It's another Friday and the last Friday of this year I'll be spending in the UK. I'm quite looking forward to spending Christmas in Germany, it just has this promise to it. But let's put an end to my pondering and move onto the memes. Follow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee. This week's question is:
Q: What have you learned from book blogging that you didn't know before about the publishing industry?
I think I've learned quite a lot, especially that it is really hard to get books published the old-school way, through a publisher rather than online. I have read some amazing books, many of which I haven't ever seen in bookstores and think definitely deserve to be there. That is still something I want to figure out, how some books get published and others don't.
I have also grown a new appreciation of online publishing. Some people are quite negligent about it or condescending but they underestimate how much work goes into self-publishing, spreading the word, setting up blog-tours, etc.
I'm trying to do my coursework and sometimes you get so terribly stuck in a sentence you want to throw the laptop across the room, go back to primary school and relearn how to write and read. But I stopped my inner Hulk and decided to blog. But because I'd feel guilty to not do anything related to work I have decided to use 'Dubliners' for some of these memes. Book Beginners is hosted by Rose City Reader and Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice.
'There was no hope for him this time: it was the third stroke. Night after night I had passed the house (it was vacation time) and studied the lighted square of window: and night after night I had found it lighted in the same way, faintly and evenly.'I really liked this beginning. It is so final but also opens up an entire story for the reader to explore and be immersed in.
'Ignatius Gallaher puffed thoughtfully at his cigar and then, in a calm historian's tone, he proceeded to sketch for his friend some pictures of the corruption which was rife abroad. He summarized the vices of many capitals and seemed inclined to award the palm to Berlin.'Just the name, Ignatius Gallaher, sounds annoying and throughout this story, 'A Little Cloud', I got soo sick of him, but in a good, literary way, if you know what mean.
Well, those are my memes for today. Somewhere tomorrow or today I'll have a review for the 'The Hobbit' movie up, but I can already tell you I absolutely loved it and have already seen it twice...which is only about a third of how many times I want to see it....who knew dwarves could be sexy.... I will stop now.