Summer 2017 was a bit stop and go for me as far as book blogging is concerned, but I’m still happy with the volume of reviews I put out. You can find the full list below divided by category and organized by the rating I gave to each title.
For the Fall, what I’m hoping is that I’m able to post review/release content consistently about twice a week, and add a Links I Loved This Week post to the mix as well if I have time. I’m planning on starting a new feature called Book Pairings in which I will review one fiction and one nonfiction pick that have some kind of connection to each other. I already have 2 specific topics planned.
I ended up reading a total of 26 books in Summer 2017 and reviewed 29 books (11 Nonfiction, 11 Contemporary Fiction, 6 Historical Fiction and 1 Classic). The discrepancy between read books and reviewed books comes both from titles I read before the start of Summer 2017 that I reviewed during the summer, and titles that I read during Summer 2017 but that I haven’t reviewed yet.
Books I read towards the end of Summer 2017 and that I plan to review soon include: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett, What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan and Elizabeth: The Queen by Sally Bedell Smith.
You can see my full Books Read and TBR lists on my Goodreads page!
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Winter 2017 was my second full season blogging on Novels And Nonfiction. I was going really strong until I was lucky enough to get an awesome brand new job, which understandably slowed my momentum slightly. I feel ready to pick back up now that I’ve adjusted to the new position though.
I ended up reading a total of 34 books in Winter 2017 (16 Nonfiction, 13 Contemporary Fiction, 4 Historical Fiction and 1 Classic). It was a little short of my goal of 40 books, but I’m very happy with the result.
I reviewed a total of 38 books in Winter 2017 (19 Nonfiction, 15 Contemporary Fiction, 3 Historical Fiction and 1 Classic). The discrepancy in the numbers between what I read and reviewed is due to the fact that I reviewed several books for my True Crime and Hillary Clinton Book Lists and Liane Moriarty Author Spotlight that I read in the past few years.
There are also a few books I read in Winter 2017 that I have yet to review, including: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, Worth It by Amanda Steinberg, Before The Rains by Dinah Jefferies and Cannibalism by Bill Schutt. Reviews for all of these are coming in the next few weeks.
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It goes without saying that going into reading The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead I had huge expectations. It was an Oprah pick, has received endless buzz in the bookish world since its publication in August 2016, and most recently was selected as the 2016 National Book Award winner for fiction. Basically, it’s a pretty big deal.
I was prepared to be at least marginally disappointed but instead the novel not only met but exceeded all of my expectations. It’s gorgeously written, moving, thought-provoking, and magical while remaining historically accurate and painful to read. I had to join the bandwagon by giving it an extremely well-deserved 5 star review.
As a side note, I’ve been looking for a good nonfiction book on the history of the underground railroad, but have had a hard time finding one with consistently good reviews. I purchased and started reading Bound For Canaan by Fergus M. Bordewich, but I found his writing lacked cohesion, which made the book very hard to follow. He strung descriptions of people and anecdotes along with not much to connect them to a larger overarching point. I may have given up on it too soon though and may have to revisit it. If you’ve read it can you let me know what you thought in the comments?
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Here we are. It’s the week some of us have been dreading when all the bleep has hit the fan. I’ll be at the Women’s March in LA today to ‘grieve’ with like-minded people and stand up for what I believe in. I have to say, though, that my general feeling for the future is hopeful. There will be better times and we’ll have leadership we can be proud of again.
Having said that the bookish blog world is a perfect place to hide in for solace and entertainment when life is looking bleak. I thoroughly enjoyed reading through everyone’s posts and here, as usual, are some of my favorites!
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