Another fun week has flown by. Denis and I went to see Jenn McKinlay last night at The Poisoned Pen, and she impressed my husband so much that he now wants to read one of her cozies. Who'da thunk it?!? When we left, I was carrying the last volumes of Laurie R. King's Mary Russell books in my red shopping bag. Having all the books in the series now is like having a huge pool of awesome to dive right into. I know y'all know what I'm talking about!
|Jenn McKinlay & David Hunenberg entertaining us!|
Here's the question: Which would you rather see on my sidebar-- the LibraryThing widget as it looks today... or a new widget that would cycle through 6-12 crime fiction books that I highly recommend? Or... do you even care? I know many of you keep up with Kittling: Books through a reader and don't even visit in person. Please leave a comment and let me know which you would prefer. Ta!
Bookish News & Other Interesting Stuff
- A sad note for me to end the week. Barbara Mertz has died at the age of 85. Most of you know her by one of her pen names: Elizabeth Peters or Barbara Michaels. At one time, her books had the "honor" of being the most stolen books in this country's libraries, and when I was 12 or 13, I thought her book Ammie, Come Home, was the greatest thing since sliced bread. Rest in peace, Barbara. Spin some tales for the angels.
- With my retail background, I wasn't surprised when I read this article stating that theft is five times higher in self-checkout lanes. I hate the things anyway because I always get the scanner that insists on early retirement, and then I can't find an employee to help me. Then an article in The New Yorker talked about how a Japanese retailer was experiencing great success by ensuring that their salesfloors were well-staffed with employees. Sometimes machines just can't beat good old humans, ya know?
- I've just walked around the house checking. Nope. I don't have any rare history books being used as doorstops. Rats....
- I've just checked my shelves. Nope. No copy of Frankenstein inscribed to Lord Byron by Mary Shelley. More rats....
- Women led 58% of the book spending in 2012, and eBooks continue to increase. (Especially certain genres.)
- After all the flap over Jane Austen's ring being purchased and then prevented from leaving the UK last week, this person has the right perspective on the matter.
- A writer for The Guardian says that his Kindle has turned him off paper books. (Me? I refuse to limit myself. Why should I?)
- I'm definitely going to be on the look-out for the latest Robert Redford film.
I ♥ Lists
- 15 curious things found in library books.
- Top ten descriptions of food in children's fiction.
- 25 thing you probably didn't know about "The Fugitive" (starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones).
- Business cards of famous literary characters.
- The Brontë novels ranked. (And I pretty much agree with it.)
- 15 gorgeous photos of the old Cincinnati library. (Wow...)
- 23 DIY bookends to adorn your shelves.
- You've got to see this to believe it: a book the size of a ladybug!
- Some mouth-watering sofa nooks within built-in bookcases.
That's all for this week. I've got a slow cooker to start before I can take my cold drink and selection of books out to the pool for the afternoon. Enjoy your weekend, wherever you may be, and don't forget to stop by next weekend when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure!