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!
- This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme (hosted by The Broke And Bookish) was a big one, Top Ten Books Of 2016, and there were so many great lists from which to choose from. Here are the lists I found most inspiring to continue to grow my endless Goodreads TBR list: Reading With Jenna, Novel Gossip, Vivacious Reads, She Reads Novels, Transported By Books, Dear Reader, Emerald City Book Review, Midnight Book Girl, Lindsay’s Library, and Sarah’s Bookshelves.
- 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.
- There was a plethora of posts detailing intentions for reading challenges in 2017, including the When Are You Reading Challenge on Taking On A World Of Words, the Net Galley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge and the Beat The Backlist Reading Challenge on Clues & Reviews, 20 Individual Reading Challenges on Vivacious Reads and Rock My TBR Challenge on One Bookish Girl.
- 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.
- I enjoyed perusing this post on River City Reading about Anticipated Early 2017 Nonfiction titles, including Cannibalism by Bill Schutt (which I’m planning to read in January) and Divided We Stand by Marjorie J. Spruill.
- 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 Series – Story 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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