A bit of this, a bit of that...

Do you write in your books? Scott McLemee has something to say on the subject. More about how than whether or not you should do it. I've become a big fan of post-it flags. I'm still lusting after these ones that Iliana linked to a while ago...

Why the heck is James Frey being interviewed again? Shouldn't he have stayed away at least until January? Maybe he figures since there's been a settlement it's time to come out of hiding?

I kinda wish I was a kid so I could go to this...

The Man Booker shortlist was announced. I really need to read the Night Watch as Sarah Waters will be at the IFOA next month.

I finished another book and blogged about it at BlogHer. I'm still looking for escapist reads.

I was at a bookstore tonight for the Margaret Atwood reading. My friend was one of the lucky contest winners so we got to meet her before the reading. It was kind of odd to be in a little room with her (and 8 other contest winners). We weren't there that long - I'd guess about 15 minutes??? One thing I *must* comment on because it's something you won't realize through her books - she has perfectly flawless skin. Seriously. The type that you lust after. I wanna know how she does it but it's really not something that you ask her you know?

I went a bit nuts at the bookstore. Aside from Atwood's new book I left with a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird because I haven't read it and since banned book week is coming up I figure it's a good time. I also happened upon this book - She: A History of Adventure. I've never heard of it before but the cover looked interesting. How did I find it? I was randomly walking through the aisles looking for Modern Classics and Penguin Classic covers and the title caught me eye. Oddly there's an introduction written by Margaret Atwood. Has anyone read this? From the introduction by the "editor":
At first I was inclined to believe that this history of a woman, clothed in the majesty of her almost endless years, on whom the shadow of Eternity itself lay like the dark wing of Night, was some giant allegory of which I could not catch the meaning. Then I thought that it might be a bold attempt to portray the possible results of practical immortality, informing the substance of a mortal who yet drew her strength from Earth, and in whose human bosom passions yet rose and fell and beat as in the undying world around her the winds and the tides rise and fall and beat unceasingly. But as I read on I abandoned that idea also. To me the story seems to bear the stamp of truth upon its face. Its explanation I must leave to others.

While I was browsing I also saw this book (luckily after I already paid for things...) - College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens, and Coeds Then and Now. I wonder if the library has this although it's the type of book I like to buy so that I can pick at it here and there over a long period of time.

And can I just say that i find it vaguely annoying at Chapigo books are one price online and another price in-store? I know they reduce their online prices so that they can be in competition with amazon (or at least that's what I'm assuming) but it sucks that books are not the same price in-store. Cause you know what? When I'm in the store I like to browse and more often than not I'll end up adding books to my pile. Like today. I'm far less inclined to do that online. Is that just me???