Thursday, October 25, 2012

5 bookish sites/blogs you will like (the implied OR ELSE is totally your imagination...)

"Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life."
― Mark Twain

So. This ridiculous thing happened. I left you all to your own devices and headed off to Toronto to do THINGS and STUFF. Mostly, to attend a dorky convention for the tv show Supernatural, while sliding in trips to sightsee as well. Strangely, the highlight of my holiday wasn't meeting Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. It was a quick two minute conversation with Mark Sheppard about Doctor Who (Mark played Canton Delaware), New Zealand and our atrocious accents. That brief moment where he indulged my fangirlness? Forever top of mind. And hearing him debate with another fan why setting up partisan Doctor Who camps is actually bad for the fandom as a whole? Be still my geekgirl heart. I'm back in NZ physically, even if my brain is still in North America somewhere. (This gives me an excuse to go back and get it again, right?). Surprisingly, my first post is not Toronto/Supernatural-related. Nor is it Armageddon related. Despite what this intro may lead you to believe. (By the way, it was fantastic to meet/see some of you during the Saturday/Sunday of Armageddon!). Those will come a little later next week, though, I promise. Today's post is a quick list of bookish bloggy/websitey type recommendations I lose my collective mind over BECAUSE I live to feed your literacy addiction. YOU'RE WELCOME. So! Did you miss me?

Novel Sounds
Run by Elena, Novel Sounds is a young adult book blog where the books reviewed come complete with a recommended/matched song or two to complement it. I adore music. There is always something playing either in my head or on my player. But for the life of me I can't choose bookish soundtracks for peanuts. Nothing I choose seems to suit the mood or the pace or my state of mind. So I gave up even trying. I appreciate others who can do it successfully - even if it's just one or two tracks like Elena recommends.

Underground New York Public Library
From the site: "The Underground New York Public Library is a visual library featuring the Reading-Riders of the NYC subways. This project is not affiliated with The New York Public Library." People. Reading. On the subway. I see a little bit of this in Auckland while travelling to and from meetings. As a tertiary student I saw it happen more. In Toronto, though, everyone was reading everywhere I went: buses, subway, street cars. It was a beautiful, beautiful thing.

Sophisticated Dorkiness: A bookworm journalist muses on literature and life
WIN. Sophisticated Dorkiness is run by Kim, and she blogs about writing, dorky things and books. (How awesome that all three can be run together).

Book lovers never go to bed alone on Tumblr
Bookshelf porn. Seriously. Pics of bookshelves: tidy, messy, strange, modern - all kinds.

Pop Sensation
This particular bookish link would be my most favourite out of this lot listed here today. Every few days Parker writes about the covers of his vintage paperback collection. Ridiculously simple premise that works oh so very well. Earlier this year I had a bit of a chat with him on Twitter from our work account and discovered that his wife is actually an NZer AND that he was about to come over with the family for a holiday. YAY! (And no, I did not stalk him, I am way cooler than that. Just barely). I've been following Rex's Pop Sensation blog for a couple years or so now for three very good reasons:

  • He's hilariously funny (using those two words together - is that redundant? I'm never sure)
  • His vintage paperback collection reminds me that my love of words began with watching dad read vintage novels (oh, they were so horrifically bad they were beautiful)
  • The covers are FANTASTIC. They truly are. And he has SUCH a way with words, he really does. An accidental find that I visit time and again
  • Funnily(?), I cannot access Parker's blog from work because our filter deems the content 'not safe for work' *sigh* But this is what home is for, right? And before you raise your eyebrows at me, no it's not a porny site, geez, like I'd do that to you. It's vintage book covers, and they were a real sign of the times.

    Let me know what you think of the links! Unless you hate them :/

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