Sunday, May 03, 2009

Sunday Salon: Busy Week

I've been so busy with other things and so tired lately, I've been suffering from a bit of blogger burnout this week. As a result, I haven't been posting on my own blog as often as usual, even though thanks to the read-a-thon, I'm very behind in reviews. Plus my Google Reader is so stuffed full, and overwhelming, but I just can't seem to face it. I haven't even been reading much the last couple of days.

Some of it is 'good' busy though. It's Golden Week in Japan right now so we have a few days off work and on Friday we took a day trip out of Tokyo, during which I got a sunburn but also got to see some beautiful wisteria. I haven't gone through the photos yet but hopefully there are a few good ones to share. Today we were again away from home for most of the day, checking out a few possible areas to live as we may be moving to another part of Tokyo soon, and I am so ready for bed, but I thought I'd write a quick Salon post first on what I've been reading.

Earlier in the week I was in the mood for a mystery so I read Still Life by Louise Penny, the first in her Inspector Gamache series. It was a lot of fun and I'm thrilled to learn that the Chief Inspector will be returning to the village of Three Pines in later books. I'm very much looking forward to catching up with some of those characters again at some point.

Now I've started, but haven't got too far in yet due to my limited reading these last few days, The Museum Guard by Howard Norman. I'm just getting to know the main characters but it's set in a small museum in Nova Scotia and has me curious to read more. Thanks again to Sandra for passing this one on to me.

Speaking of thanks, I'd also like to say how grateful I am to Kathrin (Secret Dreamworld of a Bookaholic) and Book Bird Dog for giving me the One Lovely Blog Award. I don't really feel like I've earned it since I haven't been a very good blogger lately, but it means a lot to me that you're still reading and enjoying my blog, and I still hold out hope that one of these days I'll catch up. I'm not going to pass this on to anyone else specifically, but as always thank you to all my regular visitors and commenters. You're the best, and knowing you've stopped by always makes my day!

I hope you're having a nice weekend, and reading something good!

Week in review:
Reading Non-Fiction
'Mouse Guard: Fall 1152' by David Petersen (review)
'Emma, vol. 8' by Kaoru Mori (review)


  1. I'm so curious about you see readers everywhere? What do you see being read?

  2. Golden Week in Japan sounds preferable to any amount of blogging you may or may not squeeze in. Lucky you! So don't worry about catching up. We will all still be stopping by for your insights no matter how often you post.

    Today I am reading the new Laurie King book The Language of Bees, and hosting a book giveaway for The Crimes of Paris. Happy reading!

  3. I've had more than my share of blogging burnout, that's for sure. I wouldn't worry about it. Golden Week sounds wonderful!! I love Wisteria!!

  4. It seems that a lot of us have been feeling burnt out lately. A few weeks away did me a world of good, though!

    Golden Week! I like the sound of that. I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures :)

    And congrats on the well-deserved award!

  5. Isn't Three Pines just so wonderful? After I first read Still Life, I wanted to move there! I just finished the fourth Gamache book - it isn't set in Three Pines, which has a minor role in it, but it was a lovely read, still.

  6. Never apologize for taking some much needed breaks from blogging and reading. Sometimes life is busy and we can't do everything!! Sounds like your weekend was enjoyable and I can't wait to see some of the photos you took!! The two books you posted about sound pretty cool, especially Still Life!! Take care, delete all the backed up posts in your google reader, relax and enjoy life!! :)

  7. I think everyone is getting a little burned out lately. Like Nymeth said, a little vacation may be the trick :)

    I hope things start looking up in terms of reading. In the mean time, enjoy Golden Week!

  8. "Golden Week" sounds like something I'd like. I think I would especially like Greenery Day :o)

  9. Nat, I've been entirely out of the loop lately but it's great to be back and reading your blog. I've missed you!!! Your new layout is beautiful and congrats on the domain!

  10. debnance - You do see quite a few readers especially when commuting on the trains. Of course nowadays a lot of people are plugged in to their ipods or texting on their cell phones instead.

    Frances - It was nice to have a few days off work, thanks! The Crimes of Paris sounds very interesting. I hope to get a chance to read it at some point.

    Stephanie - I can totally understand why though as you have so much else going on. The wisteria was lovely to see. :)

    Nymeth - I want to catch up on some reviews this week but I've decided to take a week or so off sometime this month to get caught up on some other things. Like you said, I think a little time off will do me some good.

    There's a national holiday at the end of April and then a couple more days at the beginning of May so companies often bridge them to make about a week off, and somehow it became known as Golden Week. I hope to get some pictures up soon.

    Belle - Three Pines was great! Reading about it made me want to live there too! I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of this series.

    Staci - I always appreciate when people stop by my blog and comment so I feel bad when I don't return the visits, but life sure does get in the way sometimes.
    I can't bring myself to mark all the posts as read but I promise to skim some and skip others. :P

    Thanks Teddy!

    lena - Yes, I think a little blog break is in order soon. We didn't get a whole lot accomplished but it was nice to have some time off.

    Terri B. - Holidays are always good! :)

    Andi - And we've missed you! :)


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