Here’s a look at some interesting things we read/ saw / thought / did last week plus what I’m currently reading …


ONE+ The NY Times 100 Notable Books of 2018 list is out. I’ve read a few of the books on the list (and loved them) and have a few others on my reading list.

TWO+ Esi Edugyan is the Winner of the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize for Washington Black.

THREE+ Which Literary Awards Match Your Reading Taste? I can’t say that I’m usually in agreement with most of the literary awards, but I like to check out the winners. I do try to read the Nebula Award and Locus Award winners.

FOUR+ And Let’s Talk About the Goodreads Choice Award Finalists [The 2018 Edition] … have you read any of the books?

FIVE+ Loving – Shelfie Envy: 10 Stunning Instagram Bookshelves.

SIX+ The popular Annual End Of Year Book Survey – 2018 Edition is out. I love seeing all the book bloggers responses.

SEVEN+ Check out The Master List of 2019 Reading Challenges updated with new challenges.

Life and Other -ish

EIGHT+ I haven’t bought any of these 59 Dope Things On Amazon Prime That Have A Cult Following … but I see some things that I want to try.

NINE+ These Are the Best Smart Home Gadgets to Trick Out Your Pad – do you have any of these in your home?

TEN+ I’m 100% Christmas everything … including watching cheesy holiday movies. Bookmark The Ultimate Holiday Viewing Guide. Too many choices? Then see Prioritizing Netflix’s Perfectly Cheesy Holiday Movies (I’ve seen #4 – and it’s good for adults and kids (i.e. not a romance). Plus check out Kim’s Grown Up Advent Calendar + 3 Other Favorites.

ELEVEN+ New Year’s Resolutions Suck – Try This Instead … or try our #OneThingThisMonth approach.

TWELVE+ We started setting monthly goals – here’s #OneThingThisMonth for November and December.

I’ve been feeling a bit lackluster with my reading lately, but I did finish Temper, Nicky Drayden, which I really liked although the ending started getting a bit confusing. It’s a non-Westernized science fiction book, which I wish I had listened to on audio so I could hear the pronunciations of the unique names and places. I finally got my hands on Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi, which I just started.

Freshwater (Book)

Ada begins her life in the south of Nigeria as a troubled baby and a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents, Saul and Saachi, successfully prayed her into existence, but as she grows into a volatile and splintered child, it becomes clear that something went terribly awry. When Ada comes of age and moves to America for college, the group of selves within her grows in power and agency. A traumatic assault leads to a crystallization of her alternate selves: Asụghara and Saint Vincent. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selves–now protective, now hedonistic–move into control, Ada’s life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction.

[Buy Freshwater @ Amazon]

Are you making your list of books to read from the “best books of the year” list?

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// Comments //

  1. Helen Murdoch

    Nov 27

    I am super interested to look at “which book award matches your reading” as I often find I either haven’t read the books on the finalist list or don’t have the desire to.

  2. I’ve been doing Christmas everything, too. I found a radio station that only plays Christmas songs, so everyone around me is going to be annoyed. Have a great week!

    • Tanya Patrice

      Nov 27

      @Aj I have a similar radio station – all Christmas music and it stays on in my car after Thanksgiving.

  3. Kathryn Trask

    Nov 26

    Interesting lists of books, I have a couple I want to read on the 100 NY Times list – one being the Sally Field book which already sits on my shelf. Must explore the Christmas cheesy Netflix list!

    • Tanya Patrice

      Nov 27

      @Kathryn I’m a sucker for cheesy Christmas movies.

  4. Thanks for the shout-out!