Gosh, it’s been a while since I did one of these, so I have quite a few things to catch you up on! Here are just ten of them…
1.) Angela Young’s brilliant novel Speaking of Love is now available as an e-book for Kindle (etc.? I don’t know how these things work.) You can see/buy it here, and it’s only £1.99, which is crazy cheap for such a good book. Go give it a try!
2.) National flags created by the foods the countries are associated with!
3.) Daunt Books recently sent me a beautiful new edition of Virginia Woolf’s The London Scene. I reviewed this collection of stories back in 2007, and highly recommend this really lovely edition – maybe as a Christmas present?
4.) Jura Whisky are running some flash fiction competitions #WinningWords – more info here.
5.) If you haven’t see Blue Jasmine and get the chance, do. It’s the best film I’ve seen this year, and Cate Blanchett is astonishingly good.
6.) Jennifer Walker has written a biography of bloggers’-favourite Elizabeth von Arnim (called Elizabeth of the German Garden: A Literary Journey) – I’ve not started it yet, but I’m excited about reading it.
7.) An interesting book bloggers’ survey (to which I contributed) has results here (four results posts linked from that link). I was mostly surprised by what a high percentage of bloggers are paid to write reviews for publications or other sites.
9.) I’m ashamed to say I hadn’t heard of Elie Wiesel, whom the good people of Souvenir Press assure me is one of the best-known European writers, but I shall find out more with The Testament (trans. Marion Wiesel) which they’ve sent me.
10.) Someone sent me Amazon.com’s 100 Best Books of 2013. I have heard of 4 of them, and read none. I do quite want to read three of those four – the Tartt, Rowling, and Humans of New York.