Chitchat / Currently Reading (May 12)

Chitchat (29)

Hello! Happy Mothers Day to all the moms reading this: including my own! Hi, mom!!

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I’ve been busy this past week thinking of ways to fancy up my blog before BEA rolls around, and so far all I’ve come up with is a) tidy up the layout and b) splurge on the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin (affiliate link). It’s actually on sale right now for less than $20– not a bad price for something SO. COOL. (Update: it’s now back at full price for $35. Still not a terrible price.)

I think most of the features are things that, er, are only interesting to myself? Like, I don’t know how many people are going to peruse all my super fancy review indexes once I’ve got them all sorted out. But I’ll look at them, and since they’re automatically updated all the work I have to do is pretty minimal (except for updating every single review I’ve posted in the last 4.5 years. Ugh.). Plus it makes formatting my reviews SUPER easy, since I don’t have to copy-paste a million links!

I’m still exploring everything that comes with the plugin, so I won’t do a proper review for now. BUT if you’ve been wanting to buy the UBB plugin but weren’t sure about the price, now might be a good time to get it.

Currently Reading (22)

I’ve kinda been in a reading slump? Like, I’ve been reading books. And I’ve been enjoying them! But for some reason I still feel like I’m in a slump. Maybe because I’ve DNF’d most of the books I’ve started over the last week– including Terry Pratchett’s Dodger, which I was so hoping would suck me out of my reading funk. Secret Life of Houdini

Right now, though, I’ve started reading The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero by William Kalush and Larry Sloman, which I THINK is saying that Houdini was a spy as well as an amazing magician. It’s a little weird, but the authors say they’ve done all their research and can back everything up with facts, soooooo.

Handcuff King. Escape Artist. International Superstar. Since his death eighty years ago, Harry Houdini’s life has been chronicled in books, in film, and on television. Now, in this groundbreaking biography, renowned magic expert William Kalush and bestselling writer Larry Sloman team up to find the man behind the myth. Drawing from millions of pages of research, they describe in vivid detail the passions that drove Houdini to perform ever-more-dangerous feats, his secret life as a spy, and a pernicious plot to subvert his legacy.
The Secret Life of Houdini traces the arc of the master magician’s life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame — his legacy later threatened by a group of fanatical Spiritualists led by esteemed British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Initiating the reader along the way into the arcane world of professional magic, Kalush and Sloman decode a life based on deception, providing an intimate and riveting portrayal of Houdini, the man and the legend. (From Amazon)

What are you reading this weekend?

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