I have been up quite early this morning as I am feeling rather nervous as I am off to Highgate today for the crucial last day of training and approval to become a tour guide so if I waffle in this weeks rather random (birthday bits, competition bits and bobs, a link and the Riverside Readers small leap to fame) Bookish Bits. I hate tests I get so, so nervous so please have everything crossed from me this afternoon.
First up is another big thank you from me as I received some lovely birthday gifts from some lovely bloggers and readers which was really kind. I still have to go and pick up quite a few parcels from the sorting office (the postman hates me this week) but here is what has come in from some of you…
That very appropriate mug and book are from the lovely Kim at Reading Matters. The bag has already been out on the tube with me twice and three people have actually asked me where it came from. I didn’t know which got some frowns, I just think people thought I didn’t want to tell them, but maybe Kim will pop by and let us know? The lovely Simon T sent me some Wodehouse as I own none and mentioned on his post that I really wanted to read them. A reader who would like to remain unknown also sent me Murakami’s ‘After Dark’ which I am really looking forward to reading. I believe the lovely Novel Insights has ordered me a rather special series of books which I am very excited about and will update you on when they have all arrived.
Now as a thank you for all your lovely thoughts I secretly put anyone who said Happy Birthday in a raffle for a copy of ‘A Life Apart’. I also then gave away two sets of the first reissues of the Agatha Raisin series and (drum roll please) the winners are… Simon T and Elena. If you email me your addresses we will get them out to you.
Now if you didn’t win don’t be disheartened, there is a mammoth Agatha competition coming later in the year, seriously its ace! There will be more random giveaways for comments here there and everywhere in the months to come. It takes a lot to comment (I get as many emails as comments as some people like to stay that bit more anonymous) so it’s nice to say thanks now and again don’t you think. I am aware I have been rubbish at commenting back or on other blogs this week, revision and birthdays are to blame.
Finally before I whizz off for my big important day at Highgate I thought I would leave you with some links to have a gander at. Claire of Paperback Reader has written a brilliant rant about annotations in library books you have to read. I personally can’t grasp why people even dog ear a library book let alone write in them. Do what you want in your own books but not library ones, I find it really grating. Mind you this shocked me to the core last year…
Yes that is indeed a second-hand Persephone book that some dimwit has written the price in ink and massive letters on the inside of and technically defaced. I was appalled. Note – this is not a new picture but one taken when I was allowed to buy books last year.
The last link for you today is one that I got very excited about. The Riverside Readers have become the latest book group to feature on the Faber and Faber website. You can go and have a look at our lovely group shot and then read the feature, I have been eagerly awaiting this for a few months and hoorah here it is!
So what are you all up to this weekend? Is anyone else doing any tests/exams of any sorts? What bookish things have caught your eye? What book have you been raving about? I will look forward to all your lovely replies when I get back… oh dear the nerves are coming in waves again!