I'm on cloud nine today because I've been sort of dissed in THE OBSERVER no less and that's probably better than not being mentioned at all.But in the company of two of the blogs I respect the most,Grumpy Old Bookman and Kimbofo over at Reading Matters.I just feel I've made it into the ranks of the honoured and the esteemed.
It's not any old reporter either, Rachel Cooke, Interviewer of the Year no less, has apparently spent a whole very depressing day looking at book blogs in the light of recent shenanigans.All in an effort to give us all a fair hearing and she started with mine, little boring old me and you can read it for yourself here.
I'm really sorry team I seem to have let you all down, Rachel was not impressed. Apparently there is no need for me to recommend books to Rachel because she has friends aplenty to do that for her which is good of course and Rachel is very fortunate.
If you ever pass this way Rachel please call by.I'm probably old enough to be your mother (god I've finally said that dreaded line) so we'll sit down together and I'll make you a nice pot of tea, I might even get out the latest pair of socks I'm knitting and you might say "They're nice, I'd love a pair" and I'd say "They're yours Rachel, it would be my pleasure".Never fails,smother them with love and woolly socks, just a human nature thing you know this giving and sharing.
It is that generous, human side of the blog world that I and many others love and of course we do it for free, that taking part in the community that is books and that the internet has made accessible to us all. Attempts here at honest, rational (oh alright occasionally irrational, so I loved JS&Mr N, I can't help that) unbiased pronouncements on books I've enjoyed, no pretence at deep literary criticism, no axes to grind, no scores to settle.
Just me sharing thoughts for free.
Incidentally,have you noticed how we all send books around to each other for free as well?Just to make sure that someone on the other side of the world gets to share a good read?
I try not to take myself too seriously so please Rachel don't you take me too seriously either, so come on, how big are your feet and I hope you're pronouncing Arnaldur Indridason correctly after my little tutorial.