January 2018 @BookOfTheMonth Reviews: As Bright As Heaven, The Woman In The Window & Red Clocks @SusanMeissner @AJFinnBooks

Book Of The Month January 2018 Reviews On Novels And Nonfiction

I really feel that I picked a good mix of books from Book Of The Month for January 2018. There’s a little something for every taste – whether you like moving historical fiction, psychological thrillers or a little dystopian feminist fiction. Each of these titles was also highly anticipated and generated a ton of buzz online.

Two of these books really hit it out of the park for me (and for Goodreads readers who awarded both over 4.0 stars). They epitomized everything I love about their genres. One, instead, really fell short of the mark. Can you guess which is which? Read my full reviews to find out!

Just Read: Review Of A False Report By T. Christian Miller & Ken Armstrong @txtianmiller @bykenarmstrong

A False Report Book Review On Novels And Nonfiction

I first decided to request an ARC of A False Report by T. Christian Miller & Ken Armstrong when I included it in my list of March 2018 releases I was looking forward to. In reality, it’s not the sort of book you look forward to picking up, as it obviously focuses on an extremely heavy topic.

Reading this book was an educational and eye-opening experience that solidified and deepened a lot of what I already knew about the difficulties that victims experience in reporting rape. It obviously comes with huge trigger warnings with regards to rape and violence. The authors don’t pull any punches in terms of tackling all the frightening details, but I think that for those who can stomach it, A False Report is a very important read.

Links I Loved This Week – 04/08/2018

Links I Loved From The Bookish World For The Week Ending 04/07/2018 On Novels And Nonfiction

Overall, thanks to my decluttering and simplifying, I had a really organized, productive and calm week. I worked out every morning except for Saturday and brought all my own food to work again this week – hopefully will be reaping the benefits on the scale by Monday. My blog posting is still a bit more all over the place than I would like but I’m working on that.

I also got through a good amount of reading and got caught up with my Goodreads Challenge (yes!). I finished two books on minimalism (I’m working towards a book list to be published soon) – The More of Less by Joshua Becker and The Year Of Less by Cait Flanders. I also finished the audiobooks for The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende and Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie.

But enough about me! Without further ado, here are this week’s links…

Book To Screen: Ready Player One By Ernest Cline

Ready Player One Book To Screen On Novels And Nonfiction

I only started book blogging in August 2016, and therefore wasn’t as plugged in to the book blogging community back in 2011 when Ready Player One by Ernest Cline was first released. I actually was under the impression that the book came out much more recently, as I’ve consistently seen glowing reviews of it on book blogs in the last two years.

What made me decide to finally pick it up is honestly that I wanted to compare it to the recently released movie version for a blog feature. I didn’t know what to expect and thought that it would be hard for me to relate to a book focused on video games and 80s pop culture – which is really the reason I didn’t pick it up earlier.

Just Read: Review Of The Wangs Vs. The World And Jade Chang Author Event @thejadechang

Wangs Vs. The World Book Review And Giveaway On Novels And Nonfiction

A few weeks ago I got the chance to attend an event for Chinese Lunar New Year at a Chinese restaurant in LA, featuring author Jade Chang of The Wangs Vs. The World as a speaker. Her book had such strong buzz around the book blogging world around its publication back in October 2016 and kept popping up on my radar through other’s positive reviews.

I jumped at the chance to learn more about the author and finally read her debut novel. I made sure to show up to the event with hardcover copies in hand to have signed (I’m becoming a signed copy addict), and found her talk about her transition from journalism to writing fiction and her experience producing and publishing this novel absolutely fascinating.

Keep reading for more details on what I learned about Chang from the event, as well as my review of The Wangs Vs. The World (4 stars), and make sure to enter the giveaway I’m holding for a hardcover signed copy of the book! 

Links I Loved This Week – 04/01/2018

Links I Loved For The Week Ending 04/01/2018 On Novels And Nonfiction

Another pretty bookish week behind me. I successfully posted twice (twice!) on my blog this week in addition to Links I Loved (pat on the back). I finished thriller The Woman In The Window by A.J. Finn – which was very good – and spent Friday in my beach tent in front of the Pacific reading Ready Player One. I followed that up by watching the movie on Friday evening, so keep your eyes peeled for my Book To Screen comparison post.

This week I want to keep up a more regular posting schedule (fingers crossed) and also start ordering books I want to have on hand to get signed during the LA Times Book Fest. I’m also hoping to finish reading The Cadaver King And The Country Dentist by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington, The More Of Less by Joshua Becker and the audiobook of The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende. Next on my list will be Book Of The Month pick from January 2018 Red Clocks by Leni Zumas.

But enough about my reading agenda. Without further ado, here are this week’s links…

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