So, I’ve caught a cold.
Just a regular, end-of-winter cold, but for the first day or two one now lives on tenterhooks, waiting to see if it might be something worse.
What I’m Reading:
- A Study in Scarlet | Arthur Conan Doyle – my latest CC Spin book
- Fracture | Andre Neuman – I don’t know why I’m reading this one so slowly. I’m enjoying it every time I pick it up, yet I’m not prioritising it. I seem to be doing this a lot this year.
- The Golden Maze | Richard Fidler – a personal history of Prague – so far so good.
- A Distant Mirror | Barbara Tuckman – I have no idea why I started another non-fiction book when I have several partly read ones lying all around the house and especially one that is soooo long!
- The non-fiction lying around the house:
- Salt Fat Acid Heat | Samin Nostrat (my kitchen read)
- The Fire This Time | edited Jesmyn Ward (my walking read)
- The Cloud Spotter’s Guide | Gavin Pretor-Pinney (my work backpack read)
- White Fragility | Robin DiAngelo (by my bed)
- War and Peace | Leo Tolstoy – one chapter at a time.
Read But Not Reviewed:
- The Dictionary of Lost Words | Pip Williams – my next book club book.
New to the Pile:
- A Start in Life | Anita Brookner
- Passing | Nella Larsen (a cute Macmillan Collector’s Library edition)
- Lark Rise to Candleford | Flora Thompson (another cute Macmillan Collector’s Library edition)
- Crossed Lines | Marie Darriessecq (translated by Penny Hueston)
- Our Shadows | Gail Jones
- The Offing | Benjamin Myers
- The Bastard of Istanbul | Elif Shafak
- Amrita | Banana Yoshimoto (translated by Russell F. Wasden)
- Lavinia | Ursula Le Guin
On My Radar:
Smart Phone Spring Clean:
- Last Tuesday I was bemoaning the fact that I spend too much time on my phone and that for the month of Sept I was going to reduce my daily average. Last week my daily average was 4 hrs & 3 mins.
- This week’s my daily average was 4 hrs & 31 mins!
- Okay, so reducing my screen time begins next week!!
Blogging Spring Clean:
- I use Feedly to keep track of my favourite blogs. But over the years it has become an unwieldy beast. Too many blogs and not enough time to read them all, let alone the ones I really want to read.
- A few years ago I thought I had sorted this issue by creating a daily favourites folder for those I really wanted to keep up with.
- Trouble is, the overwhelming numbers next to the other folders distracted me each time I logged in. I felt the need to tidy them up before attending to my favourites!
- On the weekend, I attacked these folders and deleted many, many blogs. If there was no post in the past month that had attracted my attention enough to read it through, then that blog was removed.
- I also discovered how to make each new post notification open in the appropriate blog, rather than into the Feedly feed. Leaving comments should become an easier process now.
- I feel lighter and I now hope that I will find more time to visit the blogs I really want to visit.
- A question for iphone Twitter users – why is it all but impossible to leave comments on blogs that have been opened by their Twitter link?
- Jonathan @Me Fail? I Fly has written a fabulous post about Grace Karskens’ The Colony….this book has been lurking on my TBR for quite some time. I’m also keen to tackle her new book, People of the River.
- My new boss is very keen to get our author event program up and running, despite the Covid restrictions. Which means we’ve embraced online video chats in a way we would never have anticipated 6 months ago. Check out the first 4 events here with Stuart Coupe, Richard Fidler, John Baker and Malcolm Knox.
- Upcoming events can be found here on our blog. Next is Aminata Conteh-Biger discussing her book Rising Heart followed by Marian Wilkinson on The Carbon Club.