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.
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I attended the LA Times Festival Of Books for the first time this year and I’ve already put together a recap post for my first day at the festival, including all the talks I listened to and the books I was able to get signed. You can see my Day 1 Recap here.
This is the recap post for Day 2 – when I had the chance to hear quite a few very well known authors speak about their work. Compared to Day 1, which was mostly nonfiction focused, the Day 2 conversations I picked were all centered on fiction.
By my second day at the festival, I was old hat at getting from one speaker event to the next, and at knowing to leave the auditoriums five minutes into the question portion to make sure I was right at the front of each book signing line. I hope you enjoy this second recap and I can’t wait till when I get to attend the festival again next year!
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If you’re being slowly crushed by a huge pile of physical or digital books you must read asap raise your hand. If, despite that, you can’t help but yearn to know what is just around the bend in the bookish world, and add even more titles to your TBR list, you’re in good company.
There are definitely a few of these April 2018 releases that I was so excited about that I requested physical or digital copies regardless of all the other books glaring at me from a shelf or my Kindle. But the majority will likely have to wait while I get my reading life in order (maybe never?).
I tried to include a little bit of everything – lots of history, both fictional and not, but also fantasy, two memoirs, politics and a little science thrown in with a curveball dinosaur pick. Enjoy!
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