Links I Loved This Week – 01/21/2018

Links I Loved This Week On Novels And Nonfiction

Hi everyone! I think I’m actually back from my blogging break for good after two weeks of posting just once per week. I have several post drafts lined up so I think I’m all set to get back to a normal schedule.

My break in Italy was very relaxing and restorative. I ate pizza al trancio to my heart’s content and read for hours on a daily basis. The cold weather helped to ‘motivate’ me to stay indoors and do absolutely nothing. I actually read 8 books in about 2 weeks and started several more. I was a reading machine!

The return to real life was a bit rough because I got the flu the week I got back, but I’m getting into a new rhythm for 2018 and am looking forward to everything I plan to accomplish both blogging-wise and not this year.

Without further ado, here are this week’s links…

Book Posts

  • On the topic of DNFing (Did Not Finish-ing) books, Jackie at Death By Tsundoku included a post on the motivations behind DNFing and the swirl of guilt and self-loathing that accompany it (I kid, but only kind of).
  • Gone With The Wind is one of my favorite novels of all time (and yes I realize there are very controversial and problematic parts in it). I was jealous of the fact that Theresa from The Calico Books was able to go into reading it without knowing anything about the story, because I definitely watched the movie first. I envy that pure experience. Here is her review.
  • This post on Paper Fury about the different kind of TBR piles book lovers and book bloggers accumulate made me chuckle. Definitely guilty as charged, particularly when it comes to review copies, books I bought and never got to, and books considered required reading. Though they are all sitting in two mixed up piles.

Book Reviews

On The Blog

  • I’ve had a slow return to blogging after my holiday break, but I did post a Sign-Up for the Les Miserable Chapter-A-Day Read-Along Challenge hosted by Nick at One Catholic Life. I really like the idea of ending each day reading just one chapter of this beautifully written and inspiring book, letting the meaning of it soak in. I am reading the unabridged version in the original French (out loud to my appreciative rabbit) to keep up my proficiency.
  • So my plan for this week is to hopefully post regularly! Really reaching for the stars here ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have 3 posts 90% drafted so this should be achievable. On Monday I’ll post my review (and Blog Tour submission) for Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict. It was a quality historical fiction read for lovers of the genre and newbies as well. I also have a review post for Evicted by Matthew Desmond drafted and my October 2017 Book Of The Month reviews. Wish me luck!

Other Links

  • Like everyone else setting goals for the new year, I’m hoping to really focus on my health (and weight) in 2018. I don’t have a huge amount to lose but all my efforts failed last year due to my lack of consistency, and there’s no reason that I can’t succeed this year. I bought a Fitbit Alta (and this metal band to go with it because the silicone band gave me a rash within a few months with my last one), and have been walking for 30 to 40 minutes first thing every morning and hitting my 10,000 steps goal for the day regularly. Pray for me that I keep up with it ๐Ÿ™‚
  • The other thing I want to focus on in 2018 is decluttering. My space is far from cluttered – I’m highly organized and not a pack rat – but I really want to streamline and simplify what I own to work towards being truly minimalist. I got lost in going through the weekly posts on this blog last week because there’s something both numbing and soothing in seeing someone else’s decluttering process. I’m going to take a similar approach and I’ve designated areas of my apartment to declutter every week in a spreadsheet. Last week was my nightstand and the results are making me feel very zen when I look at them, so onwards!
  • If you haven’t read this interview with Ellen Pompeo from Grey’s Anatomy it’s a truly insightful read – not just for people working in the entertainment industry like me but for anyone thinking about how to get their worth recognized in their life.

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

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  24 comments for “Links I Loved This Week – 01/21/2018

  1. January 21, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Italy. Thanks for all the lovely links to look at.

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  2. January 21, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Wow, 2 weeks of cold weather indoor reading sounds exactly like what I could do with right now! Iโ€™m glad you had a lovely time in Italy!
    Thanks so much for linking to my review! โค๏ธ


  3. January 21, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Thanks for including two of mine. I too loved Paper Fury’s TBR pile post – made me lol in recognition of my own piles.

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  4. January 21, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks for all your efforts in collecting great links and itโ€™s an honor to be included. Thank you!

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  5. January 21, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing my review! Iโ€™m really glad that I was able to go into Gone with the Wind not knowing what to expect.

    It sounds like your time at Italy was very nice and relaxing. I must admit, Iโ€™m quite jealous! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  6. Susie | Novel Visits
    January 21, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Welcome back, Ottavia and thanks for the link. Sorry the flu knocked you down after such a wonderful vacation.

    I read that Ellen Pompeo interview, too and thought, “YES!” As for the decluttering, I totally get it. I’m already neat and tidy, too, but I think a little bit of clutter is even harder on those of us who aren’t used to it. I know I’m always looking for new and improved ways to stay organized.

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    • January 22, 2018 at 3:59 pm

      I know! I share my apartment right now so all my stuff is basically in one room and a couple closets, so streamlining it even more would really help me feel more zen ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. January 21, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    So glad you liked the review and thanks for those very kind words!!! I’m looking forward to your review of it, I hope it speaks to you like it did to me. And I love Gone with the Wind too, I still remember reading it the summer I was 12, it stands out so clear in my memory because I loved it THAT much..but like you, I already loved the movie too. Interesting to think of coming to that story without any prior knowledge.


    • January 21, 2018 at 8:51 pm

      Sounds like we had very similar GWTW experiences! I felt bereft when I finished reading it – over a weekend when I was 13 – and any songs that were playing on the radio as I read take me right back (bizarrely – Roachford’s Cuddly Toy creates the most vivid memories of reading the book…) ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • January 22, 2018 at 3:58 pm

        Wow that’s a great memory! I read it over one of my trips home to Milan but I can’t remember which one!

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      • January 23, 2018 at 8:33 am

        Oh that’s too funny!! It made such an impact at that age, I guess. And strange what takes you back! The first tape of the movie I had was recorded from when it was on tv (ha!) and I remember the label just said “GWTW” ๐Ÿ˜†

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      • January 23, 2018 at 5:42 pm

        I think we definitely had a tape like that as well at my house ๐Ÿ™‚ lol they show it a few times a year on television in Italy still.

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      • January 24, 2018 at 11:28 am

        Those kind of tapes were the best, old commercials and all ๐Ÿ˜‚ Itโ€™s strangely popular in parts of Europe, Iโ€™ve noticed! When I lived in Germany, they even had a GWTW-themed ice cream flavor at one point ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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  8. January 21, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing my link too! Fab post – so many good things to read here. Your Italy trip sounds heavenly!

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  9. January 21, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Sounds like you had a lovely, book-filled break! Sorry to hear you had the flu though-hope you’re feeling much better! I will definitely be checking out some of those bookish podcasts and I enjoyed Modern Mrs. Darcy’s post on Books to Cozy Up With This Winter.

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  10. January 23, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    Welcome back, Ottavia! I hope you had a wonderful stay abroad and that you are feeling better. Thank you for sharing this list of podcasts; I am always looking for new listening material (other than strictly audiobooks) for my commute and running time and some of these are new to me!

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    • January 23, 2018 at 5:42 pm

      Thank you! Yes some of the podcasts I had never heard of as well – always good to get some additional options ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m on a Pod Save America kick myself recently but it’s their podcasts are not book-related.


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