Links I Loved This Week – 12/30/16

Links I Loved This Week On Novels And Nonfiction

Anyone else super excited about 2017? I think many of us are more than ready to leave 2016 behind us, but I’m also really looking forward to a whole new year to reset, start over where needed, continue to grow and make progress.

If you read my post about my Goals for 2017 you’ll know that my word for the year is Renew. One of the small changes I’ve decided to make is to add general lifestyle links to my Links I Loved posts starting with next week. They will be links from non-bookish blogs I read and like on general topics like bullet journaling, meditation, exercise etc.. They’ll be at the end, so feel free to skip them if you prefer 🙂 And Happy New Year in advance to everyone!


  • Several bloggers reflected on their personal and blogging progress in 2016 and their goals for 2017, including Julz Reads, Cleopatra Loves Books, The Fictional Reader, and Paper Fury. I’ll have to wait until next year to write a full-year wrap up post, since I only started blogging and tracking my reading in July of this year.
  • I’m determined to try a couple essay or short fiction anthologies this year, since I tend to avoid short-form. This list of suggestions from Read Diverse Books not only includes great short-fiction collection options but also ones that have diverse authors or topics. I’ll have to check one or more of these out.

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  • On Monday I published a post on Setting Goals For A Productive And Happy 2017, in which I detailed my goals for Novels And Nonfiction next year, as well as my personal goals. I picked RENEW as my word for 2017 and I’m hoping to make this a year of significant professional and personal changes.
  • On Tuesday I published a review of thriller The Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner, about a marine biologist who experiences amnesia after an accident and struggles to figure out what is and isn’t real in the life she wakes up to after the accident. It was a quick and engaging read and I gave it 3 Rabbits (stars).
  • On Thursday I published a review of medical memoir Working Stiff by Judy Melinek MD and her husband T.J. Mitchell. It’s a gory but hugely informative and entertaining look at the life of a forensic pathologist, with details about how autopsies are conducted and what happens to the body after death. I gave it 4 Rabbits (stars) – if you liked Mary Roach’s Stiff, you’ll like this one as well.
  • For next week I’m planning my usually monthly January 2017 Releases post for Monday, a joint review on two books about female scientists breaking glass ceilings in astronomy/astrophysics (Hidden Figures and The Glass Universe) for Wednesday, and the review of the second book in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan SeriesStory Of A New Name – on Thursday. I’m flying back to LA on Wednesday so I hope that nothing will have to be shifted around due to travel.

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

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  9 comments for “Links I Loved This Week – 12/30/16

  1. Sam
    December 30, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Good luck with 2017 reading goals. If you’re interested in trying The When Are You Reading? Challenge, let me know! Id love to have you join in. Happy reading!

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  2. December 30, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Yes I’m looking forward to 2017, and it’s always good to look forward with renewed energy at the blog, and books too. I’ve got a germ of an idea for s new feature too, but at the moment it’s a secret!

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  3. December 31, 2016 at 4:53 am

    If you’re looking for short fiction or essays, I have two recommendations. I love Connie Willis’s short stories. You’ll find her in the sci-fi section, but her short stories are all over the place. A few of my favs are “Even the Queen” and “Adaptation”. For non-fiction essays, Annie Dillard is my hands-down favorite, and of those, “Total Eclipse” and “Expedition to the Pole” are ones I revisit over and over. Happy reading!

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    • December 31, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Oooh! I’ll have to check them out! Thanks for the recommendations! Happy New Year!


  4. sarahsbookshelvesblog
    December 31, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Love that you’re going to add lifestyle links and thanks for linking to my Best of 2016 post!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. January 3, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    I love the idea of adding links to non-bookish things you follow. This will really help your readership get to know you better and introduce them to new things. I look forward to reading these!

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    • January 3, 2017 at 9:46 pm

      Thanks! I hope to have time to start with this week’s post if I’m not too jet lagged. I’m already a little behind but I may catch up before my flight 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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