So many reviews I’ve been intending to write! So many, in fact, that I suspect I might end up doing a mini-roundabout. But here is, instead, something of a miscellany of various bookish things that have been going on here and elsewhere.
1.) The 1938 Club – I don’t think I ever officially announced this, but the upshot of the discussion after the 1924 Club was that we’re going to do something similar every six months, picking years from different decades. Ali’s suggestion of 1938 sounded perfect to me – a time of much change, but on the cusp of much more – so Karen and I will be hosting the 1938 Club together next April. More news more nearer the time, but consider yourself forewarned!
2.) Proust – I now have three books about reading Proust, and have loved one of them, so I decided I should actually read some of him. Since making that decision, I’ve been keeping an eye out for a nice edition of the beginning of Remembrance of Things Past, and found it in Oxfam:
3.) Alice – it’s the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland being published, and I wrote a fun quiz for OxfordWords which will help you find out which character you are. Go and enjoy…
4.) Word of the Year – speaking of work, it’s been super busy recently as we do our annual Word of the Year announcement and campaign. That was one of the reasons I haven’t blogged much lately, and it was also really fun and stretching (as I wrote and ‘directed’, sort of, a sketch to accompany the campaign). In case you haven’t seen what the WOTY was, all is revealed over at OxfordWords.
5.) I bet she does – here’s another beauty I picked up in a charity shop:
6.) A Little Life – I still have zero intention of reading this contentious book, but love reading about it. Thomas’s wonderful review highlights all the reasons why I’m sure I’d hate it, and this snipey exchange between reviewer and editor (highlighted by Teresa)
7.) Tea AND Books – Novel Tea Tins got in touch ages ago mentioning their beautiful book-shaped tea tins filled with fancy teas, and I’ve been trying to remember to mention them ever since. Pop over and take a look!
8.) Every English Novel Ever – enjoy this description of Every English Novel Ever, via Karen at Cornflower. It’s hilarious, and I super want to read that novel.
9.) Retirement? – ages ago I was asked if I could recommend books to read in retirement. Nothing to make you feel young like it being assumed that you’re near retirement when in your 20s (as I was then!) Well, I told Age UK Mobility a couple of books I’d recommend, and they never emailed back… but turns out they DID accept them, and they’re amongst various others here.