1. This article about Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney. My 10 year old nephew is a great fan of his books; I'm a great fan of the man himself. Despite being one of the highest selling children's authors currently in the world, he still works the same full time job he had before Wimpy Kid went batsh*t crazy with kids everywhere. He actually slots his writing/creating time into around nine months of his nights and weekends. I so admire that. Possibly his wife doesn't: :P
2. This pic...
... which got me thinking of all the other literary star crossed lovers you could swap names into: Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler, Henry DeTamble and Clare Abshire, Edward and Bella (*shudder*), Cecelia Tallis and Robbie Turner, the lead male + the lead female in any of Nicholas Sparks' books, Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall, Tatiana Metanova and Alexander Belov, Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy... or is that Daniel Cleaver?
I could on and on (feel free to add yours in the comments box!)
3. This lovely bit of whimsy from the clever people at Flavourwire: if everyone's favourite depressed literary donkey had an ipod, what tunes would he be playing?
4. The new Stephen King novel, 11/22/63. I haven't picked up a book by the horror master since I was a teenager. This one, while shaping up to have a few supernatural elements, is most assuredly not a horror: it is however, extremely good! It comes with a very interesting premise - a portal to 1958 is in a dying diner owner's storeroom and he asks local high school teacher Jake Epping to go back in time and stop the assassination of President John Kennedy. Time however doesn't always want to be changed...
The Kindle app tells me I am 54% through it and although I am not finished, I can tell you that it is in need of a firm edit. That's not stopping me from really enjoying it and I have found myself thinking about it in quiet moments throughout my day - always a sign of a winner.
5. The proliferation of posts of clever people making Christmas trees towers out of books - some complete with lights!
6. And speaking of Christmas...the sweet anticipation of the morning of December 25 and the lovely books and/or book vouchers I'm hoping to receive!
Meri Kirihimete everyone!