* Last week many of you took part in Bloggiesta, which was hosted by Maw Books. Although I found the previous Bloggiesta in January very productive, I decided not to participate this time because I knew last weekend was going to be too busy for me to commit enough time to make it worthwhile. During the week though I’ve had a sort of personal mini-Bloggiesta of my own and made a few improvements to my blog. Here are some of the things I’ve done:
Created Read in 2009 and Read in 2010 pages.
Improved navigation of the A-Z Reviews Page.
Created a Short Story index page.
Updated my About page. This also satisfies the requirements of this week’s Blog Improvement Project task. The task asked us to think about blog branding and building a consistent identity across our blog title, subtitle and about pages.
There are still a few other things I need to do – including moving my completed challenges to another page to keep them separate from the ones I’m currently working on – but those can wait for a while until I have time.
* Did you know 14th-21st June was Independent Booksellers Week here in the UK? I didn’t hear about it until it was too late, as it ends tomorrow, but it made me think – there are no independent booksellers that I know of anywhere near where I live. There are some charity bookshops, second hand bookshops, and chain stores such as Waterstones and WH Smith, but I can’t think of a single independent bookshop. Isn’t that sad? I suppose it doesn’t help that so many people, including myself, are buying most of our books online these days. Are there any independent booksellers near you – and if there are, do you try to support them?
* You may have heard that the author Jose Saramago died on Friday at the age of 87. He became the first Portuguese-language winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998. I haven’t read any of Saramago’s work but over the last few days have been hearing a lot about how good his books are. Have you read any of his books and would you recommend them?
* Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl has been voted the all-time favourite Puffin children’s book according to a poll on the Puffin Books website. The other six choices were The Family from One End Street by Eve Garnett, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, Stig of the Dump by Clive King, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian, and the Hundred-Mile-an-Hour Dog by Jeremy Strong. Have you read any of these? Which is your favourite? My vote went to Charlotte’s Web.
I’m going back to my books now. Enjoy your reading this week!