Some bits and bobs
27 October, 2011
I haven’t done a miscellaneous post for a while and just in case you thought I’d gone all seriousy and reviewy, here is a list of things to tickle your fancy:
Claire and Verity are once again organising the Persephone Secret Santa. I’m pondering whether to participate this year, as I have a stack of Persephones I still need to read, but it was a lot of fun last year and if you do want to join, make sure you contact Claire by November 6th.
Some of us book bloggers have actually met each other in real life. Do check out Lyndsey and Alex‘s posts on when Alex and Iris came to London Town and we all met up for brunch. It was a lovely day and I can only say I was impressed at how restrained they were in Waterstone’s.
In bookish news, World Book Night 2012 have announced their list of 25 titles which were chosen by book lovers to be distributed on April 23rd next year. What do you think? I for one am happy to see Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks on the list although the selection isn’t exactly global.
And last week was, of course, the announcement of the Booker Prize won by Julian Barnes for The Sense of an Ending which has had some wonderful reviews. I haven’t actually read anything by Barnes although a good friend of mine had read The History of the World in 10 1/2 chapters and Violet has also recommended Metroland. But I haven’t read the shortlist so can’t say anything about the win although there was the usual hoohah about it. What about you?
I’m currently reading Pinball 1973 by Haruki Murakami which I’m rather enjoying in preparation for the hefty 1Q84. I’m not sure why as I’m pretty sure they don’t have anything to do with each other…
I’ve also discovered the hit Italian crime drama Romanzo Criminale when I was babysitting my nephews and have become captivated by the energy and, ahem, the ‘taches. Since I don’t actually have Sky at home, I’ll be waiting for the DVD boxset to come out with English subtitles. And maybe I’ll get the book by Giancarlo de Cataldo on which the series is based.
So what have you all been up to?