Happy weekend, everyone. I'm tucked up in bed, feeling better than yesterday but not quite fighting fit just yet. But fit enough to give you a link, a blog post, and a book. In fact, as a special treat, let's have two each of all of 'em... and a question for you too.
Does anyone have any tips for finding out when people link to your blog? I use Google Alerts, which used to be quite good, but now don't seem to turn up many results - often I find blog posts have linked to me, and I've been unaware of it. Occasionally I check Technorati, which catches some of them, but I'd like an alerts service that actually does the job....?
1.) The blogs - two whole new-to-me blogs this week, rather than just blog posts! Firstly, Helen at A Gallimaufry - she's been going for a while, but somehow I've only just spotted her blog. It has a lovely scrap-booky feel, with beautiful archive photos surrounding her insightful reviews. How could I not love a blog which has featured reviews of The Love Child and The Skin Chairs? Go and have a gander.
And secondly, my friend Barbara - my e-friend, that is, whom I've known online for seven years - has finally succumbed and set up this rather beautiful photo-orientated blog, Mi Lady's Boudoir. Travels and photos and books and delectable things like that.
2.) The books - are both review copies, and rather from the sublime to the ridiculous. The sublime, from Frances Lincoln publishers, is Enthusiasms by Mark Girouard. It's a collection of the unusual minutiae of literary exploration, from a neglected clue to Jane Austen's first love affair to the location of Waugh's Brideshead, stopping off at SiaB favourites like Oscar Wilde and Vita Sackville-West. This one's going to be fun.
But perhaps not as much fun, and certainly not as much guilty pleasure, as the book Michael O'Mara Books sent me - Brendan Sheerin: My Life. For those not in the know, Brendan is the (international) tour guide on one of my favourite TV programmes - Coach Trip. It's the world's most budget reality TV programme, utter rubbish but completely compelling. Friends come around and we watch seven episodes at a time. This book will doubtless prove as guiltily entertaining.
3.) The links - are both of a bookish nature, quelle surprise. Lyndsay pointed me in the direction of this - Esquire have named 75 Books Every Man Should Read. Oddly all but one of them are by men. Methinks they got confused about Carson McCullers... Naturally I think this is probably all quite silly, from the idea that men should read different books from women to the idea that men should only read books by men (and Carson McCullers). But I loves me a list, and couldn't resist it.
Speaking of lists... Laura of Guardian Books sent me a link to their Power 100. Also clearer list etc. here. It's the hundred most powerful people in books, including booksellers, authors, publishers, agents... and nary a blogger in sight, which isn't really entirely surprising.
So, twice as many goodies as usual there. I'm off to bed with a book...