Saturday Miscellany — 4/27/19

This is an odd mix of odds ‘n ends about books and reading that caught my eye this week — a lot of them from CrimeReads, too. The odd (for me, thing) is I saw multiple references to them, it’s not like I just hung out at that site for inspiration last night. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:

    This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:

  • William Shakespeare’s Get Thee Back to the Future! by Ian Doescher — the Shakespearean takes on Star Wars that Doescher has done previously never really spoke to me (but I flipped through a couple and they seemed well done) — but for some reason this one has me intrigued. Anyone read this or his previous works?

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to Crystal Grasso (Ward) and Jocelyn for following the blog this week.

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Independent Bookstore Day 2019 – April 27!

You like books, right? Otherwise, why are you here? (which is not to say you’re not welcome regardless) You like bookstores, too, right? Nothing against Barnes & Noble or any of the dozens of great online booksellers — but there’s nothing like a good Independent Bookstore. Staff who know their wares; possibly get to know your tastes; care about books, writing, etc.

(and they’re better for the local economy than chains, too, but that’s out of my wheelhouse, so I’m not going to pretend I know what I’m talking about)

Basically, they’re great resources, community centers, and places to spend your money. To celebrate/promote them, Indie Bookstores all around the country are celebrating Independent Bookstore Day tomorrow. Go, check a local store out — see the exclusive items just for the day. If you’re in Southwest Idaho, Rediscovered Books in Boise is the place to go — although Idaho has a few other great options, too. I realize most of you aren’t from Idaho, but I know you can find something near you.

BookRiot has posted a handy guide: 5 Things You Should Do on Independent Bookstore Day that you should check out.

GUEST POST: Highlighting Shakespearen Women

I’m very happy to have this guest post today — I just wish I’d set the schedule correctly. I love a nicely designed (and informative) infographic, and this definitely fits that. When I was asked if I’d be interested in posting this, I jumped on it. It’s a great way to commemorate the Bard’s birth.

Shakespearean Ladies' NamesApril not only marks the start of warmer temperatures and a new pile of spring reads, it is also the month of the birth of legendary playwright, William Shakespeare. The writer was born on April 23, 1564, and to celebrate, we’re highlighting some of his most strong-willed female heroines. Invaluable created a neat visual [N.B.: the image is much nicer if you follow the link than it does on the left there] that showcases a handful of Shakespeare’s most influential female characters, and explains just how each of them was given their memorable names. From Ophelia to Juliet herself, browse through these wonderful female characters and relive some of the most electrifying plays written by the celebrated, William Shakespeare in honor of his birth.

Saturday Miscellany — 4/20/19

An unexpectedly long (good) day — after a very unexpectedly long and full week results in this being posted when it’s no longer Saturday…eh. Best I can do…

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:

    This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:

    • No Country for Old Gnomes by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne — the second in The Tales of Pell a funny, funny fantasy novel with a lot of heart and other stuff. I’m tired, that’s as good as you’re going to get from me…if you want moreread my full post about it.
    • Going Dark by Neil Lancaster — an undercover cop infiltrates a Serbian mob. Written by a former covert specialist Detective Sergeant — looks so good. It’s currently waiting patiently for me on my Kindle.
    • Differently Morphous by Yahtzee Croshaw — an offbeat-looking fantasy novel about the hunt for a magical serial killer.

    Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to Ciidagale Raad, KayCKay and BookaholicBrittany
    for following the blog this week.

    Nero Wolfe on Taxes

    seems like a good day to post this…

    Nero Wolfe Back CoversA man condemning the income tax because of the annoyance it gives him or the expense it puts him to is merely a dog baring its teeth, and he forfeits the privileges of civilized discourse. But it is permissible to criticize it on other and impersonal grounds. A government, like an individual, spends money for any or all of three reasons: because it needs to, because it wants to, or simply because it has it to spend. The last is much the shabbiest. It is arguable, if not manifest, that a substantial proportion of this great spring flood of billions pouring into the Treasury will in effect get spent for that last shabby reason.

    –Nero Wolfe
    from And Be a Villain

    Saturday Miscellany — 4/13/19

    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:

    Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to Occidentally Orthodox (who may not like a lot of what I post, but I hope he comments) and whovinawrites for following the blog this week.

    D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything And Read)

    Today is the 103rd anniversary of Beverly Cleary’s birth, and drawing inspiration from Ramona Quimby some years ago, a group of people started commemorating her birth with a focus on families reading together. Which is just a cool idea. There’s a pretty good website with details and activities here.

    I don’t really know if I can get my family to come together and read as a family anymore — but I can at least encourage them all to do it on their own. But for those of you who have younger kids (or more compliant teenagers), take a half-hour today and read together.

    If you’re like me, or single, or just not into spending time with your family — it’s still a decent way to spend 30 minutes.

    Just Drop Everything And Read