Another It’s Monday; another week begins.
The weather has now taken a definite turn towards the cooler side of things on the east coast of Australia.
It’s nice not to be so hot & sweaty all the time, but I do not like the long, dark, cold winters (& Sydney doesn’t even get that cold!!)
I dislike wearing layers of clothes. I hate wearing jeans or stockings every day (but I do love scarves!) I miss my summer dresses already – not being able to wear them again until November is a sad thing indeed!
To cheer me up I’ve decided to read a biography about an amazing woman.
One Life by Kate Grenville
In many ways Nance’s story echoes that of many mothers and grandmothers, for whom the spectacular shifts of the twentieth century offered a path to new freedoms and choices.
In other ways Nance was exceptional. In an era when women were expected to have no ambitions beyond the domestic, she ran successful businesses as a registered pharmacist, laid the bricks for the family home, and discovered her husband’s secret life as a revolutionary.
One of the great ideas I spotted on my It’s Monday travels last week was a fellow blogger (so sorry I’ve forgotten who already!) giving shout-outs for interesting reviews they had read during the week.
I often read a fascinating review but then forget who, where & when, so I’ve decided to add the shout-out feature to my It’s Monday posts.
*The Death Fugue by Sheng Keyi reviewed by Lisa @ANZ LitLovers LitBlog – I enjoy Chinese literature, although it sounds like one I will need to be in the right mood for this one.
And sadly, a favourite series of mine has lost its way according to this review of the latest Maisie Dobbs book by Jacqueline Winspear @ Dolce Belleza.
*Goodbye Sweetheart by Marion Halligan @Debbishdotcom – another book on my TBR pile from one of my favourite authors of old. Debbish compares her writing style to Anita Brookner.
*Carrie by Stephen King – a satisfying reread for Christine @Bride of the Book God of this truly frightening teen story.
*Ellen van Neerven’s Heat and Light, reviewed by Whispering Gums. This is one of the Stella shortlisted books that I’ve been savouring slowly over the past few weeks. It was lovely to spot another satisfied reader.
*I have absolutely no idea how I’m going to fit this in, but I’m so very, very tempted to reread Gone With the Wind along with Corinne @The Pursuit of Happiness & her very easy, relaxed readalong starting May 1.
One of the many advantages of living in Australia is being one of the first countries to experience the new day, the new month & the new year before the rest of the majority of the world.
This helps me a lot in the blogging world. I often miss the lead up to many readathon’s, readalongs and other special blogging events & so I often feel like I’m jumping on board late. But thanks to the time difference it turns out I’m just in time.
This week I’m just in time for Bloggiesta!
With the week ahead of me anything more than a basic commitment is beyond me but I do have things I want to do to improve my blogging life & this seems like as good as time to say ‘yes, I’m in’.
But for those interested in getting more involved please click on the link above for the week’s highlights including twitter chats, mini-challenges and to see what other bloggers are doing to improve/update/refresh their blogs.
*I will explore & master the new goggle+ reader (does anyone know how to make the posts appear in chronological order?)
*I will check my wordpress notifications for new comments & replies (I just found out how I can do this on my phone – do’h! Late to the party in oh so many ways!)
*I will use twitter to find reviews & posts of interest (is there an easy filtering app or system to do this?)
How do other bloggers keep track of & find new reviews?
Until next Monday,
And Happy Blogging!