Oh Donna Leon, I wish I knew how to quit you.
Seriously guys, I can’t fully explain what keeps me coming back to her books. The mysteries are never as good as the synopses make them sound, the stories are full of useless filler scenes to increase the page count, Guido Brunetti’s investigative technique is less “actual investigating and action scenes” and more “doing lots of phone interviews”, and none of it is terribly riveting.
A few weeks ago, I visited my hometown (the bustling metropolis of Ames, Iowa) for a few days, and I obviously had to make a stop in Firehouse Books, an independent bookstore in the downtown area. I hadn’t been in a long time, and enjoyed rediscovering this place.
Happy birthday to my blog! Also happy birthday to Beyonce – the fact that she and my blog share a birthday is, I believe, a sign from the heavens.
I started this blog a year ago just because I needed a place to store all of my book reviews from Goodreads and didn’t have any plans beyond that. Since then, I’ve amassed some followers (hi guys!) and sort of gotten the hang of WordPress. Now, on the anniversary, I wanted to get some feedback from you, the handful of loyal readers who are interested in my book rantings for some reason. What do you guys like about the blog, and what do you think can be improved? Do you want to see more varied content, similar to the newly-introduced Bookstore Haul posts? For example, I’ve been thinking of adding a new feature where I evaluate movie adaptations of books – is this something you guys would be interested in reading? In short, how can I better serve your book-blog-related needs? Let me know in the comments; I’m going to go eat some cake.