Whew! I’m a bit late with my post today, seems a lot of things are demanding my attention these days. I’m behind on my Christmas gift shopping, I have a mound of laundry staring at me, and I seem to find dust and pet hair every time I turn around. And then my youngest daughter turned 16 and obtained her learner’s permit, so I’ve taken her out on the road a couple of times this weekend.
But there are still bookish happenings to report, albeit not very organized or cohesive:
- I reorganized my Virago bookcase. When I set it up the first time, the books somehow ended up in reverse alphabetical order as you move from top to bottom. It was beginning to bother me, so I rearranged everything. This also gave me the opportunity to re-order books by the same author. They’re now organized by original publication date. It’s oh-so-orderly! It didn’t take long, and it was actually quite satisfying. I didn’t make a big deal of this at home, because it would just draw quizzical looks. But I know you’ll understand … 🙂
- I finished two books (links will take you to my reviews): Miss Hargreaves, which was a delightful bit of fun, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, which didn’t live up to my expectations. Last night I started The Seduction of Mrs Pendlebury, by Margaret Forster, and I have very good feelings about it already. If only I didn’t have dusting and laundry and all that to do, I’d be curled up with it right now. I’ve wracked my brain trying to remember how I discovered this book. I remember reading someone’s glowing review on their blog, and immediately requesting it from Paperbackswap. I added it to my LibraryThing library in September, 2010, but failed to make a note of the person who inspired this acquisition. Was it you?! Please satisfy my curiosity and leave a comment!
- I came across an interesting article in The Guardian which asks, Are publishers putting the squeeze on bloggers? US publisher William Morrow sent a letter to book bloggers specifying their terms for sending Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs). I’m surprised I haven’t seen more about this in the book blogosphere, but maybe I’m just not following the right blogs. Still, I was mulling over the article and thinking it might be fodder for a blog post, when Simon of Savidge Reads went and wrote one. It’s quite well done, so just read what he has to say. And let me know what you think about this issue!
OK, I guess I can’t put off that dusting any longer. I hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday.
Please drop me a comment and tell me what you’re reading …