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!


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!

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