Friday, November 13, 2015

An Incredibly Domestic Weekly Link Round-Up

Cactus Wren
Nothing much to report here. I've spent the entire week doing domestic chores, which are insufferably boring to do and even more so to talk about. 

Of course some of you may take note of the fact that since it's finally cooled down, November is the perfect time to do all that pruning out in the yard. No. Not raking leaves. We have things blooming here-- but then you can always find something blooming here.

Denis heard a joke at work and told it to me. Here goes: 

How can you tell it's autumn in Phoenix? Answer: The color of the license plates change.

Some of you won't understand it. Others will. It made me laugh, that's for sure, and while I'm laughing, I'd better find those links you came for. Head 'em up! Move 'em out!

►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
  • The man behind The Martian
  • Why do eBooks have fewer pages than print books? 
  • eReader ownership has declined by 50%. 
  • France's 3,000 independent bookstores have dodged another bullet.
  • The books that have shaped Alexander McCall Smith's life.
  • What your bookshelf says about your personality. 
  • Craig Johnson talks about fans, the appeal of Walt Longmire, and more in this interview. 
  • Inside Amazon's first physical bookstore
  • America's top-rated libraries in 2015. 
  • Yes, J.K. Rowling is writing another children's book. No, she doesn't have any publishing plans for it yet. 
  • Punctuation that failed to make its mark.
  • A nonprofit publisher is trying to raise money to finance a book of previously unseen and unpublished poems written by one of my favorites, Pablo Neruda
  • Random House will be publishing three Little Golden Books starring Grumpy Cat
  • Abraham Lincoln signed a book for a child in 1865. It just sold for $2.2 million.
  • Did an Australian teacher solve the mystery of Jack the Ripper? (If his suspect is who I think he is, he wrote some of the most beautiful-- and most depressing-- poems I've ever clapped eyes on.) 
  • How to judge a person by their subway read. Although I cringe a bit at the use of the word "judge" (I'm just thrilled that the person is reading), the very last category made me laugh-- and agree wholeheartedly. 

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • Humans have created a new top predator that is taking over the Northeast.
  • 17 cats who didn't quite make it to bed.
  • 20 cats who soon regretted their poor choices.
  • Puppies really can sleep anywhere. 
  • The only known wild jaguar living in the United States now has a name. 

►The Happy Wanderer◄

►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄

That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.

Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!


  1. Oh, that joke is great, Cathy! Thanks :-) - And thanks for the links, as ever. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a Chinese tomb to excavate....

    1. Why do I envision you channeling Amelia Peabody?


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