Links I Loved This Week – 03/13/2017

Links I Loved This Week On Novels And Nonfiction

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.

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  • 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.
  • 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!

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  13 comments for “Links I Loved This Week – 03/13/2017

  1. March 13, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Oh look there’s my post hehe 🙂 I think that you’ll LOVE ‘A Little Life’!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sarah's Book Shelves
    March 13, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Thank you so much – I’m flattered to be included in your 10 favorite book blogs!

    Oh my gosh – A Little Life is worth all those pages and hours! I liked Lonesome Dove too, but read it years ago…way before I started the blog.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. March 13, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    I use Thriftbooks all the time and can recommend it. The free shipping minimum is easily reached, and you get a $5 off coupon for every $50 you spend. They also have a fairly decent selection of foreign-language books. Lonesome Dove is totally worth the reading effort (although I have to admit to have been a little bit disappointed by the end).

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 14, 2017 at 3:17 am

      I’ll have to check it out! I’ve had a great experience with book outlet so far in terms of selection and pricing and all their books are actually new (not pre-owned), just bookstore remanents.


  4. March 13, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks for mentioning my review! Lonesome Dove is one of my favorites so I hope you like it. I think it’s worth the long read.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Jo
    March 13, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Thanks for the mention, and hope you enjoy Gone Without a Trace! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Annie
    March 14, 2017 at 7:51 am

    I’m also Reading Gone Without A Trace and loved Jo’s review!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. March 15, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Ahh, thank you for sharing the link to my post ♥ Hopefully we both enjoy A Little Life 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  8. March 20, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    D’aw. Thanks for the shout out, Ottavia! I’m glad that you found something new to consider in book clubs. I also love how podcast heavy this post it. I only recently got into Podcasts, and I am still trying to find my place there. I appreciate all the recommendations! It will give me a lot of great places to start.

    Any tried-and-true recommendations you have to offer?

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    • March 26, 2017 at 6:27 am

      Sure! Some of my favorite podcasts are What To Read Next by Modern Mrs Darcy, Pod Save America and Pod Save The World like I said, the BBC World daily news podcast because it’s not U.S. centric, Stuff You Missed In History Class and Season 1 of Serial. That should be more than enough to get you going 🙂 lol

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      • March 28, 2017 at 9:33 pm

        Heck yes it is. This is quite a list! I have a lot to catch up on then… How does Modern Mrs Darcy do it? She is just 100% books all the time. It blows me away.
        Thanks for all the recommendations!


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