12 January 2017 Book Releases I’m Looking Forward To #BookReleases

January 2017 Book Releases On Novels And Nonfiction

This post is coming one day late because I somehow got confused with my days between being on vacation and the time difference from Milan to LA, and I didn’t realize until too late that yesterday was actually Monday. Oops!

While you read this I’ll be enjoying my last day home visiting my family (we’re planning polpette for dinner), and then I’ll be on my way back to Los Angeles to get 2017 started for real. Back to work and also time to get started on those resolutions. If you’re starting to plan for your 2017 Reading Challenges and setting Reading Goals for the year, here are some titles coming out this month that you can consider adding to your TBR list.

Links I Loved This Week – 12/30/16

Links I Loved This Week On Novels And Nonfiction

Anyone else super excited about 2017? I think many of us are more than ready to leave 2016 behind us, but I’m also really looking forward to a whole new year to reset, start over where needed, continue to grow and make progress.

If you read my post about my Goals for 2017 you’ll know that my word for the year is Renew. One of the small changes I’ve decided to make is to add general lifestyle links to my Links I Loved posts starting with next week. They will be links from non-bookish blogs I read and like on general topics like bullet journaling, meditation, exercise etc.. They’ll be at the end, so feel free to skip them if you prefer 🙂 And Happy New Year in advance to everyone!


Just Read: Working Stiff by Judy Melinek MD and T.J. Mitchell (Audiobook Review)

Working Stiff Book Review On Novels And Nonfiction

I think by now I’ve made my love for medical nonfiction abundantly clear on this blog. You can refer to my book list of my favorite scientific nonfiction books here for proof, as many of them are medical nonfiction titles.

When I heard about Working Stiff, I knew that it was going to be exactly my kind of ideal mix between instructive and gory. I read Mary Roach’s Stiff a few years ago and I therefore knew I didn’t have a problem reading about what happens to the body after death. I’m not really squeamish in that way, and to be honest post-death physical changes, rituals and techniques actually fascinate me rather than gross me out.

While in Stiff, Mary Roach explores the different ways in which your body can be used or disposed of after death, in Working Stiff, Dr. Melinek (in collaboration with her husband) discusses her life as a forensic pathologist and more specifically how autopsies are carried out when necessary to determine cause of death for legal or insurance purposes. If you’re like me and reading about decomposition sounds like a great way to spend a few hours, make sure to check out both.

Just Read: The Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner (Publication Day Review)

The Twilight Wife Book Review On Novels And Nonfiction

I’m trying to review the titles I’m lucky enough to get access to through Net Galley closer to their publication date, and I’m happy to say I really succeeded with The Twilight Wife. The thriller was published today (December 27th, 2016) and is now available on Kindle or in Paperback.

I read this thriller in one day – it’s the perfect guilty pleasure book for a short flight or a leisurely holiday afternoon. The main character – Kyra – suffers from amnesia due to a diving accident in which she hit her head, and it’s through this amnesia that the author builds the mystery that surrounds Kyra’s past. Kyra and the reader are on the same level in that they both are missing key information needed to determine whether Kyra’s husband Jacob and the friends and neighbors that surround Kyra can be trusted.

I really enjoyed the book but I felt that because of how short it was, the character relationships and the plot itself could have been further developed, so I ultimately gave it 3 Rabbits (stars).

Setting Goals For A Happy And Productive 2017 – #2017Goals

Setting Goals For 2017 On Novels And Nonfiction

I’m a full-blown Type A person, so goal-setting feels deliciously second nature to me. There’s pretty much no planning related book, Pinterest post, or technique that I wouldn’t be all over, and the idea of establishing a definite roadmap for my year hits all my OCD spots in a way that is borderline R-rated.

Like many people who really enjoy goal-setting and planning, however, I struggle with keeping my objectives realistic and with sticking to the intentions I set in January. Looking back at the goals I set for myself at the beginning of 2016 in my bullet journal (yes, I’m one of those bullet journal people – did you even have to ask?), it’s painfully obvious that I was over-ambitious and also that I didn’t really go back to track my progress throughout the year.

One of the ways to try to keep goals for the year more realistic is to subdivided them into smaller goals assigned to shorter periods of time. I’ve decided to set yearly goals for both myself and the blog that I’m going to subdivide when possible into smaller digestible chunks with clear target dates. By doing so I can also refer back to my intentions every 3 months or so to determine wether I’m still on track, refocus my motivation and adjust as necessary.

Links I Loved This Week – 12/23/16

Links I Loved This Week On Novels And Nonfiction


  • If anyone else is as in love with Netflix’s The Crown as I am, I found this Book Riot list of books to read in accompaniment to the show absolutely riveting. There are options to read up on Churchill, The Queen herself and her sister Margaret among several others. I’m definitely adding at least a few of the titles to my TBR list.

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