Nonfiction November Week 4: New To My TBR

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Welcome to week 4 of Nonfiction November! I don’t know about you, but for me, the month has gone by faster than I would have believed possible. I’ve loved seeing everyone’s discussions and nonfiction reviews and I hope you’ve all been having a good time too. This week, we’re going to share the nonfiction books we’ve discovered through other blogger’s posts this month and hopefully set ourselves up for some more great nonfiction throughout the next year. This week’s topic is: New to My TBR: It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book! Here are some of the books I’ve discovered:

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Don’t Know What To Read Next? Ask Anne!

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 I received a free trial of Anne Knows Books in exchange for my feedback and honest review.

When I was invited to a free trial of Anne Knows Books, I was intrigued. The idea of having someone take the time to learn your tastes in books and recommend books for you personally seemed very fun and kind of decadent to me. Honestly, it’s not a service I would have tried had I not been offered a free trial. I have a very hard time saying no to ARCs, so I typically accept as many as I can, which means paying to have another book to read every month didn’t sound like something I needed. However, I enjoyed the service enough that I’d like to share it with you since I think some of you might really enjoy it.

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Nonfiction November: Cleopatra Read-a-Long

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Welcome to the Nonfiction November Read-a-Long Discussion for Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff!  Last night I had a great discussion with my fabulous co-host, Becca from I’m Lost in Books. We had a lot of fun talking about the book and are excited to share our discussion with you. We’ve also got a link-up at the end of the post where you can share your thoughts as well as some optional discussion questions to get you started. If you also want to chat about The Restless Sleep, be sure to check out the great discussion hosted by Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness and Leslie at Regular Ruminations. Continue reading

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Us

UsTitle: Us
Author: David Nicholls
Source: TLC Book Tours
Rating: five-stars
Links: Amazon|Goodreads|Indiebound

Summary: I loved this book which completely swept me up in the main character’s emotions and left me with a delightfully hopeful feeling.

“Douglas Petersen understands his wife’s need to ‘rediscover herself’ now that their son is leaving home. He just thought they’d be doing their rediscovering together. So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again. The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed.What could possibly go wrong?” (Source)
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Non-Fiction Friday

cork w booksIt has been far too long since we’ve had a Non-Fiction Friday and this week was so filled with jetlag and catching up, I couldn’t get to it yesterday. Instead, today, I’m just going to pretend that it’s Friday and start getting caught up! Today and the remaining Fridays in November, instead of having the traditional Non-Fiction Friday, I’ll be answering the weekly discussion questions for Nonfiction November and directing you to that link-up to share your reviews. This week’s host was Leslie at Regular Rumination and next week’s host will be Becca at I’m Lost In Books.

This week’s topic is Be/Become/Ask the Expert: Share a list of titles that you have read on a particular topic, create a wish list of titles that you’d like to read about a particular topic, or ask your fellow Nonfiction November participants for suggestions on a particular topic. Last year, I wrote about science nonfiction I’d recommend. This year, I’ve noticed that I particularly love narrative nonfiction about adventures, so I’m going to share a list of my favorites today. Continue reading

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Hello From the Gillespies

Hello From the GillespiesTitle: Hello From The Gillespies
Author: Monica McInerney
Source: NetGalley
Rating: three-stars
Links: Amazon|Goodreads|Indiebound

Summary: I loved the characters and the setup of this book, but the ending felt like simplistic wish-fulfillment.

Angela Gillespie has been sending out her annual Christmas letter for the last 33 years. Every year, she writes a cheery letter which highlights the best part of their lives until one year, she’s had enough. She writes the unvarnished truth, including her worries for each of her children and concerns about her marriage. Just when it seems Angela’s family might forgive her for the letter, an accident leaves her with amnesia and leaves her family to figure out how to fend for themselves without Angela worrying over them. Continue reading

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The Hilltop

The HilltopTitle: The Hilltop
Author: Assaf Gavron
Source: NetGalley
Rating: two-stars
Links: Amazon|Goodreads|Indiebound

Summary: Although I enjoyed the understated humor in this story, the plot and characters were unengaging and I found much of the story too dark and gritty.

“On a rocky, beautiful hilltop stands Ma’aleh Hermesh C, a fledgling community flying under the radar. According to the government it doesn’t exist; according to the military it must be defended.[…]One of the settlement’s steadfast residents is Gabi Kupper, a one-time free spirit and kibbutz-dweller, who undergoes a religious awakening. The delicate routines of Gabi’s new life are thrown into turmoil with the sudden arrival of Roni, his prodigal brother, who, years after venturing to America in search of fortune, arrives at Gabi’s door, penniless. To the settlement’s dismay, Roni soon hatches a plan to sell the “artisanal” olive oil from the Palestinian village to Tel Aviv yuppies. When a curious Washington Post correspondent stumbles into their midst, Ma’aleh Hermesh C becomes the focus of an international diplomatic scandal and faces its greatest test yet.” (source) Continue reading

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