I’ve been wanting to create some new post graphics, and above you can see my latest design. What do you think? I’m especially proud that I figured out how to change the colors of the balloon and some of the books in Photoshop — some of those books went through quite a few changes, and I’m still not completely convinced about all of them. But I’m leaving them this way for now.
This month I asked, Are there too many book blogs? The question was a bit provocative, but I was glad to receive so many thoughtful and many-faceted responses. I value every one of the connections I’ve made through blogging, and I only hope the community doesn’t become too huge for us to continue to find one another.
Much as we love blogging, sometimes we all need to take a break. I’m taking a week or two off to recharge my reading and blogging batteries. I’ll be back after Labor Day with some news about an exciting upcoming event. (What is it? Check out the sidebar.)
- I finally met and and loved Mrs. Dalloway.
- I reread the first five books of Joan Aiken’s Wolves Chronicles, a wild and wonderful ride.
- I indulged in melodrama to the max with Wilkie Collins’s Armadale.
- The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson was my pick for Women in Translation Month.
- I took a brief look at some new and noteworthy titles, encompassing dark fantasy, memoir, nature writing, cookery, historical fiction, and literary pastiche, as well as various combinations thereof.
Other Books Read
- A Royal Experiment: The Private Life of George III by Janice Hadlow
- Madam, Will You Talk? by Mary Stewart – Review to come in Shiny New Books
- Emma by Jane Austen – Reread, for Austen in August
- If I Were You by Joan Aiken – Reread
- Goodbye, Stranger by Rebecca Stead – Review to come
- Jane Fairfax by Joan Aiken – Reread for Austen in August
- A Visit to Highbury by Joan Austen-Leigh – for Austen in August
- Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach – for Doing Dewey’s Nonfiction Book Club
- Is That a Fish in Your Ear? Translation and the Meaning of Everything by David Bellos – Review to come
Other Features and Events
- For Top Ten Tuesday, I picked ten of my favorite bookish characters and ten more of my favorite fairy tale retellings.
- I finally got around to doing the Book Title Acrostic I was tagged in weeks ago. It was fun, please join in! (Annabel, Jessica, Nishita, and Monica did.)
- I took a look at the latest issue of Slightly Foxed, perhaps my ideal literary publication.
- And for Austen in August/TTT, I listed Ten Books That Would Be on the Syllabus If I Taught Austen in August.
Favorite Posts from Other Bloggers
- Nicole of Feed Your Fiction Addiction had the excellent idea to do a round-up of monthly wrap-up posts! I’ll be guest hosting for the September linkup, so please watch for the sign-up post and giveaway announcement. And be sure to check out this month’s round-up.
- Another new feature over at Doing Dewey is a Nonfiction Book Club. This month’s pick was Packing for Mars by Mary Roach. Please join us for next month’s read, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.
- While we’re on the topic, Sophisticated Dorkiness shared some helpful Resources for Finding Nonfiction. I’m always a sucker for a good book list.
- The amazing Ashley of Nose Graze sponsored a Who Wears Tweak Me Best? contest, featuring over 40 fabulous blogs that all use her Tweak Me theme. I was honored that ECBR was nominated (though not the winner, alas).
- At Tales from the Reading Room, Your Experience is Not My Experience gives a thoughtful examination of how personal response colors our reading — and may be transforming what gets written in the first place.
- Two of my favorite posts from Austen in August were these very personal responses: Learning to Love Jane Austen. and Me and Jane Austen.
- Another great Austen-related post was a reconsideration of the 1999 Mansfield Park film, at Majoring in Literature.
- Delving further into the past, following last month’s Shirley Jackson Reading Week, Simon from Stuck in a Book did a great compilation of Shirley Jackson Covers. I never tire of looking at cover art fashions through the years.