Sometimes I wonder about myself. Do you ever wonder about yourself? I hope so. There are times when I don't want to feel alone.... The humidity's high, it's hot, we've even had three days of rain, and what have I been doing? Going out almost daily to sweep, rake, prune, bag, drag, and sweat. You would think that a reasonably intelligent woman like myself would find a different time of year to do a lot of yardwork, but there you go. Now you know why I'm wondering about myself. I wasn't a total ignoramus about it: Sweatband, hat, covered up, sunscreen, plenty of breaks to sit inside, cool off, and drink gallons of water. It's just that, when the mood comes over me to do stuff like this, I know I'd better take advantage. At least I had a pool to walk into when I was finished for the day!
It certainly doesn't make for an interesting intro to the links, though-- does it? So without further ado, here are those links! (Once I get these posted, I'm off to bed to dive back into Louise Penny's wonderful The Beautiful Mystery!)
Bookish News & Other Interesting Stuff
- Barnes and Noble is gearing up to open its very first Nook Store in the UK.
- I recently discovered a neat little website called Book Lover's Gifts.
- It's sad, but it happens: a history of book pulping.
- Steve Hockensmith (one of my favorite authors) talked about how the covers for his books are chosen.
- And while I'm talking about book covers, here's a post about the book cover for Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear. (I'm not a cover junkie, but I've always liked the covers chosen for this series.)
- Parajunkee recently posted an interesting article with the results of a poll she conducted. Everything from scandal to memes to turn-offs to social networking. I'm not as "out of it" as I thought!
- The authors have been shortlisted for the Crime Thriller Awards (Jo Nesbo, Anthony Horowitz, Kathy Reichs, Stuart MacBride and Ann Cleeves). Vote for your choice and you could win some books!
I ♥ Lists
- To keep my theme of book covers going, here's The 20 Irrefutable Theories of Book Cover Design.
- Here's a collection of original vintage advertisements for classic books.
- 13 Great Female Crime Writers
- 10 of the Coolest Niche Bookstores from around the world
- A brief history of unlikely literary friendships
- What sparked my interest in these 7 funny books was the author's opening paragraph: "When you need a good laugh, do you reach for a book? I don't. I expect books to move me deeply and submerge me in another reality. So when a novel makes me roar with laughter, it's always a delightful surprise." Until I read that, I didn't realize how true that is (for me). How about you?
Looking towards Future Fun
What's this, you ask? Well, I didn't find any links for book candy or new blogs, so I thought I'd share links to the places we'll be calling "home base" during our trip to the UK next year. Denis and I like to stay in cottages and plan our visits with family or our days for exploration from them. Much more comfortable than staying in hotels and cheaper, too. Here are the three we've chosen (complete with photos):
- Coldham Cottages is a wonderful place we've stayed at before. It's perfect for our family who live in Milton Keynes and Hertfordshire, and this time we may even catch the train for a day or two in London. The cottages are on a farm outside a lovely little village.
- Long Lees Farm Cottage is on the banks of the Rochdale Canal. We're staying here to visit one of our lovely nieces who lives in Rochdale, outside Manchester. One of the day trips we'll be taking is to Eyam, the "plague village" that may be familiar to any of you who've read Geraldine Brooks' Year of Wonders.
- You know me... if I'm going to the UK, we'll be going to the Highlands. This time we'll be staying in a small village outside Invergordon right on the shores of the Cromarty Firth. Oyster Catcher Cottage, here we come!
That's it for this week. Don't forget to stop by next weekend when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure!