Daylight Savings hit me HARD this week, and my usual intentions to have all my blog posts for the week (minus Links I Loved of course) written the weekend before fell through again. One day, I’m telling you. One day I’ll get there 😉
I’m really excited to have more than usual blogging and reading time during Thanksgiving week (and also resting and relaxing time as well). Really looking forward to the Thanksgiving Readathon as well, for which there will soon be more information (look out for an official announcement post on Wednesday).
I’ve been a little under the weather this weekend, so if you need me today, I’ll be under my comforter with Andy Weir’s The Martian. Onward to this week’s links!
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The Week 2 topic for Nonfiction November this year was Nonfiction To Fiction Book Pairings. It’s a review structure that I’ve been dabbling in recently, so I thought I would combine a new set of nonfiction to fiction reviews with links to two earlier ones I posted on the blog in the last few months.
The new reviews for today’s post are for memoir Born A Crime by Trevor Noah and novel Hum If You Don’t Know The Words by Bianca Marais. Both books are set during Apartheid in South Africa, but ultimately only have a few things in common. The most interesting and significant parallel I found between Noah’s true story and that of Marais’ young female white character Robin, are in the spunk and initiative that both show amid extremely trying circumstances. Somehow, Robin’s character felt like it almost had the same level of dogged perseverance as Noah, though they experienced Apartheid with different skin colors and in different decades.
Hope you enjoy my reviews and don’t forget to also check out my two earlier book pairings below.
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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 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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