- Bibliophiles looking for some good tips for managing your reading and book lists might enjoy "My Secret to Reading a Lot of Books" over at LifeHacker. I use GoodReads (and Shelfari - long story) to keep track of all my reading. Overall I like them but sometimes find searching my TBR list a bit cumbersome so I may try one or two of his suggestions. (Now to do some research on Evernote &/or Trello....)
- The Four Essential Writing Skills is a very short blog post but with tips I need to remember to apply when writing letters (I do tend to get long-winded sometimes and go down lots of rabbit trails) and I think a lot of modern authors would do well to apply them to their writing. Some of the newer books I've read in the last year or two would have been much better if they had (and if they'd had better editors - in a few cases I suspected they didn't have an editor at all and they went on and on and on...).
- If you're looking for books to add to your summer TBR list here are a few posts to help get you started:
- Books that Challenge at Letters from Midlife
- Tim Challies' recent recommendations: A Dream So Big (sounds great), Not By Sight, & some new and notable book reviews
- I just finished reading The Night Circus for book club next month, although I sort of cheated since I listened to most of it on our drive to So-Cal. I can read while riding in a car but NOT while driving. ;-) Overall, I really enjoyed it but think it could have used a bit more editing. Some of the sections with dialogue drove me batty (... he said. ... she said. ... he said. ... she said.... ad naseum). Now I'm reading Code Name Verity (starting by listening to it on the drive home actually). I'm a little over halfway through it, and so far I'm absolutely loving it (I've been warned I'll need a box of Kleenex towards the end of it though). I'd seen several raving reviews of it last year and added it to my TBR list but since it was listed as "Young Adult" historical fiction I told my daughter about it so she could read it first (besides, she likes WWII history). She loved it and has been after me to read it ever since. I really thing labeling it YA is misleading because it is so well written (in my humble opinion). If you'd like to read a "real" review of it, here are two: Kristi Loves Books and the Book Smugglers. There's a companion novel to it (Rose Under Fire) that is supposed to be released in September and my dd is on pins-and-needles waiting for it.
On a completely different topic, does anyone else have (and HATE) Windows 8? I hear Microsoft is releasing 8.1 today. Will it really be better? For me at any rate, Windows 8 is a pain and makes surfing the net (actually everything on the computer) a much less enjoyable experience.