- J.C. from BiblioBrat wrote a great review about Colson Whitehead’s Zone One. The book wasn’t on my tbr list at first but after reading J.C.’s review, I had to add it.
- Maria Popova from Brain Pickings recently posted The 11 Best Art and Design Books of 2011. I love visiting this blog. It’s smart and there’s always something I want to know more about once I read a post. Brain Pickings is like the non-bookish twin of Sophisticated Dorkiness. I’ve already read the amazing Radioactive Marie by Lauren Redniss and bought Stefan G. Bucher’s 344 Questions.
- Yesterday MJ from Wandering in the Stacks wrote a post about Books Through Bars, a New York-based organization that’s dedicated to putting more books in the hands of prison inmates.
- Ana from Things Mean a Lot is someone who’s added tons of books to my tbr list and shelves over the years. She recently wrote a guest post over at Book Smugglers about the things she’s looking forward to next year. If you haven’t already read the post, I should warn you to have a pen and paper ready. There’s a ton of things you’re going to want after reading Ana’s wish list. The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss looks amazing.
- Judith at Lesswammes is hosting a Wishlist Challenge next year. This challenge may get me to read more books from my virtual tbr pile and wish list.
- Another new challenge is the Tea and Books Reading Challenge hosted by Birgit at The Book Garden. The challenge: read bricks (books that are at least 700+ pages long). I own a few books that fit that description plus I plan on reading 1Q84 soon, so I think I’m joining. [Edit: Thanks to Fiona for the info!]
- Kirkus Review released their list of Best Non-fiction of 2011 list. I’ve only read one book on it: The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone. (It’s an awesome book so go read it now!) It amazes me how I haven’t even heard of some of the books that are listed but I am willing to add a few to my ever-growing tbr list.