This seems a suitably wintry scene for a bitterly cold and icy weekend. Yesterday I had a snow day off from work, which I was very grateful for as it was icy and snowy and windy and all around nasty out. I discovered that the bus I would normally have caught had I had to go into work never showed up as he was stuck on an icy hill that he was unable to maneuver.
I had a completely lazy day where I think I accomplished all of nought. Maybe just as well as I have had a small cold and rest was really called for. So, I slept in, drank copious cups of coffee and then tea, stayed under a blanket with my hot water bottle with a few books in hand. I organized several stacks of mystery novels that live next to my bed--pulling them out, sorting them and arranging them so books by the same author are together. I mostly wanted to see which Agatha Christie novels had migrated over to that area as I feel a little binge coming on. I have more stored in bins, but I hadn't the energy to find those. The most energetic things I did was clear the snow and ice from my sidewalks and then took a fifteen minute walk to the mailbox to post a few letters (though mostly, as I walk rather than drive, needed to scope out the sidewalk/ice/walking conditions).
In keeping with my mindlessness of yesterday, here are a few links to take a look at, at your leisure:
I noted down several forthcoming crime and mystery titles from this list (and one of them may come home with me from the bookstore this weekend as a matter of fact). The reading pendulum is once again swinging in the mystery genre direction.
I am really looking forward to reading this classic by Balzac and reissued by NYRB. And I am really really looking forward to getting my January NYRB subscription book. I seem to be on their tail end of their mailing list and my book comes rather late in the month it seems (or maybe I am just really impatient, which when it comes to book mail is very much the case. Me being impatient that is).
I love these author 'then and now' photos. Especially Stephen King's really groovy outfit!
The publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux has a new imprint and has unrolled the new website for it. Scroll down--I just think it is really cool and have not seen anything quite like it. I love this sort of creativity!
One of my favorite fictional settings is the country house--here is a conversation between Tessa Hadley and Lucy Hughes-Hallett, which I found quite interesting. I have read Tessa Hadley and now I think I need to read Lucy Hughes-Hallett's recently released novel, too. Another book to look for at the bookstore this weekend (if I can't wait my turn at the library . . .).
And now I have a three day weekend to look forward to. We are in the midst of another round of subzero, Arctic temperatures with chances of more snow in the coming few days, so it won't be a nice weekend to be out and about (walking anyway), though I will be braving the weather as I plan on hitting the bookstore and library and hope to see a movie as well. I can only handle so much enforced at home loafing and I think that filled my quota for a while.
I'll be continuing on with my Helen Dunmore prompt book, being spooked out by John Wyndham and appreciate Jhumpa Lahiri's interesting journey into the Italian language. And there might be a new book to add to my pile (again) this weekend. What will you be reading?