Top Ten Tuesday – Books on my TBR the Longest

February 6, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 16 Comments

I’ve had books on my TBR for years. YEARS. But, since I’m all about particulars, it must be said, that I’m going off of Goodreads stats alone and these are all from 2011 since that’s when I first joined Goodreads. If I’m being honest though, these books have been on my “shelf” for far longer, but let’s just stick to the facts, shall we?

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield // added Mar 16, 2011
The Dragon Queen (Tales of Guinevere #1) by Alice Borchardt // added Mar 16, 2011
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton // added Mar 16, 2011
The Bells by Richard Harvell // added Jun 22, 2011
The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier // added Jul 28, 2011

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov // added Jul 28, 2011
Watership Down by Richard Adams // added Oct 04, 2011
The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón // added Oct 04, 2011
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote // added Oct 19, 2011
The Magus by John Fowles // added Oct 19, 2011

What books have gathered dust bunnies on your shelves?

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of February 5th, 2018

February 5, 2018 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 2 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 February 5th, 2018

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Simon Pulse

Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6) by Morgan Rhodes [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Razorbill

Shadowsong (Wintersong #2) by S. Jae-Jones [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Wednesday Books

Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles #1) by Tamora Pierce [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Random House Books for Young Readers

The Queen’s Rising (Untitled Trilogy #1) by Rebecca Ross [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by HarperTeen

Assassin of Truths (Library Jumpers #3) by Brenda Drake [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Entangled Publishing

The Book of Pearl by Timothée de Fombelle [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Candlewick Press

The Dragon’s Curse (Transference #2) by Bethany Wiggins [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Crown Books for Young Readers

The Belles (The Belles #1) by Dhonielle Clayton [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

The Greed (The Cruelty #2) by Scott Bergstrom [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

Your One & Only by Adrianne Finlay [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers

By a Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Entangled Publishing

Dotmeme by Mike A. Lancaster [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Sky Pony Press

The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

When My Heart Joins the Thousand by A.J. Steiger [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by HarperTeen

All We Can Do Is Wait by Richard Lawson [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Razorbill

Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Imprint

Layover by Amy Andelson & Emily Meyer [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Crown Books for Young Readers

Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Winterfolk by Janel Kolby [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by HarperTeen

American Panda by Gloria Chao [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Simon Pulse

Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein: Based on a True Story by Jennifer Roy & Ali Fadhil [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers

The Problim Children by Natalie Lloyd [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Semiosis by Sue Burke [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Tor Books

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Viking

The Storm King by Brendan Duffy [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Ballantine Books

Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Vintage

Paris Adrift by E.J. Swift [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Solaris

Child of a Mad God (Coven #1) by R.A. Salvatore [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Tor Books

Tarnished City (Dark Gifts #2) by Vic James [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Del Rey Books

Into the Fire (Vatta’s Peace #2) by Elizabeth Moon [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Del Rey

Blood Binds the Pack (Hob #2) by Alex Wells [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Angry Robot

A Death in Live Oak (Jack Swyteck #14) by James Grippando [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Harper

The Clinic: A Thriller by David Jester [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Skyhorse Publishing

This Fallen Prey (Casey Duncan #3) by Kelley Armstrong [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Minotaur Books

Look For Me (Detective D.D. Warren #9) by Lisa Gardner [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Dutton

House Witness by Mike Lawson [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Atlantic Monthly Press

The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Touchstone

You Will Be Mine by Natasha Preston [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire

The Undertaker’s Daughter (Louise Rick #1) by Sara Blaedel [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing

Girl Unknown by Karen Perry [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Henry Holt and Co.

Defiance (Lieutenant Danielle Lewis #2) by J.S. Law [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Henry Holt and Co.

Mephisto Waltz: A Max Lieberman Mystery by Frank Tallis [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Pegasus Books

The Man Upon the Stair: A Mystery in Fin de Siecle Paris (Inspector Lefebvre #3) by Gary Inbinder [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Pegasus Books

The Unforgotten: A Novel by Laura Powell [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Gallery Books

The Which Way Tree by Elizabeth Crook [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company

The Bookworm by Mitch Silver [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Pegasus Books

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Berkley Books

Only Killers and Thieves by Paul Howarth [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Harper

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks

As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Berkley Books

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Algonquin Books

Good Neighbors by Joanne Serling [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Twelve

Only Child by Rhiannon Navin [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group

Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Things to Do When It’s Raining by Marissa Stapley [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Graydon House

In Every Moment We Are Still Alive by Tom Malmquist [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Melville House

The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Ecco

She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlop [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Washington Square Press

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Riverhead Books

Checked by Cynthia Kadohata [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

The Taste of Temptation (The Matchmaker of Edinburgh #2) by Julia Kelly [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 5th 2018 by Pocket Star

By the Book by Julia Sonneborn [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Gallery Books

Dreaming in Chocolate by Susan Bishop Crispell [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by St. Martin’s Griffin

A Time of Love and Tartan (44 Scotland Street #12) by Alexander McCall Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Anchor Books

Asymmetry: A Novel by Lisa Halliday [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Simon Schuster

Self-Portrait with Boy: A Novel by Rachel Lyon [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Scribner

Back Talk by Danielle Lazarin [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Penguin Books

Empty Set by Verónica Gerber Bicecci [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Coffee House Press

Brooklyn in Love: A Delicious Memoir of Food, Family, and Finding Yourself by Amy Thomas [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Sourcebooks

The Land between Two Rivers: Writing in an Age of Refugees by Tom Sleigh [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Graywolf Press

F You Very Much: Understanding the Culture of Rudeness–And What We Can Do about It by Danny Wallace [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Tarcherperigee

A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America by T. Christian Miller & Ken Armstrong [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Crown Publishing Group (NY)

Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Counterpoint Press

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Outsider by Stephen King

January 31, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 10 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – The Outsider by Stephen KingThe Outsider by Stephen King
Published by Scribner on May 22nd 2018
Pages: 576
Genres: Mystery, Horror
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Doctor Sleep, Cujo, Pet Sematary

An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

About Stephen King

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world's most successful writers.

Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.

The last two King releases were honestly disappointing to me (Gwendy’s Button Box and Sleeping Beauties) but I still rave about his Bill Hodges Trilogy so I’m not prepared yet to give up.

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What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Six Degrees of Separation: No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

January 30, 2018 Bonnie Six Degrees of Separation 4 Comments

Six Degrees of Separation is a literary exercise where you connect six books in whatever way makes sense to you and each month, a new book is selected as the starting point. This is one bloggish thing that I’ve always found appealing after seeing Kate and Rory do it for several years and was one of my blogging goals for the year. Of course, it’s the second to the last day of the month and I’m just now getting around to posting but hey, at least it’s still January. Interested in joining in too? You can read more about it here.

This month’s pick? The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith.

I haven’t actually read this story but it’s an extremely popular one so I know at the very least that it’s set in Africa and the first link that pops into my head is Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls, was born in South Africa. The Shining Girls is about a serial killer that discovers a creepy House that allows him to time-travel.

Speaking of creepy houses, I’d be remiss if I didn’t include House of Leaves. This 700+ page tome is the story of a young family that moves into a house which contains mysterious doorways that lead into darkened halls that go seemingly nowhere. The most interesting aspect of this book is the layout and formatting. The story is creepy and bizarre but the book itself is quite an experience.

Another book with an awesome layout? Night Film by Marisha Pessl incorporates mixed media into her storytelling by using case notes, newspaper clippings, screenshots, and various other pictures. It’s about a missing girl whose father is the infamous Stanislas Cordova, a reclusive film director known for his mysterious, cultish underground films.

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill also incorporates mysterious films, but this time snuff films. Which I had no idea what those were till this book… oh my.

And speaking of boxes, Bird Box is one of my favorite horror stories. There’s a horror infecting the world, causing people to become incredibly violent towards others and ultimately themselves, but only after they’ve seen something. What it is exactly, no one has any idea. People are forced to traverse the world perpetually blind for fear of losing their minds.

Speaking of blindness, there’s of course, Blindness by José Saramago. Just the thought of this book still manages to unsettle me.

I went really dark with this chain. 😂

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of January 29th, 2018

January 29, 2018 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 2 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 January 29th, 2018

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Flatiron Books

Gone Rogue (Wires and Nerve #2) by Marissa Meyer [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

Reign the Earth (The Elementae #1) by A.C. Gaughen [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Bloomsbury

American Heart by Laura Moriarty [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by HarperTeen

Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Harlequin Teen

The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Balzer + Bray

This Is Not A Love Letter by Kim Purcell [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Delacorte Press

Wicked Charm by Amber Hart [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Entangled: Teen

Winner Take All by Laurie Devore [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Imprint

The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by NoNieqa Ramos [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 1st 2018 by Carolrhoda Books

The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Skyscape

Wrath of the Storm (Mark of the Thief #3) by Jennifer A. Nielsen [Purchase]
Published January 31st 2017 by Scholastic Press

The Midnight Front (Dark Arts #1) by David Mack [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Tor Books

Into the Black Nowhere (UNSUB #2) by Meg Gardiner [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Dutton

Traitor: A Thriller by Jonathan de Shalit [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Dark in Death (In Death #46) by J.D. Robb [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corp.

The Night Child by Anna Quinn [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Blackstone Publishing

Here We Lie by Paula Treick DeBoard [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Park Row Books

Blood Sisters by Jane Corry [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Pamela Dorman Books

The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place (Flavia de Luce #9) by Alan Bradley [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Delacorte Press

The Pope of Palm Beach (Serge A. Storms #21) by Tim Dorsey [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by William Morrow

The Tiger and the Acrobat by Susanna Tamaro [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 1st 2018 by Oneworld Publications

White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Winter Station by Jody Shields [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company

Lord of California by Andrew Valencia [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Ig Publishing

I’ll Stay by Karen Day [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Kensington

Not Perfect by Elizabeth LaBan [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 1st 2018 by Lake Union Publishing

Still Me (Me Before You #3) by Jojo Moyes [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Pamela Dorman Books

Wallflower Most Wanted (Studies in Scandal #3) by Manda Collins [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Berkley Books

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of January 22nd, 2018

January 22, 2018 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 1 Comment

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 January 22nd, 2018

Markswoman (Asiana #1) by Rati Mehrotra [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Harper Voyager

The Last Girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Delacorte Press

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Razorbill

The Defiant (The Valiant #2) by Lesley Livingston [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Razorbill

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Swoon Reads

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Philomel Books

Kill Me Now by Timmy Reed [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Counterpoint Press

The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Tor.com Publishing

The Sky Is Yours: A Novel by Chandler Klang Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Hogarth

The Night Trade (Livia Lone #2) by Barry Eisler [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Thomas & Mercer

The King of Bones and Ashes (Witches of New Orleans #1) by J. D. Horn [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by 47North

The Raptor & the Wren (Miriam Black #5) by Chuck Wendig [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Saga Press

Creatures of Light (Woodwalker #3) by Emily B. Martin [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Harper Voyager

Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Atria Books

Watch Me by Jody Gehrman [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by St. Martin’s Griffin

The Other Side of Everything by Lauren Doyle Owens [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Touchstone

The Wife by Alafair Burke [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Harper

Walking the Bones (Ryan DeMarco Mystery #2) by Randall Silvis [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Sourcebooks Landmark

If You Knew Her by Emily Elgar [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Harper Paperbacks

Anatomy of a Scandal: A Novel by Sarah Vaughan [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Best Friends Forever by Margot Hunt [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Mira Books

This Is What Happened by Mick Herron [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Soho Crime

An Engineered Injustice by William L. Myers Jr. [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Thomas & Mercer

The Mitford Murders (Mitford Murders #1) by Jessica Fellowes [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Minotaur Books

Profane Fire at the Altar of the Lord by Dennis Maley [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 25th 2018 by Jublio

Eternal Life by Dara Horn [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by W. W. Norton Company

The Pearl Sister (The Seven Sisters #4) by Lucinda Riley [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Atria Books

The Haircutter by Dana Thompson [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Skyhorse Publishing

Our Lady of the Prairie by Thisbe Nissen [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Fall from Grace by Danielle Steel [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Delacorte Press

Peach by Emma Glass [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Bloomsbury USA

Match Made in Manhattan: A Novel by Amanda Stauffer [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Skyhorse Publishing

This Love Story Will Self-Destruct by Leslie Cohen [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Gallery Books

Flat Broke with Two Goats: A Memoir of Appalachia by Jennifer McGaha [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Sourcebooks

Brass by Xhenet Aliu [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Random House

Points North: Stories by Howard Frank Mosher [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Penguin Books

Ms. Ice Sandwich by Mieko Kawakami [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Pushkin Press

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of January 15th, 2018

January 15, 2018 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 2 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 January 15th, 2018

Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Tor Teen

Zenith (The Androma Saga #1) by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Harlequin Teen

Poison’s Cage (Poison’s Kiss #2) by Breeana Shields [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Random House Books for Young Readers

Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1) by Maureen Johnson [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

All That Was: A Novel by Karen Rivers [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Farrar Straus Giroux

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Soho Teen

You Won’t Know I’m Gone (The Black Angel Chronicles #2) by Kristen Orlando [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Swoon Reads

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel #1) by Josiah Bancroft [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Orbit

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Lee Boudreaux Books

Iron Gold (Red Rising Saga #4) by Pierce Brown [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Del Rey Books

The Night Masquerade (Binti #3) by Nnedi Okorafor [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Tor.com

Apart in the Dark: Novellas by Ania Ahlborn [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Gallery Books

Walk in the Fire (Judah Cannon #2) by Steph Post [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Polis Books

The Night Market by Jonathan Moore [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Lullaby Road by James Anderson [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Crown

Light It Up (Peter Ash #3) by Nick Petrie [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

City of Endless Night (Pendergast #17) by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing

Theory of Shadows by Paolo Maurensig [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Farrar Straus and Giroux

The Take by Christopher Reich [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Mulholland Books

Munich by Robert Harris [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group

Palaces by Simon Jacobs [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Two Dollar Radio

Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Sourcebooks Landmark

The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Delacorte Press

A Treacherous Curse (Veronica Speedwell #3) by Deanna Raybourn [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Berkley

Flight of the Hawk: The River (A Novel of the American West #1) by W. Michael Gear [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 17th 2018 by Five Star Publishing

The Girl on the Velvet Swing: Sex, Murder, and Madness at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century by Simon Baatz [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Mulholland Books

Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Pamela Dorman Books

The Infinite Future by Tim Wirkus [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Penguin Press

Oliver Loving by Stefan Merrill Block [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Flatiron Books

Where the Line Bleeds: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Scribner

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories by Denis Johnson [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Random House

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2017 End of Year Book Survey

January 12, 2018 Bonnie End of Year Survey 5 Comments

Hosted by The Perpetual Page-Turner

Total Number Of Books You Read: 135
Pages Read: 42,930
Minutes Listened To: 511 hours, 24 minutes
Number of Audiobooks: 49
Number of Re-Reads
: 10
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy. Urban Fantasy came in second.

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

Book Review – One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3) by Ilona Andrews

One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3) by Ilona Andrews

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

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

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

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

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How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan Tropper

I loved This is Where I Leave You and thought it may have been a fluke, but I loved this one too.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

This one was especially fantastic on audio.

5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

Short & Sweet – The Book of Mirrors, The Atomic Weight of Love, Rosemary & RueEarly Review – White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona AndrewsOminous October – The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. #5) by Jonathan Stroud

Best New Series: Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1) by Seanan McGuire
Best Sequel: White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona Andrews
Best Series Ender: The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. #5) by Jonathan Stroud

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Ruth Reichl. I read and loved Tender at the Bone and can’t wait to read more of hers.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

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(Poetry) Late Wife by Claudia Emerson

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

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Isolation by Bex-chan

Never have I read a 1,000+ page book faster.

9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

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Harry Potter 4 Eva.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

Rapid Fire Reviews – Lightwood, The Weight of This World, Wildfire, The Rules of Magic

Lightwood by Steph Post

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

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Misery by Stephen King

For not the best of reasons.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

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The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

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Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be: Lessons on Change, Loss, and Spiritual Transformation by Lama Surya Das

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?

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Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

Book Review – Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

ittle Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

“Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way.”

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Oddly enough, my shortest and longest were both Stephen King books.

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Guns by Stephen King (25 pages/49 minutes)
It by Stephen King (1,169 pages/44 hours and 57 minutes)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

18. OTP OF THE YEAR

Hidden Legacy Series: Nevada Baylor + Connor “Mad” Rogan

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

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The Weight of This World by David Joy

Thad Broom and Aiden McCall

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

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I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman by Nora Ephron

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

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Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

Short & Sweet – The Book of Mirrors, The Atomic Weight of Love, Rosemary & Rue

Tybalt from Rosemary and Rue.

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

Book Tour Review – The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy

The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Rapid Fire Reviews – Artemis, Ink and Bone, Into the Drowning Deep, The Hazel Wood

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

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Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

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The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Rapid Fire Reviews – Lightwood, The Weight of This World, Wildfire, The Rules of Magic

The Rules of Magic (Practical Magic #2) by Alice Hoffman

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

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Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

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Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

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Origins (Alphas 0.5) by Ilona Andrews

This one made me mad because I love Ilona but hated this. lol

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

I wasn’t super social online this year so I’m really not sure I discovered anyone new. lol

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

These were crazy ass books but the reviews came out pretty damn funny.

Short & Sweet – Beyond Shame, Beyond Control, Beyond Denial

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

The End of Your Life Book Club

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I actually attended a few bookish events this year and they were all fantastic: in April there was an Ellen Hopkins book signing and Independent Bookstore Day and in September I went on a Lit Crawl.

5. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

I went through some major life changes this year and it got me in a rut of epic proportions. I didn’t read a book for months. So, life, in general, was definitely the most challenging thing.

6. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

Overcoming that epic rut and finding enjoyment in reading again was definitely a great moment.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona Andrews

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I’m always pleased when anyone reads or comments. Any love is better than no love at all. 🙂

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I discovered bookish podcasts, but more specifically: Potterotica. This shit is so funny guys. SO FUNNY.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I wanted to work on getting better at DNF-ing because honestly, why continue to suffer through mediocrity? I had 17 DNFs in 2016 and 33 this year. I also continued to keep up with my book spreadsheet where I keep track of all the details of the books I read (or the ones I DNF).

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

Well, at this point I’ve already read 9 books this year but the one book that is a top priority would be…

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Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

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Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

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The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues by Nova Jacobs

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

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Only Human (Themis Files #3) by Sylvain Neuvel

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

I’d really like to implement a new theme this year.

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

Only 2018 release I read in 2017:

Rapid Fire Reviews – Artemis, Ink and Bone, Into the Drowning Deep, The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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Top Ten Tuesday – Ten 2017 Releases I Didn’t Get To

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Books other than my small Review mountain, right? hahaha… Yeah, that’s a whole other list. These ten are just a small chunk of the 2017 releases that I really would have liked to get around to. Maybe this year. 🙂

The Dry (Aaron Falk #1) by Jane Harper
I’d had on my eye on this curious sounding mystery for a while but it wasn’t until the second book in the series showed up in my mailbox that I knew I had to pick this up sooner rather than later.

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas
I had been consistently keeping up with all Maas releases but I’m admittedly not a big Chaol fan and definitely lost most of my excitement for this one.

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
I haven’t read anything by Attenberg but if you compare anything to Tropper I’m guaranteed to want it.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
I waited until the hype had died down before reading Girl on the Train and I feel I’ve been subconsciously doing that with this one too.

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
I love True Crime books and I honestly don’t know why I don’t read more of them.

American War by Omar El Akkad
There’s a PLAGUE, guys. A PLAGUE. And war. I have no idea why I like such dark shit.

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor
Honestly, the only reason I haven’t read this is because I’m torn. I won a beautiful hardcover copy but Steve West narrates the audiobook and I’d feel guilty listening. Help. lol

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband (Rokesbys #2) by Julia Quinn
I read Because of Miss Bridgerton last year and it was so much fun. And my first Quinn! Crazy, I know.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I read three of Reid’s novels last month and I’m officially on the Reid bandwagon.

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
I’ve only loved Horowitz’s Sherlock duology but I loved it so much. This title has been getting a lot of love and I just recently picked it up in a recent Audible sale so this should happen soon.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of January 8th, 2018

January 8, 2018 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 2 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 January 8th, 2018

Unearthed (Unearthed #1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

The Curses (The Graces #2) by Laure Eve [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Amulet Books

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Clarion Books

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Simon Pulse

A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Amulet Books

Starlight Nights (738 Days #2) by Stacey Kade [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Forge

The Case of the Perilous Palace (The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency #4) by Jordan Stratford [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Magic, Madness, and Mischief by Kelly McCullough [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

The Beginning Woods by Malcolm McNeill [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Sky Pony Press

Blood Fury (Black Dagger Legacy #3) by J.R. Ward [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Ballantine Books

Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3) by Seanan McGuire [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Tor.com

The Lost Plot (The Invisible Library #4) by Genevieve Cogman [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Ace Books

Gnomon by Nick Harkaway [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group

Shroud of Eternity (Sister of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles #2) by Terry Goodkind [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Tor Books

Sinless (Eye of the Beholder #1) by Sarah Tarkoff [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Harper Voyager

Dark State (Empire Games #2) by Charles Stross [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Tor Books

Robots vs. Fairies by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Saga Press

Still So Strange by Amanda Downum [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by ChiZine Publications

The Infernal Battalion (The Shadow Campaigns #5) by Django Wexler [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Ace

Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Picador USA

Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Operator Down (Pike Logan #12) by Brad Taylor [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Dutton Books

Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 11th 2018 by Mulholland

The Job of the Wasp by Colin Winnette [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Soft Skull Press

Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Doubleday Books

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Crown Publishing Group (NY)

The Questionable Behavior of Dahlia Moss (Dahlia Moss Mysteries #3) by Max Wirestone [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Redhook

The Maze at Windermere by Gregory Blake Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Viking

Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Harper

The English Wife by Lauren Willig [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

Last Stop in Brooklyn (A Mary Handley Mystery #3) by Lawrence H. Levy [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Broadway Books

The Widows of Malabar Hill (Perveen Mistry #1) by Sujata Massey [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Soho Press

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Heart Spring Mountain by Robin MacArthur [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Ecco

Peculiar Ground by Lucy Hughes-Hallett [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Harper

King Zeno by Nathaniel Rich [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by MCD

The Days When Birds Come Back by Deborah Reed [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Say My Name by Allegra Huston [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Mira Books

Winter (Seasonal #2) by Ali Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Pantheon Books

Phone (Umbrella #3) by Will Self [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Grove Press

The Afterlives: A Novel by Thomas Pierce [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Riverhead Books

The Boat People by Sharon Bala [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Doubleday Books

This Could Hurt by Jillian Medoff [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Harper

Christmas in July by Alan Michael Parker [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Dzanc Books

Neon in Daylight by Hermione Hoby [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Catapult

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