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A Life in Pictures

UntitledLuddite that I am, it always takes me a while to try “new” (we are definitely stretching the meaning of that word here) things – particularly when it comes to social media.  But try them I will: I’ve now joined Instagram.  You can find me there as thecaptivereader.

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Technical Difficulties

Henrietta Street by Peter Snow - this has nothing to do with technical difficulties but isn't it pretty?

Henrietta Street by Peter Snow – this has nothing to do with technical difficulties but I thought we should have something pleasant in this post.

Having some technical difficulties today so the Library Loot post won’t be up until this evening.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

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All a Twitter

twitter birdThis has been a big week for me technologically: I finally got a smartphone (my very first non-work cell phone – I was clinging desperately to the 20th Century) and I’ve finally set up a Twitter account (@CaptiveReader).  I clearly have no idea what I’m doing so if you lovely readers have any Twitter tips or would simply like to point me towards your accounts or ones you think worth following, speak out!

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Third Birthday!

The Conservatory by Frances Jones Bannerman

The Conservatory by Frances Jones Bannerman

Three years ago today, The Captive Reader blog was born.  It is strange to think back to that night; I was so anxious and excited to plunge wholeheartedly into the world of book blogging but I really had no idea where it would lead.  I could not dream of friendships I would make, the support I would find, and all the fun I would have belonging to a community of such generous, intelligent, and eager readers.

When I started blogging, I thought it would be a casual thing.  I thought my enthusiasm would settle over time, that the giddiness I felt each time someone left a  comment or linked to one of my blog posts would fade.  It hasn’t.  I still wake up every morning excited to check for new comments.  I still feel so proud when another blogger or writer says something nice about me on their site.  And, most importantly, I still have so much fun writing about books.

I find it so encouraging to know that there are people out there who are interested in what I have to say and who enjoy discussing books as much as I do.  Thank you, everyone.  It has been a wonderful first three years mostly because of your support.

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Forget Me Not

Just a quick note to say that I haven’t completely disappeared, though the lack of meaningful posts lately may have seemed to indicate otherwise. There has been much reading and gardening and general enjoyment of life these last few weeks but clearly not a lot of writing. I have so many books I want to tell you all about (The Astaires, Jennifer Kloester’s biography of Georgette Heyer, Trollope’s Doctor Thorne, Thirkell’s The Headmistress, a handful of novels by Susanna Kearsley…the list goes on) and I hope to get back into the swing of things soon.

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A Bit of Housekeeping

There hasn’t been much bookish chatter here the last few days as I have been working behind the scenes organizing my review directories.  I’ve completely reformatted the Book Reviews by Author page and I’m much happier with it now.  There is a lot more white space and it no longer feels so jumbled – even I, who know what books are there, was having trouble finding what I wanted before.

I’ve also created a new directory page: Book Reviews by Year, which lists all of the titles I’ve reviewed by year of publication.  I love this page and find it a fascinating way to view the distribution of my reading.  For instance, before I pulled it together, I had no idea that half of the books I’d reviewed here were published in the 21st Century or that half of those books were non-fiction whereas almost everything pre-21st Century has been fiction.  But I also hope it may be useful for other people looking for reading ideas for A Century of Books.  Stuck on 1981, for instance, and looking for inspiration?  You can review my thoughts on three different books (Diplomatic Passport, A Countess Below Stairs, Nella Last’s War) published that year to see if any of them might interest you!

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