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16 Things This Week

16 Weekly Links

16 Weekly Links

Here’s a look at some interesting things we read/ saw / thought / did last week.

On the Blog

Check out Kim’s Top Picks For Winter Adventure Gear because this will seriously impact how much you enjoy the outdoors during Winter. Plus here are 4 Books from the Best of The Year Lists That We Put On Our 2018 Reading List and 3 Fantastic Speculative Fiction Books by Authors of Color.


On Instagram

Kim … On Instagram this week I mentioned that I’ve had to put myself on a library ban. I got super carried away putting books on hold and then couldn’t finish them all before the due dates. I recognized that familiar feeling of overwhelm and just said no for now.

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On the Web

✤ Kim … ONE. Changing These 4 Beliefs Will Make You Surprisingly Happy. Have you caught yourself thinking any of these things?

TWO. I bookmarked 50 Nonfiction Books That Will Make You Smarter in 2018. I’ve set the goal to read 1 nonfiction book for every 3 fiction books I read this year!

THREE. Are you Drowning in Your TBR Pile? This was me a year ago until I decided to let go of everything that had been on my list for more than 2 years. If I hadn’t read it by then, chances are I wasn’t going to.

FOUR. I just picked up You, Caroline Kepnes and then saw that it is on 13 Horror Audiobooks That Are More Scary Than Their Written Versions. I think I’ll return it and get the audio version instead along with a few of these other suggestions.

FIVE. So far there are only 9 Young Adult Novels by British PoC being published in 2018. “In the British publishing industry, it’s become fashionable to shout ‘diversity!’ …but year upon year, this just isn’t translated into the books that the industry is publishing, or the writers it nurtures.

SIX. I’m really excited about most of the movies on Publisher Weekly’s 10 Most Anticipated Book to Film Adaptations of 2018. I read The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters in 2013 but had kind of forgotten about it. I’ll be excited to see how they bring the book to life.


✤ Tanya … SEVEN. The 2018 Edgar Award Nominees have been announced. I just read last year’s award winner for Best Novel – Before the Fall, Noah Hawley – and loved it.

EIGHT. People can be judgy so I totally get Feeling Like You Read the “Wrong” Books. Have you ever felt this way?

NINE. Have you checked out The Great 2018 Book Preview at The Millions – the list is huge so I’m taking it in one month at a time.

TEN. I love the idea of a Self-Imposed, First Quarter, Two Week Read-My-Own-Damn-Books-A-Thon!

ELEVEN. In case you want to – here’s How to Disable Last Activity Feature on Instagram.

TWELVE. 5 Hacks for Effortless Habit Building in 2018 – this is why I love Tim Ferriss. He breaks it down so that it can forever and consistently be broke (Love Jones – the movie – reference)


Currently Reading

✤ Kim … I finished We Are Okay, Nina Lacour yesterday and am now only about 20 minutes into my audio version of Beartown, Fredrik Backman. We Are Okay was a good book but not a great book. I think I’d still recommend it to certain people as the writing was beautiful.

✤ Tanya … I managed to finish the audiobook of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg and although I thought it was more informative than “self-help” – there’s some excellent advice on how to get a habit going – and I plan on definitely using this going forward (have a cue, routine and a reward). I also finished listening to the audiobook of the novella, Binti (#1) by Nnedi Okoraforloved it! The narration by Robin Miles is excellent. I plan on listening to the rest of the series on audio if I can.

Books Read

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Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng is due back at the library this week, so that’s what I’m currently reading.


Book Awards and #BookBlogger Events Happening This Week

Jan. 20-21, 2018. #24in48 Readthon. Beginning at 12:01 AM on Saturday morning and running through 11:59pm on Sunday night, participants read for 24 hours out of that 48 hour period. You can split that up however you’d like

Jan 22, 2018. National Book Critics Awards Finalists will be announced. This award is for outstanding books in 6 categories – autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

… More events -> January #BookBlogger Events [The 2018 Edition]


Have you read any of those books? What did you think? Have you experienced the judgy look from people when you tell them what you’re reading?

Linking up to IMWYR and Bookish and Not-so-Bookish Thoughts -> The Master List of Book Blogging Memes.

(Header Photo by Jonny Johanson on Unsplash)

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Kim and Tanya
Kim is a librarian | life hacker | ancient history nerd | mom to 2 little boys | Utah native | digital archivist | British comedy/British detective show junkie | outdoor lover. Tanya is a digital lifehacker | Food Science guru | teenage boy wrangler | husband tamer | adventure seeker | avid reader.

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  1. Oh yes! I HIGHLY recommend the audiobook version of Caroline Kepnes’s “You”. It was so well done. I read the physical book first and really liked it and later reread it by audio and loved that too. The narrator really captured Joe’s voice. It was so creepy!