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Top Ten Tuesday – Best Books When You’re Short on Time

March 21, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 3 Comments

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Reading slumps are the worst and suddenly picking your next read is the hardest thing you’ve ever done. Sometimes nothing works for you, regardless of size or genre, and that’s when you just need to have a Netflix binge. We’ve all been there. But if you’re not quite to that point, maybe shorter works is the answer. Reading short stories and/or novellas helps get me through because it also gives me a great sense of accomplishment, knocking out a book after no time at all. I broke this up into genres (for you mood readers like me) and they are all under 200 pages. Here’s hoping if you’re stuck in a slump that something here sparks your interest.

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If you’re in the mood for something creepy…
Come Closer
by Sara Gran (194 pages)
Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King (128 pages)

If you’re in the mood for something funny…
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett (120 pages)
I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman by Nora Ephron (137 pages)

If you’re in the mood for something literary…
Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel García Márquez (115 pages)
The Pigeon by Patrick Süskind (96 pages)

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If you’re in the mood for something steamy…
How to Misbehave (Camelot #1) by Ruthie Knox (121 pages)
Hearts in Darkness (Hearts in Darkness #1) by Laura Kaye (112 pages)

If you’re in the mood for some fantasy…
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (178 pages)
Something Rich and Strange by Patricia A. McKillip (179 pages)

If you’re in the mood for some non-fiction…
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (112 pages)
Wild Delicate Seconds: 29 Wildlife Encounters by Charles Finn (112 pages) is also an excellent source for short fiction available to read free on their website. Be sure to check out their most recent series: Nevertheless She Persisted.


Top Ten Tuesday – Spring TBR Plans

March 14, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 9 Comments

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Springtime! Otherwise known as the occasional warm day but definitely don’t put those long sleeves away yet. These are the books I’m making plans to get to this upcoming season.

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A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey
Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) by Sylvain Neuvel
Black Mad Wheel by Josh Malerman

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An Artificial Night (October Daye #3) by Seanan McGuire
Feversong (Fever #9) by Karen Marie Moning
American Gods (American Gods #1) by Neil Gaiman
Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire
Owl and the Japanese Circus (The Adventures of Owl #1) by Kristi Charish


Top Ten Tuesday – Series I Quit After the First Book

February 21, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 17 Comments

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This is my black sheep post.

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I went into these series with the highest of hopes! Rave reviews, popular authors — for whatever reason I was looking forward to each and every one of these. Many of these are well loved by many but just didn’t do it for me and I liked these far less than I expected. It is what it is.

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Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1) by Susan Dennard [Review]
Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1) by Kresley Cole [Review]
Incarnate (Newsoul #1) by Jodi Meadows
Sanctum (Guards of the Shadowlands #1) by Sarah Fine
The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter #1) by Megan Shepherd [Review]

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The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1) by Kelley Armstrong
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir [Review]
Prudence (The Custard Protocol #1) by Gail Carriger [Review]
Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1) by Melina Marchetta
Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown


Top Ten Tuesday – Steamy Goodness

February 14, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 5 Comments

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Today’s topic is, of course, all about the romance.

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Still wanting to participate, I did a variation on the topic. The following are just a few of my favorite books when rating them based on “steam”. For books where I list the first in a series… sometimes the steamy isn’t introduced until later, but it’s well worth the wait. 🙂

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For some sci-fi/fantasy/urban fantasy steamy…
Fortune’s Pawn (Paradox #1)
by Rachel Bach [Purchase//Review]
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas [Purchase//Review]
Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning [Purchase]
Wildest Dreams (Fantasyland #1) by Kristen Ashley [Purchase]
Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror #1) by Karina Halle [Purchase]

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For some contemporary steamy…
The Hating Game: A Novel by Sally Thorne [Purchase//Review]
by Leah Raeder [Purchase]
Asking for It (Asking for It #1) by Lilah Pace [Purchase]

For some historical steamy…
Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon [Purchase]
Some Like It Wild (Kincaid Highland #2) by Teresa Medeiros [Purchase]

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Top Ten Tuesday – More Of/Less Of

February 7, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 19 Comments

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Today’s topic is a broad one: books that we wish had more/less of X. I could list a multitude of books that need more romance, horror novels that need more terror, so instead of nitpicking specific issues I decided to nitpick quantity. Speaking of quantity, I couldn’t settle on 10. It is what it is.

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Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer
I’ve read many, many books over the years but Agnes has always stayed shining in my memory. She deserves more books.

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
Levithan’s writing style in this will always be one of my favorites. More stories should be written in such a way.

School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins
I remember when this was supposed to be the start of a new series but then it wasn’t and ended up just being grouped in with Hex Hall. Izzy deserves her own series.

The Awesome by Eva Darrows
Maggie Cunningham is so fantastically snarky that I would love to read about her future antics.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Maybe Ernest Cline could come up with story where a sequel to OASIS was found in some attic like they keep claiming with Michael Crichton books.

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Paradox series by Rachel Bach
MORE DEVI SPACE ADVENTURES. Rupert can come too, please.

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
I mean, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny grow up. They aren’t like those Land Before Time dinosaurs… so let’s have some grown up adventures, yeah?

Brian Froud’s Faerielands series
Each of these books are based off Brian Froud’s art. Each of the four are fantastic and I would love to see more stories based off his art.

Locke & Key series by Joe Hill
Joe Hill has always been one of my favorite horror authors but he knocks it out of the park with these graphic novels. I’d love to see more in this world.

Indexing series by Seanan McGuire
I’m not sure if more books are being planned but I sure hope so. McGuire’s dark fairy tales series is so much fun.

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Newsflesh series by Mira Grant
I adored the original trilogy and the short stories are phenomenal but Feedback was… no.

Fever series by Karen Marie Moning
WHY DIDN’T SHE JUST LEAVE IT AT FIVE. Everything after Shadowfever (Iced and beyond) has been not good (yet I keep reading them). The latest, Feversong, is supposed to be the final installment. We’ll see if that sticks.

All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
I loved A Discovery of Witches but the following two installments in the trilogy were such an epic disappointment. I’m not sure where the series went wrong but wrong it went.

Me Before You series by Jojo Moyes
While I didn’t dislike After You as a great many did, I can agree that it was wholly unnecessary. Me Before You was a heartbreaking story but was complete and should have been left to stand on its own.

Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
I love this series. But the last one? Holy hell, what a chore to get through. While the history of the time period is fascinating, it seems to be the story instead of the story that Gabaldon creates. I’ll keep reading them because I think the end is near, but I’d love if we could get back to what made these fantastic in the beginning.


Top Ten Tuesday – Best Graphic Novels

January 31, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 12 Comments

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I was a big time comic book nerd when I was a kid. I’d read any I could get my hands on but I was super obsessed with the X-Men. I even had ginormous posters of Storm and Rogue in their skin-tight outfits that totally would have belonged in some teenage boys bedroom. I forgot a bit about my love of comics as I got older so imagine my surprise when I became a blogger and realized there’s an actual market for them still. Comics, graphic novels, if there’s a difference I have no idea what it is but damn, do they ever make me feel like a happy little kid again. These, in a variety of genres, are the best of the bunch.

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For anyone who loves a badass lady…
Lady Killer by Joëlle Jones

For anyone looking to break the mold…
Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick

For the grown up Harry Potter fan…
The Unwritten, Volume 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity by Mike Carey

For fans of anything requiring an exorcism…
Outcast, Vol. 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him by Robert Kirkman

For the true crime fan…
Green River Killer by Jeff Jensen

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For the zombie lover…
Revival, Vol. 1: You’re Among Friends by Tim Seeley

For the fairytale fan…
Fables, Volume 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham

For the fantasy fan…
The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman

For the obscure science fiction fan…
Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

For the true horror fan…
Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill


Top Ten Tuesday – Committed to Reading in 2017

January 24, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 21 Comments

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The one New Years resolution I always make is a list of books I’m definitely reading this year. In past years, I haven’t always succeeded but it’s helpful to me to have a list in mind even if I don’t always accomplish it. Which makes no sense, but whatever. Making it official in a blog post that I can look back on should help. *fingers crossed*

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The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien [Purchase]
I read this one several decades ago but don’t remember much and ended up quitting mid-way through Two Towers. Hoping to finally be able to cross this off my list.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë [Purchase]
Next up on the classics I was never forced to read… last year I purchased the Audible narration by Thandie Newton and it sounds beautiful. I’m actually really excited but I hear it’s a sad one.

Thursbitch by Alan Garner [Purchase]
This one has become a running joke at this point. I spent far more than I usually spend on books to get this shipped to from the UK and yet it sits on my shelf collecting dust bunnies.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman [Purchase]
With the show coming out soon, this needs to be read sooner than later since I’m a book before the movie/show purist.

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King [Purchase]
Above comment also applies to Gunslinger. Also because I finally conquered The Stand last year and I wanted to read that one before Dark Tower series because Roland. 🙂

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Troubled Waters (Elemental Blessings #1) by Sharon Shinn [Purchase]
After I read A Court of Mist and Fury I went a teensy bit crazy for anything similar. Maas recommended almost all of Shinn’s books and this one looks the best. Another possibility is Archangel.

Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie [Purchase]
Anytime I’m in the mood for something cute and fluffy, Bet Me always seems to be at the top of everyone’s lists. I’ve read a few other Crusie’s and they’re fun (Agnes and the Hitman being my absolute favorite) so this one needs to be next.

Undead (Undead #1) by Kirsty McKay [Purchase]
I won this series in a contest years ago and I’m a bit embarrassed that I haven’t made time for it. In an attempt to read more “light” reads, I’d like to finally make time for this fun sounding zombie series.

The Duchess War (Brothers Sinister #1) by Courtney Milan [Purchase]
I adore Courtney Milan. Her Turner series always makes the list for favorite historical romances so I have no idea why I haven’t dove into this one yet. This is the year!

Stop in the Name of Pants! (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #9) by Louise Rennison [Purchase]
Okay, this one tops it. How do I read 8 installments in a series one year and then not finish? I only have 2 installments left and when thinking of fluffy, fun reads I needed to read this immediately came to mind.


Top Ten Tuesday – Underrated Gems Pt. 3

January 17, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 9 Comments

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Whenever the subject of my blog comes up in conversation, I’m always asked why I started blogging. “I just love books!” is the simple answer and one I give most to non-readers. “I just love writing about books!” is the second typical answer. I blog for both reasons in addition to wanting to be a source which people are able to go to for recommendations. There is nothing better than to recommend a book to someone and have them come back telling you how much they loved it. Blogging is a hobby for me, not a job, but a successful recommendation feels like a job well done. But I also love being in a position where I’m able to help share the book love and give some of those lesser known titles a leg-up, and hopefully find a few more readers who can love it as much as I did.

I’ve done this same post type before: last time was in July 2016 and first time was September 2014. These ten are the most recent underrated gems from the past year of reading for me.

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Slipping: Stories, Essays, & Other Writing by Lauren Beukes [Purchase//Review]
74 Goodreads ratings, 6 Amazon ratings

Dead Souls by J. Lincoln Fenn [Purchase//Review]
250 Goodreads ratings, 27 Amazon ratings

Pasadena by Sherri L. Smith [Purchase//Review]
282 Goodreads ratings, 11 Amazon ratings

Dark Alchemy (Dark Alchemy #1) by Laura Bickle [Purchase//Review]
298 Goodreads ratings, 35 Amazon ratings

The Voodoo Killings: A Kincaid Strange Novel (Kincaid Strange #1) by Kristi Charish [Purchase//Review]
324 Goodreads ratings, 10 Amazon ratings

The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan [Purchase//Review]
764 Goodreads ratings, 58 Amazon ratings

Fallen Land by Taylor Brown [Purchase//Review]
995 Goodreads ratings, 71 Amazon ratings

Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser [Purchase//Review]
1,240 Goodreads ratings, 101 Amazon ratings

The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp [Purchase//Review]
1,251 Goodreads ratings, 59 Amazon ratings

Reflections (Indexing #2) by Seanan McGuire [Purchase]
1,527 Goodreads ratings, 127 Amazon ratings


Top Ten Tuesday – 2016 Releases I Never Read

January 10, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 21 Comments

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At the start of a new year, it’s easy to reflect as a book blogger on all the reads that one missed out on in the previous year, even with the abundant amount of upcoming reads no doubt filling our minds already. For once, I actually had difficulty putting together a complete list of 10 that I really wish I had made time for. I do hope to get around to these sooner rather than later.

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The Everything Box (Another Coop Heist #1) by Richard Kadrey
You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott
Good Morning, Midnight: A Novel by Lily Brooks-Dalton
To The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld
The Regional Office Is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales
Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters


Top Ten Tuesday – Highly Anticipated 2017 Debuts

January 3, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 19 Comments

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Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra – Expected publication: January 3rd 2017 by Razorbill Canada
Jane Austen meets Arthur Conan Doyle in a historical fiction debut for fans of Ruta Sepetys and Elizabeth Wein.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – Expected publication: January 10th 2017 by Del Rey
A young woman’s family is threatened by forces both real and fantastical in this debut novel inspired by Russian fairy tales.

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai – Expected publication: February 7th 2017 by Dutton Books
All Our Wrong Todays is about the versions of ourselves that we shed and grow into over time. It is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms. Filled with humor and heart and saturated with insight and intelligence and a mind-bending talent for invention, this novel signals the arrival of a major talent.

The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy – Expected publication: February 7th 2017 by Harper
In this electrifying literary debut, a young woman who channels the dead for a living crosses a dangerous line when she falls in love with one of her clients, whose wife died under mysterious circumstances

The Book of Mirrors by E.O. Chirovici – Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
An elegant, page-turning thriller in the vein of Night Film and Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, this tautly crafted novel is about stories: the ones we tell, the ones we keep hidden, and the ones that we’ll do anything to ensure they stay buried.

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Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell – Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by McSweeney’s
A bleakly comic tour de force that’s by turns poignant, uproariously funny, and viscerally unsettling, this debut novel has shades of Bernhard, Beckett and Bowles–and it announces the singular voice of Patty Yumi Cottrell

American War by Omar El Akkad – Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group
An audacious and powerful debut novel: a second American Civil War, a devastating plague, and one family caught deep in the middle—a story that asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself.

You Were Here by Gian Sardar – Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Readers of Kate Atkinson will delight in this suspenseful and romantic debut novel about a woman haunted by nightmares and her grandmother’s role in a doomed love triangle almost seventy years before

The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka – Expected publication: June 13th 2017 by Minotaur Books
Kinsey Millhone meets Serial, The Last Place You Look is a head-on collision between an allegedly closed case and a tenacious, troubled private investigator who doesn’t know when to quit.

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt – Expected publication: August 1st 2017 by Atlantic Monthly Press
Sarah Schmidt’s debut is a masterful reimagining of the infamous Lizzie Borden story and an unsettling portrait of a troubled family