This week was a bit interesting for me because I spent the first half in Milan, all of Wednesday travelling and now the end of the week readjusting to being back to regular life in LA. I had a very relaxing two and a half weeks with my family over the holidays, eating all my favorite home-cooked meals, reading to my heart’s content and resting. I feel like my batteries have been restored (despite the jet lag at the moment), and that I’m now really ready to tackle 2017.
My main focus in January will be getting ahead with my blog posts so I’m not always writing them at the last-minute (who else is with me?), getting back into my exercise schedule and also reconnecting with my morning routine.
*For the first time this week I’ve included lifestyle links from the various non-bookish blogs I read that I liked (in the Other Links section). I hope you enjoy them as an added bonus to this weekly post and as a way for me to share my other interests with you.
- This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme (hosted by The Broke And Bookish) was Top Ten 2017 Debuts You’re Excited For and once again there were a plethora of great lists to choose from. The ones I found closest to my reading taste were on: Lois Reads Books, The Fictional Reader, Dear Reader, and Sarah’s Bookshelves. You can also check this week’s linkup here for links to all of this week’s posts.
- I ended up not including The Bear And The Nightingale in by Katherine Arden to my suggestions for January 2017 Releases because I wanted to limit my post to 12 titles total, but Chic Nerd Read’s review of the book is making me want to read it ASAP!
- Naz at Read Diverse Books shared his Top Twelve Books Of 2016, and if you’re looking for amazing titles through which to broaden the scope of your reading, you’ve hit the jackpot. A few I had already read, a few were already on my TBR list, but I ended up adding Not A Self Help Book: The Misadventures Of Marty Wu by Yi Shun Lai and The Book Of Negroes by Lawrence Hill to my TBR list.
- Julia’s December 2016 Recap on Vivacious Reads included so many great titles and I added 2 of them to my TBR list through her recommendations: Stranded by Bracken McLeod and To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin. It’s so incredible that she was able to read 37 books just in December and that her total for 2016 was 250. I’m completely in awe of her superhuman reading capabilities.
- I ended up adding these books to my Goodreads after reading these reviews: The Ballroom by Anna Hope reviewed on Consumed by Ink, The Girl Before by JP Delaney on Little Bookness Lane, The River At Night by Erica Ferencik on Novel Gossip and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell on The Bandar Blog.
- This is going to be a great resource for when I’m trying to figure out which book releases to include in my monthly posts about new titles: The Great 2017 Book Preview on The Millions. (I found this link courtesy of Modern Mrs. Darcy).
- I’m interested in trying out this new app called Bookout reviewed on Book Riot in this article. It provides cool stats like your reading speed, total time it took to read a book etc. and even showcases them in the form of pretty infographics. Have any of you tried it? I think it launched very recently.
- On Monday I published my monthly post on January 2017 Releases that I’m looking forward to, including 6 nonfiction and 6 fiction titles. There was a lot of variety in both categories, including memoirs, essay collections, short story anthologies, thrillers and more. Check it out if you haven’t already for some TBR list suggestions.
- On Wednesday I posted a double review for two nonfiction titles I read about pioneering women in the field of astronomy – Hidden Figures and The Glass Universe. The first tells the story of African American computers working for NASA during the space race, while the second is about female astronomers working for the Harvard Observatory in the late 1800s and early 1900s. I really enjoyed both books and wholeheartedly recommend them. I’m also so excited to go see the movie adaptation of Hidden Figures next week, starring Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer.
- I was planning a review of the second book in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series – The Story Of A New Name – on Thursday, but with the flight and all the tasks that come with getting back home, I just wasn’t able to get to it.I’ll post the review on Saturday or Sunday instead, so keep an eye out for it. My sister actually bought me the final two books in the series (in Italian) for Christmas, and I have reviews for those scheduled for February and March.
- I have three posts planned for next week: my reviews of my December 2016 Book Of The Month titles on Monday, a review of the 20th anniversary edition of Under The Tuscan Sun on Wednesday and an Author Spotlight Of Liane Moriarty on Thursday. I’ve read 5 out of 7 of her novels so I feel like I can give a pretty good idea of what you can expect of her as an author. Spoiler alert – I loved nearly all of her books.
- Many of us are in that typical January frenzy of setting weight loss resolutions (I’m right there with you), and I really liked this article from Shape on 15 tips from different trainers about how to exercise or work on your nutrition. I especially appreciated how the suggestions really focused on staying positive, being realistic and also being kind of yourself while you’re pursuing change in your life.
- Are any of you into yoga? I’m no expert but I like to practice it for 20 minutes or so every morning as part of my morning routine. My go to source for yoga videos is Adriene of Yoga With Adriene on Youtube. She’s doing a new 31 day challenge for January 2017 called Revolution and the first 5 videos have been great so far (they are about 30 minutes each). She keeps the difficulty very accessible and offers modifications for beginners if necessary. Check it out and limber up!
- Do you have a morning routine? I’m an early bird so I like to fill my first hour or two in the morning with things that will help my focus and mood for the rest of the day. When I was initially setting a morning routine for myself I consulted the My Morning Routine website for inspiration – it provides profiles for people of all ages who answer questions about what their mornings look like. Makes for interesting reading.
- If you journal like I do (I also bullet journal but I’m talking about actual free-from journaling here) and are looking for prompts through which to review how 2016 went for you, I’m working through the questions in New Year For A New You on Market Your Creativity by Lisa Jacobs. They’ve been helping me to focus on what I liked and didn’t like about 2016 while I also think ahead to 2017.
Any articles or blog posts from the book world that you really enjoyed this week? Share them in the comments!
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