Links I Loved This Week – 02/26/2017

Links I Loved This Week On Novels And Nonfiction

So you may have noticed things have been a bit quieter around the blog these past few weeks than normal. I haven’t had as much bandwidth for blogging after work and on the weekends because I just started out at a new job. It’s an amazing opportunity and super exciting, but like any new situation takes more mental and physical energy than normal. My time at home these days has been mostly spent sleeping and reading.

This has had the positive result of putting me in the position at the moment to be way ahead on my reading schedule, but behind on actual reviews. I have a lot of books to cover over the next few weeks that I’ve already read. I’m hoping to get back to a more regular schedule, but in the meantime thanks for understanding that things may be a bit slower than normal around here for a little while longer.

Being able to read everyone else’s posts and reviews has kept me in the book blog loop, however, which I’m very thankful for. Here are some of my favorite posts from this week.


  • This review of Victoria: The Queen by Julia Baird on Julz’s Reads reminded me of how much I loved the biography. It was comprehensive but still written in a very accessible way, including lots of little interesting or amusing anecdotes. You can read my review here.
  • Loved this review of This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel on Sarah’s Book Shelves. I just finished reading the book for Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Book Club and I’m hoping to post my review this week. It’s definitely an emotional read, but it was also very rewarding. I highly recommend it.
  • I also just finished reading Dinah Jefferies’ latest historical novel Before The Rains, and this review of the book by Annie at The Misstery hit on some of my thoughts about it. I have to say I liked it a little bit less than the prior book I read by Jefferies – The Tea Planter’s Wife (my review here) – but it was still an interesting story that transported me to colonial India through Jefferies’ beautiful writing. My own review should be coming next week.
  • I found this post about book hangovers on Inside My Library Mind very interesting. When I think back to the last book that I read that gave me a book hangover it would have to be Escape From Camp 14, which I included in my North Korea book list. It’s the story of an escapee from a North Korean work camp and it was utterly gripping. I find that nonfiction books with really heavy topics tend to predictably give me worse book hangovers than literature or lighter nonfiction.
  • Here are the individual book reviews I read this week that inspired me to add the titles they covered to my ever-growing TBR pile: The Devil You Know by Terry Tyler on Jill’s Book Cafe, Bad Little Girl by Frances Vick on A Haven For Book Lovers, The Terranauts by T.C. Boyle on The Reader’s Room, Burial Rites by Hannah Kent on Keeper Of Pages, The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell on Cleopatra Loves Books, and Girl In The Dark by Anna Lyndsey on Love On Lit.

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  • Since the last Links I Loved This Week post, I’ve published two book reviews on the blog: one for feminist memoir How to Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran and one for historical fiction novel The Magdalen Girls by V.S. Alexander. How To Be A Woman in particular made for a great audiobook to listen to, as it was read by the author who is a practice radio personality and has an amazing British accent.
  • For this coming week I’m planning on definitely posting a review of the three books I received in January 2017 from Book Of The Month (Behold The Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, Pull Me Under by Kelly Luce and Lucky You by Erika Carter). I’d also like to get to a review of This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel which was Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Book Club pick for February 2017. I absolutely loved it and am looking forward to taking some time to read everyone else’s reactions in the online book club forum.


  • Are you planning to watch the Oscars tonight? I’m gathering with some girlfriends at a friend’s place so we can experience all the glitz and glamour together. We’ll be downloading this free printable ballot from The Glitter Guide to see which one of us can guess the most winners correctly. Typically, the prize for the winner is a dinner out, courtesy of the other three participants.
  • Are you into horoscopes? I used to be really into them myself a few years ago, and then I got out of the habit of reading them. This March 2017 horoscope on My Domaine has fun female-inspired images for each sign, and it augured a major life change for me (Scorpio) in March (which has already happened, so it’s pretty spot on).
  • This article on Verily about a documentary called Embrace that focuses on healthy body image for women made me really want to go watch it. I’ve gained a little weight in the last year, and though I’m still within an average weight range for my height, it’s been hard not to get critical of my new shape. Hopefully Embrace will be on Netflix soon, because for now the closest screening seems to be outside Los Angeles.

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

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  13 comments for “Links I Loved This Week – 02/26/2017

  1. February 26, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Hi Ottavia, many thanks for the shout out for my review of The Devil You Know. I hope you’ll enjoy it too. xx

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  2. February 26, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Thank you so much for mentioning my post! That North Korea book is definitely going to my TBR, I find that topic so interesting!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. February 26, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks for linking to us! I’m glad you liked my co-blogger’s review.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. February 26, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Thank you so much for the shout out of my review of The Other Typist 😊

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  5. February 26, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    This is such a good idea for a blog post!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. sarahsbookshelvesblog
    February 26, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Thanks for linking to my post! And I just joined MMD book club yesterday so I could hear Laurie Frankel virtually speak!

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    • March 2, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      Has that happened already? With the new job I just haven’t been able to keep up with the MMD book club. My review of This Is How It Always Is is up next though, probably this weekend.


  7. February 27, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Thanks for the shout out. I have a copy of Behold The Dreamers though it has taken me quite a while to read it. I hope that you will enjoy it.

    All the best with the new job 🙂

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  8. February 28, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    As always– a wonderful list of links. I love learning so much about the bookish world from here! And thanks for the shout out. 🙂

    So, I need to ask– who got the most Oscar ballots correct at your party?

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