Links I Loved This Week – 10/08/17

Links I Loved This Week On Novels And Nonfiction

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

  • 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?
  • 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 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:

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  • On Thursday I posted a review of Hillary Clinton’s memoir on the 2016 ElectionWhat 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.


  • 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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  18 comments for “Links I Loved This Week – 10/08/17

  1. October 8, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Nonfiction November sounds amazing, I may get involved, it’ll help me tackle my nonfiction TBR! And thank you for the mentions 😊

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  2. October 8, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Oo, thank you so much for linking to my review, that’s really made my week 😀

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  3. October 8, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks for the link to my September wrap-up! I’ve read two books by Ishiguro, I definitely recommend reading Never Let Me Go. Happy to see The Leavers in the National Book Award list, though I haven’t read any of the others.

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    • October 9, 2017 at 2:15 am

      You’re welcome! I think the consensus is that Never Let Me Go is the Ishiguro book the start with. Thanks for the recommendation!


  4. Sarah's Book Shelves
    October 8, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Thanks for linking to my post and glad to see you back blogging! What Made Maddy Run and Reconstructing Amelia is a great pairing – and one I had on my list for that topic for Nonfiction November – haha!

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  5. October 9, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Thanks for linking my post, and I really hope you enjoy Ishiguro! As for where to start with him, Never Let Me Go is definitely a safe bet. It’s one of those books that absolutely lives up to the hype. Otherwise, Remains of the Day (especially if you like historical fiction) or A Pale View of Hills are also good places to start!

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    • October 9, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      I do like historical fiction but everyone seems to be raving about Never Let Me Go, so I think I’ll go with that. Predictably there’s a line now for it at the library!

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  6. October 14, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Thanks so much for highlighting Nonfiction November! I’m so excited! 🙂


  7. October 21, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Ohmygosh! Thank you so much for linking to my review! It was so much fun doing a buddy read with Evelina. Did you really add Attachments to your TBR? Have you read other Rowell books?

    The only Ishiguro book I’ve read is Never Let Me Go, though I have both The Remains of the Day and The Buried Giant on my TBRs. I really enjoyed my single Ishiguro experience and I definitely plan on reading more of his works.

    Are you planning out any of your reading for Nonfiction November? If so, I’d love to hear what’s on the to read list!

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    • October 22, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      You reminded me to add Attachments to my Goodreads right now!

      I am planning on participating in Nonfiction November. For Week 2 I’m going to do a book pairing (fiction to nonfiction) on Apartheid in South Africa, Week 3 is hopefully going to be a World War II nonfiction book list (still completing my reading for that one) and the rest will be more generic nonfiction posts based on the topics for each week. And I also have a few standalone nonfiction reviews planned. Maybe I could make my reading list for our Thanksgiving Readathon all nonfiction since it’s concurrent 🙂 What are your plans?

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      • October 28, 2017 at 3:22 am

        Oooh. I love your thoughts on splitting each week into themes. That’s super cool. I have always considered doing the fictoin/non-fiction pairings like you do. I think I’d find more to appreciate when comparing them from both a personal enjoyment factor, as well as a blogging factor. It would be an exciting new challenge!

        I have a few memoirs I’ve wanted to read (or, well, listen via audiobook). Plus, I hope to read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I don’t read a ton of non fiction to begin with, so I’m hoping to read two non-ficton books in November at minimum. No crazy goals here. 😉

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      • October 28, 2017 at 1:38 pm

        The themes for this year are on the host blogs like Sarah’s Book Shelves, so I’m just following along 🙂 can’t take credit lol

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      • October 31, 2017 at 3:51 am

        Pft, I give you credit anyway. So there! 😉


      • October 28, 2017 at 1:39 pm

        The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks is good. In terms of books that merge science and personal stories I think The Emperor Of All Maladies is even better.


      • October 31, 2017 at 3:52 am

        That’s good to know! I’m listening to the audiobook for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and I’m struggling with the narrator… It’s still a great story, though. I’ll add The Emperor of All Maladies to the list. Cancer sucks.


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