Something To Look Forward To – Week of December 9th, 2019

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Week of December 9th, 2019

The Light of All That Falls (The Licanius Trilogy #3) by James Islington
Expected publication: December 10th 2019 by Orbit

Shatter the Night (Detective Gemma Monroe #4) by Emily Littlejohn
Expected publication: December 10th 2019 by Minotaur Books

The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters
Expected publication: December 10th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books

All That’s Bright and Gone: A Novel by Eliza Nellums
Expected publication: December 10th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books

The Stranger by Saskia Sarginson
Expected publication: December 10th 2019 by Flatiron Books

The Course of All Treasons (An Elizabethan Spy Mystery #2) by Suzanne M. Wolfe
Expected publication: December 10th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books

The Wicked Redhead (The Wicked City #2) by Beatriz Williams
Expected publication: December 10th 2019 by William Morrow

The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey
Expected publication: December 10th 2019 by Thomas Dunne Books

The Book of Science and Antiquities by Thomas Keneally
Expected publication: December 10th 2019 by Atria Books

Search Heartache by Carla Malden
Expected publication: December 10th 2019 by Rare Bird Books

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Monthly Rundown | November 2019

December 6, 2019 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 4 Comments

Books Read = 19

I finally felt like I found my stride again this month. I only reviewed one but it was a great month of reading and I’m hoping that I’m able to keep it up and finish the year off strong. I’m currently at 117 read going into December so I’m already pleased with my progress. November has already been extremely cold so I’m looking forward to curling up on the couch with a book or three. πŸ™‚

Posted Reviews

Book Review | Memories Become Unreliable in β€˜Recursion’

Unreviewed Reads

Best of the Month: Recursion by Blake CrouchΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½
If you’ve been following me lately, you’ll know I’ve been struggling a bit with reviewing. I haven’t been forcing it and only writing when the book actually inspires me to do so (good or bad). Recursion got reviewed this month for all good reasons. πŸ™‚

Least Favorite: The Unwritten, Vol. 3: Dead Man’s Knock by Mike Carey β˜…β˜…β˜…
I had read the first 5 installments of this series forever ago so I’m re-reading those so I can finally finish it. But installments like #3 make me question my decision because boy, can these be some severely wordy graphic novels. The story itself is interesting but sometimes they lose me.

Biggest Surprise: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
This was an enormous surprise because this was actually my third time attempting to read this, but dammit, I finally succeeded. And really enjoyed the heck out of it. So much that I actually completed the entire trilogy in a single month. Crazy to think what I’d be missing out on if I never gave it another shot.

Biggest Disappointment: Meet Cute by Helena Hunting β˜…β˜…β˜…
Like many before me, I was fooled by the cuteness of this cover. I’m not sure why this was the chosen cover (nothing wrong with the actual cover) but the insides don’t even come close to matching it. The story itself is much more serious and definitely lacking in “cute”. The whole thing was unfortunately pretty predictable too.

What were some of your favorite reads from November?

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of December 2nd, 2019

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Week of December 2nd, 2019

Wicked Hour (Heirs of Chicagoland #2) by Chloe Neill
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by Berkley Books

Blood of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder #3) by Brian McClellan
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by Orbit

Where Gods Fear to Go (West of West #3) by Angus Watson
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by Orbit

Dead Astronauts (Borne #2) by Jeff VanderMeer
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by MCD

Joe Hill: The Graphic Novel Collection by Joe Hill
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by IDW Publishing

Down Among the Dead (The Farian War #2) by K.B. Wagers
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by Orbit

The Revisionaries by A.R. Moxon
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by Melville House

Cypher (The Violet Wars #2) by Rich Larson
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by Orbit

Just Watch Me (Riley Wolfe #1) by Jeff Lindsay
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by Dutton

A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by Berkley Books

Winter Grave (An Embla NystrΓΆm Investigation #2) by Helene Tursten
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by Soho Crime

The Sacrament: A Novel by Olaf Olafsson
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by Ecco

How the Dead Speak (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan #11) by Val McDermid
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by Atlantic Monthly Press

Reputation: A Novel by Sara Shepard
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by Dutton

Trace of Evil (Natalie Lockhart #1) by Alice Blanchard
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by Minotaur Books

Thin Ice: A Mystery by Paige Shelton
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by Minotaur Books

Genesis (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery #12) by Robin Cook
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Ghost of a Flea (Lew Griffin #6) by James Sallis
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by Soho Crime

Lost Tomorrows (Rick Cahill #6) by Matt Coyle
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by Oceanview Publishing

Treachery: A Novel (Giordano Bruno Thriller #4) by S.J. Parris
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by Pegasus Books

Laetitia Rodd and the Case of the Wandering Scholar (A Laetitia Rodd Mystery #2) by Kate Saunders
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing

Now You See Them (Stephens & Mephisto Mystery #5) by Elly Griffiths
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

This Is Happiness by Niall Williams
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing

Blitzed (Playbook #3) by Alexa Martin
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by Berkley

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by Berkley Books

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of November 25th, 2019

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Week of November 25th, 2019

The Rise of Magicks (Chronicles of The One #3) by Nora Roberts
Expected publication: November 26th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

Lady Takes the Case (Manor Cat Mystery #1) by Eliza Casey
Expected publication: November 26th 2019 by Berkley Books

Under Occupation: A Novel by Alan Furst
Expected publication: November 26th 2019 by Random House

Sword of Kings (The Saxon Stories #12) by Bernard Cornwell
Expected publication: November 26th 2019 by Harper

Spy by Danielle Steel
Expected publication: November 26th 2019 by Delacorte Press

Scarlet Fever (“Sister” Jane #12) by Rita Mae Brown
Expected publication: November 26th 2019 by Ballantine Books

Tiny Love: The Complete Stories of Larry Brown by Larry Brown
Expected publication: November 26th 2019 by Algonquin Books

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of November 18th, 2019

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Week of November 18th, 2019

Sabbath by Nick Mamatas
Expected publication: November 19th 2019 by Tor Books

False Value (Rivers of London #8) by Ben Aaronovitch
Expected publication: November 19th 2019 by DAW Books

Upon the Flight of the Queen (The Ring-Sworn Trilogy #2) by Howard Andrew Jones
Expected publication: November 19th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

The Lights Go Out in Lychford (Lychford #4) by Paul Cornell
Expected publication: November 19th 2019 by Tor.com

A Minute to Midnight (Atlee Pine #2) by David Baldacci
Expected publication: November 19th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing

Impossible Causes by Julie Mayhew
Expected publication: November 19th 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing

The Second Sleep by Robert Harris
Expected publication: November 19th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group

Wyoming by JP Gritton
Expected publication: November 19th 2019 by Tin House Books

Twenty-one Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks
Expected publication: November 19th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

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Book Review | Memories Become Unreliable in ‘Recursion’

November 12, 2019 Bonnie 2019, Adult, Book Reviews 10 Comments

Book Review | Memories Become Unreliable in ‘Recursion’Recursion by Blake Crouch
Published by Crown Publishing Group (NY) on June 11, 2019
Pages: 336
Genres: Sci-fi, Time Travel
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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four-half-stars

Memory makes reality.

That’s what New York City cop Barry Sutton is learning as he investigates the devastating phenomenon the media has dubbed False Memory Syndromeβ€”a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived.

That's what neuroscientist Helena Smith believes. It’s why she’s dedicated her life to creating a technology that will let us preserve our most precious memories. If she succeeds, anyone will be able to re-experience a first kiss, the birth of a child, the final moment with a dying parent. 

As Barry searches for the truth, he comes face-to-face with an opponent more terrifying than any diseaseβ€”a force that attacks not just our minds but the very fabric of the past. And as its effects begin to unmake the world as we know it, only he and Helena, working together, will stand a chance at defeating it.

But how can they make a stand when reality itself is shifting and crumbling all around them?

reΒ·curΒ·sion /rΙ™ΛˆkΙ™rZHΙ™n/: the determination of a succession of elements (such as numbers or functions) by operation on one or more preceding elements according to a rule or formula involving a finite number of steps

The year is 2018 and we’re introduced to an NYPD officer named Barry who is responding to a call of a potential suicide. The woman’s name is Ann Voss Peters and she says she has False Memory Syndrome. About a month ago, Ann was suddenly filled with memories from a different life where she had a husband and a son where they lived in Vermont. She remembers everything from their life in excruciating detail and it’s a life with everything she could possibly want but nothing she’ll ever have and it leaves her broken. Her death leaves Barry to contemplate the mystery behind Ann and the prevalence of False Memory Syndrome and he manages to uncover enough truth to believe it’s possible that the strange memories that flooded her brain at random are actually real.

The year is 2007 and we meet a scientist named Helena who is studying how a brain processes memories. Her mother suffers from Alzheimer’s and she hopes to create something to help her from the disease that’s destroying her mind. When one of the richest men in the world, Marcus Slade, makes an offer to fund her continued research she realizes she’ll never get a better opportunity. She spends years perfecting her research, but her own intent for the research becomes slowly overruled by Slade and by the dark direction he wishes to take things. Helena realizes far too late that the good thing that she tried to create has become a terrifying weapon with potentially horrifying ramifications.

β€œBecause memory…is everything. Physically speaking, a memory is nothing but a specific combination of neurons firing togetherβ€”a symphony of neural activity. But in actuality, it’s the filter between us and reality. You think you’re tasting this wine, hearing the words I’m saying, in the present, but there’s no such thing. The neural impulses from your taste buds and your ears get transmitted to your brain, which processes them and dumps them into working memoryβ€”so by the time you know you’re experiencing something, it’s already in the past. Already a memory.”

There’s something about time travel that sings to my soul. The concept of being able to go back (or forward) to a time you had only ever read about in history books (or knew that you’d never live to see) is fascinating. Of course, each iteration of time travel has its own set of rules, some don’t make sense and some do. Crouch’s approach to time travel is truly mind-boggling and I can only imagine that him trying to brainstorm this plot to make everything work looked something very close to this:

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Or maybe that’s just me, trying to figure out if his rules actually work. After a while, I stopped trying to contemplate the logistics and took a step back just to enjoy this truly imaginative and well-written story. Crouch very easily could have bitten off far more than he could chew but he somehow transformed this chaotic plot with multiple points of view and multiple timelines into something shockingly streamlined. But Recursion is more than just your standard time travel story. Rather than a story about time travel and how to scientifically make this happen, he takes it a step further and forces us to think responsibly, to think along the lines of the butterfly effect. Would you go back in time, knowing all that you know now, to change something that you’ve always wished you could change? Would you still do that if you knew your changes could have catastrophic consequences?

What makes this even better is his inspiration for this story, an article from The Smithsonian about scientists that figured out how to implant fake memories into a mouse. Incorporating the time travel aspect into that, essentially traveling back through memories instead of time, was pretty freaking brilliant. If you’re looking for more time travel goodness, make sure to watch Dark on Netflix. If Recursion’s time travel rules don’t blow your mind, Dark will help finish it off. I can’t wait to see what zany goodness Crouch comes up with next.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of November 11th, 2019

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Week of November 11th, 2019

The Killing Light (The Sacred Throne #3) by Myke Cole
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by Tor.com

Revolution (Cold War Magic #2) by W.L. Goodwater
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by Ace Books

Flamebringer (Heartstone #3) by Elle Katharine White
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by Harper Voyager

Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by Orbit

The Menace from Farside (Luna) by Ian McDonald
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by Tor.com

Peter Watts Is An Angry Sentient Tumor: Revenge Fantasies and Essays by Peter Watts
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by Tachyon Publications

Realm of Ash (The Books of Ambha #2) by Tasha Suri
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by Orbit

The Pursuit of William Abbey by Claire North
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by Orbit

Twisted Twenty-Six (Stephanie Plum #26) by Janet Evanovich
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

River Run (A Delia Chavez Mystery #1) by J. S. James
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books

Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by Mulholland Books

Anything For You (Valerie Hart #3) by Saul Black
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

The Wrong Girl by Donis Casey
Expected publication: November 11th 2019 by Poisoned Pen Press

Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by Berkley

Manhunters: How We Took Down Pablo Escobar, the World’s Most Wanted Criminal by Steve Murphy & Javier F. PeΓ±a
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

My Penguin Year: Living with the Emperors by Lindsay McCrae
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by William Morrow

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Monthly Rundown | October 2019

November 7, 2019 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 10 Comments

Books Read = 14

It never fails, I make a game plan for the month and I end up doing the opposite. I’ve been struggling for a while now to balance blogging and reading and have for many weeks ended up avoiding both completely, but I feel like I’m finally getting back into the swing of things, at least in terms of reading. Blogging is still a whole other matter but, baby steps. I did manage to post some reviews this month so I’m considering it a success. I didn’t manage to read quite as many horror books as I planned on but I read a whole lot of other things and all in all it was a good month.

Posted Reviews

Unreviewed Reads

25985241. sy475 Best of the Month: Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners #3) by Libba Bray β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
By this point, I’m already fully aware that Libba Bray is an incredible storyteller, but she continues to astound me with how much better she seems to get. This series is simply fantastic. Complex and creepy storytelling with one of the largest cast of characters that amazingly enough all end up being central in some way to the plot. January Lavoy is an absolute marvel and is quickly becoming my favorite audiobook narrator ever.

Least Favorite: Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren β˜…β˜…Rapid Reviews – Twice in a Blue Moon, Wanderers, The Unkindest Tide, Sapphire Flames
It’s sad, but I think I’ve fallen out of love with CL. I’ve read every single one to date and with each new release I feel they keep getting less and less special. (And actually, I’ve already attempted their upcoming 2020 release and it’s sitting firmly on my DNF shelf). I think it’s time to call it quits.
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Biggest Surprise: Evil Has A Name: The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation by Paul HolesΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
Admittedly, this could probably be considered more a podcast than an actual book, but however you want to designate it, this was riveting. Having read I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, I thought this would just be Paul Holes’ side of things but it was a fascinating look at the ins and outs of the investigation that eventually led to the Golden State Killer finally being captured.

Biggest Disappointment: The Unkindest Tide by Seanan McGuire β˜…β˜…β˜…Rapid Reviews – Twice in a Blue Moon, Wanderers, The Unkindest Tide, Sapphire Flames
This series has been consistently well but this installment had me all frustrated. It took me ages to get through and I just wasn’t loving it and I couldn’t understand why. Still not sure if it was the book or myself (and my mood) to blame.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of November 4th, 2019

November 4, 2019 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 4 Comments

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Week of November 4th, 2019

Fortuna (The Nova Vita Protocol #1) by K.S. Merbeth
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Orbit

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Doubleday Books

Fate of the Fallen (The Shroud of Prophecy #1) by Kel Kade
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Tor Books

The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Shusterman
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer Trilogy #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Scholastic Press

Life and Limb (Blood & Bone #1) by Jennifer Roberson
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Daw Books

The New Voices of Science Fiction by Hannu Rajaniemi (Editor)
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Tachyon Publications

Jakarta by Rodrigo Maarquez Tizano
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Coffee House Press

And Go Like This: Stories by John Crowley
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Small Beer Press

The Siberian Dilemma (Arkady Renko #9) by Martin Cruz Smith
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Simon Schuster

36 Righteous Men: A Novel by Steven Pressfield
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by W. W. Norton Company

Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry by Mary Higgins Clark
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Simon Schuster

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Atria Books

The Poppy Wife: A Novel of the Great War by Caroline Scott
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks

On Swift Horses by Shannon Pufahl
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Riverhead Books

The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Counterpoint

The Worst Kind of Want by Liska Jacobs
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by MCD

Space Invaders: A Novel by Nona FernΓ‘ndez
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Graywolf Press

The Book of Lost Saints by Daniel JosΓ© Older
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Imprint

This Is Pleasure: A Story by Mary Gaitskill
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Pantheon

The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Hachette Books

The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing

Acid For The Children: A Memoir by Flea
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Avon

We Met in December by Rosie Curtis
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Deadly Little Scandals (Debutantes #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Freeform

Someone to Remember (Westcott #7) by Mary Balogh
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Berkley Books

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Spotlight On: November 2019 Releases

November 1, 2019 Bonnie Spotlight On 2 Comments

Spotlight On is a new feature that focuses on the ones I’m most excited about in the coming month.

We’re getting to that time of year when fewer and fewer books are being released. In theory, this would be the perfect time to get caught up on all those books we missed. In theory. πŸ™‚ I’ve already pre-ordered my Audible copy of The Toll (the narrator is fantastic for this trilogy) and I treated myself to an early birthday splurge and got the OwlCrate limited edition copy of Call Down the Hawk. Cannot wait to see how gorgeous that is in person!

The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Shusterman [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

From New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman comes the thrilling conclusion to the Printz Honor–winning series Arc of a Scythe.

 

Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer Trilogy #1) by Maggie Stiefvater [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Scholastic Press

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Raven Boys, a mesmerizing story of dreams and desires, death and destiny.

 

 

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Doubleday Books

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world–a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

 

Deadly Little Scandals (Debutantes #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Freeform

No one is quite who they seem to be in this twisty, soapy, gasp-inducing sequel to Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ unputdownable Little White Lies.

 

 

What are you most looking forward to releasing this month?

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