1. Eurovision. Polish butter churners, light-up circular pianos, manster-wheels, surprise trampolines and, of course, bearded ladies. You thrill me every year Eurovision. Don’t stop.
2. And as we* were watching the results of Eurovision’s second semi-final, my eight-year-old son did a double fist-pump when they announced Austria’s Conchita Wurst had secured a spot in the final. I knew then that I was doing this parenting thing right.
3. The Bookish Manicurist. WHY DIDN’T ANYONE TELL ME ABOUT THIS BEFORE NOW?! It changes everything. Will never look at a book cover in the same way again.
4. Pantone in all its formats is completely last year but I did really love this.
5. I keep reading about boutique Australian gins – for example, this one from Mt. Uncle Distillery, in North Queensland, packed with native Australian botanicals. I can hardly keep up with all these new gins but I’m going to try my best. *cuts a lime and puts ice in a glass*
6. And lastly, to some bookish thoughts. In a new personal best for my book group, at our last meeting we did not discuss the book. At all.
7. Do you ever feel peevish about a NetGalley rejection? I requested Adelle Waldman’s latest book, New Year’s, which is the sequel to The Love Affairs of Nathanial P. – a book that I really enjoyed. And reviewed favorably. And recommended to lots of people. Why didn’t they pick me to read New Year’s? It’s a 96 page e-book – seriously, couldn’t they spare it?
8. It’s May and I’m still waiting for the book of the year – the one that I rave about, the one that I push on everyone I know. Have you read such a book this year?
Christine at Bookishly Boisterous started this meme – get amongst it.
* Eurovision is a family affair in our house.