Category: Miscellaneous

Did you miss me?

Posted July 2, 2015 by Heather in Miscellaneous / 29 Comments

[taps microphone]

Is this thing on?

Hello! Long time, no post, huh?

Well, I’m back. It’s been almost a year since I’ve posted anything, and I’m finally feeling the desire to get back into the writing saddle.

Nothing bad happened, it just got to the point where I started taking this blogging thing a little too seriously and it was starting to feel like a chore. At some point I realized that I really wanted to just read and enjoy it and not have to write anything about it. So that’s what I’ve been doing. Reading.

And working! Last September I became a paid staff member of my local library! Dream job. It doesn’t even feel like a job. I get to work with books, and talk about books, and I get paid to do so. I love it. The people I work with are awesome, the patrons are awesome, and I couldn’t be happier.

You’ll notice that things look a little simpler around here. I think the heaviness of my last blog design was adding to the heaviness I felt about writing. I’ve decluttered and lightened things up, hoping that I will stay light about posting and writing about what I love. Reviews will hopefully be a little less “professional” and more lighthearted. I really needed to change the whole feel of things here.

I’ve been reading some great books, and I’ll be starting the reviews back up with a series that I’m super enjoying right now (even if it is a bit disturbing, ahem).

I hope I didn’t lose too many followers over my year of rest. If you’ve kept me in your feed readers or in your inboxes, I thank you. I’ve missed you guys!

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World Book Night 2014

World Book Night 2014

I was a giver for World Book Night this year. It was my first time so I was a bit nervous, but I was also excited and knew I’d have a good time. As someone who has been in love with books for as long as I can remember, I can’t think of anything more fun and rewarding than sharing my love of books and reading with others by being able to give them one of my favorite books. This […]

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Happy World Book Night Day!

Happy World Book Night Day!

Today’s the day! It’s World Book Night! Today and this evening I will be giving away twenty copies of one of my all-time favorite books to people in my area. This is my first year as a giver, and I’m both excited and nervous about it. This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff Hopefully the first two copies I give away will be to our server and the restaurant manager where Eric and I go for our weekly breakfast dates. After that […]

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Let’s Talk About Sex

Let’s Talk About Sex

April is Sex Month at Insatiable Booksluts, and today I’m there talking about why I don’t (or more appropriately, can’t) read erotica or romance novels… “Yeah, I’m Not Gonna Read That” Join me, won’t you? It should be a…rousing…conversation. Heh.

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The Desmond Elliott Prize longlist has been announced!

The Desmond Elliott Prize longlist has been announced!

Last night at midnight in the UK, the longlist for the 2014 Desmond Elliott Prize was announced. What is the Desmond Elliott Prize, you might ask? Here’s a quick description from the prize’s website: The Desmond Elliott Prize is an annual award for a first novel written in English and published in the UK. Worth £10,000 to the winner, the prize is named after the literary agent and publisher, Desmond Elliott. When choosing the winner, a panel of three judges […]

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Another Secret Santa…With a Twist

Another Secret Santa…With a Twist

A few weeks ago (probably more like a month ago) I received an email from Rick of Another Book Blog. He contacted me, Rory, Laura, CJ, and Carolyn, and asked us if we’d like to participate in a bookish Secret Santa…with a twist. Here’s the idea: Each of us would be given the name of one of the others participating (randomly chosen). Next, we would choose a book that we’d like that person to read. We wouldn’t be buying the […]

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It’s baaaaaack…

Hello! The blog has officially been transferred to WordPress.org and everyone who has subscribed to Between the Covers through WordPress or through the email option has been transferred with it. NOTE from the WordPress.com Happiness Engineer who transferred the subscriptions: Any WordPress.com followers who opted to receive email updates will need to re-subscribe through the Jetpack signup box, otherwise they’ll only see new posts in their Reader. Non-WordPress.com email subscribers will continue to get email updates. So WordPress.com followers, if you […]

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BtC is moving…

…to WordPress.org. That’s right. I’ve finally made the decision to move the blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org, mostly for aesthetical reasons. (Is aesthetical even a word? The red, squiggly line says no. Heather says who cares?) AESTHETIC. The proper usage would be “aesthetic.” Aesthetic reasons. I could just delete that whole first line and you’d never know that I had a huge brain fart, but that wouldn’t be any fun, would it? ANYWAY. WordPress.com has been absolutely wonderful to me–it […]

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Happy Towel Day, you hoopy froods!

Happy Towel Day, you hoopy froods!

“A towel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.” The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a wholly remarkable book. It has been compiled and recompiled many times over many years and under many different editorships. It contains contributions from countless numbers of travelers and researchers. The introduction begins like this: “Space,” it says, “is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big it […]

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“Where is human nature so weak as in the book store?”

“Where is human nature so weak as in the book store?”

Library book sale! Library book sale! Today was the first day of my local library’s biannual book sale. I have two local libraries, actually, but this book sale that runs today through Saturday is for my LOCAL local library in Hollidaysburg (the one about two miles from my house). It’s a tiny library (but they have plans to move to a new location and build a bigger library, starting at the end of the year if all goes well) so […]

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