Posts By: Bonnie

Bonnie

Reno, NV
Lover of tea. Crazed Bibliophile. Daydreamer.
I have a ridiculous love for the written word. I read anything and everything: Adult fiction, YA, Middle Grade, even the occasional Non-Fiction.

When I'm not reading I'm caring for my step-children, drinking obscene amounts of tea and contemplating what life will be like in the impending apocalypse.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of May 22nd, 2017

May 22, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

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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 May 22nd, 2017

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The Gauntlet (The Cage #3) by Megan Shepherd [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by HarperCollins

Refuge for Masterminds (Stranje House #3) by Kathleen Baldwin [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Tor Teen

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Hold Back the Stars: A Novel by Katie Khan [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Gallery Books

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Rise of the Isle of the Lost (Descendants #3) by Melissa de la Cruz [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

Dove Alight (Dove Chronicles #3) by Karen Bao [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers

In a Perfect World by Trish Doller [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Simon Pulse

The Romeo Catchers (The Casquette Girls #2) by Alys Arden [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Skyscape

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The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Wishbones by Virginia Macgregor [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by HQ

Roll by Darcy Miller [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by HarperCollins

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Black Mad Wheel by Josh Malerman [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Ecco

Radiate (Lightless #3) by C.A. Higgins [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Del Rey Books

Dreaming of Zhou Gong (The Timekeepers #1) by Traci Harding [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Voyager

River of Teeth (River of Teeth #1) by Sarah Gailey [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Tor.com

The Caledonian Gambit by Dan Moren [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Talos

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Crazy House by James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 22nd 2017 by jimmy patterson

What She Saw: A Novel by Gerard Stembridge [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Harper Paperbacks

Enemy of the Good by Matthew Palmer [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Roses of May (The Collector #2) by Dot Hutchison [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Thomas & Mercer

The Only Child by Andrew Pyper [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Simon Schuster

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The Long Drop by Denise Mina [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Little, Brown and Company

Shadow Man by Alan Drew [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Random House

Perish the Day (The Storm Murders Trilogy #3) by John Farrow [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Minotaur Books

Watching the Detectives (The Country Club Murders #5) by Julie Mulhern [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Henery Press

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Dragon Teeth: A Novel by Michael Crichton [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Harper

Blood Oath (Laura Elliston #2) by Melissa Lenhardt [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Redhook

Isadora: A Novel by Amelia Gray [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Little Sister: A Novel by Barbara Gowdy [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Tin House Books

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Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group

A Good Country by Laleh Khadivi [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Bloomsbury USA

Chemistry by Weike Wang [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Heirs by Susan Rieger [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Crown Publishing Group (NY)

According to a Source: A Novel by Abby Stern [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

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Stacking the Shelves (173)

May 21, 2017 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 10 Comments

Between some Kindle sales, an Audible sale, and my Book of the Month order, I’ve got tons to share today. 🙂

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Purchased

I finally discovered Clive Barker last year and I’ve slowly been accumulating his collection of stories. And can you believe I haven’t read any Scalzi yet? I’ve been on a bit of a true crime kick lately and had to get Helter Skelter when I saw it on the audible sale! And Thick as Thieves, of course. Added bonus: Steve West narrates. 🙂

Kindle
Abarat (Abarat #1) by Clive Barker

Audibles
Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi
Lock In (Lock In #1) by John Scalzi
Thick as Thieves (The Queen’s Thief #5) by Megan Whalen Turner

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I had a couple of free book credits so I used those to get the newest from Megan Abbott and David Grann. Very excited for all of these!

Book of the Month

Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki
You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

What new books did you get this week?

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Recommended Reading: Fairy Tale Mashups

May 20, 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?

Fairy Tale Mashups 101

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I’m super late to the Angela Carter party but oh man, did I love this collection. Each of her stories is a retelling of the fairy tales we all know already (Little Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, Beauty and the Beast, etc.) with her own special Gothic twist. They’re macabre and eerie and a total delight to read.


Book Review – Indexing by Seanan McGuireIf you’re looking for something with fairy tale detectives…

Indexing is the first installment in a series about a government agency that monitors fairy tale manifestations and prevents them from getting out of control. The concept is that people are born predisposed to a certain fairy tale and if allowed to run its course, it could be disastrous for the rest of the world. Highly entertaining.


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Fables: Legends in Exile is the start of a long and thrilling series about the inhabitants of Fabletown, a town kept veiled from normal humans which allows the fairy tale beings to live right alongside of us. This is the first installment of a 22 volume series (not including the additional spin-offs) so be prepared to devote some time.


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Book Review – A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

May 19, 2017 Bonnie Book Reviews, New Adult, Read in 2017 4 Comments

Book Review – A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 2nd 2017
Pages: 720
Genres: Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Queen of Shadows

three-half-stars

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

A Court of Thorns and Roses series

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A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Well, it’s finally here.

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I’m so exasperated and everyone and their mother has given this 5 stars at this point so I’m feeling like quite the outcast. I liked A Court of Thorns and Roses, adored A Court of Mist and Fury, and A Court of Wings and Ruin was quite possibly my most anticipated book of the year. I took the day off work to read this and while I can’t say that I regret doing so or that the book was bad, it just wasn’t what I was expecting. There were things I liked and things I didn’t like, so I’ll start with the good.

The best parts of this book were, surprisingly, the war scenes. We all knew a war was coming in this installment but I never quite expected it to be nearly as epic and for all the fae and their magical powers to be quite as badass as they were. Savage, brutal, and thrilling (and the war makes up a large chunk of this book). In terms of the best (non-violent) parts, Feyre getting to explore more that the Court of Dreams has to offer was lovely. Her depictions of the city were enough to form magical cities in my mind, but the library carved inside an actual mountain? The shelves built into the stone walls, the reading nooks, the low-burning lamps, the cozy chairs, and the fireplaces.

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And lastly, I loved how she incorporates all of the lesser characters that seemed to have minor roles in the conclusion: the Suriel, the Weaver, the Bone Carver, and even a new terrifying beastie.

And now onto the bad.

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I’ll do my best.

My first issue: the beginning. The story opens where the ending of Mist left off with Feyre returning to the Spring Court. She’s intent on gathering information about King Hybern and his armies but it turned into this long and drawn out affair that transformed Feyre into this cruel and vindictive person that I didn’t much care for. What she intended to achieve simply didn’t seem necessary to the story as a whole either. My second issue was actually with the writing itself. I’m not sure if less editing was done, or time constraints to get this done and published (or a combination of the two) but this read incredibly uneven. There’s so much to accomplish with a final book in a series and it felt like Maas had a checklist of things that needed to be answered, actions that the characters had to take to set up certain events, etc. and we bounced hurriedly onto the next task on her list just as soon as one was completed. The story lacked a grace and flow that was needed to draw these three stories together in order to give it the final farewell it deserved. And lastly, in terms of farewells, the ending caused the majority of my grumbles. Maas implied throughout the entire book of things impending that never came to fruition and things ended all nice and neat with a pretty little bow on top. Clearly, many (and I mean many) fans were perfectly content, I, unfortunately, was not. But as I said, it wasn’t a bad ending but it wasn’t the ending I expected.

Maas has already announced that there are two additional trilogies to come set in this same world and while I was originally excited, I’d really like to know the focus on those stories before committing to more. What started as a beauty and the beast retelling turned into a fascinating world full of magic and fae. While I don’t give this final installment the highest of marks, this was still a most engrossing trilogy.

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Audiobook Sync: Week 4 Titles | The Gathering and In Our Backyard (May 18 – May 24)

May 18, 2017 Bonnie Audiobooks, Sync 4 Comments

This week’s free set of titles is ready to download! Make sure you get these downloaded by May 24th because a new set of books will be available to download on May 25th. In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

Any individual may participate by downloading the OverDrive App to their device of choice and returning to the SYNC website each Thursday after 7am Eastern Time to download the new audiobook pair for the week. Each title is available for one week only, but once downloaded they can be kept forever, so the opportunity to listen can extend well beyond the term of the summer program.

This year’s program kicks off on April 27th and there will be a total of 32 titles available to 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!

Now without further ado, your free audiobook titles this week….

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The Gathering (Shadow House #1) by Dan Poblocki | Read by Dan Bittner | Published by Scholastic Audiobooks | Download available here!

Multiplatform takes on horror with a trilogy that brings Miss Peregrine to middle grade with an online Skeleton Creek twist! Come Play With Us…

Buildings have memories. Places bear scars. We’ve all had those moments–a chill in the air, a sense that something terrible once happened where we stand. But some houses are more than scary. They’re hungry.

Larkspur House has lured five kids inside, and they’re trapped. The five will have to look carefully–there are clues to the house’s secrets scattered all over the grounds, and if they can figure out the past, it might show them a way out of their terrifying present. Will they stay strong enough to discover the house’s weakness and escape? Or will the horrors of Larkspur House scare the five right out of their minds?

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In Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do to Stop It by Nita Belles | Read by Nicol Zanzarella | Published by Oasis Audio | Download available here!

Modern slavery is happening all around you . . . and you can be part of the solution.

Human trafficking is not just something that happens in other countries. Nor is it something that just happens to “other people,” such as runaways or the disenfranchised. Even kids in your own neighborhood can fall victim. But they don’t have to.

Through true stories and expertise from her many years of boots-on-the-ground experience, anti-trafficking expert Nita Belles teaches you everything you need to know about human trafficking in the United States, helping you identify risk factors, take practical steps to keep your loved ones and neighbors safe from predators, and recognize trafficking around you, so that you can help fight it.

Happy listening!

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Waiting on Wednesday – He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

May 17, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 3 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – He Said/She Said by Erin KellyHe Said/She Said by Erin Kelly
Published by Minotaur Books on June 6th 2017
Pages: 400
Genres: Mystery
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: The Burning Air

On the eve of a solar eclipse, a couple forced into hiding discovers that they can no longer run from their past in this taut psychological suspense novel.

In the summer of 1999, Kit and Laura travel to a festival in Cornwall to see a total eclipse of the sun. Kit is an eclipse chaser; Laura has never seen one before. Young and in love, they are certain this will be the first of many they’ll share.

But in the hushed moments after the shadow passes, Laura interrupts a man and a woman. She knows that she saw something terrible. The man denies it. It is her word against his.

The victim seems grateful. Months later, she turns up on their doorstep like a lonely stray. But as her gratitude takes a twisted turn, Laura begins to wonder—did she trust the wrong person?

15 years later, Kit and Laura are living under assumed names and completely off the digital grid: no Facebook, only rudimentary cell phones, not in any directories. But as the truth catches up to them, they realize they can no longer keep the past in the past.

From Erin Kelly, queen of the killer twist, He Said/She Said is a gripping tale of the lies we tell to save ourselves, the truths we cannot admit, and how far we will go to make others believe our side of the story.

About Erin Kelly

Erin Kelly was born in London in 1976 and grew up in Essex. She read English at Warwick University and has been working as a journalist since 1998.

She has written for newspapers including The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Express and magazines including Red, Psychologies, Marie Claire, Elle and Cosmopolitan.

I’ve read two of Erin Kelly’s books, The Burning Air and The Poison Tree, both ages ago but they left memorable impressions on me. The blurb for her new one is quite mysterious but I like the sound of it.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Best Books I Read Because Of My Mum

May 16, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 12 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

My mom instilled in me a love of reading at an early age. I remember always taking walks to the library that was only a block or two away from my home when I was young. We’d spend hours there and I loved every minute of it. Throughout my life though she’s recommended a variety of books to me and these are the ones that left the most lasting impression over the years.

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The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew #1) by Carolyn Keene
These are some of the first books I remember my mom recommending me. My mom grew up in the same small town I did and would tell me stories about hanging out in the library and reading all the Nancy Drews (and Hardy Boys). I never got around to the Hardy Boy’s and I didn’t finish all the Nancy Drew’s but I sure did love them.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
This is my mom’s favorite book and she passed along that love to me. I went on to read many of Scott O’Dell’s stories but there was something truly special about Island of the Blue Dolphins. We’re about to do our first ever re-read soon, right mum? 🙂

The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth’s Children #1) by Jean M. Auel
I read this at an incredibly young age when you consider how much cave sex was going on. People these days would tend to think this is a bad thing, but her never limiting what I decided to pick up was vital to my growing love for reading.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling
I was a bit late to the Potter party but my mom was the first to get me a copy. I lived with my other parent for a short period of time who was one of those weirdos you hear about that, for religious reasons, wouldn’t let Harry Potter in their house. Hail satan. I would sneak my copies into my bedroom and read under my sheet at night with a flashlight just like Harry did. Best mom ever.

Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
My mom and I read these together, well, as together as we could back before Kindles when we only had one copy. I read them first and she quickly scooped them up. I had just handed off Dragonfly in Amber to her and grabbed Voyager to take with me to work that day. I worked in a gold mine and I hated it so bad, I was constantly sneaking off to hide in the bathroom to read. My copy of Voyager was so old and beat up it had split in half and I accidentally grabbed the second half. It was the worst day ever but still good for a laugh to this day.

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Edgar Allan Poe
My mom gave me my first introduction to Edgar Allan Poe by way of a small little book that was crumbling it was so old and if you couldn’t tell it was ancient, the $0.35 price tag gave it away. He quickly became one of my all-time favorites thanks to that little book.

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
I was a huge Goosebumps fan but fell out of love with horror as I got older. She clued me into this one (I read this before I had even picked up Stephen King) and it reminded me of everything that I used to love about the genre.

Skeleton Crew by Stephen King
My mom told me she tried reading this book when she was pregnant with me and that one particular story grossed her out so bad that she put it down and didn’t come back to it for months. I laughed, thinking she was over-reacting. Then I read The Raft and I knew what she was talking about. I started reading this in March 2014 and didn’t manage to get back around to it and finish until March of 2016. I actually think Survivor Type is even more horrifying though.

That Same Flower: Floria Aemilia’s Letter to St. Augustine by Jostein Gaarder
My mom came to visit my several years ago (we live in separate states) and when it came time to say goodbye in the extremely early hours of the day she left me this book, told me it was beautiful, and that I had to read it. I was much too sad to think about going back to sleep so I stayed up and read this cover to cover. It was beautiful and got me through the saddest times of that night.

The Collector by John Fowles
Fowles was a generalized recommendation from her many years ago and not sure quite where to start, I started at the beginning. The Collector may be crazy psycho (it’s about this guy that kidnaps this girl and keeps her in his basement — so what) but what an incredible book to claim as your debut novel. I have yet to read anything else by Fowles (it’ll happen, I swear) but this remains the best recommendation ever.

Thank you, mommy. I wouldn’t be the reader I am today if it wasn’t for you. <3

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of May 15th, 2017

May 15, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 6 Comments

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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 May 15th, 2017

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Thick as Thieves (The Queen’s Thief #5) by Megan Whalen Turner [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Greenwillow Books

Seeker (Riders #2) by Veronica Rossi [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Tor Teen

The Crown’s Fate (The Crown’s Game #2) by Evelyn Skye [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Balzer + Bray

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1) by Renee Ahdieh [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

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The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Grit by Gillian French [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by HarperTeen

The Best Kind of Magic (Windy City Magic #1) by Crystal Cestar [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

My Future Ex-Girlfriend by Jake Gerhardt [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers

My Fairy Godmother Is a Drag Queen by David Clawson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Sky Pony Press

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Grace and the Fever by Zan Romanoff [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

A Million Junes by Emily Henry [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Razorbill

The Crying Rocks by Janet Taylor Lisle [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Contagion (Dark Matter #1) by Teri Terry [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2017 by Orchard Books

Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Entangled Teen

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Antisocial by Jillian Blake [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Delacorte Press

No Second Chances by Kate Evangelista [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Swoon Reads

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Flux

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The World’s Greatest Detective by Caroline Carlson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by HarperCollins

Quicksand Pond by Janet Taylor Lisle [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

The Shadow Cipher (York #1) by Laura Ruby [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Walden Pond Press

You’re Not Proper (Striker #1) by Tariq Mehmood [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by HopeRoad Publishing

Moon Shadow by Erin Downing [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Aladdin

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The Empire’s Ghost by Isabelle Steiger [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

Vanguard (The Genesis Fleet #1) by Jack Campbell [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Ace Books

Wicked Wonders by Ellen Klages [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Tachyon Publications

Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Doubleday Books

Shattered Warrior by Sharon Shinn [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by First Second

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Greedy Pigs (Sin du Jour #5) by Matt Wallace [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Tor.com

It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

Broken River: A Novel by J. Robert Lennon [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Graywolf Press

Testimony (Kindle County Legal Thriller #10) by Scott Turow [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Grand Central Publishing

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The Second Day of the Renaissance (Inspector Trotti #1) by Timothy Williams [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Soho Crime

You Were Here by Gian Sardar [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Flatiron Books

New Boy (Hogarth Shakespeare) by Tracy Chevalier [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Hogarth

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Eagle and Empire (Hesperian Trilogy #3) by Alan Smale [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Del Rey Books

Lilli de Jong: A Novel by Janet Benton [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Nan A. Talese

The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Touchstone

Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession (Six Tudor Queens #2) by Alison Weir [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Ballantine Books

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Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone by Phaedra Patrick [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Park Row Books

The Beach House: Coming Home: A Novel by Georgia Bockoven [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Ballantine Books

The Queen of Dauphine Street (NOLA Nights #2) by Thea de Salle [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 15th 2017 by Pocket Star

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Evensong: A Novel by Kate Southwood [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by W. W. Norton & Company

The Awkward Age by Francesca Segal [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Riverhead Books

Bad Dreams and Other Stories by Tessa Hadley [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Harper

Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall by Suzette Mayr [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Coach House Books

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Stacking the Shelves (172)

May 14, 2017 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 4 Comments

I’ve gotten a bit lazy with my weekly posts! I’m exhausted practically all the time lately and usually by the time I realize that I don’t have a post for the next day, I’m usually in bed and good luck getting me up. I haven’t been spending my weekends getting stuff ready for the week and I need to get back into the groove of that so I have some posts ready to go in advance and not just the night before. 🙂

Recent Posts

New Books

I realized I keep forgetting to share my BOTM pick from April (lol, my May box is already en route.) I haven’t read it yet because I haven’t been quite in the mood yet but I’m very excited to get around to it.

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I (of course) pre-ordered ACOWAR (and also took the day off work just to read it). Sadly, it was a bit of a disappointment for me. I picked up Wedding Girl on sale for Kindle and an Agatha Christie. My library checkouts are a bit random. I don’t often read Non-Fiction but I have always been fascinated by the Tudor time period. What led up to the Tudor time period? Well, that’s my current obsession. I’m currently reading The Wars of the Roses and I absolutely love it. I’ve since added a crazy amount of fascinating sounding histories to my TBR because apparently it’s quickly become my thing. I’m all ears for recommendations. 🙂

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Purchased
American War by Omar El Akkad [Purchase]
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas [Purchase]
Wedding Girl by Stacey Ballis [Purchase]
Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot #17) by Agatha Christie [Purchase]

Library Checkouts

The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones [Purchase]
The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones [Purchase]

What new books did you get this week?

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Audiobook Sync: Week 3 Titles | Bronx Masquerade and Teenage Diaries (May 11 – May 17)

May 11, 2017 Bonnie Audiobooks, Sync 3 Comments

This week’s free set of titles is ready to download! Make sure you get these downloaded by May 17th because a new set of books will be available to download on May 18th. In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

Any individual may participate by downloading the OverDrive App to their device of choice and returning to the SYNC website each Thursday after 7am Eastern Time to download the new audiobook pair for the week. Each title is available for one week only, but once downloaded they can be kept forever, so the opportunity to listen can extend well beyond the term of the summer program.

This year’s program kicks off on April 27th and there will be a total of 32 titles available to 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!

Now without further ado, your free audiobook titles this week….

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Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes | Read by Jessica Almasy, Kevin R. Free, Marc Damon Johnson, Sisi Aisha Johnson, Melanie Martinez, Cherise Boothe | Published by Recorded Books | Download available here!

Acclaimed poet, novelist, journalist, and educator Nikki Grimes was born and raised in New York City. Each of the 18 kids in Mr. Ward’s inner city classroom has something important to say, but some don’t even realize it. Then Mr. Ward begins to have “open mic” poetry slams once a month on Fridays. Young adult listeners will identify with the characters in Bronx Masquerade as they explore questions about life and self-expression. “As always, Grimes gives young people exactly what they’re looking for-real characters who show them they are not alone.”-School Library Journal

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Teenage Diaries: Then & Now by Radio Diaries | Read by Hosted by Joe Richman | Published by HighBridge Audio | Download available here!

They conduct interviews, keep audio journals, and record the sounds of daily life; usually collecting more than 30 hours of raw tape over the course of a year, edited into documentaries airing on NPR’s All Things Considered. Whether it’s the story of Amanda, a gay teen trying to understand her sexuality, or the story of Juan, who crossed the Rio Grande with his family illegally, these stories offer insight into the mysterious life of teenagers. Sixteen years later, five of those diarists return to chronicle their grown-up lives.

Happy listening!

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