It’s spring, right? March 27? Well you’d never know it around here. After a few lovely days, this entire week was cold and un-springlike. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that March will, indeed, “go out like a lamb,” because I am ready to be done with cold weather.
I’m still reading Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady. It’s very good, and I keep finding excellent quotes. But as often happens with really long books (this one is more than 500 pages), I’m also feeling ready to move on. Or at least I was, until about 60 pages from the end when there was a major development that put me on the edge of my seat. I love it when that happens! So, look for my review soon.
Meanwhile, a few other interesting things caught my eye that are actually connected in unusual ways.
Carrie at nomadreader wrote an interesting post about lending e-books. This is the first I’ve heard of ebookfling, which she describes as a Paperbackswap for Kindle and Nook readers. Oh my. I’ve resisted buying an e-reader, the main reason being that I actually buy very few new books. I buy secondhand, borrow from my library, and swap on Paperbackswap. The latter has been such a boon to my reading — in just over 4 years I’ve received over 170 books! If the lending/swapping concept takes off for e-books, well, that may be the “killer app” for me. I’m certain an e-reader would only complement — not replace — my other reading methods, but I can see its advantages.
So let me repeat: I’ve received 170 books — more than two years’ worth of reading — from Paperbackswap. That reminded me of this post at The New Yorker’s Book Bench, which linked to the essay, Confessions of a Book Hoarder. Now, let me be clear: I do not have this problem. Oh, no. I collect. I don’t hoard (yes, I checked the Top 10 signs to be sure). But even though I’m not clinically a hoarder, I can relate. I mean, let’s take a quick look at my Virago Modern Classics bookcase:
See how there’s not enough room for all the books to stand upright? That problem is just getting worse; I have about 15 more VMCs today than in that photo. And I’ve read, um, 35. 😳 But turn me loose in a used bookshop, and I’ll walk away with as many Viragos as I can find. But I swear I’m just collecting.
And speaking of Virago Modern Classics, I had a spike in blog visitors on Wednesday. There was my usual Midweek @ Musings post, but I didn’t receive a single comment on it. I couldn’t imagine so many readers and no comments … and that’s because people weren’t reading that post at all. Nope, these visitors were looking for Elizabeth Taylor. Well, not the person exactly, but rather “Elizabeth Taylor facts.” Imagine their confusion when they stumbled upon my Weekly Geeks post from February 2010, “Fun Facts about Elizabeth Taylor”. Well at least I saved them some time with the first fact: “She is not Elizabeth Taylor, the actress.”
But that reminds me: I’d intended to read some Elizabeth Taylor this month! Since I have a big fat library book waiting for me, I won’t actually get to it until April, but I have several of her books in my, erm, Virago collection. I think I’ll read one, you know, sort of in memoriam. 😆
Read more from The Sunday Salon here.