How have you been?
Just when I thought I was going full speed in April (with 6 books looking to achieve more), I lost my reading mojo and haven’t been able to read properly nor catch-up on book reviews from the book blogging community, partly because…..
Well, because Google has decided that 2 months shy of shutting off the Google Reader, to wipe out all my subscriptions on my list and left my folders as a mockery and a painful reminder of what it used to be. I organised my folders as “Books”, “Anything” and “Food”…..
I haven’t establish a routine nor get used to any new news feeder apps. I thought Netvibes was easy to scroll through but I have no idea why they have included folders or feeds that I am not interested in and every time I opened up Netvibes again it doesn’t seem to have the intelligence to know that I have read some of the feeds and it still shows I haven’t read thousands of my subscribed blog posts! Netvibes is also slow to update new feeds. I know because I subscribe to my own blog to test out the layout and the speed of new feed.
I don’t like Bloglovin’ as there is no preview to the posts and I have to click every single one of them if I want to read them.
I apologise if I haven’t been catching up on your posts. I hope I could find a reader that I can get used to, soon!!!!
So what is the progress for the Women’s Fiction Prize shortlist read? I have read 3 from the longlist. 2 from the shortlist, Life After Life and NW by Zadie Smith. I returned Flight Behaviour to the library, as it feels a little meandering. I am waiting for Where’d you go, Bernadette? from the library and I hope it comes through before the winner is announced this June. I will wrap up this year’s read of the Women’s Fiction Prize shortlist with Where’d you go, Bernadette?
The good thing is I have lost the appetite to borrow from the library and returning a few more back to the library, unread; while review and ARCs copies kept coming in!
It must be the time of the year for spring cleaning for many, because of the good samaritans who donate new books to charity shops, I bought a few great paperbacks for a steal. I also purchase some used books from the shelf of my local clinic. Some of them are NEW!
I am a great travel buff, so the hardback and paperback Idiot Abroad series for £1.45 were very appealing to me. Someone has decided to give away The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde of World Book Night 2013 very quickly, less than a month since the 23 April 2013, so I picked it up. I heard so much about Sacred Games and together with Linda Grant’s Still here going at 25p each, I just got to have them!
The Penguin classics are new copies. I bought The Suspicious of Mr. Whicher to replace a hardback copy that I gave away to a friend. I have The Dark Side of Love already but this copy is so new, so untouched that I’d rather read this one.
I often wanted to write a book review of some interesting books that my two sons are reading. I found some of those children books very very interesting. Yesterday they were dressing up and trying their hands on wearing a toga, which I thought was a great idea, except my son’s toga came with a wrap-around belt! lol
While everywhere around the world is celebrating Mother’s Day this weekend, officially it is not Mother’s day weekend in the UK. In the UK it falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent, usually in March. Nevertheless, to whet the appetite of my friends who celebrate Mother’s day this Sunday, coincidentally my other half has organised a hotplate dinner for the occasion.
With sizzling barbeque marinated beef, chicken, a pot of tom yam soup with a good Cabernet Sauvignon from Boudeaux, I think it is my idea of a good gastronomical satisfying weekend!
So that was my week. Some ups and downs, life is such but it is wonderful to end the week with a high.
What about you? I hope you are doing something interesting too!