Not my gif, as always ^^
- As always, I read a ton of books this month including Janet Fitch’s White Oleander and Alexandre Dumas’ La Dame aux Camelias. You can find the reviews for these books in the book review tag.
- I continue to review ARCs of novels that came out recently, including Edward Rutherfurd’s Paris (review) and Jennifer Close’s The Smart One (review). You can read all of the reviews of the ARCs I’ve read in this tag.
- Since I’m following a number of literary prizes this year, I decided to compile them all into one post. Well, the ones I’m following anyways =P
- Okay, I wasn’t planning on joining a reading challenge this year but I just had to sign up for the Books on France Reading Challenge. I seem to be reading a lot of books set in France or written by a French author and this reading challenge is a lot of fun. You could see what books I’ve decided to read for this challenge in this post
- I’ve also started posting about comic books! You can see what I’ve posted up so far by checking out my Comics category. Yay!
- No new movie reviews this month but I did start watching Orphan Black, the awesome and thrilling new science fiction show from BBC (and filmed here in Toronto! Canada representing =)). If you haven’t been watching this show…well, why aren’t you watching this show?! It’s crazy awesome. Anyways, I posted up my thoughts from the first three episodes over here
- Finally, two of my articles were recently published in this month’s issues of The Catholic Register. Click on the links to find out more about them:
And of course, the following are interesting links that I’ve come across over the past month:
I cannot believe it’s the end of another month, eh? Well, the end of the months brings another edition of random links–from me! =P
(Not my gif and sure, it’s random, but the Dowager Countess always has the best expressions =))
- “Hungarian Prime Minister Unfriends IMF on Facebook” — I had a kick out of this.
- The Eurozone Solar System of Inflation — An interesting presentation about the euro zone and inflation
- Philip Hensher: Why handwriting matters — I thought this was very interesting. It’s sad that the art of handwriting is slowly diminishing, I love handwriting!
- Scenes of an abandoned asylum shot in black and white, complete with creepy mural — You know, to get in the Hallowe’en mood of things =P
- 30 of your Britishisms used by Americans — This amuses me. Not to mention I learn a bit more about British lingo (as I don’t use a number as it is) ^_~
- Neil Gaiman’s Advice to Authors — Need I say more? =)
- Books bloggers are harming literature, warns Booker prize head judge — I posted about this last time but this is starting to get a wee bit ridiculous. Like, I understand where they’re coming from with upholding the art of professional and serious criticism but on the other hand they (him and that other eminent editor) sound like complete killjoys. I have to agree with Simon Savidge’s comments towards the end of that piece that book bloggers come together and blog because they love books and love reading. I know I review books not only because I want to talk about them but because they serve as my own notes to them lol (okay, so there’s a personal slant to that) *shrugs* Each to their own, I suppose.
- Foz Meadows: Book Bloggers vs. Literary Critics: A Response — A response from the Huffington Post
- Hack the Cover by Craig Mod — I saved this link a long while ago, thought it was interesting about book covers
- Mad Dash: How to Use the Dash — I love this post because if you may have noticed from my writing, I use the dash quite a bit =P
- Star Trek captains boldly go to London convention — You have no idea how the Trekkie in me flailed when I read this. I wish I had been at that convention!
- Canadian politics: A symbolic conquest — It’s a fact of history that those in charge dictate what is and is not presented as national symbols and what is celebrated and whatnot but it’s becoming a little excessive (err, leaving out the name of the prime minister from the building name? Wut?)
- In pictures: French pilgrim town of Lourdes under water — This was pretty crazy to flip through because I was there two years ago and I can’t imagine the water going that high and mud all over the place in front of the grotto…
- Licia Ronzulli (photos) — I thought this was so cool…and so very cute! Wouldn’t it be awesome if her child becomes a European MP like her?
- Penguin and Random House merger to create biggest book publisher ever seen — When I heard the rumours circulating last week, I thought it was pretty surreal. Penguin and Random House are such big, prominent companies in the book industry, why would they need to merge? Now that it’s confirmed, I still don’t know what to think about it. Penguin is such a distinct company, I’m a little sad that they are merging…anyways, what do you think about it?
- Canada’s Orange Prize: Why we created an award just for female writers — Another literary prize to look out for, lol. But that’s great that they came up with one for Canadian female writers.
- Some Notes on the Novella — I haven’t read this yet but Ian McEwan (Atonement, Amsterdam) wrote it so I’m immediately intrigued by it =P
And those are my links for this month! Enjoy =)
I started doing this a few weeks ago where I’d [ost up a list of links to news articles, blog entries and other sites and pages of interest that I’ve stumbled across while online that people might also find interesting. To simplify things, I will do this post around the end of every month just to keep things organised (this month is, of course, an exception). In the process, I can also clean out my bookmarks folder since it’ll always be on my blog =)
- In Munich, trachten turns trendy — I just saw this post today but since it’s Oktoberfest right now in Bavaria, this was pretty fun to read. Sadly, I wish there were more photos.
- One Last Sneak Peek at Amy and Rory’s Big Doctor Who Farewell! — Spoilers galore for all your sci-fi and fantasy shows! Ugh, tomorrow’s the last episode of Doctor Who for this half of the series–can’t believe it’s over (until Christmas), what am I going to do in the meantime?! =/
- BBC Books to release the Melody Malone book — Doctor Who related, I want to read this =P
- Comic Who — This is cute. And hilarious. And all things Doctor Who =) This is a particular favourite of mine…
- Why Time Travel Stories Should Be Messy — Speaking of Doctor Who, this was a great article! It also made me feel better about that story I wrote for last year’s NaNoWriMo; time travel plays a major role in the story and I was never quite sure if I utilised it right. But is there really a ‘right way’ when it comes to the concept of time travel?
- The Best Space-Travel Science Fiction Novels — Speaking of sci-fi, this is a great list if you’re looking to check out sci-fi novels
- Execise Finder — A friend posted up this link, it’s pretty nifty where depending on which part of the body you want to work on, it can tell you loads of different exercises to try =)
- Five of the Best Sweet Treats to Try in Paris — I need to go back to France…adesso! Errr, I mean, maintenant! (?)
- The bionic book worm — This has been pretty viral this past week amongst book bloggers and the book community; a literary critic recently remarked that basically book bloggers will essentially destroy literature as we know it. If I had more time on my hands this would be a blog entry of its own but as such I will put this link here and you can make your own conclusions about it
And it looks like that’s it from my bookmarks folder for this month! Hope you find one/some of these of interest ^_~
I’m doing a bit of multitasking at the moment–editing, writing and cleaning out my Bookmarks section (which is very messy and disorganised)–so I’ve decided to post a collection of links to news articles and other related links of interest that caught my attention. It’s an eclectic mix of news, culture, history and pop culture all rolled in one =P
- Queen Victoria’s Complete Diaries Released Online — I thought this was cool. I’ve read some of her letters of correspondence before (as part of a research paper…on English/Russian relations during the 19th century, I think, haha) but it’s amazing how much we have of her writings. I think it’s fantastic that you can access it online. Here’s the website itself if you’re interested.
- Can we save the world’s dying languages? — I thought this was interesting given my passing interest in language and cultures.
- 15 Underrated Actors from the British Isles — A blog entry that cropped up on ONTD, it’s one of those few lists that I wholeheartedly agree with. There’s maybe one or two actors I haven’t seen in anything but otherwise they’re all brilliant.
- The Shocking Original Logos of 10 Major Companies — I thought this was really cool, the title speaks for itself.
- The squeeze is on for the world’s narrowest street — Another interesting article. Looking at that photo, is it even a street?
- New Theory: A “Hit and Run” Accident Created Our Moon — An interesting theory (complete with images!)
- Everything Peter Jackson added to The Hobbit — with PROOF! — In case you’re wondering what having 3 Hobbit movies would entail ^^
- 10 Futuristic Technologies That Will Never Exist — As you may notice, I’ve been reading a lot more from io9.com these days, some of their articles are really interesting. As the name suggests, some techs that they think will never come around.
- London 2012: 12 more British quirks in 212 words for 2012 visitors — I enjoyed reading this article. I genuinely cackled at the “Saying sorry” entry because Canadians do it too (I guess this is where we got it from?)
- Shelf-Pod: An Entire Japanese Home Lined with a Maze of Bookshelves — My future house, lol. Seriously, I’m always talking about how I need more bookshelf space for all of my books so why not design my house like one?
- Art Meets Literature in the Sterling Signature Shakespeare Series — I’ve been following her site (and her other site The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower–you should check it out, it’s great!) for some time now. She featured the Sterling publications of some of the Shakespeare books some time ago and they’re absolutely beautiful, I can’t wait until the Hamlet one comes out in November.
- Wolf Hall is to be a BBC drama — I need to re-read the book, it didn’t catch my attention so much the first time around. A second read my change that.
And that’s my collection of odds and ends links for now! I might do this every now and then when time permits (and should my bookmarks start ballooning again). Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend =)
My shot inside the Shakespeare & Company bookstore in Paris, France (August 2010)
I’m in the midst of writing my political science paper on the Basques in Spain but I’m also multi-tasking with skimming through the Guardian. The Guardian is doing a series at the moment, focusing on one European country each week. One of spheres they covered are books and so far they’ve covered the following places:
These podcasts are fantastic to listen to because you learn a lot about the literary and bestselling trends in these countries. I’m still listening to the Germany podcast but they’ve also discussed German identity and culture, which is totally up my alley xD Their trends are actually pretty close to North America (vampires are big, international bestsellers are also big but then you have massive tomes on history and the current state of Germany and a lot of health-related books), which is interesting. The podcast on French literature was also fantastic because their literary culture is so different; in a sense, the sort of culture of Voltaire and Rousseau has continued to the present day with the French public’s love of essays. Prices and sales of books are also quite different from the UK or North America (they have a fixed rate) and just the volume and types of books that people read are also very different. So if you’re into European literature and book trends, these podcasts are worth checking out.
This week the Guardian is focusing on Spain, which is exciting because a) I’m writing a paper on them at the moment, b) Spain fascinates me in general and c) I love Spanish literature and poetry (Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Federico Garcia Lorca, etc.) <3