Monday, March 23, 2009

Monday/Tuesday meme roundup

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!
Munro's Books, November 2007

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]


  1. I remember the huge bookstore in Niigata and how many floors there were!! It was heaven but of course I could only read the small section of English language books, but still I loved being surrounded by all the books!! I'm glad that you were able to get Drood. The sheer size of that book intimidates me!!

  2. I do wish I could get books from Hatchette too.

    Happy reading, I ahve seen Drood around and would like a look ;)

  3. After all that, I hope you LOVE the book : )

  4. your comments on the great bookstores in London reminds me of all the great bookstores I see everytime I visit Ireland. great independent bookstores are sadly lacking in my neck of the woods.

  5. I got very excited when I saw the photo of Munro's and recognized it right away before I even saw the caption! I sat in front of that very shelf for quite some time when I was visiting last September.

  6. I miss book heaven. I really do. That was very nice of your dad! Drood sounds awesome. It's on my mental list for the next RIP.

  7. I've heard great things about Drood -enjoy!!

    I love the pictures you included of the bookshops! :)

    Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

  8. Victoria, as in, BC? How often are you here? Because I LIVE here now. We should hang out sometime.

  9. Congratulations on getting Drood! Munro's and Murchies sound delightful -- books and tea are such a great combination.

  10. I love that mailbox photo for the Mailbox Monday meme! Oh! And look at those bookshelves at Munro's!

    You're so lucky to get your hands on a copy of Drood. That's one I really want to read. I keep telling myself waiting for the paperback will save me from carpal tunnel flare ups. :-)

    It sounds like you are traveling to a couple of wonderful places. How exciting!

  11. I love the Kinokuniya bookstore in Sydney - I can spend hours in there!
    I have got a copy of Drood waiting for me at my library - I didn't realise it was such a chunky book - not sure I'm in the mood for it right now. Will be looking forward to hearing what you think.

  12. I'm trying to figure out where exactly I am going to read Drood. I am not sure that it is a book to read in bed, but the idea of carrying it around with me everywhere I go is a bit daunting as well.

  13. I used to work 5 minutes from Waterstones Picadilly and I do miss it now I've moved away!

  14. I think (correct me if I'm wrong) that Waterstone's Picadilly is still the largest bookshop in Europe. Sigh. I haven't been there for ages!

  15. Great teaser!! I'm reading the Triumph of Deborah and really like it so far.

    Here's my Teaser about the lion and the lamb from Twilight! ~ Wendi

  16. Great teaser! I haven't read The Triumph of Deborah, but your teaser has me interested.

    I love the picture of the book store. I usually get my books from the library, so I haven't been in a bookstore in awhile, but your picture makes me want to go back.

    ~ Popin

  17. I'm glad you were able to get a copy of Drood! I really want to read that book, but I feel a bit intimidated by its size!

  18. I like that Teaser - makes me cringe in my chest.

  19. Ah bookstores. :) They make me smile. I've heard great things about The Triumph of Deborah. I hope you enjoy it!

  20. Staci - It's exactly the same at the one in Shinjuku. It's about 7 floors stuffed full of books but even though the English section is about half of one floor, I love being in that building! LOL.

    Blodeuedd - I understand that the cost of shipping doesn't make it realistic for the publishers, but it is too bad.

    Mary - LOL. Me too!

    caite - I'm sure there are some wonderful bookstores in Ireland too. I regret that we never got a chance to visit while we were in England.

    Teresa - It's fun to be able to say 'I've been there'. :)

    Nymeth - Oh, me too! Although my groaning bookshelves are probably happy. :P

    Wendi B. - I've heard quite a few good things about Drood too, so I'm looking forward to reading it.

    raych - Yes! I didn't realize you lived there! I only go back about once a year, so it'll be a while now before I go again, but I'll definitely have to let you know.

    Terri B. - Books and tea really are perfect together. :)

    Wendy - Thanks. I thought the rusty old Japanese post box would make a good button. And Munro's is a fun little bookstore to browse in.

    LOL. Drood is definitely a chunkster. She sent me the large print soft cover edition, so it's huge, although I suppose even at double the pages it's lighter than the hardcover would be. Waiting for the paperback is probably wise.

  21. Karen - I'm not sure when I'll get to Drood, the size intimidates me a little, athough it does sound very good.

    Marg - LOL. I know what you mean. Too heavy to hold up in bed, too big and heavy to lug around. Maybe propped up on a table? ;)

    fleurfisher - I loved stopping by there to browse, although it was usually bad on my wallet.

    mariel - I think it still is the biggest, or at least it still was when we were there and I imagine it probably still is. I'd always make a point of stopping by when I was in that part of town.

    Wendi B. - I'm not too far into The Triumph of Deborah yet but am enjoying it so far.

    Popin - The library here has a pretty limited selection of English books so I don't go very often. I mostly buy books online though so I haven't been to a bookstore for awhile either.

    Avis - I'm quite intimidated by the size too. I think I'll wait until I'm in the mood to get lost in such a tome.

    The Bumbles - Lol. Glad you liked the teaser.

    Trish - Bookstores always make me smile too! :)

  22. Oh I loved Waterstones so much when I was living in England! I miss it. And surprisingly, I've never visited Bolen Books or Munro's ... I need to go to Victoria more often! I think I've only been like 4 or 5 times.

  23. Monica - I miss Waterstones too! I loved the Piccadilly store but any of the branch stores would do. I had a hard time walking by one without going in.
    Bolen Books isn't downtown so it depends how you're getting around. But you should definitely stop by Munro's the next time you visit Victoria.


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