It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays, and if you’re like me, at only 2 weeks from C-Day, you’re just now starting to wonder what you should get your family and friends as gifts. Or even what you should buy for yourself, because, let’s face it, you’ve done a great job this year and you deserve to be rewarded.
I’ve scoured the internet (mostly Etsy) and found 33 bookish gifts perfect for yourself or other avid readers in your life that range from cute to gorgeous to humorous. They include my favorite physical book covers – Book Buddles – which I’ve found to be the highest-quality option among many out there in terms of their construction and durability.
To celebrate the season, I’m giving away two snowflake-themed book Book Buddles to a lucky reader (a smaller one for your paperback books and a larger one for your hardcovers). The giveaway is international since Book Buddle owner Jules will be shipping the Book Buddles directly to the winner for me. Make sure to enter below (it runs through December 13th at midnight) and Happy Holidays to everyone!
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When I first watched the movie version of The Martian, I had no idea that it was based on a novel. I also didn’t know that the author of that novel, Andy Weir, had first published The Martian in chapters on his blog, then self-published it on kindle, before seeing it rise into a successful work of fiction and adapted into a movie a few years later.
That’s definitely a crazy ride for any aspiring author, and I think The Martian is such a beautifully crafted work combining science, adventure and sentiment that Weir deserves all the strong praise he has received for it.
When I received an ARC of Artemis on Net Galley, I decided to read both books by Weir back-to-back and I think that may have been a mistake. Unfortunately, for all of the strength of The Martian, Artemis felt like a definite sophomore slump to me. Read my full reviews below to find out why.
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I’ve had a very busy and VERY bookish week (hence why this post is coming out so much later than usual). It included not one but TWO really exciting author events – a conversation between Zadie Smith and Michael Chabon at UCLA on Thursday evening and a talk by Isabelle Allende at the Skirball Center on Friday evening.
I came away with 3 amazing signed books and such a better understanding of the three authors and their writing process. Look out for my posts on each event either this week or next! And if you’re a book blogger and are based in the LA area, you can find out about more similar author events like the ones I attended this week by joining my Los Angeles Book Bloggers group on Facebook.
I also wanted to announce that the winner of the Winter Reading Giveaway I hosted with Jackie at Death By Tsundoku was Rachel at Fortified By Books. Congratulations Rachel! I’ll be sending out your prize by the end of the week.
Here are this week’s links…
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Every month, I pick 5 nonfiction and 5 fiction books being released that month that sound like good reads to me, based on my personal preference in topics and genres, as well as advance reviews on Goodreads and Amazon.
I decided to combine my December and January release posts because sometimes these two months are a bit quieter on the publishing side, and also because I will be in Milan for the first week of January and taking a blogging break, so my post for January would have been delayed.
There should be plenty of TBR fodder here for you – stories of unbelievable journies on the nonfiction side and historical fiction and magical realism on the fiction side. Hopefully you find something here that catches your eye!
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It’s the final week of Nonfiction November and the final topic was Nonfiction Reads New To My TBR and was hosted by Emerald City Book Review. I went back and looked through everyone’s Nonfiction November posts as well as comments on my own posts to sift through all the amazing recommendations I read and received throughout the month.
The titles I picked for this list mostly fall within topics for which I either want to create or update book lists next year (Russia, World War II, China and Fateful Voyages) and that I therefore hope to read soon. A few were books I’d heard of and considered reading in the past, but seeing them featured on a blog this month reminded me of them again – for example My Life In Middlemarch.
Thanks to everyone for all the TBR fodder this month and thanks to Sarah’s Book Shelves, Doing Dewey, Emerald City Book Review, Julz Reads and Sophisticated Dorkiness for doing such a great job of hosting – can’t wait for next year!
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Another long weekend has passed seemingly in a flash and the first official Thanksgiving Readathon is now at an end. I want to send a special thank you over to my friend and co-host Jackie from Death By Tsundoku for her collaboration in making this a highly successful endeavor.
We had over 20 bloggers take part in the readathon through Sign-Up posts and on social media, which is an exponential increase from last year (when with no announcements in advance, I believe there were 3 of us participating). I loved seeing everyone’s posts featuring reading nooks, mugs of tea, Thanksgiving feasts and pictures of the titles you were about to tackle.
I read 1.75 books during the readathon but they were LONG, so it’s okay (read my sneak peak reviews of each below). I’m looking forward to continuing this tradition next year and hopefully also further expanding it. In the meantime, hope everyone had an amazing time reading and also spending time with family and friends over the past 5 days.
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