Monday, March 16, 2009

Mailbox Monday Musings

It's been 4 weeks since I've posted a Mailbox Monday because I just hadn't had any new books for awhile, but my delayed Amazon order finally showed up this past week, plus a couple others I'd ordered recently.

Be With You - Takuji Ichikawa
As Shadows Fade - Colleen Gleason
Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer
Emma, vol. 2 and vol. 3 - Kaoru Mori
The Museum Guard - Howard Norman (Thank you Sandra of Fresh Ink for this one).

Most surprisingly is the fact that I've already read 3 of them. I'm always excited to get new books, but I don't often get to them right away. They just fit my mood though, so good timing.
It's Monday, where are you?

I've racked up a few more literary airmiles this past week. I started off in London, England but then travelled to Prague, and into the mountains of Romania in an attempt to take down the evil vampire queen (As Shadows Fade). After that it was back to Forks, Washington for more vampire and werewolf adventures (Breaking Dawn). Now I'm back in London at the end of the 18th century, working as a maid and falling in love with William, even though he's an aristocrat and I know his family will never allow us to be together (Emma, vol. 2).
We were all warned as children to 'never talk to strangers', but how do you feel about book-talk with random people? When you see people reading, do you ask what it is? Do you talk to people in the book store or the library? Why or why not? What do you do if people talk to you? (question courtesy of Dena)

No, I have to say that I don't usually talk to strangers, about books or anything else really. If I spot someone reading, I do always try to see what book it is, but I won't try to ask them about it. Besides being naturally shy, a lot of it has to do with the environment I live in. In Japanese culture you just don't talk to strangers. You can see a lot of people reading in the trains, but no one would think to start up a conversation with someone they didn't know. Plus my poor Japanese skill and the fact that I'm a gaijin (foreigner) would probably give someone a heart attack if I tried to talk to them out of the blue! Even in a bookstore or library, the only stranger I'm likely to talk to would be one of the staff, if I had a question. So the reverse is obviously also true. People don't talk to me either in those situations. Which I suppose is one of the big appeals of having a book blog, and talking with all of you about books. Thanks guys! :)

15 comments:

  1. You are quick! It's been a long time since I was able to get to book right away. I guess I just haven't felt the need to drop everything and dive in awhile. :-)

    I don't often reach out to strangers reading either. I do like to try and see what they are reading though. And I don't mind if they start the conversation.

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  2. Oh! Kaoru Mori *and* Stephenie Meyer in one week? I almost envy you for your mailbox this week LOL

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  3. Emma! My heart breaks for her. Okay, no spoilers..I'll shut up :P

    I live in a culture where people start conversations with strangers all the time. About anything and everything, really. Like, in the waiting room at the doctor's office, they'll start blabbing about the details of their health issues. Well, obviously not everyone, but you get the picture. As I'm shy and an intensely private person, I often feel very, very uncomfortable. Maybe I should move to Japan :P

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  4. Wow you have been all over the place this week! My niece is teaching at a school in Japan and has remarked about how friendly the people are to her.

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  5. looks like a good bunch of books - certainly worth waiting for.

    My mailbox is here

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  6. Thanks for the glimpse into Japanese culture! I'm sure I would struggle so much with the language barrier that I wouldn't even attempt to ask for directions -- let alone try to discuss a book!

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  7. Wow! I can't believe you've read three of your books already!

    Here’s my post.

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  8. I received some Stephanie Meyer books last week and hope to get some reviews up in time for the movie release. :)

    Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

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  9. Oh you are good! I typically get books and am all excited about them but once they go on the shelf it may be a while before I finally get to them. Don't know how that happens! :)

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  10. I love Colleen Gleason and I'm excited for As Shadows Fade, but I was so sad in the last book. =P I hope you enjoy the book!

    And I need to get into the Twilight series sooner or later.

    ~ Popin

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  11. Good grief! You are a reading fool! You're just going to have to take over my name, I suppose. :)

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  12. I can't wait to hear what you think about Breaking Dawn...


    --Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

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  13. Thank you for stopping by the mailbox this week. It appears that you're already enjoying your new treasures.

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  14. I loved Emma... So happy you are reading it! I really must get around to reading the last two books in Colleen's series, too!

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  15. Wendy - I haven't done that for a while either, but it was fun to just dive in, as you say, and not relegate them to the stacks.

    Kathrin - LOL. It was a pretty good week!

    Nymeth - I ended up reading the rest of the main series (up to vol. 7) online. I just couldn't stop! Such a great story.

    Recently on one of the typical silly variety shows on tv here, there was a Brazilian woman (I think it was) who lives in Japan complaining about the fact that the Japanese never talk to strangers and how they're so quiet and cold on the trains! LOL. A definite cultural difference. :)

    Nise' - Once you are introduced to someone, they can be very friendly. You just have to get past that initial stranger phase. :P

    Kaye - I was a little impatient at the time, but you're right, they were worth waiting for.

    Jenners - Yes, the language barrier is a problem for me sometimes, although most of my days are spent in a kind of English bubble since I speak it at work and home.

    Alyce - I almost never do that, but I just decided to follow my mood these past couple of weeks. Must get back to some review books soon.

    Wendi B. - I'm looking forward to finally seeing the film next month!

    Iliana - That's what I typically do too. I'm excited to get them but then they just sit there and sit there. This was an unusual week. :)

    Popin - I'm sad ASF is the last book in the series too, although she's hinted that she might do a follow-up at some point in the future, which would be fun.

    Nancy - Oh I could never take over your name, you ARE Bookfool. Besides who knows how long my recent reading mania will last. :P

    Anna - I hope to have my review of Breaking Dawn up sometime next week, so stay tuned.

    Marcia - It's rare for me to get to them so soon, but I have had fun with them.

    Kailana - Emma was really great! I read through the rest of it so fast, I just couldn't stop!

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