I’ve had a pretty good week, aside from a small debacle with my rabbit getting sick on Friday (still ongoing, but hopefully he’ll be better soon). I mostly stuck to my blogging plan and made progress on my reading as well.
I read my Book Of The Month copy of Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips in one sitting, staying up till 1AM to finish it this past Sunday night. It’s under 300 pages and different from the usual thriller with the girl gone missing plot. Considering that shootings are now a sadly regular occurrence in the news, it could be triggering for some, but I found it exceptionally well done.
Book Of The Month also brought me another 5 star read this week in Killers Of The Flower Moon by David Grann. I loved its mix of history and true crime. Reviews for both Fierce Kingdom and Killers Of The Flower Moon will be up on the blog this week (along with reviews of the two other Book Of The Month books from my August delivery).
Hope all of you had a good reading/blogging/regular life week as well!
Book Blog Posts I Loved
- Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And Bookish, and this week’s topic was Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In A Book. It was a topic tailor made for a book blog I discovered recently – The Hungry Bookworm – but I also really liked Flavia The Bibliophile, The Belgian Reviewer and Hopewell’s Public Library Of Life‘s take on the topic.
- As you’ve probably read, Lincoln In The Bardo by George Saunders won the Man Booker prize this year. To be honest, every time I hear about the book it sounds weirder and weirder, and less and less like something I’m inclined to read. I’ve also seen conflicting reviews for it online. Nonetheless, Rachel at Pace, Amore, Libri and Jo on Jo’s Book Blog highlighted the win.
- As I mentioned above, I found Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips un-put-downable and read it all in one sitting, staying up late to do so. My review is coming this week but in the meantime you can read positive reviews for it on The Bandar Blog and Opinionated Book Lover. They both also had the experience of not being able to tear themselves away from the book and reading it very quickly.
- The book club I organize for alumnae of my college in Los Angeles has been into picking book pairings for some of our meetings. In two weeks, we will be discussing a fiction to nonfiction book pairing on the theme of Apartheid in South Africa, for which we’re reading Trevor Noah’s memoir Born A Crime and Bianca Marais’ novel Hum If You Don’t Know The Words. The Misstery’s review of the novel got me excited to read it sometime in the next week or so.
- Blog stress seems to be on everyone’s mind lately, and I’m no exception. I’m trying to really focus on the fact this is a hobby and make sure if I’m working on my blog, that it doesn’t feel like a chore. Jackie at Death By Tsundoku posted about setting realistic goals (including blog goals), Renee at It’s Book Talk is taking a blog hiatus to come back to blogging refreshed, and Drizzle And Hurricane Books had some good advice on how not to stress about blogging.
- Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon (impressively its 10 year anniversary) was this past Saturday. I help run a rabbit adoption event every Saturday for a local rescue, which takes up 4 to 5 hours of my day, so I wasn’t able to participate. Hopefully next year! Here is Katie’s wrap-up post on Doing Dewey. I also loved A Day In Bookland and Sophisticated Dorkiness’ wrap-ups.
- If you’re looking for even more bookish links, The Secret Library Blog has her first link post up today. The more the merrier!
Book Reviews I Loved
- Here are the individual book reviews I read this week that inspired me to consider reading the books they covered:
- Verdict Of Twelve by Raymond Postgate on She Reads Novels (mystery)
- Alt-America by David Neiwert on What’s Nonfiction? (political nonfiction)
- Bring Her Home by David Bell on Jessicamap Reviews (thriller)
- The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine on Dee’s Rad Reads And Reviews (thriller)
- Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister on My Chestnut Reading Tree (thriller)
- All The Wicked Girls by Chris Whitaker on My Chestnut Reading Tree (thriller)
- Her Last Secret by Barbara Copperthwaite on The Book Review Cafe (thriller)
- The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld on Keeper Of Pages (mystery)
- On Wednesday I published a review of contemporary fiction novel The Best Kind Of People by Zoe Whittall. I ended up giving it 3 stars because though the premise and writing were compelling, I felt that it left me wanting in terms of plot and development of certain characters.
- On Friday I posted a review of Alice Hoffman’s new novel – a prequel to Practical Magic – The Rules Of Magic. I gave it 4 stars. The magical mythology included in the story really worked for me but there were parts that felt a bit YA for my taste and the love curse plot line at the center of the novel got a bit repetitive. I really enjoyed it overall though and it was beautifully written – hence the high rating. I may have to pick up Practical Magic eventually.
- For next week I’m planning to post reviews of the 4 books I got from Book Of The Month in my August delivery (they sent me a wrong book by mistake and then let me keep it, as well as replacing it with the correct one. More for me!). The titles include Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, Killers Of The Flower Moon by David Grann and The Sisters Chase by Sarah Healy I’m also planning to post individual book reviews for one or two historical fiction titles I read a while back and never got around to reviewing.
- I’m intrigued by this minimalism game that spurs you to remove 500 items from your home in 30 days. You start off getting rid of 1 item (trash/donate/sell) on Day 1 of the month, two items on Day 2 etc. I’m not hoarder of possessions in general, but I’ve been wanting to streamline what I own even more for a while, so I may just try this.
- Yes we can. Man, I missed this guy.
- And if you’ve been living in a hole this week, I just about died over this photo remake done by a group of librarians in New Zealand of the Kardashian’s recent Hollywood Reporter cover to celebrate 10 years of their show. The matching clothing and poses, the facial expressions – this is everything.
Any articles or blog posts from the book world that you really enjoyed this week? Share them in the comments!
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