I won’t jinx myself and claim to be back to regular blogging after this week, but I’m in a pretty good groove and I have my posts for the next 2 weeks nearly complete, so it’s looking good.
Most impressive is that I was able to blog pretty consistently this week despite the fact that I spent Tuesday and Wednesday (mornings and evenings) trying to catch an abandoned domestic rabbit someone dumped in a park here in LA. I think most of you know I have a bunny, and I’m also pretty active in volunteering for a rabbit rescue organization here in LA. I heard of the poor stray rabbit through them.
For those of you who don’t know, domestic rabbits are a completely different species than wild rabbits, so the rabbits that we have as pets are thoroughly unsuited to living in the wild. They’ve devolved so that they are incredibly easy prey for predators out there compared to their wild rabbit cousins. It’s impressive that the poor bunny (only 2 months) lived for nearly a week out in the wild, but unfortunately his brother – who was dumped with him – wasn’t so lucky. We rescued one bunny at least though and he’s on his way hopefully to a safe and loving home.
Sometimes when current events are as horrible as they’ve been this week, it feels good to act on one small fixable thing in the world. I’ll get off my bunny lecturing podium and without further ado give you this week’s links.
Book Blog Posts I Loved
- ‘Tis the season for September Wrap-Ups, and there were lots of them to choose from this week. Some of my favorites were on: Sarah’s Book Shelves, Keeper Of Pages, Novel Visits, Bookishly Boisterous, Cover 2 Cover Mom, Sophisticated Dorkiness, Doing Dewey, Parchment Girl, The Book Stop, and Reads And Dreams.
- One of the biggest items of news this week is that the Nobel Prize For Literature was awarded to author Kazuo Ishiguro this week. Rachel at Pace Amore Libri is a big fan and I really liked her post celebrating Ishiguro’s win. I’m embarassed to say I have never read one of his novels, but I guess the time has come! If you had to recommend one to start with, which one would it be?
- Moving along with the important book news this week, on Wednesday the 2017 finalists for the National Book Award were announced. I’ve only read Pachinko by Min Jin Lee out of the Fiction finalists on the list (my review here), but I’ll also be reading Killers Of The Flower Moon by David Grann off the Nonfiction list soon since it was a Book Of The Month pick.
- Preparations for Nonfiction November are starting to kick-off over at Doing Dewey and the other blogs that will be hosting the event this year. It involves posting following pre-selected nonfiction-focused topics once in each week of November. I hope to be able to participate a bit more actively this year, at least for a few of the weeks. They’re even doing a Book Swap this year if you’re interested.
- This post by Greer Macallister about Historical Novels Inspired by Real-Life Bad-Ass Women on Off The Shelf had lots of great historical fiction recommendations for those of us who love a strong and historically accurate heroine. The Signature Of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert has been sitting in my TBR stack(s) for a while, so this reminded me to pick it up soon.
- This review of The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware by a guest reviewer on My Chestnut Reading Tree caught my eye because she has such a different opinion to mine on the book. It’s always interesting to me to read the thoughts of people who really hated a book I ended up liking. Here’s my own review of this thriller by the way.
Book Reviews I Loved
- Here are the individual book reviews I read this week that inspired me to consider reading the books they covered:
- The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre on Keeper Of Pages (thriller)
- Lie To Me by J.T. Ellison on Hanging With Amanda (thriller)
- The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas on Keeper Of Pages (young adult)
- The Visitors by Catherine Burns on Book Bum (thriller)
- Maria In The Moon by Louise Beech on Bibliophile Book Club (contemporary fiction)
- Attachments by Rainbow Rowell on Death by Tsundoku (contemporary fiction)
- The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor on Julz Reads (historical fiction)
- On Monday I published a post on the October 2017 Book Releases that I’m looking forward to. We Were Eight Years In Power is currently sitting in my Library loans and I got access to The Rules Of Magic by Alice Hoffman and Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn on Net Galley, so I’m certain I’ll get to those three in the next couple of weeks. If I had to pick one other book on the list I absolutely want to read it would be A Beautiful Work In Progress by Mirna Valerio.
- On Thursday I posted a review of Hillary Clinton’s memoir on the 2016 Election – What Happened. It was a hard book to review – there’s been so much criticism and praise of it already on the internet. I can say that for me, the best thing about it is that Clinton is no longer the restrained and polished writer of her prior memoirs. In What Happened, she opens up and lets loose, even getting angry (at the risk of being called hysterical since she’s a woman). I think it’s a must read.
- On Monday of next week, I’m planning on posting my July 2017 Book Of The Month reviews (finally) of Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, Shrill by Lindy West and Final Girls by Riley Sager. Then on Wednesday I’m planning a book pairing of a novel and nonfiction book focused on teen suicide – What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan and Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight. Lastly, on Friday (if I get to it), I’ll include a single book review of historical fiction title The Last Days Of Night by Graham Moore.
- I found this map this week, and it’s really helping with my fear of flying. Somehow, seeing the hundreds/thousands of flights that are currently up in the air around the world gives a really good visual of how safe flying really is. Just look at the corridor over the Atlantic from North America to Europe and vice versa, it’s basically a freeway at rush hour!
- I’ve been really into changing nail polish color every week recently (pro tip: buy overstock of OPI and Essie nailpolishes for $4 or less at Marshalls), and I’m intrigued by some of the nail polish color selections for fall.
- I’ve also been mesmerized by this weird old pet advice TV show video showing a man inexplicably having about 12 different pets on a single table… I’m happy it’s clearly dated so you know this is no longer happening, because it’s borderline animal endangerment, but also it’s really funny and lifted my spirits this week.
Any articles or blog posts from the book world that you really enjoyed this week? Share them in the comments!
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