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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!

January 2017 #BookOfTheMonth Delivery: Reviews Of Behold The Dreamers, Pull Me Under And Lucky You

Book Of The Month January 2017 Reviews On Novels And Nonfiction

Book Of The Month is a subscription service that sends you one hardcover work of modern fiction per month for a monthly subscription fee. You can add 2 more titles to your monthly delivery for $9.99 each, and the price overall is very cheap for full-size hardcovers.

Book Of The Month is not paying me to promote their service. I just love it so much that I’ve turned my monthly deliveries into a feature on my blog 🙂 I do encourage you to try it though, because if you like hardcovers it’s a great deal.

You can use my referral link and code FRIEND50 to receive 30% off a 3-month subscription to Book Of The Month (and I’ll receive a free book if you sign up through my link – win win).

The three titles I picked for my December 2016 delivery were Behold The Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, Pull Me Under by Kelly Luce and Lucky You by Erika Carter (which was an advanced release exclusive for Book Of The Month). Book Of The Month was also nice enough to include short story The Grownup by Gillian Flynn as a Christmas gift to its subscribers but since I unfortunately really didn’t like it and it’s not a full-length novel anyways, I’m leaving it out of this post.

December 2016 #BookOfTheMonth Delivery: Reviews Of Swimming Lessons, Missing, Presumed And Siracusa

Book Of The Month December 2016 Delivery Review On Novels And Nonfiction

Book Of The Month is a subscription service that sends you one hardcover work of modern fiction per month for a monthly subscription fee. You can add 2 more titles to your monthly delivery for $9.99 each, and the price overall is very cheap for full-size hardcovers.

Book Of The Month is not paying me to promote their service. I just love it so much that I’ve turned my monthly deliveries into a feature on my blog 🙂 I do encourage you to try it though, because if you like hardcovers it’s a great deal.

You can use my referral link and code FRIEND50 to receive 30% off a 3-month subscription to Book Of The Month (and I’ll receive a free book if you sign up through my link – win win).

The three titles I picked for my December 2016 delivery were Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller (which was a Book Of The Month exclusive and will be released to the general public on February 7th, 2017), Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner and Siracusa by Delia Ephron. I loved Swimming Lessons, liked Missing, Presumed and I did not like Siracusa. Here are my reviews.

Elena Ferrante’s #NeapolitanNovels – Book 2 Review – The Story Of A New Name

The Story Of A New Name Book Review On Novels And Nonfiction

 

I love the first novel in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series My Brilliant Friend (you can read my review of it here), so I was very excited to read the second novel in the series – The Story Of A New Name.

Though I loved My Brilliant Friend, I was hoping to see Elena move out of her friend Lila’s suffocating sphere of emotional and psychological influence in Book 2, and I was not disappointed. Though Elena and Lila will always be connected, I thought that Elena really came into her own and established an identity separate from Lila in this second novel, which made me really interested to see how much further they develop separately in the third and fourth books as well.

The end of the book provided a pretty good cliffhanger in which one of the two protagonists is at the start of a great success and the other one has sunk into abject conditions. It really made me want to pick up Book 3 asap, even though I’m not reviewing it until early February. Meanwhile, read my review of The Story Of A New Name below.

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