2015 was an extremely successful year, for both of us, and it marked the one year anniversary for Brewing Up Books. We decided to compile a brief post to serve as our year in review, in celebration of many more to come!
As 2015 draws to a close, we’re both very excited about some of the new releases that will be appearing on shelves throughout 2016. These are a few of our top picks for the upcoming year.
Title: House of Eight Orchids
Author: James Thayer
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publish Date: January 5th 2016
Genres: Adventure, Historical Fiction
In 1912, John Wade and his brother, William—children of the American consul—were kidnapped off the street in Chungking, China, and raised in the house of Eunuch Chang, the city’s master criminal. Twenty-five years later, John is the eunuch’s most valuable ward, a trained assassin and swindler, and William has become a talented forger. On the brink of World War II, China is in chaos. When William betrays Eunuch Chang and escapes to central China, a place of ferocious warlords and bandits, John begins a desperate search to save his brother, while Eunuch Chang hunts them both.
We’ve decided to introduce a new weekly meme here at Brewing Up Books…Sunday Stumper! Each Sunday, we’ll be posting a literary based challenge, puzzle, game, etc. that can be downloaded on a computer, tablet, or smartphone (or even printed out). The following week, we will post the correct solution to the puzzle, along with a new one. You can complete the puzzle at your leisure throughout the week, and, if you manage to finish it, you can email it to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a chance to be featured! The first person to correctly complete the puzzle and email it to us will have their blog or Goodreads account featured on our sidebar and will also be mentioned in our Sunday Stumper post the following week.
In the year that we’ve been blogging, we have yet to share what we have on our bookshelf, so we figured it was about time to do so!
For us, 2015 was laden with countless excellent young adult and adult new releases, as well as a few older publications that we fell in love with. With the year coming to a rapid close, we wanted to share some of our favorites reads from the past twelve months. A few of these could come in handy for those Barnes and Noble giftcards that your family sends you throughout the holidays!
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Come on guys, you didn’t really expect me to post this on time, did you? But, I can confidently say that I’ve finished my revision summaries and I also have everything prepared for Christmas, sooo I can probably sit down and write up some blog posts over the next couple of days. Hooray! But now for the books I’d love to receive for Christmas. I’m not actually getting any of these apart from one (and I may have bought some of the other for myself), but I guess you can say they’re also the books at the top of my to-buy list for 2016!