WRITING UPDATE: Sometimes I feel the entire universe lacks tact.
I added a new link to the 'Other Book Stuff' tab today. I am unfeasibly proud of myself for this.
When I started a link section called 'Other Book Stuff', I was afraid that it might take over the world. I read about books a lot. Surely everything I love in the whole world - and that's a lot of things - would somehow ultimately end up there.
I added one link, to the NaNoWriMo site. Then my mind went blank.
It turns out that almost every website about books that I visit with any regularity is either a writer's blog or a publishing blog.
Now it feels like a little victory every time I add a new link :)
My latest two links have involved lists of nice bookshops. The Guardian's list of the best second-hand bookshops in Britain is untested - I've only been to one of them, and although it was good, it was unmemorable. Still, it's definitely got the most boring entry of all the shops on that list, so I still have great hopes for the others. Once I have a driving licence, I may rent a van, sell an internal organ and go on the world's nerdiest road trip.
Okay, now I'm even making myself cringe.
The list of good bookshops in Dublin is one I can comment on with a little more authority, wisdom and gravitas. Anyone reading this who plans to visit Dublin, heed ye this: GO TO CHAPTERS!! GO TO CHAPTERS!! GO TO CHAPTERS!! GO TO CHAPTERS!! GO TO CHAPTERS!! My cousin once described in as Amazon Marketplace in shop form, which is about right.
I am also incredibly fond of The Secret Book and Record Store, because such strange things turn up there, things that you could never get anywhere else. If I needed a George Saunders fix this is where I would go.
One bookshop that doesn't make the cut on that post, but which I feel should, is Raven Books in Blackrock. Slightly off the beaten track but very nice, and with a rather interesting Twitter page.
So, does anyone out there have any bookshops I might like to know about? And I don't care how far away from Dublin they are - bookshops can sit on my 'To Visit' list longer than anything except ice cream parlours.