Spring has sprung in the Sonoran Desert, and my mind is on anything and everything but blogging-- hence the fact that the posts for Thursdays and Fridays have been appearing late.
I have a much-anticipated house guest arriving next Wednesday, and I've been spring cleaning myself into a tizzy. (Cathy's Cleaning Clue#1: Do not get ammonia in a cut on your finger unless you want to invent the latest dance craze.) I've also been thinking of menus and of a trail or two we might want to explore while he's here.
|No more ugly metal bookend!|
I've also begun stitching a cover for Denis's Nook. So far, so good. Remember me telling you about the bookend cover I designed and made? Well, here it is to the left-- and you also get to take a look at my Advanced Reader's Copy shelf. (Something tells me you folks are going to be clicking on this photo to read book spines!)
I've been reading up a storm, too, which should tell you something else. With all I've been doing, I haven't been sleeping much. Excitement, I think. This is the first house guest we've had since my diagnosis and surgery. Don't get me wrong: I know why people didn't come to visit, and I agree with their decision, but it still made me feel a bit like Typhoid Mary. I know. I know. Stupid!
Anyway, I've got a few links for you this week, so let's get down to business!
Bookish News & Other Interesting Stuff
- An article in The Paris Review on how books have been shelved through the ages.
- Have you heard of the Diagram Prize? It is awarded each year to the book with the oddest title, and there are some beauts in the short list this year!
- The Albatross bookmark has some definite possibilities!
- The day my Nook got nicked.
- The latest on Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading.
- The ongoing debate on which is better: eBooks or paper books: Tim Parks says eBooks can't burn; William Petrocelli states the case for paper books. My two cents? Granted, an eBook can't burn; however, someone can push a button or two and have all your eBooks erased from your reader.... Just sayin'. I'm firmly straddling the fence on this issue because I have--and love-- both.
- Will J.K. Rowling's new book be shelved in the Mystery section?
I ♥ Lists
- 10 fantastic novels with disappointing endings.
- I can never get enough of these lists: The best 100 opening lines from books.
- 20 more beautiful bookstores from around the world.
- National Pig Day: The greatest oinkers in literature.
- 10 great magical books for adults.
- A brief history of great books, awful movies.
- 14 movie cameos by the authors of the original books.
- 20 awesomely untranslatable words from around the world.
- 100 books that defined the noughties.
- An industrial floor lamp bookshelf.
- Neil Gaiman's personal library.
- Inside the Academy Awards Greenroom Library.
- A vintage dictionary pendant necklace.
- I keep waiting for this pile of books to topple....
- A pyramid wall of books.
- A used bookstore in Putney, London.
- Kids' furniture shaped like giant books.
- A book bench.
- An oak book bench in England.
New to My Google Reader
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!