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My Year In Books: 2017 Novels And Nonfiction Wrap-Up

My Year In Books 2017 Wrap-Up On Novels And Nonfiction

It feels good to be back from my blogging break and also back to real life after a blissful 2 week vacation in Milan with my family. All I did was read, eat, sleep and repeat – you may have noticed the constant uptick in read books on my Goodreads/Twitter. I ended up reading 9 books during the vacation, as well as starting several more. Not too shabby.

While there I also started this post taking a look at all the books I read in 2017 so as to glean some insights on the genres I’m gravitating towards. At the end you’ll also find my blog goals for 2018 (which I’ve tried to keep pretty simple and realistic). I’ll be back with Links I Loved this week as well on Sunday as usual, and hopefully one or two more posts in between.

Happy 2018 to everyone and good luck on all your personal and blogging resolutions!

#NonfictionNovember 2017 Week 1: My Year In Nonfiction #NonFicNov

My Year In Nonfiction On Novels And Nonfiction

It’s #Nonfiction November guys! And as you can tell by my blog name and by the kinds of reviews I post around here, I read my fare share of nonfiction. Actually, I used to read mostly nonfiction by proportion, and it’s book blogging that has helped me venture much more out into the world of contemporary fiction – whether reading historical fiction novels, thrillers or even a little sci fi.

Nonfiction will always be a big part of my reading, however. Since the beginning of 2017, I’ve read a total of 93 books to date, and 43 of these were nonfiction. I’ve listed them all out below (with links to my reviews when available), as well as naming my favorite nonfiction read for the year and the nonfiction title I’ve found myself recommending the most. Towards the bottom of the post you’ll find some titles from a nonfiction topic I want to read more about, as well as my plans for the upcoming weeks of #NonfictionNovember. Excited to see everyone’s posts!

PS: If you’re an LA-based book blogger, join my new group on facebook to get to know other book blogger in Los Angeles!

10 Books I Want To Read Featuring Witches: #TopTenTuesday #Halloween Freebie

10 Books I Want To Read Featuring Witches On Novels And Nonfiction

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blogging meme created by The Broke And Bookish. I believe this may be only my second or third Top Ten Tuesday post, but I’m hoping to be able to participate about once a month going forward.

This week’s topic was a Halloween Freebie. I’ve been wanting to post a book list with reviews of books all featuring witches for Halloween, but this year I didn’t get my act together early enough to complete the reading for it. So instead, I thought I’d put together a list of the books featuring witches that I’d like to read by next year’s Halloween, in time to post reviews of all of them in 2018. Most of my picks (9) are fiction, but I included one nonfiction title at the top.

Let me know if you have other recommendations! And Happy Halloween!

Just Read: The Rules Of Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Rules Of Magic Book Review On Novels And Nonfiction

Just like many other women who grew up in the 90s, I loved the movie Practical Magic, in which fresh-faced Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman played two rebel witch sisters. I had no idea, at the time, that the movie was based on a novel by Alice Hoffman, written in 1995.

My first encounter with Alice Hoffman’s writing was actually by reading two of her other novels. First Faithful, which I really ended up not liking and decided to skip reviewing. And then The Marriage Of Opposites for a book club, which was better than Faithful but still felt slow and repetitive to me. Both novels had elements of magical realism, but definitely not to the level of the Practical Magic series.

Based on my lackluster prior experiences with Hoffman’s writing, I wasn’t sure if I’d like The Rules of Magic as much as I loved the movie based on its sequel. Maybe it was the familiarity of the story and settings, or that I actually do need more magic from Hoffman to enjoy her writing, but I definitely ended up enjoying it. Find out why below.

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