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August 2018 @BookOfTheMonth Reviews: The Air You Breathe, Spinning Silver And Goodbye Paris

August 2018 Book Of The Month Reviews On Novels And Nonfiction

I was pretty lucky in my August 2018 Book Of The Month selections, with 2 books I really loved and one that fell a bit flat for me (Goodbye, Paris), but I think would be more appealing to bigger fans of that chick lit genre.

In particular, The Air You Breathe by Frances De Pontes Peebles kind of came out of nowhere for me, and I ended up giving it 5 stars. I didn’t know what to expect from the novel and was initially a bit concerned by the incorporation of music and more specifically samba as a significant theme in the novel, but the story line and characters captivated me within 50 to 70 pages and then would not let go. I ended up loving it! Full reviews for all three books in the post.

Minimalism Book List: Titles I Found Most Helpful In My Minimalist Journey #minimalism

Minimalism Book List On Novels And Nonfiction

Minimalism is a concept that has a strong appeal for someone with perfectionist and OCD tendencies like me. The vision of a space so simplified and streamlined that it instantly calms you is an intoxicating mirage that I’ve completely bought into. I’m working on decreasing my own possessions but it’s an ongoing process that I have to rededicate myself to on a monthly, weekly and daily basis.

While deciding to embark on minimizing what I own, I started to read more extensively on the topic and branched out into different variations on the theme of minimalism – looking at it from the financial aspect, from the consumerism aspect and from the philosophical aspect. I also became hungry for as many personal stories as I could find about other people’s own minimalist journeys.

This book list brings together the books I’ve read so far on the topic, ordered from the one that was most helpful to me, to least helpful. If you have any other titles on minimalism you’d like to recommend to me, please let me know in the comments!

Madeline Miller Author Spotlight: Reviews Of The Song Of Achilles And Circe @MillerMadeline

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It’s a little hard to be involved in any way in the book world and to not have heard of Madeline Miller. She really came into my radar as an author when I started to hear about the release of her second novel Circe earlier this year. Shortly afterwards I found out that she was being featured in a talk at the LA Times Book Festival. I hadn’t yet read her books but I knew she was a popular author with a rabid fan following, so I jumped at the chance to see her speak.

She opened the segment by reading a passage from Circe that absolutely blew me away for the power and strength of the writing (I’ve included the whole passage in my review below). It literally gave me goosebumps, and right away I knew I needed to read both her books. I’ve been recommending them (especially The Song Of Achilles) ever since and I’m officially a life long fan of her work. Read my full reviews of both of her novels below.

March 2018 @BookOfTheMonth Reviews: An American Marriage, Not That I Could Tell and The Wife Between Us

Book Of The Month March 2018 Book Reviews On Novels And Nonfiction

My March Book Of The Month selections ended up being pretty solid choices for me. The weightier one among the three is literary fiction novel An American Marriage, while the other two are lighter reads that would fit well for a more escapist mood. Not That I Could Tell was a mystery that – despite a few less intriguing characters – held my interest well from start to finish. While The Wife Between Us is a thriller that fell a bit flat shortly after the big midway twist.

Read my full reviews of all three below and let me know in the comments what you thought if you’ve read them as well!

February 2018 @BookOfTheMonth Reviews: The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, The Broken Girls and The Great Alone @neilhimself @simone_stjames

Book Of The Month February 2018 Reviews On Novels And Nonfiction

I’m still working on getting caught up with my old Book Of The Month reviews and I’ve already read through all the March 2018 books I ordered, so I should have reviews for those up early next week. I may alternate newer with older months going forward as I get caught up, so I can read their more recent picks and review them closer to the actual release date.

Out of the three books I selected for February 2018, I was expecting to like The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah the best. It actually ended up being the one I rated lowest out of three. I really liked it at the outset – historical fiction, Alaska, a young bold protagonist, what’s not to like – but it kind of fell apart for me at the end. Keep reading to find out why, and also why I gave my other two February 2018 picks a higher rating.

January 2018 @BookOfTheMonth Reviews: As Bright As Heaven, The Woman In The Window & Red Clocks @SusanMeissner @AJFinnBooks

Book Of The Month January 2018 Reviews On Novels And Nonfiction

I really feel that I picked a good mix of books from Book Of The Month for January 2018. There’s a little something for every taste – whether you like moving historical fiction, psychological thrillers or a little dystopian feminist fiction. Each of these titles was also highly anticipated and generated a ton of buzz online.

Two of these books really hit it out of the park for me (and for Goodreads readers who awarded both over 4.0 stars). They epitomized everything I love about their genres. One, instead, really fell short of the mark. Can you guess which is which? Read my full reviews to find out!

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