I almost had Links I Loved up on Sunday as it’s supposed to be this week, but then I ended up having a wonderful relaxing day with friends buying scented candles and having brunch at a trendy place in the Arts District here in LA instead. I think that’s a fair trade.
I’m counting my small victories along the way, like the fact I posted two ARC reviews over the past two weeks and I’ve been absolutely loving my latest Book Of The Month read – The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver – so even if I’m not meeting all my blogging goals right on target at the moment, I’m enjoying my reading life regardless.
And I have all of your amazing posts to feed my review hunger of course! Here are this week’s links…
- Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was interesting to see individual interpretations of this week’s topic – Top Ten Books I’ve Lost Interest In (full list of links here). Some bloggers picked classics that have permanently fallen off their TBR list while others looked at series they’re no longer planning to complete. My favorite posts included those on: The Hungry Bookworm, Literary Weaponry, Curiouser And Curiouser, The Bookish Libra, Rants And Raves Of A Bibliophile, Hopewell’s Public Library Of Life, Upside-Down Books and Death By Tsundoku.
- I really enjoyed this post on Mind Joggle comparing the recent Netflix series Alias Grace to the original novel by Margaret Atwood. I’ve watched the series and thought it was extremely well done, and I wonder if I would agree with Allison’s opinion that the TV series is better than the book. That was my opinion on The Handmaid’s Tale, which I compared to the Hulu series in this post.
- This review on Dee’s Rad Reads And Reviews of novel These Violents Delights by Victoria Namkung hit pretty close for me this week since I recently found out that an English teacher who used to teach at my high school in Milan years ago was recently fired from his job at another foreign American School for inappropriate sexual behavior with teenage students. I had heard rumors of similar actions on his part at my school back then though I luckily never experienced it first hand, but the news still came as a shock. I think reading this novel might prove cathartic for me.
- Bookstagrams are hard work and there’s always the pressure of making sure your pictures are the most perfect and the most in-theme. I appreciated this post on Inside My Library Mind with tips and tricks for how to start and maintain your Bookstagram since mine is definitely still a work in progress.
- I was happy to read several positive reviews of February 2018 releases (a few of which I included in my new releases post for the month), including yet another one for historical fiction novel The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah on Novel Gossip, one for contemporary fiction novel Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi on Avalinah’s Books and one for memoir I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell on A Little Book Life.
- And just because I’ll never be done talking about it, here’s another great review of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman on Lit Wit Wine Dine. I was also alerted on Twitter by Katie at Doing Dewey to this Book Riot article on 13 quotes from the novel that will please any introvert. As a seasoned introvert I have to say I agree.
- I was intrigued to read this review of Snow Falling On Cedars by David Guterson on The Hungry Bookworm because Megan seemed to not really love the novel, but I’ve heard Anne Bogel from Modern Mrs. Darcy rave about it on her podcast. Now I need to find out who I agree with! Megan and I are planning a guest post exchange for March, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
- 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:
- Girl Unknown by Karen Perry on Novel Gossip (mystery)
- Women & Power by Mary Beard on Celebration Of Books (nonfiction)
- Travellers In The Third Reich by Julia Boyd on The Last Word Book Review (historical nonfiction)
- 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan on Cleopatra Loves Books (historical mystery)
- Insane Clown President by Matt Taibbi on What’s Nonfiction? (political nonfiction)
- A Discovery Of Witches by Deborah Harkness on The Bandar Blog (fantasy)
- After The Funeral by Agatha Christie on Sandy’s Book A Day Blog (mystery)
- The Memory Chamber by Holly Cave on Damp Pebbles (thriller)
- Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo on Bibliobeth (literary fiction)
- I published a review of novel The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin this past Wednesday – I received an ARC of it last year and read it over the holidays. It was captivating in parts, mainly because of the mostly beautiful writing, but ended up falling short of the rave reviews I’d been seeing around the book blogging world. I gave it 3 stars but it was closer to 2.5.
- For this week I have three posts that I’m working towards so we’ll see which one lands where (or at all!). One is on the author event I attended with Zadie Smith and Michael Chabon, also including reviews of Swing Time and Moonglow. I’d also like to have my March 2018 releases post up towards the end of the week. I think my December 2017 Book Of The Month reviews may wait till next week since I’m almost done with The Poisonwood Bible but still need to read The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor.
Any articles or blog posts from the book world that you really enjoyed this week? Share them in the comments!
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