What is it about a long weekend that makes you build unrealistic dreams of getting much more done than there is time for? I definitely fell in that trap again this weekend, and though I did a lot, I didn’t even skim the surface of what I was hoping to accomplish. I’m really satisfied with having had time to relax and catch up with friends though.
Today is the last day of the Thanksgiving Readathon I’m hosting with Jackie at Death By Tsundoku and you’re still in time to join if you want to do a mini-readathon of your own! Make sure to also enter the Winter Reading Giveaway, which closes Tuesday at midnight. I didn’t realize that I would be starting my readathon with two 600-page books, so though I’ve read over 800 pages, I don’t have much to show for it in terms of book numbers. Ah well!
I’m looking forward to a particularly busy week! I’m attending not one but TWO bookish events this week, one to see Zadie Smith and Michael Chabon speak and the other to see Isabelle Allende. I’ve been sharing info on events like these on the Los Angeles Book Bloggers group I started on facebook, so if you’re based in LA and want to keep up with bookish events in the area, make sure to join!
Here are this week’s links…
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The topic for Week 4 of Nonfiction November is Nonfiction Favorites, and the hosting blog is Doing Dewey. Instead of answering the provided questions, I decided to put together a list of my Top Ten Favorite Nonfiction Books to date.
The ten titles I selected easily fit into four overarching categories or types of nonfiction: Sweeping Histories, Atypical Memoirs, Memorable Royal Women and Medical Investigations. I reflected further on why I was drawn to each category and title below. In doing so, I realized that the elements I always look for in nonfiction are:
- Either a book that effectively summarizes a really long span of time, or one that focuses on a really weird and unique experience
- Highly personal writing in either case that always ties back the narrative to individual experience
- Conciseness in the writing – no droning on aimlessly
- To feel that I am learning something new.
Today is also the first official day of the #ThanksgivingReadathon ! If you haven’t published a Sign-Up post yet or posted your reading intentions on social media, make sure to do so today!
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We’ve finally made it to Thanksgiving week, and hopefully in a couple more days we’ll all be relaxing for some well-deserved vacation, indulging in delicious food and taking advantage of some of those great Black Friday deals.
If you’re a book blogger like me looking to get caught up on your reading goals for the year, this is your chance. On Wednesday, the Thanksgiving Readathon I’m hosting with Jackie from Death At Tsundoku officially starts!
Below are rules on how to participate, as well as a link to enter in our amazing Winter Reading Giveway to win a bunch of goodies that will set you up for some cozy winter reading. I’ve also included my personal plans for the readathon, so you can see what I’m hoping to read. I’ll be keeping track of everyone who joins either through their blog or on social media and can’t wait to see all of your progress. Let the reading begin!
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Thanksgiving week is finally here! Raise your hand if, like me, you can’t wait to have 4 full days of vacation in which to rest, relax and the third and most important R – READ.
Unlike many of you who have family in the United States to catch up with during Thanksgiving, I typically tag on to a friend’s Thanksgiving meal on the day of, but the rest of the weekend is blissfully free. It’s my chance to reset before the start of the holidays, get a start on any big projects I’ve been putting off at home (filing), and this year also hopefully get ahead on my blog posts.
And of course it’s also the week of the #ThanksgivingReadathon I’m hosting with my blogging friend Jackie at Death By Tsundoku. You’ll see our kick-off posts for the readathon up tomorrow (including the link to enter our amazing Winter Reading Giveaway) and we’re hoping to see many of you create your own Sign-Up posts for the readathon between this Monday and Wednesday. You’re free to also just participate on social media. The key here is to only do what you can handle while having an amazing holiday week!
And now without further ado, onwards to this week’s links!
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It’s Week 3 of Nonfiction November, and so far it’s been so much fun to see everyone’s themed posts. My love of nonfiction is being reconfirmed by all the time I’m spending reading about it, thinking about it and reviewing it this month!
For Week 3, the topic was Be The Expert/Ask The Expert/Become The Expert and was hosted by Sophisticated Dorkiness. I’d been reading towards a World War II nonfiction book list for a while, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to be the expert and post it!
World War II is definitely one of the most popular historical time periods for both fiction and nonfiction. There are so many different aspects of the war that can be explored in either genre, and I tried to focus on nonfiction titles that spanned a range of topics, countries and historical figures. Hope you find plenty of inspiration for your TBR lists below!
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We’re only one week away from the start of Thanksgiving weekend, so it’s time to unveil details on how to participate on the first official Thanksgiving Readathon I’ll be running with Jackie from Death By Tsundoku. She’s one of my first real blogging friends, and we’ve been looking for a way to collaborate for a while.
This readathon is meant to be a stress-free way of getting caught up with some reading since I know we’re all trying hard to meet those reading goals at the end of the year. Pie in one hand, book in another – that’s the idea. All the details on how to participate are below, and participation can be really flexible – whatever you have time for and feel like doing.
We’ll also be running a Winter Reading Giveaway alongside the readathon, to get one of you all geared up for some cozy winter reading. I personally slaved over picking cute themed and coordinated items for this, so I’m excited that one of you will get to enjoy them!
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