- ‘Tis the season for November Wrap-Up Posts and I enjoyed reading through those from The Bandar Blog, Clues & Reviews, The Misstery, Reading Every Night, Lois Reads Books, Novel Gossip, Keeper Of Pages, Greatest Escapist, Lindsay’s Library, Sarah’s Bookshelves and Birdie Bookworm. I scoured them for great TBR list recommendations and ending up adding The Bronze Horseman By Paullina Simons, A Murder In Time by Julie McElwain and The Magdalen Girls by V.S. Alexander to my Goodreads.
- This was the final week 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) and bloggers posted lists of the many nonfiction books they added to their TBR throughout the month. Here are selections from Julz Reads, Ipsofactodotme, Based On A True Story, ExUrbanis, Lone Star On A Lark, Unruly Reader, Curiosity Killed The Bookworm and The Paperback Princess.
- This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was a Holiday Gift Guide freebie and many bloggers posted book gift guides for your Christmas shopping, including Inkyspells, Reading Every Night, Vivacious Reads, Lipsyy Lost And Found, A Dance With Books, Flavia The Bibliophile, Midnight Book Girl and Nicole’s Novel Reads. Plus a bonus Esty bookish gift guide from Bookshelves And Paperbacks.
- Book Of The Month announced their selections for December which include You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott, The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon, Whatever Happened To Interracial Love by Kathleen Collins, Pull Me Under by Kelly Luce and Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller, which was actually my pick for the month. I added two of their books from prior months to my package: thriller Missing Presumed by Susie Steiner and Siracusa by Delia Ephron (which I’ve been wanting to read for a while).
- Oh Bookish published a very handy guide of book recommendations for the Diversity December book Bingo she’s hosting with other bloggers. If you’re planning to participate and aren’t sure of what books to read for the cells you’re trying to fill, definitely take a look at this post.
- I’m still struggling to get into using Litsy – sometimes I remember to use it and sometimes I don’t – so this post on Book Riot about different events and hashtags that are currently active on Litsy was a useful read on how to get more involved. It includes giveaways, book clubs and bookswaps.
- The Thanksgiving Read-A-Thon I hosted with Jackie from Death By Tsundoku was really fun. I ended up reading 3 out of the 5 books I was hoping to read, and starting on the 4th one, which I think is a good result considering I ended up spending more time than I expected with friends and volunteering. Jackie did a great job as well – here is her wrap-up post for the read-a-thon also announcing she got engaged on Thanksgiving! Make sure to stop by and congratulate her!
- On Monday I published a post on 10 December 2016 Book Releases I’m Looking Forward To. It was a little harder than usual to pick titles as December tends to be a quieter month in the publishing world, but I think all 10 of my picks would make for interesting reads. Several them are up on Net Galley as well if you’re a member and want to request them to review.
- I also posted two book reviews this week, one for The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict on Tuesday, and then another for Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood on Thursday. I liked The Other Einstein but I really LOVED Hag-Seed – it was an incredibly well-done modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and a really clever play within a play.
- Things at work in and in life in general are ramping up with the holidays so I’m sticking to two review posts plus Links I Loved This Week for the next two weeks. Next Monday I’m posting a review post of the books I received in my November 2016 Book Of The Month delivery (The Mothers by Brit Bennett, Rich And Pretty by Rumaan Alam and The Trespasser by Tana French). Then, on Wednesday, I’m publishing a review of The Year Of Living Danishly, about spending one year in what is purportedly the happiest country on Earth.
Any articles or blog posts from the book world that you really enjoyed this week? Share them in the comments!
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