I just might be getting in the mood for the holidays-- I bought 6 Christmas-themed magazines today, and I've already saved recipes for lemon carrot bread, gingerbread cupcakes, spiced pecans, citrus almond cookies, soft honey cookies, and an idea for new decorations on the dining room chandelier! I was in no shape to decorate at all last year, so I have to admit that I am looking forward to all the decorating I do. If I actually do some baking as well, it will make the season even more special after the bleakness of 2010. (Of course Denis may also have me committed as being an imposter....)
This week the two of us drove out Superior way to visit the Boyce-Thompson Arboretum. The sun was strong enough for us to appreciate the shady parts, and Denis and I both managed to take some good photographs. I'll be sharing some of mine on future Wednesdays. (Wow... I just looked up Superior. I didn't realize how many movies had been filmed there!)
Now about those links....
Bookish Links & Other Fun Stuff
- Singer Taylor Swift donates thousands of books to a Pennsylvania library.
- A life in writing: Terry Pratchett
- How a "new" da Vinci was discovered
- A house made entirely of vintage books
- The British Library has been attacked for linking to Amazon on entries in its public online catalog. (Like Amazon needs help in taking over the world....)
- Public bookshelves spread across Germany.
- 7 gadgets that won't be around in 2020.
I ♥ Lists
- 10 landmarks for lovers of Western literature
- 10 of the best books set in Edinburgh, Scotland
- 10 contemporary South Asian writers you should know
- Michael Morpurgo chooses five of the best war books.
- Strange day jobs of authors before they were famous
- The Kobo Vox looks pretty good.
Social Media Tips
- How to use Facebook's new timeline feature
Christmas is coming...
- If you like sending the occasional snail mail note card and like the art of Deborah DeWit (featured on my sidebar), here's where you go to buy DeWit's note cards.
- Are there times when you can't turn the light on at night, but you want to read? Hint to folks that you'd like to have a Hydra book light. (It's much better than hiding under the blanket with a flashlight.)
Well... you've heard of eye candy, haven't you?
- The hidden-behind-books home office, English version. Go to the French version to see all the photos. (Click on the arrows below the first photo.) I really like this!
- Two Dutch designers have created reading chairs called The Poets. Now, if they only looked comfortable....
- Three bookcases sorted by color. (Sorry, my rememberer is good with titles and authors, but not colors.)
- Great ideas for bookshelves
- A horizontal bookcase that makes me feel slightly seasick.
- The next time I'm in Glasgow, I want to stop at the Voltaire and Rousseau bookshop!
From the Book Blogosphere
- Jillian of Random Ramblings talks about parents who punish their children... with reading. (Where's my horsewhip?!)
New to My Google Reader
I hope I managed to find a link or two that tickled your fancy. What were your favorites from this week's round-up?
Don't forget to stop by next weekend when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure!