Tag: historical fiction

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.

Top Ten Books By Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read #TopTenTuesday

Top Ten Books By Favorite Authors That I Still Haven't Read On Novels And Nonfiction

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s topic was Top Ten Books By Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read. I don’t participate in Top Ten Tuesday every week but I’m going to try to do so at least once a month.

I’m interpreting this week’s theme a bit loosely, because some of these authors aren’t technically full blown favorites of mine. I picked authors for which I had read at least one book and loved it – and then scoured their list of published titles to find my potential next great read.

It’s a pretty eclectic list and I even threw some nonfiction in there. It was fun to brainstorm which books to pick for this post and it definitely reminded me of a few titles I’ve been meaning to get to. Hopefully it’ll also provide good inspiration for your TBR!

10 October 2018 Book Releases I’m Excited About

October 2018 Book Releases I'm Excited About On Novels And Nonfiction

There was quite the bounty of new novels released in October 2018, so I ended up going with 6 fiction and 4 nonfiction titles I’m likely going to pick up for this month’s post. There were some big releases that are not included in this list like the new Stephen King title – I had to make some hard decisions guys. The novels are all either historical fiction or contemporary fiction (or both! I’m looking at you Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver), while the nonfiction titles are more varied.

I’m pretty curious to see if any of the novels end up being Book Of The Month selections for October, and I have my fingers crossed that it ends up being some of the titles I really want to read but that I haven’t been able to access via Net Galley. If I was a betting person I would put my stakes on Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller (since they’ve featured a novel by her before) and Family Trust by Kathy Wang (because it’s their kind of contemporary novel). I guess we’ll have to wait till October 1st and see!

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

Madeline Miller Author Spotlight 1

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.

10 September 2018 Book Releases I’m Excited About

September 2018 Book Releases On Novels And Nonfiction

Being home in Milan for the past 2 weeks has given me the opportunity to stockpile some blog posts, so I expect i’ll be posting regularly on the blog again going forward.

Here are my selections for September. As in prior months, I’ve selected 5 fiction and 5 nonfiction titles coming out in September 2018 that I’m potentially interested in reading. There’s a good mix of historical fiction, memoirs, politics and thrillers.

I’m trying to get my monthly release post started earlier in the prior month, so I can request any available titles on Net Galley and get the reviews for them out as close to the publication date as possible. I’ve receive ARC’s for two of the titles on this list so far (The Seclusion by Jacqui Castle and I Should Have Honor by Khalida Brohi), and I’ve finished the first and have started the second already. Hope you like my selections!

Just Read: Review Of Call Of The Curlew by Elizabeth Brooks (Blog Tour) @ManxWriter

Call Of The Curlew Book Review On Novels And Nonfiction

I’ve definitely fallen off my blogging schedule recently but, a while back, I had requested to participate in the blog tour for a historical mystery called Call Of The Curlew by Elizabeth Brooks. The blog tour was organized by Anne at Random Things Tours and the publisher was nice enough to send me a paperback ARC of the novel, which was just released at the end of June.

Iwas not familiar with the author but I was intrigued by the plot teaser and felt I would likely at least enjoy the novel. However, the book ended up far exceeding my expectations. Brook’s writing has strength and depth to it beyond what I would have thought to find in a run-of-the-mill historical mystery, and the atmosphere of the novel was suggestive enough to transport me to a cold dreary marsh even in these past sunny 90 degree heat days we’ve been having in LA. Find out more below!

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