Nine Women, One Dress, by Jane L. Rosen

9women1dressTitle: Nine Women, One Dress

Author: Rosen, Jane L. (Author’s Website)

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

Bibliographic: Doubleday, 272 pages, Hardcover List Price $24.95, Audiobook List Price $24.50, Audiobook CD List Price $35.00, ISBNs 9780385541404
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Publication Date: July 12, 2016

Rating: ★★★★☆/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Heartwarming, engaging

Why I picked it up: I needed to read some chick lit for my readers’ advisory class, and I had heard that books with dresses on the cover were a good place to start.

S.I.A.S.: A series of women in New York City have their lives changed by one particular dress.

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Nobody’s Baby But Mine, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

nobodysbabybutmineTitle:  Nobody’s Baby But Mine

Author: Phillips, Susan Elizabeth (Author’s Website)

Genre: Romance

Bibliographic: William Morrow Paperbacks, 400 pages, Paperback List Price $12.99, Mass Market Paperback $7.99, Audiobook List Price $35.93, ISBNs 9780380782345, 9780060894702, 9780062004666, 9780062107008, 9780783881973, 9780061793219, 9780066212203, 9780749937775

Publication Date: February 1, 1997

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Funny, steamy, engaging

Why I picked it up: A podcast I listen to said it was really funny.

S.I.A.S.: Physicist Jane Darlington desperately wants to have a baby, but doesn’t want it to be brilliant like her, so she sets out to find a stupid man.

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Blood Groove, by Alex Bledsoe

bloodgrooveTitle: Blood Groove

Author: Bledsoe, Alex (Author’s Website)

Genre: Horror

Bibliographic: Tor, 304 pages, Paperback List Price $19.99, Audiobook List Price $20.97, Audiobook CD List Price $29.95, ISBNs 9780765321961, 9780765323088, 9780765361615, 9781429956574

Publication Date: April 28, 2009

Rating: ★★★★☆/♥♥♡♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Urban fantasy, flawed characters, creepy, steamy, violent, dialect-filled, gritty

Why I picked it up: It seemed like a good book for Halloween.

S.I.A.S.: Sixty years after his “death,” vampire Rudolfo Zginski wakes up in 1970s-era Memphis, Tennessee.

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The Memory Weaver, by Jane Kirkpatrick

memoryweaverTitle: The Memory Weaver

Author: Kirkpatrick, Jane (Author’s Website)

Genre: Christian Fiction, Western, Historical Fiction

Bibliographic: Revell, 352 pages, Paperback List Price $14.99, Audiobook List Price $27.99, ISBNs 9780800722326, 9781628997576, 9781441228208

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Multiple perspectives, Pacific Northwest fiction, atmospheric, homespun, descriptive, engaging

Why I picked it up:  Westerns and Christian fiction are my least favorite genres, so I thought I’d try to hit both boxes at once and get it over with.

S.I.A.S.: As a child, Eliza Spalding Warren survived a horrific event; her husband wants to return.

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Underground Airlines, by Ben H. Winters

undergroundairlineTitle: Underground Airlines

Author: Winters, Ben H. (Author’s Website)

Genre: Alternative history, dystopia

Bibliographic: Mulholland Books, 336 pages, Hardcover List Price $26.00, Audiobook List Price $24.55, Audiobook CD List Price $40.00, ISBNs 9780316261241, 9780316268622

Publication Date: July 5, 2016

Rating: ★★★★★/♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Complex characters, intricately plotted, fast-paced, atmospheric, disturbing, dramatic, thought-provoking, compelling, stylistically complex

Why I picked it up: I wanted to read an alternate history, and I was intrigued by this one because it looked depressingly similar to the events going on in the news.

S.I.A.S.: It’s 2016, and the Underground Airlines are still helping slaves escape from the South — and it’s Victor’s job to find them.

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Fractured, by Catherine McKenzie

fracturedTitle: Fractured

Author: McKenzie, Catherine (Author’s Website)

Genre:  Thriller, suspense.

Bibliographic: Lake Union Publishing, 362 Pages, Hardcover List Price $24.95, Paperback List Price $14.95, Audiobook List Price $10.49, Audiobook CD List Price 9.99, ISBNs 9781531863494, 9781477817940, 9781503937826

Publication Date: October 4, 2016

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♡♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Authentic characters, intricately plotted, suspenseful, compelling

Why I picked it up: I was browsing for suggestions of good audiobooks to listen to before leaving for work, and this is the one that I had open on my browser when I ran out of time and had to go.

S.I.A.S.: After moving cross-country to escape a stalker, Julie’s new neighbors are anything but welcoming.

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Redshirts, by John Scalzi

redshirtsTitle: Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

Author: Scalzi, John (Author’s Website)

Genre: Science fiction, humor, metafiction

Bibliographic: Tor, 320 pages, Hardcover List Price $24.99, Paperback List Price $15.99, Audiobook List Price $19.99, ISBNs 9780765316998, 9780765334794, 9781410476074, 9781466815414, 9781429963602

Publication Date: June 5, 2012

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ /♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Unconventional story line, dark humor, engaging

Why I picked it up: It’s the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, and I’m always ready for a Star Trek parody.

S.I.A.S.: The crew of the Intrepid realizes that a television show is interfering with their real lives.

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North American Lake Monsters, by Nathan Ballingrud

northamericanlakemonstersTitle: North American Lake Monsters

Author: Ballingrud, Nathan (Author’s Website)

Genre: Horror, short stories

Bibliographic: Small Beer Press, 205 pages, Paperback List Price $16.00, Audiobook List Price $19.95, ISBNs 9781618730596, 9781618730602, 9781618730619

Publication Date: July 16, 2013

Rating: ★★★★☆/♥♥♡♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Haunting, disturbing, melancholy, lyrical

Why I picked it up: It’s almost October, so I was in the mood for something spooky, and I head that this collection was absolutely terrifying.

S.I.A.S.: This creepy short story collection examines monsters and love.

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A Darker Shade of Magic, by V.E. Schwab

Title: A Darker Shade of Magicadarkershadeofmagic

Author: Schwab, V.E. (Author’s Website)

Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fantasy

Bibliographic: Tor, 416 pages, Hardcover List Price $25.99, Paperback List Price $15.99, Audiobook CD List Price $29.99, Audiobook List Price $27.99, ISBNs 9780765376459, 9780765376466, 9781466851375

Publication Date: February 24, 2015

Rating: ★★★★★/♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Likeable, strong female, plot-driven, world building, fast-paced, atmospheric, descriptive

Why I picked it up: I was given a free copy of the audiobook and decided to listen to it for INFO 220.

S.I.A.S.: Kell’s been smuggling between the Londons for years, now someone’s set him up.

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The Girl with Ghost Eyes, by M.H. Boroson

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Title: The Girl with Ghost Eyes

Author: Boroson, M.H. (Author’s Website)

Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Mythological Fiction

Bibliographic: Talos, 288 pages, Hardcover List Price $24.99, Paperback List Price $7.99, Audiobook List Price 19.95, ISBNs 9781940456362, 9781940456669

Publication Date: November 3, 2015

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♡♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: strong female, action-packed, atmospheric, compelling, lush, richly detailed

Why I picked it up: A few months ago, I read Ken Liu’s The Paper Menagerie and absolutely loved it, and this book keeps getting recommended as a read-alike.

S.I.A.S.: Li-lin, a Daoist priest with the ability to see ghosts, has to use all her skills and cunning to try to defeat her father’s old enemy.

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