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Top Ten Tuesday – The Best Foodie Books

October 17, 2017 Bonnie Book Reviews, Top Ten Tuesday 2 Comments

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I love food-related books. Fiction, Non-Fiction, it doesn’t matter.

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These ten are my favorites of the bunch.

Non-Fiction

Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) by Amy Thomas
This book made me want to visit Paris like never before. On top of tales of wonderful sweets, the author shares her own personal story about finding her way in a foreign place, gaining a new perspective on life, and simply learning to be thankful for what life dishes out to you.

Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl
This is my most favorite of foodie memoirs and Reichl is such a captivating writer. Effortlessly combining her love of food and her most interesting childhood, Tender at the Bone is an absolute must-read for foodie fans.

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
Bourdain is known for his no-bullshit attitude and it’s evident in Kitchen Confidential. He even narrates this audiobook which is an added perk. KC is his story of developing his passion for food but is also an overly honest portrayal of just what life inside a restaurant is really like. (Insane as fuck.)

Give a Girl a Knife by Amy Thielen
Much like Kitchen Confidential, Amy Thielen delivers an inside look at life inside the world of New York fine-dining. The difference being the perspective shift from a female’s point of view and her story of learning to cook in an off-the-grid cabin deep in the woods of Minnesota. The New York life was interesting, but I would have preferred more of her time developing her cooking skills when she had to pump her own water, didn’t have electricity, and grew most of everything that she cooked.

My Life in France by Julia Child
Julia Child is one of the originals so she had to make this list, it was just a given. This is not one to read on an empty stomach though.

Fiction

All Four Stars (All Four Stars #1) by Tara Dairman
One of my favorite middle-grade books ever. All Four Stars is the story of Gladys Gatsby who, even in just the sixth grade, knows exactly what she wants to do in life: cook. When she enters a writing contest in school, her entry ends up in the hands of the Dining Editor at a prestigious New York newspaper and she’s offered a job as a food critic. Hilarity ensues as she tries to keep her age a secret.

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake is a delightful, lighthearted romance story that is also a love story to delicious foods and the city of Milwaukee. There’s even a delicious recipe in the back of the book for Coconut cake that I have to try myself someday.

Sweet Nothings by Janis Thomas
Ruby’s bakery is failing and after her husband leaves her for another woman, she picks herself back up and begins to teach cooking classes to make ends meet. This was such a fun and light-hearted read despite the serious nature of the topic. And the food descriptions are insanely drool-worthy.

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
My favorite Sarah Addison Allen. Less of a foodie book than the others on this list, but more about the comforting aspects of food in trying times. Josey Cirrini isn’t leading the life she planned, but she consoles herself by escaping to the closet in her room each night where she’s stockpiled it with sugary treats and romance novels. Sounds pretty wonderful, actually. 🙂

Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave
Sunshine Mackenzie has a popular cooking show on YouTube based around her being a Southern farmer’s daughter and is geared towards becoming the next Food Network star when someone hacks her Twitter account and reveals to the world that Sunshine is nothing but a fraud. Cute foodie novel about re-discovering the real you amidst all the fakery in this day and age.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Beautiful Autumn Book Covers

October 10, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 6 Comments

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Autumn is here! Except in my town, we kind of immediately jumped to Winter because it is cold as shit in the mornings. Cold weather is perfect reading weather being all bundled up with a blanket and a book which is probably why it’s my favorite season. Plus, I fucking love scarves. Anyways, today’s post is about all those Autumn books but instead of books set in Autumn or whatnot, I decided to make a pretty autumn color collage with book covers. 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday – Creepy Pairings

October 3, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 6 Comments

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Today’s topic post was supposed to be about literary characters that we have crushes on but that’s not really my style. Also, it’s October and I’m all about the horror and various other weird shit. So today I’m discussing the top ten creepy pairings in literature.

You (You #1) by Caroline Kepnes
Girl visits bookshop. Cashier takes down her credit card info and stalks her online (thank you, social media). He sets up a chance run-in with said girl and while the two end up together, well, Joe was one creepy son of a bitch.

The Collector by John Fowles
Frederick becomes obsessed with a stranger and decides to keep her in his basement until she starts to love him. Right. Completely normal.

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Honestly, do I have to say anything?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Nick and Amy were happily married until she disappeared without a trace. View Spoiler »

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Sure, it wasn’t icky to read about but when it really comes down to it, girl got with a dead guy. Gross.

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1) by E.L. James
Suuurreee you can talk about how hot Christian is but dude was straight up nothing but a nicely dressed psycho stalker.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
One of the most stomach-turning and unsettling reads of the bunch (especially after having it brought to visual life on Hulu).

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer
Queen Levana was always the evil villain but using your physic powers to force someone into marrying you is a crazy low.

Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin
Plenty of creepy pairings to choose from but Jamie and Cersei take the top prize for sure.

Origins (Alphas 0.5) by Ilona Andrews
When some creepy vampire man kidnaps you and your child and forces you to let him feed on you but it’s okay, you love him by the end of the 157 pages.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books That Feature Badass Ladies

September 26, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 12 Comments

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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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Top Ten Tuesday – Fall TBR

September 19, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 18 Comments

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

September 12, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 17 Comments

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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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Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving

September 5, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 22 Comments

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In case you were confused, yes, this is actually a real post from me. My last “real” post was June 2nd so I’ve only been absent from this space for about 3 months because, well:

Even though life isn’t completely back to normal, one of my personal goals was to really try to get back into blogging so here are the efforts of my first struggle to make that happen. lol Today’s topic is about all those books we ended up loving but it was still a rocky road to get there.

Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #1) by Ilona Andrews [Purchase]
Even though I love all things Ilona, I had a bit of a struggle getting into this non-Kate Daniels world. I picked up the second one at random, not even sure that I wanted to continue the series but that changed quickly and now I’m completely hooked.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess [Purchase|Review]
This wasn’t required reading for me in school for some reason so I didn’t end up reading (actually listening) to this until 2014. It was incredibly hard to understand because of the fact that Burgess created a language which he calls Nadsat. It is a fictional language but is essentially an eclectic mix of Slavic and Russian words with a bit of gypsy swirled in and it’s incredibly hard to follow. This story is one of my reigning favorites in classics.

Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans [Purchase|Review]
You have certain expectations going into any WWII related story and most of those don’t include having a dark sense of humor. It took me a bit to catch on to the fact that it really was meant to be funny, despite the darkness the story exuded, but I absolutely adored it. Best read if you have a dark sense of humor yourself.

The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell [Purchase|Review]
I very rarely seek out debut novels, nervous about taking the chance on something new, but this debut story is the reason I question my choice to branch out more. This is a pretty dysfunctional tale with many facets that is an incredibly written debut definitely worth your time.

The New Hunger (Warm Bodies #1.5) by Isaac Marion [Purchase]
Warm Bodies wasn’t a favorite of mine, and I purchased this one just because it was on sale. I was blown away by how amazing this was but confused how this could have been written by the same author. Burning World was also a bust for me as well but The New Hunger is still worth a read even if it is the only thing you read of Marion’s.

Replay by Ken Grimwood [Purchase|Review]
Despite this being released in the 80s and the fact that I consider myself a bit of a connoisseur of anything time travel, I didn’t know this story existed until recently. It’s a different sort of time travel story but one well worth your attention.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt [Purchase|Review]
This story would easily be on my top ten favorite books, yet I don’t often talk about the fact it took me almost an entire month to read. It’s incredibly detailed and while it was enticing enough to keep reading, it just wasn’t doing it for me, but I persevered. Now to ask the question why I still haven’t read anything else by Tartt? Bizarre.

The Silver Wolf (Legends of the Wolf #1) by Alice Borchardt [Purchase|Review]
I’ve admittedly never been much of a fan of werewolf stories for some odd reason. Naturally, I’d make an exception for Alice Borchardt (sister of Anne Rice). She’s even more of a talented author than her famous sister.

The Uninvited by Cat Winters [Purchase|Review]
Another WWII novel on this list, but vastly different. This is one of those stories that seems like every other tragic WWII story but possesses one of the most shocking twists that I was in no way expecting. My absolute favorite novel of hers to date.

The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski [Purchase|Review]
I was incredibly excited to read this despite the fact that my expectations were low. It’s hard not to, after so many releases, not expect YA fantasy to read like the multitudes of others. It intrigued me immediately and I went on to love the entire trilogy.

What books did you struggle to get into but it’s now one of your favorites?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Best Books of 2017 (so far)

June 27, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 14 Comments

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Today’s topic is about the best books read so far this year. This has been a year of ups and downs in more ways than one (not just in my reading life) and I found I had ten, but barely that. Here’s hoping that I find some fascinating reads for the rest of the year. 🙂

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
I had wanted to read something of Carter’s for ages and I have no idea what’s been stopping me. This gothic fairy-tale compilation is right up my alley and I can’t wait to get my hands on more of her works.

The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy
I’d been anticipating a lot of debuts this year and unfortunately many had been a bust. The Possessions is this crazy story about women channeling the dead so their loved ones can “be with them” for a short time and was so crazy interesting that I’m excited for more from this author.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Speaking of debuts, this was another debut I was anticipating… way back in 2014. I finally ran out of available audiobooks at one point and ended up starting this one on a whim and it’s one of the most fantastic family drama type mysteries that I’ve ever read.

I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman by Nora Ephron
Heartburn was one of my favorites last year and I was so sad that it was Nora’s only fiction novel but was still eager to read her Non-Fiction. They’re even better. I’m saving my last of hers, I Remember Nothing, for a rainy day.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
I adore Maggie’s writing yet The Scorpio Races was one of those that I never felt the urge to pick up despite the fascinating summary. This has officially topped the list for my favorite of hers and I discovered a new favorite narrator too! Steve West is incredible.

Late Wife by Claudia Emerson
I’ve been reading quite a bit of poetry this year but this one takes the cake. I’ve been trying to get a hold of more of Emerson’s works but it’s proving to be quite an elusive task.

White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona Andrews
Honestly, I love anything and everything by Ilona Andrews but I’m absolutely loving everything about this series. White Hot makes the list but I’ve already read Wildfire, the third installment, and it could have easily made the list too.

Isolation by Bex-chan
Yes, this is fan-fiction. No, I don’t care. This was my first experience with fan-fiction and I am a huge fan and yes, I totally believe Dramione could have been a thing. 🙂

Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10) by Agatha Christie
I know! I finally read it! Christie’s books are always a ton of fun but reading this on an actual train made this even better.

Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl
I love foodie fiction but I had yet to delve into the massive world of non-fiction foodie books. Ruth Reichl was at the top of my list and Tender at the Bone reminded me vividly of Nora Ephron’s writing, just vastly more foodie filled.

What books make your favorites of the year so far?
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Top Ten Tuesday – Non-Fiction Books Recently Added to My TBR

June 6, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 12 Comments

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Today’s topic is about “Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List”. My interest has recently been piqued in regards to Non-Fiction books with a wide-range of subject matters. It all started with The Plantagenets and spanned out from there. These are the ones I’m most excited about reading.

The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones
I’ve always been a fan of anything Tudor related so I decided it was well past time to find out what happened before the Tudor reign.

The Perfect Prince: The Mystery of Perkin Warbeck and His Quest for the Throne of England by Ann Wroe
Perkin Warbeck got about a 6-page feature in Dan Jones’ The Wars of the Roses and it was intriguing enough for me to search out an entire book about him.

The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc by Nancy Goldstone
Joan of Arc also received a brief mention in Dan Jones’ The Wars of the Roses (that book caused a lot of books to be added to my TBR) and it just made me realize how very little I know about her history.

Northmen: The Viking Saga, 793-1241 AD by John Haywood
Admittedly, the only thing I “know” about Vikings is from the History Channel show, but I find them fascinating so I must know more.

A History of Weapons: Crossbows, Caltrops, Catapults & Lots of Other Things that Can Seriously Mess You Up by John O’Bryan
A book about the history of weapons by a comedy writer. Sounds like all sorts of fun.

Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris by Eric Jager
I used to be a nut for True Crime when I was a teenager but haven’t picked one up in a very long time. Add in medieval aspects though and I’m all over that.

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
Another true crime that appealed to me that I picked up as an extra in my Book of the Month box.

Huế 1968: A Turning Point in the American War in Vietnam by Mark Bowden
I read Most Dangerous as a part of a National Book Award 2015 Finalist and realized 1. I don’t know jack about the Vietnam War and 2. It was fascinating (and horrifying) stuff to read about. I would like to know more.

Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King
An interesting story about the largest dome ever constructed using bricks and mortar. Architecture isn’t super my thing but this one certainly intrigued me.

Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon
Biographies are one thing that I’ve read… quite possibly none of now that I think about it. But if I were to pick up a biography, this would be it.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Most Anticipated 2017 Book Releases (July-Dec)

May 30, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 12 Comments

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There are an amazing amount of excellent sounding books releasing in the last half of 2017. Cutting it down to ten was tough, but these are the ten that I’m most anticipating getting my hands on.

Wildfire (Hidden Legacy #3) by Ilona Andrews | Expected publication: July 25th 2017 by Avon
From Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestselling author, the thrilling conclusion to her Hidden Legacy series, as Nevada and Rogan grapple with a power beyond even their imagination…

Sea of Rust: A Novel by C. Robert Cargill | Expected publication: September 5th 2017 by Harper Voyager
A scavenger robot wanders in the wasteland created by a war that has destroyed humanity in this evocative post-apocalyptic “robot western” from the critically acclaimed author, screenwriter, and noted film critic.

The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. #5) by Jonathan Stroud | Expected publication: September 12th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion
Five months after the events in THE CREEPING SHADOW, we join Lockwood, Lucy, George, Holly, and their associate Quill Kipps on a perilous night mission: they have broken into the booby-trapped Fittes Mausoleum, where the body of the legendary psychic heroine Marissa Fittes lies. Or does it?

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King | Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Scribner
In this spectacular father-son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater | Expected publication: October 10th 2017 by Scholastic Press
From bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater, a gripping tale of darkness, miracles, and family.

Lady Killers: A Compendium by Tori Telfer | Expected publication: October 10th 2017 by Harper Perennial
Inspired by author Tori Telfer’s Jezebel column “Lady Killers,” this thrilling and entertaining compendium investigates female serial killers and their crimes through the ages.

The Book of Dust (The Book of Dust Trilogy #1) by Philip Pullman | Expected publication: October 19th 2017 by David Fickling Books
Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent new novel, set ten years before Northern Lights and featuring his much-loved character, Lyra Belacqua.

Strange Weather: Four Short Novels by Joe Hill | Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by William Morrow
A collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman, Joe Hill

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson #12) by Darynda Jones | Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by St. Martin’s Press
Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the twelfth installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series.

Future Home of the Living God: A Novel by Louise Erdrich | Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Harper
Louise Erdrich, the New York Times bestselling, National Book Award-winning author of LaRose and The Round House, paints a startling portrait of a young woman fighting for her life and her unborn child against oppressive forces that manifest in the wake of a cataclysmic event

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