Links I Loved This Week – 01/28/2018

Links I Loved This Week On Novels And Nonfiction

I still blogged less than usual this week, but some posts is better than no posts. That’s my new motto. Feel free to join me in its use. I’m already making a ton of progress on other priorities I’ve set for myself in 2018, so if my return to blogging has had some fits and starts I think that’s okay.

I’ve actually woken up every morning this past week at 6am to take a 30 to 45 minute walk (which turned into over an hour walk on Sunday), and it’s been moving the scale enough that I made my weight-loss goal for January early. However, I used to work on blog posts during that time so it’s been a bit of an adjustment to make up the blogging time elsewhere, but it’s worth it so I’m going to figure it out 🙂

I also have kept up with my Les Miserables Chapter-A-Day read-along and the new 5-year journal I bought to write in every day. It’s the little victories!

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

Book Posts

  • Everyone seems to be talking about Reese Witherspoon’s book club these days, and since she included Eleanor Oliphant in her book club picks, I’m considering whether I should take the plunge and explore more the titles she selected. There are a few other titles on her list that I also liked so maybe we actually do have similar reading tastes.
  • I loved this Beginners Guide To Nonfiction on Doing Dewey. It’s such a clever idea and I like how she paired up tastes in fiction with nonfiction books that might be a good fit as a result. Her recommendations are spot-on, so if you’ve normally avoided nonfiction but want to take the plunge you should use this guide.
  • Sometimes I take a weird pleasure out of seeking out glowing reviews of popular books I didn’t actually enjoy. It seems to be the case right now with reviews of The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne. I found it really interesting to read reviews of the novel on Lit Wit and Breathing Through Pages, despite the fact I partly don’t agree with their praise for it.
  • I’ve been really enjoying reading posts from this series on The Book Review Cafe’ on A Day With different authors. This week’s installment is from an author I wasn’t very familiar with – crime thriller writer Caroline Mitchell – but reading about her transition from police detective to full time writer was fascinating.
  • My real life book club picked The Bear And The Nightingale by Katherine Arden as our selection for February, so I’m finally definitely going to get to it after it languishing on my TBR for months. I was happy to see that the second book in the trilogy – The Girl In The Tower – was just released, and from this review on Lynn’s Book Blog it looks like it holds up from the high expectations set by book one.
  • And as always, if you’re looking for even more bookish links, The Secret Library Blog had her post up as well!

Book Reviews

On The Blog

  • I published not one by TWO reviews this week. Yes, you may give me a round of applause. The first was a review of recently released historical fiction title Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict. It’s from the same author as The Other Einstein and I liked it enough to give it a 4 star review. After that, I also posted an audiobook review of nonfiction title Evicted by Matthew Desmond. Definitely a very important read on the eviction epidemic in America.
  • I am scared to make precise plans for next week but the two posts I definitely want to publish are the February 2018 Book Releases I’m looking forward to and finally my October 2017 Book Of The Month reviews, which I’ve been sitting on for months.

Other Links

  • I thought the suggestions in this list of Ways To Re-Energize Yourself At Work were great. I actually recognized several that I use on a daily or weekly basis at my job. I had a slow start to the work year thanks to vacation and the flu, but I’m back at full speed now and filled with new motivation for 2018!
  • Sometimes I forget to meditate in the morning and I can always tell by midday, when I start to feel frazzled or scattered. I like the idea of it becoming acceptable to meditate during errands that lend themselves to it. This article is specifically about meditating while at the hair dresser but why stop there? You could meditate during a massage, in line at the grocery store or while pretending to listen to whomever is doing your taxes. Just work it into your regular life where it fits best 😉

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

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  29 comments for “Links I Loved This Week – 01/28/2018

  1. January 29, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you for including my review! We all judge books differently:)

    Liked by 1 person

  2. January 29, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    Glad you liked the Train in Winter review!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. January 29, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Thanks for the mention 🙂 good for you for waking up early and walking! It’s something I want to do this spring and summer. But not now – we are supposed to get a foot of snow and I’m not walking in that!! Lol! Best of luck with your weight/fitness goals and balancing it all with blogging and reading! Do you listen to audiobooks while walking?


    • January 29, 2018 at 6:19 pm

      Yes a foot of snow would definitely be challenging! I live in California so even in January it’s only like 54/55 in the mornings around 6AM, so doable with a fleece and a headband to keep my ears warm 🙂 I try not to listen to anything while I’m walking early in the morning because it’s more time to myself to just enjoy the peace and quiet. I listen mostly on my commute.

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  4. January 29, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Thanks for the shout out and glad you are enjoying a day with author…… posts x

    Liked by 1 person

  5. January 29, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Reese Witherspoon’s picks (or whoever is doing the picking!) do seem to be novels that I usually enjoy; I love checking out what she has selected each month, especially since she ends up making many of them into movies!

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  6. January 29, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Thanks for the mention. I did love The Girl in the Tower. What a good idea reading a chapter a day of Les Mis – that’s some might have a go of.
    Lynn 😀

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  7. Mattie @ Feed Me Books
    January 29, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Wow, I’ve never seen your links I loved posts before, and I love them! It’s such a cool idea. Although I have just massively slowed my laptop down because I opened nearly every link!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 31, 2018 at 4:39 am

      LOL that’s pretty much what happens to me when I’m doing a massive blog hop to put it together. I feel your pain!


  8. January 29, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Thank you so much for linking my post! This is a great idea for a post and very lovely of you! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  9. January 30, 2018 at 12:02 am

    Because of your links, I was able to add a few new book blogs to my reader. It will be nice to have some refreshing, new content to read.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Susie | Novel Visits
    January 30, 2018 at 1:08 am

    Lots of great links here. I’ve been holding onto links that are useful this month and we have a few in common this week.

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 31, 2018 at 4:41 am

      Oh cool! Are you going to share them in a post? Or did you already and I missed it? lol Do share if so!


      • Susie | Novel Visits
        January 31, 2018 at 1:58 pm

        I’ll be sharing them in my January Wrapping it Up post on February 1st. Check it out…you’re one of my links!

        Liked by 1 person

      • February 1, 2018 at 1:41 pm

        Yay! Will look for it today!


  11. Sarah's Book Shelves
    January 30, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Oh no! I’m so sorry Heart’s Invisible Furies didn’t work for you. I was in the “adored it” camp.

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 31, 2018 at 4:41 am

      I know! There are lots of great readers out there who were, I definitely feel like I’m in the minority over here.


  12. January 30, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    I’ll never tire of seeing this post, it’s one of my favourites, and it’s even more special when I’m featured 😊xx

    Liked by 1 person

  13. January 31, 2018 at 12:09 am

    I hope you get a chance to read it – I found it fascinating!

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  14. January 31, 2018 at 2:00 am

    Thanks for the shout out. I didn’t get a notification (self-hosting problem. grrr.) so it was such a nice surprise. I’m sorry you didn’t love The Heart’s. I was an outlier this week in DNF’ing Little Fires Everywhere. I really loved The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower. I think The Bear is a great discussion book. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 31, 2018 at 4:42 am

      Little Fires Everywhere was good not great for me so I can understand how it could have been a step below that for someone else. Looking forward to Bear And The Nightingale for sure!

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  15. January 31, 2018 at 2:21 am

    Thanks for the Top Ten Tuesday mention! As I said in the post, it was kind of a funny one to write, but I still liked exploring the topic.

    I think Reese usually has some good picks (and usually great taste), so if you’re on the fence, I’d recommend giving it a try. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  16. February 4, 2018 at 6:43 am

    Thanks for sharing my nonfiction guide! I’m glad you thought it was on point 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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