Tag: sci fi

Just Read: The Seclusion by Jacqui Castle @JCastleWrites @Inkshares

The Seclusion Book Review 1

I had a lot of new novels to choose from when I was picking five fiction titles to include in my September Book Releases post, and The Seclusion was a relatively unlikely candidate. It’s a debut novel from a new author but has been racking up positive reviews on Goodreads and had what I felt was going to be a captivating and currently relevant premise.

Turns out I was right! I found reading The Seclusion equal parts fun and disturbing. The dystopian future in which the narrative is set is plausible enough and sufficiently related to our current political situation to be extra creepy. The book ends with a final cliff-hanger that left me wanting more. Read my full review to find out why.

10 June 2018 Book Releases I’m Excited About

June 2018 Book Releases On Novels And Nonfiction

As in prior months, I’ve selected 5 fiction and 5 nonfiction titles coming out in June 2018 that I’m potentially interested in reading. There were quite a few heavy hitters publishing new books this month, including Fredrik Backman with his sequel to BeartownUs Against You – and Lauren Groff with a new collection of short stories. I think I’m even more interested in some of the debut novels and memoirs included in this list though.

I’m working on getting myself back up to a regular posting schedule on the blog, but real life keeps getting in the way. This weekend, I’ll be enjoying myself at a wedding out of town, so I’m not sure what activity on the blog will look like through next week. I’ve been reading so much that I’m WAY behind on reviews. Send some good blogging vibes my way!

My Top Ten Favorite Books I Read In 2017 #TopTenTuesday

Top Ten Favorite Books Read In 2017 On Novels And Nonfiction

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.

Andy Weir Author Spotlight: Reviews Of The Martian And Artemis

Andy Weir Author Spotlight On Novels And NonfictionWhen I first watched the movie version of The Martian, I had no idea that it was based on a novel. I also didn’t know that the author of that novel, Andy Weir, had first published The Martian in chapters on his blog, then self-published it on kindle, before seeing it rise into a successful work of fiction and adapted into a movie a few years later.

That’s definitely a crazy ride for any aspiring author, and I think The Martian is such a beautifully crafted work combining science, adventure and sentiment that Weir deserves all the strong praise he has received for it.

When I received an ARC of Artemis on Net Galley, I decided to read both books by Weir back-to-back and I think that may have been a mistake. Unfortunately, for all of the strength of The Martian, Artemis felt like a definite sophomore slump to me. Read my full reviews below to find out why.

September 2017 @BookOfTheMonth Reviews: Little Fires Everywhere, Exit West And Emma In The Night

September 2017 Book Of The Month Reviews On Novels And Nonfiction

Book Of The Month is a subscription service that sends you one hardcover book per month out of five selections for a low 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 to sign up if you’re interested in trying it. You’ll get your first three months for just $9.99 each plus a cute tote. And I’ll get a free book when you join. Win, win!

I’m close to getting caught up with my Book Of The Month reviews, though my October books include a 600 page tome, so that might slow me down slightly. For September, I picked three books I’ve been hearing a fair deal about, and mostly on the positive side: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid and Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker. Read my reviews below to see what I thought!

10 November 2017 Book Releases I’m Looking Forward To

Ten November 2017 Book Release I'm Looking Forward To On Novels And Nonfiction

Every month, I pick 5 nonfiction and 5 fiction books being released that month that sound like good reads to me, based on my personal preference in topics and genres, as well as advance reviews on Goodreads and Amazon.

In this month’s list, I’m definitely most excited about Prairie Fires on the nonfiction side and Artemis on the fiction side. I’ve already requested both on Net Galley and have reviews scheduled for later in the month. Other picks from this list that are still available for request on Net Galley (for the bloggers out there) are Little Broken Things and The Story Of Arthur Truluv.

Hopefully you find something here that catches your eye!

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