Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

01. So it really has been ages since I did a Bookish post… Over the last two months I’ve had a terrific holiday in Hong Kong; had a tense wait for results after having three more moles removed (all clear. Get your skin checked everyone); wrote eleventy-billion words for uni; and moved house. Our new house has a superb Crepe Myrtle in the backyard. I can’t wait to see it flower.

02. Hahahaha. Of course, I’m not any of these

03. I think I’ll enjoy the Ferrante stories more as a film.

04. This post by Bookish Beck about swimming memoirs. Because I love books about swimming.

05. The library at Grey Gardens.

06. Not sure how I missed A Man Called Ove at the movies… I’ll have to find a little independent cinema that’s still showing it.

07. This is so far up my alley I can’t even begin to tell you.

08. I spend little time on social media these days but I thought this article was interesting. In particular, this caught my attention –

“I was an early arrival on Twitter and I recall those early days fondly. The microblogging platform was a party. Specifically a cocktail party with excellent finger food and name tags for everyone. It could get rowdy, but people were enjoying themselves and mostly everyone behaved well.”

I’m not on Twitter much now (the only place I’ve ever really been active) because, as John Birmingham notes, it’s just not fun like it once was. It’s a shame (but I’m not looking for a substitute).

09. Social reading, as summed up in this interesting post from Booker Talk.

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17 responses

  1. I think I saw the movie A Man Called Ove listed on Amazon Prime…must watch!

    I love the renovated Grey Gardens…not that long ago, I re-watched the movie that starred Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange….the place was definitely puke-worthy then.

    Sad story, though.

    It is definitely annoying to be in a book club with know-it-all members!


  2. Glad to see you found the post on social reading interesting πŸ™‚
    i’m so ambivalent about Twitter – I use it but am really not sure what value i get from it

    • Twitter was so different in the beginning. Like the author of the article, I was on there early – there was less ‘noise’, fewer people and you couldn’t link to other things easily – as a result, you really had to write pithy tweets.

      In those early days, I made some great connections with people who have similar interests (people who I’m now friends with IRL). It was also ‘connected’ in a different way – I watched the Christchurch earthquake unfold as it was happening – news channels weren’t on it yet and suddenly people I followed in NZ were tweeting “I think we’re in the middle of an earthquake…” There was an immediacy to information that hadn’t happened on other social media platforms (an immediacy that we take for granted these days). Twitter was my highly tailored news feed.

      When people started linking to other web sources and also setting up automatic twitter feeds things changed – the point of your carefully crafted 140 characters was lost.

      I still use it to follow authors and publishers – my feed is tailored to bookish stuff now and that’s about all I look at.

    • Of course, we no longer have the fig, orange, grapefruit, almond and lemon trees… the new garden is absolutely beautiful but strictly ornamental.

      Could you start a new book group? Why is the old one folding? I always think of book groups not as ending but morphing. Mine has seen members come and go over the years but it’s chugged along for almost 20 years!

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