I'm home sick and decided that I'll catch up on blogs, since that's something I hardly ever have time for anymore. I'd pretty much just started, I was on the Bs in my reader and I visited Jodie at Book Gazing. Her fabulous links post sent me to the one she did for Smugglivus (yes, it's a word) and I've been reading Smugglivus posts for most of the day now.
This BRILLIANT event is organised by The Book Smugglers - thanks Ana and Thea!!!
I wanted to wait till I was done reading everything with the Smugglivus tag, but I've discovered so much already that I can see I'll need to do several posts.
These are the some of the amazing treasures I've discovered so far:
Peiren Press - a small independent publishing house that publishes English translations of contemporary European literature under 200 pages. I can't believe that there is a place that will make books normally unavailable to me available. Three books were published in 2010 and I think that all of them sound more than worth reading.
The Amazon Encore project - which uses customer reviews to bring to the forefront books that might otherwise be overlooked. Sounds like a very worthwhile initiative, much appreciated from such a large and successful company.
Jackie Kessler - an author that's new to me but from reading her guestpost and an interview with her, it seems to be that she's awesome. And not only because of her new Buffyverse connection. I just bought a Kindle edition of her Hell's Belles and hope to report back on that soon!
Not to mention (though I will mention) the list of books I added to my wishlist - including Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, Crossing by Andrew Xia Fukuda and Liar by Justine Larbalestier. I added 15 books so far. What a great way to spend my time! :-)
P.S. I've been trying to figure out what the word Smugglivus reminds me of and its In the Nightgarden , a bedtime cartoon for young children. :-)