Something To Look Forward To – Week of May 6th, 2019

May 6, 2019 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult, Middle Grade, and the occasional Non-Fiction. Something for everyone to look forward to!

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Week of May 6th, 2019

Finale (Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Flatiron Books

Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Tor Teen

Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Freeform

Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by DC Ink

Last Things by Jacqueline West
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Greenwillow Books

Nocturna (A Forgery of Magic #1) by Maya Motayne
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Balzer + Bray

Castle of Lies by Kiersi Burkhart
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Carolrhoda Lab (R)

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by HarperTeen

Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Simon Pulse

All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Disney-Hyperion

Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Delacorte Press

Her Royal Highness (Royals #2) by Rachel Hawkins
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

The Goodbye Summer by Sarah Van Name
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire

Again, but Better by Christine Riccio
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Wednesday Books

This Is Not a Love Scene by S.C. Megale
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Wednesday Books

How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Dial Books

Finding Orion by John David Anderson
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Walden Pond Press

The Absence of Sparrows by Kurt Kirchmeier
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Algonquin Young Readers

Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Nancy Paulsen Books

Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds (Jane Doe Chronicles #1) by Jeremy Lachlan
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Carolrhoda Books (R)

Dream Within a Dream by Patricia MacLachlan
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Tor.com

A Chain Across the Dawn (The Universe After #2) by Drew Williams
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Tor Books

Westside: A Novel by W.M. Akers
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Harper Voyager

Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Knopf

Empire of Grass (The Last King of Osten Ard #2) by Tad Williams
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Daw Books

Stranger Things: The Other Side (Stranger Things Comics #1-3) by Jody Houser
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Dark Horse Books

Tangle’s Game by Stewart Hotston
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Abaddon

The Stone Circle (Ruth Galloway #11) by Elly Griffiths
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Theater of Spies (Tales from the Black Chamber #2) by S.M. Stirling
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Ace Books

Such a Perfect Wife by Kate White
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Harper Paperbacks

The East End by Jason Allen
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Park Row

The Big Kahuna (Fox and O’Hare #6) by Janet Evanovich & Raymond Benson
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Runner (The China Thrillers #5) by Peter May
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Quercus

The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Harper

Spring Cleaning: A Novel by Antonio Manzini
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Harper Paperbacks

First Kill (Kirk McGarvey #24) by David Hagberg
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Forge

The Scent of Murder (Jazz Ramsey #1) by Kylie Logan
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Minotaur Books

The Kremlin Strike: A Novel by Dale Brown
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by William Morrow

The Guest Book: A Novel by Sarah Blake
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Flatiron Books

Blackberry and Wild Rose by Sonia Velton
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Blackstone Publishing

The Daughter’s Tale by Armando Lucas Correa
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Atria Books

The Welsh Fasting Girl by Varley O’Connor
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Bellevue Literary Press

The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Tubman Command by Elizabeth Cobbs
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Arcade

The Road to Grantchester by James Runcie
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing

A Murderous Malady (Florence Nightingale Mystery #2) by Christine Trent
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books

The Unquiet Heart (Sarah Gilchrist #2) by Kaite Welsh
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Pegasus Books

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna: A Novel by Juliet Grames
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Ecco

The Yankee Widow by Linda Lael Miller
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Mira Books

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Sourcebooks Landmark

Tightrope by Amanda Quick
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Berkley

The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen Hoang
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Berkley

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks

You, Me, and the Sea: A Novel by Meg Donohue
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks

The Little Teashop on Main by Jodi Thomas
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Hqn

Drawing Home by Jamie Brenner
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company

Blessing in Disguise by Danielle Steel
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Delacorte

The Southern Side of Paradise (Peachtree Bluff #3) by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Gallery Books

Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

The Farm by Joanne Ramos
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Random House

The Unpassing by Chia-Chia Lin
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Archive of Alternate Endings: Stories by Lindsey Drager
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Dzanc Books

Light from Other Stars by Erika Swyler
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing

State of the Union: A Marriage in Ten Parts by Nick Hornby
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Riverhead Books

Juliet the Maniac: A Novel by Juliet Escoria
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Melville House

The Castle on Sunset by Shawn Levy
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Doubleday Books

Lake of the Ozarks: My Surreal Summers in a Vanishing America by Bill Geist
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing

Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague by David K. Randall
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by W. W. Norton & Company

The Killer Across the Table: Unlocking the Secrets of Serial Killers and Predators with the FBI’s Original Mindhunter by John E. Douglas & Mark Olshaker
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Dey Street Books

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Monthly Rundown | April 2019

May 3, 2019 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 4 Comments

Books Read = 11

After “Mediocre March”, April went immensely better, thank goodness. I thought for sure I was headed straight for Slumpville. I finally managed to find a non 3-star read (and even read my second 5 star of the year!) I participated in the OWL’s Magical Readathon and while I didn’t do as well as I had hoped (I thought I could read all 12, lol) I did manage to read 8 (with the 9th being a DNF). Not bad, if I do say so myself.

I got a little sidetracked and ended up reading a few unplanned ones as well.

I’ve been once again having a hard time writing reviews and I’ve been trying to brainstorm ways to make reviews fun and interesting again not just for me but for my readers. Is it just me or are standard reviews just not as exciting anymore? For me, at least in terms of writing reviews, I need to get back to basics and start doing what I used to do and what worked for years: keeping a notebook, taking notes, writing down quotes, jotting down random feelings. Being able to refer to this when I actually sit down to write makes it so much easier for me because it gives me a starting point rather than sitting down with all my thoughts and being overwhelmed and just moving on to the next book. Hoping to get find my groove in May a little more.

41150551Best of the Month: Like Lions: A Novel (Bull Mountain #2) by Brian Panowich ★★★★★
I absolutely loved Bull Mountain (that one got 5 stars from me too) and I was so anxious to get my hands on this sequel that I ordered a copy from across the pond before it was available in the US. I’m so glad I did. This was just as fantastic. I can’t wait to see what Panowich has in store for us next.

Least Favorite: The Right Swipe (Modern Love #1) by Alisha Rai ★★40853115
I’ve heard many great things about Alisha Rai and was drawn to this new contemporary romance series of hers that involves the world of online dating. I was definitely in the mood for some fluff but the characters + story just didn’t do it for me.

Biggest Surprise: Unholy Ghosts (Downside Ghosts #1) by Stacia Kane ★★★★
I  bought this way back in 2015 and it’s always been one of those I mean to start but never do, typically because I’m unwilling to commit to a new series. I’m a huge Urban Fantasy fan though so I always felt guilty when I’d see it on my TBR. I’m not sure why I’m quite as surprised as I am that I loved it. I never knew I needed some dark Urban Fantasy in my life but this was the answer. I can’t wait to pick up the next installment.

Biggest Disappointment: Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab ★★40874032
I bought this one in 2015 too! This was the month of knocking out the metaphorical dust bunny collecting ebooks, apparently. It was one of those that I kept holding off on picking up because everyone truly raved about this title (and Schwab in general.) Yes, this was my first Schwab too. I’m disappointed on many levels.

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Audiobook Sync 2019: Week 2 Titles | Othello and You (May 2 – May 9)

May 2, 2019 Bonnie Sync 1 Comment

Sync is back!! This year’s program kicks off on April 25th and there will be a total of 28 titles available, two available for download each week. Be sure to sign up for email and/or text alerts at Audiobook Sync to remind you when new titles are available. The audiobooks can be downloaded onto your computer and easily transferred to your smartphone for easy listening — and remember that these audiobooks are yours to keep! In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

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

Othello by William Shakespeare | Read by Ewan McGregor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kelly Reilly, Edward Bennett, James Laurenson, Tom Hiddleston, Alastair Sims, David Mara, Michael Hadley, Michael Jenn, Michelle Fairley, Martina Laird
Published by Naxos AudioBooks
 | Download available here!

Shakespeare’s Othello is one of his finest and most famous tragedies. This highly acclaimed performance, which ran between November 2007 and February 2008 at the Donmar Warehouse in London, features Chiwetel Ejiofor as the Moor Othello, Ewan McGregor as the scheming Iago, and Kelly Reilly as the gentle Desdemona. This recording features music written specifically for the stage production which enjoyed huge success – each performance was a sell-out.

You by Charles Benoit | Read by David Baker
Published by Full Cast Audio
 | Download available here!

Charles Benoit has created a stunner of a debut novel, one of the most anticipated titles of the fall season. Told entirely in the second person, the story quickly immerses us in the world of bright, disaffected Kyle Chase, who once showed great potential but by tenth grade has become a genuine slacker. With uncanny insight, crafting what can only be called YA Noir, Benoit takes us deep inside the mind of a young man on a collision course with catastrophe. Of the print version, Publisher’s Weekly said in a starred review: “Disturbing content blends with skillful, fast-paced writing, adding a thriller spin to the novel’s vicious realism.” Now David Baker – narrator of our highly acclaimed recording of Graceling – offers a reading that captures and builds the sense of loss and dread that makes this novel both disturbing and irresistible.

Happy listening!

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Waiting on Wednesday – The King of Crows (The Diviners #4) by Libba Bray

May 1, 2019 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 3 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – The King of Crows (The Diviners #4) by Libba BrayThe King of Crows by Libba Bray
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on February 4, 2020
Pages: 336
Genres: Historical Fiction, Occult & Supernatural
Format: Hardcover
Amazon | Book Depository
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Also by this author: Beauty Queens

The breath-taking finale to the epic New York Times bestseller, The Diviners, from Printz winner and beloved author, Libba Bray.

After the horrifying explosion that claimed one of their own, the Diviners find themselves wanted by the US government, and on the brink of war with the King of Crows.

While Memphis and Isaiah run for their lives from the mysterious Shadow Men, Isaiah receives a startling vision of a girl, Sarah Beth Olson, who could shift the balance in their struggle for peace. Sarah Beth says she knows how to stop the King of Crows-but, she will need the Diviners' help to do it.

Elsewhere, Jericho has returned after his escape from Jake Marlowe's estate, where he has learned the shocking truth behind the King of Crow's plans. Now, the Diviners must travel to Bountiful, Nebraska, in hopes of joining forces with Sarah Beth and to stop the King of Crows and his army of the dead forever.

But as rumors of towns becoming ghost towns and the dead developing unprecedented powers begin to surface, all hope seems to be lost.

In this sweeping finale, The Diviners will be forced to confront their greatest fears and learn to rely on one another if they hope to save the nation, and world from catastrophe...

About Libba Bray

Libba Bray is the New York Times bestselling author of The Gemma Doyle trilogy (A Great and Terrible BeautyRebel AngelsThe Sweet Far Thing); the Michael L. Printz Award-winning Going BovineBeauty Queens, an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist; and The Diviners series. She is originally from Texas but makes her home in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband, son, and two sociopathic cats.

The series finale! Well, at least now I know how long I have to (finally) get around to reading Before the Devil Breaks You! February 2020 seems ages away but it really isn’t. Fingers crossed that January LaVoy for the audiobook narration.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Inspirational + Literary Quotes

April 30, 2019 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 15 Comments

There’s nothing better than reading some amazing line in a book and having it really resonate with you. I love each and every one of these incredible quotes and would love to see these hanging in my house.

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“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul”
-William Ernest Hensley [Link]

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“Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul…”
-Emily Dickinson [Link]

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“It is a serious thing
Just to be alive
On this fresh morning
In this broken world.”
-Mary Oliver [Link]

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“We are all in the gutter, but
some of us are looking at the stars.”
-Oscar Wilde [Link]

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“There was a lust of wandering his feet
that burned to set out for the ends of the earth.”
-James Joyce [Link]

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“Buy the ticket. Take the ride.”
Hunter S. Thompson [Link]

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“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.”
-Robert Frost [Link]

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“My mission in life is to not merely survive, but to thrive
and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
-Maya Angelou [Link]

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“It takes courage to grow up
and become who you really are.”
-E.E. Cummings [Link]

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“I am, I am, I am.”
-Sylvia Plath [Link]

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of April 29th, 2019

April 29, 2019 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 April 29th, 2019

King of Fools (The Shadow Game #2) by Amanda Foody [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Inkyard Press

Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak by Adi Alsaid [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Inkyard Press

When I Was Summer by J.B. Howard [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Viking Books for Young Readers

How to Be Luminous by Harriet Reuter Hapgood [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Roaring Brook Press

Hearts Made for Breaking by Jen Klein [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Random House Books for Young Readers

Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Extraordinary Birds by Sandy Stark-McGinnis [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books

The Rise of Winter (Terra Protectorum #1) by Alex Lyttle [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2019 by Central Avenue Publishing

Aru Shah and the Song of Death (Pandava Quartet #2) by Roshani Chokshi [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Rick Riordan Presents

Spy School British Invasion (Spy School #7) by Stuart Gibbs [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

Waste Tide by Chen Qiufan [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Tor Books

One Word Kill (Impossible Times #1) by Mark Lawrence [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2019 by 47North

The Unbound Empire (Swords and Fire #3) by Melissa Caruso [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Orbit

Wild Cards IX: Jokertown Shuffle: (Wild Cards #9) by George R.R. Martin [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Tor Books

The Invited by Jennifer McMahon [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Doubleday

A Good Enough Mother by Bev Thomas [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Pamela Dorman Books

The 18th Abduction (Women’s Murder Club #18) by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 29th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company

Next Girl to Die (The Calderwood Cases #1) by Dea Poirier [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2019 by Thomas & Mercer

Every Last Breath (Final Hour #1) by Juno Rushdan [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books

Collusion (Collusion #1) by Newt Gingrich & Pete Earley [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Broadside Books

Murder on Trinity Place (Gaslight Mystery #22) by Victoria Thompson [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Berkley Books

Murder Knocks Twice (Speakeasy Mystery #1) by Susanna Calkins [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Minotaur Books

Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Berkley

Cape May: A Novel by Chip Cheek [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Celadon Books

The Abolitionist’s Daughter by Diane C. McPhail [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by John Scognamiglio Book

Springtime in a Broken Mirror: A Novel by Mario Benedetti [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by The New Press

The Red Daughter: A Novel by John Burnham Schwartz [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Random House

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters: A Novel by Balli Kaur Jaswal [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by William Morrow

Never a Bride (Duke’s Daughters #4) by Megan Frampton [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Avon

Anything But a Duke (Duke’s Den #2) by Christy Carlyle [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Avon

A Prince on Paper (Reluctant Royals #3) by Alyssa Cole [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Avon

Highland Crown (Royal Highlander #1) by May McGoldrick [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

Slow Burn (Moonlight and Motor Oil #2) by Kristen Ashley [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019

The View from Alameda Island by Robyn Carr [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by MIRA

Walking on the Ceiling by Aysegül Savas [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Riverhead Books

Lie With Me: A Novel by Philippe Besson [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Scribner

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Audiobook Sync 2019: Week 1 Titles | Swing and Blink & Caution (April 25 – May 2)

April 25, 2019 Bonnie Sync 3 Comments


Sync is back!! This year’s program kicks off on April 25th and there will be a total of 28 titles available, two available for download each week. Be sure to sign up for email and/or text alerts at Audiobook Sync to remind you when new titles are available. The audiobooks can be downloaded onto your computer and easily transferred to your smartphone for easy listening — and remember that these audiobooks are yours to keep! In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

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

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

This audio edition of Swing by New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess (Solo) combines Kwame Alexander’s narration with jazz music flourishes to tell a lyrical story about hope, courage, and love that will speak to anyone who’s struggled to find their voice. And the surprise ending shines a spotlight on the issues related to our current social divide, challenging perspectives and inspiring everyone to make their voice heard. When America is not so beautiful, or right, or just, it can be hard to know what to do. Best friends Walt and Noah decide to use their voices to grow more good in the world, but first they’ve got to find cool. Walt is convinced junior year is their year, and he has a plan to help them woo the girls of their dreams and become amazing athletes. Never mind that he and Noah failed to make the high school baseball team yet again, and Noah’s love interest since third grade, Sam, has him firmly in the friend zone. Noah soon finds himself navigating the worlds of jazz, batting cages, the strange advice of Walt’s Dairy Queen-employed cousin, as well as Walt’s “Hug Life” mentality. Status quo seems inevitable until Noah stumbles on a stash of old love letters. Each page contains the words he’s always wanted to say to Sam, and he begins secretly creating artwork using the lines that speak his heart. But when his private artwork becomes public, Noah has a decision to make: continue his life in the dugout and possibly lose the girl forever, or take a swing and finally speak out? At the same time, numerous American flags are being left around town. While some think it’s a harmless prank and others see it as a form of peaceful protest, Noah can’t shake the feeling something bigger is happening to his community. Especially after he witnesses events that hint divides and prejudices run deeper than he realized. As the personal and social tensions increase around them, Noah and Walt must decide what is really true when it comes to love, friendship, sacrifice, and fate.

Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones | Read by MacLeod Andrews
Published by Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
 | Download available here!

Two street kids get tangled in a plot over their heads—and risk an unexpected connection—in this heart-pounding thriller by Tim Wynne-Jones. Boy, did Blink get off on the wrong floor. All he wanted was to steal some breakfast for his empty belly, but instead he stumbled upon a fake kidnapping and a cell phone dropped by an “”abducted”” CEO, giving Blink a link to his perfect blonde daughter. Now Blink is on the run, but it’s OK as long as he’s smart enough to stay in the game and keep Captain Panic locked in his hold. Enter a girl named Caution. As in “Caution: Toxic.” As in “Caution: Watch Your Step.” She’s also on the run, from a skeezy drug-dealer boyfriend and from a nightmare in her past that won’t let her go. When she spies Blink at the train station, Caution can see he’s an easy mark. But there’s something about this naïve, skinny street punk, whom she only wanted to rob, that tugs at her heart, a heart she thought deserved not to feel. Charged with suspense and intrigue, this taut novel trails two deeply compelling characters as they forge a blackmail scheme that is foolhardy at best, disastrous at worst—along with a fated, tender partnership that will offer them each a rare chance for redemption.

Happy listening!

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of April 22nd, 2019

April 22, 2019 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 April 22nd, 2019

The First True Thing by Claire Needell [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by HarperTeen

The Tiger at Midnight (The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy #1) by Swati Teerdhala [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books

All We Could Have Been by T.E. Carter [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Feiwel & Friends

If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Viking Books for Young Readers

How Not to Ask a Boy to Prom by S.J. Goslee [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Roaring Brook Press

You Must Not Miss by Katrina Leno [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Orbit

Delta-v by Daniel Suarez [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Dutton

Storm of Locusts (The Sixth World #2) by Rebecca Roanhorse [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Saga Press

The Pandora Room: A Novel by Christopher Golden [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

Emily Eternal by Mark Wheaton [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Grand Central Publishing

Machines Like Me: A Novel by Ian McEwan [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Nan A. Talese

Ragged Alice by Gareth L. Powell [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Tor.com

I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Flatiron Books

Wolfhunter River (Stillhouse Lake #3) by Rachel Caine [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Thomas & Mercer

Stone Mothers by Erin Kelly [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Minotaur Books

The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Berkley

Neon Prey (Lucas Davenport #29) by John Sandford [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

Hide and Seek (Criminal Profiler #1) by Mary Burton [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Montlake Romance

Cat Chase the Moon (Joe Grey #21) by Shirley Rousseau Murphy [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by William Morrow

Wunderland by Jennifer Cody Epstein [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Crown Publishing Group

Courting Mr. Lincoln: A Novel by Louis Bayard [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Algonquin Books

Fumbled (Playbook #2) by Alexa Martin [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Berkley Books

The Austen Playbook (London Celebrities #4) by Lucy Parker [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 22nd 2019 by Carina Press

Bad Ideas by Missy Marston [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by ECW Press

Swimming for Sunlight by Allie Larkin [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Touchstone

The Summer Cottage by Viola Shipman [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Graydon House

Happiness for Beginners by Carole Matthews [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Sphere

Dawn: Stories by Selahattin Demirtaş [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Sjp for Hogarth

D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II by Sarah Rose [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Crown Publishing Group

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of April 15th, 2019

April 15, 2019 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 April 15th, 2019

An Anatomy of Beasts (Faloiv #2) by Olivia A. Cole [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books

The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Amulet Books

The Exalted (Untitled Duology #2) by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Inkyard Press

The Hummingbird Dagger by Cindy Anstey [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Swoon Reads

All for One (Alex & Eliza #3) by Melissa de la Cruz [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 9th 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

The Meaning of Birds by Jaye Robin Brown [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by HarperTeen

Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Simon Pulse

Earth to Charlie by Justin Olson [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst & Paula Garner [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Candlewick Press

Last Girl Lied To by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Imprint

August Isle by Ali Standish [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by HarperCollins

The Line Tender by Kate Allen [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Dutton

Summer of a Thousand Pies by Margaret Dilloway [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Balzer + Bray

The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

No Country for Old Gnomes (The Tales of Pell #2) by Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Del Rey

Amnesty (The Amberlough Dossier #3) by Lara Elena Donnelly [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Tor Books

All My Colors by David Quantick [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Titan Books

Knight (The Sibyl’s War #2) by Timothy Zahn [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Tor Books

Perihelion Summer by Greg Egan [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Tor.com

Catwoman Vol. 1: Copycats by Joëlle Jones [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by DC Comics

A Time of Blood (Of Blood and Bone #2) by John Gwynne [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Orbit

Upon a Burning Throne by Ashok K. Banker [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Atlas Alone (Planetfall #4) by Emma Newman [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Ace Books

Winds of Marque by Bennett Coles [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Harper Voyager

Nest of the Monarch (Dark Talents #3) by Kay Kenyon [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Saga Press

The Master of Dreams by Mike Resnick [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Daw Books

The Department of Sensitive Crimes (Detective Varg #1) by Alexander McCall Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Pantheon Books

Flowers over the Inferno (Teresa Battaglia #1) by Ilaria Tuti [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Soho Press

The 13-Minute Murder by James Patterson & Shan Serafin [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing

Redemption (Amos Decker #5) by David Baldacci [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing

The Better Sister by Alafair Burke [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Harper

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Sarah Crichton Books / Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Park Row

Alice’s Island by Daniel Sánchez Arévalo [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Atria Books

A Bloody Business by Dylan Struzan [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Hard Case Crime

The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Berkley Books

The Binding by Bridget Collins [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by William Morrow

Old Baggage by Lissa Evans [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Harper Perennial

City of Flickering Light by Juliette Fay [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Gallery Books

Revolutionaries by Joshua Furst [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Murmur of Bees by Sofía Segovia [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by AmazonCrossing

Before We Were Wicked by Eric Jerome Dickey [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Dutton Books

The Rose by Tiffany Reisz [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Mira Books

Normal People: A Novel by Sally Rooney [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Hogarth

Roar by Cecelia Ahern [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing

Under the Table by Stephanie Evanovich [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by William Morrow

Feast Your Eyes: A Novel by Myla Goldberg [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Scribner

The Limits of the World by Jennifer Acker [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Delphinium

The House of the Pain of Others: Chronicle of a Small Genocide by Julián Herbert [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Graywolf Press

Diary of a Murderer: And Other Stories by Young-Ha Kim [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Mariner Books

White by Bret Easton Ellis [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Knopf

Ungovernable: The Victorian Parent’s Guide to Raising Flawless Children by Therese Oneill [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company

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Monthly Rundown: March 2019

April 9, 2019 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 9 Comments

Books Read = 14

I had one of the best and worst reading months in March. It was the best in terms of quantity but the worst in terms of quality. I had nothing but 2 and 3-stars (okay, two 3.5 stars but still about the same in terms of mediocrity) and I’m really surprised I didn’t end up in Slumpsville. It was close, but in April I decided to join a readathon that has proved to be a lot of fun so far, so I’m hoping I’ve got more than mediocre reads to look forward to this month.

Posted Reviews

Unreviewed Reads

 

Best of the Month: A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself: A Novel by William Boyle ★★★½
This was such an interesting twist on your standard crime/mob boss thriller types where we’re told the story through the eyes of the females. Shockingly violent at times but once this story gained speed, it was a hard one to put down.

Least Favorite: Cold-Hearted Rake (The Ravenels #1) by Lisa Kleypas ★★
I’ve been trying to branch out and try new historical romance authors so this was my first endeavor into Kleypas. I’m not sure if I picked the wrong series to pick up or what but this one was not a favorite. I’m thinking I should have gone with the one that’s been on my TBR for years instead, Mine Till Midnight.

Biggest Surprise: The Power of the Dog (Power of the Dog #1) by Don Winslow ★★★½
I’m not sure Biggest Surprise is the best description of how this one ended for me, but close enough. Admittedly, I’ve been reading this story since October. Yes, 2018. I was constantly putting it on the back burner in favor of other reads but I was glad I finally got around to finishing this. Winslow is quite a writer.

Biggest Disappointment: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid ★★★Book Review | “Daisy Jones & The Six”: the Rise and Fall of Fame
I’m starting to think that any non-contemporary romance TJR is just not for me. I didn’t love The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and I didn’t love Daisy Jones. Everyone else sure seems to but they sure aren’t for me.

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