What are you reading for the long weekend? weekend? This Labor Day reading list for the end of summer is chock full of new releases that will make you want to cancel all of your plans.Read More
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you’re finding time to get some joy from the season without being too overwhelmed. (I still have shopping to do, so…) I’m taking all of next week off and hope to see the fam, take a lot of book pics, get ahead of blog posts, go to Orange Theory, and otherwise leave the house as little as possible. This week’s links include an upcoming bookish podcast, killer boots, more justification for visiting bookstores and buying too many books, and influencing trends.
Podcast recommendation of the week: Sarah’s Book Shelves Live! My internet friend Sarah is taking her blog to a podcast. Each week she’ll have a guest and ask them to share two old books they loved, two new books they loved, a book they hated, and an upcoming release they’re excited about. I genuinely can’t get enough of book recommendation pods, so I’m happy to have a new one to add to my list!
Michelle Obama’s boots are giving me everything I need this Christmas.
In case you need some justification, there are some pretty compelling reasons as to why you should surround yourself with more books than you’ll ever need.
Bookstagrammers are doing their part to save Independent Bookstores! I know that whenever I go to a new city, I like to visit a new to me indie bookstore, both to photograph and to make a purchase. Ebooks are great and all but nothing will ever replace the feeling of holding a book in my hands.
Remember when Kim Kardashian was the only mainstream person that “was famous for no reason”? Aspiring influencers are posting fake sponsored content on Instagram with the hopes that brands will notice them and actually sponsor them. I think that if there is a market for it, there's no fault in hustling and trying to legally get paid. I know there is a certain skill that goes into marketing yourself, taking photos, and building a following. What gets me are the teenagers are inspiring to be influencers and the ones that already are. Is there an influencer bubble? When will it burst?
OMG I JUST REMEMBERED BIRD BOX IS OUT ON NETFLIX TODAY. Bird Box was the post apocalyptic debut novel by Josh Malerman about a mysteries threat that causes people to commit suicide when they see it. I know what I’m doing this weekend!! Eeee
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Happy Friday everyone! W'e’re edging closer to the holidays (and I’m so thankful I get to have a full week off!) so I’m just trying to hang in there for a little longer. This week’s links include a ton of things I’ve been listening to, reading challenges I likely won’t finish in 2019, and an Instagram scandal. Happy reading!
If you’re an audiobook lover like me, you know a narrator can make or break the experience. (Sorry Busy Phillips- I’m glad so many people are loving your book, but I couldn’t finish it on audio.) This is a list of the best of the best audiobook narrators, according to AudioFile magazine. I had no idea that there were awards for this!
Podcast recommendation of the week: Knox and Jamie at The Popcast break down The Bachelor Colton’s contestants, based on their bios. I must say, these bios are worse than ever. They look like they were written by a robot (“She also he enjoys hiking, reading and spending time with friends” WHAT). I’ve got my eye on Caelynn, Caitlin, Cassie, and Hannah G. Where are my Bachelor fans at?!
You’ve seen those perfectly curated Instagram feeds floating around with beautiful women in exotic locations who seem to be paid to travel? What if there was a class you could take to unlock their secrets? What if… the class was far below your expectations and left you feeling scammed? Here’s one person’s story of being scammed by a celebrity influencer. I don’t know anything about the Instagrammer outside of what I read in the article, but it’s a great reminder to be careful what you pay for, especially online.
Speaking of… triangle shaped things, The Dream podcast is about MLM (Multi Level Marketing). Just started it this week, but I’m hooked. It’s an investigative journalist podcast about the origin of pyramid schemes and present day MLMs. The host, Jane Marie, goes back to her hometown in rural Michigan, where a lot of her friends and families are involved in these, to ask them (direct quote): “what the fuck”. So far she’s telling their stories in a respectful way. She’s not just going in and taking trash- there’s a lot about the psychology of being involved, the history of women in the workforce, and one of the people working on the podcast joins one and tries her hand at being successful. It’s fascinating!
I read Cork Dork this month and really enjoyed learning about what it takes to become a Master Sommelier. It’s truly a remarkable skillset that takes a lot of studying and fair bit of obsession. It inspired me to watch Somm and Somm: Into the Bottle on Netflix. Somm did come off as a bit dated (from 2012). This article gives the update on where the cast of Somm is now- and filled me in on a part three that’s in the works!
How are your bookish challenges going? I always get excited about the prospect of completing them but lose excitement by the end of the year. See how I’m doing. This year I tried The Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge and Book Riot's Read Harder- and they both just put out their challenges for 2019. I really think I can finish the MMD Challenge this year- the topics are very do-able. Book Riot Read Harder’s is going to be tough to do- but that’s the point! And they’re also really good about offering suggestions. There’s also the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge that’s got a lot more categories, but most of them would be easy to fill with my regular reading. What others are out there that I’ve missed?
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Weekend Reads- Links I Love for Week 48
Podcast recommendation of the week- Episode 161 of What Should I Read Next brings the two book recommending Annes together to answer reader questions about books to gift! I didn’t know about Books on the Nightstand until it was too late, but I really enjoyed listening to a person who sells books to the booksellers sell books. (Say that 5 times fast).
Eric Bana is certainly having a resurgence. He’s starring as Dirty John in the Bravo adaptation of the podcast (podcast adaptations are the new book adaptations, I guess) and has been cast as Detective Aaron Falk in an Australian feature adaptation of Jane Harper’s, The Dry. It’s slated to release in January 2020, but I’m unclear if we’ll get it in the U.S.
Speaking of adaptations, Netflix is creating new animated shows based on Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, The Twits, and Matilda. This has me really wanting to to a re-read! James and the Giant Peach and Matilda were my faves.
I’m sure you die hard readers have seen this already, but the NY Times has put out its list of the 100 Notable Books of 2018 and their 10 Best Books for 2018. Two are on my favorite of the year list too, and the suspense book they picked was a big surprise to me.
I recently posted a photo on Instagram of some of the books that Goodreads listed as contenders for the Best of the Best. I turned my nose up at The Help, and I got so many comments asking why I didn’t like the book. It’s not that I didn’t like it- I remember enjoying reading it back when it came out in 2009. I just think that it has too many problems for it to be named the best of the best- this article is much better at articulating why The Help is problematic.
Jolabokaflod- a Christmas Eve tradition I can get behind.
Here are the books I added to my bookshelf this week! (All were sent to me.)
Before We Were Strangers | Brenda Novak | Pub Date: 12/4/18 | MIRA
Bleak Harbor | Bryan Gruley | Pub Date: 11/1/18 | Thomas & Mercer
Dear Los Angeles | David Kipen | Pub Date: 12/4/18 | Modern Library
The Adults | Carolyn Hulse | Pub Date: 11/27/18 | Random House
Have a nice weekend! It’s finally December.
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