Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Reading Notes

When it comes to parts of a book that are inconsequential to the progress of the story, I am a firm believer in skimming. Right now I am in the middle of Charlotte Bronte's Villette which I am enjoying immensely, but by golly does this author like to go off on tangents. They're tricky to spot, too, because they are usually hidden within a scene where our school teacher protagonist, Lucy, is at a museum or watching a play or even IN a play. And since she is our narrator we get detailed descriptions of not only what is going on in her life (this is perfectly good. I like Bronte's writing) but also what is going on in a painting she is gazing upon or a play she is watching or otherwise involved with (like sand in one's bathing suit, this is not so good.) Do you see how this could be a tad confusing? The reader is just getting to know all the relevant characters in the story of THIS book when all of a sudden we are introduced to an entire cast and crew of a stage production with all its pertinent story arcs and plot lines as well. I can't even tell you how long it took me to realize what was going on. Pages and pages went by before I stopped and went back to wherever it was I had *apparently* taken a wrong turn. Nothing was making sense anymore. None of these new people or scenes had anything to do with the previous hundred pages. Huh. It was no wrong turn, it was a stealthy tangent made to appear as part of the story I thought I was reading. I am half way through the book now and have noticed several of these stop-action-describe-at-length-another-story episodes and am fully prepared to skim any more that come my way. Please, authors, be brief when telling us about these diversions in your characters' lives. Your readers will thank you.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Bookshelf Notes

Heh. Pretty cool, Id' say. Can also be used for sorting anything. Read the full article here.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What it takes to open a new book store.
One can dream . . .

A staircase (out of stone, no less!) is a great place to shelve some of those lovely old books you thought you didn't have room for. I still see some space there yet.
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Bookshelf Notes

Looking for ways to fill out the gaps in your bookshelf? (haha as if) Anywhoo, Lifehacker has some tips here.

Although I'm not really sure what that means, gaps in a bookshelf. Surely that would be a temporary situation, no?

Monday, November 28, 2016

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again."
~Lewis Carrol, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Sunday, November 27, 2016

October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.
~J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Starting a novel is opening a door on a misty landscape; you can still see very little but you can smell the earth and feel the wind blowing.
~Iris Murdoch, Under the Net

Reading Notes

Is it not lovely to have books with which one is completely enthralled? I have two on the go right now, one ebook on my phone and one physical book. I love them. The ebook, Villette, I read at 2am when I am wide awake with insomnia, all curled up under the covers traveling to a French country girl's school in 1853. Bliss. And the paper book, The Illegal, I read...whenever I have a chance during daylight hours, which isn't often, but hey. A little bit of rainy weekend or evening reading before bed works too. I've only just started this one and I can already tell it's going to be intense but hopeful.