This week’s Booking Through Thursday:
Outside of books, what’s your favorite thing to read? Newspapers? Magazines? Blogs? Fanfiction? Specific websites?
I will read anything that is nearby if I’m bored. I know several Underground advertisements off by heart because I’ve been stuck on the train with nothing to read.
I used to read the Times quite a lot growing up and am going to go back to doing that – still probably my favourite UK newspaper.
Magazines… apart from Economia, the publication of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, which I get and read because of work, I tend not to read many magazines… Glamour is an occasional guilty pleasure.
Blogs – stacks of book blogs, most of which you should be able to see in the blogroll (sidebar). Go read some!
So, I’d like to revive this here blog. To that end, I’m reading on the tube again in the mornings. Or writing reviews on my new iPad mini, which I bought myself as a present for being promoted at the start of October.
I also promised myself I wouldn’t indicate a restart to the blog until I had at least a week’s worth of reviews stored up. So, in the coming week, there will be:
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon.
Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
Yay for blogging again!
So I’ve been back in London from my Bedfordshire and Denver/New York adventures for a little while now, and I have next week off so plenty of time to do some blogging.
Every time we sign an audit, I feel like I’m going to have more time to blog, which I love doing, but actually that doesn’t really ever seem to be the case. Several times this year I’ve thought I was going to get the blog up and running again and often get two weeks’ worth of posts out of a weekend hard at work on reviewing, but then it peters out again. I don’t think I’m ready to leave blogging just yet, but life is in flux at the moment with trying to buy a house and having been promoted, and somehow blogging always goes to the bottom of the pile.
Had a lovely weekend with Mini-Me down from boarding school this weekend, we hit the shops and went to Wagamama’s and sorted out my car’s flat battery (with serious help from The German – thanks!!!!).
Read Rainbow Rowell’s The Attachments last week. Loved it.
Have a bunch of audio-books out from the library including Louis de Bernieres’ Birds Without Wings. I will find something of his that I like.
Around the internet this week:
Alex is back from maternity leave on her blog, looking forward to seeing more of her thoughts on reading (as we have quite similar tastes)
Here is a Tube map, in German. Because everyone needs one.
USA, this shutdown is crazy. Sort it out.
I write this in the departure lounge at Newark, looking out over the airfield at all the bright-tailed jets. A nice man brought me the Sunday Times, and I’ve got a steady stream of Oreos and Canada Dry going from the buffet. It’s all good.
I have had Quite A Week. First Denver, with its epic rain, calamitous floods on the news, and corporate hotel in the middle of nowhere – but really friendly people, and lots of space. Then over to New York, pretty much the opposite of Denver. It was hot and sunny and crowded and busy and there was lots to see: in 2 evenings and a day of sightseeing, I:
- saw Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie - it was great
- saw the New York Public Library and had dinner in Bryant Park
- took an evening cruise around the southern half of Manhattan with lots of photo opportunities with the Statue of Liberty, information about Ellis Island and the various districts we passed – highly recommended
- walked the length of Central Park (it’s long), stopped to watch a German parade (it was Steuben Day, unbeknownst to me)
- visited the 9/11 memorial
- went to Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral
- ate proper New York Mac ‘n cheese
- wandered around Brooklyn and Williamsburg
most of it with a friend from cricket. It was ace.
Photos to follow!
Just a quick note as am still living the life fantastic in New York for another few days; I went to see Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie last night on Broadway (after being unable to get tickets to Lion King, it was what was on next door) and it was just brilliant.
Complete with semi-famous actors (you know Cherry Jones from Erin Brockovitch and Zachary Quinto from the new Star Trek films). I’m happy to report that Spock was nowhere to be seen.
On to a twilight cruise around the lower half of Manhattan island tonight and off to the World Trade Centre memorial tomorrow morning.