Audiobook Sync: Week 9 Titles | Doctor Cerberus & Openly Straight (June 21 – 27)

June 21, 2018 Bonnie Sync 0 Comments

Thursday means a brand new set of audiobooks to download and enjoy! Make sure you get these downloaded by June 27th because a new set of books will be available to download on June 28th. In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

Each audiobook will be available for you to download onto your computer and/or mobile device for one week. The files are available from Thursday morning 7am Eastern Time until the following Thursday morning at 7am Eastern time when the new audiobook titles become available. You may download more than once if you have more than one device. When you have downloaded the MP3 files they are yours to keep. We suggest using the free OverDrive app.

This year’s program kicks off on April 26th and there will be a total of 26 titles available, two available for download each week. Be sure to sign up for email and/or text alerts at Audiobook Sync to remind you when new titles are available. The audiobooks can be downloaded onto your computer and easily transferred to your smartphone for easy listening — and remember that these audiobooks are yours to keep!

Doctor Cerberus by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa | Read by Steven Culp, Pamela Gray, Simon Helberg, Jamison Jones, Jarrett Sleeper
Published by L.A. Theatre Works | Download available here!

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s coming-of-age, coming-out cocktail with a twist of terror. Thirteen-year-old Franklin Robertson is trying to survive adolescence. His parents don’t understand him, his brother torments him, he has no friends, and he’s more interested in the high school quarterback than any girl. The one bright spot in his life is the glow of the black-and-white TV in his parents’ basement. Here, he worships at the altar of the Saturday Night Horror Movie, hosted by the eerie Dr. Cerberus. Before long, Franklin is convinced that only by going on the show will his life be redeemed—by Dr. Cerberus himself! An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: Simon Helberg as Franklin Robertson Jamison Jones as Doctor Cerberus Steven Culp as Lawrence Robertson Pamela J. Gray as Lydia Robertson Jarrett Sleeper as Rodney Robertson Original music by Steven Cahill. Directed by Bart DeLorenzo. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles in July of 2010. Doctor Ceberus is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.

Openly Straight (Openly Straight #1) by Bill Konigsberg | Read by Pete Cross
Published by Dreamscape Media
 | Download available here!

Rafe is a normal teenager from Colorado. He’s been out since 8th grade, accepted by his peers & championed by his progressive parents. And while that’s important, all Rafe really wants is to be a regular guy. To have his sexuality be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time. So when Rafe transfers to an all-boys’ boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret — not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate breaking down and realizes his own labels aren’t well-concealed. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben…who doesn’t even know that love is possible.

Happy listening!

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Waiting on Wednesday – Foundryside (Founders #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett

June 20, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 6 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Foundryside (Founders #1) by Robert Jackson BennettFoundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett
Series: Founders #1
Published by Crown Publishing Group (NY) on August 21, 2018
Pages: 512
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: American Elsewhere

In a city that runs on industrialized magic, a secret war will be fought to overwrite reality itself--the first in a dazzling new fantasy series from City of Stairs author Robert Jackson Bennett.

Sancia Grado is a thief, and a damn good one. And her latest target, a heavily guarded warehouse on Tevanne's docks, is nothing her unique abilities can't handle.

But unbeknownst to her, Sancia's been sent to steal an artifact of unimaginable power, an object that could revolutionize the magical technology known as scriving. The Merchant Houses who control this magic--the art of using coded commands to imbue everyday objects with sentience--have already used it to transform Tevanne into a vast, remorseless capitalist machine. But if they can unlock the artifact's secrets, they will rewrite the world itself to suit their aims.

Now someone in those Houses wants Sancia dead, and the artifact for themselves. And in the city of Tevanne, there's nobody with the power to stop them.

To have a chance at surviving--and at stopping the deadly transformation that's under way--Sancia will have to marshal unlikely allies, learn to harness the artifact's power for herself, and undergo her own transformation, one that will turn her into something she could never have imagined.

About Robert Jackson Bennett

Robert Jackson Bennett is a two-time award winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel, an Edgar Award winner for Best Paperback Original, and is also the 2010 recipient of the Sydney J Bounds Award for Best Newcomer, and a Philip K Dick Award Citation of Excellence. City of Stairs was shortlisted for the Locus Award and the World Fantasy Award. City of Blades was a finalist for the 2015 World Fantasy, Locus, and British Fantasy Awards. His seventh novel, City of Miracles, is in stores now.

Robert lives in Austin with his wife and large sons. He can be found on Twitter at @robertjbennett.

I have yet to read Bennett’s Divine Cities series but I absolutely loved American Elsewhere so I have high hopes for this one. Sounds fantastic!

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Summer TBR a.k.a The Fluffy Edition

June 18, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 19 Comments

These ten are a combination of genres but all include the requisite fluffy bits (for the most part) that my reading lists typically tend to lack. I searched for the term “Beach” from past posts and had a good laugh at all the planned reading lists I made solely to be read by the beach… and how few of them ended up getting read. Oh well, good intentions are great and all, but here’s hoping these actually get read? And maybe I actually go to the beach?

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle [Purchase]
Bad at Love by Karina Halle [Purchase]
How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal [Purchase]
The First Husband by Laura Dave [Purchase]
Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian [Purchase]

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid [Purchase]
A Night to Surrender (Spindle Cove #1) by Tessa Dare [Purchase]
The Duke’s Perfect Wife (Mackenzies & McBrides #4) by Jennifer Ashley [Purchase]
Broken Dove (Fantasyland #4) by Kristen Ashley [Purchase]
A Kiss to Remember by Teresa Medeiros [Purchase]

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of June 18th, 2018

June 18, 2018 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 3 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 June 18th, 2018

Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Tor Teen

Phoebe Will Destroy You by Blake Nelson [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Simon Pulse

Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

The Boyfriend Bracket by Kate Evangelista [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Swoon Reads

Almost Impossible by Nicole Williams [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Crown Books for Young Readers

The Art of Escaping by Erin Callahan [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Amberjack Publishing

The Long-Lost Home (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #6) by Maryrose Wood [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Balzer + Bray

Outcasts of Order (The Saga of Recluce #20) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Tor

The Skaar Invasion (The Fall of Shannara #2) by Terry Brooks [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Del Rey Books

Thicker Than Water (Felix Castor #4) by Mike Carey [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Orbit

Knaves Over Queens (Wild Cards #26) by George R.R. Martin [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 18th 2018 by Harper Voyager

The Robots of Gotham by Todd McAulty [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Completionist by Siobhan Adcock [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Simon Schuster

The Anomaly by Michael Rutger [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing

The Grey Bastards (The Lot Lands #1) by Jonathan French [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Crown

The Mermaid by Christina Henry [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Berkley

Witchmark (Witchmark #1) by C.L. Polk [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Tor.com

The Book of Hidden Things by Francesco Dimitri [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Titan Books

The Privilege of Peace (Peacekeeper #3) by Tanya Huff [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Daw Books

Slowly We Die (Jana Berzelius #3) by Emelie Schepp [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Mira Books

Providence by Caroline Kepnes [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Lenny

You Were Made for This by Michelle Sacks [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

The Melody by Jim Crace [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Picador

The Lost Vintage: A Novel by Ann Mah [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by William Morrow

Boardwalk Summer by Meredith Jaeger [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Viking

The Myth of Perpetual Summer by Susan Crandall [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Gallery Books

The Butcher’s Daughter: A Novel by Victoria Glendinning [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by The Overlook Press

Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Henry Holt & Company

Tell the Machine Goodnight by Katie Williams [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Riverhead Books

The Dependents by Katharine Dion [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company

The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

Sail Away by Celia Imrie [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Bloomsbury USA

When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Rainy Day Friends (Wildstone #2) by Jill Shalvis [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Left: A Love Story by Mary Hogan [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Wicked and the Wallflower (The Bareknuckle Bastards #1) by Sarah MacLean [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Avon

We Begin Our Ascent by Joe Mungo Reed [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Simon Schuster

Tango Lessons: A Memoir by Meghan Flaherty [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Trigger: Narratives of the American Shooter by Daniel J. Patinkin [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Arcade Publishing

Call Me American: A Memoir by Abdi Nor Iftin [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group

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Audiobook Sync: Week 8 Titles | My Name is Not Friday & Come August, Come Freedom (June 14 – 20)

June 14, 2018 Bonnie Sync 0 Comments

For the eighth week of Sync, we’ve got two stories about slavery set in the 1800s. Make sure you get these downloaded by June 20th because a new set of books will be available to download on June 21st. In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

Each audiobook will be available for you to download onto your computer and/or mobile device for one week. The files are available from Thursday morning 7am Eastern Time until the following Thursday morning at 7am Eastern time when the new audiobook titles become available. You may download more than once if you have more than one device. When you have downloaded the MP3 files they are yours to keep. We suggest using the free OverDrive app.

This year’s program kicks off on April 26th and there will be a total of 26 titles available, two available for download each week. Be sure to sign up for email and/or text alerts at Audiobook Sync to remind you when new titles are available. The audiobooks can be downloaded onto your computer and easily transferred to your smartphone for easy listening — and remember that these audiobooks are yours to keep!

My Name Is Not Friday by Jon Walter | Read by Dion Graham
Published by Scholastic Audio | Download available here!

A gorgeously written account of a freeborn black boy sold into slavery during the Civil War; think 12 Years a Slave for young adults. Well-mannered Samuel and his mischievous younger brother Joshua are free black boys living in an orphanage during the end of the Civil War. Samuel takes the blame for Joshua’s latest prank, and the consequence is worse than he could ever imagine. He’s taken from the orphanage to the South, given a new name–Friday–and sold into slavery. What follows is a heartbreaking but hopeful account of Samuel’s journey from freedom to captivity, and back again.

Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, The Gallows, and The Black General Gabriel by Gigi Amateau | Read by J.D. Jackson
Published by Candlewick on Brilliance Publishing
 | Download available here!

After a lifetime attending a school for the blind, sixteen-year-old Will Porter’s first day at a mainstream high school went about as well as he expected. He accidentally grazed a girl’s boob when reaching for a handrail on the stairs, he sat on another student in the cafeteria, and he somehow drove a new classmate to tears without saying a word. His high school career can only go up from there, right? As Will starts to find his footing, he develops a crush on a charming, quiet girl name Cecily. And despite his fear that having a girlfriend will make him inherently dependent on someone sighted, the two of them grow closer and closer. Then an unprecedented opportunity arises: an experimental surgery that could give Will eyesight for the first time in his life. But learning to see is more difficult than Will could have ever imagined, and as he adjusts to his new sense, he finds the sighted world has been keeping more secrets from him than he realized. It turns out that the girl he’s been falling for doesn’t meet traditional definitions of beauty. In fact, everything he’d heard about her appearance now appears to be a lie engineered by their so-called friends to get the two of them together. Does it matter what Cecily looks like? No, not really. But then why does Will feel so betrayed? Told in Will’s voice as he transitions from blind to sighted, this is a story about the nature of perception, love, trust, and romantic attraction. With moments of breathtaking poignancy, it’s about how we relate to each other and the world around us, and how true friendship is one thing you don’t need to be able to see to believe.

Happy listening!

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Waiting on Wednesday – Contagion (Contagion #1) by Erin Bowman

June 13, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 6 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Contagion (Contagion #1) by Erin BowmanContagion by Erin Bowman
Series: Contagion #1
Published by HarperTeen on July 24, 2018
Pages: 432
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-fi, Horror
Format: Hardcover
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Perfect for fans of Madeleine Roux, Jonathan Maberry, and horror films like 28 Days Later and Resident Evil, this pulse-pounding, hair-raising, utterly terrifying novel is the first in a duology from the critically acclaimed author of the Taken trilogy.

After receiving a distress call from a drill team on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is sent into deep space to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

When they arrive, they find the planet littered with the remains of the project—including its members’ dead bodies. As they try to piece together what could have possibly decimated an entire project, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR CONTAGION:

“Gripping, thrilling and terrifying in equal measures, Contagion is the perfect intersection of science fiction and horror—I couldn’t look away.”—Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of Illuminae and Unearthed

“Few understand the true horror that lies in the empty unknown of space, but Erin Bowman nails it in Contagion. Read this one with the lights on!”—Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of the Across the Universe series and Star Wars: Rebel Rising

“Erin Bowman’s Contagion is everything I want in my science fiction: a cast of smart characters on a desperate rescue mission forced to confront an elusive and unstoppable enemy. I absolutely loved this layered and thrilling adventure and can’t wait to dive back into this world again.”—Veronica Rossi, New York Times bestselling author of the Under the Never Sky series

About Erin Bowman

Erin grew up in rural Connecticut, where she spent most of her childhood penning tales. She studied web design (and minored in Creative Writing because she couldn’t stay away from stories) at the Rochester Institute of Technology. After several years working in advertising and designing websites for various brands, she moved from Boston to New Hampshire, where she now lives with her family and writes full-time.

When not writing, Erin can often be found hiking, geeking out over good typography, and obsessing over all things Harry Potter. She drinks a lot of coffee, buys far too many books, and is not terribly skilled at writing about herself in the third person.

Erin is represented by Sara Crowe of Pippin Properties. She is the author of the Taken Trilogy and the forthcoming Contagion from HarperTeen, and Vengeance Road and Retribution Rails from HMH.

Plagues. Space. Horror. This hits all my major buttons. <3

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Irish Books to Keep the Wanderlust Alive

June 11, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 41 Comments

I’ve got a trip of a lifetime coming up in a few short weeks: 11 days in Ireland. I’ve never been overseas so this is a really big deal. Naturally, I’ve already scoped out all of the literary things I need to make sure to do while I’m there. 🙂 In terms of Irish/Ireland literature, I haven’t read a whole lot. I’ve compiled a list of ten that should help me keep the memories of the hopefully amazing time I’m about to have alive in my mind.

In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad #1) by Tana French [Purchase]
Haunted Ground (Nora Gavin #1) by Erin Hart [Purchase]
Walk the Blue Fields: Stories by Claire Keegan [Purchase]
The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley: A Novel by Jeremy Massey [Purchase]
The Ruin (Cormac Reilly #1) by Dervla McTiernan [Purchase]

A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd [Purchase]
The Glorious Heresies (Ryan Cusack #1) by Lisa McInerney [Purchase]
City of Bohane by Kevin Barry [Purchase]
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly [Purchase]
Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern [Purchase]

Do you have any well-loved books set in Ireland you’d like to recommend? I’m all ears!

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of June 11th, 2018

June 11, 2018 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 3 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 June 11th, 2018

A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Razorbill

SuperMoon by H.A. Swain [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Feiwel Friends

Last Rites (The Merciless #4) by Danielle Vega [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Razorbill

Guardian (Alternative Detective #3) by A.J. Hartley [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Tor Teen

A Flicker in the Clarity by Amy McNamara [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by HarperTeen

All That I Can Fix by Crystal Chan [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Simon Pulse

Tell Me No Lies by Adele Griffin [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Algonquin Young Readers

The Fallen Star (Billy Smith and the Goblins #2) by Robert Hewitt Wolfe [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Turner

Low Chicago (Wild Cards #25) by George R.R. Martin [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Tor Books

Starless by Jacqueline Carey [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Tor Books

Ocean Light (Psy-Changeling Trinity #2) by Nalini Singh [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Berkley

Venom in the Veins (Elemental Assassin #17) by Jennifer Estep [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Jennifer Estep

Night Fall by Simon R. Green [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Ace Books

The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Tachyon Publications

Revenant Gun (The Machineries of Empire #3) by Yoon Ha Lee [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Solaris

Close Your Eyes by Paul Jessup [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Apex Book Company

Bearskin: A Novel by James A. McLaughlin [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Ecco

The Moscow Deception (The Guardian #2) by Karen Robards [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Mira Books

Lying in Wait: A Novel by Liz Nugent [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Gallery/Scout Press

Hangman by Jack Heath [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Hanover Square

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Minotaur Books

The Real Michael Swann by Bryan Reardon [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Dutton

Bleeding Darkness (Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery #5) by Brenda Chapman [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Dundurn

A Study in Treason (The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries #2) by Leonard Goldberg [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Minotaur Books

A Taste for Vengeance (Bruno, Chief of Police #11) by Martin Walker [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group

Splinter in the Blood: A Novel by Ashley Dyer [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by William Morrow

The Color of Bee Larkham’s Murder: A Novel by Sarah J. Harris [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Touchstone

Blown by Mark Haskell Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Grove Press, Black Cat

The Removes by Tatjana Soli [Purchase]ilona
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Sarah Crichton Books

Who Is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Tin House Books

The Verdun Affair: A Novel by Nick Dybek [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Scribner

Island of the Mad (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #15) by Laurie R. King [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Bantam

The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Park Row

Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by MIRA

The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses): A Novel by Terri-Lynne DeFino [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Tell Me Lies: A Novel by Carola Lovering [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Atria Books

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Grove Press

The Paris Wedding: A Novel by Charlotte Nash [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks

The Iconoclast’s Journal by Terry Griggs [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Biblioasis

Fight No More: Stories by Lydia Millet [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by W. W. Norton Company

Good Trouble: Stories by Joseph O’Neill [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Pantheon Books

All That’s Left of Me by Janis Thomas [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing

The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group

Ayiti by Roxane Gay [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Grove Press

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by SJP for Hogarth

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Showcase Sunday (187)

June 10, 2018 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 4 Comments

Last Week’s… Posts

Last Week’s… Book Mail

For Review
The Boy at the Keyhole: A Novel by Stephen Giles [Purchase]

Purchased
City of Stairs (The Divine Cities #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett [Purchase]
Cottonmouths by Kelly J. Ford [Purchase]
Redshirts by John Scalzi [Only $3.99 for Audible members!]

Last Week’s… Obsessions

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I had been slowly chipping away at Parts Unknown on Netflix (I loved the first episode, but then promptly forgot). For obvious reasons, I was reminded of this wonderful show, as well as the fact that it’s due to leave Netflix on the 16th of this month so I’ve been watching as many as I can. Bourdain had such an avid fascination with experiencing the world that is simply wonderful to watch.

I started getting back into the world of Bookstagram and I had a lot of fun coming home from work and setting up some fun shots whilst battling the shit light in my house. lol I’m not the best at it and will be far from a regular poster but it’s something that I find enjoyment in and that’s enough for me.

I had no idea that Korn’s Jonathan Davis was doing his own thing these days until Basic Needs popped up on my New Release Radar on Spotify. The majority of music produced from lead singers branching off to do their new thing doesn’t really seem to work *cough*Aaron Lewis*cough* but this song is one I can listen on repeat.

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Monthly Rundown: May 2018

June 9, 2018 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 2 Comments

Books Read = 14

I had a most productive reading month. I finally feel like I’m getting back into the swing of things and no longer headed towards that rut that I kept feeling close at hand. I started a new reading challenge of sorts, where I’m trying to give more attention to the books that I’ve purchased (physical, ebook, and audio) and I made more progress than I expected. Of the 14 total books I read this month, 3 were review books, 3 were from the library/Kindle Unlimited/freebies, and a grand total of 8 were books that I purchased. Not bad if I do say so myself.

Posted Reviews

Alright, so I did say I had a productive reading month… but I didn’t post a single review. ha I have a few that I definitely plan on reviewing in June.

Unreviewed Reads

Best of the Month: Lock In (Lock-In #1) by John Scalzi ★★★★
Lock In was one of those books that I bought and its been languishing on my unread shelf. I decided to pick up the prequel story first and while I’m not usually one that geeks out on uber science-y stories but I really did with that one. It was a fantastic introduction to Lock In and I really enjoyed this strange robot/detective mystery (and the follow-up Head On was equally great.)

Least Favorite: A Girl Like Her (Ravenswood #1) by Talia Hibbert ★★
I figure I should say that for starters that this is a genre I read irregularly and super isn’t my thing so I may not be the best judge of character. I had heard a ton of great things about it and was one I could read to take advantage of my Kindle Unlimited membership but… something about this one rubbed me the wrong way. I technically DNF’d this and called it quits around 70%.

Biggest Surprise: Only Human (Themis Files #3) by Sylvain Neuvel ★★★★
I’ve loved this entire trilogy (and I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, the audiobooks are the freaking best ever) but this finale still comes as a surprise because I always hate series enders for one reason or another. This wrapped up the story nicely and I’m really pleased with the story arc Neuvel crafted.

Biggest Disappointment: A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas ★
Admittedly, I wasn’t a fan of A Court of Wings and Ruin either, but I was hoping that this spin-off series Maas is planning would draw me back into this fantasy world. I had been debating whether or not to actually pre-order it but I eventually did and I’m actually angry with myself for not following my gut instinct. lol I had even had this rated 2 star initially but nope, there really wasn’t anything that I liked about it. 1 star.

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