Book-Themed Accessories For Cozy Fall Reading


What are your go to accessories for cozy fall reading? I always like to have a mug of something hot to sip on, fluffy socks, a scented candle lit to set the mood and a warm blanket to snuggle under.

Here are some book-themed accessories to get you in the mood for some serious rainy afternoons and overcast weekends in with a good book.

The Garden Of The Finzi-Continis Book Review – 1000 Novels Series


The Garden Of The Finzi-Continis

by Giorgio Bassani

The Garden Of The Finzi-Continis Book Review


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Plot Summary:

In this coming of age novel set against the increasing discrimination suffered by Jewish people in Italy leading up to World War II, an unnamed narrator describes his memories growing up in Ferrara as a young Jewish man. He is linked to the Finzi-Contini family and their children Alberto and Micol by their shared Jewish heritage, seeing them at the synagogue and building a relationship with them through the years by visiting the Finzi-Contini mansion gardens for tennis matches and long walks with Micol. As his emotional attachment to Micol grows, the narrator realizes that the difference in their upbringing is a much deeper divide than he anticipated.

Links I Loved This Week – 09/10/2016




Several of my favorite blogs came out with TBR lists for September or Fall, and they all pretty much mentioned different titles, so there are a ton of great suggestions for your TBR list in this post.

8 Exciting September 2016 Book Releases


Hidden Figures: The American Dream And The Untold Story Of The Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win The Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

September 2016 Book Releases - Hidden Figures

Published: September 6th, 2016

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Hidden Figures is the inspiring story of a group of mathematically gifted African-American women who were selected during World War II to work in the American aeronautics industry, and whose calculations ultimately helped America catch up to Russia in the Space Race. I’m really looking forward to watching the movie based on this book and starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe – which will be realeased on December 25th 2016. This means we have 4 months to get around to reading the original!

Links I Loved This Week

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Book Links

  • I have to confess I’m just starting to get into GoodReads and this post on Bookishness and Tea on 8 reasons on why to use GoodReads was very helpful.

Just Read: Street Of Eternal Happiness By Rob Schmitz

I consider myself a life long learner and in the last few years I’ve tried to focus my reading and other educational activities around topics that I felt I didn’t know enough about.

China is one of the topics to which I’ve dedicated myself, in part due to how important the future of this country is to the future of the U.S. and the rest of the world. Even after having read several books on China’s past and present, I realize that there’s always more to learn because China is such a huge and complex country. That’s why I jumped at the opportunity of reading Street Of Eternal Happiness, to continue expanding my knowledge.

Street Of Eternal Happiness Book ReviewStreet Of Eternal Happiness by Rob Schmitz

Published: June 2016

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The author, Rob Schmitz is an award-winning journalist who has lived many years of his life in China as both a teacher for the Peace Corps and currently in Shanghai as China’s correspondent for Marketplace.

For this book, Schmitz focuses on a single street in Shanghai on which he lives, whose Chinese name roughly translates to Street Of Eternal Happiness.

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