First of all, I don’t think enough teen or early 20s female-identifying people and their people have seen my fantastic competition to win a copy of the AMAZING “Girl Up” so click away here and simply leave a comment on that post to enter, and I’ll leave the competition open until Monday.

And there’s ANOTHER book to win at the end. But first some book haul. We all like book haul, don’t we … and there’s a story here.

So, there’s been a lot of talk about the new editions of the Associated Press Stylebook and the Chicago Manual of Style coming out this year (both allowing “singular they” for the first time, which I’m finding very exciting (here’s an article about singular they from my work blog if you’re interested). I was worried about missing them so have placed pre-orders – I wish there was a service that alerted you to new editions of books that are updates fairly regularly, and if there is one, please let me know! Then, I was skimming through Facebook and I discovered to my horror that I might have pre-orders placed for those two editing tools, but I’d managed to miss the 12th edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary coming out. So I ordered that.

The eagle-eyed among you might have spotted that the three books that arrived today do not look like the Concise Oxford Dictionary. Well … these two pony books are the last in Jane Smiley’s little series, and they were in the shopping cart because the titles are confusing (one set of titles in the UK, one in the US) and I wanted to remember which ones I needed. So …

And THEN I spotted an alert on Facebook to a review by an e-edibuddy (or editor chum only known via social media) of a book about dictionaries, Kory Stamper’s “Word by Word”. Kory and I had a slightly excited conversation about having worked on dictionaries, and when it arrived and I flicked through the beginning – oh, the excitement, I find that Ms Stamper has studied the Icelandic Sagas! Yes, I am promoting this book up the TBR!

Talking TBR, I finally got round to starting Lorna Landvik’s “Once in a Blue Moon Lodge” which I got from NetGalley and got all freaked out by the long wait until when I was able to publish a review. Then I realised it’s a sequel to her “Patty Jane’s House of Curl” which, the date in my paperback copy tells me, I read 20 years ago. So that’s off the shelf and on the bedside table now. Sigh. Because yes, I don’t remember what happened in that book, read probably 2,500 books ago.

Competition time again!

Win year of no clutter

Remember when I read this NetGalley review e-book? Well, today a print copy arrived, presumably a thank you for either reviewing it or taking part in the publisher’s blog tour. Which is nice, but also a little, well, ironic. So I’m offering this up to you all to WIN this pristine, mint-condition paperback. Comment below if you’d like to be in with a chance.

I have just finished a book but that review will wait till Sunday. I hope you enjoyed hearing about what came into the house (or off the shelves where it’s been for 20 years) today!