The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-25-21

This seems to have been an A- kind of week, whatever that might mean, in spite of dealing with cars that were complaining that their tires just weren’t right. All fixed now but annoying while it’s going on. As car things often are.

Today’s cat picture is George, because he’s just so photogenic when he’s not being a clown. Like all cats, he likes to be in the sunshine getting his solar batteries recharged. Not that George’s batteries ever seem to lose their charge. After all, he’s just barely out of kittenhood! But there he is, in all of his orange striped tabby glory, being striped in the opposite direction by the sun shining through the blinds in Galen’s office.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Sip Sip Hooray Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

B Review: The Past is Red by Catherynne M. Valente
A- Review: The Knight’s Tale by M.J. Trow
B+ Review: Into the Thinnest of Air by Simon R. Green
A- Review: The Tangleroot Palace by Marjorie M. Liu
A- Review: One Day All This Will Be Yours by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Stacking the Shelves (454)

Coming This Week:

The House of Always by Jenn Lyons (audio review)
Radar Girls by Sara Ackerman (blog tour review)
Pirate’s Promise by Lisa Kessler (review)
Hacking Mr. CEO by Anna Hackett (review)
Hold Fast Through the Fire by K.B. Wagers (review)

 

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-18-21

Today’s picture is of a later session in last week’s boy cat convention. They seem to have resumed deliberation when the sun came out. I know the sunshine surrounding them makes them look like little angels, but I do believe they were planning a bit of deviltry during this discussion. Or at least the destruction of as many toilet paper rolls as they could get their paws on!

And again, the session broke up when I tried to get in closer. I’m obviously NOT supposed to hear whatever Freddie and Lucifer are whispering in each other’s ears!

I’ve pretty much arranged things so that I have all short books this week. I have two “secret” books that I have to finish and write reviews of, so I’m kind of squished. I am eternally grateful to Tordotcom because there are weeks – like this one – where I don’t know what I’d do without their marvelous novellas.

So many books, so little time!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Sip Sip Hooray Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Sparkle Time Giveaway Hop is Breanna

Blog Recap:

B Review: Shadows Have Offended by Cassandra Rose Clarke
B+ Review: The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix
A- Review: While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory
A- Review: Questland by Carrie Vaughn
Sip Sip Hooray Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (453)

Coming This Week:

The Past is Red by Catherynne M. Valente (review)
The Knight’s Tale by M.J. Trow (review)
Into the Thinnest of Air by Simon R. Green (review)
The Tangleroot Palace by Marjorie Liu (review)
Radar Girls by Sara Ackerman (blog tour review)

Please link your Virtual Nightstand post in the linky below:


The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-11-21

I think I started five different books before I finally got stuck into Shadows Have Offended. I’ve been looking for comfort reads, and re-reading a LOT of fanfiction, so I finally just gave in and picked up some of the licensed variety – as that’s what media tie-in novels feel like to me. YMMV. Also, between playing Mass Effect: Andromeda and loving both Project Hail Mary and A Psalm for the Wild-Built last week, I’m still in an SFnal kind of mood.

This week’s cat picture looks like all the boy cats decided to have a convention in the front hallway – or at least a terribly serious meeting about something. And probably something that the humans in the house should worry about. A lot. (Sorry the picture is small. When I tried to get closer, the convention broke up. I guess they really didn’t want me to learn what they were plotting!)

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Sparkle Time Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

(Not Exactly the) Fourth of July
B Review: Books Promiscuously Read by Heather Cass White
A- Review: A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
A Review: M, King’s Bodyguard by Niall Leonard
A+ Review: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Stacking the Shelves (452)

Coming This Week:

Shadows Have Offended by Cassandra Rose Clarke (review)
The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix (blog tour review)
While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory (review)
Band of Sisters by Lauren Willig (review)
Sip Sip Hooray Giveaway Hop

Please link your Virtual Nightstand post in the linky below:


The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-4-21

Today is the actual Fourth of July, so Happy Independence Day to everyone in the U.S.

It’s also a three-day weekend this year (AND NEXT YEAR!), which means an extra long weekend of reading – or whatever floats your boat. Come to think of it, one could read while floating on that boat! I’m in the middle of four big epic fantasy books, and should manage to finish at least ONE this weekend. We’ll see.

Last week, I had a request to turn What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand into a meme with a link up, so the link up is at the bottom. My books are mostly ebooks, hence the “Mostly Virtual” in the title. If yours are too, feel free to link up here as well as to Caffeinated Reviewer’s Sunday Post. The more we link, the more we books we can add to our towering TBR piles!

Last but not least – definitely not least as Freddie and George are our two biggest cats – here’s this week’s cat picture. Freddie likes to climb. George actually doesn’t, which is kind of a surprise as he certainly has the legs for it. But here we have Freddie, as usual posing as the Prince of Quite A Lot, looking down upon George, posing as his lonely, downtrodden minion.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Sparkle Time Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Dad-O-Mite Giveaway Hop is Aaron R.

Blog Recap:

A- Review: The Return of the Sorceress by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
B Review: Murphy’s Slaw by Elizabeth Logan
B Review: Lady Sunshine by Amy Mason Doan
Sparkle Time Giveaway Hop
A- Review: An Irish Hostage by Charles Todd
Stacking the Shelves (451)

Coming This Week:

Books Promiscuously Read by Heather Cass White (review)
A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers (review)
Cast in Conflict by Michelle Sagara (review)
M. King’s Bodyguard by Niall Leonard (review)

Please link your Virtual Nightstand post in the linky below:


The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-27-21

It’s going to be a lazy Sunday here at Chez Reading Reality, because certain humans were up much too late last night playing Mass Effect Andromeda again. Here’s a picture of sleepy Hecate snoozing in the sun and a very sneaky George photobombing her close up. I’ve just realized that George looks an awful lot like the cover picture of the cat Eggs Benedict in the Alaskan Diner series, so he’s even appropriate for this coming week’s books!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or Book in the Dad-O-Mite Giveaway Hop (ENDS WEDNESDAY!!!)

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison
B+ Review: The Abduction of Pretty Penny by Leonard Goldberg
A- Review: Blackmailing Mr. Bossman by Anna Hackett
A+ Review: White Top by M.L. Buchman
B Review: Someone to Cherish by Mary Balogh
Stacking the Shelves (450)

Coming This Week:

Murphy’s Slaw by Elizabeth Logan (review)
The Return of the Sorceress by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (review)
Lady Sunshine by Amy Mason Doan (blog tour review)
Sparkle Time Giveaway Hop
Cast in Conflict by Michelle Sagara (review)

Bloggiesta Recap

Murphy’s Law being what it generally is, more stuff happened over Bloggiesta weekend than was originally planned. Which means that I didn’t participate in the Bloggiesta events as much as I would have liked.

There will be another Bloggiesta September 28-30, and I hope to participate in the actual festival next time.

But that doesn’t mean that we (Galen and I) didn’t get anything crossed off the Reading Reality Bloggiesta to-do list.

  • Finalize the plans for my Blogo-birthday celebration April 4-5!!!!!!
  • Fix up my blog’s Facebook page
  • Update my review policy page
  • Add an advertising policy page
  • Check out triberr
  • Create a page for collecting my challenge progress
  • Add Networked Blogs back to my sidebar
  • Check out Mister Linky for WordPress (should the Virtual Nightstand be a meme?)
  • Write an advertisement for an associate reviewer

Accomplishments were definitely made!

Next Sunday, the Virtual Nightstand will have a few more details about the meme. It’s there and it works, but the concept could probably use a few more details.

Networked Blogs is working, as well as Linky Followers. Follow me through one or the other (or both!) and I’ll follow you.

Triberr turned out to be an idea for…not yet. It’s an interesting concept, but the idea of auto-approving tweets from my tribe, or having to curate the tweets, not now. Maybe by the next Bloggiesta.

And oh yes, my Blogo-Birthday Celebration! Everything is set! We’re going to have a party! A two-day party for a two-day event. April 4 I will be giving away a $15 Amazon GC and a copy of Heather Massey’s new clockpunk erotic novel The Watchmaker’s Lady to celebrate the Blogoversary of Reading Reality.

And on April 5, I’ll be giving away a $20 Amazon GC and a copy of one of my favorite science fiction romances of 2011, Queenie’s Brigade, in celebration of my own birthday.

Everyone’s invited. Here’s your invitation to the party!