Just Read: The Tea Planter’s Wife Book Review

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When I received The Tea Planter’s Wife in the mail, I was struck at how beautiful the cover of the book is. The woman in the foreground and her beautiful golden dress melt into the luscious landscape behind her and are enhanced by the palm tree leaves peeking out from the edges. It immediately transported me to the hills of 1920s Ceylon (modern Sri Lanka) and made me want to read more about the women gazing pensively at her hands on that balcony.

The novel more than followed-through on the cover’s promises and left me wanting to read all three of Dinah Jefferies’ other novels as soon as I can find the time. Read my review of The Tea Planter’s Wife below.

Author Spotlight: My 6 Favorite Terry Pratchett Novels

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This post may seem out of character – not my usual literary fiction or nonfiction fare. I don’t read a lot of fantasy but I’ve actually loved Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels since I discovered them back when I as in middle school in the 90s. I have fond teenage memories of reading the books either alone in my childhood bedroom or aloud to my kid brother as he feel asleep at night.

I find the Discworld novels to be appropriate for all ages, kind of like those children’s movies that have more risque jokes in them that kids don’t get but that their parents do. As an adult, I’ve enjoyed rediscovering Pratchett’s novels – their elevated humor and complex satire. I thought I’d share my love for his works with you  by providing reviews of my 6 favorites.

Just Read: Leave Me By Gayle Forman

Leave Me Book Review

Leave Me by Gayle Forman is on my Fall 2016 TBR list, and was also one of the books I featured in my September 2016 Releases post as one of the releases I was excited about.

As soon as I read the premise, I knew I wanted to try secure a copy asap. I think we’ve all dreamed about leaving the many requirements of our lives behind a la Cheryl Strayed in Wild. This is the fictional story of one woman who did, and in Leave Me we can live vicariously through Gayle Forman’s protagonist Maribeth.

Links I Loved This Week – 10/07/16

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Just Read: Review Of The City Of Palaces By Michael Nava For Latinx Heritage Month

The City Of Palaces Book Review

I am participating in a linkup and giveaway put together by Naz at Read Diverse Books in honor of Latinx Heritage Month. The linkup is open through October 15, so if you want to participate you still have time to read a qualifying book and post your review!

I’m always looking to broaden the diversity of the books I read, and I picked The City Of Palaces by Michael Nava for the linkup from a recommendation of Naz’s from this post on his blog.

14 October 2016 Book Releases I’m Looking Forward To

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Spaceman CoverSpaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey To Unlock The Secrets Of The Universe by Mike Massimino

Published: October 4th, 2016

Amazon Kindle
Amazon Hardcover
Amazon Audible

I’ve always been curious about the life of astronauts and space exploration in general. I have been looking for a book written by an astronaut on the subject, and after discarding An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth by Chris Hadfield as just another self-help book, I think I’ve finally found my match in Mike Massimo’s much more scientific offering. I can’t wait to read about the author’s first spacewalk, his thoughts on the Columbia disaster and his experience repairing the Hubble telescope. It also should be a bit of an underdog success story, as Massimino initially struggled in his efforts to become an astronaut.

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