Links I Loved This Week – 03/25/2018

Links I Loved For The Week Ending 03/25/2018 On Novels And Nonfiction

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…

Book Posts

  • 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!
  • 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.

Book Reviews

On The Blog

  • 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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  35 comments for “Links I Loved This Week – 03/25/2018

  1. March 25, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Very much looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Patriot Number One and I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (especially the latter, I loved it!)

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  2. March 25, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you so much for the mention! 🙂

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  3. March 25, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Thank you for the mention!!! I’m going to check out the other reviews and the blogpost about audiobooks. I really liked Eleanor Oliphant too so it’s super to see you’re making sure everyone reads these lovely reviews about that book! Have a great reading week!

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  4. Susie | Novel Visits
    March 25, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    I’m so envious of your opportunity to go to the LA Times Book Festival. It sounds like an awesome way to spend a few days. You’ll definitely want that cart!

    I’m with you on the audiobooks. I always have one going now, too. It’s true that the right book combined with the right reader is key, but when it works it really works. If you ever decided to reread Eleanor, I’d highly recommend listening to the audio version. I thought it was absolutely fantastic.

    Thanks so much for for the mentions….so many great sounding books this spring!

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    • March 26, 2018 at 8:05 pm

      I’m going to start looking for the perfect cart on Amazon 🙂 lol I did originally listen to Eleanor Oliphant in audio (and yes it was A-MAZING). I’m planning on buying the hardcover to keep on hand now that it’s an all time favorite! 🙂


  5. Jo
    March 25, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Thank you for the mention! 🙂

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  6. March 25, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    So pleased you were inspired by my review of And The Birds Kept on Singing – I do hope you enjoy it if you do seek this one out!

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  7. March 25, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Thank you for including me!

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  8. Ashley
    March 25, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing links to bookish blogs! I’m always on the hunt for great reading recommendations. I subscribed to Dear Reader (best blog name EVER!!!!).

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  9. March 25, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    Fab links I’m going to check out the one about audiobooks, as you might know I really love them.

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  10. March 25, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    I haven’t been to the LA Times Book Festival in so many years so I’m glad you reminded me of it. I’ll go check out the schedule!

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    • March 26, 2018 at 8:02 pm

      Let me know if you’re planning to attend Helen! It would be nice to meet a fellow book blogger in person if our talk schedules align!


  11. March 25, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    Thanks for linking to me! As always, so many great posts to check out. And I can’t wait to hear about your experience with the LA Times Book Festival, it sounds amazing!

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  12. March 25, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    The LA Times Book Festival?! WOW! That sounds like so much fun, Ottavia!

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  13. March 26, 2018 at 12:31 am

    Thanks for including my Top Ten Tuesday. ☺️💕 Also, I’m really looking forward to hearing about your experience at the LA Times Book Festival!! How awesome does that sound?! 😍 I really wish there were more bookish events in my area that I could attend.

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    • March 26, 2018 at 8:01 pm

      It’s surprisingly hard to figure out what author events are happening in LA on any given day unless they’re huge like the LA Times Book Fest. But yes, at least we do have a lot 🙂

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  14. Kait
    March 26, 2018 at 2:12 am

    Im reading I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara right now! It is excellent!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. March 27, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Thanks for the link, Ottavia! It sounds like you’ve had quite the bookish few weeks, and have some great book events still to look forward to. Can’t wait to hear all about the LA Times Book Festival!


  16. March 30, 2018 at 6:11 am

    Thanks so much for sharing my audiobook discussion! I love hearing from those who don’t have the problems I do with them… It gives me hope that I can still learn to love them! ❤ And your author talk sounds fascinating!! I need to see if authors do those in my area as well… And guest posts are super fun! I did my first one last week!

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    • April 2, 2018 at 4:31 pm

      It can be hard to find info on author events, but they’re so much fun. I look at the schedules of large independent (and not) bookstores in my area, as well as universities and museums that have routine lecture series focused on the arts.


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