Weekly Links

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


ONE. Kazuo Ishiguro Wins the Nobel Prize for Literature so let’s celebrate – How about a read-along for Kazuo Ishiguro?? What’s your fave book by Ishiguro?

TWO. Also, The National Book Award Finalists were announced a few days ago too. Have you read any of these books?

THREE. Get your creepy book fix this October with these 17 Chilling Books That’ll Get You In The Mood For Halloween plus 8 Frighteningly Good Ghost Stories to Read this Fall and 19 Hair-Raising Books About Werewolves.

FOUR. 10 Essential Life Skills Only Voracious Readers Have … situational awareness yo!

FIVE. Check out this list of 2017 Top Newly Released in Paperback Picks for Book Clubs – if you belong to one and are looking for suggestions.

SIX. This Reader’s Guide to Goodreads Groups breaks down one of my favorite features of that site.


SEVEN. This is Why You Should Use a Social Media Content Library – it will save a lot of time!

EIGHT. Top 10 Best Blogging Resources for Every Level has a nice roundup of resources for you.

NINE. Check out these 10 Affordable Tools to Automate Your Social Media.


TEN. Here are 9 Book-to-TV Adaptations Coming This Fall. I’m most looking forward to Cuckoo’s Calling (book by Robert Galbraith, aka J.K. Rowling).

ELEVEN. It’s okay to want to be seen. “Own what you do. Own what you want. Be seen. Be known. And kick some ass.”

TWELVE. The results of The Nature Fix : The 3 Day Effect studies don’t surprise me at all.

THIRTEEN. The ultimate guide to what to buy every month of the year. It’s October – so apparently we should be buying our new cars now, taking vacations – and grabbing camping gear.

FOURTEEN. Here are 15 Affordable Smart Home Devices Under $50. Are you on the “smart home” trend yet? What devices do you have?

Currently Reading

The past 2 weeks, I had a road trip to Michigan and flew in and out of Oregon (by way of Idaho). Alas, I think I’m now a little burned out on audiobooks. I finished Crazy Love You, Lisa Unger which was good. Then I started and gave up on a number of books before settling in to listen to the audiobook of The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, Dalai Lama XIV, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams. This is perfect to listen to as an audiobook because the conversational nature and the warmth and friendship of all the authors really shine through. It’s really amazing to hear how these spiritual leaders manage to see first hand, the worst of humanity, and still say they, and we, can AND SHOULD find joy in the World.

From the beginning the book was envisioned as a three-layer birthday cake: their own stories and teachings about joy, the most recent findings in the science of deep happiness, and the daily practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives. Both the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu have been tested by great personal and national adversity, and here they share their personal stories of struggle and renewal.

What are you currently reading?


// Comments //

  1. Laurie C

    Oct 09

    Oh, shoot. I haven’t read a single one of the NBA fiction finalists. Or the latest Kazuo Ishiguro. Never going to catch up! I’ve read two of the 17 Chilling Books for Halloween, though. Thanks for all the interesting links!

  2. Bellezza

    Oct 08

    This is more informative than the Chicago Tribune! (And probably more factual as well.) I loved reading all the bookish news, and thank you for including my Ishiguro read-along in your post. We have decided to read A Pale View of Hills, as well as The Remains of The Day, since they are short. But so far, The Unconsoled is my favorite.