Thursday, October 21, 2010

2010 20/10 2010

Last night, at just before 8.10pm we did a little countdown because for one special minute the time was 2010 on the twentieth day of the tenth month, 2010. We're a bit nerdy like that (-;

Other trivialities:

I can't be trusted in any book shop. Went to Marbeck's and came home with this: Victorian Murders, by Major Arthur Griffiths, which was first published in 1898. How could I possibly resist? The other lure about Marbeck's, is they have a coffee shop instore, and if you buy books, they put stamps on your coffee card, so a few books later you get a free cup of coffee! That's a marriage made in heaven. If only I could convince them to extend that to wine...

Other books I'm currently reading:

Fiction: Surrender, by Donna Malane

Non-fiction: Storyteller: The Life of Roald Dahl, by Donald Sturrock

Car Book: A Surfeit of Lampreys, by Ngaio Marsh

Kid's bedtime story: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Number of items I have checked out from the Dunedin Public Library - 25!!!


Anonymous said...

Vanda - Nerdy or not, that's cool! And I hope you are liking A Surfeit of Lampreys. I thought that one had quite a terrific cast of quirky characters. And a very interesting and creative murder, too...(I know - creepy of me...;-) ).

Dorte H said...

We went to a nice coffee shop cum bookstore a year or two ago, but we had chosen the wrong week (our national autumn holiday) so it was impossible to find a coffee table :(

Wonderful idea, though. They should make more of those.

Debbie Cowens said...

It's always hard to resist temptation in bookshops and that Victorian mysteries book looks very interesting. I recently read 'The Suspicions of Mr Whicher' by Kate Summerscale about the Road House murder in 1860 and couldn't put it down. It's fascinating to read about the investigative skills and techniques applied at that time when Scotland Yard Detectives had just been introduced.

I really enjoyed Surrender as well. It's looks like you've got a line-up of great books there.

Vanda Symon said...

Hi Margot. I'm enjoying A Surfeit of Lamprey's so far, and yes, Ngaio came up with some interesting ways to pop people off. Nothing creepy about being inventive (-:

Ah, Dorte. Books and caffeine, soooo good. You must must have been so disappointed not to get a table, but then, you could have just browsed more, and brought more books while you waited.

Hi Debbie. I loved The Suspicions of Mr Whicher too, which is why I just had to buy the Victorian Murders book the moment I saw it. Me, impulse buyer, nooooo.