It's hard to believe that, once upon a time, doctors told all their patients with breathing-related problems to come here to the desert to get healthy. Having a climate like this means that something is always blooming, so if you have chronic allergies, this isn't the place to live. Or... you could be like me and have no idea you were deathly allergic to olive trees in bloom until you move here. Fortunately, there are laws in place now saying that olive trees must be treated so that they won't bloom. I've never seen anything like olives for the amount of pollen they throw out, so I thank that law for being able to breathe this time of year!
|Stage 1 of Operation Craft Room Completed!|
It's been a rather quiet week here at Casa Kittling. I did finish putting together my craft room, which will be the subject of my Saturday Snapshot post tomorrow, so if you're interested, don't forget to stop by to take a look! I can feel some of you twitching as you look at the photo to the left. The sight of all those empty shelves make you nervous? Never fear! They're all filled up again. I'll prove it tomorrow!
Now, on to those links!
Bookish News & Other Interesting Stuff
- Courtesy of the Arizona Republic: there's a new app that helps local bookstores compete with superstores.
- How does he do it? James Patterson to release 13 books this year!
- Shame on them! Amazon is a virtual no-show in hometown philanthropy.
- The final chapter for a trusty bookmobile?
- How to reorganize your bookshelves using the honesty system.
- I had fun with the Harry Potter Alphabet.
- I laughed when reading Confessions of a Newbie Bookseller, Part Two: Euphemisms.
- A bookstore in Athens, Greece offers a place for people to freely think.
eBooks, Blogs & Social Media
- Kobo to start its own publishing division to compete with Amazon's.
- F+W Media will be developing a series of subscription-based digital book clubs, since tablet reading is becoming more mainstream.
- Do your children use your tablet a lot? Be warned.
- How to track your website's content on Pinterest.
I ♥ Lists
- Young adult books adults will love.
- 10 of the most precocious authors in literary history.
- 10 of the best geeks in children's books.
- Top 10 father and son stories.
- Take a look at these bookends made by Knob Creek Metal Arts.
- I have a couple of commonplace books I wouldn't mind covering with these bookcovers... if only I knitted!
- The Spoon Sisters have figured out a way to read larger books one-handed: the Thumb Thing.
- A multi-tasking bookshelf that can turn into chairs if needed.
- A Cubit modular shelving unit.
- The book-infused photographs of Joel Robison.
- The Canto Corner bookshelves.
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!