Daylight Savings hit me HARD this week, and my usual intentions to have all my blog posts for the week (minus Links I Loved of course) written the weekend before fell through again. One day, I’m telling you. One day I’ll get there 😉
I’m really excited to have more than usual blogging and reading time during Thanksgiving week (and also resting and relaxing time as well). Really looking forward to the Thanksgiving Readathon as well, for which there will soon be more information (look out for an official announcement post on Wednesday).
I’ve been a little under the weather this weekend, so if you need me today, I’ll be under my comforter with Andy Weir’s The Martian. Onward to this week’s links!
Jackie at Death By Tsundoku and I are having a real Thanksgiving Readathon for the first year. Last year we sort of did a very informal version of it and a few people joined us via Twittter, but this year there will be an official announcement post with more details coming this Wednesday, launch and wrap-up posts, and a really great giveaway, so keep your eyes peeled and sign up! The idea is to still keep it really chill and not set precise reading targets for people, so you can set your own or just read as much as you want.
- It was the second week of Nonfiction November and Sarah’s Book Shelves was the hosting blog. In this wrap-up post you’ll find links to each blog who participated. The topic was Nonfiction To Fiction Book Pairings (here is a link to my post), and there were a ton of great contributions including on The Gilmore Guide To Books, Novel Visits, Books Are My Favourite And Best, Lindsay’s Library, Doing Dewey, Sarah’s Book Shelves, Musings Of A Literary Wanderer, and Mind Joggle.
- Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And Bookish, and this week’s topic was Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders (fill list of links here). Here were some of my favorite creative posts: Coffee Loving Bookaholic, Dwell In Possibility, The Fictional Reader, Owls Reads, Reading Every Night and A Cocoon Of Books.
- Don’t forget to cast your vote in the semifinal round of the Goodreads Choice Awards. It ends Sunday night, so you have a few hours left to make your selections!
- Amazon came out with its editors’ picks of the 20 Best Books Of The Year So Far, and most of them I had either read or are on my TBR, so we’re pretty much on the same page Amazon! There were a few I hadn’t heard about like The Weight Of Ink by Rachel Kadish and Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor.
- I hadn’t heard about this idea for Cookbook Clubs, in which a group of friends picks a cookbook, each makes a recipe from that book, and then brings them together for a potluck lunch or dinner. Sounds like an interesting way to explore multiple recipes and have a delicious meal with friends. May just have to try this out.
- PopSugar shared this list of Books Being Made Into Movies In 2018, and it sounds like I’ll finally have to read Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple and Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan so I can compare.
- Off The Shelf always has a book list or two that I end up really liking every week. This week was no exception with this list of The 13 Books You Need To Read To Understand Modern Relationships. As someone who is hoping to figure out this love life stuff in the next couple of years, it sounds more than a little intriguing.
- Yet another great recipe and book pairing from The Hungry Bookworm. This week’s was sponge cake with forest berries from novel Beasts Of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang. I considered it as one of my October picks on Book Of The Month, but I wasn’t sure I would like it. Megan’s review has made me reconsider though.
- And as last week, if you’re looking for even more bookish links, The Secret Library Blog has her post up today as well!
- Here are the individual book reviews I read this week that inspired me to consider reading the books they covered:
- Miss Jane by Brad Watson on The Book Musings (historical fiction)
- The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen on Read.Eat.Sleep.Repeat (thriller)
- The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah on Dee’s Rad Reads And Reviews (historical fiction)
- Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda on Snazzy Books (thriller)
- The New Mrs Clifton by Elizabeth Buchan on Over The Rainbow Book Blog (historical fiction)
- Anatomy Of A Scandal by Sarah Vaughan on My Chestnut Reading Tree (mystery, Jan 2018 release)
- The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine on Dwell In Possibility (historical fiction, mystery)
- On Tuesday I published reviews of my September 2017 Book Of The Month selections, including Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (4 stars), Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (3 stars) and Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker (3 stars). Emma In The Night could have been a 2 star read personally for me, but I felt that others would enjoy it.
- On Thursday I published my second Nonfiction November 2017 post. The Week 2 topic was nonfiction to fiction book pairings, and the new one I included was for two books set during Apartheid in South Africa: memoir Born A Crime by comedian and TV host Trevor Noah (4 stars) and novel Hum If You Don’t Know The Words by Bianca Marais (5 stars). I also included links to two previous book pairings I published on the blog, on teen mental health and Queen Victoria.
- For next week, I’ll be posting a book list on World War II nonfiction for Week 3 of Nonfiction November, the full announcement for the Thanksgiving Readathon that I’m holding with Jackie from Death by Tsundoku, with rules on how to participate and a sneak peak of the giveaway. I also have an Author Spotlight of Andy Weir planned, but that will depend on if I can get through both The Martian and Artemis by the end of the week. If not, I’ll substitute with an audiobook review of Evicted by Matthew Desmond.
- I’m setting out again to teach myself how to knit, and this week I’ve started an infinity scarf in the round in seed stitch using this Youtube tutorial. So far so okay. My stitches are not fully uniform and polished looking yet, but it also doesn’t look bad. Knitting is hard on your hands and shoulders though. I need a massage!
- Apparently the new Eataly in LA is so hot right now that they’ve created a pepper rating to let people know how long the wait to get in might be. That’s right, there’s a wait to get in to a market now… I badly want to go and spend all my money there, but I’m waiting it out till Angelenos calm down and it’s a more normal shopping experience. Also, in a very italian move, the whole store will be closed on Monday.
- This article on bad dating habits based on Myers Briggs types was fascinating and unfortunately pretty spot on. My type is ESTJ, which is great for the rest of life, but a bit intense for dating.
- As someone who has a pretty significant fear of flying, I found this post on Cupcakes And Cashmere in which she interviews an airline pilot about her fears to be extremely interesting and also a little reassuring. The fear is pretty irrational, so logic doesn’t usual make a huge difference, but it’s still good to keep in touch with how safe flying really is.
Any articles or blog posts from the book world that you really enjoyed this week? Share them in the comments!
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