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2011 in review

1 January 2012

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 27 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Alone! Alone! Lives of some outsider women (book #88)

22 December 2010

Rosemary Dinnage, 2004.

Collection of reviews from the New York Times.

Quotes and comments on the correspondence between Olive Schreiner and Havelock Ellis:

She was “not clear as to where you begin and I end.” … such radical loosenings of the self, such creepings into another, are frightening. … eventually there come hints of a changed relationship. She makes the strange statement, from someone who has written a letter a day for over two years, that “I need you greatly in my life, but we seem to have so little to say to each other.”

Isak Dinesen in Carnival, a posthumous collection of short stories:

Certainly it is a great happiness to be able to turn the things which happen to you into stories. It is perhaps the one perfect happiness that a human being will find in life. But it is at the same time, unexplicably to the uninitiated, a loss, a curse even.

Rebecca West in a letter about the death of her cat Ginger Pounce:

He … [ellipsis in Dinnage] was always very careful not to make a fuss of me, but in a cagey way let me know that he knew I was doing pretty well for him and there were no hard feelings. He had a very reserved, reluctant way of licking my hand in a way that suggested he was saying to himself, “I hope to God the woman won’t start to think I want to marry her.”

Obviously Dinnage rather dammed herself to me by mixing up Jen and Joy of the Abbey Girls – how can anyone do that? Apart from that, and the review format rather showing at times, this is worth reading.

I need to work out what I’m doing with this blog. I have probably seventy books I’d like to get around to blogging. And I haven’t updated my summary list of what I’ve read for some time – partly because of some gaps in recording, a three-week gap in early summer where I was feeling too low to record, and a month gap because Twitter didn’t record my texts (which is how I was logging stuff). I’ve got a lot of scribbled lists and need to sort a way of recording in future for I don’t think I can let the lists go whatever I do with this site. Also I have a problem with not being able to return a load of library books before I blog them. I had a lot of plans for 2011 which I am still trying to hang on to though a lot of them are seeming much less possible than they did when I planned them in the autumn when I was buoyed up by new drugs (why do the damn things only work for a few months? What’s that about?). I guess there’s a question for me about whether I can successfully use this as a parallel conversation to the conversations I am not having, or whether that’s unhelpful. Anyway, that’s dull. Have a word cloud via Tagexdo instead.

Word Cloud of blog

Not convinced that it is based on the whole blog – may just be the first page. If it were picking up the whole thing I’d expect to see “Robb” pretty large, for one thing.

Also, I get a hell of a lot of traffic from people looking for info about the settlement of C- H- (not wanting to add to that traffic by mentioning again). As F wd say, I can literally only at this moment apol.


11 June 2010

So I’ve not been on the internet much recently. I’m trying to reduce my emails to the minimum (having had some upsetting ones and also having thousands of unread to sort through – I need to register a new account and try to increase the % of positive emails but until I do I’m trying to keep it to work, E and business stuff). I’ve disabled my MF account, partly because of feeling the way I am at the moment and partly because there’s been so much grar there recently. I’ll go back at some point. I’m sorry – there were some people I should have let know before I did it, but I can’t MeMail now obviously. I’m only Twittering books read. I’ll be back internetting properly at some point, but there’s so little time now and connexions are difficult. I’m trying to think through a list of problems / issues and decide which to worry about how etc. Might try the thing of assigning a certain amount of worry time.

Anyway, here’s a book update, working fwds in time from March 2010 to now. I think not all my texts made it to Twitter so there will be one or two missing.

Title, Author, First published, Type
No Ordinary Girl, ??? (Edwardian novel), Fiction
Silent on the Moor, Deanna Raybourn, 2009, Fiction
Seduction in Death, J D Robb, 2001, Fiction
Lonesome Road, Patricia Wentworth, 1939, Fiction
Out of the Past, Patricia Wentworth, 1953, Fiction
Betrayal in Death, J D Robb, 2001, Fiction
*Painting Women, Deborah Cherry, 1993, Non-fiction
Stepping Stones, ???, Fiction
Vengeance in Death, J D Robb, 1997, Fiction
The Language of Bees, Laurie King, 2009, Fiction
Entranced, Nora Roberts, 1992, Fiction
Charmed, Nora Roberts, 1992, Fiction
The Unfinished Clue, Georgette Heyer, 1934, Fiction
Dear Francesca, Mary Contini, 2003, Non-fiction
Promises in Death, J D Robb, 2009, Fiction
Death at the Opera, Gladys Mitchell, 1934, Fiction
#The Black Ship, Carola Dunn, 2009, Fiction
Gender and the politics of schooling, Madeleine Arnot and Gaby Weiner, 1987, Non-fiction
#Nightshade, Nora Roberts, 1993, Fiction
Out on your feet, Julie Welch, 2009, Non-fiction
*Culinary Treasures, Nicola Humble, Non-fiction [about the history of recipe books]
Funeral of Figaro, Ellis Peters, 1962, Fiction
I’ll be leaving you always, Sandra Scoppettone, 1994, Fiction
The Ivory Dagger, Patricia Wentworth, 1951, Fiction
Fantasy in Death, J D Robb, 2010, Fiction
The Enchantment Emporium, Tanya Huff, 2009, Fiction
Better, Atul Gawande, 2007, Non-fiction
Poison in the Pen, Patricia Wentworth, 1957, Fiction
The Traveller Returns, Patricia Wentworth, 1945, Fiction
Enchanted, Nora Roberts, 1999, Fiction
Among the Mad, Jacqueline Winspear, 2009, Fiction
Imitation in Death, J D Robb, 2003, Fiction
When the tide rises, David Drake, 2008, Fiction
Divided in Death, J D Robb, 2004, Fiction
#Heart of the sea, Nora Roberts, 2000, Fiction
#Tears of the moon, Nora Roberts, 2000, Fiction
#Jewels of the sun, Nora Roberts, 1999, Fiction
*London, Edward Rutherford, 1997, Fiction
The Gazebo, Patricia Wentworth, 1956, Fiction
An Excellent Mystery, Ellis Peters, 1985, Fiction
*Handsworth Revolution, David Winkley, 2002, Non-fiction
*Maps and Legends, Michael Chabon, 2008, Non-fiction
Latter End, Patricia Wentworth, 1947, Fiction
Summer Moonshine, P G Wodehouse, 1938, Fiction
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Michael Chabon, 2007, Fiction
Key of Valor, Nora Roberts, 2004, Fiction
Key of Knowledge, Nora Roberts, 2003, Fiction
Key of Light, Nora Roberts, 2003, Fiction
We’re in the Sixth, Carol Ann Pearce, 1960, Fiction
Blood Brothers, Nora Roberts, 2007, Fiction
#Winking at the Brim, Gladys Mitchell, 1974, Fiction
Memory in Death, J D Robb, J D Robb, 2006, Fiction
Have you any wool?, Jan Messent, 1987, Non-fiction
Wishing for Tomorrow, Hilary McKay, 2009, Fiction
The Head of the House of Coombe, Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1922, Fiction
Sanctuary, Nora Roberts, 1997, Fiction
A death in the family, ???, Fiction
Kindred in Death, 2009, J D Robb, Fiction
Memory in Death, J D Robb, 2006, Fiction
Not a Girl Detective, Susan Kandel, 2005, Fiction
Contented Dementia, Oliver James, 2008, Non-fiction
Why shoot a butler, Georgette Heyer, 1933, Fiction
*Diary of a delinquent episode, Jane Sparrow, 1976, Non-fiction
Sandra takes command, Constance White, 1960, Fiction
*Becoming a Reader, J A Appleyard, 1994, Non-fiction
Three Fates, Nora Roberts, 2003, Fiction
Tomb of Zeus, Barbara Cleverly, 2007, Fiction
*The burden of sympathy, David Karp, 2001, Non-fiction
Death in Ecstasy, Ngaio Marsh, 1936, Fiction
Sue Barton: Neighbourhood Nurse, Helen Dore Boyston, 1936, Fiction.

* means I want to write about it on here.
# means it was rubbish (which for me means a combination of not any good and not enjoyable).
??? means I need to check the author.

I seem to have read a greater number than usual of books I thought were no good.

Books listed more than once – this is a feature, not a bug.


13 February 2008

Work and other stuff have been a bit hectic. I have two books to put on, four to add notes to, lots of pictures to scan and I need to review my tags, which have gone a bit mad. Still, I’m glad people seen to be visiting, even if not saying much.

Search terms

19 January 2008

Someone got here through “odd deaths pictures”. I like it.


5 January 2008

I’m away for the next week and may not be able to post.

Plan for 2008

29 December 2007

Aim for the year is to record the books I read, with a quotation from each, and to scan images from 19thc and early 20thc books.