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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Stacking The Shelves # 48 & Sunday Post #11


I am combining two great blog hops:  Stacking The Shelves (a Saturday feature by Team Tynga's Reviews), and Sunday Post (a Sunday feature by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer).  Both of these features give people a chance to post about what books they received and also an opportunity to catch a glimpse of what others are excited about.  I really enjoy see everyone's version of these features!
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As always, all book cover images are linked to GoodReads so if you see a book you want to learn more about, just click away...

Happenings This Week:

I am posted with a new student at school now, and I am very happy with my assignment!  Great teacher, student, and support staff will make this a wonderful year!  I am feeling very appreciated and it makes me feel good when my opinions are sought.

On the reading front, I only got one book read this week!  I feel very behind.  But I really needed to focus on my kids this week (at home), so by the time I could read, I was exhausted.  Well, on the plus side, I am sleeping solidly!

I did a giveaway for my signed copy of Ransom Rigg's new book, Tales Of The Peculiar, and the winner is: 
Julie M. from Pennsylvania!  

I did open it up internationally and will continue to do so, as I actually have several followers from other countries!  I will do another giveaway when I reach 1000 Twitter followers.  I'm at 900 followers now...

Read This Week:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30072808-my-year-without-meat?ac=1&from_search=true

 I just finished this book and found it very engaging.  I am not a vegetarian, but my teen daughter is, so I wanted to read this for her.  I will post a review of this book soon.  But it really made me think about how our food is made.

New Books:
NetGalley:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30258320-gilded-cage?from_search=true

Irish Banana Blog Tour:

 Public Library:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7670800-clementine?from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23492688-yes-my-accent-is-real?ac=1&from_search=true
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1137215.Boneshaker?from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7911067-dreadnought?from_search=true

 I rediscovered my public library in this last week and ordered a bunch of books I've been wanting to read.  The steampunk series The 
Clockwork Century are books I found while blog hopping last weekend.  I can't remember which site I saw these on, but they look really fun!
Free on Kindle:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32036568-the-last-descendant?ac=1&from_search=true

 Who doesn't like a free book, right?


Bought:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9460487-miss-peregrine-s-home-for-peculiar-children?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23164983-hollow-city?ac=1&from_search=true
I did spend some money on these books as my husband wants to read them now that the movie is coming out next week ( I already have Library Of Souls).  I love the new cover of the first book!  

That's all for this week.  What books did you read?  What are you looking forward to reading?

 
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

ARC Review: A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30376044-a-mortal-song?ac=1&from_search=true

Please Note:  I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  This does not influence the opinions of my review in any way.

Synopsis (From GoodReads):
Sora's life was full of magic--until she discovered it was all a lie.

Heir to Mt. Fuji's spirit kingdom, Sora yearns to finally take on the sacred kami duties. But just as she confronts her parents to make a plea, a ghostly army invades the mountain. Barely escaping with her life, Sora follows her mother's last instructions to a heart-wrenching discovery: she is a human changeling, raised as a decoy while her parents' true daughter remained safe but unaware in modern-day Tokyo. Her powers were only borrowed, never her own. Now, with the world's natural cycles falling into chaos and the ghosts plotting an even more deadly assault, it falls on her to train the unprepared kami princess.

As Sora struggles with her emerging human weaknesses and the draw of an unanticipated ally with secrets of his own, she vows to keep fighting for her loved ones and the world they once protected. But for one mortal girl to make a difference in this desperate war between the spirits, she may have to give up the only home she's ever known.


Review:
Two things I love in life:  Fantasy and Japan.  When I saw the description of this book, I got very excited.  This is a middle grade book, but it held my interest throughout.  This was an action-packed treat.

What I Liked:
Premise:
Sora is a Kami (Japanese for god), and lives on Mount Fuji where she is the daughter of the leaders of all the immortals.  This is a wonderful introduction to Japanese culture with a Shinto slant.  This story moves between the spirit world (which seems to be perpetually in the Edo period between the 1600's to the 1860's) and modern Japan.  I loved the idea of spirits, gods, and mortals and mixing with each other.

Characters:
Sora finds out she is not a god (I'm not giving anything away as this is in the intro).  As expected, she resists this reality and tries to continue to use magic and to do things as a god.  But she can't.  Throughout the story, Sora learns how to be human.

Story:
I loved how Sora came to appreciate what is meant to be human.  However fun it was to have superpowers, there are advantages to being human.  People are less predictable than gods,  but also have a range of emotions that gods do not.  As Sora starts to become more human, she must grapple with the concept of mortality.  As frightened as this is, she starts to accept that her life will change.

What I Didn't Like:
Since I lived in Japan for some time and know quite a bit about Japanese culture, I immediately understood the references the author made about gods.  I think for most people reading this (particularly younger readers), some of the story made seem confusing.  I wish the author would have spent some time explaining how the Japanese spirit world works, how shrines are laid out, and other things that would be new to readers outside of Asia. 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30376044-a-mortal-song?ac=1&from_search=true

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-mortal-song-megan-crewe/1124297644?ean=9780993980695https://www.amazon.com/Mortal-Song-Megan-Crewe/dp/0995216908/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473654296&sr=8-1&keywords=a+mortal+song

http://www.bookdepository.com/Mortal-Song-Megan-Crewe/9780993980695?ref=grid-view



Rating: 


Release Date:  September 13th, 2016

Source:  NetGalley

Format:  ARC E-Book

Recommendation: This was a fun adventure (Percy Jackson style) that I think middle grade readers will love.




 
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

ARC Review: The Tao Of Bill Murray by Gavin Edwards


Please Note:  I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.  This does not influence the opinions of my review in any way.

Synopsis (From GoodReads): 
New York Times bestselling author Gavin Edwards, like the rest of us, has always been fascinated with Bill Murray in particular the beloved actor s adventures off-screen, which rival his filmography for sheer entertainment value. Edwards traveled to the places where Murray has lived, worked, and partied, in search of the most outrageous and hilarious Bill Murray stories from the past four decades, many of which have never before been reported. Bill once paid a child five dollars to ride his bike into a swimming pool. The star convinced Harvard s JV women s basketball team to play with him in a private game of hoops. Many of these surreal encounters ended with Bill whispering, No one will ever believe you into a stranger s ear. But "The Tao of Bill Murray" is more than just a collection of wacky anecdotes. This volume puts the actor s public clowning into a larger context, as Edwards distills Murray s unique way of being into a set of guiding principles. A sideways mix of comedy and philosophy, full of photo bombs, late-night party crashes, and movie-set antics, this is the perfect book for anyone who calls themselves a Bill Murray fan which is to say, everyone.  

Review:
I am a huge fan of Bill Murray.  He seems like a fun, spontaneous person, so I was really excited to read this.  But as much as I adore a good anecdote, I can't recommend this book.

The book starts out with a pretty generic narrative of Bill Murray's background.  While this was informative (I had no idea he was one of nine children), it was not very exciting.  The book does get really interesting when it starts to show examples of the "Tao" (or philosophy) of how Bill Murray lives his life.

Gavin Edwards is a journalist and one can tell that these anecdotes have been researched and vetted for authenticity.  Even as these stories appear fanciful, they seem believable.  Some of my favorite stories is of Bill Murray spontaneously attending regular people's parties.  He appears to put people at ease and has fun with everyone, not just famous or beautiful celebrities.

Unfortunately, these stories all follow a predictable narrative:  people go about their regular routines, Bill Murray shows up, and jollification ensures.  They never really go into why he does this.    Sometimes I cynically thought perhaps Bill Murray just loves attention.  Who wouldn't enjoy adoring fans fawning over them at every turn.  But doesn't this get tiresome after a while?  It would have made for a far more fascinating book if the author could have interviewed Bill and had him explain his motives (and his reactions to his fans) himself.

The book really falls off the rails when, halfway through the book, the author begins to list EVERY movie Bill Murray has ever appeared in.  I was very tempted to just skim through the book at that point (one would have to be a super fan to care about Bill's cameo in Get Smart).  But I thought maybe there could be a little gem of a story that I might miss, if I did.  But I found the entries tedious, and encyclopedic.

If you are a rabid fan of Bill Murray, I think you will love this book.  But for most people, this tome will not be worth reading.  If you really want to hear stories about Bill Murray, I suggest perusing the Internet.  I'm sure there are many more tales that will confirm the awesomeness of Bill Murray. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28363975-the-tao-of-bill-murray

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-tao-of-bill-murray-gavin-edwards/1123455649?ean=9780812998702
https://www.amazon.com/Tao-Bill-Murray-Real-Life-Enlightenment/dp/0812998707/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1469213388&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Tao+of+bill+murray

Rating:  


Release Date:  September 20th, 2016

Source:  NetGalley

Format:  ARC E-Book

Recommendation: This book is only for super fans of Bill Murray.  Otherwise this is a drawn out manual of how Bill Murray is a irreverent, mischievous rascal.  But I knew that already!
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

SST ARC Review: A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23203252-a-shadow-bright-and-burning?ac=1&from_search=true

Please Note:  I received an advanced readers copy of this book from the Sunday Street Team Blog  Tour in exchange for an honest review.  This does not affect the opinions in my review in any way.

Synopsis (From GoodReads):
I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she's brought to London to train with Her Majesty's sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she's the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?


Review:
I have wanted to read this book for a while now.  But I had no way of getting an advanced copy...until now!!!  Thank you Nori of ReadWriteLove28 for making my dreams come true.  This book lived up to all my expectations and then some.

                     
via GIPHY

What I liked:
Characters:
Henrietta Howel starts off as a orphaned teacher in a glum school for girls in Victorian England.  She doesn't necessarily dream of a bigger life.  She just wants to be her own person: passionate, kind, and able to make her own decisions.  Her secret ability to summon fire propels her to London to become one of the first female sorcerers.  I loved how Henrietta stood her ground while most of the men in her life thought little of her.  Her compassion for others was her strength, not her weakness.  

Lord Blackwood:
When this character was first introduced I thought, "Oh no, this is going to be like Pride And Prejudice", but  I was wrong.  This was not a hate turned love story and for that I was grateful.  Yes, Blackwood is misunderstood, but I liked how Henrietta and he interact as eventual equals, not potential lovers.

Rook:
Rook has survived an attack by one of the seven ancients (Monsters that have been unleashed on England by rouge magicians), but now he is considered one of the "Unclean".  Clearly, he loves Henrietta (could she love him as well?).  But he has such a low opinion of himself that he can't bring himself to act on his feelings.  His character is heartbreaking and full of longing.

World-building:
I loved the complex structure of the monsters in this book.  There are Ancients, Familiars, and the Unclean.  There is also a long history between the magicians and the sorcerers that is important to the story.  Victorian England is shown in all it's misery and splendor.

Social Issues:
This is an alternate version of Victorian England (that seems to be a trend in books lately) where monsters have been let loose upon England.  The richer sections of London have been protected by wards by sorcerers.  But the rest of the city, and the country, are defenseless.  There are so many layers to this book.  Superficially, this is a monsters versus humanity story.  But it is also a social commentary on the 1%.

Feminism:
Henrietta lives in a world where women are thought of as delicate creatures who are ruled by their emotions.  They don't have the temperament to make rational decisions or have power (was I talking about how some men feel now about Hilary?).  Henrietta is emotional, and has to fight to control her feelings in order to be taken seriously.  But she also questions norms of marriage and gender roles.  She feels a kinship with the young Queen Victoria who is also a women surrounded by men who are condescending to her. 

What I didn't like:

           
via GIPHY


Rating: 



Release Date:  September 20th, 2016

Source:  Sunday Street Team Blog Tour (Thank you, Nori)

Format:  Physical ARC Book

Recommendation:  This was a walloping good start to a series.  If you like fantasy, you will want to snatch this up as soon as it's released.
 
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Bay Area Book Events #13

This has become such a monstrously large list, that I have decided to only show events four weeks in advance.  The master calendar will continue to show all the events I can find that are listed on each bookstore's site.

I am attempting to make this a one stop place to find book signings in the San Francisco Bay Area! I will mostly focus on YA books, but I will also include some general fiction if I think it will be of interest. I think this is an extensive list, but there is always the possibility that I missed an event (Hey, I'm human). If you think there is an event that I should include, please leave me a note in the comments section. Thanks.

All graphics have links to GoodReads so you can check them out.

As always, it is a good idea to call the store a day or two before to confirm that the scheduled event is still on.  I have learned that these events change constantly.


September

September 19th, 2016 at 6:30pm
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25337536-little-black-dresses-little-white-lies?ac=1&from_search=true
 
Book:  Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies
Author:  Laura Stampler
Location:  Book Passage (San Francisco)
Address:  1 Ferry Building
Tel:  (415) 835-1020

September 20th, 2016 at 6:00pm
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28650498-learning-to-fall?from_search=true
 
Book:  Learning To Fall
Author:  Anne Clermont
Location:  Book Passage (San Francisco)
Address:  1 Ferry Building
Tel:  (415) 835-1020
 
September 20th, 2016 at 7:30pm

                             https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29429875-where-am-i-now?from_search=true
Book: Where Am I Now?
Author: Mara Wilson
Location: The Booksmith
Address: 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco
Tel: (415) 863-8688  
 
  September 21st, 2016 at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28214365-commonwealth?from_search=true

This is a City Arts & Lectures event
You must buy tickets
 
Book:  Commonwealth
Author:  Ann Patchett
Tickets: City Arts & Lectures
Location:  Nourse Theater
Address:  275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA
Tel: (415) 
392.4400

September 22nd, 2016 at 12:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28214365-commonwealth?ac=1&from_search=true

Literary Luncheon:  
$55 includes meal and signed book
Call bookstore for tickets

Book:  Commonwealth
Author:  Ann Patchett
 
 
Location: Book Passage
Address: 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
Tel: (415) 927-0960 (800) 999-7909

 September 22nd, 2016 at 6:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29768694-frisco?from_search=true
Book:  Frisco
Author:  Daniel Bacon
Location:  Book Passage (San Francisco)
Address:  1 Ferry Building
Tel:  (4150 835-1020
 
September 23rd, 2016 at 7:00pm
 
                            
 

Book:  P.S. I Like You
Author:  Kasie West 
Location: Hicklebee's Children's Books  
Address:  1378 Lincoln Ave., San Jose  
Tel: (408) 292-8880 

 September 24th, 2016 at 11am
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27302965-embers-of-the-earth?from_search=true

Book:  The Blessings Of Gaia series
Author:  Robert Balmanno
Location:  Barnes & Noble
Address 3600 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose
Tel:   (408) 984-3495

September 24th, 2016 at 4:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29429934-little-nothing?from_search=true

Book:  Little Nothing
Author:  Marisa Silver
Location:  Book Passage
Address: 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
Tel: (415) 927-0960 (800) 999-7909

This author wrote a wonderful book called Mary Coin, which I really enjoyed.



September 24th, 2016 at 4:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1734503.House_of_Whispers?from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26779739-expect-deception?from_search=true

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25952659-murder-under-the-bridge?from_search=true
 Mystery Panel Discussion Event!

Books:  Expect Deception, House Of Whispers, and Murder Under The Bridge
Authors:  JoAnn Smith Ainsworth, Margaret Lucke, and Kate Jessica Raphael
Location:  Barnes & Noble
Address:  5604 Bay Street, Emeryville
Tel:  (510) 547-0905



September 25th, 2016 at 4:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28114478-lady-cop-makes-trouble?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Author:  Amy Stewart
Location:  Book Passage
Address: 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
Tel: (415) 927-0960 (800) 999-7909
  

September 26th, 2016 at 6:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23989925-swarm?from_search=true#
Book:  Swarm
Author:  Scott Westerfeld
Location:  Book Passage (San Francisco)
Address:  1 Ferry Building
Tel: (415) 835-1020

 

September 26th, 2016 at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25241483-the-past?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Past
Author:  Tessa Hadley
Location:  Book Passage
Address: 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
Tel: (415) 927-0960 (800) 999-7909


September 27th, 2016 at 6:30pm


Book:  Valley Of The Moon
Author:  Melanie Gideon
Location:  A Great Good Place For Books
Address:  6120 LaSalle Avenue, Oakland

Tel:  (510) 339-8210

September 27th, 2016 at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28116847-here-i-am?from_search=true&search_version=service

Note: This is a City Arts & Lectures Event.  You must buy tickets.

Book:  Here I Am
Author:  Jonathan Safran Foer
Tickets: City Arts & Lectures
Location:  Nourse Theater
Address:  275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA
Tel: (415) 563-2463
 

September 28th, 2016 at 6:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25027372-cloud-and-wallfish

Book:  Cloud and Wallfish
Author:  Anne Nesbet
Location:  Books Inc.
Address:  1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
Tel:  (510) 525-7777 

This is the launch party for this local author!
 

September 28th, 2016 at 7:00pm
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22466429-kids-of-appetite?from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20820994-i-ll-give-you-the-sun?from_search=true

Books:  Kids Of Appetite & I'll Give You The Sun
Authors:  David Arnold & Jandy Nelson
Location:  Books Inc.
Address:   74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto
Tel:  650-321-0600
 
September 28th, 2016 at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28116847-here-i-am?from_search=true&search_version=service

Book: Here I Am
Author: Jonathan Safran Foer
Location: Book Passage
Address: 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
Tel: (415) 927-0960 (800) 999-7909



September 29th, 2016 at 6:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28664920-mischling?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Mischling
Author:  Affinity Konar
Location:  Book Passage (San Francisco)
Address:  1 Ferry Building
Tel: (415) 835-1020



September 29th, 2016 at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28114478-lady-cop-makes-trouble?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Author:  Amy Stewart
Location:  Books, Inc., (Palo Alto)
Address:  855 El Camino Real #74,  Palo Alto, CA
Tel:   (650) 321-0600



September 30th, 2016 at 12:00pm

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26247008-truly-madly-guilty?ac=1&from_search=true#

Literary Luncheon
Tickets $55 (Includes lunch and signed book)

Book: The Nightingale
Author: Kristin Hannah
Location: Book Passage
Address: 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
Tel: (415) 927-0960 (800) 999-7909


This is one of my favorite books that I have read this year, and I am so excited that she will be coming to the Bay Area!!!

October 2016


October 2nd, 2016 at 4:00pm

Book: Crooked Kingdom
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Location: Hosted by Linden Tree Books at Hillview Community Center
Address: 97 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos
Tel: (650) 949-3390 (Linden Tree Books)

If you pre-purchase this book online at Linden Tree Books, you will get priority seating and a number guaranteeing your spot in the signing line.


October 2nd, 2016 at 5:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29363365-inhabited?from_search=true
Book:  Inhabited
Author:  Charlie Quimby
Location:  Books, Inc. (Laurel Village)
Address:  3515 California Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 221-3666

October 2nd, 2016 at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22062202-marked-in-flesh?from_search=true
Book:  Marked In Flesh
Author:  Anne Bishop
Location:  Hicklebee's Children's Books
Address:  1378 Lincoln Ave., San Jose
Tel:  (408) 292-8880
 
October 3rd, 2016 at 7:00pm
Book:  To The Bright Edge Of The World
Author:  Eowyn Ivey  
Location:  Books, Inc., (Palo Alto)
Address:  855 El Camino Real #74,  Palo Alto, CA
Tel:   (650) 321-0600


October 4th, 2016 at 6:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27917957-to-the-bright-edge-of-the-world?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  To The Bright Edge Of The World
Author:  Eowyn Ivey
Location:  Book Passage (San Francisco)
Address:  1 Ferry Building
Tel: (415) 835-1020

October 4th, 2016 at 6:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31351907-escape-velocity?from_search=true

Book:  Escape Velocity
Author:  Susan Wolfe
Location:  Books Inc. (Palo Alto)
Address: 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto
Tel:  (650) 321-0600

October 5th, 2016 at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27274443-manitou-canyon?from_search=true

Book:  Manitou Canyon
Author:  William Kent Krueger
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Tel: (415) 927-0960 (800) 999-7909

October 6th, 2016 at 5:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29430620-children-of-eden?from_search=true

This is a ticketed event and is expected to be very popular.  Tickets are $35 and includes a signed book and photo op)
 
Book:  Children Of Eden
Author:  Joey Graceffa
Location: Book Passage (San Franscisco)
Address:  1 Ferry Building
Tel: (415) 835-1020

October 8th, 2016 at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26895153-the-book-of-esther?from_search=true
Book:  The Book Of Esther
Author:  Emily Barton
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Tel: (415) 927-0960 (800) 999-7909


October 8th, 2016 at 2:00pm
Women's National Book Association at Litquake present "Ghosts, Bones, and Dust: Novels Of Life And Death"
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25110965-and-again?from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27037113-murder-on-the-quai?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26192308-reliance-illinois?ac=1&from_search=true

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29901992-cooking-for-ghosts?from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30151348-the-village-of-bones?from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25177005-the-murder-of-mary-russell?ac=1&from_search=true


 Location:  Books Inc. (Opera Plaza)
Address:  601 Van Ness Street, San Francisco
Tel: (415) 776-1111

October 10th, 2016 at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26893819-the-girls?from_search=true
This is a ticketed event
https://www.jccsf.org/arts-ideas/emma-cline/

Book:  The Girls
Author:  Emma Cline
Location:  JCCSF
Address:  3200 California Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 292-1200


October 10th, 2016 at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27276274-my-last-continent?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  My Last Continent
Author:  Midge Raymond
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Tel: (415) 927-0960 (800) 999-7909


October 11th, 2016 at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29430729-the-kid?from_search=true
Book:  The Kid
Author:  Ron Hansen
Location:  Books Inc. (Santa Clara)
Address:  2712 Augustine Drive, Santa Clara
Tel: (408) 727-1500

October 13th, 2016 at 11:00am
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30658719-qb?ac=1&from_search=true
Tickets are $34 (Includes a signed book)
 
Book:  QB My Life Behind The Spiral
Author:  Steve Young
Location: Book Passage (San Franscisco)
Address:  1 Ferry Building
Tel: (415) 835-1020


October 13th, 2016 at 3:00pm

Book:  The Inquisitor's Tale
Author:  Adam Gidwitz
Location:  Hicklebee's Children's Books
Address:   1378 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose
Tel:  (408) 292-8880

October 13th, 2016 at 6:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30658719-qb?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  QB My Life Behind The Spiral
Author:  Steve Young
Location: Barnes & Noble
Address:  313 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera
Tel:  (415) 927-9016 

October 13th, 2016 at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18520647-where-futures-end?from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28954166-tattoo-atlas?from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22749511-when-my-heart-was-wicked?from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25064648-the-reader?ac=1&from_search=true

 NYMBC Presents Sci-Fi vs. Fantasy writers!
Location:  Sports Basement
Address:  1590 Bryant Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 575-3000

 
October 13th, 2016 at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29430729-the-kid?from_search=true
Book:  The Kid
Author: Ron Hansen
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Tel: (415) 927-0960 (800) 999-7909


October 14th, 2016 at 7:00pm



Book:  The Wangs vs. The World
Author:  Jade Chang
Location:  Books Inc. (Opera Plaza)
Address:  601 Van Ness Street, San Francisco
Tel: (415) 776-1111


October 14th, 2016 at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30972176-michelangelo-s-ghost?from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28504477-masking-for-trouble?from_search=true

 Mystery Night at A Great Good Place For Books

Book:  Michelangelo's Ghost
Author:  Gig Pandian
Book:  Masking For Trouble
Author:  Diane Vallere
Location:  A Great Good Place For Books
Address:  6120 LaSalle Avenue, Oakland
Tel:  (510) 339-8210  

October 15th, 2016 at 2:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28504477-masking-for-trouble?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28504477-masking-for-trouble?ac=1&from_search=true

 

Book:  Michelangelo's Ghost
Author:  Gig Pandian
Book:  Masking For Trouble
Author:  Diane Vallere
Location: Book Passage (San Franscisco)
Address:  1 Ferry Building
Tel: (415) 835-1020

 
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