Something To Look Forward To – Week of January 21st, 2019

January 21, 2019 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult, and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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Week of January 21st, 2019

Imprison the Sky (The Elementae #2) by A.C. Gaughen [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Bloomsbury YA

The Cold Is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Ship of Smoke and Steel (The Wells of Sorcery #1) by Django Wexler [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Tor Teen

Song of the Dead (Reign of the Fallen #2) by Sarah Glenn Marsh [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Razorbill

Someday We Will Fly by Rachel DeWoskin [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Viking Books for Young Readers

The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious #2) by Maureen Johnson [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books

The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Swoon Reads

All Is Fair by Dee Garretson [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Swoon Reads

Be the Girl by K.A. Tucker [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 21st 2019 by K.A. Tucker

The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Golden State by Ben H. Winters [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Mulholland Books

Miraculum by Steph Post [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Polis Books

A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery (The Risen Kingdoms #2) by Curtis Craddock [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Tor Books

The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Orbit

Vultures (Miriam Black #6) by Chuck Wendig [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Saga Press

The Woman Inside by E.G. Scott [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Dutton

Restoration Heights by Wil Medearis [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Hanover Square Press

The Suspect by Fiona Barton [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Berkley Books

Crucible (Sigma Force #14) by James Rollins [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by William Morrow

The Conspiracy (Maximum Security #1) by Kat Martin [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Hqn

Rupture: A Thriller (Dark Iceland #4) by Ragnar Jónasson [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Minotaur Books

The Rule of Law (Dismas Hardy #18) by John Lescroart [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Atria Books

A Grave Peril (Bodies of Evidence #3) by Wendy Roberts [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 21st 2019 by Carina Press

The Eulogist: A Novel by Terry Gamble [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by William Morrow

The Weight of a Piano by Chris Cander [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group

Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Ballantine Books

The Inbetween Days by Eva Woods [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Graydon House

Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay #7) by Jill Shalvis [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Avon

Holy Lands by Amanda Sthers [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing

Talent by Juliet Lapidos [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Little, Brown and Company

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Hachette Books

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Waiting on Wednesday – Never Look Back: A Novel by Alison Gaylin

January 16, 2019 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 7 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Never Look Back: A Novel by Alison GaylinNever Look Back by Alison Gaylin
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on July 2, 2019
Pages: 384
Genres: Mystery
Format: Paperback
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Reminiscent of the bestsellers of Laura Lippman and Harlan Coben—with a Serial-esque podcast twist—an absorbing, addictive tale of psychological suspense from the author of the highly acclaimed and Edgar Award-nominated What Remains of Me and the USA Today bestselling and Shamus Award-winning Brenna Spector series.

When website columnist Robin Diamond is contacted by true crime podcast producer Quentin Garrison, she assumes it's a business matter. It's not. Quentin's podcast, Closure, focuses on a series of murders in the 1970s, committed by teen couple April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy. It seems that Quentin has reason to believe Robin's own mother may be intimately connected with the killings.

Robin thinks Quentin’s claim is absolutely absurd. But is it? The more she researches the Cooper/LeRoy murders herself, the more disturbed she becomes by what she finds. Living just a few blocks from her, Robin’s beloved parents are the one absolute she’s always been able to rely upon, especially now amid rising doubts about her husband and frequent threats from internet trolls. She knows her mother better than anyone—or so she believes. But all that changes when, in an apparent home invasion, Robin's father is killed and her mother's life hangs in the balance.

Told through the eyes of Robin, podcaster Quentin, and a series of letters written by fifteen-year-old April Cooper at the time of the killings, Never Look Back asks the question:

How well do we really know our parents, our partners—and ourselves?

About Alison Gaylin

USA Today and International Best-selling author Alison Gaylin has been nominated for the Edgar three times. (Most recently, WHAT REMAINS OF ME was nominated in the best novel category.)

Her critically acclaimed suspense novels have been published in such countries as the U.K., France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Japan and Romania.

She has won the Shamus and RT Reviewers Choice Awards for her books, and has been nominated for the ITW Thriller, Anthony and Strand Book Awards. Her books have been on the bestseller lists in the US, Germany and Belgium.  IF I DIE TONIGHT (out March, 2018 from William Morrow) is her tenth book.

NORMANDY GOLD, the graphic novel she wrote with Megan Abbott, is out from Titan/Hard Case Crime in April, 2018.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Best New Authors Read in 2018

January 14, 2019 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 13 Comments

Going over the end of year book results is always a ton of fun to look back and remember all those books I already managed to forget I read. (I have a terrible memory). I especially love going back over and realizing this was only the first year that I read some authors and how I could have possibly waited as long as I did for some. These are my favorite new to me authors and the books of theirs I read in 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What new authors you read in 2018 are new favorites?

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of January 14th, 2019

January 14, 2019 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult, and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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Week of January 14th, 2019

Stain by A.G. Howard [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Abrams/Amulet Books

Fearless (Eye of the Beholder #2) by Sarah Tarkoff [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Harper Voyager

Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Page Street Kids

96 Words for Love by Rachel Roy & Ava Dash [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by jimmy patterson

Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Henry Holt & Company

Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Simon Pulse

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Rick Riordan Presents

Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave (Charley Davidson #13) by Darynda Jones [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Random House

The Iron Codex (Dark Arts #2) by David Mack [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Tor Books

Shadow Captain (Revenger #2) by Alastair Reynolds [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Orbit

Liar Liar (Detective Harriet Blue #3) by James Patterson & Candice Fox [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 14th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company

The Smiling Man (Aidan Waits Thriller #2) by Joseph Knox [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Crown

Last Woman Standing by Amy Gentry [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

No Mercy (Ellery Hathaway #2) by Joanna Schaffhausen [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Minotaur Books

As Long as We Both Shall Live by JoAnn Chaney [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Flatiron Books

The Liar’s Room by Simon Lelic [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Berkley Books

Tear It Down (Peter Ash #4) by Nick Petrie [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

No Exit by Taylor Adams [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by William Morrow

The Night Agent by Matthew Quirk [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by William Morrow

The Perfect Liar by Thomas Christopher Greene [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

Girls of Glass by Brianna Labuskes [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Thomas & Mercer

The Break Line (Max McLean #1) by James Brabazon [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Berkley Books

The Fire Court by Andrew Taylor [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by HarperCollins

Annelies by David R. Gillham [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Viking

The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man: A Novel (The Hundred-Year-Old Man #2) by Jonas Jonasson [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Elsey Come Home by Susan Conley [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group

Birthday Suit by Lauren Blakely [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 18th 2019 by Lauren Blakely Books

The Devilish Lord Will (Mackenzies & McBrides #10) by Jennifer Ashley [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by JA / AG Publishing

Texas Legacy (Texas Trilogy #3.5) by Lorraine Heath [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Avon Impulse

The Magnolia Inn by Carolyn Brown [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Montlake Romance

Hark by Sam Lipsyte [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Simon Schuster

No Sunscreen for the Dead: A Novel (Serge A. Storms #22) by Tim Dorsey [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by William Morrow

Big Bang by David Bowman [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company

Talk to Me by John Kenney [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Mothers: Stories by Christopher Power [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Farrar Straus and Giroux

The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Grove Press

Last Night in Nuuk by Niviaq Korneliussen [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Grove Press, Black Cat

Unquiet: A Novel by Linn Ullmann [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by W. W. Norton Company

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Gone Dead: A Novel by Chanelle Benz

January 9, 2019 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 11 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – The Gone Dead: A Novel by Chanelle BenzThe Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz
Published by Ecco on June 25, 2019
Pages: 304
Genres: Mystery
Format: Hardcover
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An electrifying first novel from “a riveting new voice in American fiction” (George Saunders): A young woman returns to her childhood home in the American South and uncovers secrets about her father’s life and death

Billie James’s inheritance isn’t much: a little money and a shack in the Mississippi Delta. The house once belonged to her father, a renowned black poet who died unexpectedly when Billie was four years old. Though Billie was there when the accident happened, she has no memory of that day—and she hasn’t been back to the South since.

Thirty years later, Billie returns, but her father’s home is unnervingly secluded; her only neighbors are the McGees, the family whose history has been entangled with hers since the days of slavery. As Billie encounters the locals, she hears a strange rumor: that she herself went missing on the day her father died. As the mystery intensifies, she finds out that this forgotten piece of her past could put her in danger.

Inventive, gritty, and openhearted, The Gone Dead is an astonishing debut novel about race, justice, and memory that lays bare the long-concealed wounds of a family and a country.

About Chanelle Benz

Chanelle Benz has published short stories in Guernica, Granta.com, Electric LiteratureThe American ReaderFence and The Cupboard, and is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize. Her story collection The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead was published in 2017 by Ecco. It was named a Best Book of 2017 by The San Francisco Chronicle and one of Electric Literature’s 15 Best Short Story Collections of 2017. It was also longlisted for the 2018 PEN/Robert Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. She currently lives in Memphis where she teaches at Rhodes College.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Most Anticipated of 2019 (First-Half)

January 8, 2019 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 17 Comments

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Starting a new year, already, and yet I’m still pretending like I’ve got time to work on my 2018 piles. lol

These are the 2019 books for the first half of the year I’m most excited to see out in the world.

Suspicious Minds (Stranger Things #1) by Gwenda Bond | Expected publication: February 5th 2019 by Del Rey Books
The Test by Sylvain Neuvel | Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Tor.com
Motherland by Lauren Beukes | Expected publication: April 1st 2019 by Mulholland Books
Alien: Echo: An Original Young Adult Novel of the Alien Universe by Mira Grant | Expected publication: April 9th 2019 by Imprint
Westside: A Novel by W.M. Akers | Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Harper Voyager

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire | Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Tor.com
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren | Expected publication: May 14th 2019 by Gallery Books
Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey | Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Tor Books
The Grand Dark by Richard Kadrey | Expected publication: June 11th 2019 by Harper Voyager
The Poison Thread by Laura Purcell | Expected publication: June 18th 2019 by Penguin Books

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of January 7th, 2019

January 7, 2019 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult, and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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Week of January 7th, 2019

Slayer (Slayer #1) by Kiersten White [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Simon Pulse

The Girl King by Mimi Yu [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Bloomsbury YA

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Undying (Unearthed #2) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Disney-Hyperion

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Delacorte Press

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young Black in America by Ibi Zoboi [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Balzer + Bray

Match Me If You Can by Tiana Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Swoon Reads

A Sky for Us Alone by Kristin Russell [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books

Even If I Fall by Abigail Johnson [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Inkyard Press

In Paris With You by Clémentine Beauvais [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Wednesday Books

Inventing Victoria by Tonya Bolden [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Bloomsbury YA

Coyote by Dan Gemeinhart [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Henry Holt & Company

The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA by Brenda Woods [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Nancy Paulsen Books

Lipstick Voodoo (Kincaid Strange #2) by Kristi Charish [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Vintage Canada

The Lost Puzzler: The Tarakan Chronicles by Eyal Kless [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Harper Voyager

The Fall of Io (Io #2) by Wesley Chu [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Angry Robot

The Outlaw and the Upstart King (The Map of Unknown Things #2) by Rod Duncan [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Angry Robot

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Doubleday

In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children #4) by Seanan McGuire [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Tor.com

The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy #3) by Katherine Arden [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Del Rey Books

Last Night (The Searchers #2) by Karen Ellis [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Mulholland Books

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

The New Iberia Blues (Dave Robicheaux #22) by James Lee Burke [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Simon Schuster

Scrublands by Chris Hammer [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Touchstone

She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Random House

Daughter of War (Pike Logan #13) by Brad Taylor [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Dutton Books

Receptor: A Novel (Limitless #2) by Alan Glynn [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Picador USA

Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Gallery Books

The Au Pair by Emma Rous [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Berkley Books

Untouchable (Cutler, Sutter & Salinas #3) by Jayne Ann Krentz [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Berkley

Freefall: A Novel by Jessica Barry [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Harper

The Widows by Jess Montgomery [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Minotaur Books

The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Light Over London by Julia Kelly [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Gallery Books

The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Hangman’s Secret (Victorian Mystery #3) by Laura Joh Rowland [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books

Sugar Run by Mesha Maren [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Algonquin Books

99 Nights in Logar by Jamil Jan Kochai [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Penguin

Old Newgate Road by Keith Scribner [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group

McGlue by Ottessa Moshfegh [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Penguin Books

Lake City by Thomas Kohnstamm [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Counterpoint

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy: A Reluctant Royals Novella by Alyssa Cole [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Avon Impulse

The Best of Us by Robyn Carr [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Harlequin Mira

Amanda’s Wedding by Jenny Colgan [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks

The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts (Lonely Hearts Bookshop #1) by Annie Darling [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by HarperCollins

An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company

Mouthful of Birds: Stories by Samanta Schweblin [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Riverhead Books

Still in Love: A Novel by Michael Downing [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Counterpoint

Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Farrar Straus and Giroux

Burned: A True Story of a Murder and the Crime That Wasn’t by Edward Humes [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Dutton

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2018 End of Year Book Survey

January 4, 2019 Bonnie End of Year Survey 4 Comments

Another year to review already. This year was an odd year of reading for me where I had some of the lowest amount of books read in a month but I had a lot going on so I need to cut myself some slack. I really slacked a lot on reviewing and maintaining my blog in general so I’m really hoping to get back into a good flow with reading and reviewing in the new year. 🙂

Best Book You Read In 2018?

Foundryside (Founders #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett

Seriously, this was the best. I didn’t have a whole lot of 5 star reads this year (a lot of good reads, but not great reads) but crazily enough this was one of the first years I haven’t had a problem picking my favorite.

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I read Reid’s debut, Forever, Interrupted, and I completely dismissed her books as “not for me”. I ended up giving her another shot and read After I Do, One True Loves, and Maybe in Another Life pretty much back to back. This one, however, didn’t work for me at all. I’m hoping her 2019 book, Daisy Jones & the Six, goes better.

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire

EVERYBODY LOVES THIS SERIES. I am not everybody. I love me some Seanan but man, this one so did not go as planned.

Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright

I have a strange fascination with plagues and epidemics so I knew this would be right up my alley. What I didn’t expect was this to be so informative and funny. Jennifer Wright needs to write more fantastic non-fiction.

Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

Series Starter: Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman; Best Sequel: The Brightest Fell (October Daye #11) by Seanan McGuire; Best Series Ender: Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

Christina Lauren. When I find an author(s) I enjoy, I have a tendency to add everything of theirs to my TBR but promptly forget about them. Except for CL apparently. I read four of their books this year and am so very eager to get to the rest of their backlist. Dating You/Hating You is next up.

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson, Eugene Yelchin

I used to read a lot more Middle Grade but I haven’t been lately,  but this one was fantastic. I like to read the finalists for the National Book Awards and this was one of them. I don’t think I would have ever picked it up if it hadn’t been nominated.

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

You know those authors that you just know you’d love? Yet, you never make time for them and they sit languishing on your shelves? Victor LaValle was that kind of author for me. I have no idea why it took me so long to pick up anything of his but this one was a homerun. Dark urban fantasy with a Lovecraftian spin.

Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections by Nora Ephron

I absolutely adore Nora Ephron. I loved her fiction story Heartburn and her other short story collection, I Feel Bad About My Neck, is my favorite. I Remember Nothing was one of the last ones I had to get to and I figure now I’ll just have to go back and do re-reads to satisfy my Eprhon craving. I still have yet to get my hands on The Most of Nora Ephron though so at least I haven’t completely run out.

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?

The Line That Held Us by David Joy

Most memorable character of 2018?

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Courtney Summers books are always such powerful stories (remember All the Rage?) but Sadie was such an incredibly told story. The podcast aspect of this book was what convinced me to pick it up but I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Riveting.

Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Wittgenstein’s Lolita and The Iceman: Short Stories by William Gay

I’d been eyeing Gay’s books for years and I happened to pick this one up as a part of my Kindle Unlimited membership and wow, I’ve been missing out.

Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

While I wasn’t completely enamored with this book, the concept behind it really resonated with me. If you could have dinner party with five people, living or dead, who would you choose? And why? Made me spend many days contemplating my own list, and why, and how important it is to not leave things unsaid because you might never get another opportunity.

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?

Lock In by John Scalzi

This was actually my first Scalzi too! I also immediately read the follow-up, Head On, and enjoyed it just as much.

Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?

“A person should read a book because it speaks to something in his heart.”
― Julia Quinn, The Other Miss Bridgerton

There’s not much that makes me giddier than a character that has a fondness for books that rivals mine. I loved this line from Andrew Rokesby so much that I wrote it on a post it and stuck it on my monitor to constantly remind me when I find myself trudging through another mediocre book.

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

Shortest/Longest Book

Warm Up (Villains 0.5) by V.E. Schwab | 17 pages
Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas | 672 pages

Shortest/Longest Audio

There’s a Giant Trapdoor Spider Under Your Bed by Edgar Cantero | 51 minutes
Broken Dove (Fantasyland #4) by Kristen Ashley | 23 hours, 2 minutes

Book That Shocked You The Most

Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

It’s not often that I cave into hype but I just so happened to hear a ton of great things about this one while I had an active Kindle Unlimited membership so I decided to take the chance. It was well worth it.

OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Toby + Tybalt 4eva

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave (Charley Davidson #13) by Darynda Jones

While I wasn’t completely satisfied with this ending to my long-time favorite urban fantasy series, Charley and Cookie’s friendship was still the very best thing to read about.

Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Queenpin by Megan Abbott

I’ve loved Abbott’s books for many years now but I had yet to delve into her backlist of female-centric noirs. I loved it and there are a ton of others I’m thrilled to get around to someday.

Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte

After vehemently hating Hillbilly Elegy, I saw a lot of recommendations for this one. It was superb and deserves far more recognition than Hillbilly Elegy, 100%.

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

Shade Ganavan in Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet.

He saves her cat. That was enough for me. lol But this story was tons of fun (I love a good space adventure) and the mystery behind the main character’s identity was intriguing. I’ve been looking for more a la Fortune’s Pawn for years and this one was a strong contender.

Best 2018 debut you read?

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

This interesting retelling of The Little Mermaid really managed to impress me (and I’m a bit hard to impress lol). I listened to the audio version of this, which was superb.

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Strange Weather by Joe Hill

This collection of 4 novellas were some of the craziest stories that left me thinking about them still months after reading.

Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History by Jennifer Wright

I think this is the only author that appears on my list twice, and she’s definitely deserving. I loved both of these (and they were superb audios!) but this book (vs. her plague book) was a total riot.

Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

(Angry) cry. I’m still mad about this.

Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Kind Nepenthe by Matthew V. Brockmeyer

This book was another one that I took a random chance on during my Kindle Unlimited membership and this story completely blew me away. Incredible writing and a mesmerizing storyline.

Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Release Day Feature – Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood

Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood

There were more than one “inspired by” Lolita books this year and while this one was the only one I read, it was absolutely incredible. I really have to check out more from Greenwood.

Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

Hungry Ghosts by Anthony Bourdain

Losing Bourdain this year was difficult but reading (and watching) all the things he created in his life is always a wonderful experience.

Book That Made You The Most Mad?

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas

This was seriously the fucking worst, don’t even try to argue about this with me. I’ve renamed this A Court of Frost and Starshit.

One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Every year this book gets added to the “why haven’t I read you?” lists. Every year it drives me crazy. I would like really love to finally cross this off my list.

Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire introduces readers to a world of amoral alchemy, shadowy organizations, and impossible cities in the standalone fantasy, Middlegame.

2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

A feminist Lord of the Flies about three best friends living in quarantine at their island boarding school, and the lengths they go to uncover the truth of their confinement when one disappears.

Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

Hierophant (Founders #2) by Robert Jackson Bennett

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

Finding a good balance between reading and blogging. I’m usually either or and I’ve really let blogging fall by the wayside. I’d also really love to get a new theme set up one of these days! I purchased a theme package over a freaking year ago and I really need to sit down and try to learn some photoshop stuff and come up with something new.

A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone.

Nightchaser (Endeavor #1) by Amanda Bouchet

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of December 31st, 2018

December 31, 2018 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult, and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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Week of December 31st, 2018

The Similars (The Similars #1) by Rebecca Hanover [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 1st 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire

Evermore (Everless #2) by Sara Holland [Purchase]
Expected publication: December 31st 2018 by HarperTeen

The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Eragon (Tales from Alagaësia #1) by Christopher Paolini [Purchase]
Expected publication: December 31st 2018 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

The Me I Meant to Be by Sophie Jordan [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 1st 2019 by HMH Books for Young Readers

The Secrets of Winterhouse (Winterhouse #2) by Ben Guterson [Purchase]
Expected publication: December 31st 2018 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Nightchaser (Endeavor #1) by Amanda Bouchet [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 1st 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

The Outlaw and the Upstart King (The Map of Unknown Things #2) by Rod Duncan [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 1st 2019 by Angry Robot

Gates of the Dead (The Tides Of War #3) by James A. Moore [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 1st 2019 by Angry Robot

The Fall of Io (Io #2) by Wesley Chu [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 1st 2019 by Angry Robot

Final Shadows (Bishop Files #3) by Kay Hooper [Purchase]
Expected publication: December 31st 2018 by Berkley Books

Seven Days by Patrick Senécal [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 1st 2019 by Simon Schuster

The Girl at the Border by Leslie Archer [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 1st 2019 by Lake Union Publishing

Crewel and Unusual (A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery #6) by Molly MacRae [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 1st 2019 by Pegasus Books

On the Same Page by N.D. Galland [Purchase]
Expected publication: December 31st 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks

The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson [Purchase]
Expected publication: December 31st 2018 by William Morrow

The Road Beyond Ruin by Gemma Liviero [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 1st 2019 by Lake Union Publishing

Fast Friends by Jill Mansell [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 1st 2019 by Sourcebooks Landmark

The One You Fight For (The Ones Who Got Away #3) by Roni Loren [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 1st 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Half of What You Hear: A Novel by Kristyn Kusek Lewis [Purchase]
Expected publication: December 31st 2018 by Harper Paperbacks

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

December 26, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 4 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – The Hunting Party by Lucy FoleyThe Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
Published by William Morrow on February 12, 2019
Pages: 336
Genres: Mystery
Format: Hardcover
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For fans of Ruth Ware and Tana French, a shivery, atmospheric, page-turning novel of psychological suspense in the tradition of Agatha Christie, in which a group of old college friends are snowed in at a hunting lodge . . . and murder and mayhem ensue.

All of them are friends. One of them is a killer.

During the languid days of the Christmas break, a group of thirtysomething friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students ten years ago. For this vacation, they’ve chosen an idyllic and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands—the perfect place to get away and unwind by themselves.

They arrive on December 30th, just before a historic blizzard seals the lodge off from the outside world.

Two days later, on New Year’s Day, one of them is dead.

The trip began innocently enough: admiring the stunning if foreboding scenery, champagne in front of a crackling fire, and reminiscences about the past. But after a decade, the weight of secret resentments has grown too heavy for the group’s tenuous nostalgia to bear. Amid the boisterous revelry of New Year’s Eve, the cord holding them together snaps.

Now one of them is dead . . . and another of them did it.

Keep your friends close, the old adage goes. But just how close is too close?

About Lucy Foley

Lucy Foley studied English Literature at Durham and UCL universities and worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry, before leaving to write full-time. The Hunting Party is her debut crime novel, inspired by a particularly remote spot in Scotland that fired her imagination.

Lucy is also the author of three historical novels, which have been translated into sixteen languages. Her journalism has appeared in ES Magazine, Sunday Times Style, Grazia and more.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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