- 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.
- Ibram X. Kendi won the National Book Award for nonfiction with a book I hadn’t actually heard of before called Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History Of Racist Ideas In America. Sounds like an important book that should be widely read, and I, for my part, will be purchasing it.
- For Week 3 of Nonfiction November (hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey, Lory at Emerald City Book Review, Sarah’s Book Shelves, Rachel at Hibernator’s Library and Julz Reads) the topic was Book Pairings, coupling up nonfiction and fiction books on the same topic. I participated in Week 3 with a post on a biography and a novel, both on Queen Victoria’s life.
- Some of my favorite posts for Week 3 from other blogs included: Curiosity Killed The Bookworm’s choices featuring books on mental health, Julz Reads pairing of two books on the massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics, Sarah’s Book Shelves post that provides six different options, The Paperback Princess’ double pairing and Real Life Reading’s selections which include so many great recommendations.
- More NonFiction November themed posts included a progress report from Vivacious Reads of the nonfiction she’s read this month and this great review of Jenny Lawson’s excellent memoir Furiously Happy on Death By Tsundoku.
- 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.
- Book Riot posted several articles this week that I enjoyed, including this article about Books With Queer Polyamorous Characters which had me looking to pick up The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, even though I don’t normally read science fiction. Book Riot also published an article on Reading Locally When You Travel which was very interesting to me because I’m heading to Milan to visit my family soon and really should explore more of the bookstores in the city.
- 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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