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My Year In Books: 2017 Novels And Nonfiction Wrap-Up

My Year In Books 2017 Wrap-Up On Novels And Nonfiction

It feels good to be back from my blogging break and also back to real life after a blissful 2 week vacation in Milan with my family. All I did was read, eat, sleep and repeat – you may have noticed the constant uptick in read books on my Goodreads/Twitter. I ended up reading 9 books during the vacation, as well as starting several more. Not too shabby.

While there I also started this post taking a look at all the books I read in 2017 so as to glean some insights on the genres I’m gravitating towards. At the end you’ll also find my blog goals for 2018 (which I’ve tried to keep pretty simple and realistic). I’ll be back with Links I Loved this week as well on Sunday as usual, and hopefully one or two more posts in between.

Happy 2018 to everyone and good luck on all your personal and blogging resolutions!

#NonfictionNovember 2017 Week 5: Ten Nonfiction Titles Just Added To My TBR

Nonfiction Titles New To My TBR On Novels And Nonfiction

It’s the final week of Nonfiction November and the final topic was Nonfiction Reads New To My TBR and was hosted by Emerald City Book Review. I went back and looked through everyone’s Nonfiction November posts as well as comments on my own posts to sift through all the amazing recommendations I read and received throughout the month.

The titles I picked for this list mostly fall within topics for which I either want to create or update book lists next year (Russia, World War II, China and Fateful Voyages) and that I therefore hope to read soon. A few were books I’d heard of and considered reading in the past, but seeing them featured on a blog this month reminded me of them again – for example My Life In Middlemarch.

Thanks to everyone for all the TBR fodder this month and thanks to Sarah’s Book Shelves, Doing Dewey, Emerald City Book Review, Julz Reads and Sophisticated Dorkiness for doing such a great job of hosting – can’t wait for next year!

#NonfictionNovember 2017 Week 1: My Year In Nonfiction #NonFicNov

My Year In Nonfiction On Novels And Nonfiction

It’s #Nonfiction November guys! And as you can tell by my blog name and by the kinds of reviews I post around here, I read my fare share of nonfiction. Actually, I used to read mostly nonfiction by proportion, and it’s book blogging that has helped me venture much more out into the world of contemporary fiction – whether reading historical fiction novels, thrillers or even a little sci fi.

Nonfiction will always be a big part of my reading, however. Since the beginning of 2017, I’ve read a total of 93 books to date, and 43 of these were nonfiction. I’ve listed them all out below (with links to my reviews when available), as well as naming my favorite nonfiction read for the year and the nonfiction title I’ve found myself recommending the most. Towards the bottom of the post you’ll find some titles from a nonfiction topic I want to read more about, as well as my plans for the upcoming weeks of #NonfictionNovember. Excited to see everyone’s posts!

PS: If you’re an LA-based book blogger, join my new group on facebook to get to know other book blogger in Los Angeles!

10 Books I Want To Read Featuring Witches: #TopTenTuesday #Halloween Freebie

10 Books I Want To Read Featuring Witches On Novels And Nonfiction

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blogging meme created by The Broke And Bookish. I believe this may be only my second or third Top Ten Tuesday post, but I’m hoping to be able to participate about once a month going forward.

This week’s topic was a Halloween Freebie. I’ve been wanting to post a book list with reviews of books all featuring witches for Halloween, but this year I didn’t get my act together early enough to complete the reading for it. So instead, I thought I’d put together a list of the books featuring witches that I’d like to read by next year’s Halloween, in time to post reviews of all of them in 2018. Most of my picks (9) are fiction, but I included one nonfiction title at the top.

Let me know if you have other recommendations! And Happy Halloween!

My Spring 2017 TBR List

My Spring 2017 TBR List On Novels And Nonfiction

I’m hoping to read a total of 40 Books in Spring 2017. That includes 16 Nonfiction titles (some centered around booklists I’m planning on World War II and China), 13 Contemporary Fiction books, 4 Historical Fiction books and 7 Classics (including 3 for an Author Spotlight on Virginia Woolf that was pushed to this season). In addition I’ll be reading 3 books that are not included in this post for my April 2017 Book Of The Month package, which I will be selecting in the future.

For full disclosure, since Spring technically started on March 19th, I’ve actually already read and even reviewed a few of the titles on this list, like Cannibalism by Bill Schutt and Before The Rains by Dinah Jefferies.

Of course plans change, as is only too obvious by the fact that some of the books on this list are carryovers from last season that I didn’t end up getting to. I think A Little LifeLonesome Dove and House Of Leaves may actually have been carried over twice now, so those are definitely on my must-get-to list. I like to plan out my posts for the blog on a seasonal basis because it gives me a framework within which to work and also by which to measure my progress. If I don’t end up getting to all of them and pick up something else instead, that’s okay.

Hope you find some inspiration for your own TBR list from mine!

12 March 2017 Releases I’m Excited To Read – #BookRelease

12 March 2017 Book Releases I'm Excited To Read On Novels And Nonfiction

Another month, another list of a dozen books I hope to find time to read someday! The FOMO is strong with these ones, but I’m trying to be realistic about how fast I can get through books and how fast I can also post about them. I may only read half of these at some point in the next few months, but I found all of these titles deserving of mention.

I hope you’ll find something in my list that’ll catch your eye and luckily enough, most of these titles are currently available for request on Net Galley (a resource for book bloggers and reviewers to get access to ebook versions of books for free in return for honest reviews), so I encourage you to look them up and request them if you’re interested.

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