Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Bookish Musings and It's Tuesday, where are you?

Joining Musing Mondays for the first time this week.

What is your policy when it comes to new authors? Do you feel comfortable purchasing a book or do you prefer to borrow new authors from the library? How often do you 'try out' a new author?

I like to think I'm pretty open to trying new authors. Sure, I usually want to read the new books by authors I've loved before, but I'm always thrilled to find new authors to love too. I don't borrow many books from the library here because their selection of English books isn't terrible but it's still limited, plus I don't like stressing about library due dates. So I buy the majority of books I read, and looking at the titles that I've bought since January of this year, probably about 80% of them are by authors that are new to me. That said though, most of those are books or authors that I've heard about somewhere else first, primarily from other book bloggers. There are some though that I've picked up on my own, and even though I don't do it very often lately, one of my favourite things is browsing a bookstore and 'discovering' a book I'd never heard of before. But generally, I like trying new authors and if a particular book sounds appealing to me, I'll probably give it a go. And if a blogger I know, and whose taste I trust, has enjoyed it, then I'd certainly have no problems buying the book myself.

The grey area I suppose is when it's a book that I'm a little bit interested in, but not convinced. If it's by an author that I've read and liked before than I might just go ahead and get it. But if I'm not familiar with the author, then in that case I would probably wait and see if someone else reads it and see if their review would convince me to try it myself. Book bloggers are very bad for my wishlist! There have been several times when I'd previously dismissed a book, but then because of a great review I've decided that I must to read it too!

Although I don't get a lot of review books, because of shipping limitations, they're a nice way to try out a book I might not have picked up quite as readily myself, but I still have to be interested in the premise of the story at the outset. I guess for me, ultimately it comes down to the story, moreso than the author.

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It's Tuesday, where are you?

I'm in between places/books today, but I've been all over during the last week, as I ventured into reading manga for the first time. First I was in Victorian London, working as a maid for an elderly widow (Emma, vol. 1 by Kaoru Mori). Then I was in Dusseldorf, Germany, working as a neurosurgeon but getting fed up with the internal politics going on behind the scenes at the hospital (Monster, vol. 1 by Naoki Urasawa). Next it was to Forks, Washington, where I graduated high school and was being emotionally torn between my vampire boyfriend and my best friend who is a werewolf (Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer). And yesterday I was in Tokyo, Japan, working for a bizarre woman who claims to grant wishes and read the future (xxxHolic, vol. 1 by CLAMP).

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I'm going to take today's teaser from the book I'm planning to read next, Little Stories by Jeff Roberts. From the story, The Red and the Black, (page 51):
When the elevator opened, we were led past the reception desk and into the open space surrounding the front door. Downcast people coming to visit their sick relatives walked into the hospital and they immediately brightened in the presence of this new little life.

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  1. You really have been all over the place!

  2. I should start keeping track of the proportion of new to me vs "old" authors I read. I love returning to old favourite and I'm quite faithful to the authors I love, but I read new ones fairly often as well. I blame bloggers :P

    And wow, you travelled all over the world!

  3. Welcome to MM! Hope you enjoy playing along with us all.

  4. Wow, you have been all over!

  5. You're traveling all over!! I too will be in Victorian London, working as a maid soon!! Emma is on my TBR pile!!

    Where in Japan are you? I was an exchange student there back in 1987...yes, a long time ago. I lived in Niigata!!

  6. Books Fall Open - It is a cute quote.

    Beth F - It's been a great month so far for armchair travelling!

    Nymeth - I wish we could somehow get literary airmiles. :P
    I blame bloggers too for introducing me to so many great, new authors!

    Rebecca - Thanks for the welcome.

    Nise' - I've definitely had some fun book travels this month.

    Staci - I hope you enjoy Emma too when you get to it.
    I'm just outside Tokyo, although I'm starting to get tired of the hustle bustle and crowdedness of it. I've never been to Niigata, did you enjoy your time there?

    Wendi B. - Glad you liked it.


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