Saturday, November 7, 2009

Starred Saturdays: week of November 1

I "star" so many things each week in my Google Reader that I find interesting or useful and I figure that there is a good chance that most of my readers have the same interests. So, I am going to start Starred Saturdays. I will only do this when I have good stuff to share but I'm guessing it will be most weeks. There will also be non-book related links because life is diverse. Enjoy!

First is, of course, the Book Blogger Holiday Swap. I was too scared to participate last year but I just finished signing up for this year and I can't wait to see who I get to buy for. There is only a small window of time left for sign-ups so don't delay! (Found on Presenting Lenore)

Martha at SPOGG (The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar) is my hero and she found an illustration of the proper use of apostrophes. As this is one of my pet peeves, I find this funny and also hope that it helps people improve their punctuation use!

Another fun reference page is The Stoakes-Whibley Natural Index of Supernatural Collective Nouns at Wondermark. It gives the collective nouns for tons of mythological creatures like "a yearning of sasquatches" and "a tackle of basilisks". This is very useful if your NaNoWriMo project is a fantasy! (Found at io9)

Tanabata has launched November's Hello Japan! challenge and it's all about Japanese food! I already know where I'm going and what I'm eating but I'm going to try and make this a good sized post and to learn something new.

I'm excited that my favorite local new/used bookstore is getting a Book Espresso Machine. I'm going to have to figure out which of the books on my TBR list have been hard to find (The Nebuly Coat comes to mind) and go get them printed out!

I'm also adding the following books to my TBR list --
Murder on the Cliffs by Joanna Tallis -- a mystery featuring a young Daphne Du Maurier (found at A Work in Progress)

A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd - a female sleuth in a WWI English setting (found at A Reader's Respite)

And I'm going to make these salted brown butter krispy treats sometime soon!

I share because I care,


  1. This is a really cool way to highlight your found articles! I like them all :-) Thanks for sharing and caring.

  2. Thank you for sharing! I love the apostrophe link. I'm going to share it with my students and my colleagues.

  3. This is such a great idea!

  4. This is a really neat idea, I may have to borrow this sometime in the future!

  5. I just came across the apostrophe usage web site the other day - what a coincidence!

  6. Aarti - I hope that at least some of them will be interesting to my readers!

    Zee - Awesome! I liked that one!

    Lena - Thanks!

    Emily - Feel free to join in. I didn't want to make it a meme just because there are so many out there and I didn't want to aggregate or anything but I think it's a fun little thing to do.

    Rob - That's funny. Well, hopefully enough people will find it to improve apostrophe usage!

  7. Thanks for the link! Just saw a Tweet today from Third Place that the book espresso machine was delivered today and they are putting it together.

  8. What a great idea! I just discovered the whole starring thing and began using it. Now I'll have a place to talk about these!

  9. Matt - Awesome! I can't wait to see this new technology in action. It's really quite exciting.

    Jenners - Thanks! I think it will be fun to share a broader picture of my interests.