Links I Loved This Week – 11/19/17

Links I Loved This Week For The Week Ending 11/19/2017 On Novels And Nonfiction

Thanksgiving week is finally here! Raise your hand if, like me, you can’t wait to have 4 full days of vacation in which to rest, relax and the third and most important R – READ.

Unlike many of you who have family in the United States to catch up with during Thanksgiving, I typically tag on to a friend’s Thanksgiving meal on the day of, but the rest of the weekend is blissfully free. It’s my chance to reset before the start of the holidays, get a start on any big projects I’ve been putting off at home (filing), and this year also hopefully get ahead on my blog posts.

And of course it’s also the week of the #ThanksgivingReadathon I’m hosting with my blogging friend Jackie at Death By Tsundoku. You’ll see our kick-off posts for the readathon up tomorrow (including the link to enter our amazing Winter Reading Giveaway) and we’re hoping to see many of you create your own Sign-Up posts for the readathon between this Monday and Wednesday. You’re free to also just participate on social media. The key here is to only do what you can handle while having an amazing holiday week!

And now without further ado, onwards to this week’s links!

Book Posts

  • Of course the other big news this week was the announcement of the winner of the 2017 National Book Award for fiction – Sing, Unburied, Sing. I’m planning on reading it during the Thanksgiving Readathon this week, since it was one of my October 2017 Book Of The Month picks, so it’s perfect timing. The nonfiction pick – The Future Is History by Masha Gessen – was on my TBR list for books on Russia, so I should be tackling it sometime next year.
  • Parchment Girl did some of the leg work for us in identifying 48 interesting new book releases being launched in Winter 2018 in this list. Several of the nonfiction titles sounded absolutely fascinating, including Tears Of Salt by Pietro Bartolo and Lidia Tilotta on the refugee crisis in Southern Italy and Children Of Nazis by Tania Crasnianski.
  • I loved this whimsical post on Book Riot with ideas for Bookish Christmas trees, which are exactly what they sound like – Christmas trees made out of books! I like the round versions better than the stacked ones, and wish I had the space in my apartment to make one of my own!
  • I still struggle with DNFing books when I’m really not into them, especially if they’re supposed to be part of a blog series (like the few Book Of The Month books I’ve really hated). The Bandar Blog shared an interesting infographic on the types of books readers tend to DNF and the reasons and ways in which we DNF from Goodreads.
  • And as last week, if you’re looking for even more bookish links, The Secret Library Blog has her post up today as well!

Book Reviews

On The Blog

  • On Tuesday I published the official announcement for the Thanksgiving Readathon I’m hosting this week with Jackie at Death By Tsundoku. If you’re looking to participate, you can find all the details on how to join in this post, as well as some info on our Winter Reading Giveaway, which launches tomorrow.
  • On Thursday I published my third Nonfiction November post – a book list on World War II Nonfiction for this week’s Be The Expert topic. It was a long post including 10 titles which took quite a while to craft, but since so many nonfiction books I love are on the list, it felt really worthwhile to share all my reviews of them with you.
  • For this coming week, I’m planning on posting my Sign-Up post for the Thanksgiving Readathon (with my TBR list) on Monday, and after that my Week 4 Nonfiction November post (with my Top Ten Favorite Nonfiction Books Of All Time), as well as potentially reviews of recent reads Artemis by Andy Weir and Evicted by Matthew Desmond.

Other Links

  • I’m hoping that this exhibit of Downton Abbey sets and costumes makes it way to Los Angeles sooner rather than later, because I am SO there for it. Right now, it’s setting up shop in New York City and I’m very jealous of those who will be able to attend it ahead of me.
  • I like Cupcakes And Cashmere’s idea of experimenting with different morning routines everyday for a week to figure out what makes you feel the most energized and relaxed. I’ve seriously fallen off the wagon with my morning routine (partly thanks to blogging) and am planning on reconnecting with it over Thanksgiving. Maybe I’ll try something like this.
  • If only I had the space to have one of these cozy meditation nooks in my apartment, maybe I’d actually meditate daily like I’m supposed to (thanks anxiety!). I definitely want to spend a bit of time on Thanksgiving decluttering my bedroom to make it feel a bit more zen, since that’s where I always end up meditating.

Any articles or blog posts from the book world that you really enjoyed this week? Share them in the comments!

Also let me know if you plan to participate in the Thanksgiving Readathon!

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  13 comments for “Links I Loved This Week – 11/19/17

  1. November 19, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Sing, Unburied, Sing was brilliant! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. November 20, 2017 at 12:12 am

    The Shipping News amazed me! The movie is even worth it

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Susie | Novel Visits
    November 20, 2017 at 2:15 am

    I didn’t realize The Three Junes was a national Book Award winner. That really surprises me. Sing, Unburied, Sing and it’s darker themes made me certain it would be right in there for the award. I really liked it. Thanks for the shout out and I’m trying to clear some time to join your readathon over some of the long weekend. Like you, I also need to get some blog posts done. Have a wonderful week!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 20, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Have you read The Three Junes? What did you think of it?


      • Susie | Novel Visits
        November 21, 2017 at 12:04 am

        I read it years ago, so don’t remember a lot. I think I liked it, but maybe not a “best ever” type book for me.


  4. November 20, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    I’ll be curious to see what you think of Sing, Unburied, Sing – I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to, but I hope you like it! Also I’m excited to check out that post about DNFing, because I also struggle to DNF when I’m not into something. And thanks for linking to my post! Happy long weekend of reading 😀

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    • November 20, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      I’ve been ambivalent about whether I will or will not like it based on the plot teaser. I’ve read articles comparing it to Faulkner, and I really don’t like Faulkner so… lol We’ll see!

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      • November 20, 2017 at 6:07 pm

        I don’t like Faulkner either and unfortunately the Faulkner comparison made itself apparent to me very early on….. it’s also very Toni Morrison inspired, and I like her better, so that element was alright?? I gave it the noncommittal 3 stars but honestly 2 probably would have been more accurate… anyway I’m very curious to see what you make of it.

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      • November 20, 2017 at 6:29 pm

        I know it’s so hard to give 2 stars to something that others and especially the critical community are raving about, even if it just doesn’t work for you. I had the same issue with Emma In The Night and then more recently with Artemis (and I loved The Martian, so that one was a surprise).

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      • November 20, 2017 at 7:15 pm

        Definitely!! With the added complication that as a white person I don’t necessarily feel like it’s my narrative to criticize especially when it’s been so well received in black communities?? It’s one of those books where I’m glad to see it doing well…. it just really, really did not do it for me. Ugh I’ve heard mostly negative things about Artemis, I’ll probably skip it as I haven’t even read the Martian yet.

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      • November 20, 2017 at 9:50 pm

        The Martian is definitely worthwhile, but yeah I think Artemis you can skip 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

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