Anyone who's a friend and can follow along on my personal Facebook page already knows what the "getting prepared" part of my post title means. This week Denis and I brought all our Christmas decorations out of storage, and they're in piles in two rooms of the house. I could've gotten this round-up done last night, but instead I was formulating more holiday plans. If I weren't married and still living alone, I'd consider leaving all my decorations up throughout the year because I love the way the house looks and feels when it's all gussied up for the holidays. Denis already knows I can be a bit eccentric, but I'd rather not have such visible proof past Twelfth Night!
|Some of the decorations for my "knitting tree"|
Of course I'll be sharing photos once everything is done, but in the mean time, I'd better go round up those links!
Bookish News & Other Interesting Stuff
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- A television pilot featuring Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch has been given the green light.
- A zoo in Ohio is using a Beagle to detect panda pregnancies.
- I noticed that last week's episode of Criminal Minds included a Dia de los Muertos scene. No bones about it: the Day of the Dead is finding new life.
- Here's a catalog that believes reality can sell clothes better than Photoshop. Somehow, I don't think this would work in the US-- although I wish it would!
- A woman's stolen bike is replaced... but there's a catch.
- This provided a belly laugh one morning: the British Royal Navy has found a very creative way to scare Somali pirates off the east coast of Africa!
- Amazon is now giving early access to Kindle books.
- Independent booksellers don't seem to be jumping for joy at Amazon's new Kindle selling program.
- PBS has a program I'll be watching at the end of November: "How Sherlock Changed the World."
- I love how Margaret Atwood rejects book blurb requests!
- I found this article on how the excavation of Gallipoli is changing our understanding of how World War I was fought.
- From The New Yorker: Talk Not: JFK and the Case for Quiet.
- The battle lines for today's debates were drawn centuries ago by America's early settlers.
- MacKenzie Bezos was not amused after reading The Everything Store.
- Dr. Seuss: the master of the whodunnit.
- I found two interesting articles about a discovered cache of Nazi art treasures.
- Beware: A man in Texas was arrested over an overdue library book.
- Another beware: the lack of quiet time does have an effect on children's reading.
I ♥ Lists
- The results of a recent book blogging survey are in, and they are very interesting indeed: Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four.
- These 7 books predicted the future with eerie accuracy.
- 10 lovable things about brick-and-mortar bookstores.
- Top 8 architectural bookshelves
- The 23 best parts of being a book lover
- 14 published novels written during NaNoWriMo.
That's it for this week. Don't forget to stop by next week when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure!