Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday meme roundup

Partly inspired by Florinda, I've decided to combine the two Tuesday memes that I often do with the Friday ones (this week only one). They're all quite short so combining them will be more interesting, and this way it'll free up Tuesday for other posts. I don't like to have really long posts though so I still plan to keep Mailbox Monday on Monday, and I've been thinking of joining in Monday Musings, and Booking Through Thursday more if I feel inspired, but I'll probably combine those two on Thursday. Anyway, I'll try this out and see how it goes. I also played around and made a couple of new buttons to reflect the fact that I'm not participating on the official meme day, and because I just like having an excuse to make a new button or two! Clicking on the buttons or the links below will take you to the host's blog.

This week I've been in an unidentified city in Japan, as it recovers from WWII. I was reminiscing about my early years as an artist and how the country has changed since the war. The younger generation has a different view of things now and sometimes my daughters and I didn't see eye to eye, but overall I've had a good life.

An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
Where has your reading taken you this week?

It's Tuesday, where are you? hosted by an adventure in reading.

On three or four evenings a week I still find myself taking that path down to the river and the little wooden bridge still known to some who lived here before the war as 'the Bridge of Hesitation'. We called it that because until not so long ago, crossing it would have taken you into our pleasure district, and conscience-troubled men - so it was said - were to be seen hovering there, caught between seeking an evening's entertainment and returning home to their wives.
An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro

Teaser Tuesdays hosted by Should Be Reading.

1. Give me a good book and I'll be happy for hours.
2. Whenever I visit a bookstore, in person or online, I'm always tempted to get more books.
3. I wish I could read faster.
4. The bowl of borscht I had on Wednesday was the last thing I ate that was utterly delicious.
5. To live in this world is sometimes a challenge.
6. Other than this one, I don't remember because I haven't had a chance to read blogs for a couple of days but hope to do so this weekend is the last blog I commented on.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to starting a new book, tomorrow my plans include whatever we end up deciding to do and Sunday, I want to read and try to catch up on blogging!

Friday Fill-ins hosted by Janet.


  1. mmm, borscht! I haven't had that in a LONG time!

  2. That's one of the reasons I do all of the memes on one day, too - it frees up other days for other post content.
    I love your specialized buttons!

    #1 through #3 apply to me too, definitely.

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Amen to number one on your friday fill-ins. I wish I could read faster too...too many books, not enough time:)

  4. I like the idea of having a day for memes. I hope you have a great weekend!

  5. Hi Nat :D
    # 1 me to
    # 2 me to
    # 3 me to...ha ha

    hope you find a good book to loose yourself in and have a great sunday

  6. Borscht -- yum! I haven't had a bowl of that in ages.

    I love your new button, Have book... will travel.

    Thanks for pointing out An Artist of the Floating World. I think I've mentioned before that my Dad was stationed in Japan after WWII, so I have an interest in that era of Japan's history (even if through fiction). This book sounds perfect for me to read!

  7. Ooh what new book are you going to start? I'm finishing up one but am itching to start a few. I think I'll have to give in to that tonight. Have a great weekend!

  8. You do such a great job on the buttons! I kept a copy for myself too!

    I want to read that Ishiguro book. Did you know he has a new book coming out this spring? Nocturnes
    I'm looking forward to it.

  9. Janet - It had been ages since I'd had it either, probably why it tasted so good!

    Florinda - Thanks. Hope you're having a good weekend too. And feel free to grab the buttons if you'd like.

    BookPsmith - A good book seems to make everything better, doesn't it? :)

    Nymeth - I don't think I want to do all the memes in one post but will try combining some of them, and see how it goes. Hope you're having a great weekend too!

    Sylvie - LOL. At least I know I'm not alone! :P
    Now I'm reading Bonjour Tristesse and enjoying it so far. Have you read it?

    Terri B. - The book mainly focused on how the attitudes of the Japanese began to change as a result of the war. I hope you enjoy it if you get a chance to read it.
    And feel free to use the button, if you'd like.

    Iliana - I ended up starting Bonjour Tristesse. How about you?

    raidergirl3 - I think I just like playing around with photos and font in Photoshop. :P
    No, I didn't know that Ishiguro had a new book coming out soon. I'll have to look it up, thanks.


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