Links I Loved This Week – 11/18/16

Links I Loved On Novels And Nonfiction


  • I think we could see this one coming but Colson Whitehead won the National Book Award for fiction for his celebrated book The Underground Railroad. I’m ashamed to confess I haven’t read it yet, despite the fact that it’s pretty much all I’ve been hearing about. Here’s a timely review on Lindsay’s Library if you needed any more reason to pick it up – I’m finally going to.

  • This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was actually about movies, so there weren’t many book-related links as usual, but a few chose to reconnect the topic to books, like OhBookish who wrote a post on book adaptations she’d want to watch on film or television and Lindsay’s Library who published a post on movies based on books she’ll never read.

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  • On Monday, I posted a review of Rebecca Traister‘s book All The Single Ladies about the history and importance of unmarried women in America. It was a great and very topical read, as we all are still reeling from the latest realization that women’s rights still have a long way to go in the U.S. and around the world.
  • On Thursday, for Week 3 of Nonfiction November, I published a Nonfiction Vs. Fiction post comparing two November 2016 releases – Victoria: The Queen by Julia Baird and Victoria by Daisy Goodwin – both about the life of Queen Victoria but one factual and one fictionalized. I enjoyed the biography a lot more than the novel, and I would definitely recommend it to all lovers of nonfiction.
  • This coming Monday, I will be posting a booklist of memoirs and other nonfiction titles on North Korea for Week 4 of Nonfiction November. It’s definitely a topic I’ve made a concerted effort to read more about and sadly, it makes for very sensational reading because the situation of people in North Korea has been and still is absolutely terrible.
  • I’m also going to participate in next week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic and post a list of Books That I’m Thankful For just in time for Thanksgiving. I think I’m going to span from some childhood reading that has really stayed with him to recent books that have had an impact on my life.
  • I hope to get to an additional Nonfiction November review to be posted on Thursday of next week for Hillbilly Elegy. I’ve been planning to read the book for some time, and it was actually picked as our November/December read for my LA book club. I will be running a giveaway (my first) for the book along with my review, so keep an eye out for that!

Any articles or blog posts from the book world that you really enjoyed this week? Share them in the comments!

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  8 comments for “Links I Loved This Week – 11/18/16

  1. November 18, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    So many great links on this post! Thanks for including me (and for all the books I just added to my TBR!)

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  2. sarahsbookshelvesblog
    November 18, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Yay – an expert post on North Korea!! I’ve read a couple books about it and have a weird fascination with that country. Also so glad you’ll be reading Hillbilly Elegy…I thought it was eye-opening as well as entertaining.

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  3. November 18, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Oh man, thanks for the shout out! I really appreciate it.
    I also checked out that Book Riot list- I added A Long Way to a Small Planet and Love You Two. The latter really fascinates me as a concept because I feel mother/daughter relationships aren’t explored often enough in literature. I am curious to see how this issue is explored.
    Also– I can’t believe I missed your review of All the Single Ladies! This has been on my TBR for what feels like forever. I can’t wait to check it out!

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    • November 18, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      Thanks Jackie 🙂 Hope you like All The Single Ladies! and I’ll have to look into Love You Two. It didn’t jump out at me from the Book Riot list but sounds like it’s worth taking another look.


  4. November 23, 2016 at 11:29 am

    The Underground Railroad was good, but there were things about it that made me frustrated, like the pointless interjection of magical realism and inconsistencies in the slave hunter’s attitude towards slaves. I found the book to be remarkable also, in so many ways. I just don’t know what the fuss is all about. I look forward to seeing what you think of it.

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