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Early Review – The Ploughmen: A Novel by Kim Zupan

Posted September 19, 2014 by Bonnie in Adult, Book Reviews, Early Review, Read in 2014 / 3 Comments

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.

Early Review – The Ploughmen: A Novel by Kim ZupanThe Ploughmen: A Novel on September 30th 2014
Pages: 272
Format: ARC
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four-stars

A young sheriff and a hardened killer form an uneasy and complicated bond in this mesmerizing first novel set on the plains of Montana.

Steeped in a lonesome Montana landscape as unyielding and raw as it is beautiful, Kim Zupan's The Ploughmen is a new classic in the literature of the American West.

At the center of this searing, fever dream of a novel are two men—a killer awaiting trial, and a troubled young deputy—sitting across from each other in the dark, talking through the bars of a county jail cell: John Gload, so brutally adept at his craft that only now, at the age of 77, has he faced the prospect of long-term incarceration and Valentine Millimaki, low man in the Copper County sheriff’s department, who draws the overnight shift after Gload’s arrest. With a disintegrating marriage further collapsing under the strain of his night duty, Millimaki finds himself seeking counsel from a man whose troubled past shares something essential with his own. Their uneasy friendship takes a startling turn with a brazen act of violence that yokes together two haunted souls by the secrets they share, and by the rugged country that keeps them.

 ​”One thing I always did, Val, was to live my life. It wasn’t a particularly interesting life but it was on my terms. Now in here I’m just living it out. […] Now it’s just waiting. It’s only a life technically because you’re breathing in and out. Putting in the time until you clock out.”

The Ploughmen is a meandering tale that switches point of view between two men: John Gload, a 77 year old that has spent his life as a contract killer but is inevitably caught and his jailer, Valentine Millimaki who is a quiet and introspective man with a painful past and difficult personal issues he’s currently dealing with between him and his wife. These two men strike up a surprisingly quick bond between one another during Millimaki’s graveyard shifts at the jail, reminiscing on their lives, connecting in twilight over their shared bouts of insomnia.

​​​’Then he corrected himself, said no, that’s not quite exactly right, it wasn’t tricking himself but tricking the insomnia, which he imagined as a palpable thing, a kind of shade or haunt that bent over him in his repose, passing rattling hand bones in the air above him to ward off the visitation of sweet slumber.​’

There is violence but little action, mostly reflection, between the pages of this small yet potent novel. The Ploughmen is a somber story about life and hardships and learning to simply survive them. It’s written in such a way without a clear sequence of events, which I attributed to Millimaki’s continued sleepless days and nights, but doesn’t leave the reader feeling groggy but instead with that dreamy weightless feel.

​​’Perhaps she’d stood gazing uncomprehendingly at the emerging stars, in their milky light superimposing the enormous order wheeling overhead onto the map that seemed to hold her life in its obtuse loops and lines.’

Even if the story is not one you would typically read, the skillful writing style that Zupan possesses makes it completely worthwhile just for the experience alone. Stark yet completely stunning, the incredibly descriptive passages tell a story all on their own. The Ploughmen is an incredibly impressive debut and I can only hope that it’s not the last we’ve seen of this talented author.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Underrated Gems Pt. 2

Posted July 5, 2016 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 3 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

My first post about Underrated Gems was back in 2014 and considering there are so much more than ten, I was glad to revisit. I didn’t dig too far deep into the past of my reading list, these ten came solely from the books read since my first post. Someday I’ll revisit the books from my pre-blogging days. But just like last time, I based this list on numbers. All of these books have been rated on Goodreads by less than 2,200 people (the most on this list being 2,067 and the least being 487.) These are all favorites of mine and are deserving of more readers and more love.

Sisters of Shiloh by Kathy Hepinstall & Becky Hepinstall Hilliker [PurchaseReview]
487 Goodreads ratings, 80 Amazon ratings
Sisters of Shiloh is about two sisters that dress up as men in order to enter the Civil War. There have been similar stories in recent years, I Shall be Near to You is another favorite of mine, but this is another one to add to your lists if you’re a fan of the time period. It’s also written by two sisters which I think is just perfect.

Shadows Over Paradise by Isabel Wolff [PurchaseReview]
630 Goodreads ratings, 24 Amazon ratings
This is another historical fiction novel but this time it’s based on World War II. We’ve all read about the concentration camps in Europe, but Shadows Over Paradise focuses on the Japanese occupation in Java, a section of the world often not heard about during this time. Isabel Wolff also wrote an equally riveting tale about the same war called A Vintage Affair. Definitely an author to be aware of.

The Awesome by Eva Darrows [PurchaseReview]
723 Goodreads ratings, 71 Amazon ratings
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The Awesome is awesome. This is fun Urban Fantasy featuring a snarky seventeen year old teen who hunts monsters with her mom. I loved this story and sure hope we haven’t heard the last of Maggie.

The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan [PurchaseReview]
1,023 Goodreads ratings, 115 Amazon ratings
I picked this up because I’m a big fan of Southern Gothic/Country Noir, however, this book possesses some of the most beautiful writing ever. There’s a moving story behind the prose as well. This was Zupan’s debut and an impressive one at that.

All Four Stars (All Four Stars #1) by Tara Dairman [PurchaseReview]
1,153 Goodreads ratings, 84 Amazon ratings
I get that Middle Grade isn’t something all adults can read and love and that’s perfectly fine. There are some that sound completely adorable to me but I just know that I wouldn’t be able to appreciate it. This series though is admittedly for any and all readers, despite the age of the main character. Plus, it’s a foodie book! The main character loves nothing more than being in the kitchen making the most delicious sounding foods so make sure you have plenty of snacks on hand.

Dead Set by Richard Kadrey [PurchaseReview]
1,293 Goodreads ratings, 52 Amazon ratings
This was my first introduction into Kadrey’s work and it was a ton of fun. This was his first book targeted to a YA audience but I’d highly recommend it to any Urban Fantasy fans looking for a fascinating and unique take on the well-told genre.

The Uninvited by Cat Winters [PurchaseReview]
1,318 Goodreads ratings, 74 Amazon ratings
I’m quite shocked at the lack of interest in this one especially since In the Shadow of Blackbirds and The Cure for Dreaming were far more popular. The only difference is that this was Winters first Adult novel and I do hope that’s not what was stopping her loyal readers because The Uninvited is by far her best yet.

When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord [PurchaseReview]
1,323 Goodreads ratings, 56 Amazon ratings
A few years ago, the zombie book to read was The Reapers are the Angels. Well, the same author wrote When We Were Animals. Completely not what I was expecting (and no, it’s not a werewolf book) but this is quite an experience of a read.

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin [PurchaseReview]
1,432 Goodreads ratings, 48 Amazon ratings
The fact that this one ended up on my underrated gems list came as a bit of a surprise. Sure, it’s Non-Fiction, however, it did get nominated for the National Book Award. I went into this knowing very little of the Vietnam War, however, I finished realizing I need to read more Non-Fiction and more books by Steven Sheinkin. For anyone who is interested, there will be a free audiobook download available August 4 – August 11 on Audiobook Sync.

Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans [PurchaseReview]
2,067 Goodreads ratings, 122 Amazon ratings
I’m a big fan of war novels (as you can see, this is my third one on this list) but Crooked Heart was completely different than any I had yet read. This story doesn’t take you to the battle lines but gives you a firsthand account of the survival instincts that kicked in for some people. There is also a heaping scoop of dark humor.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Southern Gothic/Country Noir 101

Posted August 25, 2015 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 8 Comments

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If you had told me a few years ago that I would come to love, love, love anything Southern Gothic/Country Noir I would have called you crazy. Because why wouldn’t anyone totally want to read about people making meth out in the backwoods in their single-wide. While that seems to be the feature of most books of the genre, there are so many hidden facets to these stories that I find truly intriguing. if there was a Country Noir 101 class going on, these books would be my top picks to discuss the highlights of this under-appreciated genre.

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The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock {Review}
Currently the only novel available by this author but damn if it isn’t amazing. This was my first introduction to the genre and perfectly summarizes the violence, nastiness, and awe that I love about this genre.

Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich {Review}
This one has a strong family dynamic that features strongly in this genre with a shocking mystery that will keep these pages flying.

Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell {Review}
The only Woodrell I’ve read (yet) but portrays one of the most memorable heroine’s I’ve read. It’s also an incredibly dreary story that still manages to radiate hope.

The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan {Review}
Okay, so this is set in Montana but this still qualifies. This is Zupan’s only novel and like Pollock, I sure hope it’s not the last we see of him. The Ploughmen was absolutely poetic and has a much slower pace. Stark yet completely stunning.

Cry Father by Benjamin Whitmer {Review}
This is the southern gothic style version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. It’s one wild, unrelenting thrill-ride full of drugs and violence.

Deliverance by James Dickey {Review}
*banjos* Enough said.

Light in August by William Faulkner {Review}
I had to throw in a classic of the genre. Faulkner doesn’t disappoint with his rich writing style and complex characters.

Young God by Katherine Faw Morris {Review}
Much of the genre is a showcase of violence and Young God only adds a level of depravity to it. There’s also the fact that the heroine is a mere 13 years old.

Child of God by Cormac McCarthy {Review}
Much like, Young God, Child of God captures the super-gritty aspect of the genre. You spend the majority of the novel feeling repulsed but there’s a complexity to this novel that will keep you thinking. If you can get past the icky-bits.

The Weight of Blood: A Novel by Laura McHugh {Review}
While this isn’t my favorite of the genre, it’s certainly one that may be an easy one for non-fans to ease into the genre. This one is definitely southern-gothic-lite compared to many others on this list.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser

Posted August 5, 2015 by Bonnie in Adult, Waiting on Wednesday / 6 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Sweetgirl by Travis MulhauserSweetgirl on February 2nd 2016
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover
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As a blizzard bears down, Percy James sets off to find her troubled mother, Carletta. For years, Percy has had to take care of herself and Mama—a woman who’s been unraveling for as long as her daughter can remember. Fearing Carletta is strung out on meth and that she won’t survive the storm, Percy heads for Shelton Potter’s cabin, deep in the woods of Northern Michigan. A two-bit criminal, as incompetent as he his violent, Shelton has been smoking his own cook and grieving the death of his beloved Labrador, Old Bo.

But when Percy arrives, there is no sign of Carletta. Searching the house, she finds Shelton and his girlfriend drugged into oblivion—and a crying baby girl left alone in a freezing room upstairs. From the moment the baby wraps a tiny hand around her finger, Percy knows she must save her—a split-second decision that is the beginning of a dangerous odyssey in which she must battle the elements and evade Shelton and a small band of desperate criminals, hell-bent on getting that baby back.

Knowing she and the child cannot make it alone, Percy seeks help from Carletta’s ex, Portis Dale, who is the closest thing she’s ever had to a father. As the storm breaks and violence erupts, Percy will be forced to confront the haunting nature of her mother’s affliction and finds her own fate tied more and more inextricably to the baby she is determined to save.

Filled with the sweeping sense of cultural and geographic isolation of its setting—the hills of fictional Cutler County in northern Michigan—and told in Percy’s unflinching style, Sweetgirl is an affecting exploration of courage, sacrifice, and the ties that bind—a taut and darkly humorous tour-de-force that is horrifying, tender, and hopeful.

With comparisons to Winter’s Bone and a beautiful cover reminiscent of The Ploughmen, I knew I needed to read this one.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me a link to your post and I’ll be sure to stop by!

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine

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2014 End of Year Book Survey

Posted January 3, 2015 by Bonnie in End of Year Survey / 2 Comments

2014 End Of Year Book Survey

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Is it seriously 2015 already?? How did that happen?! I love looking back and reflecting on the year and this survey created by Jamie is the most comprehensive and fun way to do that! It helps me reminisce on the best books I read and even the books I didn’t manage to squeeze in (because it helps me plan for the new year!)

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Number Of Books You Read:

B – 188. I’m definitely going with a lower goal for the new year. Getting there really kicked my ass.

DD – 150

Number of Re-Reads:

B – 9. Far more than I typically do!

DD – 11

Genre You Read The Most From:

B – Horror. Fantasy a close second.

DD – Young Adult! Usually it’s Sci-Fi or mystery/thriller, so color me surprised.

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Best Book You Read In 2014?

B –The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

DD – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

B – Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) by Robin LaFevers. There was love for this one but not nearly as much as there was for the first two installments.

DD – A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?

B – (In a good way) Christmas at Tiffany’s by Karen Swan. I usually go into chicklit type novels with low expectations, just looking for some entertainment value but this was an incredible read.

DD – (In a bad way) The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith – so much hype and Harry Potter weight, and it just didn’t deliver for me.

Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

B – The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

DD – The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

B – Best Series Started in 2014: Cinder by Marissa Meyer – Best Sequel of 2014: The Whispering Skull by by Jonathan Stroud – Best Series Ender of 2014: Banishing the Dark by Jenn Bennett

DD – Respectively: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, A Better World by Marcus Sakey, The Atlantis World by A.G. Riddle

Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

B – Jonathan Stroud. I’ve been meaning to read something of his forever. I finally did. I can’t understand why I waited so long.

DD – Rainbow Rowell – I was seriously missing out before she came into my reading life!

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

B – Just Kids by Patti Smith. I never used to read a lot of non-fiction and I read several awesome ones this year. Definitely showed me I needed to read more in that genre.

DD – Still Foolin’ Em by Billy Crystal – I’m huge on autobiographies, but tend to stay away from the celebrity ones. This book wound up being one of my favorites for the whole year.

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

B – A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

DD – Night Film by Marisha Pessl – To be fair, I listen to this book, but I found myself driving longer routes home just to get in a little bit more of the story.

Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

B – Just Kids by Patti Smith. I listened to this one and Patti narrates it but I’d love to read this one in print and really savor it.

DD – What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?

B – 11464058

D – 13538873

Most memorable character of 2014?

B – There were several, obviously, but the character that first comes to mind happens to be a novella I read on December 30th. Joellyn from If You’re Not Yet Like Me by Edan Lepucki.

DD – Mark Watney from The Martian by Andy Weir

Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

B – The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan

DD – Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

B – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

DD – The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?

B – Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield. This was such an amazing and beautiful read I can’t wait to read more from this author.

DD – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

B – ‘There was something magical about an island – the mere word suggested fantasy. You lost touch with the world-an island was a world of its own. A world, perhaps, from which you might never return.’ And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

DD – “And then we do a much greater disservice to girls, because we raise them to cater to the fragile egos of males. We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls: You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful but not too successful, otherwise you will threaten the man.” We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

B – Shortest: – Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez (115 pages) Longest: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin (1,216 pages)

DD – Respectively: The Egg by Andy Weir at a whopping 4 pages, and A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin weighing in at 1216 pages.

Book That Shocked You The Most

B – Iced by Karen Marie Moning (and not in a good way)

DD – A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Mara

OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

B – Arcadia and Lon in Banishing the Dark by Jenn Bennett.

DD – Jamie and Claire in The Exile by Diana Gabaldon

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

B – Lockwood, Lucy and George in The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

DD – Dorothy and the Scarecrow in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

B – One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

DD – And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

B – And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Dani convinced me that never having read any Christie was officially unacceptable.

DD – The Collector by John Fowles

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

B – Gansey in Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. Yes I know, this is the 3rd installment in the series but I only just now realized this.

DD – My one and only fictional boyfriend since 2002 – Captain Mal Reynolds of Serenity by Joss Whedon

Best 2014 debut you read?
B – Bird Box by Josh Malerman

DD – One More Thing by B.J. Novak

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

B – Cinder by Marissa Meyer

DD – The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

B – Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson. HILARIOUS. YOU MUST ALL READ IT.

DD – Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

B – Real tears? The Bird Market of Paris: A Memoir by Nikki Moustaki and I Shall Be Near To You by Erin Lindsay McCabe. Laugh tears? Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

DD – Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Hidden Gem Of The Year?

B – Mayhem (Mayhem #1) by Sarah Pinborough

DD – Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg

Book That Crushed Your Soul?

B – The Panopticon: A Novel by Jenni Fagan

DD – The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

B – Locke & Key by Joe Hill

DD – Locke & Key by Joe Hill

Book That Made You The Most Mad?

B – Sunrise by Mike Mullin. Talk about cruelty to characters.

DD – September Girls by Bennett Madison

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New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?

B – The Book Smugglers. I’d always heard of this site but never actually stopped by to take a look. They have some of the most interesting and informative articles!

DD – For the Love of Words!! This probably shouldn’t count since I’m now a contributing member, but by far the best blog I encountered for the first time this year.

Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?

B – Banishing the Dark (Arcadia Bell #4) by Jenn Bennett. Although the reasons behind this are mostly because I gush about being blurbed in the published copy of this book. 😀

DD – Elevated by Elana Jonhson – because it justified the use of a Beyonce gif.

Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

B – All Four Stars by Tara Dairman Blog Tour.

DD – Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

B – Halloween Thrills & Chills: 10 Great Horror Films with Jonathan Stroud

DD – Paws 4 Love doggy read-along at Grassroots Bookstore

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

B – Getting a new co-blogger has made blogging so much more fun. I have a go-to person to always chat books with now!

DD – Becoming a co-blogger at FTLOW 🙂

Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

B – The Recaptains. This is not a brand new discovery but this was the first year I used it A LOT. Super helpful when it’s been quite a while since you read the last installment of a book.

DD – I know I am a little late to the game, but Goodreads.com and Kindle Unlimited.

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

B – I didn’t set this goal at the beginning of the year but I completed all squares in Bookish Bingo three times this year! It’s officially my most favorite reading challenge. 🙂

DD – A few Bookish Bingos and my Goodreads goal for 2014

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One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?

B – Thursbitch by Alan Garner

DD – Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?

B – A God in Ruins: A Novel by Kate Atkinson

DD – Armada by Ernest Cline

2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

B – The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

DD – The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?

B – The Hollow Boy (Lockwood & Co. #3) by Jonathan Stroud

DD – End of Days by Susan Ee

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?

B – Getting caught up on my ARC mountain and making more time for my already owned books!

DD – Read more of my own books!

A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

B – First Frost (Waverley Family #2) by Sarah Addison Allen

DD – Amherst by William Nicholson

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Bookish Bingo – Summer 2014 Wrap-up

Posted October 1, 2014 by Bonnie in Reading Challenges / 4 Comments

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I did it again!!!!!!!! I ended up taking almost an entire month off right after this card began so it was a real struggle to catch back up but I’ve become a bingo addict, so I made it happen.

Here’s the breakdown on the books I picked for each square and my review:

A Stand Alone: Never Mind Miss Fox: A Novel by Olivia Glazebrook {Review}
Sky on Cover: The Ploughmen: A Novel by Kim Zupan {Review}
MC is LGBTIABrokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx {Review}
Set During Summer: Cry Father by Benjamin Whitmer {Review}
Pink Cover: Boundless (Unearthly #3) by Cynthia Hand {Review}
Starts with S, U, M, E or R: Mr. Mercedes (Mr. Mercedes Trilogy #1) by Stephen King {Review}
A ThrillerBroken Monsters by Lauren Beukes {Review}
Set on a Boat: The Terror of the Southlands (The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #2) by Caroline Carlson {Review}
Asian MC: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer {Review}
Middle Grade Novel: Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times by Emma Trevayne {Review}
A Series Finale: World of Trouble (The Last Policeman #3) by Ben H. Winters {Review}
A Retelling: The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su & Kate Rorick {Review}
“Storm,” “Rain,” or “Thunder” in titleStorm Front (The Dresden Files #1) by Jim Butcher {Review}
“July,” “August,” or “September” in title: Light in August by William Faulkner {Review}
Blue Cover: The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupecoc {Review}
A Summer Release: Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas {Review}
Strong Sibling Relationship: Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma {Review}
Featuring an Animal Companion: Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (Outlander #8) by Diana Gabaldon {Review}
Set on an Island: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie {Review}
Music or Dance Themes: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell {Review}
Road Trip! Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard {Review}
Magical Realism: Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace {Review}
Set in Europe: The Panopticon: A Novel by Jenni Fagan {Review}
Water on Cover: The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan {Review}

What’s really funny is I did an intro post about the 5 book possibilities for each square and I ended up picking only books from 9 of those squares. I ended up coming up with a ton more options as the months progressed and completely changed my mind about my previous picks. That’s what I like most about this reading challenge, the range of options you can have for each square and how it really opens your eyes to possibly choosing a book you never would have normally picked up or finally picking up a book you’ve been meaning to get around to forever.

My overall average rating for the books selected were fairly high and I even found one worthy of 5 stars! Here’s a breakdown of my ratings:

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

World of Trouble (The Last Policeman #3) by Ben H. Winters
The Ploughmen: A Novel by Kim Zupan
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
Boundless (Unearthly #3) by Cynthia Hand
Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace
The Panopticon: A Novel by Jenni Fagan
Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas
The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su & Kate Rorick

Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1) by Jim Butcher
Cry Father by Benjamin Whitmer
Light in August by William Faulkner
Mr. Mercedes (Mr. Mercedes Trilogy #1) by Stephen King

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times by Emma Trevayne
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (Outlander #8) by Diana Gabaldon
The Terror of the Southlands (The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #2) by Caroline Carlson
The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
Never Mind Miss Fox: A Novel by Olivia Glazebrook
Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx
Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupecoc

And last but not least, I wanted to talk about a few things that I managed to accomplish with this bingo card:

1. I read my first book from two authors I’ve been meaning to get around to forever: Agatha Christie and William Faulkner.
2. I finished up TWO series! (Unearthly and The Last Policeman)
3. I started two series that should have happened long ago (Lunar Chronicles and The Dresden Files)
4. I was able to knock out 12 of my review books!!

All in all, this bingo card was a massive success. I’d like to thank the girls over at Great Imaginations for once again hosting one super fun reading challenge! (I highly recommend joining in!)

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Showcase Sunday (84)

Posted August 3, 2014 by Bonnie in Sunday Book Haul / 5 Comments

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I’m back! I had a nice, relaxing time off. I got quite a bit of reading done (although I’m still in the middle of Written in My Own Heart’s Blood and Storm of Swords but, baby steps) and I have a nice chunk of reviews stocked up for the next couple of weeks. I got tons of new books too! I hope I’ve remembered them all.

Purchases

From some dollar store in Kentucky:

White Horse by Alex Adams {Purchase}
Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor (Friday Harbor #1) by Lisa Kleypas {Purchase}
The Creation of Eve by Lynn Cullen {Purchase}

Kindle Daily Deal:

The Color of Light by Helen Maryles Shankman {Purchase}

From my local used bookstore:

Big Fish by Daniel Wallace {Purchase}
The Key & Diary of a Mad Old Man by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki {Purchase}
Lost Everything by Brian Francis Slattery {Purchase}
The Blood Artists by Chuck Hogan {Purchase}
The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King {Purchase}

 For Review

From Random House
The Panopticon: A Novel by Jenni Fagan {Purchase}
From Netgalley
California by Edan Lepucki {Purchase}
Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5) by Maggie Stiefvater {Purchase} Only $1.99 on Kindle!
The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell (Newsflesh #3.3) by Mira Grant {Purchase}
The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters {Purchase}

The Ploughmen: A Novel by Kim Zupan {Purchase}
I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe {Purchase}

Won!

From The Midnight Garden, a set of L.M. Montgomery Books:

And courtesy of Christina and Little Brown:

The Fever by Megan Abbott {Purchase}

*phew* Tons of new books to dive into. Hope you all had a fabulous past couple of weeks and I can’t wait to catch up with you all!

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