Archive | May 2012

Book reviews and diary studies! New blog finds.

I just found three great blogs. I’m a bit bowled over because they’re so absorbing and prettily presented, and their subjects are not the run of the mill blog material. Plus, the writing reads quite nicely. I look forward to checking them out some more:

The Ladies of Llangollen

Georgian Gems, Regency Reads and Victorian Voices

Two Teens in the Time of Austen


Summer reading plans?

Okay, jumping the gun a bit, but I thought it would be fun to find out what people are looking forward to reading this summer, and maybe to get some recommendations at the same time. Here are some of the books on my general reading list, if not my summer list. I’ll be reading something this summer – hopefully on a beach, maybe in a park, and mostly at home with something cold to drink. Here are some I’m considering:

Storybound by Marissa Burt

The Million Dollar Mermaid by Esther Williams

Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris

The Sisters of Sinai, How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Hidden Gospels by Janet Soskice

Paris in Love: A Memoir by Eloisa James

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (I started a while ago, but had just read the intense Outlander and had to hold off finishing….)

What are you planning to read? And where?

Literary mathematics

I cut and pasted this from ABE Book’s Facebook page. It’s a very clever, fun puzzle.

Arthur C. Clarke’s Space Odyssey minus Dodie Smith’s Dalmatians, plus Adrian Mole’s age (when he first started his diary), plus the platform # where Harry catches the train to Hogwarts, plus Joseph Heller’s Catch _________ plus Thomas Pynchon’s Lot _________. Now subtract the number of chapters in Julian Barnes’ History of the World and you should have the title of another book = ________ which is a novel by whom?


Love Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander like I do? You’ll love this.

This video is exploding with the passion of the novel. Gabaldon’s book is full of emotions that somehow seem more real than life; so, really Outlander reflects a lot about the deepest of human experiences. Some might say it’s overblown, and perhaps it is…but not truly – because anything ‘over-‘ connotes negatively.

This is a fan video, and bravo to whomever made it! It definitely whets the appetite for more videos and fan-based art….and, of course, Outlander books. (Last time I checked, the conclusion’s in the making.)

Click here to watch.