Monday, April 30, 2007

Linky dinks and a recap

Just a few things worth mentioning:

The latest issue of Estella's Revenge is all ready and very spiffy-looking. You can read my review of The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy, here. Congrats to Andi and Heather on another terrific issue!

I can't remember if I've mentioned Daily Lit, a site where you can sign up to receive daily excerpts of various works by email. Last night, I got so caught up in the reading of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself that I kept sending for excerpts until I'd read 15 of them. And, then the 16th didn't show up because of an email snafu, so I took a bath. While it's a little uncomfortable reading off a computer screen for long, it's a nice option.

Here's a recap of what I read in April:

The Moon on a Stick - Valerie-Anne Baglietto
In the Cut - Susannah Moore (not recommended)
20th-Century Ghosts - Joe Hill
The Sex Lives of Cannibals - J. Maarten Troost
Start Late, Finish Rich - David Bach (not recommended, although certain portions are useful)
Don't Kiss Them Goodbye - Allison DuBois
Earthly Joys - Philippa Gregory
The Secret Lives of People in Love - Simon Van Booy
The Ladies of Grace Adieu - Susanna Clarke

Most were very enjoyable reads. I have recently added a link to my 2007 reads in my sidebar and plan to eventually update the page to include books read in 2005 and 2006 and, hopefully, add a bit more information. At this point, it's just a list that includes title, author and number of pages.

The animal life avoided me, today, apart from a lizard. Darn. It was a really cute lizard, though. Here's a closeup of his cute little reptile face:

I love that shade of green. There is another lizard hanging out with this fellow in or around our herb garden (a light brown one) and I'm guessing they're a couple. Awwww, how sweet.

Happy Monday!


  1. Haha! You crack me up with your sweet, lizard couples :D We have lizards galore around here right now...and the junebugs have gotten insane!

    Great review! I've come to love Estella's Revenge. Very cool magazine thingy.

    Great, dynamic list of reads for April!

  2. Great review!! Love love love it!

    And, you know, I'm not a big fan of lizards, but that one is sooo cute! Or I would think so until it scurried in or near my house. *screech* I'm such a girl.

    As for Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl....AMAZING book.


  3. I love that shade of green, too, and the way chameleons change color and dull themselves down to brown. I've tried and tried to catch them when they do the "throaty" action, but by the time I get my camera, it is too late.

    Last year, however, I did catch them in an intimate pose. So sweet and gentle.

  4. I love lizards. We get too cold here for the little guys to be running around in the wild, so we have to go to the zoo to see them. You are lucky. That's a nice one.

  5. Chris,

    They're just so darned cute, aren't they? Same here; the lizards are out en force in our area. No junebugs yet, thank goodness. Those things are a nuisance!

    I'm loving Estella's Revenge, too; it has such a nice variety of articles, reviews and interviews. Loads of fun reading. And, thanks. :)

    Hey Andi,

    Thank you, ma'am.

    You're so funny. I don't mind those lizards coming in my house, as long as I'm able to catch them and put them back outside where they belong. They're cute, but they do scurry. LOL

    And, I agree 100%. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is so vivid you can almost hear the nasty master whispering in her ear and the crack of the whip. It's so hard to believe that kind of thing took place here. Vicksburg used to be surrounded by cotton plantations.


    I think those little lizards are one of the exciting things about the South - they're loads of fun to watch. That fellow did, in fact, dull himself down while I was shooting his photo.

    Yep, I missed the throat thing, too. He was blowing up his throat a few days ago, trying to get the attention of the little brown lizard girl, I guess. By the time I got my camera, he was done but they did seem to have a conversation going. Love your photo of them! It looks sweet rather than rude, I agree.


    We have a lot of the little lizards around here; they're really common. You'd have fun watching them if you lived here, I'm sure. I've always been transfixed in the reptile house, myself. Funny. Do you like snakes?

  6. I love snakes! Also frogs.

    When we went to South Dakota I was very disappointed that we missed out on this place called The Reptile Gardens. I'm making a point of going back to see that. It has a nice website, too.

  7. I figured you would, if you like lizards. I have a lovely toad photo that I took last week, when I was gardening and scared the poor thing. :) I'll have to look up the Reptile Gardens.

  8. Love the photo!

    I'm also a fan of DailyLit--I'm in the middle of The Age of Innocence (as a warm-up for reading the new Edith Wharton bio by Hermione Lee...) I really miss the emails over the weekend!

  9. Gentle Reader,

    Daily lit is such a wonderful option; I just love it. The Age of Innocence is way up there on my huge all-time favorites list. :)


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