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…
- It was the fourth week of Nonfiction November and Doing Dewey was the hosting blog. In this wrap-up post you’ll find links to each blog who participated. The topic was Nonfiction Favorites (here is a link to my post), and there were many great posts with recommendations for your TBR, including on What’s Nonfiction?, Julz Reads, The Emerald City Book Review, The Writerly Reader, Bookmarks And Postcards, Novel Visits, and Running N’ Reading.
- Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And Bookish, and this week’s topic was Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For in honor of Thanksgiving (full list of links here). Here were some of my favorite posts: Book Haven, All The Book Blog Names Are Taken (lol), Death By Tsundoku, The Hungry Bookworm, The Gilmore Guide To Books and Rebel Mommy Book Blog.
- 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 🙂
- We’re starting to plan for Christmas gifts and I enjoyed two posts on the topic of good bookish gifts this week – The Best Holiday Gifts For Book Lovers 2017 on Sarah’s Book Shelves and 5 Products for Jane Austen Fans on Parchment Girl. I’m planning my own bookish gift list in a week and a half which will also feature a Book Buddle giveaway, so keep your eyes peeled.
- I loved this whimsical post on Electric Literature on 9 Fictional Cities You’ll Want To Move To Right Now, including imagined pictures of each urban setting.
- 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!
- Here are the individual book reviews I read this week that inspired me to consider reading the books they covered:
- At Home In The World by Tsh Oxenreider on Novel Visits (travel memoir)
- A Death In Italy by John Follain on What’s Nonfiction? (true crime)
- The Last Girl by Nadia Murad on Keeper Of Pages (memoir)
- Before This Is Over by Amanda Hickie on Snazzy Books (contemporary fiction)
- The Summer Of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman on My Chestnut Reading Tree (sci-fi)
- An Unkindness Of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon on Avalinah’s Books (sci-fi)
- 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.
- 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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