I finished 3 books this week! But it's not nearly as impressive as it sounds. After finishing Every Secret Thing, which in itself was a pretty quick read, I picked up Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. Considering I only got it last week, that's a pretty rare, quick turnaround for me. But it's only 62 pages long and a children's story so you can imagine it didn't take long to read. And then, because I found it in the library and I don't seem to have enough of my own books to read (sarcasm intended!), I started How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. I had to return Other Voices, Other Rooms so of course I had to have a browse at the library while I was there. I'm counting How I Live Now for the Book Awards Challenge though so there is a bit of method to my madness. Being a YA title, it was also a quick read and I finished it off earlier today. So you see, it sounds good but those 3 books together only add up to a total of 638 pages of easy-to-read prose, only about 400 of which were read this past week. The result of this though is that I'm now really behind on writing up reviews. I think I need to start a longer, denser book to read over the next week or two to give me time to catch up! I'm thinking either Kafka on the Shore or My Name is Red. I'll see which one grabs me when I head to bed soon.
As for book acquisitions, only one in this week, Leftovers by Laura Wiess. (Thanks Nancy!) So while I was good about not buying anything this week, I have been adding to my wishlist, primarily from the latest copy of newbooks magazine, from England, which just arrived. Always lots to tempt me in there! In this issue there is a long article about Barbary Gowdy and my hardback copy of Helpless, in the stack by my desk where it has been for a few months, is now openly leering at me. One of the featured books in this issue is Reading in Bed by Sue Gee. I'm certainly drawn to the title! There's also an excerpt from Run by Ann Patchett. I really enjoyed Bel Canto when I read it a few years ago. I really should try something else by her and this new one sounds quite good. I'm sure I'll find plenty more to tempt me but I'll peruse the rest of the magazine another day. I usually have to limit my reading of book magazines so that I don't end up with a very large order of books on its way! Surely I'm not alone in that!
Speaking of ordering books, after keeping my blog ad-free for over 2 years I finally joined Amazon Associates on the US site, Amazon.com, a couple of weeks ago. A lot of people seem to belong to one program or another and a little bit of pocket money for books would be very useful. I still want to keep the ads as unobtrusive as possible and will mainly just add links to books in the posts or sidebar. But if you happen to be heading there anyway, I'd be very appreciative if you'd click through from my blog. If you're also an associate, let me know so I can do the same. Thanks and happy reading!