My Top Ten Favorite Classics (With Quotes) #TopTenTuesday

Top Ten Favorite Classics With Quotes On Novels And Nonfiction

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.

Zadie Smith And Michael Chabon Author Event Plus Reviews Of Moonglow And Swing Time

Zadie Smith And Michael Chabon Author Event On Novels And Nonfiction

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.

10 March 2018 Book Releases I’m Excited About

March 2018 Book Releases On Novels And NonfictionEvery 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!

Links I Loved This Week – 02/25/2018

Links I Loved This Week On Novels And Nonfiction

almost had Links I Loved up on Sunday as it’s supposed to be this week, but then I ended up having a wonderful relaxing day with friends buying scented candles and having brunch at a trendy place in the Arts District here in LA instead. I think that’s a fair trade.

I’m counting my small victories along the way, like the fact I posted two ARC reviews over the past two weeks and I’ve been absolutely loving my latest Book Of The Month read – The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver – so even if I’m not meeting all my blogging goals right on target at the moment, I’m enjoying my reading life regardless.

And I have all of your amazing posts to feed my review hunger of course! Here are this week’s links…

Just Read: Review Of The Immortalists By Chloe Benjamin

The Immortalists Book Review On Novels And Nonfiction

If some one offered to tell you the exact day you’re going to die, you’d probably think about it once or twice before accepting (or refusing). This quandary is what made The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin such a tempting read for book bloggers all over the world. That and the truly gorgeous book cover.

After reading the umpteenth positive early review online, I also succumbed to the urge to request it via Net Galley and I was… well, thoroughly underwhelmed. This is a perfectly valid novel that is a relatively interesting read but that just did not live up to the very high hype for me. But that’s the beauty of book blogging – for every book you disagree about with someone, there’s always another around the corner on which you’ll agree.

Just Read: Review Of The Stowaway By Laurie Gwen Shapiro

The Stowaway Book Review On Novels And Nonfiction

I included The Stowaway in my list of releases I was looking forward to for December 2017 and January 2018, and was therefore ecstatic to get access to a review copy of it through Net Galley.

I read it during my trip home for the holidays to Milan, and it made for the perfect wintry read. It’s relatively short, but the author does a really great job at keeping the right balance of adventure and history as she tells the incredible story of young stowaway Billy and his daring attempts to make it to Antarctica. Definitely a good one to read under a cozy blanket with a mug of cocoa!

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