Something To Look Forward To – Week of March 13th, 2017

March 13, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 2 Comments

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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.
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Week of March 13th, 2017

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The White Road of the Moon by Rachel Neumeier [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Hunted (Hunted #1) by Meagan Spooner [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by HarperTeen

The End of Oz (Dorothy Must Die #4) by Danielle Paige [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by HarperCollins

Bad Blood by Demitria Lunetta [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Delacorte Press

These Ruthless Deeds (These Vicious Masks #2) by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Swoon Reads

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Freya by Matthew Laurence [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Imprint

A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Enemy Exposure (The Raven Files #2) by Meghan Rogers [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Philomel Books

Echoes of Memory (Ravenborn #2) by A.R. Kahler [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Simon Pulse

Dorothy Must Die: Stories Vol. 3 by Danielle Paige [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by HarperCollins

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Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Greenwillow Books

Maid of the King’s Court by Lucy Worsley [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Candlewick Press

Yvain: The Knight of the Lion by M.T. Anderson [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Candlewick Press (MA)

Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Candlewick Press

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The Remnant (Oversight Trilogy #3) by Charlie Fletcher [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Orbit

Brother’s Ruin (Brother’s Ruin #1) by Emma Newman [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Tor.com

A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers #2) by Becky Chambers [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Harper Voyager

The Lady of the Lake (The Witcher#7) by Andrzej Sapkowski [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Orbit

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The Wanderers by Meg Howrey [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Return: A Novel by Joseph Helmreich [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Orbit

Regeneration (Echo Hunter 367 #2) by Stacey Berg [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Harper Voyager Impulse

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The Forgotten Girls (Stevens & Windermere #6) by Owen Laukkanen [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Devil’s Triangle (A Brit in the FBI #4) by Catherine Coulter & J.T. Ellison [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Gallery Books

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

A Death by Any Other Name (Lady Montfort Mystery #3) by Tessa Arlen [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Minotaur Books

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Skeleton God (Inspector Shan #9) by Eliot Pattison [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Minotaur Books

Himself: A Novel by Jess Kidd [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Atria Books

Saratoga Payback by Stephen Dobyns [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Blue Rider Press

Before the War by Fay Weldon [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

Every Wild Heart by Meg Donohue [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

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The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Pamela Dorman Books

Swimmer Among the Stars: Stories by Kanishk Tharoor [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

White Tears by Hari Kunzru [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Doorposts of Your House and on Your Gates: A Novel by Jacob Bacharach [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Liveright

Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by McSweeney’s

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The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep by Steven Heighton [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Hamish Hamilton

One of the Boys: A Novel by Daniel Magariel [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Scribner

The Woman on the Stairs by Bernhard Schlink [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Pantheon Books

The Idiot by Elif Batuman [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Penguin Press

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Stacking the Shelves (166)

March 12, 2017 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 3 Comments

Recent Posts

New Books

I’M SO EXCITED FOR WAKING GODS. I’m trying to finish a few of the books that I’m already in the middle of before diving in but I really can’t wait much longer. lol The Mists of Avalon is (was?) only $1.99 on Kindle and I figure if I ever read it, it’d be on Kindle because it’s so enormous. And I had to get You Are Here, the new coloring book from The Bloggess. It’s far more lovely than I expected with some gorgeous drawings to color and some incredibly insightful sayings.

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For Review
Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) by Sylvain Neuvel [Purchase]

Purchased
The Mists of Avalon (Avalon #1) by Marion Zimmer Bradley [Purchase]
You Are Here: An Owner’s Manual for Dangerous Minds by Jenny Lawson [Purchase]

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Recommended Reading 101: Time Travel

March 11, 2017 Bonnie Recommended Reading 101 7 Comments

Taking classes and getting excited for the assigned reading was always my favorite part of school. Using that same concept and turning different genres, locations, and subjects into a course of their own, you could come up with your own assigned reading. These would be my picks for recommended reading, what would yours be?

Time Travel 101

In honor of Daylight Savings time, these are a few of my favorite stories that deal with lost time.

Early Review – The Shining Girls by Lauren BeukesIf you’re looking for a time travel crime thriller…

The Shining Girls is the story of a man that travels through time, committing murders. He visits his victims when they are children to warn them of what’s to come later in life when he revisists them. This is a nightmarish tale but Beukes is a truly amazing writer.


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Timeline is the original time travel story for me. Crichton tells the riveting story of a group of archaeologists that are sent back in time to the medieval ages. 600 years before their time. Much like how Crichton blew me away with his scientific detailing in Andromeda Strain, he will have you believing time travel is absolutely possible.


Book Review – The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean GreerIf you’re looking for a time travel tale that deals with past lives…

In The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, Greta Wells undergoes electroconvulsive therapy in an attempt to cure her crippling depression yet after each session finds herself living a slightly different life than her own in a different time period. I read this many years ago and at the time found this to be flawed, yet it’s a story that has curiously stuck with me and that I find myself thinking on often.


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Short & Sweet (Fantasies) – A Local Habitation, Feverborn, Wildest Dreams

March 10, 2017 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2017, Short & Sweet Reviews 10 Comments

Short & Sweet (Fantasies) – A Local Habitation, Feverborn, Wildest DreamsA Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye #2
Published by DAW on March 2nd 2010
Pages: 390
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Fae
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Also by this author: Indexing

three-half-stars

Now comes the second in the series-from a dynamic new fantasy talent!
Toby Daye-a half-human, half-fae changeling-has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the fae world, retreating to a "normal" life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world had other ideas...

Now her liege, the Duke of the Shadowed Hills, has asked Toby to go to the Country of Tamed Lightening to make sure all is well with his niece,

Countess January O'Leary. It seems like a simple enough assignment-until Toby discovers that someone has begun murdering people close to January, and that if the killer isn't stopped, January may be the next victim.

“Jan built herself an ivory tower to keep the wolves out; she never dreamed they were already inside.”

Now that Toby Daye has her PI license back, things are looking up for her. After a girls night out that leads to Tybalt carrying her home (!!!), Toby wakes up to a request from Sylvester, the Duke of Shadowed Hills, that she can’t decline. Sylvester has been unable to reach his niece, the Countess January O’Leary, in the Country of Tamed Lightning. Several weeks have passed without word from her and he’s unable to personally check on her without inciting a political war, so he’s requesting that Toby go in his place. She arrives to find that no one has been able to call for help outside of Tamed Lightning, people have been dying, and the killer is still unknown even as more bodies pile up. Toby refuses to back down without figuring out what’s happening to January and her people.

While the storyline of A Local Habitation drug along at the pace of a snail, it’s the awesome characters that really make this series for me. I love Toby and I love Tybalt. Danny, the Bridge Troll taxi driver was, unfortunately, absent but we got to see her two hilarious cats briefly and the recent pet addition: Spike the rose goblin (who apparently looks like a cat made from a rosebush but I missed that in the original introduction so I just imagine it as this small, round rosebush that just bounces around.) The story itself reads like some campy horror film where individuals keep getting picked off, the others rush to see if they could catch the person, they never do, repeat ad nauseam. There are some pretty obvious clues that happen early on, Toby’s refusal to get out of danger was just stupid, and the mystery was drawn out for far too long. Regardless, the characters remain the big appeal to me and I’m still so glad I gave this series another shot.

Short & Sweet (Fantasies) – A Local Habitation, Feverborn, Wildest DreamsFeverborn by Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever #8
Published by Delacorte Press on January 19th 2016
Pages: 512
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Fae
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Also by this author: Beyond the Highland Mist

three-half-stars

In Karen Marie Moning’s latest installment of the epic #1 New York Times bestselling Fever series, the stakes have never been higher and the chemistry has never been hotter. Hurtling us into a realm of labyrinthine intrigue and consummate seduction, FEVERBORN is a riveting tale of ancient evil, lust, betrayal, forgiveness and the redemptive power of love.

When the immortal race of the Fae destroyed the ancient wall dividing the worlds of Man and Faery, the very fabric of the universe was damaged and now Earth is vanishing bit by bit. Only the long-lost Song of Making—a haunting, dangerous melody that is the source of all life itself—can save the planet.

But those who seek the mythic Song—Mac, Barrons, Ryodan and Jada—must contend with old wounds and new enemies, passions that burn hot and hunger for vengeance that runs deep. The challenges are many: The Keltar at war with nine immortals who’ve secretly ruled Dublin for eons, Mac and Jada hunted by the masses, the Seelie queen nowhere to be found, and the most powerful Unseelie prince in all creation determined to rule both Fae and Man. Now the task of solving the ancient riddle of the Song of Making falls to a band of deadly warriors divided among—and within—themselves.

Once a normal city possessing a touch of ancient magic, Dublin is now a treacherously magical city with only a touch of normal. And in those war-torn streets, Mac will come face to face with her most savage enemy yet: herself.

“What we achieve at our best moment doesn’t say much about who we are. It all boils down to what we become at our worst moment.”

Feverborn is the penultimate installment of the Fever series, but then again Moning tried ending it once before and we see how well that stuck. Finding out that Feversong was the last of the series prompted a renewed interest in finding out how it’s all going to get resolved (except, there is a tenth installment listed on Goodreads but apparently it’s not actually happening. WE’LL SEE.) Iced was a complete disaster, Burned was mildly better, but Feverborn actually started feeling like the series I’d always loved again.

Mac continues to be unsure of herself in regards to the Sinsar-Dubh, not able to tell whether or not she’s living a complete illusion created by the evil book. The entire city is at risk from Black Holes that consume anything and everything which the Hoar Frost King left behind from the absence of his power. And underneath the Abbey, Cruce is slowly trying to figure out a way to escape his prison and rule all Fae. In the opening pages, Mac is still invisible and I did an eye roll and reconsidered my decision to pick this up. If you remember, she was invisible the majority of Burned which got real fucking old, real fast. But craziness ensues and she finds herself fully visible once again for unknown reasons and while I would normally question the whys and such, I was just so damn pleased she was visible again so she could hopefully get back to business. And that she did.

The points of view alternated between Mac, Ryodan, Jada, Cruce, and Lor, which the latter felt completely out of place and unnecessary but I admit he did add some mild (yet highly sexualized) sense of humor to this dark tale. And of course Mac and Barrons continue to be mad for each other.

Every cell in my body comes to hard, frantic, sexual life when he’s near.’

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There were a few serious issues plot-wise that really detracted from the more positive aspects of this installment. First, the scenes from the past between the Unseelie King and Seelie Queen that were supposed to hint at what’s been happening all along but just confused things even more. Second, which is a major spoiler View Spoiler » And lastly, that ending was just weird and random. View Spoiler » And of course, another cliffhanger! BECAUSE WHY NOT. I can’t say I’m excited for the final installment, but I’m definitely curious to see how this unintentional extension of this series ends up playing out.

Short & Sweet (Fantasies) – A Local Habitation, Feverborn, Wildest DreamsWildest Dreams by Kristen Ashley
Series: Fantasyland #1
Published by Self-Published on August 15th 2011
Pages: 563
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: The Golden Dynasty

four-stars

Seoafin "Finnie" Wilde was taught by her parents that life was meant to be lived, every breath was a treasure and to seek every adventure she could find. And she learns this lesson the hard way when they perish in a plane crash when she's fifteen. But she never forgets and when she discovers there is a parallel universe where every person has a twin, she finds a witch who can send her there so she can see her parents again and have the adventure of a lifetime.

But nearly upon arrival in the Winter Wonderland of Lunwyn, she realizes she's been played by her twin of the alternate universe and shortly finds herself walking down the aisle to be wed to The Drakkar.

Instantly thrown into inauspicious circumstances, with years of practice (she did, of course, survive that elephant stampede, if she could do that, she can do anything), Finnie bests the challenges and digs into her adventure. But as Frey Drakkar discovers the woman who is his new wife is not Princess Sjofn, a woman he dislikes (intensely) but instead, his Finnie, a free-spirit with a thirst for venture just like him (not to mention she is his destiny), without her knowledge he orders his new bride bound to his frozen world, everlasting.


I expected Wildest Dreams to remain on my TBR for a very long time, even after it was recommended to fans of A Court of Mist and Fury. It was $0.99 so I snagged it. I have a hard time saying no to most $0.99 books, even though I’m terrible about getting to the actual reading them part. It was hook, line, and sinker when I found out what this story (and series) was about — there is a parallel universe to our world where your twin resides. Finnie, wanting to find adventure, pays a witch to switch her with her twin so she could reside in this fantasy realm for at least a short time. Imagine her great surprise when she finds herself in this new world, minutes from marriage to an angry, brooding man that she’s never laid eyes on before.

First off, these books are long. But fun. And allllll kinds of romance-y. Finnie had some pretty cheesy dialogue that took me a while to get used to (she says cool and freaking entirely way too much) and there’s some serious alpha-male-ness going on, but when it all comes down to it the world-building was actually pretty awesome and the romance was all sorts of cute.

“You are, my wee Finnie, beyond my wildest dreams.”

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The Inside Out Book Tag

March 9, 2017 Bonnie Book Tag 4 Comments

I found this Book Tag by way of Jessie at Ageless Pages Reviews who found it posted by Lindsey at Bring My Books (who also created these graphics!).

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I am the absolute worst at reading book summaries. I look at the cover, I look at reviews, I do a scan of the genres it has been shelved as, and sometimes I’ll do a brief scan of the summary. But rarely. Which is why I do a whole lot of TBR purges where I go through my digital tbr shelves and force myself to read the summaries. I can’t tell you how many books end up getting removed because of how god awful they sound. lol

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These days I’m all about my Kindle. I love the convenience of having all my books on the go and they’re typically cheaper. (Getting midnight pre-orders is pretty fun too!) In recent years I’ve become a massive audiobook listener and I have a few narrators I particularly love… I don’t have an Audible membership though so if I really want a book on audio I’ll get it from the library.

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I definitely don’t write in my books! I take a lot of notes while reading (quotes, thoughts, etc.) for review purposes but I always have a tiny notebook on hand to scribble on. Now that I think about it though, I have a few (mostly Non-Fiction/History) books that I highlighted special passages. But writing, no. And definitely no dog-eared pages.

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I’m not sure if it’s my favorite but one that I remember most vividly.

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 photo 06_zpsetcdmiyc.pngI have a massive book spreadsheet that I started keeping last year for a more detailed accounting of all the books I read. I track gender but I can’t say it determines whether it’s the next book I read or not, I just like to see at the end of the year how the percentages fall.

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Nope, never. If the ending got spoiled for me I probably wouldn’t even want to keep reading.

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I’m all about the organized shelves. I just recently picked up another bookshelf so I was able to bring the majority of my collection out of boxes. I reorganized all my books, did a massive purge, and ended up with a lovely collection in alphabetical order of just my unread books (and some favorites that have spilled over from my other shelf.)

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I have a smaller shelf where I keep most of my favorites and the occasional ARC since the majority of my ARCs are digital. I’m almost too practical when it comes to keeping books… if I read one from my collection and it’s not one I could ever see myself re-reading then it ends up in the pile to take to my used bookstore.

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I’ve added plenty to my digital TBR without reading the summary (as I already admitted to lol) but bought one because of the cover alone? Nah. I’m pretty picky with my purchases.

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When the weather is nice, I do like to sit on my balcony. My kitties love to be able to “come outside” and lay in the sun. When the weather is not nice I love to curl up in bed or on the couch with a cup of tea. 🙂

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Waiting on Wednesday – Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

March 8, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 6 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Into the Water by Paula HawkinsInto the Water by Paula Hawkins
Published by Riverhead Books on May 2nd 2017
Pages: 352
Genres: Mystery
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: The Girl on the Train

The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller and global phenomenon The Girl on the Train returns with Into the Water, her addictive new novel of psychological suspense.

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.
Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.

Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.

About Paula Hawkins

Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction.

Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. The Girl on the Train is her first thriller.

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It took me forever to finally cave and read the insanely hyped The Girl on the Train but damn did I ever love it. This one sounds fantastic and the end line of the blurb leaves you with an eerie sense of excitement.

Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Spotlight On: Summer 2017 SYNC Audiobooks Title Lineup

March 7, 2017 Bonnie Audiobooks, Sync 2 Comments

I look forward to this program each and every year and there is much to be excited about this year’s lineup! If you’re unfamiliar with the program, Sync, sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and powered by OverDrive, occurs yearly during the summertime and each week there are two audiobook titles available free to download (typically a YA and a classic, but not always). Here are the exact 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!

Below is the complete schedule for the complete 16 weeks it will run:

2017 SYNC Audiobook Title Pairs

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April 27 – May 3
THE DEAD HOUSE by Dawn Kurtagich, Narrated by Charlotte Parry, Christian Coulson (Hachette Audio)
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY by Oscar Wilde, Narrated by Greg Wise (Naxos AudioBooks)

May 4  – May 10
FEED by M.T. Anderson, Narrated David Aaron Baker, John Beach, Anne Twomey & Tara Sands (Listening Library)
THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams, Narrated by Stephen Fry (Random House Audio)

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May 11 – May 17
BRONX MASQUERADE by Nikki Grimes, Narrated Jessica Almasy, Cherise Booth, Kevin R. Free, Marc Damon Johnson, Sisi Aisha Johnson, Melanie Martinez (Recorded Books)
TEENAGE DIARIES: THEN AND NOW by Radio Diaries, Hosted by Joe Richman (HighBridge Audio)

May 28 – May 24
THE GATHERING: SHADOW HOUSE BOOK 1 by Dan Poblocki, Narrated by Dan Bittner (Scholastic Audiobooks)
IN OUR BACKYARD: HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN AMERICA AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO STOP IT by Nita Belles, Narrated by Nicol Zanzarella (Oasis Audio)

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May 25 – May 31
FREAKLING by Lana Krumwiede, Narrated by Nick Podehl (Brilliance Audio)
BOY by Anna Ziegler, Performed by Sarah Drew, John Getz, Travis Johns, Amy Pietz, and Bobby Steggert (L.A. Theatre Works)

June 1 – June 7
BEAST by Donna Jo Napoli, Narrated by Robert Ramirez (Recorded Books)
OF BEAST AND BEAUTY by Stacey Jay, Narrated by Julia Whelan (Tantor Media)

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June 8 – June 14
PLUS ONE by Elizabeth Fama, Narrated by Julia Whelan (Elizabeth Fama)
IF I RUN by Terri Blackstock, Narrated by Nan Gurley (Zondervan)

June 15 – June 21
THE RED UMBRELLA by Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Narrated by Kyla Garcia (Ideal Audiobooks)
THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK by W.E.B. Du Bois, Narrated by Rodney Gardiner (Dreamscape Media)

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June 22 – June 28
THE WITCH’S VACUUM CLEANER AND OTHER STORIES by Terry Pratchett, Narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt (HarperAudio)
THE WITCHES: SALEM, 1692 by Stacy Schiff, Narrated by Eliza Foss (Hachette Audio)

June 29  – July 5
AMERICAN NIGHT: THE BALLAD OF JUAN JOSÉ by Richard Montoya, Developed by Culture Clash and Jo Bonney, Performed by Keith Jefferson, Richard Montoya, Todd Nakagawa, Sean San Jose, Kimberly Scott, Herbert Siguenza, Tom Virtue, Libby West, Caro Zeller (L.A. Theatre Works)
MY NAME IS NOT EASY by Debby Dahl Edwardson, Narrated by Nick Podehl and Amy Rubinate (Brilliance Audio)

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July 6 – July 12
REBUTTAL by Jyotsna Hariharan, Narrated by Phoebe Strole, Michael Crouch and Nina Mehta (HarperAudio)
REMEMBER TO FORGET by Ashley Royer, Narrated by Will Lasley (Blink)

July 13 – July 19
THE DORITO EFFECT: THE SURPRISING NEW TRUTH ABOUT FOOD AND FLAVOR by Mark Schatzker, Narrated by Chris Patton (Dreamscape Media)
SUGAR by Deirdre Riordan Hall, Narrated by Tara Sands (Brilliance Audio)

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July 20 – July 26
GONE: GONE SERIES, BOOK 1 by Michael Grant, Narrated by Kyle McCarley (Tantor Media)
THE ONE SAFE PLACE by Tania Unsworth, Narrated by Mark Turetsky (HighBridge Audio)

July 27 – August 2
AIRBORN by Kenneth Oppel, Narrated by David Kelly (Full Cast Audio)
SHADOWS ON THE MOON by Zoe Marriott, Narrated by Amy Rubinate (Brilliance Audio)

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August 3  – August 9
BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys, Narrated by Emily Klein (Listening Library)
IN MY HANDS: MEMORIES OF A HOLOCAUST RESCUER by Irene Gut Opdyke with Jennifer Armstrong, Narrated by Hope Davis (Listening Library)

August 10 – August 16
SHADOWSHAPER by Daniel José Older, Narrated by Anika Noni Rose  (Scholastic Audiobooks)
METAMORPHOSIS by Franz Kafka, Narrated by Martin Jarvis (Naxos AudioBooks)

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of March 6th, 2017

March 6, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

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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 March 6th, 2017

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Max by Sarah Cohen-Scali [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Roaring Brook Press

Alone (The Generations Trilogy #3) by Scott Sigler [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Del Rey

The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3) by Samantha Shannon [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Bloomsbury Publishing

Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2) by Alwyn Hamilton [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers

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The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

The Great Pursuit (Eurona Duology #2) by Wendy Higgins [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by HarperTeen

Proof of Lies (Anastasia Phoenix #1) by Diana Rodriguez Wallach [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Entangled: Teen

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers

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The Other F-Word by Natasha Friend [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Knopf

Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean by Kirsty Murray [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

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Wonderful Feels Like This by Sara Lövestam [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Flatiron Books

The Secrets We Keep by Deb Loughead [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Dundurn Group

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Clarion Books

Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Amulet Books

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Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by HarperCollins

Realm Breaker (The Last Dragon Charmer #3) by Laurie McKay [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by HarperCollins

The Lost Staff of Wonders (Will Wilder #2) by Raymond Arroyo [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers

Secrets of a Reluctant Princess by Casey Griffin [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Entangled: Teen

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Etched in Bone (The Others #5) by Anne Bishop [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Roc

Standard Hollywood Depravity (The L.A. Trilogy #1.5) by Adam Christopher [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Tor.com

Souljacker (Lily Bound #1) by Yasmine Galenorn [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Diversion Publishing

Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Little, Brown and Company

Archangel (Spectre War #2) by Margaret Fortune [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Daw Books

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Sins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder #1) by Brian McClellan [Purchase]
Expected publication: Mrch 7th 2017 by Orbit

Gather Her Round (Tufa #5) by Alex Bledsoe [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Tor Books

Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Angry Robot

Smells Like Finn Spirit (Finn Fancy Necromancy #3) by Randy Henderson [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Tor Books

The Lovecraft Squad: All Hallows Horror: A Novel by John Llewellyn Probert [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Pegasus Books

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Man Overboard (Ali Reynolds #12) by J.A. Jance [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Touchstone

Wait for Dark (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #17) by Kay Hooper [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Berkley

Make Them Pay (Lucy Kincaid #12) by Allison Brennan [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

A Climate of Fear (Commissaire Adamsberg #10) by Fred Vargas [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Penguin Books

The Girl from Rawblood by Catriona Ward [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Sourcebooks Landmark

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The Weight of This World by David Joy [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolás Obregón [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Minotaur Books

Ill Will by Dan Chaon [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Ballantine Books

Quicksand by Marlin Giolito Persson [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Other Press (NY)

The Underworld: A Novel by Kevin Canty [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by W. W. Norton & Company

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A Shattered Circle by Kevin Egan [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Forge Books

Say Nothing by Brad Parks [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Dutton Books

The Violated: A Novel by Bill Pronzini [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA

Lenin’s Roller Coaster (Jack McColl #3) by David Downing [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Soho Crime

The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Penguin Press

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The Wages of Sin: A Novel by Kaite Welsh [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Pegasus Books

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Crown

The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Berkley Books

In the Name of the Family by Sarah Dunant [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Random House

Bright Air Black: A Novel by David Vann [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Grove Press, Black Cat

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Celine by Peter Heller [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group

Next Year, for Sure: A Novel by Zoey Leigh Peterson [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Scribner

The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Ecco

The Lucky Ones by Julianne Pachico [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Spiegel & Grau

The Mermaid’s Daughter: A Novel by Ann Claycomb [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Riverhead Books

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group

Catalina Eddy: A Novel in Three Decades by Daniel Pyne [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Blue Rider Press

The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea by Bandi [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Grove Press

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South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Barrowfields by Phillip Lewis [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Hogarth

The Trophy Child by Paula Daly [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Grove Press

Close Enough to Touch: A Novel by Colleen Oakley [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Gallery Books

The Hollywood Daughter by Kate Alcott [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Doubleday Books

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Lover: A Novel by Anna Raverat [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Sarah Crichton Books

Edgar and Lucy: A Novel by Victor Lodato [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Delacorte Press

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The One-Eyed Man by Ron Currie Jr. [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Viking

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Stacking the Shelves (165)

March 5, 2017 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 0 Comments

One of my blogging goals of the year was to try to do more discussion posts and I posted my first one this week. People found it be a bit morbid by the sound of it… but welcome to how my mind works when prioritizing things. lol It helped to put things into perspective a bit and I hope you like it. I also posted my rundown for February, a trio of reviews on celebrity memoirs, and a post to celebrate Mardi Gras where I recommend books set in New Orleans. Hoping you all had an excellent week and a great one to come.

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Saw this one pop up for $1.99 on Kindle and couldn’t help it. I adored Dare’s Castle’s Ever After series and I’ve been dying to get around to her Spindle Cove series.

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A Night to Surrender (Spindle Cove #1) by Tessa Dare [Purchase]

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Recommended Reading 101: New Orleans

March 4, 2017 Bonnie Recommended Reading 101 6 Comments

Taking classes and getting excited for the assigned reading was always my favorite part of school. Using that same concept and turning different genres, locations, and subjects into a course of their own, you could come up with your own assigned reading. These would be my picks for recommended reading, what would yours be?

New Orleans 101

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11178225If you’re looking for a historical mystery set in the 1950s…

Out of the Easy is the story of a young girl, the daughter of a brothel prostitute, struggling to make a new name for herself. Recent secrets have been dug up that involve her mother and she gets embroiled in the mystery proving that New Orleans isn’t done with her yet. Septys never disappoints with her tales of young girls in the past.


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If you’re looking for a post-apocalyptic tale (without any romance)…

After the Gulf Coast is ravaged by hurricanes and an outbreak causes a mass quaratine, (New) Orleans is irrevocably changed. Post-apocalyptic stories became a massive hit and this one remains vastly underrated for reasons unknown. I’ve read dozens upon dozens and Orleans remains one of my favorite stories of survival.


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If you’re looking for a classic vampire tale…

Interview with the Vampire is the book about New Orleans. Well, and vampires too, of course. The first introduction to her recurring character Lestat, this novel was written in 1976 and it still reigns popular with good reason.


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