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[Topic inspired by: Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read – I decided to re-write this topic to reflect the #NonFiction Stories I have been Itching to Read and simply haven’t had the joy of consuming (yet)] – whilst going OT for today’s prompt!
NOTE: I am preparing a post which coincides with today’s actual topic “Top Ten Most Anticipated Books Releasing In the First Half of 2020” – however, as I was caught up in the tides of the current events for the past week of the New Year, I found myself without the focus on reading, blogging or actively tweeting. I made a few appearances but I had planned to release quite a few posts and even a few reviews – all of which I have pushed forward to begin this week instead. Thereby, I am giving myself more leeway and time to write the post which befits today’s topic and have opted instead to run a topic I loved from last year.
Today’s entry was inspiring to me for the following reasons:
I’ve been wanting to be more proactive in blogging about which works of Non-Fiction spark my readery interest to read whilst at the same time, I’ve been struggling for several years now to get into the heart of the Non-Fiction narratives I’ve been receiving for review.
My backlogue has a predominate slant towards Non-Fiction over Fiction because it took me nearly too long to realise what was wrong – my chronic migraines were making it impossible to shift out of the clustered attacks & the supernova migraines (those really horridly intense ones!) to lay thought and notion on ANY thing outside of a fictional story – and more likely than not, I was reading larger print Harlequin Heartwarming stories post-migraine than I was reading hard-hitting Historical Fiction or re-attempting to read select topics of interest in Creative Non-Fiction, Narrative Non-Fiction, Biography, Autobiography or Memoir; or areas of topical interest in the fields of Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics.
I suppose you could say the main reason all of these started to backlogue on me is because I kept thinking *each month!* – I’d find my way back into resettling into reading Non-Fiction and that I could start to eliminate the backlogue right then and there. I just hadn’t realised the connection between my disconnected focus with Non-Fiction and the issues I had with my migraines overall until somewhere in the midst of . It was in September of 2019 I started to read Non-Fiction again (releasing a review for “Angels Among Us”) before I was struck down in October with thirty days of unwellness which led into a December fighting off a Winter cold.
This January marks my first month of being restored in health – both from the cold & of being migraine-free to where I can once again re-focus my energies on reading Non-Fiction and re-finding the joys I had in requesting each of the titles I am going to be reading this January and each month of the New Year.
This Top Ten Tuesday, I wanted to highlight the 10x works of Non-Fiction I have found challenging to begin reading inasmuch as I am challenging myself to read them *first!* rather than pushing them far, far afield into ! Sometimes it is best to give ourselves a proper nudge of encouragement than to continuously feel we’ll never get into a book at all for whichever reason which first led us away from it.
I’d love to hear from you if you’ve struggled to focus on reading a particular story (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Classical, etc) or subject you’ve wanted to chase after but have felt yourself pushing back or thinking the obstacle to read what interested you couldn’t be conquered for whichever roadblocks and obstacles you found in your readerly life where leading you away from them.
My goal with these works of Non-Fiction is to approach reading them throughout the coming year and hopefully within the first quarter or half of 2020.
*NOTE: all of these works of Non-Fiction were sent to me in exchange for honest reviews
My participation in this meme was directly inspired by my new bookish friends: Avalinah + Savanah via this post!
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There is a small back-story about this particular meme I never shared – it was one of the first memes all the wayy back in 2013 I considered participating in weekly, however, true to my nature – it was also one of the memes I felt (at the time) would be the hardest to write each week! Mostly as per my usual with these kinds of posts, I put a lot of thought into them and I take a heap of time just to sort out how I want to share what it is that I feel is pertinent to share in the hour of inspiration! Honestly, there are times where I wish I could be a tad bit more productive on the in-between posts (those which are not review or blog tour related) except to say, I put a lot into those posts as I have the tendency of blogging the heart out about the books I am reading whilst at times, finding reasons to have a hearty top anchour section attached to them or a spontaneous discussion involved with the book in question as well. Not always, but moreso than naught.
This year has become muddled quite a heap by my Spring allergies – of which I am happy to declare are ‘over!’ thanks in part to a series of EXTREME lightning storms and thunderous monsoon downpours which has blessed me with air without the deadly pollen! Isn’t that something to cheer and shout about?! Yes, I do believe it is because I was ‘put under’ so often this Spring and early Summer (my allergies extended into June, sighs) I never thought I’d be free of them, to be honest! The new medicine my Dad fetched for me (of which I referenced on Twitter) was the best find of all – it helped me ride out the last bits of the season of pollen and allowed me a ‘breathier of a break’ to just get my health back into check!
Ironically or not, I did have a slight bout with the stomach flu this past week ahead of coming into the weekend – which left me knackered and fatigued. Hence why my readerly tweets are a bit on the limited side of the ledger for The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds – as I am so engrossed into the story-line but my mind is still a bit tired to where I’m focusing on the story moreso than I am on sharing my joy of reading it! Of course, this could also be said for my readings of the Kate Clifford series – wherein A Twisted Vengeance is going to be reviewed without blinking on Twitter ahead of time!
A note about the format I am using to journal #TheSundayPost: I am finding I like being able to give my readers who cannot visit my blog each time a new post, review or guest feature goes live a digest journal of what is happening on #JLASblog each week! If you are familiar with the style in which I journal my readerly adventures via #WWWednesdays (see also Archive) you’ll know why I like this journalled style for #TheSundayPost!
It’s a way of talking about what is bookishly on my mind whilst sharing where my travels in Fiction & Non-Fiction took me through the last seven days! Quite stellar – so very thankful I was encouraged to participate as I love being able to think about which stories settled into my heart and which of the stories I am most eager to see arrive by postal mail and/or via audiobook! It’s a bit of a lovely way to journal your bookish life and have a weekly reminder of the experiences of you’ve gathered and love to remember! In regards to getting back into the groove with #WWWeds – I’m either going to make the meme bi-monthly or monthly which I’ll decide within the next fortnight.
The three stories which surprised me (from JUNE & JULY):
The following stories were sent to me in exchange for an honest review by either the publisher or publicist.
I truly felt it was magnetically guiding me to read it’s story when thinking back upon The Fortune Teller – as I personally adore stories which shift between one historical era and another! This one, took my breath because everything I loved within the author’s debut novel The Memory Painter had become elevated and heightened; in both depth and scope of where she could take her narrative further into the heart of where History and Time intersect with one another! I did not want to exit this world – I felt the characters were so well etched into being – you could nearly forsake they were alive! I love when stories give you such a welcoming depth to their world-building and their ability to allow you to suspend yourself out of your own timescape to enter into theirs! The best reasons for reading truly are to be able to time travel through the hidden experiences of where characters and writers enchant us to tread!
I am truly taken right now with Ionna + Semele; their dual timelines are wickedly drawn together and the duality of voice + strength of their heroism is wicked brilliant. They were each ahead of their time and wholly independent for their social conventions which did not affect their independence.
As we move between Semele (in the present) and Ionna (in Alexandria) we are entreated to entreating inside Ionna’s journal; the book which was hidden from view and left for Semele to find by Marcel. Ionna is the librarian’s daughter from Alexandria and one which lived with a bit of spunk and rebellious spirit. She was the one who walked into sunken chambers locked by key and accessed by only a select few where she would find a treasure of uncertain value: a deck of tarot. You know what she’s discovered before she recognises their worth; as the flow of narrative is held eclipsed by what she understands and by what her translator-in-arms Ariston reveals to her by reading the words she is blind to understand (she only knows her native tongue).
This novel felt as if it had been written with me in mind as a reader who would not only be charmed by how the author wrote the story but of how it was told! This particular story pulls together a lot of different aspects of literature I love most to discover – the dual time-lines, the shifting POVs, the Epistolary inclusions but most of all – the way in which the historic past is beautifully brought back to life in a way which makes it feel tangible and inspiring despite the dramatic events which are upsetting the characters’ lives!
When I first heard about Heartbeat of the Bitterroot, I was instantly captured by where it was set – in fact – if things had been equal and my allergies hadn’t derailed my plans, I would have been able to put together a guest feature to coincide with my review – as I truly wanted to bring the beauty of the Bitterroot Valley and the essence of it’s region to my readers in the form of a conversation between myself and the author. It’s still something I hope to do in the future – as the Bitterroot Valley is quite unique unto it’s own in the North-South region of NorthWestMontana!
Ms Mineer has a comfortable confidence in her writing – where you can tell she’s been perfecting her craft for quite awhile. I am unsure if the original manuscript differs from this newer version or if it even went under a revision (by adding or removing scenes, etc) but what impressed me most about this edition is how comfortable the author is writing the story. She allows the reader to warm into the story; to first understand her characters as they wish to tell their stories and then, enveloping us in this lovely setting and with a compelling plot which moves forward at a good pace. I even liked how she included the little nuances – such as how aggravating a cell can go off multiple times and everything (of course) has it’s own level of ‘importance’ of being answered in the moment of the first buzz alerting the call in the first place!
There is a warm sincerity threading throughout the context of the novel; you feel it almost immediately and as you move deeper into the story itself, it simply engulfs you. The nice bit about the novel is how compassionate it is written and how it hones in on the good of humanity. Whilst owning to the truths – not all of life is fun and games nor something to smile over as there are moments which test our resolve, courage and the will we have to see the goodness in our lives. Mineer touches on the harder issues of resolving past events and the emotional baggage of when the adverse times in one woman’s life are the hardest to forgive and move past.
As you can see, reading this novel was a complete joy and an unexpected one – as I wasn’t entirely sure what I would find inside the story itself. I knew it would be Contemporary Realistic Fiction – as you could gather it wasn’t your typical Sweet Romance or Contemporary Drama; however, it’s how Ms Mineer told the story which charmed me the most! When it comes to Contemporary story-lines, I’m the hardest to convince when it boils down to how a story is written and how everything pulls together. I think it’s because we live in the Contemporary age – therefore, we have a much more stronghold of understanding this time-line in fiction vs a historical era, as those timescapes are a bit further afield from our present knowledge and area of experience.
We can endeavour to gain knowledge of the historic past (since I think this is why most of us read Historicals!) but as far as sorting out the nuance and the ready knowledge of what makes or breaks an era directly; I for one, give a bit of a liberal pass to Historicals; meaning, if I feel the story is authentic to it’s era, I’m not overly critical if writers take a few creative liberties here or there. I’m far more critical about Contemporaries – which is why I’m always presently surprised when I find one which I love reading due to how convicting the author wrote the story! Thus, this one is one of my favourites to talk about!