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Reviews of What I've Been Reading….

I just realized: I’m having a bloggaversary!

This month marks EIGHT YEARS that I have been blogging my thoughts on books here at Beth’s Book-Nook!

That’s a lotta books!

I’ve posted over 850 times for tens of thousands of hits (hard to believe that people actually read what I write!).

But – my very FAVORITE thing about blogging is how many great readers, authors, publishers, and other bibliophiles I have met – either online or in person or at BEA or at book talks – through my blog.

What a wonderful community of readers!

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DIFFERENT CLASS by Joanne Harris

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The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian

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So – you know that I LOVE Chris Bohjalian’s writing (plus he’s like the nicest and most humble guy ever!). I was so very excited when I saw that he a new book out – THE SLEEPWALKER. I was able to get it from Net Galley.

Here’s the overview:

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The Introvert by Michael Michaud

The author of this short work asked me if I’d like to read it. This was one I read in one sitting. It had rather dark humor and – new term for me – an “anti-hero”; but I have to say that it was unforgettable and I really enjoyed it. I love the cover, too.

It you are looking for something different that is quick to read, and you enjoy the dark side, give this one a try!

Here’s the overview:

A vacuum salesman by day, the introvert lives a quiet life alone with his dog until a work relationship and a dark secret from his past team up to create an uncomfortable imbalance in his otherwise ordered life, one that soon finds him squarely at the center of a murder investigation. With his thoughts continually urging him to make people “red and open” and to “achieve it” with his girlfriend Donna, what follows is a sometimes brutal, oftentimes hilarious, and absurdist account of the life of one very anti-social and unexpected anti-hero.

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Thank you for my e-copy, Mr. Michaud!

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DUTY TO THE CROWN by Aimie Runyan

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Via GoodReads:
Set amid the promise and challenge of the first Canadian colonies, Aimie K. Runyan’s vividly rendered novel provides a fascinating portrait of the women who would become the founding mothers of New France.

In 1667, an invisible wall separates settlers in New France from their Huron neighbors. Yet whether in the fledgling city of Quebec or within one of the native tribes, every woman’s fate depends on the man she chooses—or is obligated—to marry.

Although Claudine Deschamps and Gabrielle Giroux both live within the settlement, their prospects are very different. French-born Claudine has followed her older sister across the Atlantic hoping to attract a wealthy husband through her beauty and connections. Gabrielle, orphan daughter of the town drunkard, is forced into a loveless union by a cruel law that requires her to marry by her sixteenth birthday. And Manon Lefebvre, born in the Huron village and later adopted by settlers, has faced the prejudices of both societies and is convinced she can no longer be accepted in either. Drawn into unexpected friendship through their loves, losses, and dreams of home and family, all three women will have to call on their bravery and resilience to succeed in this new world…

Praise for Promised to the Crown
 
“A heart-wrenching and timeless tale of friendship, love and hope that skillfully blends history and romance to educate, entertain and inspire.” –Pam Jenoff, author of The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach (less)

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Published October 25th 2016 by Kensington
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I absolutely love this historical fiction series about the young women who were “Daughters of the King” – sent to Canada as the “New Land” to marry and populate for the good of France in the 1600’s. This was Book 2 in the series, and it continues the story of the characters introduced in Book 1, with individuals growing older as the books go along. Three young girls from Book 1 are now young women, and they have many trials and tribulations to face as they tackle pioneer life in the 1600’s. I love how these books encompass the highs and lows of life — births, deaths, joys, and sorrows.
I can’t wait for Book 3!
Thank you to the author who sent me this copy as she knew how much I enjoyed Book 1!
BBC – what are you waiting for? Make a miniseries from these novels!!
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Susan Schild’s SWEET SOUTHERN HEARTS

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I received this novel from the author via Net Galley, and it was the perfect read for my recent relaxing vacation! This is one of those “slice of life” novels, where realistic characters deal with real world problems, but with an uplifting and positive feel to it.

Here’s the overview:

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Book Blast for James Rollins and Grant Blackwood’s WAR HAWK

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I’m excited today to partner with Partners in Crime to promote the new Tucker Wayne crime novel: WAR HAWK by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood. I haven’t read the book yet, I’m just blasting it up, but it sounds good. I love how the war dog is a main character!

Synopsis:
War Hawk by James RollinsFormer Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his war dog Kane are thrust into a global conspiracy in this second Sigma Force spinoff adventure from #1 New York Times bestselling author James Rollins and Grant Blackwood.

Tucker Wayne’s past and present collide when a former army colleague comes to him for help. She’s on the run from brutal assassins hunting her and her son. To keep them safe, Tucker must discover who killed a brilliant young idealist-a crime that leads back to the most powerful figures in the U.S. government.

From the haunted swamplands of the deep South to the beachheads of a savage civil war in Trinidad, Tucker and his beloved war dog, Kane, must work together to discover the truth behind a mystery that dates back to World War II, involving the genius of a young code-breaker, Alan Turing…

They will be forced to break the law, expose national secrets, and risk everything to stop a madman determined to control the future of modern warfare for his own diabolical ends. But can Tucker and Kane withstand a force so indomitable that it threatens our future?

Book Details:

Genre: Thriller
Published by: William Morrow
Publication Date:December 27th 2016 (first published April 19th 2016)
Number of Pages: 544
ISBN: 0062135295 (ISBN13: 9780062135292)
Series: Tucker Wayne #2
Purchase Links: Amazon 🔗 | Barnes & Noble 🔗 | Goodreads 🔗

Our Authors’ Bios:

James RollinsJAMES ROLLINS is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the “top crowd pleasers” (New York Times) and one of the “hottest summer reads” (People magazine). In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets–and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight.

Catch Up with James Rollins on his Website 🔗, Twitter 🔗, & Facebook 🔗.

GRANT BLACKWOODIn addition to his New York Times bestselling collaborations with Clive Cussler and Tom Clancy, GRANT BLACKWOOD is the author of three novels featuring Briggs Tanner: The End of Enemies, The Wall of Night, and An Echo of War. A U. S. Navy veteran, Grant spent three years as an Operations Specialist and a Pilot Rescue Swimmer. He lives in Colorado.

Catch Up with Grant Blackwood on his Website 🔗, Twitter 🔗, & Facebook 🔗

 

Giveaway!

This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours for James Rollins and William Morrow. There will be 5 US winners of one (1) PRINT copy of War Hawk by James Rollins. The giveaway begins on January 9th and runs through January 17th, 2017.

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THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE ON EARTH by Lindsey Lee Johnson

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Here’s another book that I’ve just been waiting and waiting for Pub Day for so that I can tell you about it! I got it on Net Galley months ago and read it in a day.

Now to be honest, I’m not sure I’d compare it to Celeste Ng’s novel (which I loved) and I guess it can be like PREP as it’s about wealthy kids in high school. I also wouldn’t say, as someone does, that it reads like Jane Austen. I, however, found it fascinating because you can watch the trajectory that this teacher is on in terms of her behavior and her actions and even her motivations and you just want to stop her because things are headed for a cataclysm.

If you’ve forgotten what high school was like (really? can anyone, ever?) or if you want to revisit it, especially through the eyes of a young and impressionable (though well-meaning but naive) teacher, pick up this book!

Here’s the look/see from NG:

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January 2017 Indie Next selection
January 2017 LibraryReads selection
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The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

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Weeks ago I found this great YA book on Net Galley and I’ve been waiting for it to publish so that I can say how much I love it!

Well, the time has come: I loved this book!!

Here’s the overview:

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My Favorite Reads of 2016

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So – I’ve been a bit off the grid lately what with the holidays and our family cruise to the Bahamas; but I’ve been reading more than ever!

Before we move on to 2017, though, I want to share my favorite books of 2016. I read well over 100 books, with my favorite genres being historical fiction, mystery, fiction, and YA.

Here, in no particular order, are my top personal reads of last year:

 

Historical Fiction:

THE VATICAN PRINCESS by C.W. Gortner

THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE by Melanie Benjamin

FLIGHT OF DREAMS by Ariel Lawhorn

LILAC GIRLS by Martha Hall Kelly

GIOCONDA by Lucille Turner

PROMISED TO THE CROWN series by Aimie Runyan

PORTRAIT OF A CONSPIRACY by Donna Russo Morin

THE TUMBLING TURNER SISTERS by Juliette Fay

THE TEA PLANTER’S WIFE by Dinah Jefferies

THE GERMAN GIRL by Armando Lucas Correa

THE GIRL FROM VENICE by Martin Cruz Smith

 

Fiction:

MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON by Elizabeth Strout

ONE IN A TOWN CALLED MOTH by Trilby Kent

THE WHOLE TOWN’S TALKING by Fannie Flagg

 

Mystery:

THE MURDER OF MARY RUSSELL by Laurie R. King

I LET YOU GO by Claire Macintosh

THE QUEEN’S ACCOMPLICE by Susan Elia MacNeal

THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR by Shari Lapena

 

YA/Kids:

ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell

WOLF HOLLOW by Lauren Wolk

GOLDFISH by Nat Luurtsema

TELL ME THREE THINGS by Julie Buxbaum

 

All these books are reviewed on my blog, along with many others that I enjoyed!

What was on your favorite list this year?

 

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