Yes, I've finally gotten in gear and rounded up the links. I'm in the midst of my second round of holiday baking. The first round consisted of a couple of my mother's standard offerings (Black Bottom cupcakes and miniature cheesecakes) as well as spiced pecans and lemon carrot bread. This round started with oatmeal-toffee drop cookies and will continue today with baking the refrigerated doughs for soft honey cookies and citrus almond cookies. Tomorrow night I'll get the Lancashire Parkin put together so it can rest overnight and be baked on Christmas morning. The Lancashire lad who lives here put in a request, and I've found that it's almost impossible to say no to that man.
Anyway, here are some links I managed to gather during the past week. Hopefully they'll provide you with a bit of entertainment if you have a minute or two to relax in the next few days!
Bookish News & Other Interesting Stuff
- Sad, sad, sad... thousands of rare books burned in Egypt.
- How to protest library cuts.
- Charlotte Brontë manuscript brings over $1 million at auction.
- Take a quiz to see how well you'd do against Dr. Temperance Brennan as a forensic anthropologist.
- The joys of parenthood: trying to keep up with 45 babies.
- Are you waiting for the new season of Sherlock? Here are two clips to whet your appetite.
- TV and the novel: a match made in heaven.
- Sobering and thought-provoking: how doctors die.
- Independent bookstores are not doomed.
- Barnes and Noble to go international.
- Excellent idea: BookPeople bookstore has developed the E-Reader Concierge Service.
- eReaders see huge gains in 2011.
- Privacy concerns and the Amazon Kindle Fire.
I ♥ Lists
- 50 things I've learned about the literary life.
- 10 legendary haunts of artists and writers.
- Top 10 dark and haunted heroes and heroines.
Christmas Pretties (Books, Furniture, Decor & Feel-Good News)
- Anouk Kruithof: interesting, but not exactly the best way to shelve your books.
- The most wonderful gift for an Iraq veteran's widow and son.
- How to build a gigantic Expedit Bookcase.
- What would happen if men ran Christmas?
- Beautiful bookcases.
- A wonderful Library Books mug at Kate Spade's.
- I'm going to take a closer look at this and possibly make it part of next year's decorations.
- What your Christmas tree says about you.
- I wouldn't mind rolling around in this with a good book-- a cradle for adults.
- I always wanted a tree house.
New to My Google Reader
Happy holidays to one and all! May your hearts be as filled with joy as my own. If, however, this time of year is one filled with pain for you-- please. Please know that you are not alone. Please know that I, too, have seen the abyss. I care.