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Weekly Geeks #7

June 08, 2008 By: J.C. Montgomery Category: Miscellaneous

As some of you may know, Dewey over at The Hidden Side of a Leaf is hosting a meme called “Weekly Geeks“. I signed up some time ago, but have just this week been able to participate. This week’s theme is, Photos Week. Here are the instructions:

1. Decide what to illustrate and start taking photos: Most of you are book bloggers, so you may want to post photos of your favorite reading spot, your TBR pile(s), your local book store, your favorite librarian, your child reading, etc. You may want to post several photos of a certain topic (like all nine of your kids reading!) or a mixed bag of photos that are unrelated except that they’re bookish. Or you may want to post just one photo, it’s up to you. If you have a different type of blog, post photos of whatever you think is suitable.

2. Create a post of your photos.

3. Don’t forget! Also link in your post to another participant’s WG photo post. Weekly Geeks is a community thing, remember! If you’re one of the first finished, of course, you may have to add your link later. See if you can find someone you don’t normally read to link to.

4. Once your post is up, come back and leave a link to that specific post (not just your regular blog url) in Mr Linky.

So I decided to take a “Book Tour” around my house and show you all my book-y places. What? No. Really? Surely you jest? You keep all your books where? In one place. Hmm. Mental note: a place to keep all my books. Together. In one place, as in one single spot.

Actually, all kidding aside, I am working on him, uh it. Believe it or not we are thinking of turning part of our walk-in closet into an office so I can have someplace other than the corner of the couch from where to work.

Yes, I said corner of the couch. Voila, my “work” area:

Moving on, we now come to my TBR pile stacks. Not too bad really. Until you figure that they only represent a little less half of what I challenged myself to read this year. Oh dear.

Now, personally, my favorite book-y place is in the kitchen. Hmmmmmmmmm. No, you’re not seeing double, there are two “The New Best Recipe” books. They are that good. Let me put it this way, if the house were burning down and I could only grab one cookbook, it would be the new one. (I’m going to give my 18-yr old the old one. Hint. Hint)

Just off the kitchen is where I keep all my quilting supplies, which include all the magazines I subscribe to or have purchased. These banker box magazine holders are perfect! If the camera angle had been better, you would be able to see that they are three deep.

Last, but not least, SHELVING! Well, sort of. This is a hall table I have commandeered for the books I have read and want to keep. Those I do not, are donated to the local library’s used book store. You may notice some figurines cowering underneath. We have been having a number of earthquakes where I live, and today two hit that were enough to knock some things off shelves. My son, knowing that those pieces mean a lot to me, he put them there until we are sure it will be safe to return them to the top of the table.

Now for the links to other Weekly Geekers who have some lovely posts about their book-y places:

(1) Katherine over at A Girl Walks Into A Bookstore is like me and just recently got her first digital camera. She has some great pics and a wonderful blog. I only have one thing to say about her WG #7 post — it has given me some SERIOUS shelf envy. Head on over and see what I mean.

(2) Another blog I visited for the first time as a result of WG is Jackie’s Literary Escapism. I just love the look of her blog and how she approached this weeks theme.

(3) Okay. One more really nice blog that I was unaware of is Melissa’s Book Nut. I just couldn’t get over how adorable her pictures were.

I must say that the quality of the above blogs was amazing and I urge any (okay, all three) of my readers to check them out.

This has been a real fun WG theme. I hope you enjoyed it too.

Sunday Salon: Oh Dear….

June 01, 2008 By: J.C. Montgomery Category: Miscellaneous

It is something, which I am told, I say a lot when confronted with situations and things that strike me as…well…not right.

Here is my current ‘Oh Dear’:

As you can see (from what is visible), I have my work cut out for me. Not that this compares to some stacks I have seen recently on other blogs. To those of you brave enough to share, I don’t know how you do it. I am in awe and humbled by your dedication and voraciousness.

I on the other hand have found that I prefer a more leisurely stroll through the stacks and my only goal at the moment is to simply make it through most of what is shown above by the end of summer. (September right?)

For today, I am enjoying Edit Wharton’s The Glimpses of the Moon, which I am reading for the Slaves of Golconda. Here is one passage that helps one get a sense of the main characters Nick Lansing and Susy Branch:

He knew on how frail a thread the popularity of the penniless hangs, and how miserably a girl like Susy was the sport of other people’s moods and whims. It was a part of his difficulty and of hers that to get what they liked they so often had to do what they disliked.

Once I finish this, I may move on to a book not shown in the picture, or on any of my challenge lists. (The Jungle Law by Victoria Vinton)

I am thinking that I need this little act of rebellion to remind me that whatever happens here on this blog, or whatever lists I have made; none of it is written in stone, and the world will not end if I never post another review or finish anything listed as a challenge book.

So there. Phhht!

After all, I am the Biblio Brat.


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