5 for Friday: London Edition

Greetings from London, all!  It’s time for 5 for Friday!

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The exceptional window display at Waterstones Piccadilly

1) Home!

I’m home for the weekend here in not-so-sunny London.  My boss sat me down a couple of months ago and told me I needed to actually take some holiday time,  a concept I’m not quite so used to as an American.  At my old job in the States, I got about 14 days of vacation time per year.  I now get 25 days of holiday, and I honestly don’t know what to do with it.  The obvious choice was to take a three-day weekend and come stay with my parents and the puppies for a weekend!  There is going to be so much reading getting done.  I’m also planning to raid the bookshelves, but don’t tell them that.

 

2) Book launch with Katie Khan and Elai Mastai

Yesterday I went to the launch of Katie Khan’s Hold Back the Stars, one of my favorite books this year, and Elai Mastai’s All Our Wrong Todays at Waterstones Piccadilly.  Both authors were incredibly eloquent and fun to listen to, and they both had a lot of fascinating things to say about their individual works.  I was particularly glad to hear Khan speak about her choice to write about a utopian rather than a dystopian world.  I find that not only is the market over saturated with dystopian fiction, I also imagine that it’s much more difficult to write about a utopian government where things are actually pretty good.  I haven’t read All Our Wrong Todays yet, as it was only just released in the UK yesterday, but I’m really looking forward to sinking my teeth in.  I feel it will be exactly my style.

I also happened to get the best inscriptions by the authors.  When I read Hold Back the  Stars I cried so hard I frightened the cats, who were settled on my legs at the time.  For some reason they didn’t appreciate my full-body sobs.  I tweeted this with my review to the author and she remembered me!

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I had looked for All Our Wrong Todays in various shops in order to get a jump on my reading for the event, but couldn’t find it anywhere (I hadn’t realized it wasn’t out yet).

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3) The Collapsing Empire ARC

I haven’t read any of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War books, however I did pick up Redshirts while I was writing my dissertation last year and it was the exact break I needed (and essential reading for any Star Trek fan).  Absolutely hysterical, a bit weird, and very well written, Redshirts helped get me through a lot of really difficult research and work.  So when I saw that The Collapsing Empire, the newest book in a brand new series by Scalzi, I had to request it.  I’m only about 20% in, but it’s exactly what I would hope for from such an author.  I can’t wait to sit down and power through more.

 

4) Paperchase run!

Who doesn’t love stationery?  A weakness for notebooks and journals runs in my family.  I feel more creative when writing with pen and paper rather than a keyboard.  I’m running out of room in my blog notebook, so I went to pick up a new one from Paperchase in Oxford.  I instead ended up with a three-fold notebook/to do list/set of Post-Its.  Ooops.  But it makes me happy.

 

5) Fluffy corner

Your regularly scheduled cat photos have been taken over by Nick and Nora, my parents’ dogs.  They are great readers.

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Happy weekend and happy reading, all!

 

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