I only started book blogging in August 2016, and therefore wasn’t as plugged in to the book blogging community back in 2011 when Ready Player One by Ernest Cline was first released. I actually was under the impression that the book came out much more recently, as I’ve consistently seen glowing reviews of it on book blogs in the last two years.
What made me decide to finally pick it up is honestly that I wanted to compare it to the recently released movie version for a blog feature. I didn’t know what to expect and thought that it would be hard for me to relate to a book focused on video games and 80s pop culture – which is really the reason I didn’t pick it up earlier.
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A few weeks ago I got the chance to attend an event for Chinese Lunar New Year at a Chinese restaurant in LA, featuring author Jade Chang of The Wangs Vs. The World as a speaker. Her book had such strong buzz around the book blogging world around its publication back in October 2016 and kept popping up on my radar through other’s positive reviews.
I jumped at the chance to learn more about the author and finally read her debut novel. I made sure to show up to the event with hardcover copies in hand to have signed (I’m becoming a signed copy addict), and found her talk about her transition from journalism to writing fiction and her experience producing and publishing this novel absolutely fascinating.
Keep reading for more details on what I learned about Chang from the event, as well as my review of The Wangs Vs. The World (4 stars), and make sure to enter the giveaway I’m holding for a hardcover signed copy of the book!
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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!
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.
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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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Today I have a new audiobook review for you of a book that I had been wanting to read for a while. It’s on an extremely important topic – that of housing insecurity in America – and was written focusing on the plight of eviction in Milwaukee.
I actually received a physical copy of Evicted by Matthew Desmond from Blogging For Books. When I saw that Evicted was available on the service I jumped at the chance of requesting it since it had been on my reading list for a while. In the end, I decided that it would fit better in my reading schedule as an audiobook and I think it worked well in that medium.
Much of the book involves excerpts from interviews or interactions between the author and residents of Milwaukee affected by eviction (read by a narrator), so it was a captivating but saddening story to listen to. You can read my full review below!
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