Friday, April 10, 2009

Friday books and blanks (and awards)

Here are some of the books that got added to my wish list recently.

Of a Boy - Sonya Hartnett
Of a Boy is the Australian title, and from what I can tell it's been published in the US and the UK as What the Birds See.
Highly recommended by Sarah of A Devoted Reader.

My Swordhand is Singing - Marcus Sedgwick
I'm much more receptive to vampire stories nowadays and Rhinoa's review made this one sound fun.

The Post Office Girl - Stefan Zweig
Iliana's review made it sound so appealing.

English - Wang Gang
I heard about this one from Penguin on Twitter. It's been compared to Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, and appeals to the English as a Second Language Teacher in me.

Eat Sleep Sit - Kaoru Nonomura
Bellezza's reading it this week.

Blackmoor - Edward Hogan
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize which I heard about on Twitter.

1. a name people hide behind.
2. Spring is a beautiful season in Japan.
3. Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, so that I may better appreciate the good times when they come.
4. The cherry blossoms are what I look forward to most about Spring.
5. Who needs therapy when you can tell your secrets to your cat.
6. Chocolate MUST go into the Easter Basket! Easter isn't celebrated in Japan, understandably, but I think I will have to get some nice chocolate this weekend.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to relaxing and watching some TV with H, tomorrow my plans include taking the boys to the vet for their yearly shots and maybe going out for dinner and Sunday, I want to relax and read!

I've also been the recipient of a few blogging awards lately for which I'd like to say thank you to the kind bestowers.

The Sisterhood Award, for bloggers "whom we consider our sisters in the blogging community", from Bellezza at Dolce Bellezza.

The Splash Award, for blogs "which allure, amuse, bewitch, impress or inspire you", from CoversGirl at Between the Covers, and from Word Freak.

The Zombie Chicken Award from Iliana at Bookgirl's Nightstand.
“The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken - excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all…”

This is what Iliana had to say: "With her fantastic photography skills she’d capture the zombie apocalypse and would manage to make it look beautiful." LOL. Thanks Iliana!

Thanks to all of you for making me smile! You know I'm not very good at passing these on but I'd hate to incite the wrath of the zombie chickens so I'm going to lump the three together and list just a few of the wonderful bloggers that are like sisters, that impress and inspire me, and that keep me coming back for more. (I know you've probably already received some or all of these so don't feel you have to acknowledge them again, I just wanted to share the love).

Wendy at Musings of a Bookish Kitty
Nymeth at things mean a lot
Sylvie at Madeleine's Book & Photo Blog
Lena at Save Ophelia
Trish at Trish's Reading Nook

These are just some of my most loyal readers, for whom I am extremely grateful, but there are so many more blogs I love too. It's the reason my Google Reader is perpetually full of unread posts! Know that I appreciate what all of you bring to our little community.
And I wish you all a lovely weekend! Eat a few Cadbury's eggs for me, would ya?


  1. hey,
    I gave away some Splash awrds, and i included your blog.

  2. English and Eat Sleep Sit sound especially good. But My Swordhand is Singing sounds amazing. I love vampire novels, more so if they have a different take on the lore. Great finds this week :)

    I hope that one day I'll be able to visit Japan in the spring. The cherry blossoms are amazing to look at.

    ~ Popin

  3. Oh Nat! you are so sweet. I learned a lot about blogging from you. I am accepting those awards because they come from you an this means a lot to me, friend :)

    I hope you have a nice week-end nd lots of chocolate, also my favorite treat, addiction? :D

  4. "5. Who needs therapy when you can tell your secrets to your cat."

    lol! That's my philosophy :P

    Congrats on your awards, and thank you so much for including me :D I hope you know your blog is one of my absolute must-reads.

    Have a great weekend!

  5. Hi, Nat. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. I am going to try and keep better track of my Friday Finds for next week.

    English is a book that caught my attention too.

    I would love to see spring in Japan. Cats are such good secret keepers, aren't they?

    Thank you so much for the awards, Nat. It means a lot to me that you would think of me.

  6. Word Freak - Thank you for the award! You were the first to comment so I quickly added your name in last night. :)

    Popin - Glad you enjoyed my finds this week.
    Spring and fall are the best seasons to visit Japan. The cherry blossom season is very short so it can be hard to time it right but they usually bloom around the beginning of April. Shall we expect you next year? :P

    Sylvie - You're very welcome. I consider you a good friend too, despite the fact that we've never met in person. :)
    Yes, I'm going to have to hunt up some yummy chocolate tomorrow. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

    Nymeth - Just as yours is one of my absolute must-reads too! Have a great weekend yourself! :)

    Wendy - During the week when I come across a book that sounds interesting I copy/paste the link into a small text edit file so it's easy to build the links later. Seems to work for me.

    Like I said above to Popin, spring really is one of the best times to visit Japan. And you're welcome, but really it's all true: you're like a book loving sister, you impress and inspire me and keep me coming back for more. :)

  7. Thank you for including me on this list. It means a lot! Yours is one of the first blogs I found when I decided it was high time to "join" the community.

    As for those Cadbury eggs, I can just send ya some :)

  8. Hahahah love the zombie chicken!!!

  9. saveophelia - You're very welcome. And I'm glad you've stuck around! Ooo, sending me Cadbury's eggs is very tempting. Course I'd hate for them to squish or melt all over the book. Priorities ya know. ;)

    Janet - I give you an honorary Zombie Chicken award then!! :)

  10. Thank you so much for the award!! I've really enjoyed getting to know you through blogging the past few months. And eat a few cadburys? Oh dear--I don't think I've ever eaten so much chocolate as this year. :)

  11. Trish - You're welcome! :)
    And LOL.. too much chocolate? Is there such a thing? :P


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