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Links I Loved This Week – 12/17/2017

Links I Loved For The Week Of 12/17/2017 On Novels And Nonfiction

I had a slower week on blogging and reading than is the norm for me, no doubt because it’s the holidays and there’s just so much going on between work parties, ordering gifts, prepping for my trip next week and catching up with friends. But no matter! It’s weird how sometimes these weeks when you have less time to work on your blog are actually good (even better than normal) in terms of stats and views. Who knows how that stuff works.

I wanted to announce that I will be on a blogging break from Saturday December 23rd through January 7th, so that I can really focus on spending time with my family in Milan. I might work on my blog a bit but not on a deadline. Links I Loved will be returning the following weekend (January 14th 2018).

I’m really looking forward to two full weeks focusing on family and myself. I actually love being in Milan going into a new year. It’s a good way to disconnect from life here in LA, reset and come up with a fresh outlook and new goals for the upcoming year. I hope you all have an amazing holiday season!

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

Links I Loved This Week – 12/10/2017

Links I Loved For The Week Ending 12/10/2017 On Novels And Nonfiction

I can’t believe it’s only 2 weeks until Christmas and also only 13 days until I leave for my two-week vacation to see my family in Milan. I couldn’t be more excited about it because a) it’s real winter in Milan right now, with temperatures below 50 degrees (while here in LA it insists being over 80) and b) this gives me the perfect excuse to vegetate and read to my hearts content while I’m there.

What are all your plans for the Christmas vacation? I need to start selecting the books I want to read on my trip, though hopefully many of them will be in ebook version and won’t require weighing down my suitcase. In the meantime, I have about eight million more holiday parties to attend before the end of the work year. Definitely going out of 2017 with a bang!

Before we get on to this week’s links, I’m currently running a giveaway (through Wednesday December 13th) for two gorgeous snowflake-themed Book Buddles (one paperback and one hardcover sized). It’s INTERNATIONAL, so make sure to enter if you’re interested (link in this post).

April 2017 #BookOfTheMonth Delivery: Reviews Of American War, Startup and The Oregon Trail

Book Of The Month April 2017 Reviews On Novels And Nonfiction

Book Of The Month is a subscription service that sends you one hardcover book per month out of five selections for a low monthly subscription fee. You can add 2 more titles to your monthly delivery for $9.99 each, and the price overall is very cheap for full-size hardcovers.

Book Of The Month is not paying me to promote their service. I just love it so much that I’ve turned my monthly deliveries into a feature on my blog 🙂 I do encourage you to try it though, because if you like hardcovers it’s a great deal.

You can use my referral link to sign up if you’re interested in trying it. You’ll get your first three months for just $9.99 each plus a cute tote. And I’ll get a free book when you join. Win, win!

I’m starting to work up some speed in catching up with my Book Of The Month reading and I hope to post reviews of a new month every 2 weeks, so I should be back on schedule by September. Fingers crossed!

When it comes to my April 2017 Book Of The Month selections, I ended up with 3 winners. American War by Omar El Akkad was amazing, Startup by Doree Shafrir was highly entertaining and The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck was very interesting if a tad dense in parts. Read my full reviews below!

3 Nonfiction Books You Might Want To Skip – Reviews Of Dead Wake, Alexander Hamilton and Disaster Falls

Three Nonfiction Books You Might Want To Skip On Novels And Nonfiction

This may sound like a bit of a weird idea for a post, but I decided to group together 3 short reviews of nonfiction books I read recently (within the last 5 months) that I thought were going to be good, but turned out to be disappointing. Two of them in particular are pretty popular and frequently recommended, so beware!

By reviewing them I hope to spare others from my fate, listening to Dead Wake and wondering when the Lusitania would finally get torpedoed (spoiler alert: it’s not till the very end of the book), trying to plod through Alexander Hamilton and wondering what the big fuss was about, or reading Disaster Falls and feeling bad about disliking a memoir about grief and the death of a child.

Learn from my mistakes and read below about why I wish I hadn’t skipped these three nonfiction picks.

March 2017 #BookOfTheMonth Delivery: Reviews Of Behind Her Eyes, All Grown Up and Perfect Little World

Book Of The Month March 2017 Reviews On Novels And Nonfiction

Book Of The Month is a subscription service that sends you one hardcover book per month out of five selections for a monthly subscription fee. You can add 2 more titles to your monthly delivery for $9.99 each, and the price overall is very cheap for full-size hardcovers.

Book Of The Month is not paying me to promote their service. I just love it so much that I’ve turned my monthly deliveries into a feature on my blog 🙂 I do encourage you to try it though, because if you like hardcovers it’s a great deal.

You can use my referral link to sign up if you’re interested in trying it.

Clearly I’m still a few months behind on my Book Of The Month reading, but I’m starting to catch up. I’m hoping a post on my April 2017 selection will follow this one in just a couple weeks.

When it comes to my March 2017 Book Of The Month selections, I have to say I really liked one (Behind Her Eyes), thought one was okay (All Grown Up), and absolutely hated the third (Perfect Little World). To find out why, keep reading below!

February 2017 #BookOfTheMonth Delivery: Reviews Of Pachinko, Before The Fall and All At Sea

February 2017 Book Of The Month Review On Novels And Nonfiction

Book Of The Month is a subscription service that sends you one hardcover work of modern fiction per month for a monthly subscription fee. You can add 2 more titles to your monthly delivery for $9.99 each, and the price overall is very cheap for full-size hardcovers.

Book Of The Month is not paying me to promote their service. I just love it so much that I’ve turned my monthly deliveries into a feature on my blog 🙂 I do encourage you to try it though, because if you like hardcovers it’s a great deal.

You can use my referral link and code FRIEND50 to receive 30% off a 3-month subscription to Book Of The Month (and I’ll receive a free book if you sign up through my link – win win).

Since I’ve been on a bit of an unplanned blogging break for the past month or so, I’m a bit behind on my Book Of The Month posts. I’m going to start getting caught up by reviewing the books I received for my February 2017 delivery, which were Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, Before The Fall by Noah Hawley and All At Sea by Decca Aitkenhead. I ended up liking all three, but in particular absolutely loved Pachinko. I would highly recommend it. Keep reading to find out why!

(My blogging break came about because I realized I was no longer enjoying blogging as much, I think as a result of putting myself on too strict of a schedule. Because this is really just a hobby for me, I want to make sure that I’m enjoying every minute of it. This most likely will mean that I’ll be posting less frequently, but I’m still planning on sharing as many of my favorite reads as possible with you!)

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