10 April 2018 Book Releases I’m Excited About

April 2018 Book Releases On Novels And Nonfiction

If you’re being slowly crushed by a huge pile of physical or digital books you must read asap raise your hand. If, despite that, you can’t help but yearn to know what is just around the bend in the bookish world, and add even more titles to your TBR list, you’re in good company.

There are definitely a few of these April 2018 releases that I was so excited about that I requested physical or digital copies regardless of all the other books glaring at me from a shelf or my Kindle. But the majority will likely have to wait while I get my reading life in order (maybe never?).

I tried to include a little bit of everything – lots of history, both fictional and not, but also fantasy, two memoirs, politics and a little science thrown in with a curveball dinosaur pick. Enjoy!

December 2017 @BookOfTheMonth Reviews: The Poisonwood Bible, The English Wife And The Chalk Man

Book Of The Month December 2017 Reviews On Novels And Nonfiction

December 2017 was definitely among my most successful months to date in terms of my Book Of The Month picks. I gave each of the titles I selected 4 stars or more, including a 5 star rating to modern classic The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.

Each of the titles fulfilled its promise and also the purpose for which I selected them, from the more literary tones of The Poisonwood Bible, to the lighter historical mystery of The English Wife, to the scary but not too scary thriller vibes of The Chalk Man.

I would recommend each of these books for different reasons, but I think that at least The English Wife and The Chalk Man would likely appeal to most readers, as they are broad and universal iterations of their respective genres. Read my full reviews below!

Links I Loved This Week – 03/25/2018

Links I Loved For The Week Ending 03/25/2018 On Novels And Nonfiction

These past two weeks have involved a lot of bookish events and happenings in my life, though not that much actual book blogging.

I bought my All Access Pass to the LA Times Book Festival that’s happening at the end of April and have already perused the full announced schedule to figure out which talks and signings I want to make sure to hit. I need to make a complete plan this week so I can buy any books I want to get signed in advance (and possibly also buy some kind of small rolling cart to bring with me so I don’t have to lug them all around the whole time in a bag) #bookwormproblems.

I also attended an author event last weekend featuring author Jade Chang discussing her debut novel The Wangs Vs. The World. It was a super interesting talk and I was able to get not one but two hardcover copies of the book signed, so I’ll be giving one away when I review the book and the event hopefully around the end of this week.

Without further ado, here are this week’s links…

Guest Posting On Hungry Bookworm Site Today: 12 Memoirs For Nonfiction Newcomers

12 Great Memoirs For Nonfiction Newcomers

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!

Guest Post From Megan @ Hungry Bookworm – Review Of White Houses And Sherry-Spiked Mushroom Soup

Hungry Bookworm Guest Post White Houses ReviewToday 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.LineHi! 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.

Links I Loved This Week – 03/11/2018

Links I Loved This Week On Novels And Nonfiction

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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