So, I’ve done a little more site maintenance/upgrades this week — I’ve posted a blogroll. If yours is there, I hope it generates a view or three for you. If yours isn’t, and you want it there — just let me know (and I apologize in advance). Also, I’ve started writing little “Author 101” type entries for the authors I seem to spend a lot of time/attention on (linked in the menu above). So far, I’ve completed the V-Z section. All two authors.
As part of this work, I’ve been looking over old posts, seeing what I’ve written about Author X and so on. I keep noticing things that blow my mind — for example, I find it hard to believe that I’ve only blogged about 3 books by Rick Riordan, when I’ve read 20! There are several other authors like that — but then I have to remember that I’ve only been doing this for a couple of years, and I’ve been reading him for 7 years or so.
Enough blather from me, let’s get on to the odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:
- Husband Gives Away Beloved Book, Judy Blume Saves the Day — Because everybody didn’t already love Judy Blume.
- Meet the male writers who hide their gender to attract female readers — Huh. Really?
- How Sex Talk in Literature Has Changed Over 200 Years
- Can a Virtuous Character Be Interesting? — an interesting debate
- Speaking of character, Michael Koryta has a good Note on Character and Voice
- 8 Nonfiction Recommendations for Fiction Fans — I need to work more NF into my reading, these look promising
- 7 TV Characters I Want to Write Books — Yes. I’d read all of these. I’d buy all of these — in hardcover.
- 5 Common Reading Mistakes You’re Making That Could Ruin Your Literary Life — A good mix of nonsense and good advice
- 12 Signs You’ve Been Binge-Reading — Or, 12 signs you’re me.
- This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:
- Kitty Saves the World by Carrie Vaughn — Time to say good-bye to Kitty. (Sniff). But what a way to end a series — if you missed it, I reviewed it here.
- Veiled by Benedict Jacka — looks like things are getting serious in Alex Verus’ world (not that I thought life was unicorns and rainbows for him before)
- Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat by Anastacia Marx de Salcedo — This book looks great, but man…I tell you, I’m not sure I want to learn what she has to say.
- School for Sidekicks by Kelly McCullough — something lighter from McCullough should be fun, and I like the premise. It’s YA, so I’ll have to get it for one of my kids as a cover 🙂
- Con Academy by Joe Schreiber — a couple of years ago, I read one of Schreiber’s books in one sitting — was fast, action-packed and fun. This looks like it’ll have a lot of the same things working for it. Should be a quick, entertaining read.
- Whirligig by Magnus Macintyre — amusing-looking mystery set in the Scotland.
- A Better Way to Die: The Collected Short Stories by Paul Cornell — It’s Cornell, these have to be worth a glance.
Lastly, I’d like to say hi and welcome to enthrallingdimple for following the blog this week. Thanks to sp for the interaction – not long to wait, sp! And a big thanks to Andy Abramowitz for the kind words and signal boost.