Hurricanes, earthquakes... it's been a busy week elsewhere. Here at Casa Kittling I've been having one of my best-ever pool reading summers. I've read one fantastic book after another, and I really don't want summer to end even though we've been breaking records here. What records? Well, here in Phoenix we went over 30 days with the daily high temperature never falling below 110°F (43°C). Now you may understand why I've been spending so much time in the pool!
The heat has stressed the local wildlife, and several new-to-me critters have shown up on my big insulated drink cup, or at the feeders or waterfall. Since I not only take books and drinks out to the pool but my camera, too, I've gotten a few weeks' fodder for Wordless Wednesday in the bag. I'm going to be mean and not share any with you today because I want to get to the links. (I have another excellent book yelling at me from the other room!)
Bookish News & Other Fun Stuff
- I thought you might like to take a look at the critters you can find on a hot summer's day here in Phoenix's Desert Botanical Garden.
- Beautiful art in Brazil.
- President Obama's vacation reading. I say he should be allowed to read anything he wants to without the media throwing a fit....
- Crew on a passenger plane seems to think books about old airplanes are a security threat....
- 15 reasons why bookstore/library partnerships are beneficial.
- Making room for readers.
- An agent responds to the Beatles' Paperback Writer.
- Some sculptures mysteriously left at the Edinburgh Book Festival.
- People are soon to be on loan at a library in British Columbia.
- People may have voted Severus Snape as the UK's best wizard, but Annabel Pitcher disagrees.
- Will subscribers start fleeing Netflix? (Denis and I didn't, but we did limit our subscription.)
- From Val McDermid (one of my favorite authors): When someone dies, I want people to care.
Books & Furniture to Please the Eye
- Take a look at this passageway of books. Makes me wish my hallway was wider!
- Books, beautiful books!
- A lovely office for two.
Social Media & Blogging Tips
- Three reasons bloggers need an editorial calendar.
- Wanna be sued? The wrong words on Twitter could cost you.
- Blogger finally gets design improvements and a better editing system.
- How to maintain your blog and life at the same time.
Around the Water Cooler in the Book Blogosphere
- This is always so much fun to do... and to read everyone else's responses--- Pop Culture Nerd's My Life As a Book 2011!
New to My Google Reader
That's it for this week. Hopefully I managed to find an item or two that piqued your interest! Don't forget to stop by next weekend when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure!