I've noticed that since I've become more adept (or addicted?) at internet shopping and now that I'm in Library Land, I no longer browse in bookstores. My reading has become a lot more focused. I rely on recommendations from friends, book reviews, the Book Lust lady, displays at the library, and (how dull!) bibliographies. I've recently become interested in the following topics and books litter my side of the bed as a result:
* languages and linguistics
Some heavy going, but now I have the freedom - and the time - to simply shut the book if it doesn't please me and toss it into the "return" pile.
I really miss the Chicago central library. I adored that place and could spend practically the whole day there. Sadly, I never ever got around to getting a library card in Montreal - was just too busy! Hope I have time in London... LOL perhaps after a year or so!
I don't know about most big city lyb's in the US but I can tell you about the ones I have been to.
The NYC central lyb is to die for... and I was hardly there. The one in Atlanta didn't impress me much, though it's very obvious that a ton of money has been spent on it.
As I mentioned earlier, the Chicago lyb has my heart coz it kept me sane and I used to almost live there!
Oooh, did I tell you that I went on the Jane Austen walking tour in Bath? I've been re-reading all her books recently and getting into them all over again.
Glad to see you're studying up on the Aussies too. Does this mean we can expect a visit from you at some stage? I could send you a lovely 'picture book' of the 'Changing Face of Australia' if I was at home, remind me about that some time.
I hope you post about your JA connection!
I started reading the book about Australia because I've always been really curious about class, and how Ausssies (and Kiwis) perceive class, culture, prestige, etc. is so different from in the US. My American history prof at the ANU (an Aussie who got his PhD at the Univ. of Chicago) summed up the difference this way: an American student goes to sleep and leaves his light on so that people think he's studying. An Aussie turns his light off and studies under the covers with a torch.
Not sure about a visit but I'll definitely let you know!