I’m really excited to have the opportunity to share a guest post today on the wonderful Megan’s blog The Hungry Bookworm. Since Megan primarily features fiction, and I tend to review a lot of nonfiction, I thought I would give some recommendations of nonfiction titles for readers who might not typically read nonfiction.
I decided to focus on memoirs because I find that they make great ‘gateway drugs’ for nonfiction newcomers. With their more personal and narrative style, they provide a much easier bridge into nonfiction for lovers of fictional stories. In fact, some of the stories within the memoirs I picked for this post are so incredible, they read like novels. Head over to The Hungry Bookworm to read my post!
Today I have something different and special for you guys. The lovely Megan over at The Hungry Bookworm had the awesome idea of trading guest posts. I love her combinations of book reviews and recipes so I was very excited. She’s leading the charge this week with this delicious combination of a review of White Houses by Amy Bloom and a recipe for Sherry-Spiked Mushroom Soup inspired from the novel. I’ll be guest posting on Megan’s blog next week but for now I’ll let Megan take it away.Hi! I’m Megan, stopping by from my own literary blog, The Hungry Bookworm, which you may be familiar with if you frequent Ottavia’s Links I Loved posts. I’m so grateful to Ottavia for linking to my posts on occasion, and even more so for the opportunity to share a brand new post with you today. As in a typical Hungry Bookworm post, I’ll be pairing a book review with a recipe inspired by what I read.
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I’ve had an exceptionally productive weekend – don’t you just love the feeling of that? I’m all set up for this coming week and even stopped by Eataly this evening to pick up some real italian groceries for the week, including lots of my favorite – prosciutto cotto. I also have a great book event to look forward to on Friday with author Jade Chang of The Wangs Vs. The World, and hope to get an extra signed copy of her book to give away to one of my readers.
Since I skipped Links I Loved last week due to an impromptu Oscars get-together, you’ll find links for both this past week and the week before in today’s post. I’m hoping to pick up my posting frequency on my own blog asap, and this week I’ll be featuring a guest post from Megan at The Hungry Bookworm on Thursday (more details on that below).
Without further ado, here are this week’s links…
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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s topic was Top Ten Favorite Quotes. I needed a bit more direction than that because I have a hard time remembering specific quotes I loved in novels, so I decided to restrict the playing field to my favorite classics of all time.
Definitely not an easy feat but I decided to stick with one book from each of my Top 10 favorite classic authors, so they’d all be represented. If they’re on this list, you can assume I pretty much love every single one of their titles that I’ve read. They’re not in any specific order because it was just too hard as always to pick favorites, except for the fact that Middlemarch and The Idiot being at the top is not entirely coincidental.
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Back in December of 2017, I had the opportunity of attending an event at UCLA featuring authors Zadie Smith and Michael Chabon. I had never read either of their novels, but I knew they were both very popular writers and I took the chance to get to know more about them.
The setup of the event was a relatively casual conversation between the two authors about a wide-ranging array of topics including reading, politics, writing (of course), the internet and human connection. They were both so articulate and insightful that it made me very excited to read the two books of theirs I purchased at the event – Swing Time and Moonglow – and that I was able to get signed afterwards.
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Every month, I pick 5 nonfiction and 5 fiction books being released that month that sound like good reads to me, based on my personal preference in topics and genres, as well as advance reviews on Goodreads and Amazon.
This month I definitely did not have a hard time picking ten amazing new releases, and there’s something for every taste. From historical fiction novels, to thrillers, to inspiring memoirs and even uncharacteristically a little YA/fantasy.
I’m already in possession (or soon to be in possession) of two of these titles and can’t wait to share my reviews with you. Hope you also find some worthwhile picks for your TBR!
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