I only started blogging in July so Fall 2016 was Novel And Nonfiction‘s first full season, as well as my first time setting specific reading goals for myself and putting up a TBR list.
I ended up reading 13 Nonfiction books, 12 Contemporary Fiction books, 9 Historical Fiction books and 1 Classic, for a total of 35 books. Only 9 of the books were on my actual Fall 2016 TBR list, but I did come pretty close to the total of 40 books that I was hoping to read during the season.
If you add in the first two novels in Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan Series, which I’m currently reading, and classic Villette by Charlotte Bronte, which I hope to review next week, the total before the end of fall on December 20th should actually be 38. I’m pretty proud of myself – I think that’s a great result.
You’ll find links to all the reviews I wrote for the books I read in Fall 2016 below divided by category. If a book did not get a review it’s either because I didn’t like the book and didn’t want to review it, or because the review is still forthcoming.
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I’ve never been to Denmark, though I’ve traveled to Sweden and Norway in the past with friends and family, so I’m not completely inexperienced when it comes to Scandinavian countries. Due to my love of memoirs and yearlong projects, The Year Of Living Danishly had been on my radar for a while. When I saw it featured again during Nonfiction November (I think on Based On A True Story), I knew it was finally time to pick up a copy.
I definitely wasn’t disappointed – this memoir is the perfect mix of laugh-out-loud moments, interesting facts and personal life experiences. It was funny, inspiring and thought-provoking, all while making me want to follow Russell, uproot my life in LA and move to Denmark. Who’s with me? Though transnational moves may not be on your horizon (and being realistic not on mine either), I encourage you to read this book as a great way to explore Denmark from the comfort of your own home.
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The three titles I picked for my November 2016 delivery were The Mothers by Brit Bennett, Rich And Pretty by Rumaan Alam and The Trespasser by Tana French. I really loved both The Mothers and Rich And Pretty, but I didn’t really like The Trespasser.
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I remember standing at the foot of the stage of the reconstructed Globe Theater in London, watching The Tempest enacted above me. It must have been the year 2000, when I was a 10th grader in high school whose favorite class was English Literature. The trip to London was a high school field trip so I was surrounded by friends my own age, some equally entranced by the play in front of us and others somewhat less so. I remember the figure of Caliban, half-stooped and beast-like in its movements as it groveled at the foot of its master Prospero. I remember there were special effects to indicate when Ariel entered the scene and also to recreate the actual tempests in the play itself. It was a memorable experience and probably the reason due to which The Tempest is my favorite Shakespeare play.
When I picked up Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood I really didn’t know what to expect. We’ve all seen Shakespeare romances reinterpreted for modern times, especially in the form of movies. The Tempest is a bit of a different story and I wasn’t sure how a written modern version of it would fare. I had also never read a book by Margaret Atwood – mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. All my reservations were dispelled within the first few chapters of Hag-Seed. Atwood is a genius who has brought to life Prospero and the entire cast of characters in The Tempest in an incredibly vivid and contemporary portrayal that I could have never imagined possible, but am so thankful now exists.
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