Hard to believe it is nearly the end of the year isn't it?
Here in South Australia it is Proclamation Day.
Back in 1836 the British colony of South Australia was proclaimed at Glenelg on a day when the mercury rose to over 100F under a bent gum tree that formed a natural arch. The Old Gum Tree is still there, but probably dead for at least 50 years, propped into place by concrete and sheltered with a canopy.
I hope you took my advice for the gift giving season and gave books for presents, and I hope you got some in return.
I got 5 books and a book voucher so I did well.
I've got something you can participate in if you are a crime fiction reader in the next few days. I am asking readers of my blog to pop in and leave a comment listing the best 10 crime fiction titles you've read in 2008. On about January 4/5 I will begin to collate the comments into a list. You don't have to read crime fiction only to participate, but I only want your crime fiction titles.
My posts this week:
- Review: THE PRIVATE PATIENT, P.D. James
At 88 years old P.D. James is still going strong. The first Adam Dalgliesh, in fact Jame's first published novel, for 3 years, but hopefully not her last.
- Your Best Crime Fiction reads in 2008
This is the activity that I referred to above. Do come in and leave your list in the comments.
- Arguing over Books??
A fellow blogger came across a wonderful cartoon, and an interesting article, about what causes squabbles in book groups. Have you ever had problems with groups that you belong(ed) to?
- Seasons Greetings to all
- Progress reports - various books
In the lead up to Christmas I seemed to make very slow progress on the books I was reading, so I decided to write about how I was feeling about each.
SEVEN ANCIENT WONDERS by Matthew Reilly, CORDUROY MANSIONS by Alexander McCall Smith, and THE PRIVATE PATIENT by P.D. James.
- Canadian Crime Fiction had a strong year in 2008
- Carnival of Criminal Minds #28 moves to the Rap Sheet
- Genre Flash3 released - Australian writers
- now - THE FENG SHUI DETECTIVE, Nury Vittachi
- sometime soon - THE 19TH WIFE, David Ebershoff
- also listening to - CORDUROY MANSIONS, Alexander McCall Smith, ready for ch. 71
- in the car - SEVEN ANCIENT WONDERS, Matthew Reilly
As New Year's Eve approaches I am wondering what book or blog related resolutions I can make.
This blog itself is the result of a resolution at the beginning of this year when I decided to create this blog mainly to "publish" my book reviews.
I made some other blog-related resolutions too:
- to write a review of every book that I read, whether I like it or not
- to visit the blogs of others and comment as much as I can
So what New Year's resolutions are you thinking about?