February 16th, 2003

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Notebook conclusions

Now reading: Tourist Season, Carl Hiassen

I promise this will be my last post about notebooks.

So I bought a Moleskine address book, because I wanted to have an address book that will last me decades, and because I wanted to compare the Moleskine construction to the Cavallini that I recommended earlier.

There's definitely a difference -- the Moleskine is pretty much a hardcover book, the pocket at the back is cloth instead of paper-sided, the binding is very well-done, and the paper is a little higher-quality. For something with the permanance of an address-book, it's perfect. If you need your lined notebooks and journals to be that permanent, it'd also be perfect, but it's overkill for me. I can easily flex the Cavallini, but not the Moleskine.

On the other hand, I needed a pocket-sized week-at-a-glance planner, and it being February and all, there's pretty slim pickings left. So I bought one whose format I liked best, even though it was pretty cheaply made, and while it'll do for what I need, it reminds me that the Cavallini notebook is not overkill for me. So thus concludes my notebook reviews.

But now that I have a notebook I like, an address book that is bombproof, and a weekly planner that will suffice, I can retire my Palm Pilot, which I haven't really used in about a year. I'm not sure why -- I really liked it when it was new -- but it was just sufficiently impersonal and complex to make me avoid it, leaving me losing track of stuff left and right. I shall report back in a few weeks to let you know how the move to paper has gone.

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Crime novel update

I meant to mention in my previous post:

Thanks, all, for your comments in my post about crime writing. My to-read shelf is filling up fast!

I found a neat local bookstore, Prime Crime, which happened to be a whole block away from the Bridgehead I tend to show up in after work to read for a bit. They carry nothing but mystery and crime books, and while their selection tends more towards mystery than crime (and their clientele tends more towards 60s than 20s!), I was able to pick up a few books from your recommendations: Carl Hiaasen's Tourist Season, Hammett's The Maltese Falcon, and Lethem's Gun, With Occasional Music.

That plus the other dozen or so books on the shelf will keep me occupied until thaw.

That reminds me: Any recommendations for LJ book-related communities that aren't really only about English lit? I need to talk and read about books more, and it's hard to find a venue.