Friday, February 06, 2009

The Friday memes

1. Please don't tell me that I have too many books as it is and shouldn't buy any more. You know I won't listen! ;)
2. Can you get up in the morning? It's so cozy under the blankets that it's much more tempting to just stay in bed!
3. The color pale pink makes me want to take pictures of cherry blossoms!
4. I have a craving for my mom's macaroni and cheese.
5. If my life had a pause button, I'd pause it after a certain day in the past so I could enjoy it a bit longer.
6. Eyes are the window to the soul.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to finishing the book I'm currently reading, tomorrow my plans include not much since I'm not feeling great and Sunday, I want to spend the day being lazy, read, and maybe watch a DVD!

Speaking of Sunday, just a reminder that I'll be announcing the winners of my giveaway on Sunday, so you've got a little more time to enter, if you haven't already.

Lately I've started listening to book review podcasts while doing the dishes, but the bad thing is that I end up adding even more books to my wish list. One of my favourites is Book Reviews with Simon Mayo from BBC Radio 5. Today I also listened to the first podcast of The Read Carpet, a group of bloggers contributing different topics but focusing on YA fiction. They still have to work out some sound problems but it's a fun idea and I'm looking forward to their next episode. Do you have any favourite literary podcasts?

So anyway, here are a couple of books that I heard about this week thanks to the Simon Mayo podcast. They're both currently only available in the UK, but that's what The Book Depository is for, right?

The Unicorn Road by Martin Davies
Blurb from Amazon: The Unicorn Road tells of a journey into the unknown and of the secret motives and hidden passions of those it brings together. When Benedict is befriended by the interpreter, Venn, he becomes embroiled in an exotic, dangerous adventure. It is a story of love and honour, greed and cruelty and, ultimately, about the power of words themselves.
As magically evocative as an ancient silk painting, The Unicorn Road is a novel of the medieval world which vividly and tenderly illuminates our own.

Mr Toppit by Charles Elton
I actually heard about this one first on Twitter (by following the publisher Penguin) but it was the discussion of the book on the podcast that made me want to read it. It sounds like fun and it does have a great cover!

Blurb from Amazon: When The Hayseed Chronicles, an obscure series of children's books, become world-famous millions of readers debate the significance of that enigmatic last line and the shadowy figure of Mr Toppit who dominates the books. The author, Arthur Hayman, an unsuccessful screenwriter mown down by a concrete truck in Soho, never reaps the benefits of the books' success. The legacy passes to his widow, Martha, and her children - the fragile Rachel, and Luke, reluctantly immortalised as Luke Hayseed, the central character of his father's books. But others want their share, particularly Laurie, the overweight stranger from California, who comforts Arthur as he lies dying, and has a mysterious aganda of her own that changes all their lives. For buried deep in the books lie secrets which threaten to be revealed as the family begins to crumble under the heavy burden of their inheritance. Spanning several decades, from the heyday of the British film industry after the war to the cut-throat world of show business in Los Angeles, Mr Toppit is a riveting tale of the unexpected effects of sudden fame and fortune.


  1. the ume blossoms are so pretty too, especially when they've fallen and carpeted the area below :-)

  2. Hi Nat :)
    # 1 is close to my answer
    #5 is an answer I so understand being so far from home
    #7 Ditto, will finish GREY SOULS this week (set a goal of at least 3 books a month) and will watch movies, it is so cold out...brrrrrrrr

    Enjoy your week-end at home

  3. That's what The Book Depository is for indeed :P

    Have a great weekend!

  4. I love listening to bookish podcasts as well, especially Mayo!

    I'd also recommend the ABC's book show. It's an hour program each day, and you can download the entire show or just individual stories. The link is:

  5. I love to tattoo cherry blossoms; especially when the client wants realism as opposed to "tattoo style" cherry blossoms.
    Happy weekend!

  6. I want to read Mr. Toppit, too. I'm pretty sure twittering is bad for my health.

  7. gautami tripathy - It was great hearing the authors talk about them on the podcast.

    Janet - I love the ume blossoms too! Won't be too long now!

    Sylvie - It was nice just staying home today (Saturday) and I look forward to more of the same tomorrow. I've heard good things about Grey Souls so I look forward to your review. Hope you're enjoying your weekend. :)

    Nymeth - I'm trying to be good and not order anything else right now but I'm so tempted! :P

    Sarah - Thanks for the recommendation. I've added it to my itunes and will listen to it soon.

    thornesworld - Cherry blossom tattoo.. that would be fun!

    Nancy - LOL. I was kind of envious of the mass giveaway of Mr Toppit books in London this week. It does sound fun though, doesn't it?

  8. Haha! I know exactly how you feel in regards to #1.

    I hope you are enjoying your weekend, Nat, and that you are feeling better.

  9. A year or so ago I had sort of gotten into listening to book review podcasts but oh my, I got so overwhelmed by all the more books I wanted to read and then I'd fall behind on podcasts, etc. So I finally just deleted them! Maybe I'll give them another go one of these days...

  10. Wendy - Thanks, I am feeling better. I've had a headache on and off for a few days but so far it hasn't turn into anything worse.

    Iliana - I did that too a while ago, deleted some podcasts because I wasn't listening to them. I usually only listened to my ipod while commuting but I don't travel so much anymore so I really wasn't using it much. But lately I've started listening to my ipod at home while doing chores and it's been a win-win situation. I get to enjoy listening and it helps make whatever I'm doing more interesting. :)


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