I first decided to request an ARC of A False Report by T. Christian Miller & Ken Armstrong when I included it in my list of March 2018 releases I was looking forward to. In reality, it’s not the sort of book you look forward to picking up, as it obviously focuses on an extremely heavy topic.
Reading this book was an educational and eye-opening experience that solidified and deepened a lot of what I already knew about the difficulties that victims experience in reporting rape. It obviously comes with huge trigger warnings with regards to rape and violence. The authors don’t pull any punches in terms of tackling all the frightening details, but I think that for those who can stomach it, A False Report is a very important read.
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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!
Today I have something different and special for you guys. The lovely Megan over at The Hungry Bookworm had the awesome idea of trading guest posts. I love her combinations of book reviews and recipes so I was very excited. She’s leading the charge this week with this delicious combination of a review of White Houses by Amy Bloom and a recipe for Sherry-Spiked Mushroom Soup inspired from the novel. I’ll be guest posting on Megan’s blog next week but for now I’ll let Megan take it away.Hi! I’m Megan, stopping by from my own literary blog, The Hungry Bookworm, which you may be familiar with if you frequent Ottavia’s Links I Loved posts. I’m so grateful to Ottavia for linking to my posts on occasion, and even more so for the opportunity to share a brand new post with you today. As in a typical Hungry Bookworm post, I’ll be pairing a book review with a recipe inspired by what I read.
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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.
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