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

June 28, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 4 Comments

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

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

Bilbao, Spain

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

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

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

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

About Dan Brown

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

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

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

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

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

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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

June 27, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 14 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Mental Break Time

June 11, 2017 Bonnie Announcements 8 Comments

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

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

Life. What can you do?

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

June 8, 2017 Bonnie Audiobooks, Sync 1 Comment

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

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

This year’s program kicks off on April 27th and there will be a total of 32 titles available to download each week. Be sure to sign up for email and/or text alerts at Audiobook Sync to remind you when new titles are available. The audiobooks can be downloaded onto your computer and easily transferred to your smartphone for easy listening — and remember that these audiobooks are yours to keep!

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

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

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

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

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

Happy listening!

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Waiting on Wednesday – All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

June 7, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday, YA 6 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – All the Crooked Saints by Maggie StiefvaterAll the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
Published by Scholastic Press on October 10th 2017
Pages: 320
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Shiver, Forever, The Raven Boys

From bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater, a gripping tale of darkness, miracles, and family!

Saints. Miracles. Family. Romance. Death. Redemption.

The book takes place in the 1960s in Bicho Raro, Colorado and follows the lives of three members of the Soria family—each of whom is searching for their own miracle. There’s Beatriz, who appears to lack feelings but wants to study her mind; Daniel, the “Saint” of Bicho Raro, a miracle worker for everyone but himself; and Joaquin (a.k.a. Diablo Diablo), who runs a pirate radio station at night.

"The Soria family are saints as well, and the miracle they perform for pilgrims to Bicho Raro is as strange as most miracles are: They can make the darkness inside you visible. Once the pilgrims see their inner darkness face to face, it’s up to them to perform another miracle on themselves: banishing the darkness for good. It can be a tricky business to vanquish your inner demons, even once you know what they are, but the Sorias are forbidden to help with this part. They’ve all been told that if a Soria interferes with the second miracle, it will bring out their own darkness, and a saint’s darkness, so the story goes, is a most potent and dangerous thing." - Maggie Stiefvater, EW interview.

About Maggie Stiefvater

I am Maggie Stiefvater. I write books. Some are about dead Welsh kings. Some are about werewolf nookie. Some are about neither.

I have been a wedding musician, a technical editor, a portrait artist, and, for several fraught weeks, a waitress. I play several musical instruments (most infamously, the bagpipes), I still make art, and I recently acquired and unacquired a race car.

I live in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia with my husband, my two children, some cows, three dogs who fart recreationally, a criminally insane cat, an interminable number of miniature silky fainting goats, and one 1973 Camaro named Loki.

I like things that go.

I’m nearing the point where I’m about to run out of any back Stiefvater to read (all I have left is Lament and Ballad!) so this is a welcome sight. “Saints. Miracles. Family. Romance. Death. Redemption.” is more than enough summary for me to get anxious.

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What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Non-Fiction Books Recently Added to My TBR

June 6, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 12 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Today’s topic is about “Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List”. My interest has recently been piqued in regards to Non-Fiction books with a wide-range of subject matters. It all started with The Plantagenets and spanned out from there. These are the ones I’m most excited about reading.

The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones
I’ve always been a fan of anything Tudor related so I decided it was well past time to find out what happened before the Tudor reign.

The Perfect Prince: The Mystery of Perkin Warbeck and His Quest for the Throne of England by Ann Wroe
Perkin Warbeck got about a 6-page feature in Dan Jones’ The Wars of the Roses and it was intriguing enough for me to search out an entire book about him.

The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc by Nancy Goldstone
Joan of Arc also received a brief mention in Dan Jones’ The Wars of the Roses (that book caused a lot of books to be added to my TBR) and it just made me realize how very little I know about her history.

Northmen: The Viking Saga, 793-1241 AD by John Haywood
Admittedly, the only thing I “know” about Vikings is from the History Channel show, but I find them fascinating so I must know more.

A History of Weapons: Crossbows, Caltrops, Catapults & Lots of Other Things that Can Seriously Mess You Up by John O’Bryan
A book about the history of weapons by a comedy writer. Sounds like all sorts of fun.

Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris by Eric Jager
I used to be a nut for True Crime when I was a teenager but haven’t picked one up in a very long time. Add in medieval aspects though and I’m all over that.

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
Another true crime that appealed to me that I picked up as an extra in my Book of the Month box.

Huế 1968: A Turning Point in the American War in Vietnam by Mark Bowden
I read Most Dangerous as a part of a National Book Award 2015 Finalist and realized 1. I don’t know jack about the Vietnam War and 2. It was fascinating (and horrifying) stuff to read about. I would like to know more.

Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King
An interesting story about the largest dome ever constructed using bricks and mortar. Architecture isn’t super my thing but this one certainly intrigued me.

Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon
Biographies are one thing that I’ve read… quite possibly none of now that I think about it. But if I were to pick up a biography, this would be it.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of June 5th, 2017

June 5, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 4 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 June 5th, 2017

What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Here Lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terrill [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

The Possible by Tara Altebrando [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Breaking (Burning) by Danielle Rollins [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

The Broken Ones (The Malediction Trilogy 0.6) by Danielle L. Jensen [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Angry Robot

The Hush by Skye Melki-Wegner [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Sky Pony Press

Dividing Eden (Dividing Eden #1) by Joelle Charbonneau [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by HarperTeen

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Wildman by J.C. Geiger [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

Blind Item by Kevin Dickson & Jack Ketsoyan [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Imprint

The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by HarperTeen

Firebrand (Alternative Detective #2) by A.J. Hartley [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Tor Teen

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow (The Evaporation of Sofi Snow #1) by Mary Weber [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Thomas Nelson

Follow Me Back (Follow Me Back #1) by A.V. Geiger [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

Welcome to the Slipstream by Natalka Burian [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Merit Press

And Then There Were Four by Nancy Werlin [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Dial Books

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Internet Famous by Danika Stone [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Swoon Reads

The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Little, Brown and Company

Perfect Ten by L. Philips [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Rules for Thieves (Rules for Thieves #1) by Alexandra Ott [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Aladdin

The Girl with the Ghost Machine by Lauren DeStefano [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Exit Strategy by Lauren Allbright [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Aladdin

The Kill Society (Sandman Slim #9) by Richard Kadrey [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Harper Voyager

Crown of Stars (Nightsong Trilogy #2) by Sophie Jaff [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Harper Paperbacks

Nothing Left to Lose (John Cleaver #6) by Dan Wells [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Tor Books

The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Saga Press

Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA

Carnivalesque by Neil Jordan [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA

He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Minotaur Books

In the Valley of the Sun: A Novel by Andy Davidson [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Skyhorse Publishing

Small Treasons by Mark Powell [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Gallery Books

She Rides Shotgun: A Novel by Jordan Harper [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Ecco

You Belong to Me: A Novel by Colin Harrison [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Sarah Crichton Books

You’ll Never Know, Dear: A Novel of Suspense by Hallie Ephron [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by William Morrow

Magpie Murders: A Novel by Anthony Horowitz [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Harper

Defectors by Joseph Kanon [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Atria Books

Indecent Exposure (Stone Barrington #42) by Stuart Woods [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Owl Always Hunts at Night (Holger Munch & Mia Kruger #2) by Samuel Bjork [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Penguin Books

Shiver Hitch (A Jane Bunker Mystery #1) by Linda Greenlaw [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Minotaur Books

What the Dead Leave Behind (Mac McKenzie #14) by David Housewright [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Minotaur Books

Sick Like That (Alessandra Al Martillo Mystery #2) by Norman Green [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Witness Impulse

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Minotaur Books

The Alice Network: A Novel by Kate Quinn [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Wolf on a String by Benjamin Black [Purchase]
Published June 6th 2017 by Henry Holt and Co.

The Lost History of Stars: A Novel by Dave Boling [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Algonquin Books

The End of Temperance Dare: A Novel by Wendy Webb [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing

The Essex Serpent: A Novel by Sarah Perry [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Custom House

The Moment of Truth: A Novel by Damian McNicholl [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Pegasus Books

The Fortune Teller: A Novel by Gwendolyn Womack [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Picador

The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Lake and the Lost Girl by Jacquelyn Vincenta [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Sourcebooks Landmark

Secrets of Southern Girls by Haley Harrigan [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Sourcebooks Landmark

The Whole Way Home by Sarah Creech [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by William Morrow

City Mouse by Stacey Lender [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Kaylie Jones Books

The Sunshine Girls by Jane Green [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Berkley Books

The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Viking

The Farthest Edge (Honey #2) by Kristen Ashley [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Gallery Books

The Party: A Novel by Robyn Harding [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Gallery/Scout Press

The Gypsy Moth Summer by Julia Fierro [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Flatiron Books

A French Wedding by Hannah Tunnicliffe [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Doubleday Books

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Riverhead Books

Perennials: A Novel by Mandy Berman [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Random House

Lonesome Lies Before Us: A Novel by Don Lee [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by W. W. Norton & Company

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Answers by Catherine Lacey [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Last Kid Left: A Novel by Rosecrans Baldwin [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by MCD

Cockfosters: Stories by Helen Simpson [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group

Would Everybody Please Stop?: Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas by Jenny Allen [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Sarah Crichton Books

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Monthly Rundown: May 2017

June 3, 2017 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 6 Comments

Books Read = 18

hahaha 18 accomplished once again!!! But just barely. There may have been a string of graphic novels read one weekend but eh, still counts. I didn’t realize how positively horrible I did at review writing though… 2? Ouch. So lots of reading, not a lot of writing. It happens.

Posted Reviews

Unreviewed Reads

A few of the other reads from May that I don’t plan on reviewing. The rest of the 18 should have reviews in June. We’ll see how that goes. haha

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Best of the Month: Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl ★★★★★
I love my foodie fiction novels but I had yet to pick up Ruth Reichl. This was an absolute delight and reminded me much of Nora Ephron’s glorious writing style. Just with more food. I purchased Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table this week and hope it’s just as good.

Least Favorite: Borderline (The Arcadia Project #1) by Mishell Baker ★★
I had heard some massively great things about this one and I splurged on the audible version and just could not get into the story at all. I really loved the less than typical main character but this one just didn’t do it for me for some reason.

Biggest Surprise: Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain ★★★★
I am only just now delving into the glories of Foodie Non-Fiction. Read my first Reichl this month and my first Bourdain. It was a good month.

Biggest Disappointment: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas ★★★½Book Review – A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Uggghhhhh I hate listing this but it’s true. I was disappointed. It wasn’t the worst but it definitely failed to live up to my (admittedly enormous) expectations. It is what it is.

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Life’s Too Short – If We Were Villains, Ill Will, Yesternight

June 2, 2017 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Life's Too Short, YA 8 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.

Life’s Too Short – If We Were Villains, Ill Will, YesternightIf We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
Published by Flatiron Books on April 11th 2017
Pages: 352
Genres: Mystery
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Enter the players. There were seven of us then, seven bright young things with wide precious futures ahead of us. Until that year, we saw no further than the books in front of our faces.

On the day Oliver Marks is released from jail, the man who put him there is waiting at the door. Detective Colborne wants to know the truth, and after ten years, Oliver is finally ready to tell it.

Ten years ago: Oliver is one of seven young Shakespearean actors at Dellecher Classical Conservatory, a place of keen ambition and fierce competition. In this secluded world of firelight and leather-bound books, Oliver and his friends play the same roles onstage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress, ingénue, extra. But in their fourth and final year, the balance of power begins to shift, good-natured rivalries turn ugly, and on opening night real violence invades the students’ world of make believe. In the morning, the fourth-years find themselves facing their very own tragedy, and their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, each other, and themselves that they are innocent.

Part coming-of-age story, part confession, If We Were Villains explores the magical and dangerous boundary between art and life. In this tale of loyalty and betrayal, madness and ecstasy, the players must choose what roles to play before the curtain falls.

DNF @ 10%

I overlooked the Shakespearean focus of this novel in favor of the comparisons to The Secret History. My mistake. Shakespeare has just never, and I’m resigned to believe will never, be my thing. The opening gives the reader a glimpse at the future, of one of the main characters being released for jail for an unknown crime, and it’s a hook that works. But then we’re introduced to seven characters: Richard, Meredith, Filippa, Alexander, Wren, James, and Oliver. Every single one of these characters, regardless of gender, all blended together without any helpful differentiation to keep track of who was who. The theater kid stereotypes were excessive in my opinion and you practically had to be a theater kid to understand and/or appreciate most of it.

“That was ruthless,” I said, sotto voce.

The author holds a Masters in Shakespeare studies so, being as far from a theater kid as one can get, I can only assume she knows what she’s talking about. Constantly quoting Shakespeare in conversation got old, fast, and by 10% I put on my hipster glasses and called it quits.

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Life’s Too Short – If We Were Villains, Ill Will, YesternightIll Will by Dan Chaon
Published by Ballantine Books on March 7th 2017
Pages: 480
Genres: Mystery
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Two sensational unsolved crimes—one in the past, another in the present—are linked by one man’s memory and self-deception in this chilling novel of literary suspense from National Book Award finalist Dan Chaon.

“We are always telling a story to ourselves, about ourselves,” Dustin Tillman likes to say. It’s one of the little mantras he shares with his patients, and it’s meant to be reassuring. But what if that story is a lie?

A psychologist in suburban Cleveland, Dustin is drifting through his forties when he hears the news: His adopted brother, Rusty, is being released from prison. Thirty years ago, Rusty received a life sentence for the massacre of Dustin’s parents, aunt, and uncle. The trial came to symbolize the 1980s hysteria over Satanic cults; despite the lack of physical evidence, the jury believed the outlandish accusations Dustin and his cousin made against Rusty. Now, after DNA analysis has overturned the conviction, Dustin braces for a reckoning.

Meanwhile, one of Dustin’s patients gets him deeply engaged in a string of drowning deaths involving drunk college boys. At first Dustin dismisses talk of a serial killer as paranoid thinking, but as he gets wrapped up in their amateur investigation, Dustin starts to believe that there’s more to the deaths than coincidence. Soon he becomes obsessed, crossing all professional boundaries—and putting his own family in harm’s way.
From one of today’s most renowned practitioners of literary suspense, Ill Will is an intimate thriller about the failures of memory and the perils of self-deception. In Dan Chaon’s nimble, chilling prose, the past looms over the present, turning each into a haunted place.

DNF @ 25%

Dan Chaon is one of those literary writers everyone raves about. Ill Will has received many spectacular reviews but I’ve realized that he has a style that is very eclectic and definitely isn’t for everyone and that unique writing style is what ultimately did me in. I understand the reason for writing it this way (bouncing between narrators and time) because it caused a sense of disorientation regarding the mystery already surrounding the crime (when Dustin was a teen, his mother, father, aunt, and uncle were murdered and he accused his adopted older brother). Not only did the story bounce rapidly between narrators and between time but often there were sentences left incomplete and particular chapters where text was written in columns and you had to flip back and forth between pages to finish the one column before starting the next which was very difficult on Kindle. I’m not sure if Chaon was going for some House of Leaves-esque formatting or what but it left me so confused in trying to figure out how to read it that I failed to get lost in the story itself.

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

Life’s Too Short – If We Were Villains, Ill Will, YesternightYesternight by Cat Winters
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on October 4th 2016
Pages: 374
Genres: Mystery, Historical Fiction
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Also by this author: In the Shadow of Blackbirds, The Cure for Dreaming, The Uninvited: A Novel

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From the author of The Uninvited comes a haunting historical novel with a compelling mystery at its core.  A young child psychologist steps off a train, her destination a foggy seaside town. There, she begins a journey causing her to question everything she believes about life, death, memories, and reincarnation.

In 1925, Alice Lind steps off a train in the rain-soaked coastal hamlet of Gordon Bay, Oregon. There, she expects to do nothing more difficult than administer IQ tests to a group of rural schoolchildren. A trained psychologist, Alice believes mysteries of the mind can be unlocked scientifically, but now her views are about to be challenged by one curious child.

Seven-year-old Janie O’Daire is a mathematical genius, which is surprising. But what is disturbing are the stories she tells: that her name was once Violet, she grew up in Kansas decades earlier, and she drowned at age nineteen. Alice delves into these stories, at first believing they’re no more than the product of the girl’s vast imagination.  But, slowly, Alice comes to the realization that Janie might indeed be telling a strange truth.
Alice knows the investigation may endanger her already shaky professional reputation, and as a woman in a field dominated by men she has no room for mistakes. But she is unprepared for the ways it will illuminate terrifying mysteries within her own past, and in the process, irrevocably change her life.

DNF @ 10%

I’d say that I simply picked this up at the wrong time, mood-wise, except I tried to read this book a handful of times on different occasions and never got past 10%. The pacing was the hardest for me because from the very beginning it’s a slow-build and simply didn’t grab my attention in that 10% enough that I felt the need to keep going. The main character, Alice, was also strangely distant and she never quite captured my interest. Cat Winters is typically a favorite of mine but this one just didn’t do it for me.

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