June 12, 2010

Blogging Month Day 12: Sales, Slip-ups, Speaking Dutch and Sisters Who Look Alike…

Filed under: Books, Words/Language, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 6:32 pm

Whoah… big day. Must say, for being left all alone to my own devices for the weekend I haven’t had much time to myself! Today (for the most part happily so) revolved largely around books…

1) One Good Thing: after doing the laundry (well, half of it anyway) and spending a good 90 minutes putting a printable wishlist of books together (and whittling down the 300-odd “I Want”s to the “Need to Get to Finish the Series and Move On with Life”s) I headed into town to the Lifeline Bookfest…

View down one out of about 300 tables of books. This thing fills an entire hall of the convention centre...

Anyway, not only was I remarkably restrained to the point of only 2 overflowing bags (both of which fit not too uncomfortably into a backpack) and only $60 spent, but I was also able to tick quite a number of long sought-after books off the wishlist, including a good number of Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe books

2) One Bad Thing: Didn’t do quite a good enough job with wishlist weeding/whittling. Ended up with 2 copies of Tanith Lee’s “Night’s Sorceries“, didn’t get “Sharpe’s Waterloo” because I thought I had it but I didn’t. And grabbed what I thought was a Susanna Gregory standalone, but is actually Book 7 in a series, so the wishlist has ballooned again… d’oh!

3) One Thing I Learned: (other than that there are people out there who are WAY bigger book nerds than me that is?) Well, yesterday I had dinner with my in-laws, who are going away overseas for the year to Holland. They’re learning Dutch, and I asked them to say something in Dutch for me. And now I have learned that to greet someone you say “Hallo, hoe gaat het?” or something like that. Languages are groovy! 🙂

4) Today’s Link: because I love Improv Everywhere. And because my sister and I were reminiscing about how we used to pretend we were twins when we were little, even though there’s 3 years between us, she was taller than me even at the age of eight, and we’ve essentially swapped hair colours since then…



  1. hee hee – love improv everywhere too.
    I admire your restraint at the book fair!

    Comment by Penny — June 12, 2010 @ 6:41 pm

  2. I’ve never seen improve everywhere before. Thanks for introducing me.
    SO impressed at your restraint at the bookfair. I can’t attend these events unless I only take cash and no credit cards now.

    Comment by Ruth Baxter — June 12, 2010 @ 9:57 pm

  3. I have a cunning plan. We go to new york when there’s a library conference on. we present an awesome paper so either work pays or we write it off on tax. we take part in EVERY IMPROV EVERYWHERE SKETCH WE CAN. we visit libraries. we come home. it will be truly magical.

    Comment by NomesD — June 18, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

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