dumped their latest into Edelweiss. As they include Tor Books, that usually fills up my list quite nicely!

I’m trying to be a bit better about not grabbing so much when I know I won’t get to them all. I don’t feel as guilty because they are all eARCs, but it does make my to-do list look like “dreaming the impossible dream”. But the covers always look so tempting!

For Review:
Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone
Gideon the Ninth (The Ninth House #1) by Tamsyn Muir
The Last Tsar’s Dragons by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple
Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
Medusa in the Graveyard (Medusa Cycle #2) by Emily Devenport
Target of One’s Own (Night Stalkers 5E #4) by M.L. Buchman
Triple Jeopardy (Daniel Pitt #2) by Anne Perry
The Women of the Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-13-19

Sunday Post

It already feels as if this coming week’s schedule has been tossed in a blender multiple times – and the week hasn’t even started yet. Some of that’s good. Amy sent me a guest review just in time for a day when I have a review due to Library Journal. (Speaking of Library Journal, I was named one of their Reviewers of the Year for 2018 and I am SO CHUFFED! Also extremely grateful to both of my LJ editors! (Apologies if the article is behind a paywall))

The blog hop I thought I was participating in this week isn’t happening after all, but I found a different one that is. ALA Midwinter Conference is next week and I’m already scrambling to get stuff together so that I’m not attempting to write posts in a place where I know I won’t have time to write posts. (Amy, thank goodness, gave me a second guest review to put up while I’m out. YAY!)

I’m getting my laugh for the day as I write this. The kickplate on our front door is reflective, enough so that the local birds see themselves in the reflection and come down to peck at the door. Freddie-cat is sitting by the front door, watching the birds. It’s clear that he is desirous of going out to play with the birds and scared to death of the birds at the same time! Poor, confused cat.

Current Giveaways:

The Best of Us by Robyn Carr
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the 3…2…1 Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Jeepers! It’s January Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

B Review: The Best of Us by Robyn Carr + Giveaway
Jeepers! It’s January Giveaway Hop
A- Review: Touch of Eon by Anna Hackett
B+ Review: Death Shall Come by Simon R. Green
B- Review: Untouchable by Jayne Ann Krentz
Stacking the Shelves (322)

Coming This Week:

The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards (review)
Medusa Uploaded by Emily Devenport
Hats Off Giveaway Hop
Warrior of the World by Jeffe Kennedy (blog tour review)
Finders Keepers by Linnea Sinclair (guest review by Amy)

Stacking the Shelves (322)

Stacking the Shelves

It does look like things are picking back up, doesn’t it? And I still have two books that aren’t on the list because they don’t have covers yet. On the other hand, one of those listed here (Susan Wiggs’ Oysterville Sewing Circle) won’t be published until August and it DOES have a cover.

No one ever said that the publishing industry makes sense. Actually, there are plenty of people like Kristine Kathryn Rusch who have provided ample evidence that the traditional publishing industry doesn’t make sense!

For Review:
Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys
Fire Season (Eric Carter #4) by Stephen Blackmoore
If This Goes On edited by Cat Rambo
The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs
Phoenix Falling (Wildlands #5) by Laura Bickle
The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh (Cavanaughs #2) by Stephanie Laurens
A Touch of Forever (Cowboys of Colorado #3) by Jo Goodman

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
The Last Sun (Tarot Sequence #1) by K.D. Edwards
Medusa Uploaded (Medusa Cycle #1) by Emily Devenport