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Ménage à Kat
Sometimes a ménage, often a menagerie.
I set up this LJ account mainly so I can comment on friends' blogs. My latest blogging project is a book blog (mainly but not exclusively romance books) at the Book Thingo (feed). Or you can follow me on Twitter, where I try to keep my tweets somehow related to books. I'm not always successful.

I keep my personal blog at http://katmayo.blogspot.com, but I haven't updated much lately. Check Facebook for personal news, but be aware that I only accept friend requests from people I know.

I also have a food blog at http://coffeehabits.blogspot.com, although it's been sadly neglected.

Current Mood: lazy lazy

So ... in case you haven't already noticed, I've moved most of my book posts to a new site: Book Thingo - Reading (mostly) romance books down under.

Consider this my (very) soft launch of the site. I'm still tweaking it--bloody hell, Wordpress design tweaks take a crapload of time!--but I'm also working on posting new content, so I figured now's as good a time as any.

Not another book blog! I hear you say. Well, yes, yes it is. But I'm also aiming to feature books by A/NZ authors (not exclusively, but more so than they're likely to be covered by other blogs out there), events (including the Australian Romance Readers Convention--have you signed up yet?), local bookstores and just generally talk about book-related stuff that means something to us. For example, US release dates, while good to know, are only marginally useful in terms of when our books will arrive. It's pretty much a crapshoot, particularly for not-so-famous authors (and in fact, even famous ones). Also, book signings and discounts don't usually apply to us, and yet we do have local events that I think other readers would find interesting.

At some point, I'd love to cover NZ events, too, but let's just see how much time this will suck out of my life. (Not that I'm complaining. When The Boy complains that I'm bludging a bit too much, I can now say, "But I'm reading. For the blog! It's important!" Heh.)

So this idea has been brewing since early this year, but it's taken a while to get up and running. At some point--very soon, I hope--we'll be launching it properly. If only I had more hours in a day...

In the meantime, feel free to take a peek and let me know if you have any suggestions, comments, etc. (In particular, is that RSS graphic much too big???) You can send them to me at kat AT bookthingo.com.au.

And yes, I know comments weren't imported, but unless you guys really, really want the comments moved, I'd just as soon spend the time writing new stuff than cutting and pasting for two hours! :-)
I'm too lazy to post the excerpts from my blog. Just click on these if you're interested (they're in chronological order):

Ash's heroine
My verdict
I've been a bit slack in posting excerpts on LJ, for those of you who keep track of me here. So here's what I've been up to on the blog...

In lieu of a post
Cute baby picture!

Demon Inn by Davida McLea
New Liquid Silver release that I edited

The Godfather by Mario Puzo
One of those rare times when the movie changes the book just enough to make it great in its own right without taking anything away from the book.
It's nice to have so much whitespace after all the orange and green blocks. I kinda miss my third column, so excuse the clutter on the right. Hopefully, the snazzy banner makes up for it. I have no idea what hearts and doves have to do with my blog, but I found it and just had to have it. I've wasted half a day I didn't have on this, so I'm hoping it looks the same on your browser as it does on mine.

Click here to read the rest and see my snazzy new layout.
If you try to make coffee without putting any water in the stovetop, the rubber seal for the filter will melt and the fumes will make your apartment smell worse than burned Teflon.

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Ms Fits is retiring her blog. *sniff* (And if you don't know who she is, she's the pretty lady in pigtails on the First Tuesday Book Club. And if you don't know what that show is, I'm not sure we can be friends any longer.)

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I can't believe it's already been a month. I didn't come close to last year's tally, but since most of the books on this list were read after editing deadlines and uni essays, I reckon I did pretty well. It should surprise no one that most of the books on my list were romance novels.

Read the tally (Blogger).
Got Phury tonight. And a whole bunch of other books.

Read more about by book-gasm (Blogger).
One of my favourite authors read some comments I made at Dear Author bemoaning--nay, whingeing--about my inability to find some of her books and when would her latest series ever get here, poor me, oh, my, oh, my, etc.

And she asked what books I was after and offered to send them to me.

Read the rest (Blogger).