I’m currently reading Virginia Woolf’s journals for an Author Spotlight I’m planning on her, but I’m having a hard time getting into anything I’m reading at the moment, which is weird for me. I’ve loved so many of her novels and yet when I tried to start The Waves, I simply could not connect with it. Part of the issue may be that I’m picking long books (like the history of China I’m also reading), so that I never feel like I’m making progress and it affects my motivation. Maybe I just need to focus on one title at a time so that I can feel I’m getting through it quicker. What is for sure is that these are definitely #firstworldproblems .
Now that I’ve bored you with my concerns about how fast I’m reading or how much I’m reading (though I’m sure many of you can relate) let me share some of the links from the book world that I’ve enjoyed this week.
- Huge congratulations to Sarah from Sarah’s Book Shelves for having reached her 4 year blogiversary! Her blog is definitely in my Top 10 favorite book blogs and I’m looking forward to many more amazing and inspiring posts from her that will continue to flood my TBR with great suggestions.
- This list of 8 Bookish Podcasts For The Lover Of Literature on The Front Porch People had several suggestions that I had never heard of before and that I’ll definitely have to check out soon. I wrote a similar post several months ago about some book podcasts I’d discovered, so if you’re looking for even more listening suggestions, you can find my post here.
- I’m a big fan of Book Outlet for cheap books in new or like new condition, but Between The Pages featured a new similar service called Thriftbooks that works in a similar way but has free shipping. I’m definitely going to check it out to see if their selection is as good as Book Outlet. As long as a book is not super recent, Book Outlet typically has a copy available.
- Jackie at Death By Tsundoku is continuing her series on Book Clubs and this week’s post was about different types of book clubs. I had never heard of one of the types she mentions, called Sit And Read Book Clubs, for which the point is literally to get together with a group of people and just sit and read for a timed period. Sounds like a great way to schedule reading into your life if you’ve been struggling to make time for it.
- The Blonde Likes Books had a similar take to mine on Julia Heaberlin’s mystery/thriller Black Eyed Susans. It’s the perfect quick yet riveting and spine-tingling read that will keep you turning pages past your bedtime. You can read my review of it here.
- This review of News Of The World by Paulette Jiles on The Book Stop reminded me of how much I liked the book for its character development and especially the way in which the author depicts the young child in the novel, Johanna, who is rescued after being held captive for several years by an Indian tribe. You can find my review of the book here.
- I think we can all relate to this post on The Wonderless Reviews about all the extra long novels we tend to accumulate in our TBR pile. I’m planning to face off with two of those behemoths finally in the Spring – A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty – although it’s been my plan for the last two seasons as well and yet here I still am, not having read them yet.
- 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:
- On Wednesday I published a review of Laurie Frankel’s novel about a transgender child and his family – This Is How It Always Is. It was easy to give the book five stars because it made me think about a topic I’m not that familiar about and it moved me to tears at times reading about the main character’s experience.
- On Saturday I posted a list of the 12 titles released in March 2017 (6 nonfiction and 6 fiction) that I’m excited to read. I’m particularly looking forward to military memoir Shoot Like A Girl by Mary Jennings Hegar and science fiction novel The Wanderers by Meg Howery.
- Mid-week I’ll be posting a review of Dinah Jefferies new historical fiction novel Before The Rains. Out of the two novels I’ve read of hers I prefer The Tea Planter’s Wife, but I still enjoyed Before The Rains and would recommend it as a light pick for historical fiction lovers.
- Towards the end of the week I’m planning on publishing another review on a nonfiction title – Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt. It sounds like it would be kind of gross to read, but it was incredibly fascinating and mostly focused on animal cannibalism, if the human kind is too gory for you.
- I just discovered a great line of lipsticks and lip gloss sticks from Bite Cosmetics, which you can find at Sephora. I always struggle with having dry lips and their lip products are seriously moisturizing, have a little flavor to them that isn’t overpowering and are cruelty free on top of it all. I highly recommend them.
- Aside from book podcasts and news podcasts, I’ve been listening to (very Democractic-leaning) political podcasts, including two amazing new discoveries that I’ve added to my playlist recently – Pod Save America and its affiliated sister podcast Pod Save The World. They are podcasts hosted by former Obama White House aides that, in their own words are “for people not yet ready to give up or go insane”. Count me in.
- And I guess becuase this has clearly become a podcast heavy post (and who doesn’t love a good podcast to make your work commute extra productive), I really liked this post on The Blissful Mind that lists 7 Podcasts To Inspire Your Wellness Journey. I finally feel like I’m making some headway on getting back into my workout routine and eating healthier, but I need all the extra motivation I can get.
Any articles or blog posts from the book world that you really enjoyed this week? Share them in the comments!
Please note this post includes affiliate links from Book Depository.