Links I Loved This Week – 10/15/17

Links I Loved This Week On Novels And Nonfiction

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

  • 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:

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  • 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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  26 comments for “Links I Loved This Week – 10/15/17

  1. October 15, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Thank you very much for mentioning my post! I’m glad you enjoyed it, and I hope you like The Resurrectionist if you decide to check it out.

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    • October 15, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      You’re welcome! It sounds absolutely fascinating with the split structure and fiction posing as nonfiction elements.

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  2. October 15, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Wow thanks for the mention I’m so glad you enjoyed my review 🙂

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  3. Sarah's Book Shelves
    October 15, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Thanks for linking to my review! Enjoyable enough book, but certainly not without its flaws. Seems to be the common theme among books I’ve actually been liking these days.

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    • October 15, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      I felt that way about The Rules Of Magic which I just finished as well. It’s good but not great.


  4. October 15, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the Code Girls review, thank you for sharing it! I hope you read it, it really is fantastic. And now I’m also intrigued by this How Long to Read site, can’t wait to play around with it. Great post!

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    • October 15, 2017 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks to you for sharing the book 🙂 I’m working on finishing reading for a WWII nonfiction book list and now code girls is on my list. Have 3 or 4 more titles to read.


  5. October 15, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Thank you for sharing my post! We are actually having some sunny and warm days instead of rain and very grey weather. I don’t mind so much that as that I mind the constant back and forth. It is October. Just let it be Fall already.

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  6. October 16, 2017 at 4:46 am

    Thanks for the mention 😀 Are you going to read it?


    • October 17, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      There’s a chance but maybe I should start with a different one from Diane Chamberlain. Maybe the one you mentioned liking better?

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  7. October 16, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Awe thank you so much! I love this series that you post 😀

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  8. October 21, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    I love these posts! So many great nuggets in here. And it shows how committed you are to the community at large!

    How did you ever find out that your rabbit likes to be read to? Any particular genres they prefer? 😉

    Warm breakfast smoothies. FASCINATING. I guess that’s not particularly strange when I think about it. I just never would have come to it on my own. Any recipes in particular you are looking forward to?

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    • October 22, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks! So basically when rabbits are happy – like when you pet them – they do something that is kind of the equivalent to cats purring, they grind their teeth softly. (They can also grind their teeth really loudly, which is a sign of pain, so important to distinguish between the two). But basically while I was reading to him I noticed he was doing his happy teeth grinding over and over. I think he thinks I’m talking to him and that’s good enough for him 🙂 lol he’s just a sweetheart. Any genre will do for him as long as it’s his mommy reading.

      I’m still struggling with the concept of warm breakfast smoothies myself, especially because the recipe’s I’ve found so far mostly don’t incorporate greens in a way that I think sounds successful. The other options don’t seem that healthy. For now I’m switching to toast with peanut butter and herbal tea… but I’ll have to try a few of the warm ‘green’ smoothies soon because I really like getting a serving of spinach first thin the morning.

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      • October 28, 2017 at 3:40 am

        That’s AMAZING! First of all, the fact that rabbits do the same thing to show both pleasure and pain is a bit astounding. There is so much subtlty in the animal kingdom! I’m impressed you know the difference– but I’m sure to a bunny mommy that’s Bunny 101. The fact that Sammy loves reading just shows you two really are meant for each other.

        Hm. I look forward to your reporting back on warm smoothies. David and I eat scrambled eggs for breakfast every morning. It’s gotten to the point where we can both make eggs in our sleep, so that helps a ton.I hope the warm smoothies you try are successful!

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      • October 28, 2017 at 1:37 pm


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