May – What’s On My Shelf?

Happy May lovely readers! In addition to Music Monday, and the suspense/thrillers reads, I have decided to read and review one to two music titles a month. I feel this will help keep me out of heavy book slumps, but also broaden my insight on a topic I am passionate about. Also, I have way too many unread books in the genre on my bookshelf and an entire music library at my disposal, so, why not? Anyway, here the titles you will see reviewed this month!



Visualizing The Beatles: A Complete Graphic History of the World’s Favorite BandSynopsis: The story of the Beatles as you’ve never seen it before, told using stunning infographics and data visualisations.

Journey through the Beatles years – from the band’s first ever gig at the Cavern Club to the release of their final album Let It Be – in a visual exploration of their evolution from four young men to one of the greatest bands the world has ever seen.

From witty stories and surprising facts to beautiful visuals created from the data Beatles music left behind, even the most avid fan will discover something new. The book, divided into albums, enables you, in an instant, to spot patterns, anomalies and transformations. VISUALISING THE BEATLES transports readers back to the vibrant sixties and explosive days of Beatlemania through the beautiful world of infographics.

‘With Visualising the Beatles, John Pring and Rob Thomas trace the contours of the Beatles’ incredible career in all of its pictorial splendor. Through an arresting collection of Beatles-oriented illustrations and infographics, they challenge casual fans and die-hard aficionados alike to “see” John, Paul, George, and Ringo in vastly new and revealing ways’
Huffington Post (Kenneth Womack, author of The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four)

Guys, how absolutely cool is this book? I have a number of books on The Beatles, from books written by people who knew them to books breaking down every song written by them. It’s no surprise that I needed to add this to my collection. A huge thank you to Dey Street Books for providing me with a finished copy of this book. 

Publication: May 1st 2018


Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

Our Kind of CrueltySynopsis: This is a love story. Mike’s love story.

Mike Hayes fought his way out of a brutal childhood and into a quiet, if lonely life, before he met Verity Metcalf. V taught him about love, and in return, Mike has dedicated his life to making her happy. He’s found the perfect home, the perfect job, he’s sculpted himself into the physical ideal V has always wanted. He knows they’ll be blissfully happy together.

It doesn’t matter that she hasn’t been returning his emails or phone calls.
It doesn’t matter that she says she’s marrying Angus.

It’s all just part of the secret game they used to play. If Mike watches V closely, he’ll see the signs. If he keeps track of her every move he’ll know just when to come to her rescue…

A spellbinding, darkly twisted novel about desire and obsession, and the complicated lines between truth and perception, Our Kind of Cruelty introduces Araminta Hall, a chilling new voice in psychological suspense.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am OBSESSED with YOU by Caroline Kepnes. So when a book comes out that hold the same premise its obviously making its way into my life ASAP. I am also hosting two giveaways for ten copies on both my Twitter and Instagram so check those out if this is a title that you are also interested in! A big thank you to MCD Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux for providing me with an advanced reader’s copy of this novel.

Expected publication: May 8th 2018


The Signs: Decode the Stars, Reframe Your Life by Carolyne Faulkner

36700654Synopsis: For thousands of years, people have looked to the night sky for guidance. Yet these days it’s so easy to lose touch with the universe and the important direction it can provide. In The Signs, astrologer and life coach Carolyne Faulkner reveals how the ancient wisdom of the stars can empower you to get the most out of life. Faulkner’s method is not about nebulous predictions or fate. It’s about discovering the qualities, good and bad, associated with your natal chart–the position of the planets at the time of your birth–and using that knowledge to inform your decisions and relationships. Easy to use and designed as both an introduction for the cosmically curious and a deep dive for experienced spiritual seekers, this guide shows you how to interpret your chart, find balance, and reconnect with yourself.

Consult The Signs to learn what to do when:

– You’re an inflexible Taurus, resistant to change. (Create things. Even a home-cooked meal will heal you in wondrous ways.)
– You live with an argumentative Aries. (Never fight fire with fire. Wait till your partner calms down to discuss your feelings.)
– You have Capricorn influence. (Shed the need to conform. Structure is important, but it needs to be flexible enough to change as we grow.)

Have you caught onto my obsession with the night sky yet? I am always looking to learn about myself, as well as those around me, as it relates to my birthchart and a book that offers both positive and negative aspects of each sign was ultimately intreguing. A big thank you to Ballantine Books for providing me with an advanced reader’s copy of this novel. 

Expected publication: May 15th 2018 


 Lies You Never Told Me by Jennifer Donaldson

Lies You Never Told MeSynopsis:  Gabe and Elyse have never met. But they both have something to hide.

Quiet, shy Elyse can’t believe it when she’s cast as the lead in her Portland high school’s production of Romeo and Juliet. Her best friend, Brynn, is usually the star, and Elyse isn’t sure she’s up to the task. But when someone at rehearsals starts to catch her eye–someone she knows she absolutely shouldn’t be with–she can’t help but be pulled into the spotlight.

Austin native Gabe is contemplating the unthinkable–breaking up with Sasha, his headstrong, popular girlfriend. She’s not going to let him slip through her fingers, though, and when rumors start to circulate around school, he knows she has the power to change his life forever.

Gabe and Elyse both make the mistake of falling for the wrong person, and falling hard. Told in parallel narratives, this twisty, shocking story shows how one bad choice can lead to a spiral of unforeseen consequences that not everyone will survive.

I don’t typically read YA but this book caught my eye. Maybe it was a petty cover, maybe it was the blurb, and maybe it will open a door to a new genre for me. We will see! A big thank you to Razorbill for providing me with an advanced reader’s copy of this novel. 

Expected publication: May 29th 2018


Paper Ghosts by Julia Heaberlin

Paper GhostsSynopsis: Carl Louis Feldman is an old man who was once a celebrated photographer. That was before he was tried for the murder of a young woman and acquitted. before his admission to a care home for dementia. Now his daughter has come to see him, to take him on a trip. Only she’s not his daughter and, if she has her way, he’s not coming back . . .

Because Carl’s past has finally caught up with him. The young woman driving the car is convinced her passenger is guilty, and that he’s killed, other young women. Including her sister Rachel. Now they’re following the trail of his photographs, his clues, his alleged crimes. To see if he remembers any of it. Confesses to any of it. To discover what really happened to Rachel. Has Carl truly forgotten what he did or is he just pretending? Perhaps he’s guilty of nothing and she’s the liar. Either way in driving him into the Texan wilderness she’s taking a terrible risk. For if Carl really is a serial killer, she’s alone in the most dangerous place of all . . .

Serial killers? HELLO count me in! This novel has me beyond intrigued by its blurb. A big thank you to Ballantine Books for providing me with an advanced reader’s copy of this novel. 

Expected publication: May 15th 2018


Wicked River by Jenny Milchman

Wicked RiverSynopsis: 

Six million acres of Adirondack forest separate Natalie and Doug Larson from civilization. For the newlyweds, an isolated, back country honeymoon seems ideal: a chance to start their lives together with an adventure, on their own. But just as Natalie and Doug begin to explore the dark interiors of their own hearts, as well as the depths of their love for each other, it becomes clear that they are not alone in the woods.

Because six million acres makes it easy for the wicked to hide. And even easier for someone to go missing for good.

As they struggle with the worst the wilderness has to offer, a man watches them, wielding the forest like a weapon. And once they are near his domain, he will do everything in his power to make sure they never walk out again.

I can’t help but think that this is the type of honeymoon my husband and I would have had, had we had one (we completely skipped it and nothing about our nuptials were traditional, which speaks to us as not only a couple but individuals!) Connecting with Jenny has been great, seriously, guys, she is the sweetest, and I’m so interested to see where she takes this story! A big thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark for providing me with an advanced reader’s copy of this novel. 

Publication: May 1st 2018


Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink by Elvis Costello

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing InkSynopsis: Born Declan Patrick MacManus, Elvis Costello was raised in London and Liverpool, grandson of a trumpet player on the White Star Line and son of a jazz musician who became a successful radio dance band vocalist. Costello went into the family business and had taken the popular music world by storm before he was twenty-four.

Costello continues to add to one of the most intriguing and extensive songbooks of the day. His performances have taken him from a cardboard guitar in his front room to fronting a rock and roll band on your television screen and performing in the world’s greatest concert halls in a wild variety of company. “Unfaithful Music” describes how Costello’s career has somehow endured for almost four decades through a combination of dumb luck and animal cunning, even managing the occasional absurd episode of pop stardom.

The memoir, written entirely by Costello himself, offers his unique view of his unlikely and sometimes comical rise to international success, with diversions through the previously undocumented emotional foundations of some of his best known songs and the hits of tomorrow. The book contains many stories and observations about his renowned co-writers and co-conspirators, though Costello also pauses along the way for considerations on the less appealing side of infamy.

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink is destined to be a classic, idiosyncratic memoir of a singular man.

I have had this book checked out of my local library for a while now and being a fan of Elvis Costello’s I’m interested what I will learn about this genius musician from his memoir.

Publication: October 13th 2015








5 Comments Add yours

  1. carhicks says:

    Some good choices here. I don’t tweet or use Instagram so I guess I will have to get Our Kind of Cruelty some other way.


  2. mistimaan says:

    Nice post


  3. johnrieber says:

    There are several great choices here, my wife will want “Paper Ghosts” and count me in for the Beatles book…


  4. Martie says:

    I grew up with the Beatles so I’m a serious Beatles freak who has read just about everything on them thanks for the heads on something new.


  5. Very cool Julie! Looking forward to it!💜


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