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 see 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 Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, by Leah Remini.
If you read this book, let me know what you thought about it by dropping me a comment below!
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!
Don't miss the latest Shelf Byte podcast feature! You'll hear a spoiler-free book or audiobook review in 5 minutes(ish) or less!
In this episode I'm sharing my thoughts the audiobook version of Consumed (Firefighters #1), by J.R. Ward! Have you read (or listened to) it already? If so, let's start a conversation about it. Comment below!
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.
Today is the first episode of my new podcast feature called #BuddyReads. This is where me and a fellow book nerd either read or listen to or a combination of the both, discuss a stand-alone title. As this is a book discussion, of course, there is a spoiler alert in effect.
Classy Green, friend, fellow book lover, audiobook listener, and Shelf Addiction reviewer joined me on the podcast to discuss Broken Things written by Lauren Oliver! I read the paperback ARC and Classy listened to the audiobook.
If you've already read Broken Things, leave a comment and let us know what you thought about it.
Release Date: October 2, 2018
Format: Hardcover/MP3 Download
Pages: Hardcover: 408 | Audio Length: 9 hrs 50 mins
Narrators: Sarah Drew, Erin Spencer, Saskia Maarleveld
Source: Book Expo/Audible
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Rating: 2 bookmarks (from both Classy and Tamara)
Synopsis: It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods.
Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.
The only thing is: they didn’t do it.
On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago—no matter how monstrous.
This year, I am pleased to share with you the "Best of" in the Young Adult category from AudioFile Magazine's 2018 Best Audiobooks.
Have you listened to any of the winners? If so, which were your favorites?
There are some great stories and narrators selected. If they are new to you, click the links to read AudioFile's reviews.
Be sure to follow Twitter @audiofilemag; Facebook @audiofilemagazine to discover all of the AudioFile Magazine's 2018 Best Audiobooks!
It's that time again! Snow is falling (in some places), holiday shopping is gearing up, and we are getting ready to take planes, trains, and automobiles to visit family and friends. If you're not traveling, no worries, you can listen while cooking that huge holiday meal, or while wrapping gifts. I even listen while I'm out doing my holiday shopping!
Today I'm sharing my favorite audiobooks of 2018 (thus far). Not all of these were published this year, but I have listened to them all this year. I hope you'll listen to a few of these gems during your holiday season. Also consider gifting any of my recommendations. They great gifts for both your audiobook listening friends and audiobook newbies!
Be sure to stop by Audio Publishers Association website to see the complete schedule of blogs to visit. Each blogger will have audiobooks to share, recommended audiobooks, holiday listening, gift ideas, and books to travel with this season.
In addition to the audiobook recommendations, you'll also have many opportunities to win audiobooks generously donated by Beacon Press, High Bridge Audio, LA Theatre Words, Macmillan Audio, Penguin Random House Audio, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster Audio, and Tantor Audio.
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Tamara's 2018 Audiobook Recommendations
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