May 31, 2013

Non-Fiction Discoveries

It might be a man's world (who came up with that anyway), but it would be nothing without a woman (you got that one right) ...

If it hasn't been made clear by now, this is proof (again) that the French are the grand masters when it comes to all things that make the ladies beautiful, confident and sexy.

Ooh La La!: French Women's Secrets to Feeling Beautiful Every Day (Jamie Cat Callan)
Publ. May 28th 2013 - PBK
Kensington Books

Nothing beats a cute sundress, really. Frugal-thinking-be-gone, why not fill up your, errr, my closet with 99 more? And dresses form literature make an appearance too, yay!

The Hundred Dresses: The Most Iconic Styles of Our Time (Erin McKean)
Publ. June 11th 2013 - HC
Bloomsbury

A most unusual illustrated snapshots of paranoia, jealousy and anxiety. Think graphic novel meets Sex and the City. Just remember, it doesn't matter if she* was pretty!

Was She Pretty? (Leanne Shapton)
Publ. May 2nd - PBK
Particular Books

*your lover's ex

May 29, 2013

Beyond the Shelf

Murder, she cried. No, wait. Murder, she wrote.

Stabbed
Cozy Mystery Book Reviews ... being one of the most active cozy mystery review sites there are plenty of interviews, book tours and giveaways to make your inner sleuth happy. And if that just won't cut it, you can keep calm with your very own cozy mystery mug.

Poisoned
If you drink much from a bottle marked 'poison' it is certain to disagree with you sooner or later.
Lewis Carroll

Strangled
Mystery Writing is Murder ... Elizabeth Spann Craig spills the beans, errr, clues, no wait, bullets, about the murderous writing life. The murder refers to the genre, not the writing process. Guest bloggers from the equally poisonous trade round off the picture of framing and maiming.
P.S.: Knot What it Seams is the author's newest release.

May 27, 2013

The Curious Reader - How long can you go without picking up a book?

Let's spill the ugly truth about our addiction ...

How long can you go without picking up a book?

Source
All right, maybe I should phrase this a bit more precisely. After all, some might pick up a book to dust it off or maybe to simply rearrange those towering book stacks. What I'm actually referring to is the amount of time passing between reading and reading again.

I know that being a book blogger usually translates into rather short breaks in between reading. Not being a book blogger can sometimes mean not picking up a book for, dare I even think it, years. Sadly I do know people like that and it is beyond me how someone could not want to read at all, but let's not digress.

Hours. Days. Weeks. Gasp.

Looking back on the past year I'd say I am someone who pretty much reads every day. I sometimes manage to plow through a whole (short) book in just one day while at other times I only read a chapter, all depending on how much time I have at hand. The point being, I rarely take a break from reading. If I do it's usually not more than a day or two at the most. Now if that gives you the impression that I couldn't quit this habit even if I tried you'd be damn' right. Still, I don't get jittery and cranky when time doesn't allow me to gobble up a few pages. Not much anyway.

Interestingly I rarely fall into a reading slump. Granted, sometimes I have a hard time making up my mind about which book to read next, consequently sorting through my book stacks and going to bed without having read more than the cover blurbs, but luckily that's not all that often the case. Overall I do get my daily reading fix and all is well in book-land.

Imagine a year without reading.

A scary thought there. Not to read for a certain amount of time, maybe even a full year? The horror! Real life dystopia is all I'm saying! But still, why not think about this notion for a moment. Don't we all experience times when we do not read for a prolonged amount of time? Maybe because we're ill or on vacation or [fill in any other obscure reason for not picking up a book]?

As for myself, I usually don't take books with me when I'm travelling. To much fun to be had when I'm out and about in far away places. Yet I know that many pack more books than swimsuits, so obviously everyone's different there. Of course my vacations are rarely longer than two weeks, so the interesting question would be - how many weeks could I go without feasting my eyes on pretty words on white pages? Honestly, I don't know and I don't intend to find out. After all, you will eat when you're hungry.

I read when my mind gets thirsty. 

How long can you go without reading? Are you reading on a daily basis or just when the reading-bug bites you? Could you imagine not to read for a full year? 

May 26, 2013

The Reading Files - I seriously should've bought the Kindle version ...

Not much to tell about my adventures in reading this week. At least I have no finished books to report. What I got started on though must be the heaviest tome I've read to date - Limit by Frank Sch├Ątzing which qualifies for the Tea & Books Reading Challenge in all possible ways.
It's got 1.200+ pages (thus counting as two books, yay) and it weighs 2.5 pounds which gives new meaning to heavy literature. And it's not just on the weighty side it's also big. Big as in other books would have the same amount of text that's on one page here spread out over two pages which, come to think of it, makes this a 2.400+ pages tome. That also pretty much explains why I only made it to page 400, give or take a page. Anyway, I hope to finish that thing off by the end of June, so I might throw in a couple smaller volumes to keep me going during the next few weeks. Unless my wrist gives out again, of course. Yep, I hurt myself reading that thing, how sad is that?

2 by 2 Giveaway Winner

The lucky winner of the May 2 by 2 Giveaway is
Chrissie
who picked Homicide in Hardcover!

E-mail is on the way and please get back to me within the next 48 hours!

May 24, 2013

Non-Fiction Discoveries

Are you a tightwad? Do you like to throw money out the window? Either way, it's all about the money ...

I usually know the future of the content of my wallet, but its history? That's a new perspective and well worth exploring!

Money: The Unauthorised Biography (Felix Martin)
Publ. June 6th 2013 - HC
Bodley Head

As far as I'm concerned most purchases people make (including myself) aren't the smartest. Still, this book looks like a not-all-that-dumb investment to me!

Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending (Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton)
Publ. May 14th 2013 - HC
Simon & Schuster

Ain't that anyone's secret mantra? But seriously, if you skipped the lesson on "smart spending" in economy class, then this might be just the book you need.

More Money, Please: The Financial Secrets You Never Learned in School (Scott Gamm)
Publ. April 30th 2013 - PBK
Plume

May 23, 2013

2 by 2 Giveaway


Welcome to the May edition 
of the 2 by 2 Giveaway!

Death by books!

Homicide in Hardcover (Kate Carlisle)
Murder is Binding (Lorna Barrett)

Once this post goes live you have two days (48 hours) to enter by filling out the form!
Please note: This giveaway is open worldwide, but only for countries TBD offers free shipping to - please check here.

Rules
Comments do not count as entries - you must fill out the form!
Following my blog is no requirement, but greatly appreciated.
One entry per person.
Open worldwide.

Winner
One winner will be picked through random.org on May 26th and will then be contacted by e-mail as well as announced here on my blog. The winner will have 48 hours to respond and if he/she fails to do so I will draw a new winner.

May 22, 2013

Beyond the Shelf

Let's take a look at what you've written there. My oh my, you sure need a little bit of help with, say, your grammar and some honest feedback won't hurt either.

Mastered
Grammar Girl ... get yourself acquainted with quick and dirty tips on how to improve your writing. A great site for all those grammatically impaired people who are not afraid of knowing the difference between affect and effect. I read 101 Troublesome Words You'll Master In No Time last year and loved it (see my review).

Recorded
People are best on records and books because you can turn them off or put them back on the shelf.
Henry Rollins

Edited
Evil Editor ... let's you know without any sugarcoating why you don't get published. From Feedback Requests to Guess the Plot your inner writer might learn a thing or two (if not distracted by his/her own laughing/cringing/chocking while reading). Maybe not for the fainthearted writers who take everything all too personally. Hilarious and evil, indeed. Also, don't forget to check out the Evil Editor Strips.

May 20, 2013

The Curious Reader - Who's your favorite indie author?

It's time for naming names. Not the big ones (think Stephen King) but the shining ones (think your fav independent author) ...

Who's your favorite indie author?

Source
Now before you start groaning, because you see no way of naming just one, let's focus on the first independently aka self-published books you ever read. The ones that wet your appetite for more indie fare. We'll start from there. Hey, that rhymed!

Let's face it, many years ago there was this huge prejudice connected with any book that hasn't received a stamp of approval by being printed in one of the many "regular" publishing houses. Fortunately those times are long gone and I'm probably not the only one who occasionally finds herself in an eye-rolling frenzy upon reading crappy yet traditionally published books while at the same time utterly excited about a novel by an indie author. Now that we've established that it's not a bad sign anymore when authors go indie instead of signing up with a big publisher, let's get back to topic.

It all started with a vegetarian werewolf for me.

The thing with indie publications is that most of them only go the digital route (in the meantime, many authors will also offer their books in physical form though) so until I was the proud owner of my first eReader I never actually read any indie books. Oddly enough I managed to win one such book in physical form about, I'd say, two years ago.

The book? Six Moon Summer by S.M. Reine not only re-introduced me to the paranormal genre (which I loved as a teenager, but hadn't read for literally decades after). I loved especially how the whole werewolf aspect had been woven into the story. Not just the typical getting bitten and howling at the full moon thing, the reader experiences how Rylie's going through the hairy motions and that's what really gripped me. Needless to say, once I was hooked I watched out for the sequels like a hawk (and read them all, obviously).

People are predictable. That’s what makes them easy to kill.

Of course that wasn't were my indie encounters ended. Through one of the LibraryThing giveaways I happened to come across another author (see, I can't name just one either) which more than just caught my attention with his knack for blood-curling horror stories.

The book? Deadfall by Shaun Jeffrey which is a zombie-infested blood fest that makes you feel like being pulled in the middle of an action movie. I swear, all of this author's books have this high movie potential, not just the horror ones, maybe especially his creepy thrillers like The Kult. It goes without saying that none of his books are for the faint of heart, but who wants to die of bordeom while reading anyway?

Now let's get your indie reads on!

Which author(s) introduced you to indie publications? Have you by any chance read one of S.M. Reine's or Shaun Jeffrey's books? Or maybe you're not all that fond of indie authors? If so, what keeps you from reading them?

Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop Winner

The lucky winner of the Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop is
Craig R.
who picked Uncle John's The Enchanted Toilet Bathroom Reader for Kids Only!

E-mail is on the way and please get back to me within the next 48 hours!

May 19, 2013

The Reading Files - Oh ye murders!

Apparently I am on a cozy mystery roll right now. Come to think of it, reading all by myself with no witnesses doesn't make for the best of alibis, now does it?

String of Lies (Mary Ellen Hughes)

Thoughts. Real estate troubles put small town shops in danger, but with a little help of a dead business man all is (almost) well again. Your average mystery without many surprises, yet an enjoyable crafty flair that will make beading-fans happy.

Knitting quote. Perhaps the rapid motion of their fingers acted like some sort of yoga exercise, calming their brains and making leaping to ridiculous conclusions less likely. If so, she'd like to see all of Abbotsville take up knitting.
(p. 111)

Verdict. A light cozy for everyone who likes some crafting to go with it!

Cookie Dough or Die (Virginia Lowell)

Thoughts. As far as themes go in this genre cozies cookie cutters are quite unusual, yet they made for quite a yummy read. A solid mystery with a foreseeable end and, dare I even say this, a pretty annoying little dog. Fluffy (the book, not the canine) and entertaining!

Sleuthing quote. "I'd count it as a personal favor if you wouldn't go all Miss Marple on me."
"You needn't worry," Olivia said.
With a nod, Del opened the door.
"I'm really more the Tuppence Beresford type."
(p. 188)

Verdict. A cookie-licious mystery of the average kind!

Organize Your Corpses (Mary Jane Maffini)

Thoughts. First the client wanted the placed decluttered, then she is found dead underneath the clutter. What's a professional organizer to do? Keep calm and snoop around, of course. A breezy and engaging mystery that certainly stands out amid the mediocre cozies I recently read.

Organizing quote. Don't let junkmail get a toehold in your home. Open your mail over the recycling bin.
(p. 97)

Verdict. A promising first in a series for the organizationally challenged!

May 17, 2013

Non-Fiction Discoveries

Let's look inside our hearts, our minds, our cells ...

It keeps our toes warm, but most importantly it keeps out hearts beating. Plus, there's the added bonus that it makes hungry vampires happy too!

Circulation: William Harvey’s Revolutionary Idea (Thomas Wright)
Publ. April 4th 2013 - PBK
Vintage Books

I'm not lazy. I just like to kick back and relax. Of course that's just my version of it *cough*.

The Myth Of Laziness: How Kids - and Parents - Can Become More Productive (Mel Levine)
Publ. December 11th 2012 - eB
Simon & Schuster

The history and future of cancer. A serious topic that is definitely worth exploring.

The Philadelphia Chromosome: The Epic Quest to Tame a Single Deadly Gene (Jessica Wapner)
Publ. May 13th 2013 - HC
The Experiment

May 15, 2013

Beyond the Shelf

Some weeks are definitely more exciting than others. Mine qualifies for one. Or was it the other?

Expressed
Addicted to Writing ... a writer hopelessly addicted to the craft, shares the experiences of her writing journey. Consensus being that managing your writing career should bring food on the table and be fun at the same time. Apparently one can go with the other, though it'd be even more fun if someone would cook for me, but let's not digress.

Experienced
A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.
William Styron

Experimented
The Experiment ... because every book is a test of new ideas. Launched in 2009 this independent publisher specializes on non-fiction books which are not only useful, but competent and distinct, satisfying the curious minds of readers. I don't know about you, but I've always wanted to know How to Get Things Really Flat!

May 13, 2013

The Curious Reader - Is there such a thing as too many books?

This week let's turn to a question with one obvious answer, at first thought anyway ...

Is there such a thing as too many books?

Source
Now before you shake your head in disbelief at such a silly question, please hear me out. Obviously there is no such thing as too many books, because how could there ever be too much of a good thing? So let me rephrase the question - is there such a thing as owning too many books? All right, you might still question my sanity, but let me explain myself.

Once the ceiling starts sagging, you know you should have stuck with the paperback edition.

Books are heavy, some more so than others. Come to think of it, just because you resort to buying paperback editions only probably won't keep the ceiling from sagging if you keep on piling them up by the dozen. Bottom line would be you buy two paperbacks instead of one hardback and no matter how you look at the it they will need the same amount of shelf space and the weight will be the same too. The only difference being that the actual amount of books would be higher if you stuck to paperbacks only. The ceiling would still be considered a safety hazard for those living downstairs.

Have I lost you yet? Yes? Never mind. No? Don't worry, we're getting there soon enough. You see, the average person doesn't have the luxury of owning a library the size of an Olympic-sized pool, which causes a problem all fellow book hoarders are painfully aware of - the question of storage.

Don't blame it on too many books. Blame it on too little space.

Ultimately I'd prefer to keep them all, but when all the shelves are packed, trunks are filled, and boxes stacked, then there is no way around admitting that you've got a tiny little problem. Until I find out how to get a suspended ceiling in place to put all those books there which I am bumping into while navigating my apartment, the only solution is out with the old. Let's face it, otherwise there'd be no place for the new.

Personally I have reached the limit of available shelf space at least a dozen times already. Every time this tragic event takes place I set out to do a little book purge and get rid of those volumes I don't see myself reading again. And even though I know I will never read these books again I never make it through this process without the obligatory sad face and weary sighs.

Since I started buying more and more used books this isn't as hard as it used to be compared to when I picked out books I bought new and which cost way more money. Apparently it's easier to throw out stuff that costs less. The only upside I can see is that I can share the bookish love with fellow readers, sometimes make a buck or two reselling, and most importantly have enough space again to bring in some new books.

When all else fails there's always the Kindle!

What are your thoughts on this? Do you admit to owning too many books? Are you even a compulsive book hoarder? Have you ever run into problems with declining shelf space? Be honest, how many books do you own? And how many more do you think you'd be able to squeeze in?

Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop

Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop
(May 13th – May 19th)

What is Children’s Book Week?
Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running literacy initiative in the country. Each year, books for young people and the joy of reading are feted for a full week with author and illustrator appearances, storytelling, parties, and other book-related events at schools, libraries, bookstores, museums, and homes from coast to coast!
For more information please visit: http://www.bookweekonline.com/

Staying true to my nature aka non-fiction love, I'm giving away one of the following books from the Bathroom Reader Series - Uncle John's The Enchanted Toilet Bathroom Reader for Kids Only! (this one's for youngsters who like a bit of magic and mystery between the pages) or Uncle John's Smell-O-Scopic Bathroom Reader for Kids Only! (this one's for kids who want to become wacky scientists when they grow up).
Please note: This giveaway is open worldwide, but only for countries TBD offers free shipping to - please check here.

All you have to do is fill out the form!
This giveaway is now closed!

Rules 
Comments do not count as entries - you must fill out the form!
Following my blog is no requirement, but greatly appreciated.
One entry per person.
Open worldwide.

Winner
One winner will be picked through random.org on May 20th and will then be contacted by e-mail as well as announced here on my blog. The winner will have 48 hours to respond and if he/she fails to do so I will draw a new winner.

And now, head on over to the rest of the blog hop participants!

May 12, 2013

The Reading Files - Cozy murders are the best!

Unless of course you're the dead corpse showing up in chapter two ...

A Killing in Antiques (Mary Moody)

Thoughts. Think outdoor antiques show and dead antiques trader in the field nearby. A bit of an unremarkable mystery, yet the fresh and witty narrative captured me right away. Plus I think Lucy St. Elmo might just develop into one of my favorite snooping heroines.

First line. Most treasure hunts are fantasies.

Verdict. A delightful first book of a new series I can't wait to read more of!

The Diva Paints the Town (Krista Davis)

Thoughts. Neighbor dies (of old age) leaving his mansion with a dead body in the basement. While the mystery itself was well executed I admittedly couldn't connect to the characters, the heroine herself being particularly insipid. An average book, yet not a series I plan to follow!

Random quote. "Camille informs me that I'm to furnish this room." He surveyed it with distaste. "Basically a box, isn't it? Good olding at the ceiling, but otherwise, it's architectural milk toast."
(p. 70)

Verdict. Classic who-dunnit with a decorative twist!

Ringing in Murder (Kate Kingsbury)

Thoughts. No peaceful Christmas can be expected when people suddenly die in this Christie-esque mystery set in Britain in the early 20th century. I immediately loved the quaint atmosphere, yet it took me quite a bit to familiarize me with the whole cast. Overall a lovely cozy!

Last words spoken. Happy New Year!

Verdict. A charmingly old-fashioned read!

May 10, 2013

Non-Fiction Discoveries

This week's edition is for those who like to show their stomachs some love. Not to worry, I'm not talking about one of those torture aka fitness books. I'm talking food and booze ...

Some people are nursing a tea or coffee while reading. Others need stronger stuff. It might depend on the kind of book too.

The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World's Great Drinks (Amy Steward)
Publ. March 19th 2013 - HC
Algonquin Books

I've always been a big fan of reading about history from different angles. This one sounds delicious to me!

A History in Food in 100 Recipes (William Sitwell)
Publ. June 18th 2013 - HC
Little, Brown and Company

And when all else fails, how 'bout a sip of wine while reading this inspirational memoir about family and food!

Bread & Wine: Finding Community and Life Around the Table (Shauna Niequist)
Publ. April 9th 2013 - HC
Zondervan

May 8, 2013

Beyond the Shelf

How about sprucing up your blog posts with some pretty pictures? I'm talking about free and public domain, yay!

Source
Pictured
FreeDigitalPhotos ... why not download photos and illustrations for your blog/website for absolutely free - just don't forget to give credit! Granted, these free images are small sized, but who needs ginormous pictures in blog posts anyway. Need larger ones? You can buy those if you wish. Finding this site made me a happy blogger indeed.

Framed
The only people who see the whole picture, are the ones who step out of the frame.
Salman Rushdie
Photographed
Source
Pixabay ... finding both free and high quality images is quite a task! Welcome to a site that offers just that. Personal use and even commercial use, you name it. Add the availability in big sizes too!  Just steer clear of the "sponsored" images that will also pop up in search results, as they do cost a few bucks after all.

May 6, 2013

The Curious Reader - Have you set foot onto Bloglovin' yet?

Apropos of the recent Google-Reader-be-gone uproar that consequently made pretty much everyone move to Bloglovin', whose team probably didn't knew what hit them and who dealt with it spectacularly well, I thought I'd pop the question ...

Have you set foot onto Bloglovin' yet?

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Seeing how pretty much everyone seems to migrate to Bloglovin' these days I wonder is there anyone who didn't get caught in the stampede and made it safely to other feed-reading shores? I bet there must be a few folks out there who didn't tumble into a full-fledged panic. I would hope.

As to myself I must admit, I don't care much about the loss of Google Reader as I never used it. Of course, the more important question from my perspective must be - will something similar happen to the blog feed I get on my Blogger Dashboard? I haven't been able to find any information on that and equally I haven't heard more than rumors about Google Friend Connect most likely being laid to rest as well. Apparently it's one step at a time for the Google folk.

I'm with Frankieboy. I do it my way.

As you might have noticed I offer a variety of means to follow my blog and in my opinion that should make everyone happy. I know that some bloggers prefer their readers following them in a certain way which makes only sense when you're totally caught up in the numbers-game aka I-like-big-follower-numbers-and-I-cannot-lie. Personally I don't see the big difference (apparently I am over the whole counting heads thing) as long as people are actually reading my blog posts. So, my suggestion for today is, just do it your way.

What does rub me the wrong way, a bit anyway, is how everyone (all right, not each and every single blogger, but most of them for sure) used to push readers into following through GFC and now many a blogger wants you to follow them through Bloglovin'. I'm mostly talking from the perspective of a compulsive giveaway junkie which might be slightly off-topic, but still. I mean, why not let your readers decide how they want to keep up to date with your ramblings? I say, let them do it their way.

Bloglovin' is kinda neat though.

When I first signed up on Bloglovin' I did so, because I wanted to offer an additional option for people to follow my blog. While I did subscribe to a select few blogs through Bloglovin' too it was more because I wanted to get a feel for it than possibly maybe transferring all the blogs I follow to a new home. The convenience of having the whole feed in front of my nose when I get into my Blogger account just can't be beat.

Fast-forward to the present. Dozens of frantic blog posts later (luckily not mine, ha) I figured it wouldn't hurt to export my blog list over to Bloglovin' either. I realized that the site had implemented quite a few new features which make both the transition and just basically the general use of it as smooth as smooth can be. Plus, the surface is easy on the eyes too. Three weeks, five days, and seventeen seconds later, I'm not ashamed to say that I've become a total Bloglovin' convert now.

Way to go, Bloglovin'!

What's your opinion on the whole Google Reader drama?
As a blogger - are you offering Bloglovin' as an alternative? Are you even using it yourself as your feed reader of choice?
As a reader - what's your preferred method to follow blogs? Have you tried out Bloglovin' yet and if so, how do you like it?

May 5, 2013

The Reading Files - Getting my YA reads on!

Time to put those non fiction tomes aside and tickle my inner teenager a bit ... sadly my inner teenager was not amused by my choice of books. *sigh*

Passing Strange (Daniel Waters)

Thoughts. Life isn't as fun when you're already dead, yet if you manage to "pass" as a living human life's not so bad, or is it? Promising zombie concept with a relatable heroine yet otherwise I found the story lacking in depth. Neat ending though!

First lines. I don't want to die, I thought. Not again.

Verdict. A different kind of zombie tale with all too flat (and dead) characters!

The Secret Hour (Scott Westerfeld)

Thoughts. Imagine there was a 25th hour and only you could experience this time, along with all the monsters living in it. Fascinating idea, yet a terribly dull read which, probably due to it being the first book in a series, only introduces characters, nothing more.

Last words spoken. It was nothing, Rex. Probably just some kid's nightmare.

Verdict. Intriguing just like Uglies, yet just as underwhelming!

Shiver (Maggie Stiefvater)

Thoughts. Girl obsessed with wolves one of which turns out to be a boy. I haven't read the Twilight books but I dare say this is the strictly werewolfy version of it. Maybe some vampires would have actually helped the plot. Apart from a select few lovely sentences the narration ... *snore*

Random quote. As the hours crept by, the afternoon sunlight bleached all the books on the shelves to pale, gilded versions of themselves and warmed the paper and ink inside the covers so that the smell of unread words hung in the air.
(p. 8)

Verdict. Boring paranormal love-story with werewolf angle!

May 3, 2013

Non-Fiction Discoveries

Welcome to the first edition of Non-Fiction Discoveries! Even if you're more of a fiction kind of reader you might want to dip into history with my weekly suggestions ...

So you love all those paranormal novels? Why not do a little background reading on what it was really like being a witch in the not-so-good old days.

America Bewitched: The Story of Witchcraft After Salem (Owen Davies)
Publ. March 22nd 2013 - HC
Oxford University Press

Neighbours. Just look out the window or walk down the street for your very own real-life soap-opera. Darn it, one such series was even titled Neighbours!

Cheek by Jowl: A History of Neighbours (Emily Cockayne)
Publ. May 28th 2013 - PB
Vintage Books

Not another mummy tome *chuckles about a joke that actually isn't all that funny and/or unique*. As many documentaries as I've watched I never read anything about good ol' Tut, so why not start now?

The Shadow King: The Bizarre Afterlife of King Tut's Mummy (Jo Marchant)
Publ. June 4th 2013 - HC
Da Capo Press

May 1, 2013

Beyond the Shelf

Now that I'm in the blogging mill again, even though with a slower speed of the wheel, there will be this new feature where I share a wild assortment of bookish stuff with you. Let's think of it like a newspaper where you get all kinds of news, just more bookish, and a tad shorter.

Discovered
Shakespeare's Den ... if you're looking for the largest selection of Shakespeare gifts and theater gifts your search is now officially over. Maybe I should actually read one of his plays first *gasp* but who needs good old Shaky anyway, when you can get your own personal Edgar Allan Poe Action Figure instead?


Contemplated
If you looked down to the bottom of my soul, you would understand fully the source of my longing and – pity me. Even the open, transparent lake has its unknown depths, which no divers know.
Hans Christian Andersen

Observed
Creativity Portal ... this is a place that inspires creativity through personal expression and the arts. No matter what kind of creative juices flow through your veins, you'll be sure to find fuel for your creative mind. If not, then you might want to get started by reading 101 Tips on How to Become More Creative to ignite that spark again.