Saturday, May 11, 2013

A Much Ado About Nothing Weekly Link Round-Up

Ever had one of those weeks where a lot happened but none of it was particularly newsworthy? Well, that pretty much sums up this week at Casa Kittling. While Denis was at work, there was plenty of cooking, reading, laundry, blogging, emailing, needlepoint and the like. On Denis's days off, it was Doctors Appointments Week for him. The last appointment was for a colonoscopy. The prep for it was much changed, we noticed. Although extended, it now is kinder and gentler, and Denis wasn't grumpy at all, which was music to these ears. When the doc tells you that you need one, don't argue! It could save your life like it did for my darlin' Denis.

Inside the Glenmorangie Distillery
Boring week, eh? There are things for you to look forward to, however.  This weekend, I'll be telling you more about PopCircle, a new entrant on the social media scene for all us folks who love books, movies, television, and music. I'm one of their book experts, and I bet you'll never guess which genre! On Monday I plan to have my recap of CozyCon II up for you to see. Further on down the road (but not too far) I'll begin featuring authors and books from a publisher that's very special to me for two reasons: (1) good books (duh), and (2) the publisher is based a few miles away from the tiny town where I was born and raised.  I'm really looking forward to sharing all this with you!

You all know that I tend to look for bookstores whenever I travel. Denis is a willing participant, but he does have an interest of his own. Whenever we're in Scotland, he does like to check out the local whisky distilleries-- and there happen to be one or two (cough, cough) in that country. The photo above was taken by Denis on his tour of the Glenmorangie Distillery in Tain, Ross-shire, Scotland. Sláinte!

Bookish News & Other Interesting Stuff
  • I was very sad to hear that one of the premier mystery bookstores in the US was being sold, but now there's good news! Booked For Murder is now under new ownership and will reopen on June 15 with a brand-new name: Mystery to Me!
  • I sometimes wonder how much these studies cost that come to "duh" conclusions? The latest one says that letting children choose the sorts of books they like to read is critical to nurturing their love of reading. Like I said--- Duh!
  • We're being inundated with Gatsby-itis due to the DiCaprio remake that opened today. Here's a fabulous graphic on Living in Gatsby's World.
  • Real estate developers have always been fond of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic.
  • Why it took so long for The Great Gatsby to be considered a literary classic.
  • John Lennon's first car is up for auction. Anyone need a ticket to ride?
  • The mystery of Abraham Lincoln's funeral car has been solved by a chemist.
  • This author was recently featured here on Kittling: Books. Now a tea with Maureen Jennings at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto is up for bids on eBay.
  • Penguin Books is supporting the fight against animal cruelty with its Read Humane campaign.
  • It's always nice to read a success story. Here's one about Horizon Books, an indie bookstore in Traverse City, Michigan.
  • I am so disappointed with myself! I was in Durness, Scotland, and was so mesmerized by its beaches that I didn't even realize it had a bookshop. Now the Loch Croispol bookshop's for sale! (The video clip is quite interesting, and you'll be able to catch glimpses of those beaches I fell in love with.)
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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!


  1. Replies
    1. What's up with that? You're not Ophelia!!!

  2. Ah yes, "Anyone need a ticket to ride?" Very funny! And oh, my husband would be in heaven in a Glenmorangie Distillery! In fact, I looked up once info on a "scotch tour" of Scotland, but it was (apparently) for the very wealthy! LOL

    1. That wouldn't surprise me at all. Denis took the tour of a very small distillery (something like 8 employees who actually made the whisky) and didn't come back with any "samples." The prices on their product were astronomical!

  3. Cathy - Oh, I'm looking forward to your upcoming posts. PopCircle, a publisher, the whole thing. And I'll have to share Denis' interest with my husband; the two have that in common...

    1. Both times Denis went on the Distillery Trail, I curled up with a good book! LOL


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