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1. W.I.P | Wish Upon A Moon

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2. Books for busy mums and other humans

Reading has been a challenge lately, due to new baby and the delirium that accompanies around-the-clock breastfeeding. On the other hand, it has taken me three months to be able to comfortably leave the house, so I’ve had quite a bit of downtime.

My favorite book that I’ve read lately is, appropriately, about raising happy infants. Superbaby, by Dr. Jenn Berman was a gift from my mom the librarian, and has been a great help. It is a compendium of research and useful information from a variety of sources. So rather than an exhaustive study of, say, the positive effects of using ASL as baby sign, it dedicates a nicely summarized chapter and moves along. For the attention deprived among us, it is a quick way to wade through a pile of information.

When I was pregnant, I read about 500 Terry Pratchett books. I was emotionally wrung-out, and they provided just the right balance of humor and comfortingly happy endings to keep me going. If you haven’t read any of the Discworld novels, I often recommend Small Gods, or Guards, Guards!, but you can start anywhere. If it were possible, I and almost everyone I know would like to give Terry Pratchett a hug for being such a nifty writer.

Connie Willis. I’ve been working my way through everything she has ever written, novels, short stories, novellas, introductions and interviews. I don’t usually obsess this much over reading an author’s full catalog, but Connie Willis shares many of the same qualities that make me enjoy Terry Pratchett, in addition to a fantastic grasp of European history and a charming tendency to always turn the Most Frustrating character into the means of Everything Working Out in the End.

If you haven’t read any Connie Willis, I suggest starting with the short story

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3. A Different Kind of Book Review


concealbookshelvesWhen my father got a Kindle, he was awestruck by its instant gratification: “The books come out of the air!”

And now, I have a similar cry of joy: “The books hover in the air!”

I’m not talking about a Kindle, which is still too steep for me to consider. No, I’m referring to the amazing Umbra conceal bookshelf. (Which, at less than $10 from The Container Store, is a whole lot cheaper than any e-reader.)

Magically, a stack of books sits upon the wall, seemingly suspended sans anchor. An artful arrangement, as minimal as minimalism gets, the Umbra conceal bookshelf creates a floating home for a flotilla of tomes.

How it works: the L-shaped bracket screws into the wall. Place the last page of a book on top of the shelf and slide it to the wall. Below the shelf, two tiny hooks hold the back cover up—ingenious! You can then stack 6-8 books on the first, concealing the bracket on the wall to create the levitation illusion.

concealworksHowever, there are a few caveats. With the large shelf, the books should be no deeper than 10”, and the total weight of the books shouldn’t exceed 20 lbs. or they will sag. (Grab a stack of books and weigh it on your bathroom scale. I had what I thought was a heavy bunch, but it was only 13 lbs. No sweat for the Umbra.)

Next, the arrangement of books can be a little tricky. I bought two shelves for cookbooks. I have about 40, and it took some shuffling to create perfect pyramids of progressively smaller books. Some books were smaller in length, but not in width—and vice-versa. If you have a large collection of books, however, finding a pleasing aerial aesthetic shouldn’t be an issue. You can even display small objets d’art atop the books, as I did with a Japanese cast-iron teapot.

Finally, you need to install the shelf into a stud and use a hardcover for the bottom book. But paperbacks work well mid-stack, as you’ll see I put the meatless Moosewood between Jim Dodge and the Barefoot Contessa.

Books are works of art, and never before have they been so suitably displayed. I can’t imagine the Kindle being hung on the wall for artistic appreciation. But go ahead, get your e-reader. I’ll just keep buying more books…and more Umbra bookshelves.

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4. Friday Procrastination: Link Love

Lana Goldsmith, Intern

Hello OUPblog fans. After two fantastic months of coding posts, choosing excerpts, and various other tasks, my internship at Oxford University Press has come to a close. While I am looking forward to my future endeavors, I am going to miss working here very much. I learned more than I could have ever imagined from our titles and from my bright, dedicated colleagues. I will continue to enjoy the blog from the other side in the future. In the meantime, remember: there was country music in the 1920s, we can reform the transportation industry, and you can never read too much. Thank you and enjoy!

Is social media worth it to promote your business, even if you don’t sell kayaks?

What Franz Kafka, T. S. Elliot or Charlotte Bronte’s salaries would be if they were writing today.

You have a Friend Request from: the FBI.

The true breakfast of champions!

Make your bookshelf more aesthetically pleasing.

The other other Russian Classics.

Adding words to the dictionary will make it hella heavy.

Play Bingo with your book review.

An infographic of what people look at on the Internet.

The world’s longest outdoor bookcase.

Play with your Easter food.

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5. Cool bookshelves

How cool is this?!

I’m such a geek for library furniture and I particularly love this one – it looks so cozy and I can just imagine kids curling up in here with a favorite book.

On the other hand, I can just as easily see kids climbing on top of it or diving through that hole.  Which is one of the fun and…er…challenging things about working in a public library or a school…

Image courtesy of Bookshelf

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6. Linked Up: Flooding, Caves, Basketball

I just wanted to extend a hello to our new readers, many of whom I had the pleasure of meeting at ALA in San Diego earlier this week. As always, if you have suggestions, questions, ideas about/for OUPblog, I more than welcome them. You can email me at blog[at]oup[dot]com. And now, I present the Friday links…

Incredible footage of the flooding in Australia [White Light Bringer] – Related: You can donate to Queensland flood relief here.

LOOK AT THESE CAVE PHOTOS! [National Geographic]

Baby learns to just say ‘no’ [via]

Orchestra fail [YouTube audio only]

This child dances better than we ever will [YouTube]

Falling books bookshelf [via]

Some amazing basketball skillz [Dunking Devils]

An interesting question about the death penalty [GOOD]

And from The Next Web, the answer to the question you’ve all been asking…

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7. When nothing works there is always solutions

Stop... listen... what is that? I can’t hear a thing you say. It is quiet in here! Where did she go? My Sincerest apologies for neglecting my blog of late. So much has happened as my life propels into fast motion. Almost all is good but I have been extremely busy! It seems the Lord contuse to place me in situations or present me with opportunities where I am encouraged to use all my skills

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