The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-27-22

I hope you had a wonderful Turkey Day, where the bird was moist, the sides were tasty, and the company was excellent. We had turkey by ourselves on THE DAY, and chili with friends on Saturday – so an excellent holiday weekend at Chez Reading Reality.

I also hope that you had an opportunity – or two or three – to visit ALL the stops on the Thankful for Books Giveaway Hop and enter as many times as allowed! I’m always thankful for books and reading – and laughing a bit that one of the gamification badges in this season’s Kindle Challenge is to “READ INSTEAD” of shopping this Black Friday weekend.

And here’s a picture of Miss Hecate. I should say she’s sleeping off HER turkey coma, but this is a picture of her regularly scheduled afternoon nap in Galen’s office. Hecate naps in Galen’s office while Luna naps in mine. Everybody has their own spot and that’s just the way they like it!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Thankful for Books Giveaway Hop (ENDS TOMORROW!!!!!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop (ENDS TUESDAY!!!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the In All Things Give Thanks Giveaway Hop (ENDS WEDNESDAY!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Fall 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

Thankful for Books Giveaway Hop 2022
B+ Review: Mr. Clarke’s Deepest Desire by Sophie Barnes
A- Review: Ship Wrecked by Olivia Dade
Thanksgiving 2022 (Guest post by Galen! – with Luna pictures!)
A Review: The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle by Jennifer Ryan
Stacking the Shelves (524)

Coming This Week:

The Three Dahlias by Katy Watson
The Twist of a Knife by Anthony Horowitz (review)
Partners in Crime by Alisha Rai (review)
A Wish for Winter by Viola Shipman (review)
Holly Jolly Giveaway Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-20-22

This is Thanksgiving Week. OMG how time flies when you’re having whatever the hell this year has been.

The annual Thankful for Books Giveaway Hop, hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer and yours truly, starts tomorrow! YAY! (Insert Kermit Flail here!)

Not to literally insert a Kermit Flail, although it does fit with my mood about the whole thing. Thanksgiving seriously snuck up on me this year.

Instead, I’ll insert a picture of the Lovely Luna in one of her favorite poses and places, making her adorable upside-down-kitty-face from between Galen’s legs while on top of the cushy blanket.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the In All Things Give Thanks Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Fall 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Thanks a Latte Giveaway Hop is Wendy

Blog Recap:

Spotlight: Under a Veiled Moon by Karen Odden + Excerpt
A+ Review: Cold Fear by Brandon Webb and John David Mann
In All Things Give Thanks Giveaway Hop
A- Review: The Girl with the Emerald Flag by Kathleen McGurl
A+ Review: Death on a Winter Stroll by Francine Mathews
Stacking the Shelves (523)

Coming This Week:

Thankful for Books Giveaway Hop
Mr. Clarke’s Deepest Desire by Sophie Barnes (blog tour review)
Ship Wrecked by Olivia Dade (review)
Thanksgiving 2022 (guest post by Galen!)
The Art of Prophecy by Wesley Chu (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-13-22

Everyone needs their own Spot, at least according to a print by Mary Engelbreit. Here’s George in the George spot at the end of the couch:

Sadly, this used to be the Freddie spot until Freddie went to the Rainbow Bridge. Occasionally, now it’s the Tuna spot, which sometimes ends in it being the spot where an epic battle takes place between George and Tuna over who gets possession of the spot. But it’s a very cozy spot, and I often end up reading on the couch with George in his spot near my feet. (Little does he know that I’m usually hiding my slippers under that blanket to keep him from chewing on them!)

Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Thanks a Latte Giveaway Hop (ENDS TUESDAY!!!)
$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Fall 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: When the Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha Lamb
Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop
B+ Review: A Matter of Happiness by Tori Whitaker
A- Review: Conqueror by Anna Hackett
Veterans Day 2022
Stacking the Shelves (522)

Coming This Week:

Under a Veiled Moon by Karen Odden (blog tour spotlight + excerpt)
Cold Fear by Brandon Webb and John David Mann (review)
In All Things Give Thanks Giveaway Hop
The Girl with the Emerald Flag by Kathleen McGurl (blog tour review)
Death on a Winter Stroll by Francine Mathews (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-6-22

Galen has been away most of this week (he’s back now) which leaves me alone to tend to FIVE very demanding felines. Tuna is on overwatch every single time I prepare their food. This is literal, as his head is at my waist when he stands at the table next to me watching every step and scoop. It’s a bit daunting.

I swear I saw him acting as Lucifer’s food tester the other night as well. Not that Tuna scarfed the old boy’s food. That he watched me put it down, took a sniff and one nibble, then moved out of the way for our Elder Statescat to get his due. It’s adorable and disconcerting at the same time.

And I looked down to THIS the other day while I was peacefully working at my desk. (Tuna on the left, Luna on the right with her white feets.) Aren’t they adorable? And don’t you wonder what they’re really up to? I certainly did!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Thanks a Latte Giveaway Hop
$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Fall 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Lute by Jennifer Thorne
Thanks a Latte Giveaway Hop
A- Review: Mission: Uncovered by Anna Hackett
A+ Review: Steel Fear by Brandon Webb and John David Mann
B Review: The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen
Stacking the Shelves (521)

Coming This Week:

When the Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha Lamb (audiobook review)
Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop
A Matter of Happiness by Tori Whitaker (blog tour review)
Conqueror by Anna Hackett (review)
Veteran’s Day 2022 (post by Galen)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-30-22

As I’m typing this, it seems to be an “out of sorts” kind of day. I’m not quite sure why. I certainly had plenty of good books this week!

But even George seems a bit out of sorts. Here’s a picture of George making what we call his “George face” – not that his face isn’t always a George face, but he likes to prop his chin on the back of the couch from his “George spot” and just watch the proceedings – even if not much is going on at the time. George is basically just “Georging”.

Current Giveaways:

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

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Breast Cancer Awareness Giveaway Hop is Angela
The winner of the Howloween Giveaway Hop is Clem

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: Lavender House by Lev AC Rosen
A Review: Skibird by M.L. Buchman
A- Review: Into the Windwracked Wilds by A. Deborah Baker
A+ Review: The Bruising of Qilwa by Naseem Jamnia
A+ Review: Braking Day by Adam Oyebanji
Stacking the Shelves (520)

Coming This Week:

Lute by Jennifer Marie Thorne (review)
Thanks a Latte Giveaway Hop
Mission: Uncovered by Anna Hackett (review)
Steel Fear by Brandon Webb and John David Mann (review)
The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-23-22

I’m doing this a couple of days ahead because we’re planning to get our COVID boosters this weekend. It could be a piece of cake. The first shot was a piece of cake. One nap later and I felt fine. The first and second boosters – not so much. So we’ll see. It may be a napping weekend in preparation for whatever happens this week.

The cats will be watching over us, whatever we do – or don’t do. Tuna in particular seems to believe we need supervision for EVERYTHING!

Current Giveaways:

5 Audio copies of Riverside
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Howloween Giveaway Hop (ENDS TUESDAY!!!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Breast Cancer Awareness Giveaway Hop (ENDS WEDNESDAY!!!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Fall 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop is DeAnna

Blog Recap:

B- Review: Uncanny Times by Laura Anne Gilman
B Review: Riverside by Glenda Young and Ian Skillicorn + Giveaway
A+ Review: The Mountain in the Sea by Ray Naylor
B+ Review: Can’t Spell Treason Without Tea by Rebecca Thorne
A Review: Pets in Space 7 by S.E. Smith, R.J. Blain, Grace Goodwin, Skye MacKinnon, Carol Van Natta, Honey Phillips, Carysa Locke, S.J. Pajonas, JC Hay, Kyndra Hatch
Stacking the Shelves (519)

Coming This Week:

The Bruising of Qilwa by Naseem Jamnia (review)
Braking Day by Adam Oyebanji (review)
Into the Windwracked Wilds by A. Deborah Baker (review)
Skibird by M.L. Buchman (review)
Lavender House by Lev AC Rosen (audiobook review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-16-22

Why they ended up in this position for a mutual grooming session, I have no clue. Nevertheless, here are Luna and Tuna stretched out across the floor together in a mutual grooming session. I think they wanted to show off just how long they both are. Tuna is just so big that it’s not often obvious that Luna isn’t exactly a small cat herself.

(Luna’s on the right. She the one with the white feets.)

But speaking of pets and books, or at least winding my way around to that, the 7th annual Pets in Space anthology came out earlier this month. If you like to see your other worlds populated with fascinating companion animals, often helping their humans find their happy ever after (so the animals have more hands to scritch them!) this collection is always a treat. I can’t wait to review it this week!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop (ENDS TOMORROW!!!!!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Howloween Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Breast Cancer Awareness Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Fall 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

Breast Cancer Awareness Giveaway Hop
A+ Review: Under a Veiled Moon by Karen Odden
B Review: An Indiscreet Princess by Georgie Blalock
B- Review: Extra Witchy by Ann Aguirre
B Review: Dead Man’s Hand by James J. Butcher
Stacking the Shelves (518)

Coming This Week:

Uncanny Times by Laura Anne Gilman (review)
Riverside by Glenda Young and Ian Skillicorn (audiobook tour review)
The Mountain in the Sea by Ray Naylor (audiobook review)
Can’t Spell Treason Without Tea by Rebecca Thorne (review)
Pets in Space 7 by S.E. Smith, R.J. Blain, Grace Goodwin, Skye MacKinnon, Carol Van Natta, Honey Phillips, Carysa Locke, S.J. Pajonas, JC Hay, Kyndra Hatch (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-9-22

Have you ever seen the full Purrrrina Cat Chonk Chart? I specifically mean the full one because often only the bigger half of the chart gets displayed. Lucifer has never hit even the middle of that chart.

But at least, based on his most recent vet visit, he’s finally moved up from “Chonk Zero” to “Lean and Mean” – not that he’s ever mean in spite of the look on his face at the vet’s this weekend.

But this picture does make it a bit clearer why the boy is named for a demon. Someone is not best pleased in this picture. The good news at the vet was that he’s stopped disappearing. This time last year he only weighed 8 pounds but his bone structure would happily support a much bigger cat. The less good news was that Mr. Senior Cat there has some arthritis in his back hips and legs. Poor baby! I do feel for him – sometimes literally. At 10-ish years old, Lucifer is definitely the Elder Statescat of the household and he never lets us forget it!

For anyone wondering about how the rest of the clowder stack up on the cat chonk chart, George is a Fine Boi, Luna is a Fine Girl, and the still-feuding Hecate and Tuna are both Heckin’ Chonks.

 

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Howloween Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Fall 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop
Howloween Giveaway Hop
B Review: The Belle of Belgrave Square by Mimi Matthews + Giveaway
A- Review: A Fox in the Fold by Candace Robb
A- Review: Station Eternity by Mur Lafferty
Stacking the Shelves (517)

Coming This Week:

Breast Cancer Awareness Giveaway Hop
Under a Veiled Moon by Karen Odden (review)
An Indiscreet Princess by Georgie Blaylock (review)
Extra Witchy by Ann Aguirre (review)
Dead Man’s Hand by James J. Butcher (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-2-22

I changed things around a bit from last week. Partly because Travel by Bullet was calling my name, and partly because Sweep of Stars turned out to be a bit longer than I was expecting and it threw my reading plans off a bit. It’s not that the page count was incorrect (I have a print copy and checked) it’s that the print is rather small and the kindle loc count reflects a book that should be at least 100 pages longer and I just wasn’t prepared for that this week.

C’est la vie.

Returning to other parts of my vie (life) I have an adorable picture of a sleepy Luna to share. She likes to cuddle up to my legs while I’m reading – as cats do. She also adores the cushy blanket she’s nesting in. All the cats love the cushy blankie but she seems to get possession of it more than most.

Current Giveaways:

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

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Fabulous Fall Giveaway Hop is Maria G.
The winner of the Falling into Leaves Giveaway Hop is Wendy J.

Blog Recap:

B Review: Marple: Twelve New Mysteries by Agatha Christie et al.
B Review: A Death in Door County by Annelise Ryan
B Review: In the Shadow of a Queen by Heather B. Moore
A Review: Travel by Bullet by John Scalzi
A+ Review: The Monsters we Defy by Leslye Penelope
Stacking the Shelves (516)

Coming This Week:

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop
Howloween Giveaway Hop
The Belle of Belgrave Square by Mimi Matthews (blog tour review)
A Fox in the Fold by Candace Robb (review)
Station Eternity by Mur Lafferty (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-25-22

It seems fitting that the Fabulous Fall Giveaway Hop ends tonight, on this first fabulous fall weekend. It’s beautiful here in Atlanta, and the temperature has finally dropped down from OMG IT’S HOT to just lovely. It’ll be long-sleeve weather soon!

Speaking of lovely things, here’s a particularly good picture of the lovely Luna, the Princess of Quite A Lot auditioning for the position of Queen of All She Surveys. Hecate is still off grumping in the kitchen window seat and refusing to compete.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or Book in the Fabulous Fall Giveaway Hop (ENDS TONIGHT!!!!!!!!)
$10 Gift Card or Book in the Falling into Leaves Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or Book in Fall 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Summer 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop is Jo

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco
B+ Review: Hades: Sentinel Security #2 by Anna Hackett
B Review: Drunk on Love by Jasmine Guillory
Fall 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop
A- Review: Sweetwater and the Witch by Jayne Castle
Stacking the Shelves (515)

Coming This Week:

Marple: Twelve New Mysteries by Agatha Christie et al (review)
A Death in Door County by Annelise Ryan (review)
In the Shadow of a Queen by Heather B. Moore (blog tour review)
Sweep of Stars by Maurice Broaddus (review)
The Monsters We Defy by Leslye Penelope (audiobook review)