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 haven’t slowed down on the blogging this week! Go me! My reading has been pretty consistent as well. I should be done with the last of my April 2017 Book Of The Month picks by the end of this week as well as a book I am reading for my Wellesley book club in LA called Death Of A Nationalist by Rebecca Pawel. It’s a historical fiction/crime thriller and not exactly the kind of book I would usually pick for myself, but it’s well written and has been quite enjoyable so far. It’s the first in a 3 part series, so who knows, I may have to read the other ones.
Without further ado, here are this week’s links!
Four Book Blog Posts I Loved
- Considering I posted my own comparison of a novel and its TV adaptation earlier this week for The Handmaid’s Tale, I was really interested in reading this post by Aimal on Bookshelves & Paperbacks on 3 Reasons Why The Game Of Thrones Books Are Better Than The Show. I started watching Game Of Thrones a bit late, just a few months ago, but I find it entertaining and have always wondered whether I should give the books a shot as well. Based on Aimal’s post I’m thinking the answer is definitely yes.
- Zuky on Book Bum decided to make up her own Top Ten Tuesday theme for the week since the series is on hiatus until mid-August, and I commend her initiative. Her post on the Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Yet Own had a ton of great recommendations for your TBR, especially in the thriller genre.
- Final Girls by Riley Sager is one of the books I picked for my July 2017 Book Of The Month box, which I received last week. I’m getting caught up relatively fast with my BOTM back-log so I hope to get to it within the next 2 months, and in the meantime reading these great reviews of the thriller on Clues And Reviews, The Book Review Cafe, the Misstery and My Chestnut Reading Tree made me even more excited to read it.
- This post on The Bandar Blog about Why You Should Care About Bookstagram made me realize that though I enjoy posting and seeing others posts on Instagram, I may not be making the most of it. I loved her suggestions on how to engage more with the bookish community on this platform.
Four Book Reviews I Loved
- 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 Monday I published a post on 3 Nonfiction Picks That You Should Skip, with reviews of Dead Wake by Erik Larson, Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow and Disaster Falls by Stephane Gerson. Though two of these titles are very popular and there are many positive reviews for them on Goodreads, they just didn’t work for me.
- On Wednesday I posted joint review of The Handmaid’s Tale novel and TV adaptation, in which I give 5 Reasons Why The Handmaid’s Tale TV Adaptation Is Better Than The Novel. Don’t get me wrong, I though Margaret Atwood’s novel was incredibly creative and impactful, but the series just takes the narrative to a whole new level.
- What I have planned for next week is a post on Monday with reviews of my April 2017 Book Of The Month releases (including American War by Omar El Akkad, Startup by Doree Shafrir and The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck), and a post on Wednesday with a single-book review of historical crime thriller Death Of A Nationalist by Rebecca Pawel.
- I don’t know about you but I could definitely do with a whole day to do nothing but linger happily in bed, reading and resting. My weekends always end up being full of activities – happy ones but ones that take me out of the house and away from my pillow regardless. I liked this article on Madewell’s blog about How To Spend A Whole Day In Bed And Not Feel Like A Sloth because I was able to live vicariously through it for a moment. I may just have to make arrangements for this kind of day to be in my near future.
- If you’re italian like me, Aperol Spritz is not the surprising new summer drink find it may seem like in the United States right now. It’s been the traditional happy hour drink for people in Italy for decades. However, this new twist on the concept on Camille Styles that includes ginger ale and some fresh garnishes has me intrigued. Do yourself a favor though. If you’re making the classic version and following a recipe online, skip the soda. All you need is prosecco (⅔) and Aperol (⅓). The soda just waters down the taste. End of Aperol Spritz rant.
- I bought a Ninja blender on Amazon Prime Day for $50 off the original price and I’m excited to receive it and start making morning smoothies with it asap. While I’m waiting for it to be delivered, I’m keeping my eye out for recipes I can adjust to my taste, like this kale-peach smoothie one that I think I’ll sub plain nonfat yogurt into to make it a bit more filling.
Any articles or blog posts from the book world that you really enjoyed this week? Share them in the comments!
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