Before I start yapping about what I did this week and what I’ve been reading, I wanted to share some interesting things I came across and thought you might be interested in.
- Bookswim.com. I found this in the latest issue of Real Simple magazine. It is like Netflix for books! What you do is sign up for a monthly plan and pick out the books you want to read. They then ship them to you when available, you read them (with no deadlines), and then ship them back (free shipping with most plans). Isn’t that cool? Real Simple was offering its readers 50% off the first month of any monthly plan (prices range from $10 to $60). Simply enter the code REALSIMPLE50 at checkout. I’m seriously thinking about asking Mr. Jenners for a membership for my birthday. Anyone out there hear of this or use it already?
- Reading Challenge Page. Have you seen the list of reading challenges that Bibliobabe put together? It is a handy, easy-to-use list of current reading challenges. I was browsing through it (and checking out the listing for my Take Another Chance challenge) and found a Christopher Moore challenge that I’ll be joining. If you’re looking for a reading challenge, I loved the layout and the ease of reviewing all the different challenges out there
What I’m Reading Now
The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley – Flavia is back! This follow-up to The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie once again chronicles the adventures of amateur detective Flavia de Luce. Only 11 years old but with the mind and attitude of a much older person, Flavia is devious, fun and precocious as all get out. As soon as it was released, I put the book on hold at the library, and I got my grubby little hands on it yesterday. I’m flying through it, and it is just as delightful as the first one. I’m hoping she’ll be back in another book before long. If you haven’t read been introduced to Flavia yet, check out my review of the first book here. This is a series not to be missed!
Whacked by Jules Asner – This is the book I was reading and tossed aside as soon as I heard that I could get the Flavia de Luce book. Written by former E! reporter Jules Asner (who happens to be married to director Steven Soderbergh), this book is set in Hollywood and tells the story of Dani who is dating Dave, until she finds out he has been cheating. To be honest, I had no problem putting it aside as it wasn’t all that good. I’ll finish it (if only to get credit for my A author for the A to Z Author Challenge), but it isn’t really thrilling me all that much. The most interesting part about it is the “insider” Hollywood stuff (Dani writes for a TV show).