This week may've gone by in a blur, but I had a blast-- even if there was another doctor's appointment thrown in! The doctor's appointment was to have my eyes checked, an important thing for any voracious reader to do, and although my eyes are beginning to show signs of age, they're healthy and I happily escaped the necessity of buying three new pairs of glasses. Am I weird... let's rephrase that... am I weirder than I think I am-- because I love the new tests they can perform on your eyes that show detailed pictures of them. The optic nerve, the blood vessels, the cornea, the pupil, etc. Fascinating stuff to me!
Monday I motored on over to the Poisoned Pen to meet one of my favorite authors, Tarquin Hall, creator of the Vish Puri private investigator novels set in India. There were two librarians present who have been eating their way through all the different food mentioned in Hall's books, and a lady from India who gave me recommendations to local Indian restaurants, so I've decided to do the same thing. I needed the recommendations because-- let's face it-- I'm from the cornfields of the Midwest. We don't do Indian food there, so I need help! I know that Denis loves Indian cuisine, so we had a meal from Flavors of India last night. Denis the Expert said he loved the food and that we'd be doing this on a monthly basis. Me? I loved it, too, although the combination of spices did have a life of their own afterwards.... You'll be reading more about Tarquin Hall at the Poisoned Pen within the next two days.
Wednesday night Denis got to come along as I met another favorite writer, Martin Walker, creator of the Bruno Chief of Police mystery series. We had a fabulous time, and the pâté de foie gras on French baguette and glasses of sauternes wine weren't bad either. Gee... this week was a cornucopia of culinary delights as well as a feast of books! You'll also be reading more about Martin Walker this weekend, too.
I won't tell you about the three-inch long palo verde beetle that scared the puddin' outta me in the pool tonight because, hey-- this is the link round-up, isn't it? Ooooh, linksssss... come out, come out, wherever you are!
Bookish News & Other Interesting Stuff
- I had to include this because it's just so darned sweet and sentimental: a farmer plants a heart-shaped meadow for his late wife.
- Last week I included an article about a misguided group of people starting a website to shame GoodReads review "bullies" into disappearing. This week, Dead White Guys shared thoughts on Negative Reviews, Being Nice, and "Bullying".
- It will be interesting to see how this goes: start-up company Livrada to sell eBook gift cards in Target stores.
- Did you know Amazon has a Library Store?
- As a fan of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander novels, I was interested in hearing that Ron Moore (Battlestar Gallactica) is adapting the books into a cable television series.
- Also on the Did You Know front: there's a Facebook game called Jane Austen's Rogues & Romance.
- Bolton, Vermont's little birdhouse-like libraries on posts replace the bookmobile.
I ♥ Lists
- Writer Don Winslow's Top 5 Crime Novels
- 17 famous literary characters that were almost named something else
- Top 10 homes in literature (I've started writing my own list!)
- 10 of the greatest YA series of all time
- 10 wonderful libraries repurposed from unused structures
New to My Google Reader
That's all 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!