Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #2: New Books

13 Books I've Bought/Ordered Recently

1. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman - Haruki Murakami
I noticed it was out in paperback, and I liked the cover so I picked it up. Never mind the other unread Murakami books on the shelves!

2. The Interpreter - Suki Kim
Thanks to the Summer Mystery Challenge I've been in a mystery mood lately and this one caught my eye at the bookstore last week.

3. The Rights of the Reader - Daniel Pennac
I've forgotten where now but I saw this mentioned on a blog or two and couldn't resist.

4. Tales of Moonlight and Rain - Akinari Ueda
Saw this in the bookstore a couple of months ago but it was so expensive there that I didn't buy it. But I kept it in mind for the R.I.P II Challenge and recently got it online for much cheaper.

5. The Ocean in the Closet - Yuko Taniguchi
I had to get this one after Nancy's rave review!

6. First Among Sequels - Jasper Fforde
I've heard some not so great reviews of this latest book in the Thursday Next series, but I've loved the others so I couldn't NOT get it!

7. Lost in Austen: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure - Emma Campbell Webster
Again I've forgotten where but I saw this mentioned on someone's blog and then flipped through it at the bookstore last week. It looks very fun so it got added to my recent order.

8. In Other Words - Christopher J. Moore
I'd had this on my wishlist for ages but Lotus' wonderful review has spurred me on to finally get it.

9. Quicksand - Junichiro Tanizaki
10. The Secret History of the Lord of Musashi and Arrowroot - Junichiro Tanizaki
I've been wanting to read something else by Tanizaki after reading and thoroughly loving The Makioka Sisters earlier this year.

11. Death of a Red Heroine - Qiu Xiaolong
Someone, I forget who (surprise, surprise!), mentioned it and then recently Bellezza read it and loved it!

12. Blind Justice - Bruce Alexander
Mailyn mentioned this series a couple of times and how much she likes it. I found a cheap copy so it's another mystery series for me to try.

13. Falling Blossom (US title: Sword and Blossom) - Peter Pagnamenta, Momoko Williams
I think I first heard about this one from Danielle, who posted a fantastic review of it. How could I resist, loving Japanese stories like I do?

Probably not too surprising (along with my terrible memory) is the fact that most of these I read about on blogs! Only the first 6 are already in my possession, and the rest will arrive sometime in early September. Lots to look forward to! But darned if you all aren't bad for my bank account!! Have you bought any new books lately?


  1. I've read the first 3 of Qiu Xiaolong's Inspector Chen novels and have thought highly of all of them! I think 2 more are scheduled to come out soon, and I will snap them up.

  2. You know what's bad for my bank account other than book blogs? Book sales.

    I was just wasting time at Borders waiting for my son to get done donating blood and I saw a rack of books that were half off the already clearance price. I got "Europe Central" in hardback for 3 dollars! I love a deal.

  3. A book lover! Sounds like you'll have tons of good reading ahead!

  4. I JUST finished my very first Murakami book this very day! I loooooooooooved Norwegian Wood (will definitely be reviewing it). So I say bump some of his stuff up on your TBR.

    I'm really tickled to hear that you ordered The Ocean in the Closet. I've become really motivated to seek out more books from indie and small publishers because on the whole (one reason we review so many of 'em at Estella), I find their fiction much more consistently satisfying than the biggies. I hope you like it as much as Nancy did!

  5. Nat, I love that you're doing the Thursday Thirteen, I have been wanting to do it for a while, but never have.

    Now, onto the books, what great selection you have coming to you!

    I would be interested in all the Japanese-themed books and will be waiting for your reviews!

    I know you will like "In Other Words", it is a treasure trove for all language lovers. I have a delightful Hindi word to share with you and will do so after you have read the book.

    Enjoy your new books!

  6. I'm afraid I don't know any of them, but I'll check some out.
    Thanks for visiting Maia's picture TT!

  7. Tanabata, almost every book in your exciting list is new to me! The one I'm really wanting to pick up is Tales of Moonlight and Rain. I'm adding that to my RIP II Challenge list for sure. Thanks for such exciting titles to those who apparently live under a rock.:)

  8. Yep! My list of recent purchases is up on my blog (finally!).

  9. JenClair,
    Nice to have another positive vote for the Inspector Chen books. I'm looking forward to trying the first one.

    Oh I hear you! Book sales were my downfall in the UK! I don't know whether it's good or bad that you don't find really cheap English books here. Makes me buy less overall but still...

    Joely Sue,
    Thanks for stopping by. I'll have too many to choose from I won't know what to do!

    I've read 5 of Murakami's books (4 novels and 1 short story collection) if I remember correctly. But yes, I do need to read another one soon.
    I love little publishers too. I look forward to reading The Ocean in the Closet. How could I not like it after Nancy's review? :P

  10. Lotus,
    Thanks. I just hope I can keep coming up with lists of 13 things! Who know when I'll get around to all of these but I'm sure they'll all be very tempting.
    Oh, extra incentive to read 'In Other Words' sooner rather than later. :)

    You're welcome. She's very adorable!

    LOL! Glad to help! We'll have to compare thoughts on 'Tales of Moonlight and Rain'.

    I ran out of time last night but I'm coming over now to see your list.

  11. Nat, since you're a seasoned Murakami reader, what would you recommend I pick up next?

  12. Hmm lets see. I have bought a lot of books on EFT. Which I am studying and doing now. And I have been given a few books lately:

    Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda
    The Door by Magda Szabo

    happy reaidng :)

  13. Andi,
    I don't know if I'd call myself a seasoned Murakami reader since it took until the 3rd book before I actually got into his style and enjoyed them.
    But of the ones I've read I found 'Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World' the most readable. And 'Wind-up Bird Chronicle' is long but often considered his best, depending who you ask. I don't always like his short stories so I'd definitely suggest a novel, and maybe one of those 2?

    Hi Cath,
    I've heard of Anna Gavalda but haven't read anything by her yet. Happy reading to you too!

  14. Oh, cool, you ordered The Ocean in the Closet! I can't wait to hear what you think. Be patient with it; it takes a bit to get used to the child's voice. I've got to read Murikami, soon. I read a little bit of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and it was so good I decided to save it (after reading part of the beginning aloud to the husband - and I don't do that often!).

    Speaking of Anna Gavalda . . . I liked her short stories (although she's very blunt, to the point of vulgarity) but was less impressed with the her first novel - at least, I assume it was her first. I think it was called Someone to Love. I'll read Hunting and Gathering because I think she's worth a second chance.

  15. Nancy,
    I saw it was out in paperback (I'd thought it was hardback) so I went ahead and got it. Thanks for the warning, I'll be patient.
    Murakami is always an interesting read. A few bloggers seem to be reading him lately.
    I'll have to check into Anna Gavalda, thanks.


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