So after a few weeks away from blogging due to focusing on work (and then getting sick for ALL of Memorial Day weekend – go me!), I’m coming back today with my first post to recap my experience at the LA Times Festival Of Books.
This year was not just my first time attending the festival, but also my first time attending a book festival of this size in general. I bought myself an All Access Pass (more on that below) and created a schedule of author conversations I wanted to attend (having to make some hard decisions along the way to see one set of authors versus another).
I had a really amazing time getting to see many authors I already loved or had heard of before in person, and listening to interesting conversations on literature, nonfiction, writing and reading. Weirdly enough, I saw mostly nonfiction authors on Day 1 and mostly fiction on Day 2. I’m splitting up my reviews of each day so I can do them justice. Day 2 should be up early next week. I hope you enjoy these recaps!
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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!
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s topic was Top Ten Favorite Quotes. I needed a bit more direction than that because I have a hard time remembering specific quotes I loved in novels, so I decided to restrict the playing field to my favorite classics of all time.
Definitely not an easy feat but I decided to stick with one book from each of my Top 10 favorite classic authors, so they’d all be represented. If they’re on this list, you can assume I pretty much love every single one of their titles that I’ve read. They’re not in any specific order because it was just too hard as always to pick favorites, except for the fact that Middlemarch and The Idiot being at the top is not entirely coincidental.
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