I was first introduced to Selina Siak Chin Yoke’s historical fiction novels when The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds became available as one of Amazon’s Kindle First deals ahead of its release in late 2016. If you’re not familiar with the Kindle First program, it offers 4 to 5 titles each month among which Amazon Prime members can download one for free a month ahead of its actual release.
I was drawn to The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds that month as my Kindle First selection because it was a historical fiction novel set in a time and place I hadn’t read much about before. It also promised to be a family saga rather than having the romance-novel undertones of some historical fiction novels. In this I was definitely not disappointed.
When I was contacted about reviewing Selina Siak Chin Yoke’s second novel in the series – When The Future Comes Too Soon – I knew I wanted to jump at the chance and finally pick up both books back-to-back. I didn’t really know what to expect but ended up being pleasantly surprised by how robust and well-developed the novels felt for a new author. Find out more in my reviews below!
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Why the cake in the post image you ask? This week was Novels And Nonfiction’s one year anniversary! I actually created the blog in July of 2016, but my first post was on August 3rd 2016. It doesn’t feel like I’ve been blogging for a whole year (probably because I took a break from February to May due to my new job), but I do feel a lot more experienced in creating content and promoting it semi-effectively. There’s still a lot to learn but the process so far has been more than rewarding.
I’m also one week away from my well-deserved vacation home to Milan to see my family. I’m a bit undecided as to whether I’ll put blogging on hold for the week or not. Usually I go for two weeks but this time I’ll be there for just over one week, so I want to make sure I’m primarily focusing on spending time with family and eating the equivalent of my body weight in Italian food every. single. day.
Remember that you still have until this Sunday at midnight to enter my giveaway for a hardcover copy of The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. For the three ways to enter, see my blog post on my May 2017 Book Of The Month reviews.
Without further ado, here are this week’s links!
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Book Of The Month is a subscription service that sends you one hardcover book per month out of five selections for a low monthly subscription fee. You can add 2 more titles to your monthly delivery for $9.99 each, and the price overall is very cheap for full-size hardcovers.
Book Of The Month is not paying me to promote their service. I just love it so much that I’ve turned my monthly deliveries into a feature on my blog 🙂 I do encourage you to try it though, because if you like hardcovers it’s a great deal.
You can use my referral link to sign up if you’re interested in trying it. You’ll get your first three months for just $9.99 each plus a cute tote. And I’ll get a free book when you join. Win, win!
When it comes to my April 2017 Book Of The Month selections, I enjoyed all 3, though I thought The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and Into The Water by Paula Hawkins were more solid picks than Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane. Find out why in my review below! And don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a brand new copy of The Nightingale on Instagram and Twitter!
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I’m only a few weeks away from my annual trip home to Milan to visit my family for the summer, and I’m getting super excited. For anyone out there who hasn’t traveled to Italy yet – don’t go in August. I pick times during the year (August and December) when my family has more time to spend with me due to vacation, but they are pretty much the two worse times of the year to visit my home country.
In August, the mosquitoes in Italy are enormous and out in full force, and the region I’m from – Lombardy – turns into humid wetland very similar to Thailand. the area surrounding Milan is actually filled with rice paddies because the plain it sits in is surrounded by mountains that trap in moisture from the coast. Sounds picturesque but really it’s just muggy.
I typically spend all my time indoors sitting in front of the air conditioner, and you know what that means! Lots of leisurely time to read, in addition to two 11 hour flights, which also helps. I’m planning to tackle three of the biggest baddest books sitting on my TBR so stay tuned for reviews of those. In the meantime, here are this week’s links!
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It’s early morning this Friday as I write this post, and as soon as I’m finished, I’ll be heading out to the beach for a full day of solo reading in my trusty beach tent. I’m really lucky to have gotten today off work so that I can get a jumpstart on getting through most of Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari (which I will be reviewing on Monday) and also starting Into The Water by Paula Hawkins for my May 2017 Book Of The Month delivery. I’m bringing some snacks and planning on at least 5 hours of uninterrupted beach and reading time. Ready. Set. Go.
For those of us still on the weekly grind this Friday, you may find some solace and entertainment in this week’s links. Only one more day till the weekend!
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