Links I Loved This Week – 10/22/17

Links I Loved From The Bookish World For The Week Ending 10/21/17 On Novels And Nonfiction

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

  • 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:

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  • 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 MagicThe 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.
  • 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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  26 comments for “Links I Loved This Week – 10/22/17

  1. October 22, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Yay, one of my favourite post of the week! I’m always honoured to get a mention. I really enjoyed Fierce Kingdom too and I want to read Hum If You Don’t Know the Words!

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 22, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      You’re welcome! Fierce Kingdom was SO good. I didn’t expect it to be that riveting. And it’s nice that it isn’t too long.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. October 22, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Thank you so much for including me! These highlights and recap are great if you don’t have time, it’s so easy to miss some really great stuff. Good luck with the minimalist game.. I’d be hopeless, I can’t seem to get rid of anything :-).


    • October 22, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      You’re welcome! I’m okay at getting rid of most things – books and clothes I struggle with the most 🙂


  3. Jo
    October 22, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks for the mention! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. October 22, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Oh thank you so, so much for sharing my post, that’s so sweet! ❤ ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  5. October 23, 2017 at 4:43 am

    Thanks for the link ❤ I hope you enjoy it!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. October 23, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Great post! And thanks for spreading the word about Alt-America! I’m so looking forward to your reviews of Killer of the Flower Moon and Born a Crime – I really enjoyed and learned a lot from the former, it was so eye-opening! and I’m hoping to get around to the latter soon. Wish you a lovely week ahead!

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  7. Sarah's Book Shelves
    October 23, 2017 at 11:22 am

    I felt the same way about Lincoln in the Bardo…and still haven’t read it. Based on my track record with the Booker prize, I probably never will – haha! And I’ve had Fierce Kingdom on my TBR for awhile…even sampled it awhile back. May get to it at some point!

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    • October 23, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      I hope you do get to Fierce Kingdom! It’s worth it 🙂 So funny that we feel the same way about Lincoln in the Bardo.


  8. October 23, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Thanks for mentioning my list this week, really appreciate it 🙂


  9. October 23, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Thanks for linking!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. October 23, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    On Lincoln in the Bardo. It IS weird. I did not like it, but it was creative. For what its worth, here’s my review

    Liked by 1 person

  11. October 24, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Hi Ottavia! Thanks for the link love ❤ I was SO pumped about that Top Ten Tuesday topic – glad to see you enjoyed it as well!

    I recently just finished The Rules of Magic too (Tipsy Chocolate Cake on the way next week…). Have you seen my post on Practical Magic? I read it for the first time earlier this month. I love the PM movie, and I saw that way before I read the book. I liked Rules of Magic better; also 4 stars here.

    Hope to see you back again soon! I'll definitely be stopping by here as well!

    – Megan

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    • October 24, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      Omg that Tipsy Chocolate Cake sounded so good – I’ll definitely be looking forward to your recipe! I went to look up your Practical Magic post and that apple tart with black pepper also looks delicious. Could you really taste the pepper in it and how did it go with the apples?

      Why did you like The Rules Of Magic better than Practical Magic? Would you still recommend reading it?


      • October 25, 2017 at 1:46 am

        You could taste the pepper a little bit when there was a larger fleck (I used freshly ground), and it did taste good with the apples. I was surprised. But the flavor of pepper wasn’t overwhelming or anything.

        I liked Rules of Magic better than Practical Magic just because (like you, it sounds like) I’d watched the movie a bunch when I was younger and the book was so different from the story I was used to that I actually liked the movie better. The book was good, in its way, but it didn’t pack the same punch the movie did for me. I still think Rules of Magic complemented the movie quite well. Practical Magic was good, and I suppose worth reading, if you really want to – I don’t regret it – but I think you’re okay to skip it too.

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      • October 25, 2017 at 3:40 am

        Thanks for the advice 🙂


  12. November 1, 2017 at 4:34 am

    Haha, the librarian spoof photo brightened my day. Thanks for the link!

    Liked by 1 person

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