Why the cake in the post image you ask? This week was Novels And Nonfiction’s one year anniversary! I actually created the blog in July of 2016, but my first post was on August 3rd 2016. It doesn’t feel like I’ve been blogging for a whole year (probably because I took a break from February to May due to my new job), but I do feel a lot more experienced in creating content and promoting it semi-effectively. There’s still a lot to learn but the process so far has been more than rewarding.
I’m also one week away from my well-deserved vacation home to Milan to see my family. I’m a bit undecided as to whether I’ll put blogging on hold for the week or not. Usually I go for two weeks but this time I’ll be there for just over one week, so I want to make sure I’m primarily focusing on spending time with family and eating the equivalent of my body weight in Italian food every. single. day.
Remember that you still have until this Sunday at midnight to enter my giveaway for a hardcover copy of The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. For the three ways to enter, see my blog post on my May 2017 Book Of The Month reviews.
Without further ado, here are this week’s links!
Book Blog Posts I Loved
- ‘Tis the season for July Wrap Ups, and there were a plethora of them to choose from this week. Some of my favorites for the scope and genre of books they ended up reading in July were on: Keeper Of Pages, It’s Book Talk, The Book Stop, Pace Amore Libri, Clues And Reviews, Lois Reads Books, Secret Library, Death By Tsundoku and Shelves Of Spines.
- Book Of The Month revealed their August 2017 picks this week, which included Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert, Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips, The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne, Eat Only When You’re Hungry by Lindsay Hunter and The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh. I ended up picking Fierce Kingdom but I always enjoy reading Sarah’s Book Shelves posts on which BOTM picks she would have chosen, and her pick was The Heart’s Invisible Furies.
- To continue with the trend of how I discover a new meme from the book world each week that is super popular but that somehow I knew nothing about, this week I found out about Six In Six. It was started by Jo at The Book Jotter and it basically involves sharing books you’ve read in the first six months of the year by grouping them into six categories. I found out about it through Hopewell’s Public Library Of Life’s Six In Six post, which I found an excellent source of potential TBR fodder. I also read The Secret Library’s Six In Six post as well. If you wrote one recently, share it with me in the comments!
- I think we all struggle with this as book bloggers, so I really found Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews’ topic of Posting A Review When You Dislike The Book so interesting. I approach this a few different ways. For features on my website like Book Of The Month I will review all picks, whether I liked them or not. However, if after reading a Net Galley review copy or book I picked up myself I end up not thinking I can give it 3 stars or more, I tend to not review it. My recent post on 3 Nonfiction Books You Might Want To Skip was a recent exception to this.
- This review of Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty on Inside My Library Mind reminded me of how much I loved the book. I listed it as my favorite out of the five Liane Moriarty books I’ve read so far in my Author Spotlight of her. I have a copy of What Alice Forgot that has been staring at me from my TBR list, and reading Inside My Library Mind’s review made me feel like finally picking it up and possibly The Hypnotist’s Love Story as well, so I can complete my reading of Moriarty’s novels.
- Jackie on Death by Tsundoku is continuing her series on book clubs, and this week’s topic was on the advantages and drawbacks of In-Person vs. Online book clubs. I typically struggle with actually engaging consistently in online book clubs, and I’ve found my in-person book club here in LA much more rewarding. Having said that, it’s clear that Online book clubs are the more practical or effective choice for some.
- Thanks to its Blog Tour this week, I read several great reviews of thriller The Other Twin by LV Hay, which definitely convinced me that I should consider picking up a copy for my TBR. Standout reviews were on What Cathy Read Next, Damp Pebbles, Mrs. Blogg’s Books and Keeper Of Pages.
Book Reviews I Loved
- Here are the individual book reviews I read this week that inspired me to consider adding the titles they covered to my ever-growing TBR pile:
- Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber on Clues And Reviews (thriller)
- The Address by Fiona Davis on Clues And Reviews (historical fiction)
- The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter on Novel Gossip (thriller)
- Together by Julie Cohen on Snazzy Books (contemporary fiction)
- Mussolini’s Island by Sarah Day on The Quiet Knitter (historical fiction)
- On Monday I posted my reviews for my May 2017 Book Of The Month picks – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, Into The Water by Paula Hawkins and Since We Fell By Dennis Lehane. I loved the first two but had some issues with the third. In the same post, I also launched my giveaway of a hardcover copy of The Nightingale. Visit the post for all three ways to enter.
- On Thursday I published a review of the audiobook version of Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, narrated by Simon Slater. It has now skyrocketed to the top position of my favorite audiobooks of all time list, thanks to the amazing narration which brought Mantel’s elaborate prose and complex characters to life.
- Next week, I’m planning an Author Spotlight of historical fiction writer Selina Siak Chin Yoke, with reviews of her first two novels set in Malaysia between the late 1800s and 1900s – The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds and When The Future Comes To Soon. I’m also planning a review of political nonfiction title Who Thought This Was A Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco, about her years working in the Obama White House.
- I’ve been thinking about scheduling a solo weekend trip either this Fall or in the Spring to one of the cities in the U.S. or Canada that I haven’t visited yet. I’ve never traveled alone like that before, but I think it would be a great experience to try it – maybe I’ll end up loving it. I found this article on Wit & Delight on The Case For Traveling Alone inspiring.
- Thanks to my new Ninja Blender I’m slowly becoming obsessed with morning smoothies, but I am a bit stuck in a milk/greens/fruit/honey rut. This Smoothie Of The Day chart on Weelicious may provide some inspiration to branch out into using coconut water or almond milk as my base, adding some new extras or varying my fruits and veggies more.
Any articles or blog posts from the book world that you really enjoyed this week? Share them in the comments!
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