Waiting on Wednesday – Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

September 19, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 9 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Middlegame by Seanan McGuireMiddlegame by Seanan McGuire
Published by Tor.com on May 7, 2019
Pages: 528
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Indexing, Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation

New York Times bestselling and Alex, Nebula, and Hugo-Award-winning author Seanan McGuire introduces readers to a world of amoral alchemy, shadowy organizations, and impossible cities in this standalone fantasy.

Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story.

Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math.

Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet.

Meet Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts like his progenitor before him. Reed created Dodger and her brother. He’s not their father. Not quite. But he has a plan: to raise the twins to the highest power, to ascend with them and claim their authority as his own.

Godhood is attainable. Pray it isn’t attained.

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.

This is so far from being released but I’M SO DAMN EXCITED.

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What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Ominous October TBR

September 18, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 27 Comments

Well, almost. The one month I allow myself to go crazy and read nothing but horror! One of these days I’ll take my bestie’s advice and do some random horror month in like March just to appease my horror needs. Or at the very least just read more throughout the year? Hmmm… or both.

I’ve been hosting Ominous October since 2014 and it’s one of my favorite things ever. This go around, I’ve realized I was quite ambitious in my picks (really long audios and a few really long books… eek.) and especially with all the crazy stuff going on life-wise, these are the ten I’d like to get around to but I’m not holding my breath about getting through the entire list. But who knows! I might turn this slump around and knock out this list and then some. 🙂 I might also just start early. lol

Ghost Story by Peter Straub (532 pages)
I’ve been slowly working my way through all the “classic” horror novels and this is one of them. I’ve heard mixed things but it’s one I’m quite excited about. I love a good ghostie story.

Hell House by Richard Matheson (302 pages)
This has honestly been on my Ominous October plans for like the last 3 years. I have been so. damn. excited. for this book… I love Matheson and I honestly have no freaking idea why I haven’t read this yet. This one is top priority!

Books of Blood: Volumes One to Three by Clive Barker (507 pages)
After thoroughly enjoying The Thief of Always and The Hellbound Heart, I quickly made it my mission to collect all the Clive Barker books. I have all three volumes of this collection that I recently was so excited to find at my used bookstore.

Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King (992 pages)
I’m still slowly but surely making my way through King’s catalog and I think this might be next up! Looking back over the ones I’ve loved the most and his short story collections are simply incredible.

Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson (208 pages)
The Haunting of Hill House remains one of the books that stand out in my mind that made me start loving horror at an early age. I’ve always wanted to try something else of hers and decided on this one.

The Listener by Robert R. McCammon (10h 27m)
I’ve heard nothing about rave reviews about anything and everything McCammon has written and I have yet to read a single one of them. I’m not sure if this is necessarily the best one to start with, but here goes nothing.

Kill Creek by Scott Thomas (15h 46m)
This was a completely random Audible daily deal pick up but I’m so glad I took the chance. The reviews have me most excited about this one!

Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist (16h 54m)
I’ve been wanting to watch this movie for YEARS because it looks so damn creepy but I keep insisting to myself that I need to read the book first so I figured I should knock that out one of these days.

Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray (20h 12m)
I read (and loved) The Diviners and am currently in the middle of a re-listen because I read it waaaaaaaaay back in 2012 and knew a re-read was the most advisable thing before diving into Lair of Dreams. These are fantastic on audio, January Lavoy does an incredible joy. And boy, are they creepy.

At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft (4h 48m)
I love me some Lovecraft. Lovecraft narrated by the late Edward Herrmann? Even better.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of September 17th, 2018

September 17, 2018 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 1 Comment

Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult, and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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Week of September 17th, 2018

Wildcard (Warcross #2) by Marie Lu [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing

Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by HarperTeen

Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Maniscalco [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Jimmy Patterson

Pride by Ibi Zoboi [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Balzer + Bray

What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Imprint

The Iron Flower (The Black Witch Chronicles #2) by Laurie Forest [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Harlequin Teen

The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Amulet Books

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Simon Pulse

Analee, In Real Life by Janelle Milanes [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Simon Pulse

Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

The Storm Runner (The Storm Runner #1) by J.C. Cervantes [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Rick Riordan Presents

The Mona Lisa Key (Time Castaways #1) by Liesl Shurtliff [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

The Magical Unicorn Society Official Handbook by Selwyn E. Phipps [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

Mecha Samurai Empire (United States of Japan #2) by Peter Tieryas [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Ace

Echoes of Evil (Krewe of Hunters #26) by Heather Graham [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by MIRA

Time’s Convert (All Souls Universe #1) by Deborah Harkness [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Viking

Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds (Legion #1-3) by Brandon Sanderson [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Tor Books

Rosewater by Tade Thompson [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Orbit

Charmcaster (Spellslinger #3) by Sebastien de Castell [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Orbit

Secret Passages in a Hillside Town by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Pushkin Press

The Queen of Crows (The Sacred Throne #2) by Myke Cole [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Tor.com

Vampires Like It Hot (Argeneau #28) by Lynsay Sands [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Avon

Lethal White (Cormoran Strike #4) by Robert Galbraith [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Mulholland Books

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Sourcebooks Landmark

The Infinite Blacktop (Claire DeWitt Mysteries #3) by Sara Gran [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Atria Books

Button Men by Andrew Gross [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Minotaur Books

Guess Who by Chris McGeorge [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Hanover Square Press

Courtney’s War (Courtney #17) by Wilbur Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Zaffre

The Ancient Nine by Ian Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

Edinburgh Dusk (Ian Hamilton Mysteries #2) by Carole Lawrence [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Thomas & Mercer

I Know You Know by Gilly Macmillan [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks

A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Mira Books

A Forgotten Place (Bess Crawford #10) by Charles Todd [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by William Morrow

The Labyrinth of the Spirits (Cemetery of Forgotten Books #4) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Harper

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Riverhead Books

The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Forever

The Lost Carousel of Provence by Juliet Blackwell [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Berkley Books

Laurentian Divide (Northern Trilogy #2) by Sarah Stonich [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Univ Of Minnesota Press

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group

Deviation by Luce D’Eramo [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Farrar Straus and Giroux

Why Not Tonight (Happily Inc. #3) by Susan Mallery [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by HQN

Life on the Leash by Victoria Schade [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Gallery Books

Something Great and Beautiful: A Novel of Love, Wall Street, and Focaccia by Enrico Pellegrini [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Other Press (NY)

Boomer1 by Daniel Torday [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish by Katya Apekina [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Two Dollar Radio

The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War by Neal Bascomb [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity Is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free by Wednesday Martin [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Little, Brown Spark

These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by W. W. Norton Company

The Revolution Generation: How Millennials Can Save America and the World (Before It’s Too Late) by Josh Tickell [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Atria/Enliven Books

Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling by Philip Pullman [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben Macintyre [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Signal

Tigerland: The Miracle on East Broad Street by Wil Haygood [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group

How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler by Ryan North [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Riverhead Books

Nobody Cares by Anne T. Donahue [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by ECW Press

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Scribner

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Waiting on Wednesday – Heads You Win: A Novel by Jeffrey Archer

September 12, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 8 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Heads You Win: A Novel by Jeffrey ArcherHeads You Win: A Novel by Jeffrey Archer
Published by St. Martin's Press on November 6, 2018
Pages: 448
Genres: Historical Fiction
Format: Hardcover
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Leningrad, Russia, 1968. Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive. At the docks, they are confronted with an irreversible choice: should they board a container ship bound for America, or Great Britain? Alexander leaves that choice to the toss of a coin . . .

In a single moment, a double twist decides Alexander’s future. During an epic tale of fate and fortune, spanning two continents and thirty years, we follow his triumphs and defeats as he struggles as an immigrant to conquer his new world. As this unique story unfolds, Alexander comes to realize where his destiny lies, and accepts that he must face the past he left behind in Russia.

With a final twist that will shock even his most ardent fans, this is #1 New York Times bestseller Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious and creative work since Kane and Abel.

About Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare (born 15 April 1940) is an English author and former politician.

He was a Member of Parliament and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, and became a life peer in 1992. His political career, having suffered several controversies, ended after a conviction for perverting the course of justice and his subsequent imprisonment. He is married to Mary Archer, a scientist specialising in solar power. Outside politics, he is a novelist, playwright and short story writer.

I’ve never actually read anything from this author, but I just found out that the audio narration is being done by Richard Armitage and if you haven’t listened to anything he’s narrated, what are you even doing with your life?

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Underrated Gems Pt. 4

September 10, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 15 Comments

One of the things that I love most about blogging is helping to bring more attention to all the books that manage to fall under the radar. The amazing ones that aren’t nearly as appreciated as they deserve to be. These ten are books that I loved reading and would love to see more people love too.

Past Underrated Gem Posts:

Underrated Gems
Underrated Gems Pt. 2
Underrated Gems Pt. 3

Lightwood (Judah Cannon #1) by Steph Post [Purchase|Review]
100 Goodreads ratings, 32 Amazon ratings

We Are Where the Nightmares Go and Other Stories by C. Robert Cargill [Purchase|Review]
119 Goodreads ratings, 4 Amazon ratings

Witching Hour Theatre by Jonathan Janz [Purchase]
142 Goodreads ratings, 17 Amazon ratings

The Bird Market of Paris: A Memoir by Nikki Moustaki [Purchase|Review]
267 Goodreads ratings, 59 Amazon ratings

The Case of the Baker Street Irregular by Robert Newman [Purchase]
274 Goodreads ratings, 12 Amazon ratings

What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte [Purchase]
590 Goodreads ratings, 38 Amazon ratings

Something Rich and Strange by Patricia A. McKillip [Purchase]
746 Goodreads ratings, 9 Amazon ratings

Final Girls by Mira Grant [Purchase|Review]
1,008 Goodreads ratings, 51 Amazon ratings

Tighter by Adele Griffin [Purchase]
1,110 Goodreads ratings, 45 Amazon ratings

Love in Mid Air by Kim Wright [Purchase]
1,025 Goodreads ratings, 82 Amazon ratings

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of September 10th, 2018

September 10, 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 September 10th, 2018

Attack of the 50 Foot Wallflower by Christian McKay Heidicker [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

As She Ascends (Fallen Isles #2) by Jodi Meadows [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Delacorte Press

I Do Not Trust You by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Wednesday Books

Impostors by Scott Westerfeld [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Scholastic Press

Rule (Rule #1) by Ellen Goodlett [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The Echo Room by Parker Peevyhouse [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Tor Teen

Born Scared by Kevin Brooks [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Candlewick Press (MA)

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Simon Pulse

Dream Country by Shannon Gibney [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

Pawned by Laura Bickle [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 13th 2018 by Syrenka Publishing LLC

No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Tundra Books (NY)

The Golden Tower (Magisterium #5) by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Scholastic Press

The Land You Never Leave (West of West #2) by Angus Watson [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Orbit

State Tectonics (Centenal Cycle #3) by Malka Ann Older [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Tor.com

The Biggerers by Amy Lilwall [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Point Blank

The Exes’ Revenge by Jo Jakeman [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Berkley Books

Juror #3 by James Patterson & Nancy Allen [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 10th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company

The Forbidden Door (Jane Hawk #4) by Dean Koontz [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Bantam

The Guilty Dead (Monkeewrench #9) by P.J. Tracy [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books

Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit (Kopp Sisters #4) by Amy Stewart [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Harper

She Would Be King by Wayetu Moore [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Graywolf Press

Crudo by Olivia Laing [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by W. W. Norton Company

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Flatiron Books

Intercepted by Alexa Martin [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Berkley Books

Ordinary People by Diana Evans [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Liveright

The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World by Sarah Weinman [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Ecco

Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer by Lisa McCubbin [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Gallery Books

The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing by Merve Emre [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Doubleday

Gridiron Genius: A Master Class in Winning Championships and Building Dynasties in the NFL by Michael Lombardi [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Crown Archetype

We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time by José Andrés [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Anthony Bourdain/Ecco

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Showcase Sunday (189)

September 9, 2018 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 2 Comments

Last Week’s… Posts

Last Week’s… Book Mail

Priest of Bones (War for the Rose Throne #1) by Peter McLean
Someone Like Me by M.R. Carey
My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
Kingdom of Needle and Bone by Mira Grant
An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Last Week’s… Obsessions

I’ve been all about concerts lately. I was fortunate enough to see two in close succession:

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Polar opposites, I know. 😂

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Monthly Rundown: August 2018

September 6, 2018 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 2 Comments

Books Read = 19

I broke my record for most books read in a month! I had an incredibly productive reading month despite life shit… reviewing? Not so much. lol I posted one single review. The words just weren’t coming for me and I was much more in the mindset to simply fall into another story rather than sit and analyze, which is better than no reviewing and no reading. Hoping to get more into it a little so that I can maybe not feel quite so rusty when I do actually sit down to write. I tried getting into sitting down and at least jotting down some of my thoughts immediately after finishing but that doesn’t always work best for me. Oh well, I’ll figure it out. 🙂

Posted Reviews

Release Day Feature – Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood

Unreviewed Reads



20945704Best of the Month: The Winter Long (October Daye #8) by Seanan McGuire ★★★★★
I gave another installment of Toby Daye 5 stars but I really super loved this one (and I read 4 of them this month — finally caught up though!) This is one of my all-time favorite Urban Fantasy series. I’m going to be so sad having to actually wait for releases now.

Least Favorite: Sabrina by Nick Drnaso ★★★37533587
I was super intrigued by a graphic novel being longlisted for the Booker so, despite my general indifference to anything nominated for a Booker, I put this on hold at the library. My general indifference for Booker nominees continues.
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Biggest Surprise: The House with a Clock in Its Walls (Lewis Barnavelt #1) by John Bellairs ★★★★
After seeing the movie trailer and finding out it was based on this book from 1973 I had to check it out. I don’t put too much hope in Middle Grade horror but this was a super pleasant surprise and is something I absolutely would have loved when I was a kid. Reminded me a lot of one of my favorites, The Thief of Always by Clive Barker.

Biggest Disappointment: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid ★★★33289074
Everybody and their damn mother loved this (except my mother — we buddy read this and she was also underwhelmed lol). I’ve loved a lot of Reid’s books but this one just didn’t manage to hit the mark for me. 3 stars is actually pretty generous the more I think about it. Baa Baa black sheep.

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Waiting on Wednesday – The White Darkness by David Grann

September 5, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 5 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – The White Darkness by David GrannThe White Darkness by David Grann
Published by Doubleday Books on October 30, 2018
Pages: 160
Genres: Non-Fiction
Format: Hardcover
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By the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon, a powerful true story of adventure and obsession in the Antarctic, lavishly illustrated with color photographs

Henry Worsley was a devoted husband and father and a decorated British special forces officer who believed in honor and sacrifice. He was also a man obsessed. He spent his life idolizing Ernest Shackleton, the nineteenth-century polar explorer, who tried to become the first person to reach the South Pole, and later sought to cross Antarctica on foot. Shackleton never completed his journeys, but he repeatedly rescued his men from certain death, and emerged as one of the greatest leaders in history.

Worsley felt an overpowering connection to those expeditions. He was related to one of Shackleton's men, Frank Worsley, and spent a fortune collecting artifacts from their epic treks across the continent. He modeled his military command on Shackleton's legendary skills and was determined to measure his own powers of endurance against them. He would succeed where Shackleton had failed, in the most brutal landscape in the world.

In 2008, Worsley set out across Antarctica with two other descendants of Shackleton's crew, battling the freezing, desolate landscape, life-threatening physical exhaustion, and hidden crevasses. Yet when he returned home he felt compelled to go back. On November 13, 2015, at age 55, Worsley bid farewell to his family and embarked on his most perilous quest: to walk across Antarctica alone.

David Grann tells Worsley's remarkable story with the intensity and power that have led him to be called "simply the best narrative nonfiction writer working today." Illustrated with more than fifty stunning photographs from Worsley's and Shackleton's journeys, The White Darkness is both a gorgeous keepsake volume and a spellbinding story of courage, love, and a man pushing himself to the extremes of human capacity.

About David Grann

David Grann has written about everything from New York City’s antiquated water tunnels to the hunt for the giant squid to the presidential campaign. His stories have appeared in several anthologies, including What We Saw: The Events of September 11, 2001; The Best American Crime Writing, of both 2004 and 2005; and The Best American Sports Writing, of 2003 and 2006. A 2004 finalist for the Michael Kelly award for the “fearless pursuit and expression of truth,” Grann has also written for "The New York Times Magazine," The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, and The New Republic.

Before joining The New Yorker in 2003, Grann was a senior editor at The New Republic, and from 1995 until 1996, the executive editor of the newspaper The Hill. He holds master’s degrees in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy as well as in creative writing from Boston University. After graduating from Connecticut College in 1989, he received a Thomas Watson Fellowship and did research in Mexico, where he began his career in journalism. He lives in New York with his wife and two children.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Release Day Feature: Sadie by Courtney Summers

September 4, 2018 Bonnie Book Reviews, Read in 2018, Release Day Feature, YA 4 Comments

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Release Day Feature: Sadie by Courtney SummersSadie by Courtney Summers
Published by Wednesday Books on September 4, 2018
Pages: 320
Genres: Contemporary
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: This is Not a Test, All the Rage


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Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late.

About Courtney Summers

Courtney Summers was born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada in 1986 and currently resides in a small town not far from there. At age 14, and with her parents' blessing, Courtney dropped out of high school to pursue her education independently. At age 18, she wrote her first novel and never looked back. Her first book, Cracked Up to Be, was published in 2008, when she was 22. To date, she has authored five novels and is best known for her unapologetic, difficult female protagonists. In 2016, Courtney was named one of Flare Magazine's 60 under 30.

“Sometimes I don’t know what I miss more; everything I’ve lost or everything I never had.”.

When Sadie’s 13-year-old sister Mattie is murdered and left in an apple orchard, Sadie is determined to take on the responsibility of her death just as she took on the responsibility of keeping her alive. Their mother, Claire, was a drug addict and never cared for the girls the way they should have been and for years now, Sadie has been the one to care for Mattie and to make sure that life didn’t end up being nearly as bad as it could have been. And then one day Claire disappeared. She sent a postcard 3 months later from Los Angeles, addressed only to Mattie, and from that point on Mattie was convinced that the girls had to find their mother but Sadie knew that was impossible for so many reasons. And then one day Mattie got into a truck headed to California and she was next found in an apple orchard.

“Mattie never would’ve done something like that if she’d never got that postcard. I know it haunted Sadie and I know … I know if Sadie’s out there right now, it’s still haunting her.”

Courtney Summers writes some of the most gritty and uncompromising stories that manage to get under your skin with their unrelenting realism. Sadie was such a difficult yet mesmerizing read that completely captured my attention until the final page. This story is a brilliant combination of a coming of age/gritty crime mystery and podcasts which have become so incredibly popular in this day and age. Despite the audio aspects of podcasts, this book worked just as brilliantly in print. Sadie’s chapters are told in first-person narration as she leaves her small town of Cold Creek, Colorado in search of the man she believes is responsible for the death of her sister. Sadie’s thoughts are imbued with a single-minded determination to avenge her sister despite her own harrowing backstory. Her story is full of retrospection on everything that transpired and how it led up to the moment she finds herself in. She never berates herself for things that occurred, knowing that doing so won’t change anything, but only continue walking the dark path of revenge she’s set herself on.

Mixed into Sadie’s story, are transcripts from the (fictional) podcast The Girls hosted by radio reporter West McCray who is investigating Sadie’s disappearance. McCray’s investigation manages to fill in the blanks of Sadie’s story as he follows the evidence she left in her wake. These transcripts also served to make Sadie and Mattie’s stories feel both personal and factual in a way that was almost unsettling. It reads much like any true crime podcast where McCray discusses his investigation, the evidence he uncovers, and the interviews he conducts. There are six episodes in total and they can be listened to before or after the book’s release, but only the book will include Sadie’s first-person accounting. Either way, it’s definitely worth a listen. Whoever came up with the concept to actually produce the podcast in correlation with the book’s release is a genius. You can listen to the first episode embedded in this post below with the other episodes available on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.

Sadie is a haunting yet must-read thriller for readers of all ages that tells the empowering story of a ‘victim’ who refuses to conform to the label.

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