On copinautes and other matters

There will be some fun and games in LitBlogLand this Christmas.

Firstly, there’s a celebration of Dickens this Christmas (see here and here), kindly organized by Delia at the blog Postcards from Asia, and by Caroline at the intriguingly named blog Beauty is a Sleeping Cat. There are quite a few points in all that, which I won’t bother to summarise (it’s much easier clicking on the links above!) – but amongst other things, I have signed up to write a post about any book by Dickens, or to do with Dickens; and also write a review of a film based on a work by Dickens. A pleasure. Somehow, this season seems made for this writer: some time over the next week or two, I shall find an afternoon to sit by the open fire in my local pub with a drink in hand, and read A Christmas Carol. There really isn’t a better Christmas treat.

Meanwhile, over at Guy’s blog (His Futile Preoccupations) and at Emma’s blog (Book Around the Corner), there’s another fun idea: “copinautes”. (Emma explains here what this means.) Once again, without going into details, I am to make a virtual Christmas present of two books to a fellow book blogger – in my case, Brian Joseph of Babbling Books. And he has similarly to make a virtual present of two books to me. And we have undertaken to read these books over the course of the coming year – and, presumably, to comment on them. Meanwhile, both Guy and Emma will be making virtual presents to each of us. The titles will, I believe, appear on our respective blogs on Christmas Day. And, since I have no intention of logging in on that day, I shall have to use the facility developed by those lovely people at WordPress, whereby one may publish posts at a specified date and time. I hope it works!

In the words of Joe Gargery – what larks!

3 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks for joining and mentioning our event.
    I can realy picture how nice it would be to read A Christmas carol in a pub by a fire.
    I’ve started another of his Christmas stories, The Chimes which seems quite atmopsherical too. I also read Great Expectations but have doubts I will finish. It’s much longer than I thought, yeah well.


  2. Thanks for the shout out, Himadri and above all, thanks for being a copinaute this Christmas. I’m looking forward to discovering what Brian and you pick for each other and Guy & I are currently chewing over the books we will choose for the participants.

    Copinaute is a nice word, isn’t it?


  3. Posted by Brian Joseph on December 7, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Thanks for choosing me as your copinaute! I am pondering some choices for you and have been mining your blog for information.

    I too am likely not to actually get on exactly on Christmas day. However Blogger also has a way to schedule a post beforehand. I never used it before so I am also hoping that it works!

    I am also participating in the Dickens celebration. This is definitely the time of year to read him.


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