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**Happy Release Day to 2 Books!** Next Year in Havana & How to Stop Time

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Two books are being released today! Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton and How to Stop Time by Matt Haig.

Both books are written in dual timelines with a Then and Now approach. The dual timelines add depth to the plot and character development and I enjoyed this writing approach.

Next Year in Havana

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Genre: Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction

This book is essentially a beautifully written love letter to Cuba.

Marisol, a Cuban-American woman, travels to Havana to scatter her beloved grandmother’s ashes and begins the journey to truly understand her roots in the country of her grandmother’s birth while navigating a challenging political climate and a complicated romantic situation. 

The book is told in two timelines – Havana in 1958, and Miami in 2017 – essentially two stories in one. The story is laced with history, culture, and romance.

My full review will be published later this week when I have the honor of participating in the book’s blog tour.

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

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Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction

Tom Hazard has a secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but because of  a rare condition called anageria, he’s been alive since 1581.  Tom has met a lot of famous people like Shakespeare, F. Scott & Ella Fitzgerald, experienced major historical events firsthand, and witnessed many inventions become real. He just wants an ordinary life, but because of his secret, he must move every 8 years and reinvent himself.

It is now 2017 and Tom moves back to London, his old home, to become a high school history teacher – the perfect job for someone like him who has witnessed history first hand.

Tom has lived in London before, and returning to the city now is bittersweet for him because it holds many memories of love, laughter, friendship, heartache, pain, anguish, and grief.

“Can a life without love still be worth living?”

The book makes you think about your own life, who you love, choices, and the actions that you take because of it.

My full review is here.

Happy Release Day to Next Year in Havana and How to Stop Time!

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Happy Release Day! Artemis by Andy Weir

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I am very excited that Artemis by Andy Weir is being released TODAY! 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 5 Stars

Publish Date: November 14, 2017

I highly recommend this book!

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Artemis is a fast-paced, standalone action/adventure story about a heist that takes place on a city on the moon. The main character is Jazz Bashara, a twentysomething smart, funny and resourceful porter who delivers packages with a side job of smuggling. I describe her as “MacGyver-esque”.

Who the heck is MacGyver!? MacGyver is an American action-adventure TV show from the mid-80s/early 90s about top secret government agent Angus MacGyver.

Wikipedia describes MacGyver as, “Resourceful and possessing an encyclopedic knowledge of the physical sciences, he solves complex problems by making things out of ordinary objects, along with his ever-present Swiss Army knifeduct tape, and occasionally matches. He favors non-violent resolutions and prefers not to handle a gun……Oh my goodness, this is Jazz and I think Andy Weir based her off of MacGyver!

I dove into this book without any expectations. I have not read The Martian. I do not know anything about Andy Weir. And I usually avoid science fiction novels. So I surprised myself by loving this book!

Why do I love this book? It is everything that I hoped it would be. The writing is phenomenal, the plot is fast paced, the characters are well developed and interesting, it’s realistic, and the setting is unusual and very memorable. I didn’t even realize that I was learning something about science!

If everyone wrote like Andy Weir, I would read more science fiction books.

Here is my full review: https://wordpress.com/posts/readthisnotthat.blog?s=artemis

 

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Happy Release Day ~ Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

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DROP EVERYTHING AND READ THIS NOW!!!

I am very excited that Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda is being released TODAY! This book has so many different book covers, each cover giving the indication of something foreboding and suspenseful. Which one is your favorite?

I recommend that you READ THIS NOW. This book has an unusual plot with unexpected twist and turns and a satisfying ending. You will love to HATE the main character, Paul Strom!

The story begins with Paul Strom whisking his lovely wife Mia away on a romantic weekend at their lake house. They are a beautiful couple that has everything. It starts out happy, sunny, romantic and light. Continue reading “Happy Release Day ~ Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda”