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Ten books that stand out in my reading life

A couple of months ago Emma at A Wordless Blogger tagged me for the Ten Influential Books Tag.  I’ve recently decided not to do awards anymore, partly because I keep getting nominated for the same award over and over, partly because I am out of eleven facts to share about myself, partly because I never know who to nominate, but mostly because I forget about the things until I one day start clearing out no longer relevant bookmarks in my browser and discover there are a bunch of old award nominations I just never got around to. 1,168 more words


Books are treasure chests

Of course, some books are treasures in and of themselves.  Rare first editions, illuminated 8th century manuscripts, limited edition collected works, and the like can fetch thousands, in some cases even millions of dollars at auctions and on the black market. 747 more words


Barbara Walters on 'How to talk to practically anybody about anything'

I was going to write a review about this lovely little gem of a book, but Maria Popova beat me to it! Read her outstanding review, here.


Summer "Issues": Dissertation!

Apologies for the massive delay in MA updates. Last time I checked in, we’d finished courses and were writing essays and an exam. That all went pretty smoothly for me (though  nothing’s been marked yet so who really knows?) — the take-home exam was actually kind of enjoyable, as I’d prepared my texts in advance and just had to write close readings without worrying about bringing in secondary sources (some people did use criticism but it was optional so I chose not to for such short essays). 371 more words


Mortuary to be named after Val McDermid

The CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger award winner Val McDermid will have a mortuary named after her at the University of Dundee.

Members of the public contributed donations to the university’s “Million for a Morgue” campaign, and voted for which writer the morgue should be named after. 287 more words


David Mitchell publishes story on Twitter

David Mitchell is promoting his upcoming novel The Bone Clocks, which will be released on 2 September, by publishing a short story The Right Sort… 109 more words


The Faults in Our Stars: Book V Movie

I like to state how i end up doing certain things because i feel like i need to prove to the world that i did it through my own research instead of just following the crowd. 1,718 more words