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


ONE+ The 2018 National Book Awards Winners have been announced – The Friend, Sigrid Nunez won for Best Fiction.

TWO+ And the Best Books of the Year lists keep rolling in – Best Books of 2018 @ The Washington Post and LibraryReads Favorites of Favorites 2018. Which list do you look forward to the most each year? I’d have to say The NY Times list.

THREE+ I also really enjoy reading Reviewers’ Choice: The Best Books of 2018 for genre fiction recommendations.

FOUR+ The 2019 Tournament of Books Long List is out. Have you read any of the titles? Surprisingly, I’ve read a few.

FIVE+ I thought I was into the Christmas holidays, but then I see Tis the Season! | Holiday 2018 Plans – love it!!

SIX+ Happens to most of us – How Blogging Has Changed My Reading

SEVEN+ 32 Reader-Recommended Books to Inspire Nonreaders from Goodreads

EIGHT+ I loved this post on Monthly Recommendations: Relatable Characters – it’s also a Goodreads group.

NINE+ The New and Improved Rock Your Reading Tracking Spreadsheet is out!

TEN+ Michelle Obama’s New Memoir Is Oprah’s Latest Book Club Pick.

ELEVEN. Our 2019 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge is out! And The Master List of 2019 Reading Challenges has been updated.

Life and Other -ish

TWELVE+ Are you in full holiday prep mode yet? I AM!! Here’s Tasks to Do Now to Prepare for the Holidays.

SIXTEEN+ A throwback … 4 Sneaky Ways to trick Your Enemies Into Becoming Allies.

Currently Reading

I finished The Belles, Donielle Clayton – and oooh that cliffhanger ending left me mad. I don’t like them – but at least there are only 2 books in the series, so I’ll probably pick up the 2nd book when it comes out. I decided to start on a book from my Goodreads Want to Read shelfTemper, Nicky Drayden. Its a mix of science fiction and fantasy – and weird as heck. I just started it, so no idea whether I’ll love it or hate it. But this is one of those books where it’s helpful to read the reviews – and know a little bit of what to expect before diving in.

Temper (Book)


Do you read summaries or reviews before reading a book – or do you prefer not to know too much before-hand?


// Comments //

  1. Thank you so much for linking to my tracker! And, so far, I haven’t been impressed with the Best of 2018 lists…Pub Weekly was a bunch of stuff I hadn’t heard of and Library Reads was surprisingly a lot of books I didn’t like…surprising because I use them as a recommendation source a lot!