Anyway, I'm ploughing through 'Anna Karenina' (again) at a fair rate of knots and will be ready with a review shortly - although you may wish to skip it if you are one of those people that Wordsworth Editions describe as regarding Anna as one of literature's best-loved creations; I don't quite see her that way... Not that I don't like the book (it's great); sometimes it's important to treat the book and the eponymous hero(ine) separately.
Nothing to report on the acquisitions front either. My absence from work (and from a computer which is not riddled with spyware) means that the Book Depository is out of bounds for the moment, and I no longer buy books from so-called 'shops' anymore - although I did get a beautiful Charlie & Lola book entitled 'This is actually MY party' for little Emily last time I ventured out of the house. Of course, I still have a dozen or so unread books snoozing somewhere on my bookcase, so it's not as if I'm going to go hungry anytime soon.
Speaking of unread books, there are a few there which must, nay, WILL be read by the end of 2009. I believe that I have already mentioned my plan to read Vikram Seth's 'A Suitable Boy', but I have a couple more novels which I would file under 'Unfinished Business'. One is 'Don Quixote', a book which I started a couple of years back but shamefully lost interest in after a hundred pages or so. The other is Ayn Rand's 'Atlas Shrugged', which I am just as determined to hate as I am to read...
One last piece of news afore ye go: as part of the impressively industrious Dan Holloway's 'Free E-Day', I will be writing a short story (all by myself!) and providing a link, here on my blog, to a free download for anyone foolish enough to wish to read it. I won't say any more about that now, but there are more details on the brochure on Dan's site for those who are interested. Oh yes, have a look at what other people are giving away too (especially Dan) - it all goes down on the 1st of December.
Hmm. Red wine does not dull pain as much as Panadeine Forte, but it definitely makes you sleepier - night, night everyone :)