Wednesday, May 05, 2010


Wow, got really busy there and just realized how terribly I've been neglecting my poor blog. I'll just pop in again to share a few things that I've found interesting over the last couple of weeks...

Just finished Esther Sternberg's Healing Spaces (a review to come) and one very interesting fact I discovered in that book is that dogs who track by scent can distinguish between anyone...except for identical twins. They smell the same. Weird!

Are you familiar with the concept of Slow Food? I've just come across quite an intriguing small book called Slow Reading, by John Miedema, in which he says that "slow reading of books is still essential for nurturing literacy and the capacity for extended linear thought." If you want to take a look there is a sample chapter online, and lots of info on his website as well.

Thanks to Kate at Kate's Book Blog, I found an article at The Guardian all about childhood reading. Specifically, childhood books that can still make you cry. I think that the ones that really get to me, even now, are Anne of Green Gables (Reading about Matthew and you don't cry? You must be very cold-hearted!) and Tuck Everlasting. That one can really get me going. What about you?

Also at the Guardian, one of my favourite books by my latest author crush is the bookclub pick: Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively. Read a summary and then follow along!

And seriously, it doesn't take much to make a librarian happy. Look at my shiny new office toy:

It's so purple! And it holds so many new books :)


  1. Oooh, pretty cart. I'm familiar with Slow Travel, and I've heard of the Slow Food movement. So it doesn't really surprise me that someone is now touting slow reading.

  2. Love the colourful book cart. Looks like it could hold quite a few items. It would have to be Charlotte's Web and the play of Anne of Green Gables in PEI. That's right, I admit it, I've not read LMM!

  3. My Goodness!
    I've seen a few trollops in my day...... I mean, trolleys..... yes, this is what I meant, but this here is one of the HOTTEST looking trolleys I have ever seen!

  4. I wonder if people would think I was weird if I had one of those purple carts in my house.

  5. softdrink - me either - but I was interested to see how he presents reading as part of the "slow" movement

    Chumley - thanks for sharing your childhood tearjerkers. I'd forgotten Charlotte's Web, but so agree with you!

    Cipriano - why thanks. I love hot Trollops (Anthony & Fanny) as much as hot trolleys ;)

    Chris - it would make a great place for the TBR ;)

  6. Oh goodness, it's not even my cart and I'm smiling!


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