I stopped in at the used bookstore on my way home from a yearly check-up with one of my specialists. I found a couple of books for my Tolkien collection, and three for my vintage and antique children’s book collection. (You can see them below, under Additions to the Hoard.) I also found a present for Robin, a signed book by an author they love. (I don’t think Robin reads the blog often these days, if at all, so it’s probably safe to say that much—but just in case, I’m not going to name the author!)
We bought a new bed (mattress and frame) yesterday. It should be delivered in a few days. Hopefully it will be better than our old bed, which had become very uncomfortable, particularly for Mr. Bookwyrm. We went from a full to a queen size, so now we have to buy all new bedding, too. We got a set of sheets and a mattress pad last night, but we think we can make do with the current blanket and comforter until we find something we both like.
To my great dismay, something has gone wrong with the Gutenbee plugin I use to create photo galleries. Where once I could choose a justified gallery (so that all the images in a row are the same height) and set that height to a specific number of pixels, now all I can do is create columns of images. It doesn’t look nearly as nice, and for that, I apologize. I opened a thread on a support forum, and hopefully someone will figure out how to fix it. ETA: It appears to be fixed, so I was able to fix the galleries in this post.
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What I’ve Been Reading/Watching
Reading: I finished up Murphy’s Law (Rhys Bowen) last Sunday. I reread Amanda Quick’s “Ladies of Lantern Street” trilogy (paranormal historical romantic suspense): Crystal Gardens*, The Mystery Woman*, and Otherwise Engaged*, as well as standalones The Paid Companion and Garden of Lies*. I also read her Lake and Marsh trilogy, two of which I had not read before: Slightly Shady, Don’t Look Back, and Late for the Wedding. (Click title for Goodreads link or my review; starred titles have been reviewed.)
Listening to: Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle, by Clare Hunter.
Watching: All Creatures Great and Small Season 1.
Added to the Hoard this week
For Review or Consideration
Many thanks to Tor for The Spare Man!
Purchased (Kindle, print, or audio)
Print: I picked up some used and some vintage/antiquarian books for my collections! (The photos aren’t mine, except for Five Little Peppers Grown Up and A Child’s Garden of Verses, but all of them are the editions I purchased, so my covers look the same.)
- Five Little Peppers Midway and Five Little Peppers Grown Up (late 19th or early 20th cent. editions in good condition; they are late printings, so at a guess, circa 1900-1920.)
- A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, with the Jessie Wilcox Smith illustrations, 1933 edition (basically identical to the 1905 edition.)
- The Return of the King illustrated by Alan Lee (I want the whole trilogy, but they only had the one, and it’s a UK edition)
- Bilbo’s Last Song, illustrated by Pauline Baynes (who also illustrated the Narnia books many years earlier)
Audiobooks: (Click title for Goodreads page.)