Nonfiction November: My Salinger Year

My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Knopf

This is the memoir of a year in the life of Joanna Rakoff. It’s the ‘90s, and after leaving grad school, Joanna moves to New York city to become a writer. It’s harder to do than she had expected. It’s costly living in the city that never sleeps, so she takes a job as an assistant at the literary agency that represents JD Salinger. This agency is like stepping back in time to a “bygone age”—wood-panelled walls, typewriters, and dictaphones. 

TLC Book Tour: The Vineyard

The Vineyard by Michael Hurley
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 25, 2014 by Ragbagger Press
$16.95 (CAD)

Note: As a tour host selected by TLC virtual book tours, I received a complimentary copy from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are completely honest and completely my own.

The Vineyard is the story of three college friends coming together for the summer ten years after graduation. The lives of Dory, Charlotte, and Turner have not turned out the way that they’ve hoped. Dory Delano comes from old money and has a beautiful estate on Martha’s Vineyard. She invites her friends to summer with her—she thinks that’s just the cure that’s in order.  

Top Ten Tuesday #4

Top 10 Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Books on my Winter TBR (to-be-read), in no particular order:

Ghost Horse Discussion

A month ago Fuelled by Fiction was a stop on the book tour for Ghost Horse by Thomas McNeely. Have you had a chance to read it yet? If not, you should definitely add it to your TBR! If you are part of a book club, this novel would make for some great discussion. You can read my review here, visit the author's website here, and view Ghost Horse on Goodreads here.

Here are some great conversation topics from Thomas: 

Literary Lifestyle: Gift Ideas for the Bookworm In Your Life

No matter the occasion, when it comes time to get our loved ones a gift, we want to show them that we care and that we can be thoughtful about it! If you've got a bookworm in your life, here are some ideas that might tickle their bookish fancy! Or if you are a bookworm yourself, here are some things you might want to add to your own wishlist! ;)

New & Noteworthy

New&Noteworthy is a feature that details recent releases I'm most excited about! These are first release books! For new editions of previously published books (ex. Paperbacks) I have another feature! So, without further ado, here are the books I'm most excited for! 

Non-Fiction November: Review of "Not that Kind of Girl"

Not that Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” by Lena Dunham
Genre: Memoir, Humour
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by Random House
$32.00 (CAD)

I had not planned on reading this book. However, at the bookstore, I was inexplicably drawn to it and its simple cover. I had, of course, heard of the book, due to the loads of media attention— but I was rather indifferent to it. 

Having read about the book, I knew that many people felt that you either love her or hate her, but everyone has an opinion on Lena Dunham. I personally found this to be incorrect. I knew very little about Dunham or her show (other than its graphic nature), and never felt the need to think about her at all, really, let alone have an opinion on her. 

Book Tour Update: New Date

Hey fellow fiction lovers,

Note that Fuelled by Fiction will be hosting the tour The Vineyard by Michael Hurley on November 28th instead of November 21st! Make sure to come back to see my review and enter for your chance to win a copy!

Happy Reading!

Top Ten Tuesday #3

Top Ten Characters You Wish Told the Story from 
Their Point of View (in no particular order):

New & Noteworthy Paperbacks!

Sometimes, it’s hard to justify parting with the thirty-some-odd dollars to purchase hardcover editions of books you want to read. Sometimes, it’s best to wait until they come out in paperback  so they don’t break the bank (or your arms, since hardcovers can be heavy if the book is lengthy)! There are some perks to patience. 

Here are some books that I’m looking forward to picking up in paperback (or the cleared out hardcover!)

TLC Book Tour & Giveaway[closed]: Proof of Angels

Proof of Angels: A Novel by Mary Curran Hackett 
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 4, 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks
$18.50 (CAD)
Buy Now: IndigoIndieboundAmazon

Note: As a tour host selected by TLC virtual book tours, I received a complimentary copy from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are completely honest and completely my own. Please also note that any quotations used here are from an advanced, uncorrected review copy.

Top Ten Tuesday #2

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Books I Want To Reread 
(or would reread in an ideal world)
I rarely reread books. It’s not a conscious decision, really. I just usually will go for a book I haven’t read because there are so many great books out there! However, if a book is particularly amazing, I will reread it if the fancy strikes me. The books I usually get the urge to reread are classics or modern classics.

Book Tour&Giveaway!

Hey guys,
Tomorrow Fuelled by Fiction will be hosting a stop on the Proof of Angels book tour! Check the book out on Goodreads here. I will also be hosting a giveaway for the tour. You can find the giveaway in the sidebar!
Get your entries in and don't forget to check back tomorrow for the tour!


Taylor Swift Book Tag!

In honour of TSwift’s new album and my current obsession with it, here is a TSwift book tag! 

October in Books

Hey guys,

It's finally here--November. Winter just keeps creeping closer and closer. This time of year I'm glad I'm no longer in school. November was always the worst. I'd lock myself up in my room, only to emerge for exams (only slightly exaggerating). For those of you out there in university: Good luck. Drink tea. Don't forget to sleep.

As November begins, I have been looking back on October. This is what October 2014 looked like for me: