It's been a quiet week with the only blip on my radar being a lovely soul who hacked into my Yahoo email account, sent everyone on my contact list spam, erased all the email I was saving, and erased my entire contact list. Good thing I was phasing that account out, isn't it?
On an entirely different note: I've been reading (and enjoying) Tarquin Hall's The Case of the Missing Servant. The main character is a private investigator who lives in Delhi, India. He makes his driver obey all the rules of the road, including the speed limits, and his driver doesn't like that one little bit. I would've found this amusing but not thought much of it if I hadn't watched the first two episodes of IRT: Deadliest Roads on the History Channel. The first two episodes show the participating drivers trying to get their trucks out of Delhi in one piece. I have decided that I don't want to find myself on any road in India unless I'm drugged to the gills and past caring!
On to the links!
Bookish News & Other Fun Stuff
- Nicholas Royle's top ten writers on the telephone. (Sometimes when you're reading a book, you know that character shouldn't pick up the phone when it rings....)
- A life in pictures: the newest Nobel Prize for Literature winner, Mario Vargas Llosa.
- Ever wanted to learn how to make a hollowed-out book? Here's how!
- Flavorwire's been coming up with some cool stuff: 10 DIY Projects for Your Old Books, 10 '80s Film Characters in Need of a Revival, 10 Music Videos Set in Libraries and Bookstores, 50 Book-Themed Cakes.
- In the race to make kids smarter faster, picture books are falling by the wayside.
- An author wonders if Goodreads has jumped the shark.
- The printed book is not dead yet.
- A wonderful slideshow of the 50 best bookshops in the UK.
- It looks as though Charlaine Harris is going to have another book series turned into a television series: her Harper Connelly series, which is one that I've really enjoyed.
Blogging & Social Media
- Two good all-around sources of blogging knowledge: Fuel Your Blogging and blogworld.
- Your blog is your resume.
- From Bloggerbuster: How to add a featured content section on your blog's home page.
- From Plumrose Lane: How to set up and edit your blogger profile.
- Twitter: Banned Books' New Best Friend.
Around the Water Cooler in the Book Blogosphere
- From ModCloth: Top 10 Best Dressed Literary Characters.
- From Booktryst: Marilyn Monroe: Avid Reader, Writer and Book Collector.
- From Book, Line and Sinker: Do You (Feed) Read Me?
- From Books and Movies: Meet Grandma Mazur! (For Stephanie Plum fans.)
New to My Google Reader
Hope you found some goodies in that group. Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll have a fresh batch of links for your surfing pleasure. See you then!