Links I Loved This Week – 07/07/17

Links I Loved This Week On Novels And Nonfiction

I’m going to try to start posting a Links I Loved This Week post every Friday again as well as keeping up with actual review/recommendation posts. Wish me luck! 🙂 You’ll see I’ve edited the format of the post slightly to provide more structure, so that I hope it’ll be a bit quicker for me to put these posts together going forward, while still keeping them interesting. I’ll still include my favorite Top Ten Tuesday posts when possible but the feature is on hiatus until August 15th for the moment.

This week I’ve been getting back in the habit of blogging for an hour or so every morning (it’s definitely bearing fruit), and I’ve been majorly relaxing thanks to this amazing 4 day weekend. I took my new beach tent (if you don’t have one, get one asap) out to one of Los Angeles’ beaches and had a mini read-athon of sorts, just me, some baguette and cheese and a bottle of rosé. I finished Omar Al Akkad’s amazing novel American War and started Startup by Doree Shafrir (two of my April 2017 Book Of The Month picks). By next Friday I hope to have finished Startup, read my third April 2017 BOTM pick The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck, and read one of the books on my Net Galley back log.

Without further ado, here are this week’s links!

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Three Book Blog Posts I Loved

  • I loved this post by Kate at Parchment Girl on 6 Book To TV Adaptations Coming In Late 2017. Working in television, I’m always fascinated by the ways in which books and television or books and feature films intersect. The Sinner was already on my radar after the upfronts in May – it looks really intriguing from the trailer – but now I’m looking forward to learn more about the TV adaptations of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects and Dan Simmons The Terror.
  • This post by Cait at Paper Fury on the 10 Most Common Complaints She Has Whilst Reading Books made me laugh out loud. I could definitely relate to most of her pet peeves including being turned off by plots that get slow in the middle, having to deal with a plethora of unlikable characters and being annoyed by random gratuitous romances. We’re on the same page, Cait.
  • I just spent a day reading on the beach and I’m planning on doing so at least every other week for the rest of the summer, so Kerry’s post on Off The Shelf of 9 (Extra) Long Books For (Extra) Long Days On The Beach really hit the mark. I’m intrigued the most by Wideacre by Philippa Gregory, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan and Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset.

Three Book Reviews I Loved

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  • On Monday I published a list of 15 Summer 2017 Nonfiction Releases I’m excited to read. The selections really spanned a wide range of topics including neurosurgery, evolution, Russian history, a couple memoirs and, of course, cults. I think any reader should finding something here that is a bit different than your typical beach read but that is perfectly suited to their reading tastes.
  • On Wednesday I posted review of my March 2017 Book Of The Month selections. I really loved thrilled Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough, though Jami Attenberg’s literary fiction novel All Grown Up was okay and unfortunately absolutely hated Kevin Wilson’s Perfect Little World. Click through to the post to find out why.
  • I feel that I’m solidly back on a blogging roll, so I can make plans for next week without worrying that they won’t come true. I’m planning on posting reviews on Monday of three nonfiction books I read recently that I would NOT recommend (something a little different), and on Wednesday a 1000 Novels series review of The Handmaid’s Tale with a bonus review of the TV series (needless to say I loved both).

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  • I’ve realized that I’m going to be flying over to the United States on my way back from Milan during the upcoming solar eclipse of August 21st and I’m wondering what it’ll look like from a plane. I should be somewhere around the Rockies when it happens, which means I should be able to see it with at least partial potency. If you want to track the path of the eclipse and see if you might be in the right place to view it, you can consult this handy map.
  • We knew it was going to happen. Avocados are taking over the world and I can’t say I’m mad about it. The next step apparently is avocado oreos, and I’m intrigued. I tried the new avocado lime yogurt at Trader Joe’s and it did NOT work for me, but with the sugariness and chocolatiness of oreos thrown into the mix, the earthiness of avocados may actually work.
  • I think from now on when people ask me why I’m single I’m going to say I’m ‘overqualified’ or use another one of the genius responses suggested in this article. Second runner up is ‘just lucky I guess’.

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

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  4 comments for “Links I Loved This Week – 07/07/17

  1. July 8, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Yay!! I just got back from a two-week vacation in Croatia and I am SO HAPPY to see posts back up! It sounds like you’re really getting into a good groove again with blogging. I understand how that can be super challenging. It’s a hard horse to stay up on top of!

    I only learned about beach tents on my vacation– and they look amazing. Plus, a baguette, cheese, and a bottle of rose?! I wish I lived near the ocean. I’d do that alllll the time. I read Crazy Rich Asians near the beginning of the year. I really enjoyed aspects of it – it opened my eyes to a whole world I didn’t realize existed. Plus, it was a quick read for all its length. I look forward to hearing what you think about it.

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    • July 9, 2017 at 1:59 am

      I’m really glad I’m back on a roll as well! I missed it and now that I feel settled in my new job I think I have more mental space for it.

      It’s definitely tempting to just give up my everyday responsibilities and decide to just live in my beach tent eating tapas and drinking wine 24/7. The mosquito netting is really what clinched the deal for me. No beach gnats, breezy windows with a view and shade. Apparently that’s all I need 🙂 lol

      Crazy Rich Asians actually sound like the perfect long beach read so it has skyrocketed to the top of my list for the Friday I’ll have off in a couple weeks.

      Hope you’re having a great summer so far. In a couple months we should start brainstorming for that Thanksgiving readathon. Hopefully I won’t have fallen off the blogging horse again 😉 lol

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      • July 14, 2017 at 3:48 pm

        Making mental space can be a challenge too. I hope you’re able to maintain this! Don’t push yourself too hard. It’s good to see you back. 😀

        Mosquito netting is essential for me when I’m outside after 2pm. I just can’t handle all the bugs. Is there enough light in your tent to read easily? That’s my biggest concern.

        Yes! I’m super excited for the Thanksgiving readathon. I’ve got a few ideas in my brain, but like you said, we’ve got some time. I’d love to let Summer die down a bit before jumping into that full-force. It’s hard to believe we’re halfway done already. O_o

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      • July 14, 2017 at 5:16 pm

        Yeah the lighting in the tent has been good at the beach but I’m there from like 11am to 5pm typically so in full daylight. The windows on all sides really help, I typically have the side ones and the front one open.

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