Links I Loved This Week – 11/26/17

Links I Loved For The Week Ending 11/26/17 On Novels And Nonfiction

What is it about a long weekend that makes you build unrealistic dreams of getting much more done than there is time for? I definitely fell in that trap again this weekend, and though I did a lot, I didn’t even skim the surface of what I was hoping to accomplish. I’m really satisfied with having had time to relax and catch up with friends though.

Today is the last day of the Thanksgiving Readathon I’m hosting with Jackie at Death By Tsundoku and you’re still in time to join if you want to do a mini-readathon of your own! Make sure to also enter the Winter Reading Giveaway, which closes Tuesday at midnight. I didn’t realize that I would be starting my readathon with two 600-page books, so though I’ve read over 800 pages, I don’t have much to show for it in terms of book numbers. Ah well!

I’m looking forward to a particularly busy week! I’m attending not one but TWO bookish events this week, one to see Zadie Smith and Michael Chabon speak and the other to see Isabelle Allende. I’ve been sharing info on events like these on the Los Angeles Book Bloggers group I started on facebook, so if you’re based in LA and want to keep up with bookish events in the area, make sure to join!

Here are this week’s links…

Book Posts

  • Sarah’s Book Shelves posted this interesting list of books released in 2017 that she hasn’t read yet but wants to get to before the end of 2017. There were several titles I wasn’t familiar with that I’ll have to look into to see if they’re good options for my TBR list. I definitely suffer from the same problem every time I put together one of my monthly releases list and realize there’s no way I can read everything on it!
  • This post on Bionic Book Worm and also featured on The Secret Library Blog‘s list of links this week was a treasure trove of advice on how to Make Blogging Easier, and we all know we could always use some help with that. Read through to the comments for that nice feeling that we’re all in the same boat 🙂
  • There’s only slightly more than a day left to vote in the final round of the Goodreads Choice Awards, and Parchment Girl posted predictions of who she thinks will win each category. My picks weren’t featured in most of her predictions but they did seem spot on based on the buzz I’ve heard in the bookish world about each title.
  • And as always, 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 Monday I posted by Thanksgiving Readathon Sign-Up post, including the link to enter our Winter Reading Givewaway, my TBR for the readathon and a description of my family’s Christmas holiday traditions. It was really exciting to see everyone else’s Sign-Up posts and follow along with their reading progress on social media.
  • On Wednesday I published my fourth Nonfiction November post – a book list of my Top Ten Favorite Nonfiction Reads for this week’s Favorite Nonfiction topic. I can’t believe I’d never specifically shared my favorite nonfiction titles before, and it felt good to provide all my top recommendations for the genre. I’m planning a similar list for fiction eventually, though I think it’ll probably be filled with classics.
  • For this coming week, I’m planning on posting my Wrap-Up post for the Thanksgiving Readathon on Monday, a combined Top Ten Tuesday/Nonfiction November post on Tuesday on Nonfiction Books That Are New To My TBR, and a post on December 2017 Releases later in the week.

Other Links

  • If you’re looking for a way to make a difference while shopping for your holiday gifts, this Christmas Gift Guide To Empower Women on Sarah Bessey is a great starting point. I’m dying for this necklace by Just One for example, and they work with primarily female local artisans in Uganda.
  • I always make the same two desserts for Thanksgiving to bring over to my best friend’s family, and I thought I’d share the recipes with you today. They’re Lemon Cupcakes from Cat Can Cook and Almond Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies from Dear Crissy. My secret for any baking is to double (or sometimes triple) whatever the flavoring component is in a recipe. So in this case I use the grated lemon zest from 4 lemons instead of 1 and a half for the cupcakes, and a tablespoon of almond extract in the cookies instead of just a teaspoon.

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

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  13 comments for “Links I Loved This Week – 11/26/17

  1. November 26, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    I love the way you organise your links into categories. I really must do the same, as it looks so much better than my list.

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 27, 2017 at 1:41 am

      Hey! Yeah, it also makes it easier to put the list together, since I know what types of posts I want to include and I have a ballpark idea of how many of each kind I want to find. Feel free to work with the same structure or figure out one that works best for you 🙂


  2. November 26, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Love, love, love this post! You know it’s my fav weekly post, and I get so excited when I make the list 😂😊

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 27, 2017 at 1:40 am

      Awww it’s so nice to hear it’s your favorite weekly post! That’s high praise indeed 🙂 I always find really great reviews on your blog so it’s easy for me to feature you all the time!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. November 26, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Great post! Enjoy the Zadie Smith event, love her.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Susie | Novel Visits
    November 26, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Your thumbprint cookies sound amazing. My grandmother made a version that I always loved. The necklace from Just One is beautiful. I’m thinking about who I might get it for.

    I ended up sort of doing the opposite of the #ThanksgivingReadathon. Instead, I gave myself permission not to read much over these four days and instead focus on things I often neglect for books. It actually felt good. (And, I did manage to squeeze in a little reading.) Maybe next year?

    Thanks for the mentions and have a wonderful massage. Pampering is always a good thing!

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 27, 2017 at 1:39 am

      The opposite of a readathon sounds like a great idea just about now Susie 😉 I definitely pressured myself (as usual) to read more than was humanly possible considering everything else I had on my agenda. It’s always an adjustment you have to learn to make in action to recalibrate your expectations of how much can actually get done. I’m still working on it 🙂 We’d love to have you join the Readathon next year of course!


  5. November 26, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing my link! Enjoy your book events!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. November 27, 2017 at 12:55 am

    Thank you for the shout out. 🙂 ❤ I love posts like this – I'm always looking to discover more blogs.

    Liked by 1 person

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