A Week in the Books: Links I Loved the Week of 8/31/18

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Today will be brief, because I’m getting ready to leave on my first weekend away from my kids–ever. I took one short business trip when my oldest was two, but otherwise I’ve never traveled without them.

I’m weirdly excited about the flights. Which… yeah, flying kind of sucks these days. But other parents who have spent years wrangling kids on airplanes will understand the bliss of NOT having to do so. My books are ready! And once I land: sun, pool, massages, and girls weekend.

Hope your Labor Day weekend will be just as relaxing. Let’s kick it off with some bookish links.

Digital Text is Changing How Kids Read—Just Not in the Way That You Think – KQED MindShift

The change we are seeing is not that kids can’t pay attention to things, it’s that they’re not as interested in paying attention to things….Instead, reading’s payoff often comes after some effort and maybe even a little boredom in the beginning. But the slower-paced pleasure comes with more satisfaction in the end.

5 Unforgettable New Books That Are Already On Their Way To Becoming Literary Classics – Bustle
YES to this list. Three of the five are some of my favorites of the year, one has been on my TBR, and I may just have to squeeze in the book of short stories.

The First Trailer for ‘My Brilliant Friend’ Will Make You Want to Re-Read the Book – Harpers Bazaar
I’m always up for a book-to-screen adaptation, and this one for Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend looks interesting. I enjoyed the first book in the series but the second is still sitting on my shelf. Maybe the show will prompt me to read it soon. I love that the adaptation will be in Italian.

September 2018 Book Releases – Novels and Nonfiction
Another fall release preview from a blogger I trust.

On the Blog

30 Middle Grade Books for Your Reading Bucket List
We are already planning for a book fair in a few weeks–I’m getting my shopping list ready!

Last year: I wrapped up August with reviews of The Rosie Project, Beautiful Ruins, The Glass Castle, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Still Life, and Wolf Hollow.


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  1. Amen to flying without kids! It’s one of my most cherished times…and pretty rare. I get to the airport early, have coffee and breakfast with a book, and don’t even mind flight delays.

    Have fun!

  2. Thank you so much for including me in your links round-up Allison! I haven’t decided yet when/if I’m going to start my Links I Loved posts back up as well… I’m finally posting regularly again, don’t want to try to do too much too soon πŸ™‚ I’m also pretty excited about the Elena Ferrante series – and I don’t have to read the subtitles which is a plus πŸ™‚ lol As a TV researcher, I’m worried that may be a bit of a barrier for viewers, though it’s already on HBO so super niche.

  3. Oh, I am *SO* excited for the My Brilliant Friend adaptation – it’s one of my all-time favourite books… but EVERY SINGLE LINK to the trailer I find is “Not available in your country” (Australia). It is the cruellest type of geographical exclusion ??? Like you, I’ve got the second (and third, and fourth) of the Neapolitan novels on my to-be-read shelf. I’m actually ITCHING to read them, but I’ve sworn that I won’t pick up anything that’s not on my current reading list for Keeping Up With The Penguins until I’ve finished it… gahhhhh!

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