Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday Finds and Fill-ins

Some Japanese themed books that I've added to my wish list over the last little while.

Translucent Tree by Nobuko Takagi. I'd never heard of this author before but she's apparently won several literary awards in Japan.

Tokyo Fiancée - Amélie Nothomb. It's had mixed reviews but I thought Fear and Trembling was amusing so I'm curious what she has to say about Japanese cultural differences in this one. Review in the Globe and Mail.

The Commoner - John Burnham Schwartz. I've actually had this on my wish list for a while, but I noticed that the paperback is out now, and it does have a very pretty cover.

The Love We Share Without Knowing - Christopher Barzak. Just read Nymeth's wonderful review, and you'll understand why I have a feeling I'll be buying this one soon.

1. When I look to the left, I see a stack of TBR books.

2. None of them is the room that has the best view in my home. Our neighbourhood is not pretty! We either look out at another apartment building, or the old factory across the street in front of our building.

3. Let it work so I can have a good night's sleep.

4. If only travelling in Japan could be done dirt cheap! Then we'd probably see more of it.

5. Voting is a responsibility that all qualified citizens must share.

6. If you have any good book recommendations feel free to share them.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to relaxing and curling up with a book, tomorrow my plans include staying home if I'm still feeling lousy and Sunday, I want to not be stuffed up and miserable anymore! (Don't mind me I'm just feeling sorry for myself. Nothing taking it easy with some hot tea and a good book won't help.)


  1. I hope you feel better Nat, I am still not right, this was a nasty flu.
    Tea and a good book work wonder :D

  2. Great list of finds. Hope you are feeling much better very soon!

  3. Man, I hope you get better soon!!!

  4. I hope you are feeling better soon! You are so right about curling up with a good book and tea when not feeling well.

    I bought The Commoner (in hardback!) because I thought the cover was so beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and I'm guessing you will like it. I'm putting The Translucent Tree on my list. I've not heard of her either. I've got The Love We Share... on my list based on Nymeth's recommend.

  5. I really think you'd enjoy The Love We Share Without Knowing. So yes, do get it :P

    I'm in need of a nice relaxing weekend too. Hopefully we'll both feel better soon!

  6. I'm so sorry you're feeling lousy. I am, too. I'm about to go back to bed. Hope the weekend cures you.

  7. Love the Japanese books you listed...I was able to pick up a free copy from the author of The Love We Share Without Knowing from Nymeth's gracious link to the author...really looking forward to reading it too!!

    Traveling in Japan is expensive...everything is!!

    I hope Sunday finds you well!!

  8. The Commoner is very good! I read it last year. I have The Love We Share without knowing here to read. Probably tonight! It looks good. :)

  9. I hope you're feeling better very soon, Nat. If anything, maybe you can curl up with a good book and relax.

    As for book recommendations, I'm just about finished with The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister and I hope to have a review posted in the next few days. (I have two others to post first!) This is a big winner in my book. Loved it so much, I can already think of several people I'd like to give it to for Christmas this year. Nothing like planning ahead, right? :)

  10. Sylvie - Thanks. Tea and a good book do work wonders, although I wonder if I'm spending a bit too much time reading lately to avoid doing other things.

    gautami tripathy - Thanks. I do have some here.

    Nise' and Janet - Thanks. It's mostly hayfever so I really have no idea how long it will last. Spring is only just starting!

    Terri B. - I think I'll enjoy The Commoner too, thanks for the recommendation. :)

    Nymeth - I'll definitely get it before too long! I hope you feel better very soon. :)

    Nancy - It's mainly allergies/hayfever, so I'm worried I'm stuck with this for a while. It's really bad this year for some reason and my usual pills don't seem to be doing much for me. Blah. Hope you feel better soon too.

    Staci - I was really sad I missed out on that offer, but I'll just buy the book myself sometime soon. I look forward to hearing what you think of it.

    Kailana - I didn't remember that you also read The Commoner. I'm definitely going to have to get it at some point.

    Les - All I seem to be doing lately is curling up with a book, to the extent that I'm ignoring other things that need doing. Oh well, at least I'm reading some fun stuff. I look forward to your review of the book, and wow you're already thinking of Christmas! :P


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