How many bookstores do you frequent? Do you have a favourite? If so, which one and what makes it so?
My favourite bookstore in Tokyo is the big Kinokuniya in Shinjuku. They seem to have the biggest selection of English books, so I like to stop in there to browse once in a while. I really don't go to the bookstore very often though, as it's in central Tokyo and I spend most of my days out in the suburbs. I do most of my book shopping online, either at Amazon Japan or The Book Depository. Gotta love the free shipping!
When we lived in London, I was in book heaven, but one of my favourite bookstores was the big Waterstones Piccadilly shop for its sheer size. With several floor of books, I almost invariably came out of there with a book or two or three. Those 3 for 2 offers were especially tempting, but I also loved their display tables in the fiction section.
And when I'm Victoria, I always make a point to stop by Bolen Books, for the selection, and Munro's, for it's great atmosphere and bargain tables, and the fact that it's next door to Murchies tea shop. Books and tea = a perfect match!
Only one book arrived this past week. Drood by Dan Simmons. There's actually a little story behind my getting this one, if you'll indulge me. As you may know, a lot of the publishers only ship out review copies to the US or Canada. But last fall, I saw that Hachette was giving out copies of Drood, which sounded really intriguing. Since I knew I'd be in Canada over Christmas, I asked Miriam if she'd send one to me in Canada. She kindly agreed, but then unfortunately she ran out. Fast forward to January, I'd been to Canada and was back in Japan, when she emailed me to say that she had more and to ask if she could still send one to that address. So I asked my father a favour, to forward it on to me. I told him to send it surface mail to help reduce the cost, and a little over a month after he sent it, it finally arrived last week! So thank you to Miriam and a big thank you to my dad, for getting this book to me. Now I just have to figure out when to read it, it's a real chunkster!
It's Monday, where are you?
Last week was spent mostly moving between London and Haworth, England with a brief, rather unplanned trip to the US. [Emma, vol. 2 - 7 by Kaoru Mori]
Now, I've just arrived in ancient Israel and war is looming against the neighboring Canaanites. [The Triumph of Deborah by Eva Etzioni-Halevy]
And this week's teaser quote:
His heart kicked up inside him in terror for his life. He had hauled himself from the jaws of death so far, but he had no breath left in his lungs to continue to fight.
[p. 83, The Triumph of Deborah by Eva Etzioni-Halevy]