I’m trying something new this year!
Here is a collection of bookish happenings, fresh content generated this week across, podcasts, booktube, bookstagram, book blogs and more. Hope you enjoy these selections, feel free to follow these content creators and subscribe to their platforms or check out books they have featured this week. If you like these selections, check back next week for my curated findings in the collective book community.
Literary Themed Podcast: Making the Past Relevant
This week we’re kicking off another Winter of Wayback season, but this year with a new wrinkle: instead of visiting randomly selected years each week, we’ve chosen a decade–the 1950s–and will spend the winter working through it one year at a time. What does that mean, in practice? Each week we’ll read either a book, a story, or an essay we’ve selected from that year. We’ll also talk about other literary and cultural goings-on from that year, to help put the selected reading into a broader context.
Some weeks the readings will be things you’ve likely heard of; other weeks they’ll be deeper cuts. This first week (1950) we chose a popular story, J.D. Salinger’s “For Esme … With Love and Squalor.” We also talked about McCarthyism and the Hollywood blacklist, new food innovations of 1950, and various other important goings-on from the year.
Booktube: When the buzz dies down you get authentic & reflective reviews
Didi from Brown Girl Reading on YouTube/BookTube presents her realistic review of The Mothers by Brit Bennett. This was getting all the buzz last year around this time. Might be a good pick to get out of a slump but might not be worth the hype it received when it was originally released. I read this via audible last year and I gave a 4 star rating, but in remembering this one – I think I would have to agree that this is a 3 or 3.5 star book. I was duped by the hype!
(Didi also has an extensive blog! )
What I’m reading this week: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This is the fast paced book that got me out of my reading slump this week.
ColdBrewBooks on Instagram took this stylized photo to amp up the Oscar Season Fever!
New Release This Week:
This is a debut novel that addresses the themes of sisterhood, grief and mental illness.
Celeste Ng gave her stamp of approval :
“A tender but unflinching portrayal of the bond between two sisters–one that’s frayed by mental illness and stretched across continents, yet still endures…”
—CELESTE NG, NYTimes bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere
Told from alternating perspectives, Everything Here Is Beautiful is, at its core, a heart-wrenching family drama about relationships and tough choices — how much we’re willing to sacrifice for the ones we love, and when it’s time to let go and save ourselves.
From Pamela Dorman Books (Viking Penguin), January 2018.
In other blog pages: Read this, Not That
Abby & (guest poster/husband) Eric review books. I originally found this blog by searching for a recent review on the Immortalists but saw that Spoonbenders was reviewed this week. Spoonbenders has been sitting on my TBR. Might need to tackle it this month!