- This past week’s Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke And Bookish was Thanksgiving themed. Some people went with a broader look at what they were thankful for in life in general, but many kept it book-themed including: Julia at Vivacious Reads, Jolien at The Fictional Reader, Jody at A Spoonful Of Happy Endings, Bri at Transported By Books and Carlisa at Confessions Of Carlisa,
- For Week 4 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 Expertise. I especially enjoyed the post by Sarah’s Bookshelves on Dysfunctional Childhood Memoirs, Lone Star On A Lark’s list of books on Medical Science, and Ipsofactodotme’s list of books on U.S. Society. You can check out my book list on North Korea here and the linkup on Julz Reads for many more great posts from Week 4.
- Bookshelves And Paperbacks is hosting a Diversity Read-A-Thon in December and the concept sounds really cool. They set up a bingo sheet for the Read-A-Thon and you need to complete five ‘spaces’ in a row to be entered into a final giveaway. Each space includes a type of diverse book, whether in terms of author or topic. I am going to look into participating and encourage you to do the same!
- This review of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists by Jolien from The Fictional Reader made me really want to pick up the book asap. It’s super short but Jolien said she felt like almost everything in it was highlight-worthy, which is definitely high praise.
- I am in love with this idea of creating Book Advent Calendars instead of regular advent calendars for Christmas if you have kids, including one picture book per day. I pretty much am considering having a child out of wedlock for this sole purpose. Okay, I’m kidding, but the minute I get myself a kid, this is happening.
- This list on 25 Nonfiction Books For Anger And Action after the election on Lit Hub is filled with important and inspiring titles for my TBR list, including Give Us The Ballot By Ari Bertman about voting rights in America, Dark Money by Jane Meyer about the extremely wealthy individuals behind the rise of the radical right and The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander about the targeting of black men by the U.S. criminal justice system. The Making Of Donald Trump by David Cay Johnston made the list – read my review of it here.
- Amazon is running a great sale on their Kindles through Cyber Monday, offering $30 off on most of their models. I decided to pick up a Kindle Paperwhite for myself because I’ve had my Kindle Keyboard for many years now and I’m officially over not having an internal lighting option for bedtime reading.
- On Monday I published a post for Nonfiction November in which I chose to ‘Be The Expert’ on North Korea and recommend/review books I’ve read on the topic. I’ve definitely gravitated to memoirs and histories of North Korea in the last two years because the stories of Korean refugees are honestly more incredible than fiction, and also because I think it’s important to be aware of the living conditions in one of the world’s worst remaining dictatorships.
- I decided to participate in Top Ten Tuesday this week and posted a list of Books I’m Thankful for, including five books from my childhood and five all time favorites books that have been inspiring to me and that I have treasured throughout my life.
- Jackie at Death By Tsundoku and I decided to host a Thanksgiving Read-A-Thon over this past weekend to encourage ourselves and others to finally get some headway on our TBR lists. In my setup post for the Read-A-Thon I stated my intention to read five books in five days: The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict, Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood, The Mothers by Brit Bennett, Rich And Pretty by Rumaan Alam and The Trespasser by Tana French. As of Sunday morning I’m through 3 of them and into the fourth, so not too bad of a result.
- My last post this week was on Thursday – a review of Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. I loved the memoir and would recommend it as such, though it definitely has its limitations as a more in-depth sociological analysis of the white working class in America. J.D. Vance’s story is inspiring on its own and worth a read. Make sure to enter the Giveaway at the bottom of my review for a hardcover copy of the book – it’s open through today (Sunday) at midnight.
- I’m going to start next week with a post on Monday on December 2016 Releases I’m looking forward to, as I do each month. I’m also planning a review of two of the books I read for my Thanksgiving Read-A-Thon – The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict on Tuesday and Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood on Thursday. I loved them both in different ways and I’m looking forward to reviewing them.
Any articles or blog posts from the book world that you really enjoyed this week? Share them in the comments!
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