Anyone else ready for it to actually be fall? We’re going through another unseasonable heat wave in LA at the moment, and it’s scheduled to be over 90 degrees today. Whyyyyy! The sad part is nearly every day for the next week is supposed to be over 80, so there’s no end to this in sight for now.
I can’t be the only one who is firmly a creature of Fall and Winter. All I’m waiting for is the opportunity to layer, wear chunky scarves, drink tea or cider non-stop and in general have even more excuse to scorn society for my books. There’s also just something regenerative in the cold air and the feeling of holidays approaching. This week I was able to book my flight home for Christmas to Milan and that’s also something I always look forward to. I’ll be home for two weeks, hopefully doing nothing but stuffing myself full of Italian food and reading 🙂
I enjoyed reading through everyone’s posts this week. Here are my favorite links!
Book Blog Posts I Loved
- Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And Bookish, and this week’s topic was very seasonally appropriate – Fall Book Covers. My favorite posts where on Lindsay’s Library, A Dance With Books, Birdie Bookworm and Flavia The Bibliophile.
- I read two reviews this week of a book that I included in my October 2017 Book Releases list – historical fiction novel The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain. What’s Better Than Books gave it a ten out of ten, while The Misstery really liked it but it wasn’t her favorite Diane Chamberlain book.
- Callum McLaughlin posted a list of Halloween Read Recommendations, and I was particularly intrigued by The Resurrectionist by E.B. Hudspeth. A quick look through Goodreads revealed that there are weirdly enough quite a few novels with this name, so if you’re looking for it, make sure you search for the correct author.
- Continuing on the Halloween theme, Kate on Parchment Girl published this post on 8 Scary New Book Adaptations To Watch This Halloween. Aside from IT – which I really want to see but don’t have courageous enough friends to watch it with – there were several more titles I wasn’t aware of which should be great for those October nights in. The Bandar Blog’s 11 Horror Movies Inspired By Books also had some great recommendations both for viewing and for reading.
- Sarah’s Book Shelves posted a positive review of new release The Best Kind Of People by Zoe Whittall. I just finished the book a week or two ago and agree with Sarah that it was an interesting read, though I wouldn’t say it’s become a favorite. It’s thought-provoking, well written and mostly focused on character development, which I personally don’t mind. If you love a fast moving plot, though, you might want to skip it. I’ll likely be posting a review of if myself this week.
- While I was home in Milan, I tried to find some contemporary French fiction books to help me practice my French fluency, and I somewhat succeeded. I really need some actual recommendations though, rather than just browsing through the few titles available in French in Italian bookstores. This article on the New York Times of 10 French Novels To Read Now had some great suggestions. I found the plot teasers for The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani, The End Of Eddy by Edouard Louis and Submission by Michel Houellebecq particularly interesting. Now the only challenge will be to find them in their original language versions.
- I also ran across this website which will test your reading speed and then tell you how long it’ll take you to read any book you search for in its database. It sounds a bit tricky since it’s based on page length, which varies between editions. My main issue using it will be that I actually read a lot out loud (my rabbit likes it, don’t ask), which slows me down quite a bit.
Book Reviews I Loved
- Here are the individual book reviews I read this week that inspired me to consider reading the books they covered:
- On Monday I published reviews of my July 2017 Book Of The Month picks – including Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (5 stars), Shrill by Lindy West (4 stars) and Final Girls by Riley Sager (3 stars). Dark Matter is definitely now in my best book’s I’ve read in 2016 list, and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone (and have).
- On Thursday I published a Book Pairing of a nonfiction book and novel focused on teen suicide – What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan (4 stars) and Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight (5 stars). The reviews were difficult ones to write due to the topic, but I think reading the books back-to-back made me really think about some of the assumptions we make about other people’s lives and their innermost thoughts. Overall, they’re both very worthwhile reads.
- I’m a little bit undecided about what I want to post this week. I’m almost done with my reading for a Women’s Rights In The Middle East book list, and I’ve also recently finished two new book releases – The Best Kind Of People by Zoe Whittall and The Rules Of Magic by Alice Hoffman. Those are some of the my likely options. I was scheduled to post reviews of my August 2017 Book Of The Month picks, but I’m only halfway through the first of four books… so that’s seems unrealistic at the moment.
- I’ve been struggling with meditating regularly, and I think I may have figured out the problem. I view meditation as the practice of trying to sit as quietly and still as possible and clear your mind. This article on Well And Good about reconnecting with your soul to feel happier made me think about, instead, viewing meditation as taking time to look inward and reconnect with yourself. That sounds more doable and also more worthwhile.
- On a completely different note, I discovered this new dessert hummus (yes, that’s what I actually wrote) from Delighted By Hummus online this week and I desperately want to try to find a way to try it in person. I’m wondering though if it’s just the idea of it that seems healthy (it’s ‘hummus’ after all), when in reality they jam it full of sugars so that it’s basically like regular dessert. Hmmmmm.
- I’ve been pretty good at having a smoothie filled with greens and fruit instead of a heavier breakfast in the mornings, but now that we’re getting close to fall (not there yet, at least in LA), I’m wondering if I won’t want to have something that cold every morning anymore. I’ve been looking up warm breakfast smoothie recipes (yes, really), and apparently they are actually a thing. I’m not crazy! Here’s a list of recipes I liked, and the warm pear ginger one sounds delicious.
Any articles or blog posts from the book world that you really enjoyed this week? Share them in the comments!
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