Weekly links & wrap-up (Feb. 23, 2014)


I ordered some furniture from IKEA this week and spent most of yesterday putting it together. I’ve also been cleaning/organizing/purging stuff all week! This involved building several bookcases and a bed, as well as moving roughly five tons of books into their rightful home. I feel very accomplished and fancy, and also very tired. Very. tired. Ugh. (My right leg hurts. WHY?)

Still gotta build a desk and a desk chair, but right now I’m gonna focus on organizing my books (and DVDS). I just shoved them onto whatever shelf they’d fit in, so they’re all mixed up. I definitely need to get books from the same series together, at least.

How do you organize your books? I tend to put mine from most favorite to least, with series and authors grouped together. I might try doing it by genre this time; it’d be super fun to have a shelf of mysteries, another of fantasies, etc.

Books read:

  • Guards! Guards! – Terry Pratchett

Only one book, and it was a reread. I’m DETERMINED to read at least three TBR books this week. And I also need to finish The Black Moth for the readalong, of course!

Books reviewed:

Posts posted:

TBR notes
Started with 287 books on the pile (not counting audiobooks)
0 added
0 read
287 TOTAL TBR

Yay? On the other hand, I found a few books that I didn’t put in my official TBR count (because they were hidden in boxes), so though I didn’t deliberately go out and add books to my TBR, there’s definitely a few more now.

Interesting links
Maria von Trapp (the daughter) died this week at age 99. I reviewed the elder Maria’s memoirs back in 2011, btw.

Want to irritate authors? Cuddlebuggery has five perfect ways to get that bug up an author’s nose.

It’s easy to say that nobody’s reading your blog because you’ve “only” got 200 subscribers (and one of them’s your mom). BUT did you know that you’re actually a big deal, no matter the audience size?

Basically my dream come true: Amtrak’s plan to give free rides to writers. And it started because of a Twitter conversation!

This is a phone case that looks like a book. YES.
phone case book

Historically Authentic Sexism in Fantasy. Let’s Unpack That.:

History is not a long series of centuries in which men did all the interesting/important things and women stayed home and twiddled their thumbs in between pushing out babies, making soup and dying in childbirth.

History is actually a long series of centuries of men writing down what they thought was important and interesting, and FORGETTING TO WRITE ABOUT WOMEN. It’s also a long series of centuries of women’s work and women’s writing being actively denigrated by men. Writings were destroyed, contributions were downplayed, and women were actively oppressed against, absolutely.

But the forgetting part is vitally important. Most historians and other writers of what we now consider “primary sources” simply didn’t think about women and their contribution to society. They took it for granted, except when that contribution or its lack directly affected men.

This does not in any way mean that the female contribution to society was in fact less interesting or important, or complicated, simply that history—the process of writing down and preserving of the facts, not the facts/events themselves—was looking the other way.

Author Gail Carriger posted a few choice 1811 slang phrases at her blog the other day. My favorite: “vice admiral of the narrow seas” – A drunken man that pisses under the table into his companions’ shoes.

The site that started me off on my cleaning rage this week was Unfuck Your Habitat (they have an app, too!). Seeing pictures of people’s messes and the amazing results of their cleaning is very inspiring to me. I also love the owner/writer’s voice! (I’ll do a review of the app after I’ve been using it for a little longer.)

Random House created these reading bingo cards last month, and they are AWESOME. I’m definitely planning on printing them out and playing along. (via Once Upon a Bookshelf)

6 thoughts on “Weekly links & wrap-up (Feb. 23, 2014)”

  1. I once met a girl with a similar phone case! She was a book blogger, so it was totally fitting, too. I spent much of our conversation lusting after her awesome accessory.

  2. What! You put together the IKEA things on your own? Don’t their diagrams specifically caution against that? :p

    I love that you organize your books from most loved to least. I used that as an organizing principle several apartments ago, and it was always so easy to find the books I wanted. But for my current books reorganizing that I’m doing at the moment, I’m planning to go with organizing alphabetically within genre categories. Dull but optimal for searching.

    1. I did! All the things except for one, which has a defective part. Boo, IKEA!

      I am rethinking the organize-by-genre plan. I tried sticking all the mysteries and fantasy books on their own shelves and it’s a huge pain in the butt.

  3. Yay! New bookcases! I just got two new ones recently, and I love them. I wish that there was an Ikea near me. There’s one about 2 hours away…but that’s kind of a haul, haha. That’s a cool idea, to sort them by most-favorite to least-favorite. I would never have thought to do that! Mine are by genre and then by series. And I try to put next to each other the books that are the same height, so it looks really pretty.

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