I had a slower week on blogging and reading than is the norm for me, no doubt because it’s the holidays and there’s just so much going on between work parties, ordering gifts, prepping for my trip next week and catching up with friends. But no matter! It’s weird how sometimes these weeks when you have less time to work on your blog are actually good (even better than normal) in terms of stats and views. Who knows how that stuff works.
I wanted to announce that I will be on a blogging break from Saturday December 23rd through January 7th, so that I can really focus on spending time with my family in Milan. I might work on my blog a bit but not on a deadline. Links I Loved will be returning the following weekend (January 14th 2018).
I’m really looking forward to two full weeks focusing on family and myself. I actually love being in Milan going into a new year. It’s a good way to disconnect from life here in LA, reset and come up with a fresh outlook and new goals for the upcoming year. I hope you all have an amazing holiday season!
Without further ado, here are this week’s links…
- Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And Bookish, and this week’s topic has a huge amount of recommendations for you TBR – Top Ten Books Of 2017 (full list of links here). Here were some of my favorite posts: Hopewell’s Public Library Of Life, Dwell In Possibility, Curiouser And Curiouser, The Secret Library, Mind Joggle, Novel Visits, Sarah’s Book Shelves, Death By Tsundoku.
- It wasn’t for Top Ten Tuesday but I also really liked this list of 2017 Really Recommendable Reads on Reading Ladies Book Club.
- If you’re looking for a literary critics opinion of what 2017’s Best Reads where, read this article for NPR by Maureen Corrigan. It included a five star read for me – Killers Of The Flower Moon by David Grann – but also books that have received polarized reviews like Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan and Lincoln In The Bardo by George Saunders.
- I loved this take by Amazon on This Year In Books – especially the way they looked at most popular book and quotes by state or country. It was really cool to look at how they grouped book cover trends for the year and looked at the most popular titles overall by month. Definitely a must see.
- I found this article from Bustle on Which Classic Literary Hero Or Heroine You Are Based On Your Zodiac Sign a fun break from more serious bookish topics. And considering as a Scorpio I’d be Catherine Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights, it’s kind of spot on. I always related to her fiery character.
- Two the books I picked for my December 2017 Book Of The Month box were featured in positive reviews this week – The English Wife by Lauren Willig on Pace Amore Libri and The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor on Read Eat Sleep Repeat. Always nice to see that something you have pending on your TBR list is hitting the mark with others.
- I’m not one to join a ton of reading challenges because I end up rebelling against too strict constrictions on my reading (and blogging), but I think in addition to the challenge to read one chapter of Les Miserables per day throughout the year, I might also participate in the 2018 Nonfiction Reading Challenge hosted by Doing Dewey. Like Nonfiction November, it’s definitely tailor-made to my tastes.
- If you’re looking for a good index of reading challenges planned for next year, to decide which ones to partake in, I found this good index on Girl XOXO.
- 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:
- Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin on Naty’s Bookshelf (contemporary fiction)
- So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson on Books Are My Favourite And Best (nonfiction)
- The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton on My Chestnut Reading Tree (mystery)
- Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah on Reads And Dreams (historical fiction)
- Do No Harm by Henry Marsh on Emma B Books (medical nonfiction)
- The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell on Dwell In Possibility (horror)
- On Wednesday I published my list of the Top Ten Favorite Books I Read In 2017, including my front-runner – Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. I’m planning a more complete overview of my reading in 2017 for the week I get back from Milan, in early January 2018.
- I have 4 or 5 posts that I was hoping to publish in 2017 (that I’m mostly done reading for) but I don’t know how many of them I’ll be able to get up this week. The one I’m closes to completing is a review of In The Midst Of Winter, Isabel Allende’s new novel, with an account of what it was like to watch her speak in person. I have the same thing planned for Zadie Smith and Michael Chabon with reviews of Swing Time and Moonglow. I’d also like to post a list of the books I’m hoping to read during my trip to Milan. We’ll see what happens!
- I’m hoping to increment my journaling a bit next year and so I invested in this 5-year journal from the Leuchtturm brand that I (and other bullet journalers) love. There are a ton of 5-year journals out there, but I ultimately thought this one was the best quality and would go well with my other Leuchtturms (medium, dotted, hardcover in red for my bullet journal, green for my reading journal and gold for my regular journal).
- I’m starting to get into overnight oats as a (relatively) healthy and easy breakfast option. I honestly was expecting to be weirded out by the consistency, especially because I added chia seeds to the ones I made, but turns out I really like them. My current recipe is just half a cup of oats, half a cup of milk, 1 tbsp of chia seeds and sugar or honey to taste. Then I add a bit more milk and toppings (like almonds and blueberries) in the morning.
- I’m in love with this super cute printable 2018 calendar I found while browsing online. It’s being offered to download for free from This Little Street and I know it’s going to look super cute in my cubicle at work.
Any articles or blog posts from the book world that you really enjoyed this week? Share them in the comments!
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