Saturday Sum-up – Feb 1

Here’s what I found bookish & interesting on my tour around the Internet this week:


I think bookshelves are the best thing ever…and I’m not alone. Check out this interesting article written by local designer, Judith Mackin: By the Book Design

I have a nice collection of book shelf pictures on Pinterest or for the motherlode you could check out Book Shelf Porn.

Everyone knows I am an avid reader. I am also an English teacher. Even when you put those two fact together, it still  doesn’t mean I’ve read every book I should have read. That’s why this brief guide to faking your way literary classics when you haven’t actually read them guide is so handy.

The whole world went gaga over Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl and in case you’re looking for something else to read in the mad matrimony genre, check out this list of like titles.

On this day in literary history in 1918, Scottish writer Muriel Sparks was born. Ms. Sparks is best known for her novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

4 thoughts on “Saturday Sum-up – Feb 1

  1. Ken C. February 1, 2014 / 11:55 am

    Enjoyed the making-fun-of-the-classics piece. I was weaned on them (I know, nerd city). Maybe I’ll give it a try myself on today’s blog, but first, I have to fight the Super Bowl crowds at the grocery stores. You know, buying all that top-of-the-food-pyramid junk to feed on in front of the flat screen tomorrow evening. (Me, I’ll be the sanctimonious one in the produce aisle.)

    Thanks for my weekly, Saturday inspiration. Oh. And “Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit,” (or, as some particular sorts say, “White rabbit, white rabbit, white rabbit”) for good luck on the first day of the month.

    Dreary February, already?

  2. Christie February 1, 2014 / 12:17 pm

    I don’t get the whole Super Bowl madness myself. I have three brothers – I don’t even think any of them watch. It’s weird.

    It was positively spring-like here yesterday (+5) and the sun woke me up early this morning…so I’m thinking Fantastic February. (Fingers crossed.)

    This is two Saturdays in a row you’ve popped by – I’m going to have to work extra hard to make it worth your while. (Oh, and if you didn’t read Judith’s article on decorating with books – just pop over to see Bob’s bookshelves; they’re swoon-worthy! The first time I was in their house I almost fainted with longing.)

  3. Ken C. February 1, 2014 / 2:23 pm

    I went. I saw. I bowed in awe.

    I can only dream of such digs. The house looks spectacular, and putting up those books must have been a labor of love.

    With friends like that, I’d be tempted to “drop in” announced now and again — just for a “hit”!

    Sorry, no clue about Celsius and can’t do the math, but realize it’s above freezing (0 degrees). Here, too. Just hit 33 F. minutes ago. Guess this means I have to take a little run (I use the cold as an excuse not to, so Mother Nature occasionally pulls a thaw and asks how I like them apples….).

    Ah, the concessions to age, health, and mortality… t’is enough to inspire solipsism.

    • Christie February 1, 2014 / 2:39 pm

      Shhh. Don’t utter the ‘r’ word – because then I feel as though I should be digging my sneakers out from under the winter boots…

      I know about Bob’s book cases…it’s ridiculous.

      As for Celcius – I am old enough to be all about the Fahrenheit, so I actually do the calculation (inexact at best) so 5 x 2 + 32 = roughly 42F. Not exactly shorts weather, but warm enough to believe spring isn’t impossible.

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