If you happen to be one of my readers who's buried under snow drifts, please avert your eyes now. I'm going to mention something that you don't want to see. Don't peek at the lines between the ==='s.
The skies are bright blue here in Phoenix, the sun is shining fit to burst, and the temperatures have been, and will continue to be, in the balmy 70-75° F. range. (That's 21-24° C. to the rest of you lot.)
Winter is mostly civilized here in the Sonoran Desert. If we want to play in snow, we load up a vehicle and drive to it, play to our hearts content, and then jump back into the vehicle and drive back home, leaving that white stuff sensibly in our rearview mirror.
We come back home to where flowers are blooming, hummingbirds are humming, and we get to sit by the pool to watch migratory birds that flew down here to keep from freezing off their tail feathers.
Okay, it's safe to read now.
Some of you may be wondering how I'm doing. I'm feeling so much more like myself that I have to beware overdoing things.
It is rather ironic that, once a person is told she has cancer, the longest wait she has is for that first appointment with the oncologist. This is something you undoubtedly do not need to be told, but once a person knows there's cancer inside her, the very first thing she wants is for it to be gone. Now. Do not wait. Do not pass Go. Get the hell out of me, and that $200 is going towards my co-pay!
My first appointment with the oncologist is Tuesday, and I will keep you informed. (And even though I want this uninvited house guest gone forthwith, there's no need for panic. I am not at death's door. Just impatient as usual!)
Now... instead of weather bragging and health updates, let's get on to the links, shall we? There's not that many, but all it takes is one good link to make the entire list worthwhile, eh?
Bookish News & Other Fun Stuff
- Many libraries in the UK are facing closure as local governments try to balance their budgets. The people of Stony Stratford, on the outskirts of Milton Keynes, didn't take the news of their own branch closing lying down. They fought back. Here's the Guardian article about what they did, and here's the Independent's view.
- It should come as a surprise to no one that there are people "out there" who are working hard to hack the Kindle.
- Sisters In Crime had an in-depth survey conducted entitled The Mystery Book Consumer in the Digital Age. It makes for very interesting reading even if the genre is not the one you prefer.
- The Greatest Literary Moments in Film.
- Here's a quiz to find out how much you know about banking in literature.
- Here are some photos of celebrity libraries. Some I would say are not libraries but photo ops in disguise, and Greta Garbo's looks more like books by the foot (which probably means that she's the greatest reader of the bunch).
Around the Water Cooler in the Book Blogosphere
- Wendy of Caribousmom has a thought-provoking post, E-Books: Are We Losing Something Essential?
- This year's Theme Week on Jen's Book Thoughts is Moonlighting for Murder. If you like amateur sleuths, this will definitely be your cup of tea. Jen's inaugural Theme Week last year was so much fun that I can't wait for this one!
That's all for this week. Stop by next weekend for a fresh batch of links for your surfing pleasure!