I’m only a few weeks away from my annual trip home to Milan to visit my family for the summer, and I’m getting super excited. For anyone out there who hasn’t traveled to Italy yet – don’t go in August. I pick times during the year (August and December) when my family has more time to spend with me due to vacation, but they are pretty much the two worse times of the year to visit my home country.
In August, the mosquitoes in Italy are enormous and out in full force, and the region I’m from – Lombardy – turns into humid wetland very similar to Thailand. the area surrounding Milan is actually filled with rice paddies because the plain it sits in is surrounded by mountains that trap in moisture from the coast. Sounds picturesque but really it’s just muggy.
I typically spend all my time indoors sitting in front of the air conditioner, and you know what that means! Lots of leisurely time to read, in addition to two 11 hour flights, which also helps. I’m planning to tackle three of the biggest baddest books sitting on my TBR so stay tuned for reviews of those. In the meantime, here are this week’s links!
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When I first learned about Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind, I knew that I had to get my hands on it immediately. It’s exactly the kind of nonfiction I love the most – with sweeping swaths of history summarized based on overarching trends, while still including enough details to teach me something I didn’t know. I could tell that Homo Deus, on the other hand, would be a departure from my usual nonfiction fare. It’s almost more of a manifesto than the hypothetical set of musings on the future that the author insists it to be.
The two books are clearly portrayed as a set, based on their titles and matching cover styles, but if you loved Sapiens, you’re not at all guaranteed to also enjoy Homo Deus. I’m not surprised to say that though Sapiens has made it up there in the Top 20 or so of my favorite nonfiction titles, Homo Deus was interesting but much less to my taste. To find out why, read my reviews below!
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It’s early morning this Friday as I write this post, and as soon as I’m finished, I’ll be heading out to the beach for a full day of solo reading in my trusty beach tent. I’m really lucky to have gotten today off work so that I can get a jumpstart on getting through most of Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari (which I will be reviewing on Monday) and also starting Into The Water by Paula Hawkins for my May 2017 Book Of The Month delivery. I’m bringing some snacks and planning on at least 5 hours of uninterrupted beach and reading time. Ready. Set. Go.
For those of us still on the weekly grind this Friday, you may find some solace and entertainment in this week’s links. Only one more day till the weekend!
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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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