Audiobook Sync: Week 12 Titles | Sugar and The Dorito Effect (July 13 – 19)

July 13, 2017 Bonnie Audiobooks, Sync 1 Comment

This week’s free set of titles is ready to download! Make sure you get these downloaded by July 19th because a new set of books will be available to download on July 20th. In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

Any individual may participate by downloading the OverDrive App to their device of choice and returning to the SYNC website each Thursday after 7am Eastern Time to download the new audiobook pair for the week. Each title is available for one week only, but once downloaded they can be kept forever, so the opportunity to listen can extend well beyond the term of the summer program.

This year’s program kicks off on April 27th and there will be a total of 32 titles available to 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!

Now without further ado, your free audiobook titles this week….

Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall | Read by Tara Sands | Published by Brilliance Audio | Download available here!

Sugar Legowski-Gracia wasn’t always fat, but fat is what she is now at age seventeen. Not as fat as her mama, who is so big she hasn’t gotten out of bed in months. Not as heavy as her brother, Skunk, who has more meanness in him than fat, which is saying something. But she’s large enough to be the object of ridicule wherever she is: at the grocery store, walking down the street, at school. Sugar’s life is dictated by taking care of Mama in their run-down home—cooking, shopping, and, well, eating. A lot of eating, which Sugar hates as much as she loves. When Sugar meets Even (not Evan—his nearly illiterate father misspelled his name on the birth certificate), she has the new experience of someone seeing her and not her body. As their unlikely friendship builds, Sugar allows herself to think about the future for the first time, a future not weighed down by her body or her mother. Soon Sugar will have to decide whether to become the girl that Even helps her see within herself or to sink into the darkness of the skin-deep role her family and her life have created for her.

The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth about Food and Flavor by Mark Schatzker | Read by Chris Patton | Published by Dreamscape Media | Download available here!

Mark Schatzker shows us how our approach to the nation’s number one public health crisis has gotten it wrong. The epidemics of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are not tied to the overabundance of fat or carbs. Instead, we have been led astray by the growing divide between flavor – the tastes we crave – and the underlying nutrition. Since the late 1940s, we have been slowly leeching flavor out of the food we grow. Simultaneously, we have taken great leaps forward in technology, allowing us to produce in the lab the very flavors that are being lost on the farm. Thanks to this largely invisible epidemic, seemingly healthy food is becoming more like junk food: highly craveable but nutritionally empty. We have unknowingly interfered with an ancient chemical language -flavor – that evolved to guide our nutrition, not destroy it.

Happy listening!

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of July 10th, 2017

July 10, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 3 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 July 10th, 2017

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy by Ameriie [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

The Savage Dawn (The Girl at Midnight #3) by Melissa Grey [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Delacorte Press

Ash and Quill (The Great Library #3) by Rachel Caine [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Berkley

Origins of Evil (The Merciless #3) by Danielle Vega [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Razorbill

The Carnelian Crow (Stoker & Holmes #4) by Colleen Gleason [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Chronicle Books

Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

Who’s That Girl by Blair Thornburgh [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by HarperTeen

This Is How It Happened by Paula Stokes [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by HarperTeen

Vindicated (Emancipated #3) by M.G. Reyes [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books

The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by HarperTeen

Forever in Love (City Love #3) by Susane Colasanti [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books

All the Ways the World Can End by Abby Sher [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Rosie Girl by Julie Shepard [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Dial Books

Somebody’s Baby by Lurlene McDaniel [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Delacorte Press

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Delacorte Press

A Dash of Dragon by Heidi Lang & Kati Bartkowski [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Aladdin

You May Already Be a Winner by Ann Dee Ellis [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Dial Books

Worlds Collide (The Land of Stories #6) by Chris Colfer [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Jupiter Rising (The Icarus Corps #3) by Zachary Brown [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Saga Press

The Delirium Brief (Laundry Files #8) by Charles Stross [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Tor.com

At the Table of Wolves by Kay Kenyon [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Saga Press

Dark Sky (Keiko #2) by Mike Brooks [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Saga Press

Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood by Marjorie M. Liu [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Image Comics

Besieged (The Iron Druid Chronicles 0.3, 4.7, 8.6) by Kevin Hearne [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Del Rey Books

First Watch (The Fifth Ward #1) by Dale Lucas [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Orbit

Dichronauts by Greg Egan [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Night Shade Books

Dark Goddess (Alpha Goddess #2) by Amalie Howard [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Sky Pony Press

The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga #2) by Elise Kova [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Keymaster Press

When the English Fall by David Williams [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Algonquin Books

Bannerless (Bannerless Saga #1) by Carrie Vaughn [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books

A Kiss Before Doomsday (Dru Jasper #2) by Laurence MacNaughton [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Pyr

Watch Me Disappear: A Novel by Janelle Brown [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Spiegel & Grau

Last Breath (Good Daughter 0.5) by Karin Slaughter [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Witness Impulse

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Bantam

Dark Saturday (Frieda Klein #6) by Nicci French [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

My Sister’s Bones: A Novel of Suspense by Nuala Ellwood [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Domina by L.S. Hilton [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Scribner

Final Girls by Riley Sager [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Dutton

A Talent for Murder: A Novel by Andrew Wilson [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Atria Books

Bed-Stuy Is Burning: A Novel by Brian Platzer [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Atria Books

Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery by Fred Van Lente [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Quirk Books

Another Man’s Ground (Sheriff Hank Worth #2) by Claire Booth [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Minotaur Books

The Third Nero (Flavia Albia Mystery #5) by Lindsey Davis [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Minotaur Books

Down a Dark Road (Kate Burkholder #9) by Linda Castillo [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Minotaur Books

Moving Kings: A Novel by Joshua Cohen [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Random House

Bring Her Home by David J. Bell [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Berkley Books

The Atlas of Forgotten Places by Jenny D. Williams [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

The Witches of New York: A Novel by Ami McKay [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Harper Perennial

Secret Sisters: A Novel by Joy Callaway [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Harper Paperbacks

Where the Light Falls by Allison Pataki & Owen Pataki [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Dial Press

Refuge: A Novel by Dina Nayeri [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Riverhead Books

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Hogarth

Living the Dream by Lauren Berry [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Holt Paperbacks

Hello, Sunshine: A Novel by Laura Dave [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Simon & Schuster

Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Doubleday Books

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Henry Holt and Co.

Beautiful Tempest (Malory Family #12) by Johanna Lindsey [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Gallery Books

Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Harlequin Books

The Perfect Recipe for Love and Friendship by Shirley Jump [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Forever

The Nearness of You by Dorothy Garlock [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Grand Central Publishing

The Seven Rules of Elvira Carr by Frances Maynard [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Sourcebooks Landmark

What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Viking

Hum If You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Tornado Weather by Deborah Elaine Kennedy [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Flatiron Books

Live from Cairo: A Novel by Ian Bassingthwaighte [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Scribner

A Life of Adventure and Delight by Akhil Sharma [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by W. W. Norton & Company

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Audiobook Sync: Week 11 Titles | Remember to Forget and Rebuttal (July 6 – 12)

July 6, 2017 Bonnie Audiobooks, Sync 0 Comments

This week’s free set of titles is ready to download! Make sure you get these downloaded by July 12th because a new set of books will be available to download on July 13th. In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

Any individual may participate by downloading the OverDrive App to their device of choice and returning to the SYNC website each Thursday after 7am Eastern Time to download the new audiobook pair for the week. Each title is available for one week only, but once downloaded they can be kept forever, so the opportunity to listen can extend well beyond the term of the summer program.

This year’s program kicks off on April 27th and there will be a total of 32 titles available to 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!

Now without further ado, your free audiobook titles this week….

Remember to Forget (Remember to Forget #1) by Ashley Royer | Read by Will Lasley | Published by Blink | Download available here!

Since the tragic death of his girlfriend, Delia, Luke has refused to speak and can’t seem to come out of his depression, plagued by depressive self-doubt. Desperate to make some positive change in his life, Luke’s sends him to live with his father in Maine. Though the idea of moving from Australia to Maine seems completely daunting, Luke resigns himself to his fate.

Luke and his dad must learn to live together through resentment and misunderstanding. And then he meets Delilah, a girl who reminds him eerily of someone he lost.

Newly updated and revised, Remember to Forget presents in print for the first time the Wattpad sensation that has amassed over 11 million reads.

Rebuttal by Jyotsna Hariharan | Read by Phoebe Strole, Michael Crouch, Nina Mehta, a Full Cast | Published by HarperAudio | Download available here!

All Alex Dassan needs to do is win second place in the debate team finals. The second place prize is a trip to the Nottingshire Retreat in London, where she’ll have a chance to take a class with her writing idol, Mary Noelle Simmons. Alex knows that once she meets Mary, then her life will fall into place and her dreams of becoming a writer will be possible (and less scary). Nothing is going to stand in Alex’s way – especially not a dad who’s never home and a mom who left to go “find herself” in India. The only problem: With minutes before the competition and a missing debate partner, Alex is feeling a little desperate.

All Jeremy Beekman needs to do is pass AP biology. If Jeremy passes, then he can get into medical school, become a doctor in 10 years, and keep his family together. He won’t disappoint his parents the way his brother did. The only problem: Jeremy spends more time on art and the AV club than on his homework.

When Alex and Jeremy run into each other (literally!) before the debate team competition, they make an arrangement: If Jeremy helps Alex win the debate team finals, then Alex will tutor Jeremy in biology. What could go wrong?

What starts as an academic arrangement soon turns into a friendship where absent parents and burdensome expectations are confronted, dreams are dreamed bigger, and the debate team competition stakes are even higher. You may now begin your rebuttal.

Happy listening!

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of July 3rd, 2017

July 3, 2017 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 July 3rd, 2017

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers

A Void the Size of the World by Rachele Alpine [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Simon Pulse

Debutantes & Daggers (Rebel Belle) by Rachel Hawkins [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Speak

The Revenge by Hannah Jayne [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

Paper Hearts (The Heartbreakers Chronicles #2) by Ali Novak [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

Bombshell by Rowan Maness [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Simon Pulse

Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers

The Bakersville Dozen by Kristina McBride [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Sky Pony Press

The Unicorn in the Barn by Jacqueline Ogburn [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls by Beth McMullen [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Aladdin

Walking with Miss Millie by Tamara Bundy [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Nancy Paulsen Books

Serafina and the Splintered Heart (Serafina #3) by Robert Beatty [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

The Harbors of the Sun (The Books of the Raksura #5) by Martha Wells [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Night Shade Books

The Reluctant Queen (The Queens of Renthia #2) by Sarah Beth Durst [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Harper Voyager

Glass Town by Steven Savile [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

The Mystery Knight: A Graphic Novel (The Hedge Knight Graphic Novels #3) by George R. R. Martin [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Bantam

The Song of the Orphans (Silvers #2) by Daniel Price [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Blue Rider Press

Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Berkley Books

Grave Ransom (Alex Craft #5) by Kalayna Price [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Ace Books

Heroine Worship (Heroine Complex #2) by Sarah Kuhn [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Daw Books

A Game of Ghosts (Charlie Parker #15) by John Connolly [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

In Evil Times (Imperials #2) by Melinda M. Snodgrass [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Titan Books

An Oath of Dogs by Wendy N. Wagner [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Angry Robot

Local Girl Missing: A Novel by Claire Douglas [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Harper Paperbacks

Don’t Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Ballantine Books

The Last Hack (Jack Parlabane #8) by Christopher Brookmyre [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Atlantic Monthly Press

The Boy Who Saw (Solomon Creed #2) by Simon Toyne [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by William Morrow

Persons Unknown (DS Manon #2) by Susie Steiner [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Random House

The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo by Ian Stansel [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Necklace by Claire McMillan [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Touchstone

City of Masks (Somershill Manor Mystery #3) by S.D. Sykes [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Pegasus Books

Devastation Road: A Novel by Jason Hewitt [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2017 by Little, Brown and Company

The Reason You’re Alive by Matthew Quick [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Harper

We Shall Not All Sleep: A Novel by Estep Nagy [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA

Made for Love by Alissa Nutting [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Ecco

The Lightkeeper’s Daughters: A Novel by Jean E. Pendziwol [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Harper

A Paris All Your Own: Bestselling Women Writers on the City of Light by Eleanor Brown [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Out in the Open by Jesús Carrasco [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Riverhead Books

The Graybar Hotel: Stories by Curtis Dawkins [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Scribner

Who Is Rich? by Matthew Klam [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Random House

The Wicked Heir (Spare Heirs #3) by Elizabeth Michels [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

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Audiobook Sync: Week 10 Titles | My Name is Not Easy and American Night: The Ballad of Juan José (June 29 – July 5)

June 29, 2017 Bonnie Audiobooks, Sync 3 Comments

This week’s free set of titles is ready to download! Make sure you get these downloaded by July 5th because a new set of books will be available to download on July 6th. In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

Any individual may participate by downloading the OverDrive App to their device of choice and returning to the SYNC website each Thursday after 7am Eastern Time to download the new audiobook pair for the week. Each title is available for one week only, but once downloaded they can be kept forever, so the opportunity to listen can extend well beyond the term of the summer program.

This year’s program kicks off on April 27th and there will be a total of 32 titles available to 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!

Now without further ado, your free audiobook titles this week….

My Name is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson | Read by Nick Podehl, Amy Rubinate | Published by Brilliance Audio | Download available here!

Luke knows his I´nupiaq name is full of sounds white people can’t say. He knows he’ll have to leave it behind when he and his brothers are sent to boarding school hundreds of miles from their Arctic village. At Sacred Heart School things are different. Instead of family, there are students—Eskimo, Indian, White—who line up on different sides of the cafeteria like there’s some kind of war going on. And instead of comforting words like tutu and maktak, there’s English. Speaking I’nupiaq—or any native language—is forbidden. And Father Mullen, whose fury is like a force of nature, is ready to slap down those who disobey. Luke struggles to survive at Sacred Heart. But he’s not the only one. There’s smart-aleck Amiq, a daring leader—if he doesn’t self destruct; Chickie, blond and freckled, a different kind of outsider; and small quiet Junior, noticing everything and writing it all down. Each has their own story to tell. But once their separate stories come together, things at Sacred Heart School—and in the wider world—will never be the same.

American Night: The Ballad of Juan José by Richard Montoya, Developed by Culture Clash and Jo Bonney | Read by Richard Montoya, Keith Jefferson, Todd Nakagawa, Sean San Jose, Kimberly Scott, Herbert Siguenza, Tom Virtue, Libby West, Caro Zeller | Published by L.A. Theatre Works | Download available here!

In this wild satire, Mexican immigrant Juan José has a feverish dream while studying for his American citizenship exam. He meets a parade of characters ranging from Sacagawea to Teddy Roosevelt to Jackie Robinson, who take him on a mind-bending, hilarious, and poignant trip through American history.

Happy listening!

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Waiting on Wednesday – Origin (Robert Langdon #5) by Dan Brown

June 28, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 4 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Origin (Robert Langdon #5) by Dan BrownOrigin by Dan Brown
Series: Robert Langdon #5
Published by Doubleday Books on October 3rd 2017
Pages: 480
Genres: Mystery
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Inferno

The stunningly inventive new novel from the world’s most popular thriller writer

Bilbao, Spain

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough…one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.

As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.

Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself…and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery…and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.

Origin is Dan Brown’s most brilliant and entertaining novel to date.

About Dan Brown

Dan Brown is the author of numerous #1 bestselling novels, including The Da Vinci Code, which has become one of the best selling novels of all time as well as the subject of intellectual debate among readers and scholars. Brown’s novels are published in 52 languages around the world with 200 million copies in print.

In 2005, Brown was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine, whose editors credited him with “keeping the publishing industry afloat; renewed interest in Leonardo da Vinci and early Christian history; spiking tourism to Paris and Rome; a growing membership in secret societies; the ire of Cardinals in Rome; eight books denying the claims of the novel and seven guides to read along with it; a flood of historical thrillers; and a major motion picture franchise.

The son of a mathematics teacher and a church organist, Brown was raised on a prep school campus where he developed a fascination with the paradoxical interplay between science and religion. These themes eventually formed the backdrop for his books. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he later returned to teach English before focusing his attention full time to writing.

Brown is currently at work on a new book as well as the Columbia Pictures film version of his most recent novel.

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I’ve loved this series for many, many years and even though Inferno wasn’t quite so hot (ha) I still am eager for more adventures with Robert Langdon.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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

June 27, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 14 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What books make your favorites of the year so far?
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June Is Audiobook Month: Top 5 Audiobooks for New Listeners + Giveaway!

June 26, 2017 Bonnie Audiobooks, Discussion Post, Giveaways 31 Comments

I’m an avid reader and am always trying to squeeze in reading time. I find audiobooks to be great for those times when you can’t sit down and read because they allow me to multi-task when I wouldn’t have been able to with a print book. I didn’t always love audiobooks, they did take me quite a few tries to get used to but I’m so glad that I do now.

These five titles are ones I would recommend to a new audiobook listener looking to see what all the fuss is about. A few of these were some of my first audiobooks too! Be sure to check out the full tour where every day a new blogger is celebrating audiobooks the entire month of June.

If you’re looking for something Sci-Fi, listen to Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

This epistolary type story told using interview transcripts, news articles, journal entries, etc. is the perfect audiobook to listen to. The full cast narration that includes 9 separate narrators is immensely thrilling to listen to. If you love it, make sure to pick up the equally impressive follow-up, Waking Gods.

If you’re looking for something Historical Fiction, listen to: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Narrator Allan Corduner transforms this devastating book into something unique with his sardonic and humorous performance. This story of a motherless girl set in Germany during WWII will break your heart and leave even the hardest of hearts crying (speaking from experience) but Zusak’s prose is something not to be missed.

If you’re looking for something Funny, listen to: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson

Hands down, the most hysterical novel I have ever read. Jenny Lawson personally narrates her memoir and only succeeds in making this even funnier (which I didn’t think was possible.) If you’re looking for something to put a smile on your face (and maybe a few laugh tears) give this one a listen.

If you’re looking for something Fantasy, listen to: The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1) by Philip Pullman

The Golden Compass was one of my very first audiobooks and it’s brilliantly narrated by a full cast which includes the author himself, Philip Pullman. While many of you read this as a kid, this is well worth a re-visit. I personally plan on doing a re-read in anticipation for the new installment, The Book of Dust, which is set ten years before The Golden Compass.

 

If you’re looking for something Contemporary, listen to: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl has a dual narration that is easy and entertaining to follow courtesy of Rebecca Lowman and Maxwell Caulfield. It’s a story written for any “fangirl” out there, but especially you Harry Potter fans. If you love this audiobook, you’ll also love Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

Thanks to the Audio Publishers Association, I have a giveaway to offer today! One lucky reader will receive earbuds and a card with 3 free audiobook downloads on Audiobooks.com.

To enter, tell me in the comment box below what you love about audiobooks. Never listened to audiobooks before but would like to start? Tell me where you’d like to listen to audiobooks!

One entry per person, available to US readers only. Last day to enter is July 3rd, 2017.

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Mental Break Time

June 11, 2017 Bonnie Announcements 8 Comments

Ever feel like life gets so crazy that you’re losing your mind? I’ve been trying to write a review for the past week and all I get is static… so I’m taking a bit of a break.

Going through some pretty heavy personal stuff at the moment and I’m not feeling terribly creative lately so I decided to take a step back and regroup. I’ve got a few posts already planned but I figured it was best not to force it.

Life. What can you do?

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Audiobook Sync: Week 7 Titles | Plus One and If I Run (June 8 – 14)

June 8, 2017 Bonnie Audiobooks, Sync 1 Comment

This week’s free set of titles is ready to download! Make sure you get these downloaded by June 14th because a new set of books will be available to download on June 15th. In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

Any individual may participate by downloading the OverDrive App to their device of choice and returning to the SYNC website each Thursday after 7am Eastern Time to download the new audiobook pair for the week. Each title is available for one week only, but once downloaded they can be kept forever, so the opportunity to listen can extend well beyond the term of the summer program.

This year’s program kicks off on April 27th and there will be a total of 32 titles available to 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!

Now without further ado, your free audiobook titles this week….

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama | Read by Julia Whelan | Published by Elizabeth Fama | Download available here!

A dying wish. A family divided. A love that defies the law. Sol Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller in an America rigidly divided between people who wake, live, and work during the hours of darkness and those known as Rays, who live and work during daylight. Impulsive, passionate, and brave, Sol concocts a plan to kidnap her newborn niece—a Ray—in order to take the baby to visit her dying grandfather. Sol’s violation of the day/night curfew is already a serious crime, but when her kidnap attempt goes awry, she stumbles on a government conspiracy to manipulate the Smudge population. Sol escapes the authorities with an unexpected ally: a Ray who gets in her way, a boy she might have hated if fate hadn’t forced them on the run together—a boy the world now tells her she can’t love. Set in a vivid alternate reality and peopled with complex, deeply human characters on both sides of the day/night divide, Elizabeth Fama’s Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights, and a fast-paced romantic adventure story.

If I Run (If I Run #1) by Terri Blackstock | Read by Nan Gurley | Published by Zondervan | Download available here!

Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they’ve failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore. But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up. Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run? Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices: the girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

Happy listening!

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