Posts By: Bonnie

Bonnie

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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Top Ten Tuesday – Recent Audio Favorites

March 25, 2019 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 36 Comments

I haven’t always been a listener of audiobooks, but ever since they became a staple of my daily life, I can’t remember life without them. I mean, I have to listen to something when I’m on a long drive, or doing dishes, or doing some monotonous work task, and sometimes music just doesn’t cut it. I’ve done plenty of “favorite audiobook” posts in the past, so today’s post just serves as an update to the last ten that ended up being really fantastic listens.


To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo | Narrators: Jacob York & Stephanie Willis


The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Author & Narrator)


Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman | Narrator: Greg Tremblay


Lock In (Lock In #1) by John Scalzi | Narrator: Wil Wheaton

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

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter | Narrators: Emilia Fox & Richard Armitage


Becoming by Michelle Obama (Author & Narrator)


We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union (Author & Narrator)


One Day in December by Josie Silver | Narrators: Eleanor Tomlinson & Charlie Anson


Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely | Narrators: Grace Grant & Richard Armitage

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of March 25th, 2019

March 25, 2019 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 4 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 March 25th, 2019

Once & Future (Once & Future #1) by Amy Rose Capetta, Cori McCarthy [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by jimmy patterson

Undaunted (Fetch #2) by Kat Falls [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Scholastic Press

Sky Without Stars (System Divine #1) by Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 26th 2019 by Simon Pulse

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

Killing November by Adriana Mather [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

In Another Life by C.C. Hunter [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Wednesday Books

Dig by A.S. King [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Dutton Books For Young Readers

XL by Scott Brown [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Quarantine: A Love Story by Katie Cicatelli-Kuc [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Scholastic Press

Unleaving by Melissa Ostrom [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Feiwel & Friends

Brawler by Neil Connelly [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Arthur A. Levine Books

Eyes on Me by Rachel Harris [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Entangled: Teen

The Size of the Truth (Sam Abernathy, #1) by Andrew Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

Scorch Dragons (Elementals #2) by Amie Kaufman [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by HarperCollins

Dragonfell by Sarah Prineas [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by HarperCollins

The Astonishing Maybe by Shaunta Grimes [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Feiwel & Friends

Maybe a Mermaid by Josephine Cameron [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)

The Rambling by Jimmy Cajoleas [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by HarperCollins

A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan #1) by Arkady Martine [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Tor Books

Tiamat’s Wrath (The Expanse #8) by James S.A. Corey [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Orbit Books

Guest Book: Ghost Stories by Leanne Shapton [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Riverhead

A Parliament of Bodies (The Maradaine Constabulary #3) by Marshall Ryan Maresca [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Daw Books

Black City Dragon (Black City Saint #3) by Richard A. Knaak [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Pyr Books

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Berkley Books

The Night Visitors by Carol Goodman [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Dark Tribute (Eve Duncan #24) by Iris Johansen [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

The Last Second (A Brit in the FBI #6) by Catherine Coulter &, J.T. Ellison [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Gallery Books

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Graydon House

The Cornwalls Are Gone by James Patterson & Brendan DuBois [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 25th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company

You Fit The Pattern (Julia Gooden Mystery, #4) by Jane Haseldine [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Kensington Publishing

I’ll Be Watching You by Courtney Evan Tate [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Mira Books

We All Fall Down by Daniel Kalla [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Simon Schuster

Crown Jewel (Simon Riske #2) by Christopher Reich [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Mulholland Books

The American Agent (Maisie Dobbs #15) by Jacqueline Winspear [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Harper

Murder in Midtown (Louise Faulk #2) by Liz Freeland [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

To Wed an Heiress (All for Love #2) by Karen Ranney [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Avon

The Infamous Duchess (Diamonds in the Rough #4) by Sophie Barnes [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Avon

Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure (The Worth Saga #2.75) by Courtney Milan [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Courtney Milan

Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard by Jamie Raintree [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Graydon House

The Dating Game by Kiley Roache [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Inkyard Press

Tomorrow’s Bread by Anna Jean Mayhew [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corp.

Stone Bridges (Swift River Valley #9) by Carla Neggers [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Mira Books

The Goodbye Café (The Hudson Sisters #3) by Mariah Stewart [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Gallery Books

Hope on the Inside by Marie Bostwick [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

The Cliff House by RaeAnne Thayne [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Hqn

The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Park Row

Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Tor.com

White Elephant: A Novel by Julie Langsdorf [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Ecco

The Promise of Elsewhere by Brad Leithauser [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group

Kaddish.com by Nathan Englander [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Hogarth Press

Sing to It by Amy Hempel [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Scribner

Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe by Evan James [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Atria Books

No Happy Endings by Nora McInerny [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Dey Street Books

The Other Americans by Laila Lalami [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Panthreon Books

The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose by Oprah Winfrey [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Flatiron Books

Murder by the Book: The Crime That Shocked Dickens’s London by Claire Harman [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group

On Cussing: Bad Words and Creative Cursing by Katherine Dunn [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Tin House Books

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Friday Favorites | Fictional Friendships

March 22, 2019 Bonnie Friday Favorites 2 Comments

Friendships seem like they’d be a staple item in books but that’s not always the case. A great friendship makes for a great read and these were the first five of my favorites that popped into my head.

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones | Charley and Cookie
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan | Percy and Grover
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell | Jennifer and Beth
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein | Maddie and Queenie
The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater | Blue and the boys

What are some of your favorite fictional friendships?

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Life’s Too Short – Polaris Rising, Sherwood, Old Baggage

March 21, 2019 Bonnie 2019, Adult, Book Reviews, Life's Too Short, YA 10 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.

Life’s Too Short – Polaris Rising, Sherwood, Old BaggagePolaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik
Series: Consortium Rebellion #1
Published by Harper Voyager on February 5, 2019
Pages: 431
Genres: Sci-fi
Format: ARC
Source: the Publisher
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A space princess on the run and a notorious outlaw soldier become unlikely allies in this imaginative, sexy space opera adventure—the first in an exciting science fiction trilogy.

In the far distant future, the universe is officially ruled by the Royal Consortium, but the High Councillors, the heads of the three High Houses, wield the true power. As the fifth of six children, Ada von Hasenberg has no authority; her only value to her High House is as a pawn in a political marriage. When her father arranges for her to wed a noble from House Rockhurst, a man she neither wants nor loves, Ada seizes control of her own destiny. The spirited princess flees before the betrothal ceremony and disappears among the stars.

Ada eluded her father’s forces for two years, but now her luck has run out. To ensure she cannot escape again, the fiery princess is thrown into a prison cell with Marcus Loch. Known as the Devil of Fornax Zero, Loch is rumored to have killed his entire chain of command during the Fornax Rebellion, and the Consortium wants his head.

When the ship returning them to Earth is attacked by a battle cruiser from rival House Rockhurst, Ada realizes that if her jilted fiancé captures her, she’ll become a political prisoner and a liability to her House. Her only hope is to strike a deal with the dangerous fugitive: a fortune if he helps her escape.

But when you make a deal with an irresistibly attractive Devil, you may lose more than you bargained for . . .

DNF @ 33%

My hopes were high when I first saw this title for two reasons. 1. I’m always looking for my next Fortune’s Pawn (because that book was hands down amazing) and this one sounded like it had the potential to come close and 2. the amazing blurb on the front cover from my favorite duo: Ilona Andrews.

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Runaway space princess, badass and dangerous male lead, and of course, space. This really did have all the elements of a story I would normally love but there was something off about it for me, although, I attributed it to the impending book slump I felt creeping up on me. I got to about 1/3 read before I realized that it still wasn’t doing it for me and that despite having everything I should loveit felt too mechanical as if the story was following a tried and true formula that so many books before it have used and its heart just wasn’t in it.

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

Life’s Too Short – Polaris Rising, Sherwood, Old BaggageSherwood by Meagan Spooner
Published by HarperTeen on March 19, 2019
Pages: 480
Genres: Fairy-Tales/Retellings
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Also by this author: Hunted, Unearthed

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Robin of Locksley is dead.

Maid Marian doesn’t know how she’ll go on, but the people of Locksley town, persecuted by the Sheriff of Nottingham, need a protector. And the dreadful Guy of Gisborne, the Sheriff’s right hand, wishes to step into Robin’s shoes as Lord of Locksley and Marian’s fiancé.

Who is there to stop them?

Marian never meant to tread in Robin’s footsteps—never intended to stand as a beacon of hope to those awaiting his triumphant return. But with a sweep of his green cloak and the flash of her sword, Marian makes the choice to become her own hero: Robin Hood.

DNF @ 20%

I’m a huuuuuge Robin Hood fan so I was thrilled to find out about this gender-bent version where Maid Marian takes up where Robin left off following his death. A badass Maid Marian, what could possibly go wrong? Oh wait, I spoke too soon.

Plotwise, practically nothing seems to transpire in the 20% I managed to read (and considering this book is a hefty 480 pages, that’s damn near 100 pages. Something should have happened.) And the highly anticipated badass Maid Marian? Instead of badass, she was just perfect at everything and we were constantly reminded how much better she was than even Robin. There’s confidence but then there’s just being a pompous ass and that’s exactly where Maid Marian ended up on the spectrum.

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

Life’s Too Short – Polaris Rising, Sherwood, Old BaggageOld Baggage by Lissa Evans
Published by Harper Perennial on April 16, 2019
Pages: 320
Genres: Historical Fiction
Format: ARC
Source: Library Thing
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Also by this author: Crooked Heart: A Novel

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The author of the acclaimed Crooked Heart returns with a comic, charming, and surprisingly timely portrait of a once pioneering suffragette trying to find her new passion in post-WWI era London.

1928. Riffling through a cupboard, Matilda Simpkin comes across a small wooden club—an old possession that she hasn’t seen for more than a decade. Immediately, memories come flooding back to Mattie—memories of a thrilling past, which only further serve to remind her of her chafingly uneventful present. During the Women's Suffrage Campaign, she was a militant who was jailed five times and never missed an opportunity to return to the fray. Now in middle age, the closest she gets to the excitement of her old life is the occasional lecture on the legacy of the militant movement.

After running into an old suffragette comrade who has committed herself to the wave of Fascism, Mattie realizes there is a new cause she needs to fight for and turns her focus to a new generation of women. Thus the Amazons are formed, a group created to give girls a place to not only exercise their bodies but their minds, and ignite in young women a much-needed interest in the world around them. But when a new girl joins the group, sending Mattie’s past crashing into her present, every principle Mattie has ever stood for is threatened.

Old Baggage is a funny and bittersweet portrait of a woman who has never given up the fight and the young women who are just discovering it.

 

DNF @ 10%

The story of an elderly suffragette who now leaves a comfortable life decides to leave that comfort behind and get out there and continue to make a difference. Maybe I didn’t give it long enough but such a powerful subject matter needed to be more engaging. The writing was well done and the historical research was evident but it was unfortunately a bit dry.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

March 20, 2019 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 4 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Wanderers by Chuck WendigWanderers by Chuck Wendig
Published by Del Rey Books on July 2, 2019
Pages: 800
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Format: Hardcover
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A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world's last hope. In the tradition of The Stand and Station Eleven comes a gripping saga that weaves an epic tapestry of humanity into an astonishing tale of survival.

Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and are sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead.

For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it. As the rest of society collapses all around them–and an ultraviolent militia threatens to exterminate them–the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart–or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.

About Chuck Wendig

Chuck Wendig is a novelist, a screenwriter, and a freelance penmonkey.
He has contributed over two million words to the roleplaying game industry, and was the developer of the popular Hunter: The Vigil game line (White Wolf Game Studios / CCP).

He, along with writing partner Lance Weiler, is a fellow of the Sundance Film Festival Screenwriter's Lab (2010). Their short film, Pandemic, will show at the Sundance Film Festival 2011, and their feature film HiM is in development with producer Ted Hope.

Chuck's novel Double Dead will be out in November, 2011.

He's written too much. He should probably stop. Give him a wide berth, as he might be drunk and untrustworthy. He currently lives in the wilds of Pennsyltucky with a wonderful wife and two very stupid dogs. He is represented by Stacia Decker of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

You can find him at his website, terribleminds.com.

It’s been far too long since I’ve read an epic end of the world story. And this one definitely sounds epic.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Spring TBR

March 18, 2019 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 16 Comments

I’m so grateful to have survived this winter (it was a rough one) and my first in a new city that actually experiences winter. With a new season, it’s time to review the TBR again and make lists that I won’t likely accomplish. lol Except I’m doing something a little different this time and not picking a single review book as a “goal”. They’re already the goal after all. I always try to focus on review books because, yes, they’re important and I love being given the opportunity to read them early, however, I’m trying to go easier on myself these days and am trying not to give myself such a hard time when I don’t get to all of them in time. I’ve also read about half a dozen 3-star books in the last few weeks so I’m really just looking to pick up more books that I’m excited to and not just because I full obligated to. Here are a few that I hope give me some bookish joy.

Unholy Ghosts (Downside Ghosts #1) by Stacia Kane
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl

Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire #1) by Grace Draven
Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren
Blue World by Robert R. McCammon
Six Stories (Six Stories #1) by Matt Wesolowski
The Anomaly (The Anomaly Files #1) by Michael Rutger

What are on your Spring TBRs?

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of March 18th, 2019

March 18, 2019 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 4 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 March 18th, 2019

Sherwood by Meagan Spooner [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by HarperTeen

Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Tor Teen

Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Simon Pulse

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Imprint

Winter War Awakening (Blood Rose Rebellion #3) by Rosalyn Eves [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Knopf Books For Young Readers

From Breath and Ruin (Elements of Five #1) by Carrie Ann Ryan [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Carrie Ann Ryan

Internment by Samira Ahmed [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Night Music by Jenn Marie Thorne [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Dial Books

Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Swoon Reads

The Universal Laws of Marco by Carmen Rodrigues [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Simon Pulse

A People’s History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Algonquin Books

The Portal (Tangled In Time #1) by Kathryn Lasky [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by HarperCollins

Far Away by Lisa Graff [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Philomel Books

The Perfect Assassin (The Chronicles of Ghadid #1) by K.A. Doore [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Tor Books

The Deepest Blue (The Queens of Renthia #4) by Sarah Beth Durst [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Harper Voyager

The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Saga Press

The Municipalists by Seth Fried [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Penguin Books

Inspection by Josh Malerman [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Del Rey Books

The Chaos Function by Jack Skillingstead [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Permafrost by Alastair Reynolds [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Tor.com

Radicalized by Cory Doctorow [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Tor Books

Soulkeeper (The Keepers #1) by David Dalglish [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Orbit

Zero Bomb by M.T. Hill [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Titan Books

The Magnificent Nine (Firefly #2) by James Lovegrove [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Titan Books (UK)

The Witch’s Kind by Louisa Morgan [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Redhook

Moon Rising (Luna #3) by Ian McDonald [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Tor Books

The Good Detective by John McMahon [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Save Me from Dangerous Men by S.A. Lelchuk [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Flatiron Books

The Fifth Doctrine (The Guardian #3) by Karen Robards [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Mira Books

The Elephant of Surprise (Hap and Leonard #13) by Joe R. Lansdale [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Mulholland Books

Run Away by Harlan Coben [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing

Celtic Empire (Dirk Pitt #25) by Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Mike Hammer – Murder, My Love by Max Allan Collins [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Titan Books

A Stranger Here Below (Gideon Stoltz #1) by Charles Fergus [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Skyhorse

The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Berkley

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Graydon House

In the Blink of an Eye by Jesse Blackadder [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

Oksana, Behave! by Maria Kuznetsova [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Spiegel & Grau

Bombay Brides by Esther David [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by HarperCollins

Little Boy by Lawrence Ferlinghetti [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Doubleday Books

Can’t Escape Love (Reluctant Royals #3.5) by Alyssa Cole [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Avon Impulse

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Gallery/Scout Press

Memories of the Future by Siri Hustvedt [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Simon Schuster

Lot: Stories by Bryan Washington [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Riverhead Books

The Parade by Dave Eggers [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Moth Presents Occasional Magic: True Stories about Defying the Impossible by Catherine Burns [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Crown Archetype

First: Sandra Day O’Connor by Evan Thomas [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Random House

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Friday Favorites | Reading Music

March 15, 2019 Bonnie Friday Favorites 6 Comments

It’s not often that I don’t have background music playing while I’m reading. Sometimes random noises can really throw off my concentration, so providing my own white noise helps to really eliminate any distractions. I tend to stick with instrumental (primarily piano) but I’ll occasionally mix it up when I’m feeling like something new. When it’s especially noisy, I’ll pair some instrumental music with www.rainymood.com. Nothing sets my soul more at ease than some calming music and the sound of raindrops on the window.

Artists/Bands

I’m a big fan of the Spotify feature where you can listen to Artist Radio. Sometimes when I find a new artist that I really enjoy, I’ll listen to the artist radio which plays similar music so I can find even more artists to fall in love with. These are some of the artists I listen to regularly that I’m constantly returning to:

Ludovico Einaudi
Bombazine Black
Balmorhea
This Will Destroy You
Explosions in the Sky

Soundtracks

Atonement
Jane Eyre
Pride and Prejudice
Me Before You
Far From the Madding Crowd

Spotify Playlists

Spotify has the most amazing playlists and some of these pre-made listens are perfect as is.

Melancholy Instrumental
Calm Vibes
Indie Folk for Focus
Calm Before the Storm
Mellow Beats

What do you love listening to while you read?

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Book Review | “Daisy Jones & The Six”: the Rise and Fall of Fame

March 14, 2019 Bonnie 2019, Adult, Book Reviews 4 Comments

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

Book Review | “Daisy Jones & The Six”: the Rise and Fall of FameDaisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published by Ballantine Books on March 5, 2019
Pages: 368
Genres: Historical Fiction
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: Forever, Interrupted


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Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.

Daisy: Just how honest do we have to get here? I know I told you I’d tell you everything but how much “everything” do you really want to know?

Daisy Jones & The Six was one of the biggest rock bands of the 70s but following the end of their first tour, the band broke up without ever revealing why. In this documentary-style novel, Taylor Jenkins Reid brings to life a fictional band while revealing their rapid rise to fame and an even faster descent.

Does anyone remember VH1’s Behind the Music? Back in the day when the internet wasn’t nearly as impressive and your favorite bands definitely weren’t on social media, music fans had Behind the Music. These documentaries featured interviews with the band, friends/family, managers, and anyone else that had an interesting story to tell about the band. Daisy Jones & The Six reads exactly like an episode set in the 70s replete with band drama and rampant drug abuse. The story effectively strips away the veneer that gets built up around celebrities, exposing their vulnerability and weaknesses, and revealing them as being no different than anyone else. The songs they write were the soundtrack to their drama-filled lives, forcing them to experience it all again and again with each new performance. The entire novel is essentially one massive interview, with each individual giving their perspective on what occurred which didn’t always coincide with someone else’s account but considering all the drug use and the many decades that have passed, I suppose that’s understandable.

While I found the style of the story to be a nice change of pace, unfortunately, the style managed to undermine the story as a whole. The emphasis on the importance of their song-writing and the feelings that the verses cultivated was something I wanted to be able to feel through reading about it, but it didn’t translate well on page. There was a definite lack of connection and I simply never found a reason to be invested in the lives of these individuals. Their story was an unending loop of song-writing, performing, drama, and partying yet you know it’s all building up to something big and my curiosity had me flying through this novel. I realized when the big reveal came that a greater investment in the characters was vital to feeling anything other than letdown when it actually came. Still an interesting novel for anyone looking for a glimpse into the craziness of music in the 70s.

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Saturday Night Ghost Club: A Novel by Craig Davidson

March 13, 2019 Bonnie Adult, Waiting on Wednesday 5 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – The Saturday Night Ghost Club: A Novel by Craig DavidsonThe Saturday Night Ghost Club: A Novel by Craig Davidson
Published by Penguin Books on July 9, 2019
Pages: 240
Genres: Horror
Format: Paperback
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A short, irresistible, and bittersweet coming-of-age story in the vein of Stranger Things and Stand by Me about a group of misfit kids who spend an unforgettable summer investigating local ghost stories and urban legends

Growing up in 1980s Niagara Falls - a seedy but magical, slightly haunted place - Jake Baker spends most of his time with his uncle Calvin, a kind but eccentric enthusiast of occult artifacts and conspiracy theories. The summer Jake turns twelve, he befriends a pair of siblings new to town, and so Calvin decides to initiate them all into the "Saturday Night Ghost Club." But as the summer goes on, what begins as a seemingly light-hearted project may ultimately uncover more than any of its members had imagined. With the alternating warmth and sadness of the best coming-of-age stories, The Saturday Night Ghost Club is a note-perfect novel that poignantly examines the haunting mutability of memory and storytelling, as well as the experiences that form the people we become, and establishes Craig Davidson as a remarkable literary talent.

About Craig Davidson

Craig Davidson is a Canadian author of short stories and novels, who has published work under both his own name and the pen names Patrick Lestewka and Nick Cutter

Born in Toronto, Ontario, he was raised in Calgary and St. Catharines.

His first short story collection, Rust and Bone, was published in September 2005 by Penguin Books Canada, and was a finalist for the 2006 Danuta Gleed Literary Award. Stories in Rust and Bone have also been adapted into a play by Australian playwright Caleb Lewis and a film by French director Jacques Audiard.

Davidson also released a novel in 2007 named The Fighter. During the course of his research of the novel, Davidson went on a 16-week steroid cycle. To promote the release of the novel, Davidson participated in a fully sanctioned boxing match against Toronto poet Michael Knox at Florida Jack's Boxing Gym; for the novel's subsequent release in the United States, he organized a similar promotional boxing match against Jonathan Ames. Davidson lost both matches.

His 2013 novel Cataract City was named as a longlisted nominee for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

I’ve been wanting to read this crazy bad! So glad it’s finally being released in the US. 

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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