These past two weeks have involved a lot of bookish events and happenings in my life, though not that much actual book blogging.
I bought my All Access Pass to the LA Times Book Festival that’s happening at the end of April and have already perused the full announced schedule to figure out which talks and signings I want to make sure to hit. I need to make a complete plan this week so I can buy any books I want to get signed in advance (and possibly also buy some kind of small rolling cart to bring with me so I don’t have to lug them all around the whole time in a bag) #bookwormproblems.
I also attended an author event last weekend featuring author Jade Chang discussing her debut novel The Wangs Vs. The World. It was a super interesting talk and I was able to get not one but two hardcover copies of the book signed, so I’ll be giving one away when I review the book and the event hopefully around the end of this week.
Without further ado, here are this week’s links…
- Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic was Top Ten Books On Your Spring 2018 TBR (full list of links here) so get ready for a flood or great recommendations. My favorite posts from other book bloggers included those on: Dear Reader, Kelly’s Rambles, Flavia The Bibliophile, She Reads Novels, The Calico Books, Dwell In Possibility, Emily’s Escapist Books And Reading and Pace Amore Libri.
- There are several recent releases that are on my immediate reading list and that received multiple positive reviews this week, including I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara (on The Belgian Reviewer, Novel Visits and The Paperback Princess), Patriot Number One by Lauren Hilgers (on What’s Nonfiction?), and The Broken Girls by Simone St. James (on It’s Book Talk and Jessicamap Reviews).
- I really enjoyed this discussion post on Perspective Of A Writer about audiobooks and why they work better for some titles/readers than others. Dani isn’t is a fan, and it’s true that it can be really tricky to hit the right spot in terms of genre, narrator and the right situation in which to listen. I always have an audiobook going however, so I’m not in the #neveraudiobooks camp. How about you?
- If you didn’t get your TBR fill with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday posts, I was probably even more excited to read the lists of Spring 2018 Releases that Sarah’s Book Shelves and Novel Visits posted. They’re great cheat sheets of what the most anticipated titles are being released over the next 3 months. Let the TBR stress begin!
- And as always here is my weekly feature of positive reviews of Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine that I read this week. I’ll never get tired of them. Both Emmab Books and Book Open loved it, and if you didn’t already know, I agree.
- I read multiple reviews of new historical fiction release The Stranger by Kate Riordan thanks to the blog tour for the book that was going on this week (on Over The Rainbow Book Blog, The Quiet Knitterer, and Snazzy Books), and I have to say that you’ve convinced me to read it! I’m just as much of a sucker for the Cornwall atmosphere as the rest of you.
- And as always, if you’re looking for even more bookish links, The Secret Library Book Blog has 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:
- The Maze At Windermere by Gregory Blake Smith on The Emerald City Book Review (historical fiction)
- Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng on Going Through Books (historical fiction)
- Tin Man by Sarah Winman on Pace, Amore, Libri (literary fiction)
- And The Birds Kept On Singing by Simon Bourke on Cleopatra Loves Books (historical fiction)
- Lab Girl by Hope Jahren on Book Reviews For The So Inclined (memoir)
- The Hollow Tree by James Brogden on Cover To Cover (horror)
- We Were The Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter on Reading Ladies Book Club (historical fiction)
- The Long Forgotten by David Whitehouse on Jo’s Book Blog and Over The Rainbow Book Blog (mystery)
- These past two weeks I’ve exchanged guest posts with Megan at The Hungry Bookworm. It was my first time guest posting and also hosting a guest post on my own blog, and it was a very fun and seamless experience. I’m definitely hoping to do more of it in the future. Megan’s post on my blog was a review of historical fiction novel White Houses by Amy Bloom by paired with a recipe for Sherry-Spiked Mushroom Soup inspired by the book. This week I followed that up with a guest post over at The Hungry Bookworm of a Memoir Book List For Nonfiction Newcomers, in which I recommended two of my favorite memoirs that relate well to six of the most popular genres of fiction.
- I may or may not actually be back in the swing of blogging this week, but if all goes well I’m hoping to finally post my December 2017 Book Of The Month reviews, my monthly post on the April 2018 book releases I’m looking forward to, and a write-up of the author event I attended featuring Jade Chang with a review of her debut novel The Wangs Vs. The World.
- You may have also noticed that I’ve made some changes to the look of the header image for the Links I Loved posts. I’m going for a brighter and lighter look, and will be rolling out similar changes to my header images on all my future posts (time-permitting). Let me know what you think in the comments!
Any articles or blog posts from the book world that you really enjoyed this week? Share them in the comments!
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