Saturday, February 07, 2009

Sunday Salon: Giveaway winners

My reading this week has taken me from Ireland to New York. I was in Ireland with The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor which I finished a couple of days ago. It was quite readable and had some nice moments but I didn't love it either. Have you read anything else by Trevor that you would recommend?

Now I'm in New York with Truman Capote and Holly Golighty in Breakfast at Tiffany's. So far I'm really enjoying it and it may end up being my favourite of the couple other Capote books I've read, but I'll reserve judgement until I'm done. And can you believe that I've never seen the film? Something I'll have to try and rectify soon.

I didn't really do too much reading today but I got to sleep in late which was nice. Then making dinner and doing the dishes and those other household chores made the day disappear. I did listen to a couple more bookish podcasts though and ended up adding a couple more books to my wish list as a result.

Today is also of course the day I said I'd draw the names for my giveaway to celebrate 3 years of blogging! Thank you to everyone for your kind words and to all of you that entered. I hope the next 3 years are just as fun as the last 3 have been! I wish I could give you all something, but on to the winners. I used's List Randomizer and here are the results.

Hear the Wind Sing by Haruki Murakami, goes to mee

Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse, goes to Ramya

Japan 2009 calendar, goes to Stephanie

I'll be in touch to get your mailing addresses, and I hope to get the parcels out later this week.
*mee, I couldn't access your site tonight to get your email address so could you please email me at tanabata2000 at gmail dot com? Thanks.

Week in Review:
Sunday Salon: Those Crazy Romans
Mailbox Monday
Review: Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Høeg
January in review
The Friday memes (Friday Fill-ins, Friday Finds)

Have a great week!


  1. I look forward to reading what your final thoughts are on Breakfast at Tiffany's. I've only seen bits and pieces of the film, myself.

    Congratulations to the winners of the giveaway!

    Have a great week, Nat!

  2. Hi Nat :)

    I liked the movie BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S a lot, I have a dvd here at home.
    I also like William Trevor, he is a good story teller

    Will wait for both reviews

    P.S. Can you send me your address by e-mail, I lost all of them in my old PC, I am sending out the books this coming week.

    Have a very nice week Nat

  3. Congrats to the winners!

    Also, I'm totally with you - I haven't seen the movie either - I'll fix that as soon as I've read the book :)

    Can't wait to hear what you thought of it!

  4. I should pay more attention to where I travel in books. I never even think about it!

    Have a great week!

  5. I have also only read Lucy Gault but wanted to try William Trevor again. If you're interested, I reviewed Lucy Gault last October --

    And I definitely want to get to Breakfast at Tiffany's this year.

  6. Congratulations to the winners!

    Breakfast at Tiffanny's is my second favourite Capote (after The Grass Harp). And even though it's one of my favourite books, I've never seen the movie either.

  7. Hello! I enjoyed William Trevor's story collection "After Rain."

  8. I read Felicia's Journey by William Trevor several years ago and enjoyed it. It's well written, dark and disturbing. You might give it a try.

  9. Thank you Tanabata! It's the perfect choice for me, since I'm learning Japanese. I sent you an email with my address, and I've fixed my website too.

  10. Congrats to the winners and again congrats to you on your 3 years! :)

    I have read Felicia's Journey by William Trevor and thought that was really good. I read an essay last week in which the writer mentioned that she found the inspiration to be a writer by reading his novels. It was really interesting so I guess I'll have to check out more of his novels and see what I'm missing!

  11. I think William Trevor is a great writer. I did like "Lucy Gault," but what I liked even more by him were "The Children of Dynmouth" and esp his "Two Lives," which is composed of 2 short novels, both of which are excellent.

  12. Wendy - It's short so I finished it last night and really enjoyed it! I hope you have a great week too!

    Sylvie - I really want to see the film now that I've read the story. And I sent you an email. I hope you got it. Have a good week yourself! :)

    saveophelia - Seems I'm not alone in not having seen the film. I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it.

    Kailana - I've always thought it's fun to notice where the books take me.

    Kristen M. - Thanks for the link to your review, I'll be over to read it.

    Nymeth - I'm going to have to look for The Grass Harp then. :)

    priscilla - Thanks, I'll look for that one.

    Gavin - Well written, dark and disturbing sounds good, I'll have to try it, thanks for the recommendation.

    mee - You're welcome! I hope you enjoy it.

    Iliana - Thanks! Another vote for Felicia's Journey. I'm going to have to try another of his books too and see what I'm missing. :)

    Teresa - Great! Another couple of titles to check out, thanks. I didn't dislike The Story of Lucy Gault but there was something about it that just didn't completely do it for me. I've heard good things about him as an author though so I do want to try something else so thanks for the recommendations.


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