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Bookish Ramblings #2

I’m using these ramblings as an excuse to post incoherent thoughts. 🙂

  • Not exactly bookish per se but my desktop is giving me headaches. It had a graphics card problem almost half a year ago, got it fixed, and just last night, I saw my monitor go black and now it won’t show anything anymore. Yelling at it doesn’t seem to help nor does threatening it.
  • Started reading Jasper Fforde’s Shades of Grey but I’m having trouble getting into it. I’m only half way through the second chapter and it’s a struggle. Very disappointed but I’m going to try and persevere or perhaps give it up and try again later.
  • I have American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis lined up. It was surprisingly difficult to get a hold of a copy from the library because there is still a queue for it.
  • I should admit that non-fiction and I always do quite poorly together. Poor Herge’s biography have been languishing on the book stack as fascinated as I am with it.
  • Hooray for Book Depository resuming their postage after orders got held up by Iceland’s volcanic eruptions. And there I was thinking that the closing of air spaces won’t affect me.
  • I have to admit that I’m finding myself borrowing library books that I continue to see languishing on the shelves. I feel sorry for them so I take them home. Ah, bibliomania at its worst.
  • The biggest news of all is that next weekend I’m finally going to Book Town in Clunes, Victoria! I’m so excited! I’ve been meaning to go for the last two years but things always seemed to happen during that specific weekend. It’s blatantly inspired by Hay-on-Wye but I’m not complaining. I’ve been saving my money and have given permission for myself to splurge out while I’m there. Clunes seems like a lovely little town too. Perhaps if I pester enough, somebody will give me a job and I can stay up there! 🙂

Picture: Starry Sky Attempt by Wenzel Hablik [1909]. I love this painting and have been itching to include it in a post. Currently, Penguin uses it on the cover of The Birth of Tragedy by Nietzsche. Simply inspiring.

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Bookish Ramblings

Some bookish things that’s been happening lately:

  • The tall stack of TBRs piled on the bedside table and which was teetering dangerously finally tumbled onto me when I accidentally whacked it during my sleep. Luckily, there were no hardbacks but there was Anna Karenina. I’m thankful it wasn’t War and Peace.
  • I’m wondering if it’s possible to get a ‘reading elbow’ which is something similar to a tennis elbow. I’ve noticed that I tend to use my left arm to hold up the book when I’m reading so it’s usually bent at the same angle for a long period. It’s been starting to ache lately. Anybody else experience this?
  • I’m shopping for a new bookshelf. I’d rather one with glass doors because the dust drives me crazy. The Billy range from Ikea looks good and their glass door bookshelf is the cheapest on the market so far. Their delivery rate isn’t though since I’m not sure I’ll be able to get some help getting it home. Officeworks still have the bookshelf I’ve been using for the past seven years in stock and I’ve been more than happy with their quality and delivery fees. Added bonus is that I’ll have matching shelves but downside is no glass doors.
  • I got my first Bloomsbury Group book – The Brontes Went to Woolworths. I’ve heard the raves from other bloggers about these titles so I got myself a copy to start with.
  • I think I’ve had enough of crime/suspense fiction for the moment. I found a copy of Agatha Raisin in my library so I’ll be cracking into that. Savidge Reads has mentioned it a few times and, I have to say, the series looks really enchanting and cute.
  • For those in Oz, ABC1 is showing BBCs production of Tess of the D’Ubervilles (2008) tomorrow at 8:30pm. I’m pretty excited since I only saw the preview tonight. The one starring Justine Waddell awhile back wasn’t that bad either.