Weekly Links & Wrap-up (Feb. 16, 2014)

Hello! Happy Sunday!

My job interview went REALLY well! I think I was the least nervous I’ve ever been in an interview. It for sure helped that it was for a book-related job. I can talk about books ’til the cows come home, no problem. And as a bonus– talking about books calms me down! Ha.

This week I’m planning to go through my books again and purge some more. I did a huge book purge on my TBR pile in December, but I didn’t do anything in my read books piles. There’s tons of ARCs that I kept but don’t plan on rereading– if I’m gonna reread a book, it’s gonna be the finished version. So I know for sure those old ARCs are gonna go. (Though not the signed ones, obviously.)

I ALSO need to get all my clothes into my new dresser and my art journal supplies into plastic storage bins. Basically this week will be all about cleaning/organizing/etc. Yay!

Are you planning on doing any book organization this week?

Books read:

  1. Busman’s Honeymoon – Dorothy L. Sayers

Sooooo, not much reading done this week! Partly because I started playing Pokemon White, partly because I got addicted to watching Kitchen Nightmares. For some reason I love watching Gordon Ramsey yell at bad business owners, idk.

Books reviewed:

Posts posted:

TBR notes
Started with 278 books on the pile (not counting audiobooks)
+10 added (The Rebel Pirate (unsolicited); The Mediator: Reunion, Code Name Cassandra, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, The Great Adventure, Assassin, Allison Hewitt is Trapped, All the President’s Men, High Rhulain, Marlfox (bought))
-1 read (Busman’s Honeymoon)
287 TOTAL TBR

I got quite a few $0.10 books at the library this week! A couple of them are books that I have as ebooks, though, so I’m not counting them as new TBR books. (Those books are: Borrower of the Night and The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad.) Also, one is a book I’d already read but lost my copy (it was an ebook, too! How’d I lose it?): Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb.

Interesting links
Is Amazon Bad for Books? at The New Yorker is a longform article about the history of Amazon and publishing and books.

Used Bookstores: A Lifelong Love Affair at BookRiot a very sweet love letter to used bookstores.

This library in Brookline, MA made a returns box that looks like a TARDIS and it’s amazing!

racism comic

How to take amazing vacation photos at Mapping Megan has some good tips on making your snaps more than just “pose in front of this thing and hope it looks good.”

31 Things You Can Make Out Of Cereal Boxes at Buzzfeed. I want to make all of them!

A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT poster
omg, I MUST see this movie:

Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom… blood red.

Cinema’s first Iranian vampire western, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature basks in the shear pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno, and Morricone-inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the weird surrealism of David Lynch.

Above all, Amirpour’s tale of love and squalor is fun. Why else would a vampire ride a skateboard?

In exciting TV news, Maggie Q is set to play Ching Shih, the pirate queen of South China! Yay!

How to make breakfast cereal tea. I don’t actually like drinking the milk at the bottom of my cereal bowl, but I love the initiative.

Remember when LJ Smith got fired from writing more Vampire Diaries books? She’s now publishing Vampire Diaries fanfiction through Kindle Worlds!

Low on new post ideas? Why not repurpose old blog content? (Here’s a few more ideas at Girlxoxo.)

Also from Girlxoxo, here’s how to find out what people are clicking on when they visit your blog. Not sure if that thing in your sidebar is any good? Google Analytics can help!