I haven't had a whole lot of time to read this past week so I'm still reading Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Høeg. It's a little slow going but only because the prose is a little dense in places, in a well-written, thoughtful, good kind of way. It's very readable though and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. However I did make some progress on it today as we went into Tokyo this afternoon and I had some time to read it on the train. I don't have to commute too much for work anymore, which is great, but I admit that when I did, the extra reading time was nice.
Anyway, one of our stops today was checking out a used bookstore that we'd heard had a fair selection of English books. They did indeed have a reasonable selection but they were quite expensive. Most of the trade paperbacks were 1000 yen (with the current exchange rate it works out to approx. US$11.25 or GBP 8.25!!). They did have a clearance area of books for 200 yen which is of course where I mostly browsed. I only found one book though, and it's actually one I've already read and have my own copy of, but it was a nice clean copy and I plan to give it away. So a little disappointing. Not that I need any more books but you know what I mean. It seems quite bizarre and wrong somehow that especially given the current exchange rate (strong yen, weak pound) and the fact that The Book Depository has free worldwide shipping, that I can order completely new books, shipped to me from halfway around the world for cheaper than I can buy the same here used! Ah well, thank goodness for the internet!
On that note, I think it's time to curl up with a kitty and get back to my book. I keep thinking about it when I'm not reading it and can't wait to find out how it all turns out. Always a good sign.
Have a great week and happy reading!
Week in Review:
Sunday Salon: Reading Retrospective
Weekend Snapshot: The cat who lost his meow
It's Tuesday... and I've been lazy (memes)
Review: Rashomon and other stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Japanese Literature Challenge 2 completed