Saturday 27 February 2010

Stuck-in-a-Book's Weekend Miscellany

1.) The books - I'm cheating, as there are four this weekend... and they're all short (539 pages between the four of them!), and they're all in translation. That wasn't deliberate, but somehow it happened - and so I thought I'd collect them altogether. Two from the library (The Blue Fox by Sjon, from the Icelandic; Identity by Milan Kundera, from the French) and two review copies (Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord and Beside the Sea by Veronique Olmi, both from the French). Look out for them on Stuck-in-a-Book over the following weeks, they look like they'll cover quite a range of styles and moods, but all sounds interesting... Since there are four, I don't think I have space to offer summaries or blurbs now, so we'll wait til I've read them...

2.) The blog post - is the very innovative Cate at Bookshelf Project with her Book Oscars 2010. You only have three days left to vote, so click on that link and choose amongst the nominations in categories including Best Cover Design, Best Fiction Novel, Best Book-to-Film Adaptation... and maybe more. She also made this rather fab banner:

3.) The link - I'm cheating again, because it's not really a link. I'm just copying and pasting from a recent email... it's a hard life, being a blogger. Said email was from a man named Peter, who runs Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations. Apparently he's looking to expand his offerings of book club books. Take a look at what he has and if you have some ideas as to a list you could contribute, get in touch with him at


  1. Thanks for the link to the Book Oscars. I am woefully behind and haven't read any of them (except the Time Traveller's Wife, which should NOT win for best film adaptation), but the concept is fun!

  2. I read and reviewed The Blue Fox last year and thought it was an original and thought-provoking read; it was also one of the only Icelandic books I've read so far. Hector and the Search for Happiness features in my post today too; I'm looking forward to reading it as it looks quirky.

    Cate's Book Oscars are fab and I was delighted to be asked to nominate the category of Best Fiction Novel. I adore the banner.

  3. Thanks for the link to the Book Oscars I went and had a vote, what an original idea, liked it a lot and hadnt heard of it until now.

  4. Hello! Thank you so much for your lovely shout out! What a lovely surprise to find as I came to say howdy. I have just got an email with the last nominees so I'll pop them up now.

    Love the blog and look forward to following yours.

    ps. i'm Cate! xx

  5. Thanks for stopping by, I've edited accordingly! Sadly I've not read any of the books for the male/female character categories...

  6. Read "The Consolations of Philosophy" by Alain de Botton...You will like it...


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