Saturday Miscellany—5/16/20

I had huge plans for this week—and accomplished absolutely none of them. Of the 3 posts that went up this week, 2 of them were written last week! I really don’t know what happened. I do know that I’m the only one who thinks about it, but…it bugs me. Hope you fared better this week.

I have nothing whatsoever planned for next week. Let’s see what happens…

Enough of that, on with the stuff you came here to see:

Odds n ends about books and reading that caught my eye this week. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:
          bullet Inside the Book Industry’s Battle to Stay Afloat During the COVID-19 Crisis
          bullet The Great Big Book Club—a new site set up for bookish folks in the lockdown, featuring interviews, live-streams, reviews and more
          bullet Science fiction builds mental resiliency in young readers—a bit too focused on reading for moral/educational benefit, but it’s interesting nonetheless.
          bullet The Different Types of Book Formats Explained—nice to see it layed out like this.
          bullet The Most Iconic Detective Sidekicks, Ranked: 45 of the greatest detective-adjacent crime-solvers in history.—I really enjoyed this list—I’d quibble with it a bit (as you’re supposed to with lists like this), for example Natalie Teeger should be there instead of Sharona Fleming. Bonus points for including Mozzie and Mac. Regardless, a near perfect Top 5 (indisputable top 2)
          bullet 20 Books of Summer—I saw a few people do this last year (and maybe the one before), and told myself I had to play along. But first I have to come to grips with the idea that June is right over the horizon (how is that possible?)
          bullet The Great Fantasy Debate: What is the Best Fantasy World for Vacation? with authors Pierce Brown and Jim Butcher—I liked the first one enough to make sure I tuned in for #2
          bullet The Benefits of Reading—I always appreciate it when Lashaan decides to goof around.
          bullet Book Characters I’d Love to Spend Isolation With… And Ones I Wouldn’t!—ditto for The Orangutan Librarian
          bullet Never judge a book by its cover?! – Part Two: The Truth—Bookends and Bagends continues this series.
          bullet How to write book reviews, my reviewing process—always good to read someone else’s process (her new rating system intrigues me)
          bullet Book Slumps—two posts about Slumps in two weeks, not an auspicious trend.

Lastly I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to Murder by Death, EmilyJane1995, Tea With Stevie (which I first misread as “Tea with Stevia” and thought “ew”), Christine, Katie @ Melting Pages and pen2m3 for following the blog this week. Don’t be a stranger, and use that comment box, would you?

17 thoughts on “Saturday Miscellany—5/16/20

  1. You know, you’ve got me curious. I don’t follow that many people, so the fact that I never see you commenting anywhere doesn’t surprise me but it did make me wonder, where DO you comment?

    Your “use that comment box” sentence sent me down this little rabbit trail 🙂


    1. Ummmm…at the moment, most of my commenting happens on Twitter and various booklikes spots (when it’s working). Occasionally at your blog (but people usually have made the point/comment that I wanted to, and I hate doing that, so I delete 60% of mine), bookidote (delete most of what I start there, too), Paul’s Picks, Witty and Sarcastic, and a handful of places I check regularly, and comment infrequently. Am actually trying to force myself to do better at that lately.

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      1. Well, that certainly explains it then 😀

        I’ve seen some recent posts from booklikers that things seem to be even more uncertain than usual. What’s keeping you there?

        Good job on trying to comment more 😀 I usually just ignore all the other comments until I’ve made my own, so if I repeat something I simply don’t care. Probably helps that I consider comments to be between me and the blog owner. Not that that is going to help you, just my own way of dealing with the same problem 🙂


      2. What’s keeping me there? Inertia, mostly. The last round of “ruh roh, Raggy” there really spurred a lot of us to find other ways to connect with each other. So my tether to that spot is a lot weaker.

        Yeah, I should take a page from your book and comment regardless (inevitably will end up saying something slightly different anyway…)

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      3. I hear you about inertia. But am glad that so many ARE making alternate plans.

        Commenting also takes time. so factor that in, as I know you read a lot and more commenting could quite conceivably cut into your reading time…


      4. I can already tell you that I am very appreciative of it all. Just for taking a look at what was written is already huge for me too. I do like Bookstooge’s approach by not thinking about what others already said since, in the end, it’s always just about what you and the blogger exchange between you two hahaha Again, thanks for reading and sharing, good sir.

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      5. About a year before I started this blog I read all of Fitzgerald’s novels, but apparently, I didn’t write anything about it anywhere (having written at least 2, maybe three papers on it between High School and College, I’m probably incapable at this point.

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