This week I have read/reviewed:
Clive Cussler's Plague Ship – Another 7/10 piece of escapist fun. Cussler does write this sort of story much better than other authors I have run across (*cough* Steve Berry *cough* Andy McDermott *cough*).
Penelope Fitzgerald's The Bookshop – Read this for the Cornflower Book Group. Beautiful little (150-odd pages) novel set in 1950s East Anglia. Full of gentle humour and small-minded villagers.
Frances Fyfield's Perfectly Pure and Good – I actually read this a while ago (over New Year?) but it took a while to gather up the enthusiasm and clarity of mind to review it. Not sure I'll be trying again with Fyfield after two failures. The fact that no one picks up the copies off Bookmooch suggests I'm not alone in my opinion.
Vanessa Farquharson's Sleeping Naked is Green – a blog-to-book of a 20-something in Toronto who endeavours to make her life a little more green. Funny, food for thought and evangelically green without being preachy. 10/10.
Clive Cussler's The Navigator – see comments on Plague Ship above. Apply to different plot. (Plague Ship had better characters)
This weekend I have been:
Participating in my first Bloggiesta! Natasha at Maw Books hosts a blogging marathon every 6 months or so to encourage people to do those fiddly bits of blog maintenance. On Friday I listed my goals (absurd as they were), this is the progress I have made:
- Write any outstanding reviews done, have reviewed Plague Ship
- Make sure that my LibraryThing library and blog reviews match up – done as at Friday night
- Check my LibraryThing categorisations are accurate done as at Saturday midday
- Update LibraryThing "eliminations from the TBR pile" ticker and posts – done as at Friday night
- Create a text file (or Google Doc) of cheat sheets (html codes, post url’s, etc) done although it’s not very big
- Attach a blogroll and figure out how to import my GoogleReader feeds into it. done, remarkably easily!!
- Clean out my GoogleReader feeds (especially comments feeds subscriptions) – tips here done, although not much to clean out.
- Update my Review policy page – considering these tips – done
- Set up Google Alerts? done
- Make sure I have properly copyrighted my blog and know what to do if somebody reposts my material. not so bothered with this, but at least I have the link for advice now.
- Scout around Twitter and the other Bloggiesta participants to see what’s going on and if there are other improvements I could be making. done, resulting in extension of this list
- Sign up for the Shelf Awareness newsletter, get some advice on getting ARCs, including from respected bloggers (see below). decided not to sign up for Shelf Awareness, tried to sign up for NetGalley but to no avail. Hmmm. Will have to be patient and do this the old fashioned way.
- Go get a gravatar (whatever that is!) done!!
- Be active on Twitter during the Bloggiesta! done, I thought, reasonably well
There's a whole Sunday to go yet, but as a result of work mishaps (see software issue), I have a spot of work work to do today, so I'm not sure how much more Bloggiesta-ing I'll get done.
This coming week I am going to:
Read as much as I can because it's my last week with a commute on which I can read for a few weeks (am commuting by car after that for a month). Expect a panicked "I don't know if I like audiobooks" post in a few days!
Try not to buy any more books because I am actually running out of space in my allocated bookshelf (Mr RFBT only has half as much space so I really can't complain). I am unlikely to succeed in this endeavour.
Happy Sunday everyone!