Fiction, Non-Fiction and Illustrated

3 Recent Releases

Good morning. It’s Saturday and I just had an idea!!!! Aren’t you excited? Well, I didn’t have an idea because it’s Saturday, but you know what I mean. I thought it would fun to list 3 different releases from different genres every weekend. I can’t think of a good name for the series so I’m just going to list the genres I choose as the title. If you can think of something better, please, feel free to shout it out in the comments.

So, since my coffee is getting cold and eventually I will have to start my day — which does include a trip to the local book store for some Christmas Presents — I will start the list and stop wasting your time. That’s what you’re here for right?

Hurrah for Gin: A Book for Perfectly Imperfect Parents

By: Katie Kirby

Love the stick figures and the fact that she makes it a point to remind you that this is not a “how-to” guide. This a satire book filled with real life and real people (stick people) funny moments of parenthood. I think it makes the perfect gift for a good friend or relative who is feeling stressed out this holiday season (that would be all of us).

Amazon: Paperback ($10.39); Hardcover ($17.48); Kindle ($4.99)

Published on 11/28/17 by Quercus (Reprint Edition); 400 pages

The Keeper of Lost Things

By: Ruth Hogan

What drew me to this book was the cover. This is a beautiful cover and although I know that you should never judge a book by it’s cover….. Can you blame me? Ok, so I came for the cover and stayed for the story. This is a debut novel by this author and it tells th story of possibilities, discoveries, promises that are made and/or broken and things that give meaning to our lives…. I can’t wait to pick this one up…. perhaps on my trip to the bookstore this afternoon.

Amazon: Paperback ($10.99); Hardover ($14.55); Kindle ($10.99); Audio ($17.56)

Published on 11/28/17 by William Morrow (hardcover published 2/21/17); 288 pages.

Principles

By: Ray Dalio

So I’m listening to this one on audible. I find that non-fiction lends itself better to audio books because I keeps my attention. This is part memoir and part guide on how his set of principles guided his every move. I won’t say too much as I am still just starting listening to this book but I am sure a review will be coming soon.

Amazon: Hardcover ($17.99); Kindle ($14.99); Audio ($19.59)

Published on 9/19/17 by Simon & Schuster; 592 Pages

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A New Direction

If a book blogger reads but doesn’t post about it, is that book blogger really reading? Is that book blogger a real blogger? The past few months I have been really struggling with the direction of the blog and the reason why I started the blog. I’ve been reading, quite a bit actually but have not felt like I wanted to be criticized for my thoughts of the book.

I really enjoy reading for pleasure and when I started the blog all I wanted was to share my honest thoughts about my experience. However, blogging about books quickly became a stress. Am I reading the right books? Am I reading enough books? When browsing for books I became very critical about the books I was picking up. It stopped being about picking up a book because it looked like something I wanted to read and instead became about the review. Additionally, writing about my enjoyment of the book became less about my thoughts about the book and more of what was expected from a good “book review.” I became a lot more conscious about reading critically which took away from enjoying the reading. In short, it stopped being fun and became a job.

The past few months I’ve enjoyed reading for the sheer enjoyment of reading. I have not thought about posting a review and I’ve regained the momentum which got me on the road to posting about my love of books. I’ve read mostly non-fiction and self improvement books. Not because I prefer that genre to another or because of Non-Fiction November, but because that’s what I wanted to read.

I’ve given the blog a lot of thought the past few months, too. I want to continue sharing my love of books and my love of stories but I will not, or at least I will try, not to fall prey to the pitfalls of the past. The blog will focus mostly on books but I will also be posting about other things when there are no books to talk about about. After all, this is my blog and I will make it what I want. No guilt and no pressure!

Ok. I’m done with my soap box…. how about a little list of of the books I’ve been reading?

 

The Happiness Project

Getting Things Done

Find Your Why

Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook

The Man Booker Prize List

The Man Booker Prize was announced last week and all over the internet you will find opinions, lists of lists and various thoughts about this list of “must reads.”  The short list will be coming out in September and the winner will be announced in October.

I am not even going to pretend that I can read all 13 books on the long list before the September 13th date when the short list will announced, nor am I interested in all the books.  However, I feel like I need to challenge myself in some way and made a list of 5 books and hoping that the one I enjoy best will be winner this year.  Last year I did not like the winner, although may other bloggers can’t say enough good things about it.

So for my list of Man Booker Prize Selection:

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

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Autumn by Ali Smith

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Solar Bones by Mike McCoramack

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4321 by Paul Auster

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Lincoln and the Bardo by George Saunders

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I am currently reading Exit West by Mohsin Hamid and so far I am enjoying it.  I’m about 38% into the book and although it’s a prose that to me sounds and feels more like poetry…. It’s a different type of prose than what I’m used to but I am enjoying it very much.  I do not want to read or watch any reviews as I don’t want to be influenced by any of them but I will give you my thoughts once I’m done with the book.

What caught my attention here was three aspects of the story, there is a romance, a raw type of romantic story between Saheed and Nadia, there is the war aspect and how a town taken over by war is surviving or not and then there is the fantasy aspect which is what I was most interested in….. the doors that exit west are just now coming to the surface and I have not been able to stop reading except for the sleep last night.  Going back tot he book after the post….. I’m glad it’s Sunday.

Since I don’t have any of these books right now I’m reading this one on my iPad and right now I’m trying to figure out if I want to continue reading them on the iPad or if I should order the books (that’s a post for another day).

Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend and I’ll see on my next post.

Ana

3 Best Book Podcasts

What do you listen to when not reading? I’ve never been one to listen to music.  It’s not that I don’t like it.  I like music and I enjoy all types of music but I find that I gravitate towards words.  Where as music is something I tend to listen to when I’m with a group of people and feeling up and energetic, words are what I seek when I just want to be alone and enjoy some “me” time.

I think I’ve mentioned here before that listening to book is a futile exercise for me.  I wind up rewinding and/or deep into the book realizing that I have no idea how I got  to that point.  I get distracted and forget to listen.  There are always a million thoughts going through my head and sometimes …. ok most of the time …. they are louder than the narrator’s voice.

Having said that, I do enjoy podcasts.  They are shorter and with breaks in between the voices they tend to bring me back from my distrating thoughts much quicker which affords me the opportunity to be more present.  So, my queue on my iPhone has a few book podcasts that I tend to listen to when commuting to and from work.  Here are 3 of the ones I am enjoying lately.  Let me know if you have others I can add to my evergrowing list.

Book Riot

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Book Riot is a weekly news and talk show about what’s new, cool and worth talking about in the world of books and reading.

Reading Women

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The Reading Women podcast is a bi-weekly show where women discuss books by or about women.

All the books

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It’s a weekly Book Riot show of recommendations and discussions about the most interesting and exciting new book releases.  I really enjoy the back and forth between the two women on the show.  Although I have not read of the books they talk about on the show I find their discussions to be really enjoyable.

 

 

 

Favorite Books of Famous CEOs

I don’t know about you but I am always interested in what others have on their reading lists and what they enjoy reading the most.  Especially those who are touted as being leaders in their communities.  The firm I work with always puts out a “reading list” and every year I patiently wait for that to come out to add some books to my ever growing TBR.  I don’t know for certain that I will ever read them but it’s fun to see what others find interesting.

I thought I’d share a list of what famous CEOs enjoy reading.

 

Jeff Bezos – Amazon CEO

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it turns out that according to an interview given by Jeff Bezos he claims to learn more from fiction than non-fiction.  I tend to agree that sometimes that is the case with me as well.  There are so many topics that fiction covers that learning from it is not as far fetched as it seems.

Bill Gates – Previous CEO of Microsoft

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I’ve never read this book but according to Bill Gates this is a very clever novel.  He read it when he was 13 and it’s been his favorite since then.

Tim Cook – CEO of Apple

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According to Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, this book is completely worth your time if you want to work smartly.  According to an interview he’s been known to pass this book out to friends, co-workers and new employees. Hmm this is one to go on my TBR for sure.

Mark Zuckerberg – CEO of Facebook

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If you can recall, Mark Zuckerberg put together a list of 23 books and one that I found the choice of this one very interesting.  I’m not sure I’m interested in reading it (not sure if it says anything about me).

Richard Branson – CEO of Virgin

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For some reason I’m not surprised that Richard Branson enjoys Maya Angelou’s poetry.    This poem particularly speaks of freedom and the feeling of being free…. It’s so Richard Branson.  I would have been shocked if it weren’t on his list. By the way, this is also Bill Clinton’s favorite book.

I hope you enjoyed this short list of books and let me know if any of them are of interest to you.  Have you read any of them?  Will you be reading any of them?  Are you surprised by the choices made by these famous CEOs?

Happy Reading

Ana

Books I want to read in August

 

As I have mentioned on more than one occasion I am not the fastest reader in the world.  So, while most book bloggers are creating TBR lists for the next week or even for this month.  I’m sitting here trying to figure out how I’m going to read the books I have on my table to read in July so that hopefully I can get new ones in August.

Book Riot just published the new releases for July so I thought it would be a good opportunity to see if I want any of them but…. in my case in August.

What We Lose by Zinzi Clemons (Publising date July 11, 2017)

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The cover is beautiful.  I have never read anything by this author but I’m always willing to discover new authors.  For what I was able to understand from the blurb in the Book Riot blog the book is about a woman trying to deal with the death of her mother.  I think this will be a nice, read dealing with something I know a lot about.

The Witches of New York By Ami McKay ( Publishing date July 11, 2017)

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Another author I don’t know much about…. actually anything about.  I was intrigued by the fact that it appears to take place in New York and since witches are always strong female characters…. I’m game.  Another one for the August TBR.

The Breakdown by B. A. Paris (Publishing Date July 18, 2017)

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Another author I’ve never heard of — I really have to stop reading all classics and move on to the 21st century — This is a thriller about a woman who on the way home from a party notices a car on the side of the road with a woman inside.  She wants to get home so she doesn’t stop.  The next morning she learns that the woman in the car has died.  The blurb reminds a bit of The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, which I read last year and enjoyed so I’m thinking I will enjoy this one as well.  We will see.

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo (Published date August 22, 2017)

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So this may be a September read, but I have to put it not he list now, just in case.  I saw the review on Savige Reads blog and watched his review on You Tube and I’m sold on it.  This book was short listed for the Bailey’s Prize.  In my opinion, it actually sounds better than the winner, The Power, which I will also add to the list at some point.  The story takes place in Nigeria between a couple, husband and wife, the husband’s family and the village.  It sounds like a story about culture, love, marriage, family and disappointment and most of all a story about how people deal with all of the above.  I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

In Addition and outside of the new releases from The Book Riot:  I am expecting my book of the month from my Book of the Month Club The Windfall by Diksha Basu.  The story of a family in India who win a lot of money and move from their poor village to where the rich folk live….. sounds interesting.  I can’t wait to read this one as I think it will be the perfect Summer read.  Expect a review on this one.

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I will keep you all posted as to which ones I am actually able to read.

Until then…. Happy reading

XoXo