Hope everyone had a good week! I was very productive on my blog and I’m really proud of the 3 posts I published this week. Check them out in the On The Blog section. I’m still struggling with getting Links I Loved published early Sunday morning (rather than around 9AM LA time and noon on the East Coast), but typically my Saturdays are so busy I’m too tired to write it up until Sunday morning. Hope you’ll forgive me 😉
Don’t forget to join the new Los Angeles Book Bloggers group if you’re a book blogger based in LA. It’s starting to gain a little traction and I’m hoping once we have a few more members to plan our first get together!
And check below for an exciting announcement about an upcoming Readathon I’m co-hosting! Onward to this week’s links!
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I thought this header picture with pumpkins and a pineapple would work well for this week, considering that it’s almost Halloween and it’s been absolutely tropical weather in LA. Well over 80 degrees for the past week but we have some colder weather coming soon thankfully – maybe even some rain (yes!).
I spent the weekend celebrating my birthday by going to an interactive haunted house by Creep LA on Saturday night (which was amazing and positively terrifying) and having korean barbecue for dinner with some friends. Lots of blog post writing planned for today.
I have a bit of an announcement as I’ve decided to try to create a place for book bloggers that are LA-based to share posts, info on bookish events in the area, and possibly organize get-togethers. I started a very simple Facebook group, so if you’re in LA and are interested in getting to know some other book bloggers in the area, feel free to join the Los Angeles Book Bloggers group.
Without further ado, here are this week’s links! (with a slightly updated look)
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I’ve had a pretty good week, aside from a small debacle with my rabbit getting sick on Friday (still ongoing, but hopefully he’ll be better soon). I mostly stuck to my blogging plan and made progress on my reading as well.
I read my Book Of The Month copy of Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips in one sitting, staying up till 1AM to finish it this past Sunday night. It’s under 300 pages and different from the usual thriller with the girl gone missing plot. Considering that shootings are now a sadly regular occurrence in the news, it could be triggering for some, but I found it exceptionally well done.
Book Of The Month also brought me another 5 star read this week in Killers Of The Flower Moon by David Grann. I loved its mix of history and true crime. Reviews for both Fierce Kingdom and Killers Of The Flower Moon will be up on the blog this week (along with reviews of the two other Book Of The Month books from my August delivery).
Hope all of you had a good reading/blogging/regular life week as well!
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Anyone else ready for it to actually be fall? We’re going through another unseasonable heat wave in LA at the moment, and it’s scheduled to be over 90 degrees today. Whyyyyy! The sad part is nearly every day for the next week is supposed to be over 80, so there’s no end to this in sight for now.
I can’t be the only one who is firmly a creature of Fall and Winter. All I’m waiting for is the opportunity to layer, wear chunky scarves, drink tea or cider non-stop and in general have even more excuse to scorn society for my books. There’s also just something regenerative in the cold air and the feeling of holidays approaching. This week I was able to book my flight home for Christmas to Milan and that’s also something I always look forward to. I’ll be home for two weeks, hopefully doing nothing but stuffing myself full of Italian food and reading 🙂
I enjoyed reading through everyone’s posts this week. Here are my favorite links!
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I won’t jinx myself and claim to be back to regular blogging after this week, but I’m in a pretty good groove and I have my posts for the next 2 weeks nearly complete, so it’s looking good.
Most impressive is that I was able to blog pretty consistently this week despite the fact that I spent Tuesday and Wednesday (mornings and evenings) trying to catch an abandoned domestic rabbit someone dumped in a park here in LA. I think most of you know I have a bunny, and I’m also pretty active in volunteering for a rabbit rescue organization here in LA. I heard of the poor stray rabbit through them.
For those of you who don’t know, domestic rabbits are a completely different species than wild rabbits, so the rabbits that we have as pets are thoroughly unsuited to living in the wild. They’ve devolved so that they are incredibly easy prey for predators out there compared to their wild rabbit cousins. It’s impressive that the poor bunny (only 2 months) lived for nearly a week out in the wild, but unfortunately his brother – who was dumped with him – wasn’t so lucky. We rescued one bunny at least though and he’s on his way hopefully to a safe and loving home.
Sometimes when current events are as horrible as they’ve been this week, it feels good to act on one small fixable thing in the world. I’ll get off my bunny lecturing podium and without further ado give you this week’s links.
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I’m going to try to start posting a Links I Loved This Week post every Friday again as well as keeping up with actual review/recommendation posts. Wish me luck! 🙂 You’ll see I’ve edited the format of the post slightly to provide more structure, so that I hope it’ll be a bit quicker for me to put these posts together going forward, while still keeping them interesting. I’ll still include my favorite Top Ten Tuesday posts when possible but the feature is on hiatus until August 15th for the moment.
This week I’ve been getting back in the habit of blogging for an hour or so every morning (it’s definitely bearing fruit), and I’ve been majorly relaxing thanks to this amazing 4 day weekend. I took my new beach tent (if you don’t have one, get one asap) out to one of Los Angeles’ beaches and had a mini read-athon of sorts, just me, some baguette and cheese and a bottle of rosé. I finished Omar Al Akkad’s amazing novel American War and started Startup by Doree Shafrir (two of my April 2017 Book Of The Month picks). By next Friday I hope to have finished Startup, read my third April 2017 BOTM pick The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck, and read one of the books on my Net Galley back log.
Without further ado, here are this week’s links!
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