Something To Look Forward To – Week of May 7th, 2018

May 7, 2018 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 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 May 7th, 2018

The Collide (The Outliers #3) by Kimberly McCreight [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by HarperCollins

Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots by Margarita Engle [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Tor Teen

The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Flux

My Name Is Victoria by Lucy Worsley [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Candlewick Press (MA)

Puddin’ (Dumplin’ #2) by Julie Murphy [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Balzer + Bray

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)

Elektra’s Adventures in Tragedy by Douglas Rees [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Running Press

A Lite Too Bright by Samuel Miller [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Greenwillow Books

Tiny Infinities by J.H. Diehl [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Chronicle Books

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Razorbill

Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Simon Pulse

The Handsome Girl and Her Beautiful Boy by B.T. Gottfred [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

The Foreseeable Future by Emily Adrian [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Dial Books

Surface Tension by Mike Mullin [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Tanglewood

The Boy From Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Amberjack Publishing

Tara Takes the Stage by Tamsin Lane [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Simon Schuster

Yael and the Party of the Year by Tamsin Lane [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Simon Schuster

The Inventors at No. 8 by A.M. Morgen [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Ace

Afterwar by Lilith Saintcrow [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Orbit

Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries #2) by Martha Wells [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Tor.com

Death Doesn’t Bargain (Deadman’s Cross #2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Tor Books

Blood Orbit (Gattis File #1) by K.R. Richardson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Pyr

King of Ashes (The Firemane Saga #1) by Raymond E. Feist [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Harper Voyager

What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Harper

Side Life by Steve Toutonghi [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Soho Press

The World of All Souls: A Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and the Book of Life by Deborah Harkness [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Viking

Our Kind of Cruelty: A Novel by Araminta Hall [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Obscura by Joe Hart [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Thomas & Mercer

Awaiting Identification by R.J. Fox [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 10th 2018 by Fish Out of Water Books

The Crooked Staircase (Jane Hawk #3) by Dean Koontz [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Bantam

For Those Who Know the Ending by Malcolm Mackay [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Mulholland Books

Gale Force by Owen Laukkanen [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Dead Pretty (DS Aector McAvoy #5) by David Mark [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Blue Rider Press

Edgar Allan Poe and the Jewel of Peru: A Poe and Dupin Mystery by Karen Lee Street [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Pegasus Books

The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Berkley

In the Garden of the Fugitives: A Novel by Ceridwen Dovey [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group

Shadow Child by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing

The Flames Of Florence (Da Vinci’s Disciples #3) by Donna Russo Morin [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Diversion Books

Alternative Remedies for Loss by Joanna Cantor [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Bloomsbury USA

Regrets Only: A Novel by Erin Duffy [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks

The Ones We Choose by Julie Clark [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Gallery Books

Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Pantheon Books

That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Ecco

Land Mammals and Sea Creatures by Jen Neale [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by ECW Press

My Ex-Life by Stephen McCauley [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Flatiron Books

Come West and See: Stories by Maxim Loskutoff [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by W. W. Norton Company

Night Beast by Ruth Joffre [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Black Cat

Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Amistad

The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story by Christie Watson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Tim Duggan Books

A Brotherhood of Spies: The U-2 and the CIA’s Secret War by Monte Reel [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Doubleday Books

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Stacking the Shelves (186)

May 6, 2018 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 1 Comment

Last Week’s… Posts

Last Week’s… Book Mail

Purchased
A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas [Purchase]
Stories I’d Tell in Bars by Jen Lancaster [Purchase]

Library Checkouts

Roomies by Christina Lauren [Purchase]
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote [Purchase]

Don’t forget to download the free Sync titles this week!

Solo | The Devil’s Highway

Last Week’s… Obsessions

I haven’t been listening to audiobooks lately but I had to put a stop to that slump because Only Human released on May 1st. All three of these books have some of the best audiobook narration ever and the story is all sorts of fun.

I’ve used Kindle Unlimited a few times and there’s never quite enough for me to read that makes the $9.99 a month worth it. But when I got an e-mail today offering me 3 months for $1.99, well, I jumped on it. These 5 are the ones I think I’m going to try to prioritize (yes, that really is the most stereotypical romance cover I’ve ever seen–you know which one–but it’s been getting great reviews so I’ll give it a shot). I find their search catalog to be somewhat difficult to find good titles. Any recommendations?

Bad at Love by Karina Halle [Purchase]
A Girl Like Her (Ravenswood #1) by Talia Hibbert [Purchase]
The Risen by Ron Rash [Purchase]
The Blue Sword (Damar #1) by Robin McKinley [Purchase]
The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan [Purchase]

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Monthly Rundown: April 2018

May 4, 2018 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 5 Comments

Books Read = 12

Huzzah! Better than the 9 from last month. And I even had three 5-star reads! I rarely give 5-star reads because I’m a super stingy mofo. 🙂

Posted Reviews

Unreviewed Reads

Best of the Month: Ashes of Honor (October Daye #6) by Seanan McGuire ★★★★★
I’m slowly but surely getting caught up on this series (goal is to be caught up before the 12th installment releases in September!) and this was the first 5 star installment. I adore this series and can’t wait to see where McGuire goes with this.

Least Favorite: The Kremlin’s Candidate by Jason Matthews ★★★½
I tore through this trilogy and it was admittedly tons of fun… but the final installment was a bit of a letdown in terms of series enders.

Biggest Surprise: What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte ★★★★★
I had Hillbilly Elegy on my TBR for AGES and I kept mentally beating myself up about not having read it yet. I finally started it. It pissed me off so bad I DNF’d at 3%.  Forget Hillybilly Elegy. This is the book you need to read.

Biggest Disappointment: High Voltage (Fever #10) by Karen Marie Moning ★★★½
Honestly, I had such a great reading month that this one is the closest that would qualify under “disappointment” but it really wasn’t. It was good ol’ Fever fun, featuring Dani O’Malley, and there was, of course, a cliffhanger and of course more books to anticipate. It’s fine. I still love the series… not nearly as much as I used to but I still love it.

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Audiobook Sync: Week 2 Titles | Solo & The Devil’s Highway (May 3 – May 9)

May 3, 2018 Bonnie Sync 0 Comments

For the second week of Sync, we’ve got a YA novel in verse about the son of a washed-up rock star and drug addict and a true story about an incident in 2001 on the Mexican border. Make sure you get these downloaded by May 9th because a new set of books will be available to download on May 10th. In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

Each audiobook will be available for you to download onto your computer and/or mobile device for one week. The files are available from Thursday morning 7am Eastern Time until the following Thursday morning at 7am Eastern time when the new audiobook titles become available. You may download more than once if you have more than one device. When you have downloaded the MP3 files they are yours to keep. We suggest using the free OverDrive app.

This year’s program kicks off on April 26th and there will be a total of 26 titles available, two available for download each week. Be sure to sign up for email and/or text alerts at Audiobook Sync to remind you when new titles are available. The audiobooks can be downloaded onto your computer and easily transferred to your smartphone for easy listening — and remember that these audiobooks are yours to keep!

Solo by Kwame Alexander, Mary Rand Hess | Read by Kwame Alexander
Published by Blink | Download available here!

New York Times bestseller! Blade never asked for a life of the rich and famous. In fact, he’d give anything not to be the son of Rutherford Morrison, a washed-up rock star and drug addict with delusions of a comeback. Or to no longer be part of a family known most for lost potential, failure, and tragedy, including the loss of his mother. The one true light is his girlfriend, Chapel, but her parents have forbidden their relationship, assuming Blade will become just like his father. In reality, the only thing Blade and Rutherford have in common is the music that lives inside them. And songwriting is all Blade has left after Rutherford, while drunk, crashes his high school graduation speech and effectively rips Chapel away forever. But when a long-held family secret comes to light, the music disappears. In its place is a letter, one that could bring Blade the freedom and love he’s been searching for, or leave him feeling even more adrift.

The Devil’s Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea | Read by Luis Alberto Urrea
Published by Hachette Audio
 | Download available here!

The author of “Across the Wire” offers brilliant investigative reporting of what went wrong when, in May 2001, a group of 26 men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona. Only 12 men came back out. “Superb . . . Nothing less than a saga on the scale of the Exodus and an ordeal as heartbreaking as the Passion . . . The book comes vividly alive with a richness of language and a mastery of narrative detail that only the most gifted of writers are able to achieve.–Los Angeles Times Book Review.

Happy listening!

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Line That Held Us by David Joy

May 2, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 3 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – The Line That Held Us by David JoyThe Line That Held Us by David Joy
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on August 14, 2018
Pages: 272
Genres: Southern Gothic/Country Noir
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Where All Light Tends to Go, Lightwood, The Weight of This World

From critically acclaimed author David Joy comes a remarkable novel about the cover-up of an accidental death, and the dark consequences that reverberate through the lives of four people who will never be the same again.

When Darl Moody went hunting after a monster buck he’s chased for years, he never expected he’d accidentally shoot a man digging ginseng. Worse yet, he’s killed a Brewer, a family notorious for vengeance and violence. With nowhere to turn, Darl calls on the help of the only man he knows will answer, his best friend, Calvin Hooper. But when Dwayne Brewer comes looking for his missing brother and stumbles onto a blood trail leading straight back to Darl and Calvin, a nightmare of revenge rips apart their world. The Line That Held Us is a story of friendship and family, a tale balanced between destruction and redemption where the only hope is to hold on tight, clenching to those you love. What will you do for the people who mean the most, and what will you grasp to when all that you have is gone? The only certainty in a place so shredded is that no one will get away unscathed.

About David Joy

David Joy is the author of the novels Where All Light Tends to Go (Putnam, 2015) and Waiting On The End Of The World (Putnam, 2016), as well as the memoir Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey (Bright Mountain Books, 2011), which was a finalist for the Reed Environmental Writing Award and the Ragan Old North State Award for Creative Nonfiction. His work is represented by Julia Kenny of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency.

I’ve loved all of Joy’s books so I’m thrilled to see he’s got more to look forward to.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’d Fight a Care Bear For

May 1, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 28 Comments

Dear Books:

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I’d totally fight a Care Bear to get my hands on these.

Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews | Expected publication: August 28th, 2018 by Ace
Transcription by Kate Atkinson | Expected publication: September 25th, 2018 by Little, Brown and Company
Missing Person by Sarah Lotz | Expected publication: November 1st, 2018 by Mulholland Books
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker | Expected publication: January 15th, 2019 by Random House
Motherland by Lauren Beukes | Expected publication: April 1st, 2019 by Mulholland Books

These don’t even have covers yet (some don’t even have actual release dates) but I’m still itching to get my hands on these.

Wildcard (Warcross #2) by Marie Lu | Expected publication: September 18th, 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
The Witch Elm by Tana French | Expected publication: October 9th, 2018 by Viking
The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Shusterman | Expected publication: 2019
The Lost Man by Jane Harper | Expected publication: February 5th, 2019 by Flatiron Books
Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave (Charley Davidson #13) by Darynda Jones | Expected publication: February 19th, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of April 30th, 2018

April 30, 2018 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 6 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 April 30th, 2018

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Bloomsbury YA

Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All by Candace Fleming [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Schwartz & Wade

Allied (Ruined #3) by Amy Tintera [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by HarperTeen

The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo #3) by Rick Riordan [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

Song of Blood & Stone (Earthsinger Chronicles #1) by L. Penelope [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves #1) by Sally Green [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Royals by Rachel Hawkins [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Penguin Random House

The Lies They Tell by Gillian French [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by HarperTeen

Missing at 17 by Christine Conradt [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by HarperTeen

Blink by Sasha Dawn [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Carolrhoda Books

Ride On by Gwen Cole [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 22nd 2018 by Sky Pony Press

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)

9 Days and 9 Nights (99 Days #2) by Katie Cotugno [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Balzer + Bray

Tradition by Brendan Kiely [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Harlequin Teen

Everywhere You Want to Be by Christina June [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Blink

Summer Constellations by Alisha Sevigny [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Kids Can Press

August and Everything After by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire

The Dead Enders by Erin Saldin [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Simon Pulse

Evangeline of the Bayou by Jan Eldredge [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Balzer + Bray

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Random House

Carnival Magic by Amy Ephron [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Philomel Books

Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

Only Human (Themis Files #3) by Sylvain Neuvel [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Del Rey Books

Dark Queen (Jane Yellowrock #12) by Faith Hunter [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Ace Books

Medusa Uploaded (The Medusa Cycle #1) by Emily Devenport [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Tor Books

I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2018 by Subterranean

The Poppy War: A Novel by R.F. Kuang [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Harper Voyager

Miss Subways by David Duchovny [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

An Argumentation of Historians (The Chronicles of St Mary’s #9) by Jodi Taylor [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Night Shade Books

Mr. Flood’s Last Resort by Jess Kidd [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Atria Books

The Perfect Mother: A Novel by Aimee Molloy [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Harper

Everything That Follows by Meg Little Reilly [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Mira Books

The Lonely Witness by William Boyle [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Pegasus Books

The 17th Suspect (Women’s Murder Club #17) by James Patterson [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company

What You Want To See (Roxane Weary #2) by Kristen Lepionka [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

See Also Proof: A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery by Larry D. Sweazy [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Seventh Street Books

In Dust and Ashes (Hanne Wilhelmsen #10) by Anne Holt [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Scribner

Overkill (Alexander Hawke #10) by Ted Bell [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by William Morrow

The Seasonaires by Janna King [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Pegasus Books

A Handful of Ashes: A Novel by Rob McCarthy [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Pegasus Books

The Wanderers (The West Country Trilogy #2) by Tim Pears [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Bloomsbury Publishing

The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Touchstone

The Devil’s Reward by Emmanuelle de Villepin [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Other Press (NY)

The Abbot’s Tale by Conn Iggulden [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Pegasus Books

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Ballantine Books

It Needs to Look Like We Tried: A Novel by Todd Robert Petersen [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Counterpoint

The Pisces by Melissa Broder [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Hogarth Press

You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Pamela Dorman Books

The Island Dwellers: Stories by Jen Silverman [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Random House

A Lucky Man: Stories by Jamel Brinkley [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Graywolf Press

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Scribner

Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by W. W. Norton Company

Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Catapult

Night Hawks: Stories by Charles R. Johnson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Scribner

Someone to Care (Westcott #4) by Mary Balogh [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Berkley

The Greatest Risk (Honey #3) by Kristen Ashley [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Sorority by Genevieve Sly Crane [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Gallery/Scout Press

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture by Roxane Gay [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Harper

The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts by Tessa Fontaine [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Black Prince: England’s Greatest Medieval Warrior by Michael Jones [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Pegasus Books

Saving Sin City: William Travers Jerome, Stanford White, and the Original Crime of the Century by Mary Cummings [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Pegasus Books

An American Quilt: Unfolding a Story of Family and Slavery by Rachael May [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Pegasus Books

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Stacking the Shelves (185)

April 29, 2018 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 6 Comments

Last Week’s… Posts

Last Week’s… Book Mail

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For Review
LIFEL1K3 (Lifelike #1) by Jay Kristoff

Don’t forget to download the free Sync titles this week!

The Great War | A Study in Charlotte

Last Week’s… Obsessions

Work has been crazy hectic lately so I haven’t even been able to enjoy my normally loved music without it giving me a headache. Mello, ambient/instrumental playlists paired with rainy mood is such a lovely combination.

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Indie Bookstore Day was yesterday! My city really only has one participating bookstore which is an absolute shame but it’s still something I look forward to every year. This years’ grab bag included two books I’m especially excited about: The Power by Naomi Alderman and The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey.

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When I was younger, my dream was to become a forensic scientist, so true crime and especially situations such as this where, through DNA, a case is solved decades later, it’s fascinating to me. McNamara does a superb job of presenting her years-long research in a truly riveting form. I haven’t been able to put this down and it’s really such a shame that she wasn’t able to see her determination in keeping the memory for the Golden State Killers crimes alive long enough to see him finally captured.

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Audiobook Sync: Week 1 Titles | The Great War and A Study in Charlotte (April 26 – May 2)

April 26, 2018 Bonnie Sync 3 Comments

Sync is back!! The first week they’re kicking it off with the first in a trilogy about the teen descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson and a moving collection of short stories about WWI. Make sure you get these downloaded by May 2nd because a new set of books will be available to download on May 3rd. In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

Each audiobook will be available for you to download onto your computer and/or mobile device for one week. The files are available from Thursday morning 7am Eastern Time until the following Thursday morning at 7am Eastern time when the new audiobook titles become available. You may download more than once if you have more than one device. When you have downloaded the MP3 files they are yours to keep. We suggest using the free OverDrive app.

This year’s program kicks off on April 26th and there will be a total of 26 titles available, two available for download each week. Be sure to sign up for email and/or text alerts at Audiobook Sync to remind you when new titles are available. The audiobooks can be downloaded onto your computer and easily transferred to your smartphone for easy listening — and remember that these audiobooks are yours to keep!

The Great War by David Almond, John Boyne, Tracy Chevalier, Ursula Dubosarsky, Timothée de Fombelle | Read by Nico Evers-Swindell, JD Jackson, Gerard Doyle, Richard Halverson, Sarah Coomes, Nick Podehl
Published by Candlewick on Brilliance Publishing | Download available here!

A toy soldier. A butter dish. A compass. Mundane objects, perhaps, but to the remarkable authors in this collection, artifacts such as these have inspired stories that go to the heart of the human experience of World War I. Each author was invited to choose an object that had a connection to the war—a writing kit for David Almond, a helmet for Michael Morpurgo—and use it as the inspiration for an original short story. What results is an extraordinary collection, illustrated throughout by the award-winning Jim Kay and featuring photographs of the objects with accounts of their history and the authors’ reasons for selecting them. A blend of fiction and real-life events, this unique anthology provides young readers with a personal window into the Great War and the people affected by it, and serves as an invaluable resource for families and teachers alike.

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1) by Brittany Cavallaro | Read by Graham Halstead, Julia Whelan
Published by HarperAudio | Download available here!

The first book in a witty, suspenseful new trilogy about a brilliant new crime-solving duo: the teen descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. This clever page-turner will appeal to fans of Maureen Johnson and Ally Carter. Jamie Watson has always been intrigued by Charlotte Holmes; after all, their great-great-great-grandfathers are one of the most infamous pairs in history. But the Holmes family has always been odd, and Charlotte is no exception. She’s inherited Sherlock’s volatility and some of his vices—and when Jamie and Charlotte end up at the same Connecticut boarding school, Charlotte makes it clear she’s not looking for friends. But when a student they both have a history with dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

Happy listening!

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Waiting on Wednesday – Night and Silence (October Daye #12) by Seanan McGuire

April 25, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 7 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Night and Silence (October Daye #12) by Seanan McGuireNight and Silence by Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye #12
Published by DAW on September 4, 2018
Pages: 368
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Indexing, The Book of Mirrors, Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation

Things are not okay.

In the aftermath of Amandine's latest betrayal, October "Toby" Daye's fragile self-made family is on the verge of coming apart at the seams. Jazz can't sleep, Sylvester doesn't want to see her, and worst of all, Tybalt has withdrawn from her entirely, retreating into the Court of Cats as he tries to recover from his abduction. Toby is floundering, unable to help the people she loves most heal. She needs a distraction. She needs a quest.

What she doesn't need is the abduction of her estranged human daughter, Gillian. What she doesn't need is to be accused of kidnapping her own child by her ex-boyfriend and his new wife, who seems to be harboring secrets of her own. There's no question of whether she'll take the case. The only question is whether she's emotionally prepared to survive it.

Signs of Faerie's involvement are everywhere, and it's going to take all Toby's nerve and all her allies to get her through this web of old secrets, older hatreds, and new deceits. If she can't find Gillian before time runs out, her own child will pay the price. One question remains:

Who in Faerie remembered Gillian existed? And what do they stand to gain? No matter how this ends, Toby's life will never be the same.

About Seanan McGuire

Seanan is the author of the October Daye urban fantasies, the InCryptid urban fantasies, and several other works both stand-alone and in trilogies or duologies. In case that wasn't enough, she also writes under the pseudonym "Mira Grant." For details on her work as Mira, check out MiraGrant.com.

Seanan lives in a creaky old farmhouse in Northern California, which she shares with her cats, Alice and Thomas, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She has strongly-held and oft-expressed beliefs about the origins of the Black Death, the X-Men, and the need for chainsaws in daily life.

No, I’m not caught up on this series (but let me tell you how hard it was to make this post without accidentally reading the summary lol) but I have a deadline now! #7 is next for me and I’m loving this series so I’m determined to get caught up so I can start waiting for the next installments like a normal person.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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