Saturday, January 16, 2016

On My Wishlist (Radar Books) #18

On My Wishlist is my way of sharing all of the books that I cannot wait to get my hands upon and read. These are a mixture of books that are about to be released along with some older titles that I really want to read as well. (All summaries are from Goodreads).

I thought that it would be fun to do a wishlist/radar edition based off of all of the books that I add to my TBR list thanks to podcasts.  I love listening to book related podcasts when I am cleaning, doing laundry, or just working around the house.  My current favorite podcasts to listen to are:  All the Books, Books on the Nightstand, The Readers, and the Dear Author, Smart Bitches podcast.  I add books from all of these podcasts to my TBR list like crazy so for this post I am going to share some of those books that I have found.  Funny fact:  I add a TON of nonfiction titles to my TBR list thanks to these.  This will probably surprise many of you as I don't read that many nonfiction books (and this is something I would really like to change in 2016).  I hope that this is the year that I actually read some of these great sounding titles!

The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths are Solving America's Coldest Cases by Deborah Halber

"The Skeleton Crew provides an entree into the gritty and tumultuous world of Sherlock Holmes–wannabes who race to beat out law enforcement—and one another—at matching missing persons with unidentified remains.

In America today, upwards of forty thousand people are dead and unaccounted for. These murder, suicide, and accident victims, separated from their names, are being adopted by the bizarre online world of amateur sleuths.


The web sleuths pore over facial reconstructions (a sort of Facebook for the dead) and other online clues as they vie to solve cold cases and tally up personal scorecards of dead bodies. The Skeleton Crew delves into the macabre underside of the Internet, the fleeting nature of identity, and how even the most ordinary citizen with a laptop and a knack for puzzles can reinvent herself as a web sleuth."

Oh my goodness!  This is a thing?  I cannot even tell you how much I wanted to read this book after hearing about it.  It just sounds so interesting and I cannot even fathom how I never had heard about this until now.  I added this title to my TBR list thanks to an All The Books podcast.

Smokejumper: A memoir by One of America's Most Select Airborne Firefighters by Jason A. Ramos and Julian Smith

"Enter a world of breathtaking danger and beauty: In this remarkable memoir, veteran smokejumper Jason Ramos offers a rare inside look at the lives of airborne firefighters, the select few who parachute into the most rugged and remote wild areas to battle nature's blazes.

Forest and wildland fires are growing larger, more numerous, and deadlier every year as record drought conditions, decades of forestry mismanagement, and the increasing encroachment of residential housing into the wilderness have combined to create a powder keg that threatens millions of acres and thousands of lives. One small group of men and women are America's frontline defense: smokejumpers."

I instantly added this one to the TBR list after hearing about it as well from an All The Books podcast.  It sounds so very interesting and I want to learn more about it!  Really, how could I not want to read this one?  I can't wait to give this one a try!

Revelation by Erica Hayes

"Blind faith is for fools. That’s what Dr. Morgan Sterling believes. And she’s going to prove it by curing the zombie plague ravaging her city’s slums. She’s certain it’s not a sign of the End of Days, but a nasty disease—until an angel appears in her morgue in a flash of glory.

Luniel is not just a fallen angel. He’s a powerful warrior sworn to fight evil in hopes of a chance at redemption. He’s after the demon princes who are stealing the seven vials of holy wrath which, when perverted, will unleash eternal hell on earth.

To stop the plague, Luniel needs Morgan’s help, and her faith. But Morgan believes science is their salvation. If the zombie plague is a demonic curse—and if Luniel is true—he’ll have to prove it. Even if he loses his heart to true love or his soul to Hell…"

Romance and zombies in the same book?  That is basically all that you had to say.  Take my money!  Unfortunately this cover is pretty hideous but thanks to a Dear Author, Smart Bitches podcast this book is now on my radar.  And I definitely plan on reading it!!!

Departure by A.G. Riddle

"Harper Lane has problems. In a few hours, she'll have to make a decision that will change her life forever. But when her flight from New York to London crash-lands in the English countryside, she discovers that she's made of tougher stuff than she ever imagined.

As Harper and the survivors of Flight 305 struggle to stay alive in the aftermath of the crash, they soon realize that this world is very different from the one they left. Their lives are connected, and some believe they've been brought here for a reason.

In addition to Harper, several other passengers seem to hold clues about why Flight 305 crashed."

I'm actually not quite sure which podcast put this book on my radar but tell me that doesn't sound good!  I love, love the sound of this book and want to read it as soon as possible! 

All the books!  I want to read all of the books!  These are just a few of the many (MANY) books that I have added to my TBR list thanks to podcast listening.  I haven't yet found a podcast that focuses on mysteries and thrillers which is something that I would really love to find.  But I have found some really great podcasts which makes cleaning and laundry much more enjoyable!  Now I just need to find the time to read all of these!

Tell me, are you a podcast listener?  Do you know of any great bookish podcasts that I should check out?  I'm always open to recommendations especially in this area!  And what books have you added to your TBR list lately?


  1. I am glad I am not the only one that things the cover of Revelation is horrible!

  2. I have never listened to a podcast before. Think I will try that. I want to read more NF for work.

  3. Happy Saturday, Sam! I've never listened to a book on a podcast, but I am not on the cutting edge when it comes to books. Enjoy your reading, or listening, this weekend!

  4. All of these sound good! I hadn't heard of The Skeleton Crew, but I am fascinated by the description you shared. I want to know more! Smokejumper sounds good as well. My dad's bestfriend in high school was a smokejumper and I've always been fascinated by the profession, especially given my phobia of fire. Revelation does sound good! I agree with you about the cover. There are so many books out there I have been hearing about too that are now on my wish list. I guess it's good I don't listen to podcasts. LOL

  5. Kailana- Nope, you are not the only one. Which is a shame because the book sounds SO good. Will be buying this one for my kindle I'm thinking :)

    Marce- I love to listen to podcasts! Just another way to add to my TBR list - LOL!

    Suko- Happy Saturday!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend yourself :)

    Wendy- I am so intrigued by The Skeleton Crew as well! I had no clue this was a thing until I was listening to the podcast. Now I cannot wait to read it! I'm not good with fire either which is probably one of the reasons why I am so intrigued by Smokejumper!

  6. Thanks for sharing the podcasts you listen to. I don't know if I should check them out or not, I might regret adding so many more books to my list! haha... The Skeleton Crew book sounds like a must read for me. Will see if my library carries it.


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