I will never again mock Punxsutawney Phil‘s meteorological abilities. He predicted six more weeks of winter, and to make sure we knew he was serious, sent “snowmageddon.” Yes, we’re up to our ears in it chez Musings. Saturday was spent in Sisyphean snow removal attempts, followed by hot beverages supped from beneath a warm blanket. It was a good day for reading and blogging. And Sunday looks like it might be another good day to curl up with a book.
- Use a social bookmarking plug-in (AddThis)
- Add “subscribe by email” option
- Add blog URL to my email signature.
- List blog in Yahoo!, Google, DMOZ, and claim it in Technorati.com.
- Add ability to contact me by email (it’s on my “About” page … give it a try!)
Since one of my goals is to develop more connections with other bloggers, I’ve also been spending more time leaving comments on new-to-me blogs, and adding them to my Google Reader. I think spending a little time on “community” each week will pay great dividends.
Although I haven’t published any book reviews this week, I’ve read quite a bit. Look for my review of Langston Hughes’ The Ways of White Folks this coming Thursday, as part of the Classics Circuit Harlem Renaissance Tour. I’ve enjoyed following the first week of the tour. There’s so much to learn about the time period. I’ve also been reading a Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life for the Women Unbound challenge. It’s quite interesting but in some ways frustrating, because there’s very little physical evidence remaining from that time period and Eleanor’s life specifically. Biographer Alison Weir has done a nice job reconstructing Eleanor’s life by piecing together snippets from disparate sources. Eleanor was clearly an influential figure, unusual for a woman in that age,and I’ve enjoyed learning more about her.
Next I’m planning to read a Virago Modern Classic; I’m reading one per month in a vain attempt to stay ahead of my collecting. This month I’ll be reading Beyond the Glass, by Antonia White, which is the last book in a semi-autobiographical series. The earlier book was a bit dark, as the main character found herself in an unhappy marriage. However, the writing is excellent and I’m eager to see how things turn out.
Have you read any of these books? Where is your reading taking you this week?
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