10 October 2018 Book Releases I’m Excited About

October 2018 Book Releases I'm Excited About On Novels And Nonfiction

There was quite the bounty of new novels released in October 2018, so I ended up going with 6 fiction and 4 nonfiction titles I’m likely going to pick up for this month’s post. There were some big releases that are not included in this list like the new Stephen King title – I had to make some hard decisions guys. The novels are all either historical fiction or contemporary fiction (or both! I’m looking at you Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver), while the nonfiction titles are more varied.

I’m pretty curious to see if any of the novels end up being Book Of The Month selections for October, and I have my fingers crossed that it ends up being some of the titles I really want to read but that I haven’t been able to access via Net Galley. If I was a betting person I would put my stakes on Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller (since they’ve featured a novel by her before) and Family Trust by Kathy Wang (because it’s their kind of contemporary novel). I guess we’ll have to wait till October 1st and see!

Just Read: The Mirage Factory by Gary Krist @garykrist @CrownPublishing

The Mirage Factory Book Review On Novels And Nonfiction

I came across The Mirage Factory while looking for nonfiction books to include in my May 2018 Book Releases post. It was interest at first sight. I’ve lived in Los Angeles for over 10 years now and yet I felt that there was a lot I didn’t know about the city’s history. The idea of being able to learn more about such a crucial period in the metropolis’ development was immediately intriguing.

I ended up discovering a new favorite nonfiction writer. Krist was able to interview four different stories (LA’s, Mulholland’s, Griffith’s and Semple McPherson’s) into a single convincing narrative, and that’s darned impressive. It might help to love LA when reading this book, but I think it’s a good fit for anyone who likes historical nonfiction.

Minimalism Book List: Titles I Found Most Helpful In My Minimalist Journey #minimalism

Minimalism Book List On Novels And Nonfiction

Minimalism is a concept that has a strong appeal for someone with perfectionist and OCD tendencies like me. The vision of a space so simplified and streamlined that it instantly calms you is an intoxicating mirage that I’ve completely bought into. I’m working on decreasing my own possessions but it’s an ongoing process that I have to rededicate myself to on a monthly, weekly and daily basis.

While deciding to embark on minimizing what I own, I started to read more extensively on the topic and branched out into different variations on the theme of minimalism – looking at it from the financial aspect, from the consumerism aspect and from the philosophical aspect. I also became hungry for as many personal stories as I could find about other people’s own minimalist journeys.

This book list brings together the books I’ve read so far on the topic, ordered from the one that was most helpful to me, to least helpful. If you have any other titles on minimalism you’d like to recommend to me, please let me know in the comments!

Just Read: Educated by Tara Westover (Audiobook Review) @tarawestover @randomhouse

Educated Audiobook Review On Novels And Nonfiction

Educated is one of those memoirs that is able to bridge the gap into nonfiction for people who typically only read fiction. As for other memoirs, the personal nature of the story is what makes it more accessible to those who don’t normally delve into nonfiction. Westover’s memoir in particular, however, is so unbelievable in its extremity that it often actually reads like fiction.

That is why there has been so much buzz about this title in the book blogging world – it really crosses the lines between genres in a way that makes it universally appealing. It’s sort of the ultimate redemption story. I listened to the audiobook version and found it a very powerful delivery, though a few times I found myself mouth-agape in my car, in disbelief at what I was listening to. Find out more of my thoughts on the memoir in my full review.

Just Read: I Should Have Honor by Khalida Brohi @KhalidaBrohi @randomhouse

I Should Have Honor Book Review On Novels And Nonfiction

The title I’m reviewing today – I Should Have Honor by Khalida Brohi – was one of my selections for my September 2018 post on new releases that I was excited about. I’ve been trying to read books on the experience of women living in Middle Eastern (and adjacent) countries, all of which have been equal parts upsetting and inspiring.

My plan is to eventually to put together a book list of these titles – mostly memoirs – and to include I Should Have Honor in that list. I didn’t want to wait till then to review Khalida Brohi’s memoir, however, both because it was a Net Galley ARC and because I wanted to give you insight into my thoughts on it sooner.

Madeline Miller Author Spotlight: Reviews Of The Song Of Achilles And Circe @MillerMadeline

Madeline Miller Author Spotlight 1

It’s a little hard to be involved in any way in the book world and to not have heard of Madeline Miller. She really came into my radar as an author when I started to hear about the release of her second novel Circe earlier this year. Shortly afterwards I found out that she was being featured in a talk at the LA Times Book Festival. I hadn’t yet read her books but I knew she was a popular author with a rabid fan following, so I jumped at the chance to see her speak.

She opened the segment by reading a passage from Circe that absolutely blew me away for the power and strength of the writing (I’ve included the whole passage in my review below). It literally gave me goosebumps, and right away I knew I needed to read both her books. I’ve been recommending them (especially The Song Of Achilles) ever since and I’m officially a life long fan of her work. Read my full reviews of both of her novels below.

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