Quick stroll through the book blogosphere


Good day! Just a quickie today, I think, before I settle in to watch the men’s final at Wimbledon. (Go Federer! Sorry to my American friends, but my ancestors were Swiss. And he’s just so cute! But I digress…) Let’s have a swift peek at what some of my bookish friends have been up to lately.

I’m having a nice chat with Kiirsten at A Book a Week, on the merits of Terry Pratchett and of his book, The Wee Free Men in particular. She loves it, and I didn’t like it at all when I read it. But since it was so long ago that I can’t remember why, I’m thinking I may have to reread it to see if my dislike remains.

Meanwhile, I share Nicola’s opinion of a certain romance novel cover, wherein we discover (and wish the publishers would too) that a fully-clothed man can be sexy indeed! (Have a peek over at Alpha Heroes. Oooh, and I just saw that the author of the book herself posted about the cover as well. Dontcha love when authors show up to respond to posts about their books? *waves at Seth Harwood*)

Over at Book Bird Dog, Harvee continues his reviews of books that (when I check over there, anyway) always seem to involve exotic locations. I get so I’m as eager to see what the latest locations are as I am to read the reviews themselves. This week, as well as reviewing Songs of Blue and Gold by Deborah Lawrenson, he had an interview with Ms. Lawrensen herself. Way cool.

Joanne at The Book Zombie reviews Rosemary and Rue: An October Daye Novel, and I want! this! book! The names of the two cats (Cagney & Lacey) would make me want it just on their own, but Joanne’s description makes me very excited.

Melanie at The Indextrious Reader is always doing such interesting reading, and involved in such cool projects. One of my recent interests is Canadian history (yes, we do have it and yes, it is fun and interesting), so I was excited by her review of Gatekeepers by Franca Iacovetta, which describes the middle-class institutions that “Canadianized” European immigrants during the Cold War.

Melanie also inspired me to join the Canadian Book Challenge, where you read and review 13 books about Canadians from July 1st to June 30th. By coincidence, my review of the Trudeau book was posted on July 1st, so I’ve got one finished already. 🙂

At Minds Alive on the Shelves, Lisa posted a link to the winners of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for 2009. That’s the contest where people submit the worst possible opening line for an imaginary novel. As you can imagine, some of them are absolute doozies.

At Puss Reboots, Sarah has begun to read In Search of Lost Time, Volume 1: Swann’s Way, by Marcel Proust. Ambitious much, Sarah?? I’m actually tempted to read along, since it’s been years since I’ve read it. (I loved the challenge of seeing if one of Proust’s sentences would really go an entire page, ha!) Sarah also posted a YouTube video of the Monty Python “Summarizing Proust” sketch. Which set me off on a wee Python video binge for a bit.

Stacy at Stacy’s Bookblog is busy with a lot of things but I took particular note of the fact that she’s joined her 4th reading challenge of the year: to read six Austen books because she hasn’t read any Austen at all yet! Wow. Can’t wait to see what she thinks!

So that’s what everyone’s been up to in the past week. I know I’ve been delinquent with my Sunday browse, but to say I’ve been busy is a major understatement. But I was determined to do something this week.

Now! on to Wimbledon!


    1. kiirstin says:

      I love these blog strolls. I’ve now picked up two new books for the TBR list, and a couple of blogs I’ve never followed are now piped into my reader. It’s great. Thanks for taking the time to do this every week!

      • Phyl says:

        Why, you’re welcome! I wasn’t sure if anyone was reading them. 🙂

        I’ve made a TBR page on this blog too, where I’m starting to keep track of books that really appeal to me when I do this on Sundays. I can tell my list of books I want to read is going to get very long, heehee!

    2. stacybuckeye says:

      I’m watching Wimbledon (well a commercial). Andy all the way!
      Thanks for the reminder that I should really be reading Austen right now 🙂

      • Phyl says:

        I hope you don’t feel too bad that Roddick lost. I was cheering for Federer, but Roddick is a very nice guy, and I felt so bad for him at the end. I actually did think he was going to win, and I was depressed all through the last set, until suddenly…!

    3. Michael says:

      You’ve been tagged for an award over at my blog here. Cheers!

    4. Peter says:

      Hello, Phyl! Thanks for all the wonderful links in this post. And thanks for visiting my blog too!

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