Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New Look, New Books!

You've probably already noticed that ye olde blog has undergone a transformation in recent days. This is what happens when I have a day off. I sit around, play XBox 360 (Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?), and update my blogger template. Oh, and I might as well tell you, I won the million dollars on the aforementioned XBox game. Terribly proud of myself. Now I can never play it again because I've triumphed. That leaves The Spiderwick Chronicles game in my future...and Lego Batman. But that's another post!

Ahem.

So anyway, I've been feeling a wee tad cluttered round this blog lately, and I really wanted to streamline with some top-button navigation and whatnot. Now I'm in the process of adding content back to the sidebars, but it'll be significantly less than what it was before. I was largely influenced by Frances from Nonsuch Book. She has a beautiful layout, and because it has a little info on the sidebars, the books really take center stage. I hope I've achieved something sorta similar.

In other news, I'm thisclose to finishing Mrs. Dalloway. In fact, I spent a good deal of time reading last night, and I was down to just a few pages to finishing time. I nodded off, woke up, nodded off again, woke up, finished the final pages, and crashed for the night. Since I have no idea what I read in my sleepy state, I'll be re-reading those pages today and posting my thoughts for my late arrival to Woolf in Winter.


Finally, I added a few books to my stacks this weekend and yesterday. First, I bought my very own copy of The Graveyard Book. I read it shortly after it came out, but I loved it SO MUCH I decided I had to have a personal copy for the keeper shelves. I happened to run across it at Half-Price Books and made it mine.

In the past I've always wanted to re-read, but I rarely do. Somehow I let the mounting stacks of new books grab my attention instead, and I ignore all those old faves calling to me. Not this year! This year I vow to re-read whenever and whatever I want, and I'm starting with The Graveyard Book. I delved into it while we were waiting to sell some books back at Half-Price, and I'm loving it just as much as I did the first time through.

Also new on the stacks: Joe Sacco's new graphic novel, Footnotes in Gaza, up for review soon.

I'm off to take care of some things: have a doc appointment with the new doctor today and some other errands. And teaching, of course. See ya for Woolf in Winter!

21 comments:

  1. I love the new look! What are you going to do with the million dollars? LOL

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  2. Gorgeous new look! I love the tones of gray, it really makes your content pop!

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  3. Andi, I love the new look! It's so neat and clean and the books really pop right into view, no matter what else is on the page :-)

    (And one day, I might just interview you on how you got the top-button navigation and the 3 columns for blogger ;-) )

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  4. The new look is lovely! I always struggle with what to put in my sidebars -- they never seem to look nice! I love the book pictures in yours though, it's lovely.

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  5. Great new look! I can't wait to hear what you think of Mrs. Dalloway.

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  6. Great look! I have Graveyard Book on my shelves- everyone loves it! Must read it :-)

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  7. I love the new look! Also, The Graveyard Book is one of my favorites - both of Neil Gaiman and just in general! What a great book to re-read. Now you've gotten me wanting to give it another go!

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  8. Nice look! It's very clean and uncluttered. Also, can't wait to hear what you think of Sacco's book. I think he's a great graphic novelist.

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  9. Now I want to read The Graveyard Book again too! I can't believe it's been over a year.

    Also, the blog looks awesome :D

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  10. Very nice look, Andi. Love it!

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  11. Fancy! I just barely figured out how to change template colors!

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  12. Really like the new look blog Andi. :)

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  13. Liking the new template. Something must be in the air as I changed mine only yesterday :)

    The Graveyard Book is one of my favourites, defo deserves Keeper status :)

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  14. I like the look of your blog, but I never found the old one cluttered. We're our own harshest critics I think. Glad you liked Graveyard Book...I wonder why I didn't love it as everyone else did. Could it be that I felt he was saying dead parents are better than live ones? I don't know...

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  15. I like the new look, and I look forward to hearing what you think of Footnotes in Gaza!

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  16. Love the new look and am totally jealous. You are going to have to tell us how you added three columns and extra pages!

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  17. Love the redesign! I just gave my blog a makeover too, lol. It must in the air. ;) (And I heart your new about page)

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  18. I really like your new layout! And oh what fun to reread a great book.. I wouldn't mind rereading The Graveyard Book!

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  19. Kathy, the cool million will go to many imaginary books. Or better yet, a new imaginary house to put them in!

    Joanne, thanks!

    Kathrin, my secret is a pre-designed blog template. I have no talent of my own. lol

    Thanks, Kim! I admired Frances' blog so much I just had to take some inspiration and run.

    Thanks, KnittingReader! Can't wait to finish these last pages. Blarrg!

    Enjoy, Aarti!

    Chelsea, it's an awesome re-read so far. Love it just as much as the first time.

    Thanks, J.S! Will keep you posted about Sacco.

    It's hard to believe it's been that long, right Nymeth?? Crazy!

    Thanks Melissa and Chris!

    Thanks muchly, Mariel!

    Fence, definitely something in the air. I've noticed lots of people changing things up.

    Thanks, Chris!

    Thank you, Bellezza! I didn't get the feel he was pulling for dead parents, but then again, I just read the beginning part right after the parents are killed when the family's ghosts briefly appear in the cemetery. Very sad stuff. Made me a wee tad teary. Darn hormones!

    Bored_D, will keep you posted. I'm excited to dive into it.

    Tammy, a premade template. I'm not that talented on my own. lol

    Thanks, Jill!

    LOL, thank you, Eva! I'm a huge fan of the cross-eyed, curly About Me pic. It's the one I had on my Match.com profile when Chuck and I met.

    Thanks, Clover!

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