Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books That Feature Badass Ladies

September 26, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 5 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Nothing makes a book better than a badass lady. When I first started compiling this list there were so many to choose from, which was refreshing to see, so minimizing this list took some time. I settled on 10 of my favorite ladies from Young Adult lit and Adult lit.

Devi: Fortune’s Pawn (Paradox #1) by Rachel Bach

Cotter leaned forward. “Where do you get off being such a bossy bitch?”
I looked him dead in the eyes. “I was born a bossy bitch, so you can either roll with it or get rolled over.”

Kara: Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel

“Perhaps, deep down inside that rugged shell of yours, there is a little girl desperately waiting for her Prince Charming to propose.”
“Of course there is. Only until now, I’d been pretty successful at keeping that little brat’s mouth shut.”

Ree: Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell

“Never. Never ask for what ought to be offered.”

Constance Kopp: Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart

He looked up and said, in a loud, plain voice, “She’s not a regular lady.”

Rosetta: I Shall be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe

“All these boys, all these men, they are something to someone. There are people back home, waiting on them and the waiting ain’t never going to end now. For the rest of my life I am waiting too.”

Aelin: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

“We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”

Ismae: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers

“I comfort myself with the knowledge that if Duval ever feels smothered by me, it will be because I am holding a pillow over his face.”

Darla: Ashfall (Ashfall #1) by Mike Mullin

Darla had been doing something by the fire. Now she returned and began stripping the blanket off me. I grabbed it before she could pull it away from my groin, to preserve my modesty.
“Let go. There’s nothing there I haven’t seen. Who do you think undressed you, anyway? And honestly, I’ve seen better equipment on goats.”

Lucy: The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1) by Jonathan Stroud

“I wasn’t pretty, but as my mother once said, prettiness wasn’t my profession.”

Puck: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

“My mother always said that I was born out of a bottle of vinegar instead of born from a womb and that she and my father bathed me in sugar for three days to wash it off. I try to behave, but I always go back to the vinegar.”

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of September 25th, 2017

September 25, 2017 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 September 25th, 2017

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Imprint

Invictus by Ryan Graudin [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Freefall by Joshua David Bellin [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by McElderry Books

House of Ash by Hope Cook [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Amulet Books

Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Arthur A. Levine Books

The Ravenous by Amy Lukavics [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Harlequin Teen

The Dark Assassin (The Starblade Chronicles #3) by Joseph Delaney [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Greenwillow Books

Shadowblack (Spellslinger #2) by Sebastien de Castell  [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 27th 2017 by Hot Key Books

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Simon Pulse

The Town Built on Sorrow by Oppegaard David [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Flux

A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

The 12 Dares of Christa by Marissa Burt [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

Skeleton Tree by Kim Ventrella [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Scholastic Press

The Wolf Hour by Sara Lewis Holmes [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Arthur A. Levine Books

The Wonderling (The Wonderling #1) by Mira Bartok [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Candlewick Press (MA)

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Scribner

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Saga Press

Provenance by Ann Leckie [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Orbit

Horizon (Bone Universe #3) by Fran Wilde [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Tor Books

Paradox Bound by Peter Clines [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Crown

The Hunt (Devil’s Isle #3) by Chloe Neill [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Berkley Books

Archangel’s Viper (Guild Hunter #10) by Nalini Singh [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Berkley

The Fire Queen (The Hundredth Queen #2) by Emily R. King [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Skyscape

The Black Tides of Heaven (Tensorate #1) by JY Yang [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Tor.com

The Red Threads of Fortune (Tensorate #2) by JY Yang [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Tor.com

Sleep Like a Baby (Aurora Teagarden #10) by Charlaine Harris [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Minotaur Books

The Blind by A.F. Brady [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Park Row Books

The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Atria Books

The Visitors by Catherine Burns [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Gallery/Scout Press

The Second Sister: A Novel by Claire Kendal [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Harper Paperbacks

Such a Pretty Girl by Tess Diamond [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Avon

Unforgivable Love: A Retelling of Dangerous Liaisons by Sophfronia Scott [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

A Casualty of War (Bess Crawford #9) by Charles Todd [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by William Morrow

Savage Country by Robert Olmstead [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Algonquin Books

Hanna Who Fell from the Sky by Christopher Meades [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Park Row Books

Mrs. Miracle: A Novel (Angelic Intervention #4) by Debbie Macomber [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Second Acts by Teri Emory [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Amberjack Publishing

The Scotsman Who Saved Me (Seven Brides for Seven Scotsmen #1) by Hannah Howell [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Zebra

Five-Carat Soul by James McBride [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Riverhead Books

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Stacking the Shelves (175)

September 24, 2017 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 6 Comments

It’s been ages since I did a Sunday book haul so I’ll only share my review books and random ebooks picked up from Kindle daily deals. My local used bookstore does a monthly bag sale where you can fill an entire back for $5 and I’ve been going monthly the past couple of months and it has definitely built up my physical collection mighty quickly. lol I’ll try to remember to take a picture of my haul when I inevitably go again next time. 🙂

New Books

For Review
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Ultraluminous: A Novel by Katherine Faw Morris
Catalina: A Novel by Liska Jacobs
The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
Artemis by Andy Weir
Witch Creek: A Wildlands Novel (Wildlands #4) by Laura Bickle
Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

Kindle Purchases
Hawk of May (Down the Long Wind #1) by Gillian Bradshaw
Kingdom of Summer (Down the Long Wind #2) by Gillian Bradshaw
Nightshades (Nightshades #1) by Melissa F. Olson
His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire #1) by Naomi Novik
Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays by Joan Didion

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Thicker Than Blood (Thicker Than Blood #1) by Madeline Sheehan & Claire C. Riley
Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table by Ruth Reichl
Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot #17) by Agatha Christie
Wedding Girl by Stacey Ballis

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Short & Sweet – River of Teeth Duology

September 22, 2017 Bonnie Adult, Audiobooks, Book Reviews, Read in 2017 0 Comments

I received this book free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Short & Sweet – River of Teeth DuologyRiver of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
Published by Tantor Audio on August 22nd 2017
Length: 4 hours and 1 minute
Genres: Alternate Reality, Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
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three-half-stars

In the early 20th Century, the United States government concocted a plan to import hippopotamuses into the marshlands of Louisiana to be bred and slaughtered as an alternative meat source. This is true.

Other true things about hippos: they are savage, they are fast, and their jaws can snap a man in two.

This was a terrible plan.

Contained within this volume is an 1890s America that might have been: a bayou overrun by feral hippos and mercenary hippo wranglers from around the globe. It is the story of Winslow Houndstooth and his crew. It is the story of their fortunes. It is the story of his revenge.

In 1909, Robert F. Broussard, a congressman from Louisiana introduced a bill for $250,000 in funding to deal with the invasive Water Hyacinth that was clogging the Louisiana waterways by introducing hippos into the wild to eat them. True story. The bill failed to pass but Sarah Gailey’s novella portrays a world where the opposite happened and the hippopotami have quickly become a bigger problem than the Water Hyacinth ever thought to be. Winslow Remington Houndstooth was a former hippo rancher who lost his ranch after it was razed to the ground by an enemy. He’s been hired by the government to herd the feral hippo population into the Gulf because they’re currently wreaking havoc on the trading route potential the Harriet area boasts. He puts together a crew of hippo-riding “hoppers” consisting of Regina “Archie” Archambault, a con artist, Cal Hotchkiss, a dangerous sharpshooter, Hero Schackleby, a demolition expert, and contract killer Adelia Reyes. Nothing good can come of a group of such people.

“It’s not a caper,” Houndstooth replied, sounding irritated. “It’s an operation. All aboveboard.”

This novella was honestly a ton of fun. It was very much an Oceans 11 style caper, excuse me, operation, with revenge, murder, and treachery aplenty. I don’t care what kind of genre you typically read, hearing that a book is about man-eating hippos should entice just about anyone. The lively team is quickly assembled and the mission plan is immediately put into effect which definitely limited the time spent on these interesting people but Sarah Gailey still did a fantastic job in bringing their personalities to life. The mission itself is full of twists and turns and a level of excitement that only made me want more of everything in terms of length and detail that could have been possible with this story. The narrator Peter Berkrot was a pleasure to listen to despite the various accents and French ladies he was forced to attempt. ‘A’ for effort and for making this spirited story that much more fun to listen to.

“I regret nothing: it was worth it for the hats alone.”

I received this book free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Short & Sweet – River of Teeth DuologyTaste of Marrow by Sarah Gailey
Published by Tantor Audio on September 12th 2017
Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
Genres: Alternate Reality, Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Source: the Publisher
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three-stars

A few months ago, Winslow Houndstooth put together the damnedest crew of outlaws, assassins, cons, and saboteurs on either side of the Harriet for a history-changing caper. Together they conspired to blow the damn that choked the Mississippi and funnel the hordes of feral hippos contained within downriver, to finally give America back its greatest waterway.

Songs are sung of their exploits, many with a haunting refrain: "And not a soul escaped alive."

In the aftermath of the Harriet catastrophe, that crew has scattered to the winds. Some hunt the missing lovers they refuse to believe have died. Others band together to protect a precious infant and a peaceful future. All of them struggle with who they've become after a long life of theft, murder, deception, and general disinterest in the strictures of the law.

“And not a soul escaped alive, and not a soul escaped alive, hi-ho hop-whoa! And everybody died.”
Not everybody, asshole, she thought tartly.

The devastation may have been severe, but our ragtag bunch of hoppers did, in fact, survive despite the songs now sung about the Harriet catastrophe. The only problem is, they’ve been split up and remain uncertain about who survived and where they could possibly be. Houndstooth and Adelia remain together and are both searching for lost loves. Archie and Hero have remained together despite Archie’s attempt on Hero’s life. But the explosion at the Harriet changed much more than the situation of the hippo population, it changed the surviving individuals too and their emotional advancement is the primary focus in Taste of Marrow.

‘Alone and lonely ain’t the same thing at all,’ Hero said, shaking their head.”

Taste of Marrow certainly lacked the focus of its predecessor, since its focus was on a group of individuals that had lost their own focus in life. Emotions were all over the place and it often felt like a bit of a scatterbrained read. The heart of this alternate history, the hippo population, took a bit of a back seat to focus more on the hoppers themselves. Also missing was the excitement of the caper/operation. While I felt this was definitely lacking when compared to River of Teeth, it still had its own individual charm and was a satisfying conclusion to the stories of these colorful individuals. Sarah Gailey is definitely one to keep an eye out for.

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch

September 20, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 5 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – The Gone World by Tom SweterlitschThe Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on February 6th 2018
Pages: 400
Genres: Sci-fi
Format: Hardcover
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Inception meets True Detective in this science-fiction thriller of spellbinding tension and staggering scope. The Gone World follows a special agent into a savage murder case with grave implications for the fate of mankind.

Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In Western Pennsylvania, 1997, she is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL's family--and to locate his teenage daughter, who has disappeared. Though she can't share the information with conventional law enforcement, Moss discovers that the missing SEAL was an astronaut aboard the spaceship U.S.S. Libra--a ship assumed lost to the darkest currents of Deep Time. Moss knows first-hand the mental trauma of time-travel and believes the SEAL's experience with the future has triggered this violence.

Determined to find the missing girl and driven by a troubling connection from her own past, Moss travels ahead in time to explore possible versions of the future, seeking evidence or insight that will crack the present-day case. To her horror, the future reveals that it's not only the fate of a family that hinges on her work, for what she witnesses rising over time's horizon and hurtling toward the present is the Terminus: the terrifying and cataclysmic end of humanity itself.

Luminous and unsettling, The Gone World bristles with world-shattering ideas yet remains at its heart an intensely human story.

About Tom Sweterlitsch

Tom Sweterlitsch was born in Iowa and grew up in Ohio.  His first novel, Tomorrow and Tomorrow was published in 2014.  He has co-written several short films with Director Neill Blomkamp for Oats Studios including RakkaFirebase, and Zygote.  Before becoming a writer, he worked for the Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped for twelve years.  His new novel, The Gone World, is due out in February from Putnam Books. Tom lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and daughter.

This sounds all sorts of awesome. A True Detective comparison certainly doesn’t hurt.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Fall TBR

September 19, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 18 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Every October I usually load up my TBR with horror. These are the ones that I’d like to get to the most this year:

Hell House by Richard Matheson
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
The Terror by Dan Simmons
Misery by Stephen King
The Ninth Configuration by William Peter Blatty

And a few review books that I’d like to get caught up with (a few are also horror haha):

Final Girls by Mira Grant
The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones
The Twilight Pariah by Jeffrey Ford
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions (Kopp Sisters #3) by Amy Stewart

What do you plan on reading this fall?

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of September 18th, 2017

September 18, 2017 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 September 18th, 2017

One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2) by Kendare Blake [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Harper Teen

Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) by Kerri Maniscalco [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Little, Brown & Company

Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Kathy Dawson Books

A Poison Dark and Drowning (Kingdom on Fire #2) by Jessica Cluess [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers

Book of Shadows (Diary of a Haunting #3) by M. Verano [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Simon Pulse

Release by Patrick Ness [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by HarperTeen

Madness by Zac Brewer [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by HarperCollins

The Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Simon Pulse

Kaleidoscope Song by Fox Benwell [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Roaring Brook Press

Zero-G: Green Space (The Samuel Lord Series #2) by William Shatner & Jeff Rovin [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Simon & Schuster

Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Greenwillow Books

Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Finding You by Lydia Albano [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Swoon Reads

Renegades (Randoms #3) by David Liss  [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

Quests for Glory (The School for Good and Evil: The Camelot Years #1) by Soman Chainani [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by HarperCollins

Kung Fu High School by Ryan Gattis [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Fsg Originals

Chasing Augustus by Kimberly Newton Fusco [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Once You Know This by Emily Blejwas [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Delacorte Press

Successor’s Promise (Millennium’s Rule #3) by Trudi Canavan [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Orbit

Null States (Centenal Cycle #2) by Malka Ann Older [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Tor.com

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Tor Books

The Exiled King (Bone Magic #4) by Sarah Remy [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Harper Voyager Impulse

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Graydon House

The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Simon Schuster

White Bodies: A Novel by Jane Robins [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Touchstone

Keep Her Safe by Sophie Hannah [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by William Morrow

The Scarred Woman (Afdeling Q #7) by Jussi Adler-Olsen [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Dutton Books

An Echo of Murder (William Monk #23) by Anne Perry [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Ballantine Books

Murderous Mistral: A Provence Mystery (Roger Blanc #1) by Cay Rademacher [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Minotaur Books

The Trust (Liam and Catherine #4) by Ronald H. Balson [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

A Strange Scottish Shore (Emmeline Truelove #2) by Juliana Gray [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Berkley Books

Whispers of Warning (A Change of Fortune Mystery #2) by Jessica Estevao [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Berkley Books

The Trick by Emanuel Bergmann [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Atria Books

Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by William Morrow

The Way to London: A Novel of World War II by Alix Rickloff [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Good People by Hannah Kent [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Little, Brown and Company

The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs by Janet Peery [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Ballantine Books

To Be Where You Are (Mitford Years #12) by Jan Karon [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

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Recommended Reading: Short Story Collections

September 16, 2017 Bonnie Recommended Reading 101 2 Comments

Taking classes and getting excited for the assigned reading was always my favorite part of school. Using that same concept and turning different genres, locations, and subjects into a course of their own, you could come up with your own assigned reading. These would be my picks for recommended reading, what would yours be?

Short Story Collections 101

If you’re looking for a Horror collection…

Night Shift includes the ever popular Children of the Corn short story but includes equally impressive stories such as Graveyard Shift, Jerusalem’s Lot, and my favorite (and creepiest) I Am the Doorway. I love King’s writing but he absolutely excels at the art of a short story.


If you’re looking for a Sci-Fi/Futuristic collection…

Beukes has the most bizaare yet fascinating writing style and she’s so extremely creative with the worlds she builds. Slipping: Stories, Essays, & Other Writing is mostly a set of futuristic stories with a few surprising Non-Fiction pieces (the letter to her five-year-old daughter about the meaning of true beauty was my favorite) as well to really round this collection out.


If you’re looking for a Contemporary collection..

When I read this collection several years ago, I was at a stage where I typically stayed away from contemporary and short story collections in general so this was a complete spontaneous read but it was so worth it. The writing was truly brilliant and left me always wanting more.


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Waiting on Wednesday – Ultraluminous: A Novel by Katherine Faw

September 13, 2017 Bonnie Adult, Waiting on Wednesday 2 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Ultraluminous: A Novel by Katherine FawUltraluminous: A Novel by Katherine Faw
Published by MCD on December 5th 2017
Pages: 176
Genres: Contemporary
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Young God

Girlfriend. Prostitute. Addict. Terrorist? Who is K?

Ultraluminous, the daring new novel from Katherine Faw, the brilliant author of Young God, follows one year in the life of a high-end, girlfriend-experience prostitute. She has just returned to her native New York City after more than a decade abroad—in the capitals of Asia and the Middle East, her last stop Dubai, with a man she recalls only as the Sheikh—but it’s unclear why exactly she’s come back. Did things go badly for her? Does she have scores to settle?

Regardless, she has quickly made herself at home. She’s set up a rotation of clients—all of them in finance, and each of whom has different delusions of how he is important to her. And she’s also met a man whom she doesn’t charge—a damaged former Army Ranger, back from Afghanistan, and a fellow long-time heroin addict.

Her days are strangely orderly: a repetition of dinners, personal grooming, museum exhibitions, sex, Duane Reades (she likes the sushi), cosmology, sex, gallery shows, heroin, sex, and art films (which she finds soothing). The pattern is comforting, but does she really believe it’s sustainable? Or do the barely discernible rifts in her routine suggest that something else is percolating under the surface? Could she have fallen for one of her bankers? Or do those supposed rifts suggest a pattern within the pattern, a larger scheme she’s not showing us, a truth that won’t be revealed until we can see everything?

I read this author’s debut, Young God, back in 2015 and it was all sorts of crazy grittiness. It’s certainly one that works for only certain readers but it’s one I haven’t managed to forget about. I look forward to seeing if this one is just as unforgettable.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books I Loved During My First Year of Blogging

September 12, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 17 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

What with my prolonged absence, I didn’t get a chance to celebrate my 6th year blogging back in July! So today, I’m talking about the ten best books I reviewed way back in 2011. Scrolling back through the list I realized a couple things: 1. Damn, I read a lot of really great books in 2011. 2. Holy hell, I called that a review? Here are just a few that I still remember fondly a whole six years later.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Back in 2011, I was a bit obsessed with reading everything on the 1001 Books To Read Before You Die which included the Secret History (among a massive amount of other crap — I gave up on that goal many years back). It was one of the few gems I found.

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice (Mary Russell, #1) by Laurie R. King
adored this book. Yet six years later I haven’t even read the second book in the long and still current series. I’m dumb.

Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
Ooooh my first Sarah Waters was a ballsy one but goddamn that lady can write. I haven’t run through her entire backlist because I feel I’ll be quite sad if I don’t have a Waters to fall back on.

The Collector by John Fowles
Another book that I adored yet haven’t picked up anything else by this author. I blame the developed obsession with ARCs as blogging melted my brain over the years.

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
My first Stiefvater. <3 I’ve at least gone on to read many, many more of her books, so there’s that.

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
I don’t know what it was about this novel that I loved so much but I found it such a refreshing take on the post-apocalyptic genre. Walker is an amazing writer and I’m still constantly checking her Goodreads page in hope that one day there will be a second novel listed for her. Currently there’s just this, but of course, it still went on my TBR.

Ashfall (Ashfall #1) by Mike Mullin
I think this was my first official post-apocalyptic book and it went on to fuel an obsession that still remains thriving to this day.

Feed (Newsflesh #1) by Mira Grant
One excellent thing came from blogging: discovering this trilogy which fueled my love of zombies. There was a lot of fueling going on in 2011 apparently.

Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl by Stacey O’Brien
This story pretty much broke me but was such an incredibly heartfelt read. I don’t even cry and this book made me cry. Happy tears, sad tears, etc.

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones
This one cracks me up because I’m currently reading the 13th book in the series and I still love this series to no end. The 14th book is going to be the last one and I’m not sure what the hell I’m going to do with myself.

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