November 24, 2013

The Sunday Book Branch


the reading nook
And I got cozy again with some mysteries. Again I picked a series of which I've thoroughly enjoyed the first book with its organizationally challenged heroine. In fact, I think I will now officially declare this to be one of my favorite cozy mystery series! I love the theme and the chemistry between the main cast, plus the mysteries are quite decent too (if you read as much in this genre as I do, you rarely get surprised anymore). Granted, the last one was a bit overdone, but what the heck.

The Cluttered Corpse / Death Loves a Messy Desk / The Busy Woman's Guide to Murder (Mary Jane Maffini)
the writing desk
Writing is something that you don't know how to do. You sit down and it's something that happens, or it may not happen. So, how can you teach anybody how to write? It's beyond me, because you yourself don't even know if you're going to be able to. I'm always worried, well, you know, every time I go upstairs with my wine bottle. Sometimes I'll sit at that typewriter for fifteen minutes, you know. I don't go up there to write. The typewriter's up there. If it doesn't start moving, I say, well this could be the night that I hit the dust.
Charles Bukowski

Goodreads
the wishing tree
Songs have been written about my non-existent culinary skills, well, actually that's not quite true though it wouldn't be surprising. Despite all that I really like cookbooks, mostly for their pretty pictures. The Great British Bake Off with its breads and cakes, chutney and jams, sounds deliciously yummy to me. In fact it sounds good enough to maybe even try out some of the recipes! And when all else fails ... Mom's the word!

the book hoarder
You know what they say. Show, don't tell. So, showing it is ... I present to you my (finally) completed AwesomeBooks haul!
Neat, huh?

the literary mind
Don't you sometimes wish you could guide a story you're reading into a different direction? I fondly remember those interactive novels I read as a teen where you could choose your own path along the way. Of course I usually ended up making wrong decisions and ended up dead, but then I'd just start it all over and heck, it was fun every time. Have you ever read one of those Choose Your Own Adventure novels? If so, how'd you like them? If not, tempted to try them out?

November 17, 2013

The Sunday Book Branch


the reading nook
After deciding to polish off some more cozy mysteries this month I went for some knittingly unexciting fluff this week. This doesn't mean the books are the literary version of sleeping pills, they are simply of the variety that won't get your heartrate up (much). Admittedly they didn't quite live up to my expectations after reading the first book of The Knitting Mysteries some time ago, but sometimes brain candy like that is just what the doctor ordered.

A Deadly Yarn / A Killer Stitch / Fleece Navidad (Maggie Sefton)
the writing desk
Writers Write. Or so they should. Unless they are wading knee-deep through the swampy pool of procrastination. But let's not digress. Being one of my favorite writerly websites out there, I thought I need to share it with you. It's fun, it's inspirational, it's helpful, and it's definitely one of my main sources for filling up my Writing Thingys board on Pinterest.
Reading tip: Do you ever feel like the author of the book you are reading is trying to kill you?

Goodreads
the wishing tree
Before you start wondering who's taken over my blog (or worse, my mind) rest assured that it's still same ol' me. I've always loved to read up on the history of things and that includes *gulp* venturing out of veggie-land into the realm of carnivores. In Meat We Trust showcases North America as meat-eater's paradise while back in good old Europe folks had to mostly resort to potatoes and turnips. Interesting vantage point, for sure!


the book hoarder
Still waiting for two more books to arrive. Don't I hate that. Instant gratification denied. Hear me grumble. That being said (or rather, grumbled) I already have two nicely stacked, well, book stacks sitting next to my computer desk just waiting to be completed by their still lost brothers (I'm referring to them as boys as their authors are male, just in case you were wondering). When that moment arrives I will get out my camera and show 'em all off. Finally.

the literary mind
Apropos of nothing I've been wondering about the biggest amount of books I ever bought in one go. Strangely, and after some serious contemplation of the matter, I came to the surprising conclusion that despite mostly resorting to online book buying these days (which makes the whole book splurging a lot easier as it isn't me who needs to carry them all the way to my door step), my grand days of hauling home multiple bags filled with books are long gone, namely when I was still at Uni, often using breaks to browse through sales-bins in bookshops. A rough estimate? I'm fairly sure I managed to buy more than twenty books on a good day. How many books have you ever purchased at once? Anyone hitting triple digits maybe?

November 10, 2013

The Sunday Book Branch


the reading nook
It's back to the roots or rather back to my go-to genre of choice as of lately. Let's blame the season, because it's perfect cozy mystery weather which means I'm all for delving into murderous activities in small town settings. This one, as it so happens, takes place in Booktown, a place where everyone seems to own a bookstore and one particular shop owner always ends up stumbling over dead bodies. All in all your average mysteries with the bonus of a bookish setting.

Bookmarked for Death / Bookplate Special / Sentenced to Death (Lorna Barrett)
the writing desk
Good thing I only signed up to NaNoWriMo in my mind (yep, completely forgot to actually sign up for it), because I'm currently slightly writing-impaired (yeah, I can still type ... a bit) thus mostly plotting in my mind now too. Now why's that? First I accidentally hit my wrist against a sharp edge of the faucet while cleaning the bath, then I had a slight disagreement with the garage door and pulled a tendon in the same hand, and to round things up, one wrong move later my right shoulder was making a funny grinding sound accompanied by another dose of pain. I'm not sure whether to blame the universe for this or whether I'm simply a klutz. I'd rather do some accusing finger pointing toward the great heavens. Here's to healing and more actual writing next week.

Goodreads
the wishing tree
This one isn't about etymology. Or strange words. It's about the figures of rhetoric. To read or not to read should not be the question when it comes to The Elements of Eloquence. One might not end up like Shakespeare, but one might learn a thing or two. About diacopes, for example. Have got nothing to say? Never mind, from here on out you can at least say it well.


the book hoarder
Still waiting for most of my AwesomeBooks haul which kinda puts me on edge. Yep, I'm always getting nervous when one part of an order only takes a few days and the rest doesn't show up for another couple of weeks. Not as though I wouldn't have experienced this phenomenon before. Oh ye Bookshop-Gods, let me have all my books, pretty please!

the literary mind
The little pink slip said, "Reminder: Please claim this bag at planeside." I do wonder whether the former owner of the book, which held this small piece of paper, has been so lost in thought while solving fictitious crimes that they never claimed their bag? Former book owner and former bag owner? Who knows? And my inner cozy mystery crime solver can't help but wonder whether that bag went unclaimed because of the body parts hidden inside. Vivid imagination? Me? I guess so. What are the strangest things you've ever found in used books? 

November 8, 2013

2 by 2 Giveaway Winner

The lucky winner of the November 2 by 2 Giveaway is
Katy
who picked A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Books !

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

November 5, 2013

2 by 2 Giveaway


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

You just can't beat the classics!

A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Books (Charles Dickens)
Selected Tales (Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm)

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 November 8th 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.

November 3, 2013

The Sunday Book Branch


Kind Regards (Liz Williams)
The Victorian City (Judith Flanders)
the reading nook
As I haven't stuck my nose into anything that isn't fiction lately I figured I should put a non in front of the fiction of this week's reading fare. So I stuck my nose, though not between pages, onto the screen of my Kindle and read up on letter writing and the good old Victorian times. The first was all too fluffy and insubstantial, yet the journey through the streets of London in the 19th century has been a real treasure (recommended not just for Dickens' fans).


the writing desk
It has begun. NaNoWriMo. The month of writing 50.000 words. How hard can it be? Sit a chimp in front of a typewriter and you'll have that word count in no time. Of course, the literary merit will probably not be worth mentioning. But, if a monkey can do it, so can I. Maybe this isn't the time and place to mention that, out of habit, I always open bananas at the wrong end. Let's hold that thought. I think I can work with this. Yep, I'm one of those weird people who can find a good story in pretty much everything. Including opening a banana. 

Goodreads
the wishing tree
I love to read. I love to write. And I especially love to read about writing in my bed. You could say I am a lot like the Writers Between the Covers despite the lack of anything even remotely scandalous in my life. Who knows, by the end of the book I might be like Agatha Christie who just sparked the largest-ever manhunt in England as her marriage fell apart. First though, I might want to get married. *wink*




the book hoarder
A tiny portion of my recent shopping splurge at AwesomeBooks rolled in this week, but I've decided to wait with showing off that particular book mountain (trust me, it simply would not qualify for a heap or hill anymore) until they've all made their way into my mailbox or rather, until my mailman, bless him, has hauled them all up onto the third floor. I should think that man will have well trained leg muscles by the time he delivered them all. 

the literary mind
Oh to be a child again ... and go trick-or-treatin'! Of course, where I live, Halloween has only become the rage in recent years and no kids ever ended up knocking on my door. Though, if they did, I wouldn't hand out sweets, instead I'd give them something to read (not the backside of the candy bar wrapper, mind you). Books instead of sweets! How's that for a change? Better than toothpaste and carrots, I reckon. What do you think of my idea to hand out books (and maybe some chocolate too for good measure) on Halloween?