Book Blogger Hop—January 13th, 2023

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, it was relaunched on February 15, 2013, by Billy @ the Ramblings of a coffee addict. . Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book-related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.


This week’s prompt: Are there any new books you’re excited to read in 2023? 

Today’s prompt got me thinking about what book I am looking forward to reading in 2023. There was a lot since I love to read and look forward to every book on my shelf. After some time thinking (and staring off into space; it is part of my blogging process), I picked one book. I decided on one because I didn’t want this post to drag on forever. Short and sweet is a motto that I try to live by (just not with blogging).

And here it is!! Let me know if you have read this book and what you thought of it.


Founded by the mysterious genius known as the Designer, the archipelago of Prospera lies hidden from the horrors of a deteriorating outside world. In this island paradise, Prospera’s lucky citizens enjoy long, fulfilling lives until the monitors embedded in their forearms, meant to measure their physical health and psychological well-being, fall below 10 percent. Then they retire themselves, embarking on a ferry ride to the island known as the Nursery, where their failing bodies are renewed, their memories are wiped clean, and they are readied to restart life afresh.

Proctor Bennett, of the Department of Social Contracts, has a satisfying career as a ferryman, gently shepherding people through the retirement process–and, when necessary, enforcing it. But all is not well with Proctor. For one thing, he’s been dreaming–which is supposed to be impossible in Prospera. For another, his monitor percentage has begun to drop alarmingly fast. And then comes the day he is summoned to retire his own father, who gives him a disturbing and cryptic message before being wrestled onto the ferry.

Meanwhile, something is stirring. The Support Staff, ordinary men and women who provide the labor to keep Prospera running, have begun to question their place in the social order. Unrest is building, and there are rumors spreading of a resistance group–known as “Arrivalists”–who may be fomenting revolution.

Soon Proctor finds himself questioning everything he once believed, entangled with a much bigger cause than he realized–and on a desperate mission to uncover the truth.


I was super excited when the publisher granted my wish for this book. I had seen some reviews on it and what I had read was good. Then I read the blurb and I needed to read this book.

5 thoughts on “Book Blogger Hop—January 13th, 2023

  1. I’m not familiar with The Ferryman, but I hope it is a good one for you, Jolie. There are so many books that I am looking forward to. There are a few audiobooks that I am excited about such as Make a Wish by Helena Hunting, Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun by Ellie Cosimano, and Off The Map by Trish Dollar. I have audio ARCs for the first two and hope to listen to them this week.

    1. I was so disappointed when I saw that Make a Wish was out and I didn’t get the ARC. Can’t wait to read your review!!

      1. I’m planning on it. Or if its available through Amazon Prime Reading or Kindle Unlimited. And you reminded me, I need to make a library run. My youngest has been begging me for the last week. She needs books to read.

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