Gaskella’s Midweek Miscellany #1

I won’t deny that I get loads of ideas and inspiration for posts and blog improvements from other blogs – don’t we all? A huge thank you to everyone who’s inspired me in this way. Something a lot of bloggers do, and I haven’t so far, is a regular round-up post.

Doing a quick survey, Simon at Savidgereads does his Bookish Bits on a Saturday, whereas Jackie at Farmlanebooks does an end of the month summary, and Teresa at Shelflove gives us weekly Notes from a Reading Life as part of her Sunday Salon posts.

While I like the idea of the Sunday Salon it is closed to new sign-ups having reached the number of contributors that the software can cope with. Looking for an USP, I thought I’d make my round-up ‘Gaskella’s Midweek Miscellany’. It won’t happen every week, but it will appear on Wednesdays. So here goes …

Simon T’s Ten Random Books Meme, is spreading. It was such fun to do, and my version is here, and here are more fascinating results for your delectation …


Last Thursday I took part in a Blog Blitz organised by Kelly at YAnnebe to highlight great YA novels that not many people have read. Kelly used the power of the Librarything tagging system to analyse the numbers of LT users that owned each YA tagged book. Over 25,000 LT users own Twilight for instance, but there are thousands of books owned by 500 people or less. Then invited LT users with public catalogues who are bloggers to highlight some of their favourite rarely owned YA titles, and even gave us personalised lists to work from. This must have been a massive project and nearly 50 bloggers took part by posting – and I’ve added to many to my wishlists from others’ posts! To sum it all up, Kelly is publishing some final data from all the books highlighted. Go Kelly!!!


Lastly this week – Incoming. New arrivals at Gaskell Towers include:

  • The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar – it’s steampunk. A masked terrorist is putting bombs into books – oh no!
  • Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada. First published in 1947 in Germany, this book chronicles the horror and terror of German life during WWII. It’s also a chunkster with over 500 pages.
  • The Mayor’s Tongue by Nathaniel Rich. Scott Pack said this reminded him of Paul Auster . Well anything Austerish will attract my attention.
  • Intuition by Allegra Goodman, a novel of Bad Science. This medical thrillerish novel was bound to appeal to the scientist bit of my brain.
  • Brooklyn by Colm Toibin – I finally gave in on and bought this one – in hardback too even though the paperback is out this month.
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – after all the posts and comments around on this book – I succumbed.
  • And finally, with many thanks to the lovely Dovegreyreader, a boxed set of Oxford Bronte essentials arrived. I won this set in one of her Twelve Days of Christmas giveaways. Jane Eyre, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Wuthering Heights in nice new Oxford World Classics editions will now grace my shelves.

0 thoughts on “Gaskella’s Midweek Miscellany #1

  1. farmlanebooks says:

    I love these round up posts! I hope that you enjoy compiling yours.The Hunger Games is fantastic – it was one of my favourite reads of 2009. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did.

  2. Paperback Reader says:

    Love the new midweek miscellany! Like you I have been tempted by Simon of Stuck-in-a-Book's Weekend Miscellany, Simon of Savidge Read's Bookish Bits and Teresa's Sunday posts; I want to name mine Claire's Corner :P.You've reminded me that I've still to post my books that define me meme.I hope you love The Hunger Games as much as I do and please read your copy of Brooklyn before the paperback is released (I annoy myself when I buy a hardback and then don't read it until well after it becomes cheaper in paperback!) Brooklyn is a beautiful read.

  3. Annabel Gaskell says:

    Aarti – Couldn't resist the Bookman when offered an ARC. It's near the top of the pile – Watch this space.Jackie – thank you. I'm looking forward to the Hunger Games as everyone is talking about it.Claire – I'll look forward to reading Claire's Corner (It better when it's a bit alliterative isn't it!)

  4. savidgereads says:

    I do love these round up blogs, its sends you off to places that you may have somehow missed or didnt know about and I am all for that!

  5. Samantha says:

    Hi Gaskella! Brooklyn and Alone in Berlin were in my top ten of last year – loved them both. And I also recently received a copy of Intuition – I was reminded of it when it was shortlisted for the Welcome Trust Literary Prize last year.Also, thanks for the great review of The Blasphemer – I just received my copy of it today from thebookdepository. It sounds like a book "right up my alley"!

  6. StuckInABook says:

    I do love round-up posts – I just usually forget to do my own! Will make sure I do this week… and look forward to more of yours (and Claire's Corner!)

  7. Annabel Gaskell says:

    SimonS – Your bookish bits are great too.Ali – Intuition is on the reading soon pile!Samantha – I hope you enjoy the Blasphemer as much as I did. I'll definitely be reading Brooklyn very soon.SimonT – I love round-ups too, so don't forget to do one soon!

  8. Jo says:

    I enjoy reading round up posts too. Don't ever seem to get round to writing my own though. Not sure if I ever will, but I'd like to!I'm about 200 pages into Alone in Berlin at the moment and considering the subject matter it's surprisingly easy to read, so far anyway.

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