Friday, June 12, 2009

Sorting It All Out

Sorry for some blogging silence today but I am having one of my sort outs. On the list of things to do over the next coming weekend is really sort out my TBR piles, TBR boxes and finding all of my duplicate copies of books as then I can do some sort of giveaway to you lovely people who come by and comment. I also plan to go through my bookshelves. I seem to have quite a few books on there that I simply thought were ‘quite good’ or nice and am wondering whether I really need to keep hording them or make room for books that I love instead. I think a longer blog on this will be coming over the weekend as frankly today I am shattered. I still haven’t recovered from Switzerland; however I have a three day weekend now!

Another thing that I need to sort out is what books have come in recently and when they are released as I would like to post reviews when the books are actually out. I also want to make sure that some real true classics are at the top of my TBR pile as I haven’t been fulfilling the promise I made this year to read more of them. Speaking of latest arrivals, since I last told you what came in I have received…

City of Thieves – David Benioff (which came with an additional jacket that said if you don’t like this we will send you two books in return – now that’s a promise)
Molly Fox’s Birthday – Deirdre Madden (which I have read but still isn’t showing up on my blog… more on that shortly)
The S̩ance РJohn Harwood (very excited)
Casanova – Ian Kelly (a biography – interesting)
Daphne – Justine Picardie (the paperback, so now I have two)
Call For The Dead – John Le Carre
A Murder of Quality – John Le Carre
The Looking Glass War – John Le Carre
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold – John Le Carre (the only one of these I had heard of)
Henry – David Starkey (another biography)
The Coma – Alex Garland
Valeria’s Last Stand – Marc Fitten
Sunnyside – Glen David Gold (another duplicate)

Oh I forgot three… see what I mean about needing to sort everything out! I have also had these…
Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy (with the most summery cover)
Ghosts & Lightning – Trevor Byrne
Come Sunday – Isla Murphy (other than Thomas Hardy I know nothing of these authors)

The other big thing I have been sorting out is a possible new blog site! I have been working like an absolute demon on researching and actually trialling some of the other blog providers apart from Blogger which as you may know I am having some slight problems with. I had a good look into Typepad which is a popular one and I do love the layout that people like Dovergreyreader have but I feel a bit funny about paying for a blog. So after much whittling and indecision I have decided to try out Wordpress. Now I haven’t gone there for good but I am giving it a go as I love the fact that your blog can have several pages. So I have made some extra ones, sadly I cant have a currently reading column, well it could be the fact that I haven’t worked out what to do with it yet!

My trail site is HERE and I would love, love, love to hear what you think. So do please let me know. I think this one is more classic but with less pages and the new one is more modern... oh I don't know... you decide!


Sandy Nawrot said...

What a wonderful stack of books! As far as blog sites go, I'm not going to be much help. I've only used blogger, and I'm enough of a technical dork to feel fear in moving or changing anything. Yes, I wish it were easier to design and make changes, but I'm not there yet. I'm anxious to see what you do!

Karen said...

I love the trial site! I've been thinking about changing sites too so I will enjoy reading about your decisions!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Nice stack of books! I LOVED The Seance!