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


ONE. Amazon’s Best Books of the Year list is out (the list by Publisher’s Weekly was out a few weeks ago).

TWO. Have you voted in The 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards yet?

THREE. How many of the titles on Audible’s Most Popular Titles From the Past 20 Years have you listened to or read? I’ve listened to about half of them.

FOUR. Check out these 22 Books Out This Year That Already Have Movie Deals. and here’s 14 books becoming movies in 2018. Have you read any yet?

FIVE. Here’s A quick overview of 11 important literary awards winners to add to your TBR.

SIX. How I Read 100 Books in One Year (and How You Can, Too) – I haven’t hit those numbers in a while.

SEVEN. Just throwing this out there – The Best Riesling Under $20 and The Best Red Blends Under $20 – I second Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling.

EIGHT. Are you a morning person? I am – and here are 5 Morning Habits to Boost Your Mood and Start Your Day Right.

NINE. It’s unavoidable – Winter is coming and I’m loving this Ultimate Plan To Make Winter Suck Less.

TEN. 4 Ways to Exercise Empathy in Controversations has some really good tips on how to listen to someone with differing opinions.

ELEVEN. Are you in any Facebook groups? Here’s a list of 75 Facebook Groups for Bloggers and Entrepreneurs.


TWELVE. Do you participate in NaNoWriMo? Here’s a list of Pros and Cons of participating.

THIRTEEN. The Three Essential Elements of Creativity. I’ve been thinking a lot about my own personal creativity lately and it’s something I want to explore more in 2018.

FOURTEEN. Is it bad that I kind of want to bag my end of year reading plans and just read all winter and holiday themed stuff instead?


– Tanya- I’ve finally read The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas, and I understand why everyone has been raving about this book! It almost had me crying at some points, hurt, angry and yet hopeful. 100% recommend this to everyone to read. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Bahni Turpin, who was phenomenal in bringing the characters to life (she also narrated The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead, which I loved).

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

I’m almost finished listening to the audiobook for Here Comes the Sun, Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn. So far, it’s unputdownable.

At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit a shocking secret: her forbidden love for another woman.

-Kim- Last week I mentioned that I had four books going. I’m still working through those. I also picked up the illustrated version of Harry Potter because I’ve never actually looked through any of them. Currently enjoying the second book in The Bone Season series. The Mime Order, Samantha Shannon.

Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London.

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// Comments //

  1. Great collection of links! I love seeing how many movies are actually based on books, now that I’m paying attention. And I’m a huge fan of cheap wine recommendations. I can definitely find wine I love for under $20 🙂

  2. I’ve read five of Audible’s books. I am participating in Nanowrimo. Come see what I’m reading this week.

  3. Kathy Martin

    Nov 13

    I have the Mime Order on TBR mountain along with The Bone Season. I hope to get to them soon. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    • I really liked the Bone Season and so far I’m loving the Mime Order. I like that it jumps right back in where The Bone Season left off, no long drawn out rehashing of the first book.