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Zadie Smith And Michael Chabon Author Event Plus Reviews Of Moonglow And Swing Time

Zadie Smith And Michael Chabon Author Event On Novels And Nonfiction

Back in December of 2017, I had the opportunity of attending an event at UCLA featuring authors Zadie Smith and Michael Chabon. I had never read either of their novels, but I knew they were both very popular writers and I took the chance to get to know more about them.

The setup of the event was a relatively casual conversation between the two authors about a wide-ranging array of topics including reading, politics, writing (of course), the internet and human connection. They were both so articulate and insightful that it made me very excited to read the two books of theirs I purchased at the event – Swing Time and Moonglow – and that I was able to get signed afterwards.

Links I Loved This Week – 02/25/2018

Links I Loved This Week On Novels And Nonfiction

almost had Links I Loved up on Sunday as it’s supposed to be this week, but then I ended up having a wonderful relaxing day with friends buying scented candles and having brunch at a trendy place in the Arts District here in LA instead. I think that’s a fair trade.

I’m counting my small victories along the way, like the fact I posted two ARC reviews over the past two weeks and I’ve been absolutely loving my latest Book Of The Month read – The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver – so even if I’m not meeting all my blogging goals right on target at the moment, I’m enjoying my reading life regardless.

And I have all of your amazing posts to feed my review hunger of course! Here are this week’s links…

Ten Books Of Love Letters I Want To Read By Next Valentine’s Day #ValentinesDay

10 Books Of Love Letters I Want To Read By Next Valentine's Day On Novels And Nonfiction

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I’m personally trying to find more romantic inspiration in my life, as I’m may be a tad too happily single at the moment (All that time to read an no one else to consider, can you blame me?). I thought it would be a good idea to put together a list of books of love letters in the vein of the list of books about witches that I published this past Halloween, so that I can give myself a year to read them and review all (or most) of them by next Valentine’s Day.

This list will actually be the inverse of my Witches book list because while in that case all the books but one were fictional, for this list of books of love letters, all but one are nonfiction. I decided to include a novel written as a series of love letters that I’ve heard of so many times since I started book blogging, and that I really want to read – The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

If you have any other suggestions for either real life or fictional books of love letters I should consider, let me know in the comments.

Links I Loved This Week – 02/11/2018

Links I Loved For The Week Ending 2/11/2018 On Novels And Nonfiction

Before I get started telling you about my week, I just wanted to mention that if anyone is planning on writing a discussion post on how to fit blogging into your life when you have a full time job, please send me a link. I’m still trying to figure it out over here.

Having said that, I’ve had a very busy and productive week on the non-blogging front, but also managed to get a post with not one, but THREE book reviews in it – so I guess blogging-wise I’m doing at least okay.

On a very eventful note, early on Wednesday morning I was able to capture another domestic rabbit abandoned in an LA park and bring it to safety (my third to date just since the fall). Capturing irresponsibly released rabbits is now my side-side-gig, after blogging. You’d be amazed at how many people think it’s perfectly fine for domestic rabbits to live outdoors and that they’ll be able to fend for themselves in an urban park with raccoons, hawks and even coyotes around. Typically they last no more than a couple days unfortunately.

But onward to happier things. Here are this week’s links…

November 2017 @BookOfTheMonth Reviews: Future Home Of The Living God, And Then There Were None & The Remains Of The Day

Book Of The Month November 2017 Book Reviews On Novels And Nonfiction

For my November 2017 Book Of The Month selections, I picked an (at the time) new release – Future Home of the Living God – and two literary classics – one more recent and one less so. I ended up absolutely loving classic mystery And Then There Were None (and thankfully so since I hated the first Agatha Christie novel I read).

The other two books were more of a miss though. Especially The Remains Of The Day, which was highly recommended to me, but to which I had to give just 2 stars. Hopefully there are no hard feelings among Ishiguro fans out there though! Read my full reviews below.

P.S.: If you have any suggestions about which Agatha Christie mystery to tackle next, let me know in the comments.

Links I Loved This Week – 02/04/2018

Links I Loved For The Week Ending 02/04/2018

Hope everyone had a good week – both life-wise and blogging-wise. I accomplished all my primary objective in terms of blogging but my posting schedule was still a bit all over the place (as demonstrated by this Links I Loved post up on a Monday morning).

Slowly but surely I’m adjusting my blogging schedule though and figuring out what snippets of time I can dedicate to Novels And Nonfiction now that I no longer have as much time to blog on weekday mornings.

This week was a busy one in the blogging world, between January 2018 Wrap-Ups, lots of February 2018 TBR lists (not featured but keep your eyes peeled for them) and of course Book Of The Month‘s announcement of their February 2018 releases.

Without further ado, here are this week’s links…

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