What I’m reading right now: The Food of Spain by Claudia Rosen. It’s a gift book, one that I asked for. It’s a cookbook but includes narrative about culture and history. Will I cook
many any of the recipes? That remains to be seen. But the book is a beautiful object and I have enjoyed paging through it so far.
The other thing I’m reading: Imogenedisease’s original fiction set in a slightly alternative NHL. This is all The Biochemist’s fault: she linked to the first story and also somehow conned me into becoming a hockey fan. Some of it might qualify as gay romance, while other stories not so much. I’m ambivalent about hockey RPF in some ways, both the tropes and self-insertion (the back button is my friend), but there is some thoughtful writing there, hiding among the porn.
Other bookish things:
For the first time since 2001 (I think?), I did not renew my B&N membership. It’s just not worth it for me at this point: the coupons aren’t accepted at the bookstore closest to me, and the largest one nearby has a poor selection of books (but lots of toys and Nook accessories) that diminishes my interest in browsing.
Aside from Roden’s book, I did not ask for any books for the holiday. I gave two Isabel Allende books as gifts. B&N gift cards, which have long been a gift staple, were neither given nor received this year.
Last week, JA Konrath’s Cherry Bomb appeared on Amazon’s self-publisher list of best sellers, according to Media Bistro. I’m kind of confused/curious about who determines what is self-published and how it is done. I get that Konrath has the rights to the electronic book and self-published the ebook…but it was originally published by Hyperion in 2009. Does the initial publication via traditional publisher not matter when they are determining who/what is self-published? I would expect that the book’s long tail and probably a fair portion of the readers of that series were cultivated by the original publication, not the self-published iteration.