Welcome to my non-fiction Shelf Addiction podcast feature! Once a month I feature a non-fiction title that I've read during the month. If you enjoy this episode and want to hear what non-fiction title I'll be discussing next month, please subscribe on your pod-catcher of choice.
In this episode, I'm sharing my thoughts on Becoming, by Michelle Obama. If you've read this book or listened on audio, let me know what you thought about it by dropping a comment below!
Welcome to another #BuddyReads. What's a Buddy Read? Me and a fellow book nerd co-host Classy (friend, book lover, audiobook listener, and Shelf Addiction reviewer) select a stand alone title that we'll either read, listen to, or a combination of both. Afterwards we come together to chat about it on the podcast! This is a candid and spoiler-filled convo.
This episode, we're discussing No Exit by Taylor Adams. Both Classy and I listened to the audiobook version. Be sure to listen to the end because we also share our own fantasy casting choices!
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Release Date: February 20, 2018
Format: MP3 Download
Audio Length: 9 hrs 44 mins
Narrator: Sarah Naughton
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Rating: 4 bookmarks - Tamara | 4 bookmarks - Classy
Synopsis: On her way to Utah to see her dying mother, college student Darby Thorne gets caught in a fierce blizzard in the mountains of Colorado. With the roads impassable, she’s forced to wait out the storm at a remote highway rest stop. Inside, are some vending machines, a coffee maker, and four complete strangers.
Desperate to find a signal to call home, Darby goes back out into the storm . . . and makes a horrifying discovery. In the back of the van parked next to her car, a little girl is locked in an animal crate.
Who is the child? Why has she been taken? And how can Darby save her?
There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, and no way out. One of her fellow travelers is a kidnapper. But which one?
Trapped in an increasingly dangerous situation, with a child’s life and her own on the line, Darby must find a way to break the girl out of the van and escape.
But who can she trust?
Audiobook Review of The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, by Michael A. Singer | The Non-Fiction Shelf
Welcome to another #BuddyReads. What's a Buddy Read? Me and a fellow book nerd select a stand alone title that we'll either read, listen to, or a combination of both, then we chat about it on the podcast! This is a candid and spoiler-filled convo.
Classy Green, friend, fellow book lover, audiobook listener, and Shelf Addiction reviewer joined me on the podcast to discuss The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager. Both Classy and I listened to the audiobook version.
During this episode, we also played "two truths and a lie", a game featured in this book. Could could you guess the lie before we told you?
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Release Date: July 3, 2018
Format: MP3 Download
Audio Length: 13 hrs 13 mins
Narrator: Nicol Zanzarella
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Rating: 4 bookmarks - Tamara | 3 bookmarks - Classy
Synopsis: Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she--or anyone--saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.
Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings--massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends.
Yet it's immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp's twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present.
And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.
Don't miss the latest Shelf Addiction interview! I’m interviewing author Samantha Downing. She shares what she’s currently reading and what authors have influenced her. We also talk about her debut thriller, My Lovely Wife. Don't forget to check out Samantha's lightning round Q&A at the end of the interview!
You've got a bonus!! I'm also including my Shelf Byte book review of My Lovely Wife along with the interview. You'll hear my spoiler-free book or audiobook review in 5 minutes or less!
Welcome to another #BuddyReads. What's a Buddy Read? Me and a fellow book nerd select a stand alone title that we'll either read, listen to, or a combination of both, then we chat about it on the podcast! This is a candid and spoiler-filled convo covering women's issues and topics, so you've been warned!
Classy Green, friend, fellow book lover, audiobook listener, and Shelf Addiction reviewer joined me on the podcast to discuss The Poet X written by Elizabeth Acevedo. I listened to the audiobook, and Classy did a read/listen combo with the book and audiobook.
If you've already read The Poet X, leave a comment and let us know what you thought about it.
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Format: Hardcover/MP3 Download
Pages: Hardcover: 368 | Audio Length: 3 hrs 30 mins
Narrator: Elizabeth Acevedo
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction/Poetry
Rating: 4 bookmarks - Tamara | 5 bookmarks - Classy
Synopsis: A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.
But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.
So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.
Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.
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