I’ve had a very busy and VERY bookish week (hence why this post is coming out so much later than usual). It included not one but TWO really exciting author events – a conversation between Zadie Smith and Michael Chabon at UCLA on Thursday evening and a talk by Isabelle Allende at the Skirball Center on Friday evening.
I came away with 3 amazing signed books and such a better understanding of the three authors and their writing process. Look out for my posts on each event either this week or next! And if you’re a book blogger and are based in the LA area, you can find out about more similar author events like the ones I attended this week by joining my Los Angeles Book Bloggers group on Facebook.
I also wanted to announce that the winner of the Winter Reading Giveaway I hosted with Jackie at Death By Tsundoku was Rachel at Fortified By Books. Congratulations Rachel! I’ll be sending out your prize by the end of the week.
Here are this week’s links…
- It was the fifth and final week of Nonfiction November and The Emerald City Book Review was the hosting blog. In this wrap-up post you’ll find links to each blog who participated. The topic was Nonfiction Reads New To My TBR (here is a link to my post), and there were so many great posts to choose from, including on The Book Stop, Lakeside Musing, Wild Places, Lindsay’s Library, Musings Of A Literary Wanderer, The Writerly Reader and Sarah’s Book Shelves.
- Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And Bookish, and your reading lists are just going to keep ballooning because this week’s topic was Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR (full list of links here). Here were some of my favorite posts: Mind Joggle, Dear Reader, Going Through Books, Literary Weaponry, The Bookish Libra, Vivacious Reads and Nerd Narration.
- It was also the week for November Recaps, and I loved finding out which books everyone loved this month and what plans you have for December. In particular, I liked the recap posts on Book Bum, One Reader’s Thoughts, Novel Visits, Death By Tsundoku, The Misstery and Pace Amore Libri. I also liked this idea of a reading diary on A Day In Bookland with individual entries on reading progress written throughout the month.
- Book Of The Month announced their December 2017 selections this week, and I thought it was a great mix. I ended up picking The English Wife by Lauren Willig and The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor from this month and then adding The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver as the third book, since it’s been on my TBR list for a while.
- It really seems that everyone else is just as excited as I am for the release of Season 2 of TV series The Crown on Netflix on December 8th. There were not one but two excellent posts (from Dwell In Possibility and Off The Shelf) on companion nonfiction and fiction titles to read leading up to the premiere if you want to brush up on your British royal history.
- I didn’t know that Little Women will get two new video adaptations in 2018 – one as a BBC/PBS Masterpiece mini-series in Winter 2018 and one as an indie film which will be a modern retelling of the beloved classic. Thank you to Jessie at Dwell in Possibility once again for featuring these great intersections between books and series/movies.
- Amazon revamped their Kindle First program renaming it Amazon First Reads. If you’re a Prime subscriber, starting on the 1st of each month, you can pick a book out of the titles selected by Amazon and get access to the ebook version for free one-month ahead of it release. You can also get hardcover versions of those same titles for heavily discounted prices. I ended up choosing the North Korea memoir A River in Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa for December.
- I’m typically not one for Reading Challenges – I like to structure my reading around post ideas or my own preferences rather than preassigned topics and themes. But this idea for a year-long reading challenge in which you read a chapter of Les Miserables (365 in total coincidentally) every day seemed like a great way to finally tackle the tome. I’ll be reading it in French to keep up my proficiency.
- 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:
- Collusion by Luke Harding on What’s Nonfiction? (political nonfiction)
- In The Still by Jacqueline Chadwick on Bibliophile Book Club (thriller)
- This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay The Last Word Book Review (medical nonfiction)
- Within These Walls by Ania Ahlborn on Jessicamap Reviews (horror)
- The Tatooist Of Auschwitz by Heather Morris on The Belgian Reviewer (historical fiction)
- The Last Christmas In Paris by Hazel Gaynor on Hopewell’s Public Library Of Life (historical fiction)
- On Monday I published the Wrap-Up Post for the Thanksgiving Readathon I hosted with Jackie from Death By Tsundoku. We had strong participation for the first official year of the readathon, and everyone seemed to have fun planning and executing their reading, so mission accomplished!
- On Wednesday I posted the last weekly post for Nonfiction November on the theme of Nonfiction Reads New To My TBR. I listed ten titles ranging on topics from Russia and World War II to true crime and genetics that I’ve added to my TBR list thanks to all of your amazing recommendations throughout Nonfiction November. Can’t wait for next year!
- I had a very busy end to the week, so my December 2017/January 2018 Book Releases post planned for Friday got pushed to Saturday morning. I decided to combine months this time because I’ll be taking a two-week blogging break between December and January 2018, so the timing worked better this way.
- For next week, I have an Author Spotlight Of Andy Weir planned, a list of great Bookish Gifts for the Book Lovers in your lives (including a special giveaway you should keep your eyes peeled for) and hopefully a write-up of the Zadie Smith/Michael Chabon event I attended last Thursday.
- There are so many formulas out there on how much water you’re supposed to drink and it can be really confusing. I know I’m always wondering if I’m hitting the mark or not (most of the time not). This article‘s idea that you can just divide your weight by half to get the number of ounces of water you should be drinking sounds nice and easy. Much harder to actually keep up with drinking that amount daily of course.
- I’m not a huge Kardashian fan or anything – though I will watch their shows for comic relief and pure entertainment – but I found this website oddly riveting. It allows you calculate how long it would take each individual Kardashian family member to earn your yearly salary. Spoiler alert – it would take Kim under 24 hours to earn mine.
- One of the things that makes dating tricky for me is that I have anxiety. I appreciate the tricks in this article on Verily for how to get back out there while keeping potential first date anxiety triggers at bay.
Any articles or blog posts from the book world that you really enjoyed this week? Share them in the comments!
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