Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Sunday Mix #35

Hello, friends! I'm finally back to sharing some interesting links from all over the web after a couple of weekends off. (It's been a busy month, y'all.) As always, feel free to share links to anything interesting you've found on the web in the comments section below!
  • Cait tackles the difficulties that are involved in book collecting. As a collector myself (though I've tried to curb my tendencies by limiting the authors and series I do collect), I do relate to a lot of the different things that she's mentioned in this article.
  • The last book that gave me a book hangover was Crooked Kingdom, which is referenced in this article about how to deal with a book hangover. I find that commiserating with friends who have read the same book is usually the most ideal way for me to deal with a book hangover, followed closely by reading a book in a different genre. 
  • It happens to us all - we can fall out of love with (or at least develop more complex opinions about) book series. Gillian discusses her own personal experience with this, and I really liked reading her thoughts (since I think it is something that actually is a natural part of being a booklover and having life change you and your perspectives).
  • I can proudly say that I've gotten pretty good at being decisive and selective about my book purchases. But if you're still trying to figure out whether to buy or not to buy, Julia has some tips for you
  • I know Halloween's passed, but autumn is still the perfect season for some atmospheric, spooky reads. Grace has a pretty extensive list of recommendations, and because I love her taste in books, I definitely feel you should check it out.
  • Raise your hand if you are ridiculously excited for next year's Beauty and the Beast live action film! *raises hand* I've been so eager for more news and clips, and I love the Entertainment Weekly cover.
  • Seriously, Cait is a speed demon when it comes to writing. She shares some of her tips for how to win NaNoWriMo (also known as writing 60K+ words) in just three days. While I'm not certain my writing process will work the same way as hers, I do think that some of her thoughts might be helpful for some of you!
  • Josephine discusses (with great care) consumerism and bookstagram. It was really interesting to read her thoughts on this, and I think she eloquently expressed how I mostly feel about it. It can be hard sometimes not to compare my own photos to those of other people (who are excellent using a lot of props and even just setting up their photos), but I've always believed that it is important to do what's within your own means and work with that. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this, especially if you're on bookstagram!
  • Jen's latest blog series, Raise Your Voice, was an incredible event that brought together so many authors with diverse backgrounds talking about the books that challenged, inspired, resonated with them. If you missed out on seeing the posts, definitely check out Jen's helpful wrap-up that contains links to every single one of them.
  • I love organizing my personal library (and do it pretty much every other month. If you want to hear me talk more about that, I'd be more than happy to tell y'all)! I currently have my books organized by color, with a few different shelves for favorite authors and for my TBR. Rosianna and Sanne talk about organizing your library, and I loved their thoughts. How do you organize your books?
  • Lauren talks tips for slower reading months. I've been pretty relaxed in my reading lately, particularly in the month of November since I've been doing NaNoWriMo and obsessing over Naruto as well as all the usual things, but I definitely want to try to get a bit more read as the month goes on. Has your reading speed (or quantity) in a month changed since the start of the year?
  • Election week was really rough for a lot of us. I've mourned, but I've also found new strength and determination to stand up for the things I believe are right. I really liked reading this post about coming together, because we must do that now more than ever. And I also found Kendi's post with tips for staying positive truly helpful!
  • I personally believe that it's necessary to read a novel before you can properly rate it, but I also understand that not everyone shares my feelings. I did enjoy seeing Emma's discussion, since I did find many of her own views to be similar to my own.
  • Like the author of this article about marriage teaching her to be independent, I definitely feel even more empowered and free after getting married to the love of my life. There's such strength and stability to know that someone fully supports your dreams and hopes and loves, and I'm grateful every day for that.

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