Before I get started telling you about my week, I just wanted to mention that if anyone is planning on writing a discussion post on how to fit blogging into your life when you have a full time job, please send me a link. I’m still trying to figure it out over here.
Having said that, I’ve had a very busy and productive week on the non-blogging front, but also managed to get a post with not one, but THREE book reviews in it – so I guess blogging-wise I’m doing at least okay.
On a very eventful note, early on Wednesday morning I was able to capture another domestic rabbit abandoned in an LA park and bring it to safety (my third to date just since the fall). Capturing irresponsibly released rabbits is now my side-side-gig, after blogging. You’d be amazed at how many people think it’s perfectly fine for domestic rabbits to live outdoors and that they’ll be able to fend for themselves in an urban park with raccoons, hawks and even coyotes around. Typically they last no more than a couple days unfortunately.
But onward to happier things. Here are this week’s links…
- Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic – Top Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR List The Longest (full list of links here) – was very intriguing, because we’re all guilty of buying books with the intention of reading them asap and then letting them languish for months (or years!) on our shelves. Here were my favorite posts: The Fictional Reader, She Reads Novels, The Bookish Libra, Death By Tsundoku, Hopewell’s Public Library Of Life, Vivacious Reads, The Calico Books and The Book Stop.
- Once again there were multiple super positive reviews from highly dependable bloggers for new release An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, including this one on Sarah’s Book Shelves and this one on Novel Visits. They’ve definitely tipped the balance towards me adding it on to my next Book Of The Month box.
- A lot of my favorite book blogs participated in the book tour for new release by Jane Harper Force Of Nature, including Novel Gossip, Jessicamap Reviews, Mrs Bloggs’ Books, Damp Pebbles, Bibliobeth, Books And Wine Gums, Snazzy Books and My Chestnut Reading Tree. I’ve had her first novel – The Dry – staring at me from my TBR pile for a while, so this might be a good chance to read both and do a joint review in the next month or two.
- Straciatella is my favorite flavor of gelato and I loved that The Hungry Bookworm decided to make some as her companion recipe for this week’s review of Love & Gelato.
- A False Report by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong was one of my nonfiction picks on my February 2018 Releases list, and I just got approved for a review copy on Net Galley. It was great to see this very positive review on What’s Nonfiction? since I know I’ll be reading it soon.
- I have to say that in-person book clubs have been such a rewarding experience for me, and I think I’d get much more easily distracted from participating in an online version. Jackie at Death By Tsundoku had a great post up this week on how to find in-person book clubs in your area. Some great tips!
- Another title I’ve been looking forward to for a while and that was on my February 2018 Releases list was As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner. It was one of my January 2018 Book Of The Month picks so I’ve been happy to start seeing positive reviews of it in the book world, including this one on Novel Gossip.
- And as always, if you’re looking for even more bookish links, The Secret Library Book Blog had her post up as well!
- Here are the individual book reviews I read this week that inspired me to consider reading the books they covered:
- Hotel On Shadow Lake by Daniela Tully on Love Books Group (historical fiction)
- Fragile Lives by Stephen Westaby on Snazzy Books (medical nonfiction)
- The Gifts Of Imperfection by Brene’ Brown on Greenish Bookshelf (self help)
- The Queen Of Bloody Everything by Joanna Nadin on Secret Library Book Blog (historical fiction)
- The Binding Song by Elodie Harper on Keeper Of Pages (thriller)
- The Owl Always Hunts At Night by Samuel Bjork on Over The Rainbow Book Blog (thriller)
- I only published one blog post this week but it technically had 3 reviews in it, so I think that’s pretty good. The post was of reviews of my November 2017 Book Of The Month selections – including And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, Future Home Of The Living God by Louise Erdrich and The Remains Of The Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. You’ll have to check it out to find out which novel I loved and which two didn’t work as well for me.
- This week I’d like to post a book list on books of love letters I want to read for Valentine’s Day and I’m a bit undecided on whether to post it on Tuesday for Top Ten Tuesday or Wednesday – but in part it’ll depend on when I actually finish writing it. I also would like to get an ARC review out there since I have so many pending.
Any articles or blog posts from the book world that you really enjoyed this week? Share them in the comments!
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