Saturday, 12 June 2010

Stuck-in-a-Book's Weekend Miscellany

By the time this comes up on Blogger... well, hopefully I'll be tucked up in bed, but chances are I'll be on the way back from a birthday dinner in London. That's right, the Big City three times within a week - I'm quite literally hip and happening. But not too hip for a book, a blog post, and a link...

Before I do that - please note that you can now search my reviews by decade of first publication! It took ages, so I hope *someone* uses it...(!) Have a look in the left hand column, and there's a drop-down menu for it... also for publisher, but there I've only included a select few of favourites whose names are synonymous with certain types of book - i.e. not the big publishers, who are also wonderful but publish many different sorts of thing...

1.) The book - arrived through the letter box this morning, to my happy surprise. It's a new OUP edition of Cousin Phillis and other stories by Elizabeth Gaskell, which is rather lovely - thanks OUP! I reviewed Cousin Phyllis (sans other stories) back here, during I Love Hesperus Week - and I assume the 'y' instead of an 'i' doesn't denote a different book? Gaskell is a really good short story writer, as well as novelist, so I encourage you to go and explore...

2.) The link - came courtesy of my very good friend Lorna, who saw it and thought of me... Here it is. It's not book-related, but it does concern the other burning passion in my life... (and, no, I don't mean Neighbours. Or even, unfortunately, Jesus. It's cake I'm talking about.)

3.) The blog post - is from the rather lovely Rachel at Book Snob, and her rather lovely thoughts brought about by her first blog birthday. If you're not feeling warm and fuzzy after reading that, then you must be lying in a bath of ice, drinking iced tea, and wearing a penguin for a bonnet.


  1. The link (for the cake) was very nice! and you have had an enjoyable week as well.

  2. Mmm you can't go wrong with cake!

  3. I'm on a diet; the photograph of cake did not help *grumble grumble*

    LOVE the new search options especially by publisher.

    Rachel's post was indeed lovely.

    Have a great Sunday, Simon!

  4. Colin was sitting next to me as we looked at your cake picture. He thought the cake was the one you made last week. I say it is a clone of the one I made this week.
    Put us out of our misery!

  5. I've just discovered your blog and am enjoying it very much! We have the same sense of humour, I think! I'm adding you to my blogroll and will be visiting often!

  6. Oh thanks Simon! What lovely things to say! I am very flattered.

    That cake looks divine - I read that article too - I see cake, and am irresistibly drawn in!

    I love the new search options but unfortunately they're not working for me. I use Google Chrome though so I'll have an explore and see if it works in a different browser.

  7. Update - the search thing only works for me in Mozilla. Interesting...

  8. Mystica - I love that cake and books go so well together...

    Verity - you definitely can't! I meant to make one yesterday, and fell asleep instead...

    Claire - sorry!! And glad the new search options are useful - I was a little surprised, though, by how many books I've read from the 2000s, compared to other decades.

    Mum (and Col) - afraid the answer is neither, it's one I made about a year ago, I just nabbed the photo for the post! It originally appeared here:

    Penny - thanks so much, lovely to have you here!

    Rachel - you're welcome :-) And cake is just a general win, isn't it? Although two of my friends don't like cake... bizarre!
    re: the new search options - it might be something to do with pop-up settings on Google Chrome? They need to be turned off, methinks.


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