So I clearly missed the boat slightly on yesterday’s #TopTenTuesday topic but I still wanted to put up this post… I decided to include the Top Ten Tuesday hashtag anyways to make sure that I’m giving credit where credit is due 🙂
It was pretty hard to go through all my five stars reviews for the year and pick the 10 books that were the best – like picking favorite children. I tried to put the titles I ended up going with in approximate order of how much I loved them – most to least. And YES Eleanor Oliphant is at the top of the list, so for everyone who didn’t like it, you can just deal with it 😉 It’s my #1 for the year.
These are not all titles released in 2017, but rather just ones I read throughout the year. I hope you find some good options for your TBR, and if you want to know more about any of them, make sure to check out the full reviews I’ve linked to.
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This may sound like a bit of a weird idea for a post, but I decided to group together 3 short reviews of nonfiction books I read recently (within the last 5 months) that I thought were going to be good, but turned out to be disappointing. Two of them in particular are pretty popular and frequently recommended, so beware!
By reviewing them I hope to spare others from my fate, listening to Dead Wake and wondering when the Lusitania would finally get torpedoed (spoiler alert: it’s not till the very end of the book), trying to plod through Alexander Hamilton and wondering what the big fuss was about, or reading Disaster Falls and feeling bad about disliking a memoir about grief and the death of a child.
Learn from my mistakes and read below about why I wish I hadn’t skipped these three nonfiction picks.
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Since I’ve been on a bit of an unplanned blogging break for the past month or so, I’m a bit behind on my Book Of The Month posts. I’m going to start getting caught up by reviewing the books I received for my February 2017 delivery, which were Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, Before The Fall by Noah Hawley and All At Sea by Decca Aitkenhead. I ended up liking all three, but in particular absolutely loved Pachinko. I would highly recommend it. Keep reading to find out why!
(My blogging break came about because I realized I was no longer enjoying blogging as much, I think as a result of putting myself on too strict of a schedule. Because this is really just a hobby for me, I want to make sure that I’m enjoying every minute of it. This most likely will mean that I’ll be posting less frequently, but I’m still planning on sharing as many of my favorite reads as possible with you!)
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February was definitely an easier month for which to pick a good number of new Nonfiction and Fiction releases that I’m excited about. I think January is typically a less active month in the publishing world, so I had a harder time ferreting titles out that I felt truly compelling. This month, on the other hand, I had to cull my list down from 20 titles or so to ones that I thought sounded the most interesting.
I would also add Claire Fuller’s Swimming Lessons to the list but I’ve already read it (here is my review). It was available to Book Of The Month subscribers as an exclusive and one of their five December 2016 picks, but will be released in hardcover to everyone else on February 7th 2017. I highly recommend it – the way in which the story is in part told through past letters written by the absent mother figure in the novel is fascinating.
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