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Waiting on Wednesday | The Case of the Vanishing Blonde: And Other True Crime Stories

Posted May 13, 2020 by Bonnie in Uncategorized, Waiting on Wednesday / 2 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday | The Case of the Vanishing Blonde: And Other True Crime StoriesThe Case of the Vanishing Blonde: And Other True Crime Stories by Mark Bowden
Published by Atlantic Monthly Press on July 7, 2020
Pages: 400
Genres: True Crime
Format: Hardcover
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From Mark Bowden, a "master of narrative journalism" (New York Times), comes a true-crime collection both deeply chilling and impossible to put down.
Six captivating true-crime stories, spanning Mark Bowden's long and illustrious career, cover a variety of crimes complicated by extraordinary circumstances. Winner of a lifetime achievement award from International Thriller Writers, Bowden revisits in The Case of the Vanishing Blonde some of his most riveting stories and examines the effects of modern technology on the journalistic process.
From a story of a campus rape at the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 that unleashed a moral debate over the nature of consent when drinking and drugs are involved to three cold cases featuring the inimitable Long Island private detective Ken Brennan and a startling investigation that reveals a murderer within the LAPD's ranks, shielded for twenty six years by officers keen to protect one of their own, these stories are the work of a masterful narrative journalist at work. Gripping true crime from a writer the Washington Post calls "an old pro."

About Mark Bowden

Mark Robert Bowden (born July 17, 1951) is an American writer who is currently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, and a 1973 graduate of Loyola College in Maryland, Bowden was a staff writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer from 1979-2003, and has won numerous awards. He has written for Men's Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, Sports Illustrated, and Rolling Stone over the years, and as a result of his book, Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, Bowden's received international recognition. The book has been made into a 2001 movie, and was directed by Ridley Scott. He currently lives in Oxford, Pennsylvania.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Waiting on Wednesday | A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel

Posted May 6, 2020 by Bonnie in Uncategorized, Waiting on Wednesday / 2 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday | A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain NeuvelA History of What Comes Next (Take Them to the Stars, #1) by Sylvain Neuvel
Published by on February 2, 2021
Pages: 304
Genres: Sci-fi
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Sleeping Giants, Waking Gods

Even before our kind started using tools, the Kibsu have been with us, guiding humanity, teaching us, molding us.

As long as we follow the rules.

The Kibsu had five rules to guide the gradual elevation of our species:

1. Preserve the knowledge.
2. Survive at all cost.
3. Don’t draw attention to yourself.
4. Don’t leave a trace.
5. There can never be three for too long.

But when their enemy got too close, the Kibsu add one more:

6. Fear the Tracker: always run, never fight.

But now, during the terrors of the Great War, the Trackers are closing in, and for Mia and Sarah, running might no longer be an option.

About Sylvain Neuvel

Sylvain Neuvel dropped out of high school at age 15. Along the way, he has been a journalist, worked in soil decontamination, sold ice cream in California, and peddled furniture across Canada. He received a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago. He taught linguistics in India, and worked as a software engineer in Montreal. He is also a certified translator, though he wishes he were an astronaut. He likes to tinker, dabbles in robotics and is somewhat obsessed with Halloween. He absolutely loves toys; his girlfriend would have him believe that he has too many, so he writes about aliens and giant robots as a blatant excuse to build action figures (for his son, of course).

February 2021?!

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Waiting on Wednesday – My Life in Shambles by Karina Halle

Posted February 6, 2019 by Bonnie in Uncategorized, Waiting on Wednesday / 3 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – My Life in Shambles by Karina HalleMy Life in Shambles by Karina Halle
on February 13th 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook

Also by this author: Come Alive, Shooting Scars, Bold Tricks

When Valerie Stephens made the resolution to say yes to new adventures, she never thought she’d end up in the tiny town of Shambles, fake engaged to one of Ireland’s top rugby players. But there’s a first time for everything.

They say bad things happen in threes.

After my boyfriend broke off our engagement, I lost my apartment, and was laid off from my job, I can definitely attest to that.

They also say life is what happens when you say yes to new adventures.

So when my two sisters invited me to ring in the new year in Ireland, I decided to throw all caution to the wind and go for it. I was going to let “saying yes” be my new resolution.

Little did I know I’d spend New Year’s Eve having a hot and dirty one-night stand with Padraig McCarthy, one hell of a sexy Irishman. I also didn’t know that the brooding and intense sex god was one of Ireland’s top rugby players.

A rugby player with a proposition for me:

Come with him to his tiny hometown of Shambles and pretend to be his fiancé for a few days, just so that his ailing father can have some peace of mind.

It sounded simple enough.

It was anything but.

Not when a town gets up in your business, not when the media hunts you down, not when your past comes back in the picture, not when there are real hearts and feelings at stake.

Not when there are secrets that could break you.

They say life is what happens when you say yes to new adventures.

This is my life in Shambles.

This is a full-length contemporary standalone romance

About Karina Halle

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and the USA Today Bestselling author of Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, and other wild and romantic reads. She lives in a 1920s farmhouse on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Next week!! 😍

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In Memoriam: Colleen McCullough

Posted February 4, 2015 by Dani in Uncategorized / 4 Comments

Last week, we lost an author who was tremendously important to my personal reading history. As long as I can remember, Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds has been a staple on the bookshelves of my homes. First, as a book beloved by my mom – carefully packed, transported and reshelved along our many, many moves. My mom later shared this book with me as a young woman giving it her most honored (in my eyes alone) stamp of approval as “one of her favorites.” Most people who know us both, know that we share an awful lot; we have the same voice and mannerisms, we have similar tastes from food to movies, and we have a very deep love of reading. It was these small acts of sharing books like The Thorn Birds by which my mom slowly changed the course of my life. My love of literature grew deeper and stronger, and ultimately, more important than other pursuits.



Slowly, this book migrated from the communal shelves of our family to my own growing library. When I moved out, this was one of a very few books my mom officially passed to me. It still holds a proud place in my collection. I don’t read The Thorn Birds as often as I used to, but it’s one that I simply hold onto often – when I feel homesick, when I feel lonely, when I miss my mom. As I open the front cover, I see my mother’s (maiden) name written atop the first page. And as I read the epigraph, I can’t help but think of all the times my mom’s eyes have looked over the same passage.

“There is a legend about a bird which sings just once in its life, more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. From the moment it leaves the nest I searches for a thorn tree, and does not rest until it has found one. Then, singing among the savage branches, it impales itself upon the longest, sharpest spine. And, dying, it rises above its own agony to out-carol the lark and the nightingale. One superlative song, existence the price. But the whole world stills to listen, and God in His heaven smiles. For the best is only bought at the cost of great pain…Or so says the legend.”

Thank you Colleen McCullough for living, for writing, and for imparting your beautiful book to my mom and to me. You are greatly missed.

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Man Booker Prize 2013 – Shortlist Announcement

Posted September 10, 2013 by Bonnie in Uncategorized / 5 Comments


The Man Book Prize was launched in 1969 and is a literary prize for the best original full-length novel written by a citizen of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland.

I have always found myself drawn to the winners and nominees of this literary prize even though I very rarely find myself agreeing with the judges decisions (*cough*Life of Pi*cough*). The judges started with a list of 151 novels and the longlist which consisted of 13 was announced on July 23rd, the shortlist has been announced today with a winner being announced October 15th.

Man Booker Shortlist 2013

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
The Harvest by Jim Crace
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín

I have yet to read any of these (although The Luminaries and Harvest are on my TBR list) so it’s difficult to take a guess at who might win. Jim Crace and Colm Tóibín have already been reported as favorites to win though.


Have you read any of these? Who do you believe should win it all?




To the Authors Lost in 2013

Posted August 24, 2013 by Bonnie in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Much of my reading is occupied solely by current publications, and I often feel as if I’m missing out on the legends and the greats. The ones with classic works that will still be adored even after they’ve left us. Unfortunately, we’ve lost several great authors this year and it shames me to say that these three authors in particular are ones I never took the time to read their works while they were still with us. At least they leave us with their books to remember them by.

Elmore Leonard

“Psychopaths… people who know the differences between right and wrong, but don’t give a shit. That’s what most of my characters are like.”

Most recent is the death of Elmore “Dutch” Leonard who passed away on August 20th, 2013. Over the course of his lifetime he published 46 novels, 26 of them were adapted for film and TV including Out of Sight, 3:10 to Yuma, Jackie Brown and Get Shorty and his stories were also the inspiration behind the hit show Justified. Late last year Elmore was honored with the medal for distinguished contribution to American letters from the National Book Foundation.

Fun Fact: He never owned a computer so all 46 of his novels were written on legal pads before he would type them up on a typewriter.

The first book of Elmore’s I have selected to read is Pronto, the first installment in the series behind Justified. I already had it on audiobook and I started listening to it the day he died. It was the inspiration behind this post because so far? It’s fantastic. And I regret waiting so long to read it.


Richard Matheson

“I think we’re yearning for something beyond the every day. And I will tell you I don’t believe in the supernatural, I believe in the supernormal. To me there is nothing that goes against nature. If it seems incomprehensible, it’s only because we haven’t been able to understand it yet.”

Richard Matheson passed away on June 23rd, 2013. He was not only an author but a screenwriter and is most known for his science fiction and fantasy stories. He was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2010. He was also the writer of sixteen episodes from ‘The Twilight Zone. It’s always interesting to find out that popular movies were originally books. I watched Stir of Echoes and I Am Legend and didn’t find out till much later they were based on books written by Richard Matheson.

Fun Fact: Senator Richard Matheson, a character from “The X-Files”, is named after him.

The book of Matheson’s that I have selected to read is Hell House. I love a good ghost story and this one sounds fantastically creepy.

Iain Banks

“Writing is like everything else: the more you do it the better you get. Don’t try to perfect as you go along, just get to the end of the damn thing. Accept imperfections. Get it finished and then you can go back. If you try to polish every sentence there’s a chance you’ll never get past the first chapter.”

Iain Banks passed away on June 9th, 2013. He wrote 26 books in his lifetime which were both mainstream fiction and science fiction. He is most known for his first novel ‘The Wasp Factory’ which was later listed as one of the top 100 books of the 20th century and also as one of the 1001 books to read before you die list (a total of 5 of his books appear on that list).

Fun facts: Iain has an asteroid named after him. It resides in the Main Asteroid Belt of the Sol system. He was also an extra in Monty Python & The Holy Grail.

The book I’ve decided to read first is ‘The Wasp Factory’ although ‘The Crow Road’ is a definite possibility as well. I’m open to recommendations. 🙂

It’s overdue (better late than never, right?) but I have finally decided to take the plunge and read these great authors works. They leave a legacy behind, a legacy we are all still able to sit down, enjoy and appreciate I have no doubt this is how they would want their lives to be celebrated.

Did you lose a favorite author this year? Are any of these three favorite authors of yours? What books of theirs would you recommend?



Mission: Clean My Shelves

Posted August 23, 2013 by Bonnie in Uncategorized / 9 Comments

I really enjoyed doing the Book Survey last Friday. It was fun and different than what I normally do so I decided to try something different again this Friday. Today, I’m going to talk about my next Bookish goal. The only thing I like more about getting new books is talking about them so that’s what I decided to ramble on about today.


Hi. My name is Bonnie and I am a Book Addict.
I visited my library the other day and just wandered around browsing, not looking for anything in particular. No less than 3 times did I see a book, get super excited, and then realize… what a minute, I already own this. And it’s unread (of course). But a part of me still wanted to bring it home with me. I’m just glad I realized BEFORE I actually brought it home. There’s something strange about the intense desire to bring new books home, regardless of how many you have waiting for you at home to be read.
Half of my library addiction I think is just my enjoyment of the environment… just being around all the books makes me happy. But in all seriousness, my own personal collection of books is almost large enough to rival my public library so why not treat it as such? I think a part of my problem with reading my currently owned books is my complete lack of organization and my inability to find something when I want it. This would of course be solved with several new bookshelves but for the time being I’m going to have to work with what I’ve got. 
Organizing My Books
My unread books are so disorganized it’s not even funny and it BOTHERS me to even look at my shelves these days. Note that there are books stack upon books and stacked in front of other books… I can never find anything I’m looking for. If I had it my way they’d be all pretty and alphabetized and nice and easy to find. So that was my big project: organize my shelves. 
How do you organize your books? By color? Alphabetically? By favorites? Are your ARCs kept separate so you know which need to be read next? 
The Purge
Once I read a book I usually put it on top of my bookshelf. Sometimes I’ll finish a book and I disliked it so it goes in the giveaway bag for my used bookstore. Most of these books I don’t honestly ever see myself re-reading, so why keep them? It’s a disease I tell ya, a disease!

PLUS, if you look real closely you can see my top shelf is bowing under the weight. Problems. I gots them. My read pile has grown so much that in addition to my top shelf I have several boxes full of books that I can’t bear to part with but have already read. Once I get more bookshelves I’d love to bring them back out because I love being able to have access to all my books, read or not. 

How do you decide when you get rid of books? Do you keep them all? When do you decide if you should do a giveaway for the book or not?
Just Do It
Instead of plotting out best ways to do it I ended up just tackling it head-on in hopes I’d come up with some organizational approach that works best for me. I went the alphabetical route because that seemed easiest. I pulled all my read books off and started filling boxes… not exactly what I had in mind but I’d get separation anxiety if I got rid of massive piles of books all at once. Baby steps. 

Plus, I did start my giveaway pile. There are only a few reasons why a book should actually be kept and this is discussed perfectly in a post over at the BookRiot: “Why Keep Books?” 

I have a ton that I plan to read “eventually”. Those types actually encompass the majority of my collection. I don’t reread a lot but I’ve been really trying to make time for my old favorites because it interests me to see how my tastes have changed and to see if I still love those old favorites. I’ve done 3 re-reads this year and am pleased to say I enjoyed them again… maybe not as much as the first time but was still nice to revisit.

The End Result

Okay, so not a VAST improvement but, again, baby steps. Everything is in alphabetical order thus making it much more likely that I’ll actually be able to find a book I’m looking for (and actually read it). I know where to find my books now when I need them. I ended up alphabetizing my ARCs right along with all of my books but I have a feeling I’ll be taking them out and finding a special spot for them since they should have priority.

Working With My ARC/Library Habit

2013 was the year that I really started to kick my ARC habit. I requested SO many my first year of blogging and SO many of those went unread and I look back and cringe. I’ve become a much more responsible blogger and have learned how to calendar and read stuff in order of publication even though being responsible sucks most of the time (especially when you get a book and you want to dive into it immediately but have books coming up due soon? That. That sucks.) Then there’s the books you don’t receive as ARCs but are still dying to read, and as a result my library addiction is born.

I have so many wonderful books I’ve acquired over the years that I remember being ecstatic about getting but… they remain unread. My goal is to get through the last few ARCs I have and then make this my focus. 

Do you have an established method for how you read? Do you read nothing but ARCs because you have so many? Do you read an owned book every other book? Or are you how I wish I could be and read whatever you want, whenever you please?

So, the whole reason for this post is to put it out there and maybe it’ll give me the motivation to actually do it. I can talk about it to myself as much as I want but sometimes putting it into words and giving yourself a plan works wonders. Feel free to include any suggestions or what works best for you, I’m all ears! 



Armchair BEA – Top 10 of 2012

Posted June 5, 2012 by Bonnie in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

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Today’s the second day of Armchair BEA and today’s topic is our favorites (so far!) of 2012. The following are the top ten books published in 2012 that received ratings of 4+ stars from me.

Nicole Peeler – Tempest’s Fury
Mira Grant – Blackout
Mike Mullin – Ashen Winter
Katherine Longshore – Gilt
Barry Lyga – I Hunt Killers
Robin LaFevers – Grave Mercy
Karen Thompson Walker – The Age of Miracles
Gina Damico – Croak
Geoff Rodkey – Deadweather and Sunrise (The Chronicles of Egg #1)
Eowyn Ivey – The Snow Child
There have been some amazing releases already and we’re only halfway through the year! What are your favorite 2012 releases? Let me know!