Just Read: Review Of Call Of The Curlew by Elizabeth Brooks (Blog Tour) @ManxWriter

Call Of The Curlew Book Review On Novels And Nonfiction

I’ve definitely fallen off my blogging schedule recently but, a while back, I had requested to participate in the blog tour for a historical mystery called Call Of The Curlew by Elizabeth Brooks. The blog tour was organized by Anne at Random Things Tours and the publisher was nice enough to send me a paperback ARC of the novel, which was just released at the end of June.

Iwas not familiar with the author but I was intrigued by the plot teaser and felt I would likely at least enjoy the novel. However, the book ended up far exceeding my expectations. Brook’s writing has strength and depth to it beyond what I would have thought to find in a run-of-the-mill historical mystery, and the atmosphere of the novel was suggestive enough to transport me to a cold dreary marsh even in these past sunny 90 degree heat days we’ve been having in LA. Find out more below!

February 2018 @BookOfTheMonth Reviews: The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, The Broken Girls and The Great Alone @neilhimself @simone_stjames

Book Of The Month February 2018 Reviews On Novels And Nonfiction

I’m still working on getting caught up with my old Book Of The Month reviews and I’ve already read through all the March 2018 books I ordered, so I should have reviews for those up early next week. I may alternate newer with older months going forward as I get caught up, so I can read their more recent picks and review them closer to the actual release date.

Out of the three books I selected for February 2018, I was expecting to like The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah the best. It actually ended up being the one I rated lowest out of three. I really liked it at the outset – historical fiction, Alaska, a young bold protagonist, what’s not to like – but it kind of fell apart for me at the end. Keep reading to find out why, and also why I gave my other two February 2018 picks a higher rating.

10 June 2018 Book Releases I’m Excited About

June 2018 Book Releases On Novels And Nonfiction

As in prior months, I’ve selected 5 fiction and 5 nonfiction titles coming out in June 2018 that I’m potentially interested in reading. There were quite a few heavy hitters publishing new books this month, including Fredrik Backman with his sequel to BeartownUs Against You – and Lauren Groff with a new collection of short stories. I think I’m even more interested in some of the debut novels and memoirs included in this list though.

I’m working on getting myself back up to a regular posting schedule on the blog, but real life keeps getting in the way. This weekend, I’ll be enjoying myself at a wedding out of town, so I’m not sure what activity on the blog will look like through next week. I’ve been reading so much that I’m WAY behind on reviews. Send some good blogging vibes my way!

LA Times Festival Of Books – Day 1 Recap @latimesfob

LA Times Festival Of Books Day 1 Recap On Novels And Nonfiction

So after a few weeks away from blogging due to focusing on work (and then getting sick for ALL of Memorial Day weekend – go me!), I’m coming back today with my first post to recap my experience at the LA Times Festival Of Books.

This year was not just my first time attending the festival, but also my first time attending a book festival of this size in general. I bought myself an All Access Pass (more on that below) and created a schedule of author conversations I wanted to attend (having to make some hard decisions along the way to see one set of authors versus another).

I had a really amazing time getting to see many authors I already loved or had heard of before in person, and listening to interesting conversations on literature, nonfiction, writing and reading. Weirdly enough, I saw mostly nonfiction authors on Day 1 and mostly fiction on Day 2. I’m splitting up my reviews of each day so I can do them justice. Day 2 should be up early next week. I hope you enjoy these recaps!

10 May 2018 Book Releases I’m Excited About

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

This post is coming a bit later than normal because I’m getting into the busiest time of the year at my real life job. Through end of May, I will likely have an even harder time than usual (ha ha) with keeping on a semi-regular posting schedule, so my apologies in advance!

For this month, I picked 10 releases as is the norm, but with a slight skew towards fiction (6) versus nonfiction (4). I just couldn’t choose between all the novels I was interested in reading. I’ve made a semi-resolution to dedicate myself to getting caught up with books I already own and haven’t read yet (in part because of the 11 signed books I acquired during the LA book Festival) so I may not get to many of these titles for a while – but boy do I wish I had the time to read all of them. I hope you get some good inspiration for your TBR!

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