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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Stacking The Shelves #99 & Sunday Post #62




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! If you enjoy my blog, please consider following me via Bloglovin, Networked Blogs, GFC, or by email subscription.  If you leave a comment and tell me you are a new follower, I will follow you back! 

I have begun to participate in the Amazon affiliate program, so if you click on any of the book covers it will take you to Amazon if you want to buy the book.  I will be getting a small fee for each purchase. 


On The Blog:

Monday:  Bay Area Book Events #65

Tuesday:  ARC Review:  One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

Thursday:  ARC Review:  The Witch's Kiss by Katharine Corr & Elizabeth Corr

Yes!  I have finally caught up with the ARCs that I have, and feel comfortable enough to read books that are just for fun!  Which is a really good thing because a bunch of books that I placed on hold at the library just came in.  I have been waiting months for the Kristin Hannah book!  I am also excited for all the new audio books from Random House (Thank you again, Caffeinated Book Reviewer for connecting me!).

In Real Life:
It's been kind of a hard week at work, as we are short-handed.  But, the good news is that, with all that running around, I am nearing 10,000 steps a day!  I also tried to walk around the new track before school.  I walked 1.5 miles on Wednesday, but then my knee was irritated.  I'm feeling a little better today, so I may go to the gym.  It's a daily struggle between pain and exercise.  Usually pain wins out, but I am persisting.
New Books:
Public Library:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0312537077/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=onderherose-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0312537077&linkId=707c43c26666a271446a36283e6216fehttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1501144022/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=onderherose-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=1501144022&linkId=4791f6ba8a3bb14e22014d8af7f6054f
Random House Audio:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316126063/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=onderherose-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0316126063&linkId=1e50162ef6cc2bd6db8063fdfd16d1b8https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1524700487/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=onderherose-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=1524700487&linkId=164eb72f36afc4851dcb6b82b727d8a0https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0735224293/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=onderherose-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0735224293&linkId=fb3bcb1d1beb3531ff4b69cf1f9879c4
So many wonderful titles!!!  When I read the description for I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, I immediately identified with the character.  I am really hoping it's wonderful!


NetGalley:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1534409920/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=onderherose-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=1534409920&linkId=0c26383c67e7e00ff7d4d3c8810a0e4a

I loved The Diabolic, and I am hopeful for this sequel.  

That's it for this week.  How was your week?  What are you reading?  Let me know in the comments.
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

ARC Review: The Witch's Kiss by Katharine Corr & Elizabeth Corr

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BB1VGVI/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=onderherose-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B01BB1VGVI&linkId=e46421db43628aee770c44843beb414d
Please Note:  I received an advance reader's copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.  This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way.  Also, I have linked the book cover to Amazon.  If you buy the book through this link, I will get a small fee.

Synopsis (From Goodreads):
Sixteeen-year-old Meredith is fed-up with her feuding family and feeling invisible at school – not to mention the witch magic that shoots out of her fingernails when she’s stressed. Then sweet, sensitive Jack comes into her life and she falls for him hard. The only problem is that he is periodically possessed by a destructive centuries-old curse. Meredith has lost her heart, but will she also lose her life? Or in true fairytale tradition, can true love’s kiss save the day?

Review:
I read The Witch's Kiss, by Katharine Corr & Elizabeth Corr very quickly.  It was fast-paced and fun.  But I needed some time before I wrote this review.  I needed to sort out my feelings for this book.  For the most part, I loved it.  But there were a few worn tropes that dampened my enthusiasm for this novel.


What I Liked:
Characters:
I enjoyed Merry and Leo.  This sister and brother duo were a great pair.  While Merry did have many friends, no one knew her quite as well as her own brother, Leo.   He accepts her as no one else can.  Merry is not a perfect teen.  She makes mistakes when she finds out she can use magic.  Study for a test?  Who needs that when you can create a spell to be able to instantly memorize school work!  I think her use of magic to get around the drudgery of school is something most teens would try.

Leo was also a wonderful character.  A gay teen, trying to figure out how to live in a small town, Leo isn't sure how to behave with this friends anymore.  If he came out, would he be accepted?  I know in the United States, the answer would depend on what part of the country he lived in.  I don't know how being gay is accepted in the U.K., so I was very interested in Leo's story.  

I also loved how strong and protective Leo was of his sister, while still showing her respect.  He was never condescending to Merry, but also could point out when she was in over her head.

Story:
I loved that the main characters were a sister and her brother, and that the brother was NOT regulated to the role of side-kick!  As the story was written from Meredith's point of view, it would have been an easy thing to just focus on her story.  But the book also delves in to Leo's story of being gay in a small English town.  This shows how important Leo is to Merry (Meredith's nickname).  They have such a wonderful bond as siblings.

This was also an anti-fairy tale, that did not go the easy route with a feel good ending.  This ending was better because there was a kind of sacrifice.  I think in these type of stories, a price needs to be paid.  Otherwise, there is not enough at stake to make the reader care.

What I Was Mixed About:
Falling For The Bad Boy:
I groaned a bit when it became apparent that Merry was going to fall in love with Jack.  Yes, this does make her more invested in his story.  But I thought this was completely unnecessary.  Perhaps Leo and Jack could have fallen in love?  That would have been interesting, indeed.


What I Did Not Like:
"Missing Parent" Syndrome:
Can we please stop using this trope!  This is my all-time pet peeve in YA books.  The parent is gone, leaving the teen characters free reign to do whatever they want.  Now, in this story the parent does show up, but only to add a barrier at a crucial point in the story.  Once the dramatic moment has passed, the parent is quickly out of the picture, again.


                                                                  


Rating: 





Release Date:  September 19th, 2017

Genre:  YA Fantasy

Publisher:  Harper Collins Children's Books

Length:  320 pages

Source:  Edelweiss

Format:  ARC E-book

Recommendation: A fun, if at times formulaic,  anti-fairy tale.  This will keep you reading beyond your bedtime! 

 
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

ARC Review: One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062385461/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=onderherose-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0062385461&linkId=826f97c8d5d0f6baf496243dea98d7c4
Please Note:  I received an advance reader's copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.  This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way.  Also, I have linked the book cover to Amazon.  If you buy the book through this link, I will get a small fee.

Synopsis (From Goodreads):
The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.
  


Review:
Since I was such an enthusiastic fan of Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake, I was thrilled to be able to read the next installment of the series, One Dark Throne.  I had high expectations for this book, and they were exceeded!

What I Liked:
Characters:
The three queens, Arsinoe, Mirabella, and Katharine, each are complex personalities.  As I read, I found myself switching back and forth between who I wanted to survive.  There is no one queen who is morally superior to the others.  That is not a bad thing.  It just shows how most people are not completely good, or evil.  Katharine, in particular, at first seems absolutely awful.  But as it is revealed that something is controlling her, I couldn't hate her completely.

The supporters of each queen are equally interesting characters.  Joseph and Jules situation is challenging, as Jules tries to forgive Joseph for  his betrayal in book one.  But their staunch loyalty to Arsinoe made me feel that she could become a very successful leader for the island.  Luca is the chief priestess who supports Mirabella.  While she is a mother-figure to Mirabella, she is also a shrewd politician.  Those competing interests are tested as deals are made behind the queens back to consolidate power.  And Katharine's supporters, Natalia and Pietyr, are at turns protective, and scheming to ensure their own interests.

Story:
The story itself is complex, as the reader follows three different story lines.  Katharine returns from the brink of death a very changed person.  She seems fearless, and ruthless.  But why has she changed?  Given her erratic behavior, would she be able to rule effectively?  Mirabella and Arsinoe both have qualms about killing their sisters in order to become the one queen.  

I think the big takeaway from this book is seeing how all three queens are being manipulated by the ruling families and institutions of the island.  Who really benefits from this circus of death?  Isn't this all a distraction for the masses to focus on rather than the fact that a handful of people are profiting from the island's riches?  Can there be a better way to rule the island?

What I was Mixed About:
Katharine:
I had very mixed feelings about Katharine.  She is extremely cruel and a psychopath, taking pleasure in killing.  If the author hadn't explained the true motivation for her sudden personality change, I would have wanted to throw the book down.  But I do think she is redeemed (slightly), by some revelations at the end of the book.

What I Didn't Like:
Lack of a Recap:
This is definitely a series that one must start at the beginning to understand the action.  I would even go so far as to say that you should re-read the first book or you will find yourself thumbing through Three Dark Crowns to quickly recap who is who.  At times I was lost.


                                                               
 

Rating: 

Release Date:  September 19th, 2017

Genre:  YA Fantasy

Publisher:  HarperTeen

Page Length:  464 Pages

Source:  Edelweiss

Format:  ARC E-book

Recommendation:  If you are a fan of the first book, you will not want to put this book down.  A very exciting addition to this series.
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Monday, September 25, 2017

Bay Area Book Events #65

Due to the enormous size of this list, I only show events about four weeks in advance.  There is also a master calendar that has all listings.

Bookstores in this list may include:  
A Great Good Place For Books (Oakland) 
Barnes & Noble (various Bay Area Locations)
Books Inc. (various Bay Area Locations)
Book Passage (Corte Madera & San Francisco) 
Borderlands Books (San Francisco) 
Copperfield's Books (Various Locations) 
East Bay Booksellers (Oakland)   
Green Apple Books (San Francisco) 
Hicklebee's Children's Books (San Jose) 
Kepler's Books (Menlo Park)   
Mrs. Dalloway's (Berkeley) 
Orinda Books (Orinda)   
Pegasus Books (Berkeley & Oakland)   
Point Reyes Bookstore (Point Reyes) 
Rakestraw Books (Danville)
The Booksmith (San Francisco)
Town Center Books (Pleasanton)  

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 do not list non-fiction books (There are simply too many events of those to list).  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  book 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.


Monday, September 25th, at 7:30pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34068534-the-burning-girl?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Burning Girl
Author:  Claire Messud
Location:  Books Inc., (Opera Plaza)
Address:  601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 776-1111


Monday, September 25th, at 7:30pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33544874-forest-dark?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Forest Dark
Author:  Nicole Krauss
Location:  Kepler's Books
Address:  1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Tel:  (650) 324-4321


Monday, September 25th, at 7:30pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30341480-montpelier-parade?from_search=true

Book:  Montpelier Parade
Author:  Karl Geary
Location:  Green Apple Books on The Park
Address:  1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco
Tel:  (415)  742-5833


Tuesday, September 26th, at 12:00pm
Literary Luncheon


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33544874-forest-dark?ac=1&from_search=true


Book:  Forest Dark
Author:  Nicole Krauss
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415) 927-0960


Tuesday, September 26th, at 6:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25692886-borderline?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Borderline
Author:  Mishell Baker
Location:  Borderlands Books
Address:  866 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 824-8203


Tuesday, September 26th, at 6:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33921121-venetian-blood?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Venetian Blood
Author:  Christine Volker
Location:  Book Passage (Sausalito)
Address:  100 Bay Street, Sausalito
Tel:  (415) 339-1300


Tuesday, September 26th, at 6:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33825757-paradox-bound?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Paradox Bound
Author:  Peter Clines
Location:  Borderlands Cafe
Address:  870 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 824-8203


Tuesday, September 26th, at 7:00pm
In Conversation with Stephanie Garber


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33629245-a-poison-dark-and-drowning?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  A Poison Dark and Drowning
Author:  Jessica Cluess
Location:  Kepler's Books
Address:  1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Tel:  (650) 324-4321


Tuesday, September 26th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33590214-young-jane-young?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Young Jane Young
Author:  Gabrielle Zevin
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415) 927-0960


Wednesday, September 27th, at 9:00am
Breakfast Event:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33544874-forest-dark?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Forest Dark
Author:  Nicole Krauss
Location:  Rakestraw Books
Address:  3 Railroad Avenue, Danville
Tel:  (925)  837-7337


Wednesday, September 27th, at 6:00pm
Whodunit Dinner with Charlaine Harris



Book:  Sleep Like A Baby
Author:  Charlaine Harris
Location:  Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa
Address:  2777 4th Street, Santa Rosa
Tel:  (707) 578-8938 (Copperfield's Santa Rosa)


Wednesday, September 27th, at 7:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34550479-return-to-the-dark-valley?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Return To The Dark Valley
Author:  Santiago Gamboa
Location:  East Bay Booksellers (Formerly Diesel, A Bookstore)
Address:  5433 College Avenue, Oakland
Tel:  (510) 653-9965


Wednesday, September 27th at 7:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33825757-paradox-bound?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Paradox Bound
Author:  Peter Clines
Location:  Books Inc., (Mountain View)
Address:  317 Castro Street, Mountain View
Tel:  (650) 428-1234


Wednesday, September 27th, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32991569-jane-unlimited?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Jane, Unlimited
Author: Kristin Cashore
Location:  A Great Good Place For Books
Address:  6120 LaSalle Avenue, Oakland
Tel:  (510) 339-8210


Wednesday, September 27th, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33590214-young-jane-young?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Young Jane Young
Author:  Gabrielle Zevin
Location:  Rakestraw Books
Address:  3 Railroad Avenue, Danville
Tel: (925) 837-7337


Wednesday, September 27th, at 7:30pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22585014-bone?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Bone
Author:  Yrsa Daley-Ward
Location:  Pegasus Books Downtown
Address:  2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
Tel:  (510) 649-1320 


Thursday, September 28th, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33590627-all-the-dirty-parts?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  All The Dirty Parts
Author:  Daniel Handler
Location:  East Bay Booksellers (Formerly Diesel, A Bookstore)
Address:  5433 College Avenue, Oakland
Tel: (510) 653-9965


Thursday, September 28th, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33785079-we-were-strangers-once?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  We Were Strangers Once
Author:  Betsy Carter
Location: Copperfield's Books (Santa Rosa)
Address:  775 Village Court, Santa Rosa
Tel:  (707) 578-8938


Thursday, September 28th, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28209634-autonomous?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Autonomous
Author:  Annalee Newitz
Location:  Books Inc. (Alameda)
Address:  1344 Park Street, Alameda
Tel:  (510) 522-2226


Thursday, September 28th, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33946142-a-kind-of-freedom?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  A Kind Of Freedom
Author:  Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Location:  Books Inc. (Berkeley)
Address:  1491 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
Tel:  (510) 525-7777


Thursday, September 28th, at 7:30pm
Book Launch!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34129589-heaven-is-all-goodbyes?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Heaven Is All Goodbyes
Author:  Tongo Eisen-Martin
Location:  Pegasus Books Downtown
Address:  2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
Tel:  (510) 649-1320  


Thursday, September 28th, at 7:30pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33528152-dinner-at-the-center-of-the-earth?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Dinner At The Center Of The Earth
Author:  Nathan Englander
Location:  Green Apple Books On The Park
Address:  1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco
Tel: (415) 742-5833


Friday, September 29th, at 6:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25353286-provenance?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Provenance
Author:  Ann Leckie
Location:  Borderlands Cafe
Address:  870 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 824-8203


Friday, September 29th, at 6:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35660924-crescent-street?from_search=true

Book:  Crescent Street
Author:  Terry Bush
Location:  Orinda Books
Address:  276 Village Square
Tel:  (925) 254-7606


Friday, September 29th, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30315844-into-each-room-we-enter-without-knowing?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32073360-simulacra?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Into Each Room We Enter Without Knowing
Author:  Charif Shanahan
Book:  Simulacra
Author:  Airea D. Matthews
Location:  Green Apple Books on The Park
Address:  1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 742-5833


Saturday, September 30th,
at 10:30am & 1:30pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33931235-a-tale-of-two-kitties?ac=1&from_search=true

Free tickets will be available starting at 10:00 am on the day of the event. Seating is limited and tickets will be given away on a first come, first serve basis.
Book:  Dog Man: A Tale Of Two Kitties
Author:  Dav Pilkey
Location:  Charles Schultz Museum
Address:  2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
Tel: (707) 579-4436


Saturday, September 30th, at 2:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34024785-feathers-in-the-wind

Book:  Feathers In The Wind
Author: Lynn Case
Location:  Barnes & Noble (Antioch)
Address:  5709 Lone Tree Way, Antioch
Tel:  (925) 978-1031


Saturday, September 30th, at 3:00pm
In Conversation with Nina LaCour


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15797848-there-s-someone-inside-your-house?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  There's Someone Inside Your House
Author:  Stephanie Perkins
Location:  Kepler's Books
Address:  1010 El Camino Real
Tel: (650) 324-4321


Saturday, September 30th, at 3:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28209634-autonomous?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Autonomous
Author:  Annalee Newitz
Location:  Borderlands Cafe
Address: 870 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 824-8203


Sunday:  October 1st at 1:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32150439-the-solace-of-trees?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Solace Of Trees
Author:  Robert Madrygin
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415)  927-0960


Sunday, October 1st, at 2:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33155334-you-bring-the-distant-near?ac=1&from_search=true


Book:  You Bring The Distant Near
Author:  Mitali Perkins
Location: Mrs. Dalloway's Books
Address:  2904 College Avenue, Berkeley
Tel:  (510) 704-8222


Sunday, October 1st, at 4:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33528152-dinner-at-the-center-of-the-earth?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Dinner At The Center Of The Earth
Author:  Nathan Englander
Location:  Rakestraw Books
Address:  3 Railroad Avenue, Danville
Tel: (925) 837-7337


Monday, October 2nd, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33785079-we-were-strangers-once?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  We Were Strangers Once
Author:  Betsy Carter
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel: (415) 927-0960






Tuesday, October 3rd, at 11:30am

Literary Luncheon

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29430055-lucky-boy?ac=1&from_search=true

$12 ticket
includes luncheon with wine. 
Phone Orinda Books 925-254-7606
to reserve your seat!
Book:  Lucky Boy
Author:  Shanthi Sekaran
Location:  Orinda Books
Address:  276 Village Square
Tel:  (925) 254-7606


Tuesday, October 3rd, at 4:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25528849-we-are-party-people?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  We Are Party People
Author:  Leslie Margolis
Location:  Copperfield's Books (Petaluma)
Address:  140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma
Tel: (707) 762-0563


Tuesday, October 3rd, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31933068-winter-solstice?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Winter Solstice (Winter #4)
Author:  Elin Hilderbrand
Location:  Copperfield's Books (Healdsburg)
Address:  106 Matheson Street, Healdsburg
Tel:  (707) 433-9270 


Tuesday, October 3rd, at 7:00pm

Book Launch

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33534890-sparked?from_search=true

Book:  Sparked
Authors:  Helena Echlin & Malena Watrous
Location:  Books Inc. (Berkeley)
Address:  1491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
Tel:  (510) 525-7777


Tuesday, October 3rd, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26795307-moonglow?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Moonglow
Author:  Michael Chabon
Location:  Mrs. Dalloway's Books
Address:  2904 College Avenue, Berkeley
Tel:  (510) 704-8222


Wednesday, October 4th, at 11:30am

Read It & Eat It 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34273236-little-fires-everywhere?ac=1&from_search=true

Reservations are required for this event:
$35 - Lunch & Book $15 - Lunch only
Book:  Little Fires Everywhere
Author:  Celeste Ng
Location:  Town Center Books
Address:  555 Main Street, Pleasanton
Tel: (925) 846-8826 


Wednesday, October 4th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29430055-lucky-boy?ac=1&from_search=true

Book: Lucky Boy
Author:  Shanthi Sekeran
Location:  A Great Good Place For Books
Address:  6120 LaSalle Avenue, Oakland
Tel:  (510) 339-8210


Wednesday, October 4th, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33375622-her-body-and-other-parties?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Her Body and Other Parties
Author:  Carmen Maria Machado
Location:  East Bay Booksellers (Formerly Diesel, A Bookstore)
Address:  5433 College Avenue, Oakland
Tel: (510) 653-9965
 

Wednesday, October 4th, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34273236-little-fires-everywhere?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Little Fires Everywhere
Author:  Celeste Ng
Location:  The Booksmith
Address:  1644 Haight Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 863-8688


Thursday, October 5th, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34773501-gangster-nation?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Gangster Nation
Author:  Tod Goldberg
Location:  East Bay Booksellers (Formerly Diesel, A Bookstore)
Address:  5433 College Avenue, Oakland
Tel: (510) 653-9965


Thursday, October 5th, at 7:00pm
Book Launch

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35143936-china-girl?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  China Girl: And Other Stories
Author:  Ho Lin
Location:  Books Inc. (The Marina)
Address:  2251 Chestnut Street, San Francisco
Tel: (415) 931-3633


Thursday, October 5th, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35415324-world-gone-missing?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  World Gone Missing
Author: Laurie Ann Doyle
Location:  Mrs. Dalloway's Books
Address:  2904 College Avenue, Berkeley
Tel:  (510) 704-8222


Friday, October 6th, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34145376-swearing-off-stars?from_search=true

Book:  Swearing Off Stars
Author:  Danielle Wong
Location:  Barnes & Noble (Emeryville)
Address:  5604 Bay Street, Emeryville
Tel:  (510) 547-0905






Friday, October 6th, at 7:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35485536-the-ninja-s-illusion?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32783588-betrayal-at-iga?ac=1&from_search=true


Book:  The Ninja's Illusion
Author:  Gigi Pandian
Book:  Betrayal at Iga
Author:  Susan Spann
Location:  A Great Good Place For Books
Address:  6120 LaSalle Avenue, Oakland
Tel:  (510) 339-8210


Saturday, October 7th, at 2:00pm
WNBA National Reading Group
Author Panel:

Books:  Equal of the Sun (Anita Amirrezvani), Some Bright Morning I'll Fly Away (Alice Anderson), The Last Days of Cafe Leila (Donia Bijan), Pages for Her (Sylvia Brownrigg), The Towers of Antilles (Achy Obejas)
Location:  Books Inc. (Opera Plaza)
Address:  601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 776-1111


Saturday, October 7th, at 6:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34220302-mistress-of-all-evil?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Mistress of All Evil
Author:  Serena Valentino
Location:  Borderlands Books
Address:  866 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 824-8203 


Saturday, October 7th, at 7:30pm
An Evening of Poetry

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14657380-actualities?from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33573522-dark-tussock-moth?from_search=true

Book: Day of Clean Brightness
Author:  Jane Lin
Book:  Dark Tussock Moth
Author:  Mary Cisper
Book:  Actualities
Author:  Norma Cole
Location:  Green Apple Books on the Park
Address:  1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 742-5833


Sunday, October 8th, at 4:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28648802-what-just-happened?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  What Just Happened
Author:  Sara Tolchin
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel: (415) 927-0960


Tuesday, October 10th, at 11:00am



Book:  An Excess Male
Author:  Maggie Shen King
Location:  Town Center Books
Address:  555 Main Street, Pleasanton
Tel:  (925) 846-8826


Tuesday, October 10th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30025336-all-the-crooked-saints?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  All The Crooked Saints
Author:  Maggie Stiefvater
Location:  Kepler's Books
Address:  1010 El Camino Real. Menlo Park
Tel:  (650) 324-4321


Tuesday, October 10th, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34542151-having-and-keeping?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Having and Keeping
Author:  David Watts
Location:  Book Passage (Sausalito)
Address:  100 Bay Street, Sausalito
Tel: (415) 339-1300


Wednesday, October 11th, at 11:30am

Literary Luncheon

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28815371-the-mothers?ac=1&from_search=true


$12 ticket

includes luncheon with wine.

Phone Orinda Books 925-254-7606

to reserve your seat!

Book:  The Mothers
Author:  Brit Bennett
Location:  Orinda Books
Address:  276 Village Square, Orinda
Tel:  (925) 254-7606


Wednesday, October 11th, at 7:00pm

Epic Reads Meet Up

Attendees will be seated in small groups and the authors will come around one at a time to chat, speed-dating style! 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32711705-the-dazzling-heights?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29923707-one-dark-throne?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30249925-this-darkness-mine?ac=1&from_search=true

 A purchase of any of the authors’ new books is required to participate (and you can bring books from home!)
Author: Kendare Blake (One Dark Throne), Katharine McGee (The Dazzling Heights), Mindy McGinnis (This Darkness Mine)
Location:  Kepler's Books
Address:  1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Tel:  (650) 324-4321


Wednesday, October 11th, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30025336-all-the-crooked-saints?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  All The Crooked Saints
Author:  Maggie Stiefvater
Location:  Books Inc. (Opera Plaza)
Address:  601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 776-1111


Wednesday, October 11th, at 7:00pm



Book:  The Whole Of The Moon
Author:  Brian Rogers
Location:  Green Apple Books
Address:  506 Clement Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 387-2272


Thursday, October 12th, at 4:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35162260-elites-of-eden?ac=1&from_search=true


This is a ticketed event

Book:  Elites of Eden
Author:  Joey Graceffa
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415) 927-0960


Thursday, October 12th, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28815371-the-mothers?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Mothers
Author:  Brit Bennett
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415) 927-0960


Thursday, October 12th, at 7:30pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33916024-sourdough?ac=1&from_search=true

Call the store to buy a copy of the book and reserve your seat
Book:  Sourdough
Author:  Robin Sloan
Location:  Mrs. Dalloway's Books
Address:   2904 College Avenue, Berkeley
Tel:  (510) 704-8222


Friday, October 13th, at 6:30pm

Lit By The Lake at The Library




$5.00 suggested donation
Author:  Aya de Leon (Uptown Thief), Meredith Jaeger (The Dressmaker's Dowry), Elizabeth Rosner (Electric City), Shanthi Sekaran (Lucky Boy), and Arisa White (You're The Most Beautiful Thing That Happened)
Location: Oakland Main Library
Address: 125 14th Street, Oakland
Tel:  (510) 238-3134


Saturday, October 14th, at 6:30pm

Litquake Litcrawl Phase 2


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30955863-heroine-worship?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35066651-taste-of-marrow?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23130135-the-dangerous-type?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25246198-gypsy

Authors:  Sarah Gailey (Taste of Marrow), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Worship), Loren Rhoads (The Dangerous Type), and Carter Scholz (Gypsy)
Location:  Borderlands Books 
Address:  866 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 824-8203 


Saturday, October 14th, at 8:00pm

Litquake Litcrawl Phase 3



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31372178-passing-strange?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26123536-the-guns-above?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35007994-the-spawn-of-lilith?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23282183-the-entropy-of-bones



Authors: Robyn Bennis (The Guns Above), Dana Fredsti (The Spawn of Lilith), Ayize Jama-Everett (The Entropy of Bones), and Ellen Klages (Passing Strange)
Location:  Borderlands Books 
Address:  866 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 824-8203 


Sunday, October 14th at 3:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34550708-broken-circle?from_search=true

Call the store to buy a book and reserve your seat
Book:  Broken Circle
Author:  Jessica Powers
Location:  Mrs. Dalloway's Books
Address:  2904 College Avenue, Berkeley
Tel:  (510) 704-8222


Monday, October 16th at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22364646-de-consequenties?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Consequences
Author:  Nina Weijers
Location:  Green Apple Books on The Park
Address:  1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 742-5833 


Tuesday, October 17th, at 12:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34467031-manhattan-beach?from_search=true
Book:  Manhattan Beach
Author:  Jennifer Egan
Location:  Rakestraw Books
Address:  3 Railroad Avenue, Danville
Tel:  (925) 837-7337

Tuesday, October 17th, at 4:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23354816-timeless?from_search=true

Book:  Timeless #1
Author:  Armand Baltazar
Location:  Copperfield's Books (Petamula)
Address:  140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma
Tel:  (707) 762-0563

Tuesday, October 17th, at 6:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33398880-horizon?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34430020-damn-fine-story?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33025240-a-plague-of-giants?ac=1&from_search=true

Books:  A Plague of Giants (Kevin Hearne),  Damn Fine Story (Chuck Wendig), Horizon (Fran Wilde)
Location:  Borderlands Cafe
Address:  870 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 824-8203


Tuesday, October 17th, at 7:30pm



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33590627-all-the-dirty-parts?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  All The Dirty Parts
Author:  Daniel Handler

Location:  Green Apple Books on The Park
Address:  1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 742-5833 

Tuesday, October 17th, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25978892-the-art-of-starving?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Art of Starving
Author:  San J. Miller
Location:  Pegasus Books Downtown
Address:  2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
Tel:  (510) 649-1320

Wednesday, October 18th, at 6:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33911047-passage?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Passage
Author:  Khary Lazarre White
Location:  Book Passage (San Francisco)
Address:  1 Ferry Building, San Francisco
Tel: (415) 835-1020 

Wednesday, October 18th, at 7:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34007967-never-say-die?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Never Say Die (Alex Rider #11)
Author:  Anthony Horowitz
Location:  Kepler's Books
Address:  1010 El Camino Real. Menlo Park
Tel:  (650) 324-4321 



Wednesday, October 18th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33376058-sip?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  SIP
Author:  Brian Allen Carr
Location:  Green Apple Books
Address:  506 Clement Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 387-2272

Wednesday, October 18th, at 7:00pm
NYMBC Presents:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34109606-the-knowing?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Knowing
Author:  Sharon Cameron
Location:  Books Inc. (Palo Alto)
Address:  855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
Tel: (650) 321-0600

Wednesday, October 18th, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34467031-manhattan-beach?from_search=true

Book:  Manhattan Beach
Author:  Jennifer Egan
Location:  Mrs. Dalloway's Books
Address:  2904 College Avenue, Berkeley
Tel:  (510) 704-8222

Wednesday, October 18th, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32508637-see-what-i-have-done?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  See What I Have Done
Author:  Sarah Schmidt
Location:  Green Apple Books on the Park
Address:  1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 742-5833


Thursday, October 19th, at 6:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33503613-machine-learning?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Machine Learning
Author:  Hugh Howey
Location:  Borderlands Cafe
Address:  870 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tel: (415) 824-8203

Thursday, October 19th, at 7:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34007967-never-say-die?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Never Say Die (Alex Rider #11)
Author:  Anthony Horowitz
Location:  Rakestraw Books
Address:  3 Railroad Avenue, Danville
Tel: (925) 837-7337

Thursday, October 19th, at 7:00pm
Four Authors Walk Into a Bar
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27157607-the-columbarium?ac=1&from_search=true
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12749162-jealous-mistress?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31206812-the-kurdish-bike?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34931869-fleet?ac=1&from_search=true

Books:  Jealous Mistress (Susan Alexander),  The Kurdish Bike (Alesa Lightbourne), The Columbarium (Emily Gallo), Fleet (Brian T. Marshall)
Location:  Books Inc. (The Marina)
Address:  2251 Chestnut Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 931-3633

Thursday, October 19th, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31450779-the-last-laugh?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32332858-the-romance-of-elsewhere?ac=1&from_search=true

Books:  The Last Laugh & The Romance of Elsewhere
Author:  Lynn Freed
Location:  Mrs. Dalloway's Books
Address:  2904 College Avenue, Berkeley
Tel:  (510) 704-8222
Friday, October 20th, at 7:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33376058-sip?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  SIP
Author:  Brian Allen Carr
Location:  Copperfield's Books (Petamula)
Address:  140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma
Tel:  (707) 762-0563

Friday, October 20th, at 7:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34603139-the-cherry-pickers?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Cherry Pickers
Author:  Gregory C. Randall
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415)  927-0960

Friday, October 20th, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34381330-in-the-distance?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  In The Distance
Author:  Hernan Diaz
Location:  Green Apple Books on the Park
Address:  1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 742-5833


Saturday, October 21st, at 2:00pm
Book Launch Party:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34570463-pumpkin-spice-secrets?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Pumpkin Pie Secrets
Author:  Hillary Homzie
Location:  Copperfield's Books (Napa)
Address: 3740 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa
Tel:  (707) 252-8002


Saturday, October 21st, at 3:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35212422-lipstick-on-the-strawberry?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34943660-the-all-americans?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The All-Americans
Author:  Angela Farley
Book:  Lipstick on the Strawberry
Author:  Margaret Ann Spence
Location:  Orinda Books
Address:  276 Village Square, Orinda
Tel:  (925) 254-7606


Saturday, October 21st, at 4:00pm
NYMBC Presents:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33830437-far-from-the-tree?from_search=true

Book:  Far From The Tree
Author:  Robin Benway
Location:  Books Inc. (Opera Plaza)
Address:  601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 776-1111

Sunday, October 22nd, at 4:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33208115-love-her-wild?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Love Her Wild
Author:  Atticus Poetry
Location:  Book Passage (San Francisco)
Address:  1 Ferry Building, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 835-1020


Sunday, October 22nd, at 5:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34370771-blue-magic?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Blue Magic
Author:  Debby Bloch
Location:  Books Inc. (Laurel Village)
Address:  3315 California Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 221-3666

Sunday, October 22nd, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34381340-in-the-still-of-the-night?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34146740-while-standing-in-line-for-death?from_search=true


Book:  While Standing In The Line For Death
Author:  CAConrad
Book:   In The Still Of The Night
Author:  Dara Weir
Location:  Green Apple Books on the Park
Address:  1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 742-5833


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