Well, here I am joining the Sunday Salon on Monday again. But in my defense, it's a national holiday here today, Marine Day, so it feels like a Sunday!
If you've been reading my blog for a while you know that I tend to read one book at a time, but earlier in the week I started The Dogs of Riga, the 2nd book in Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander series, even though I was right in the middle of Best Intentions by Emily Listfield. This in no way means that I wasn't enjoying Best Intentions, because I was. It was a much more practical and mundane reason. Best Intentions is a hardback, and therefore too big and heavy to lug around, but I needed something to read on the train for my commute so I looked to my mass market paperbacks and in fact, I've been wanting to continue with this series for a while so the choice was quickly made. Sometimes size really does matter!
I was going to try to make the tiniest little dent in my Google Reader yesterday morning but our internet connection was misbehaving (go figure!) so instead I went back to bed, curled up, and finished off Best Intentions. It felt like ages since I'd just sat and read like that. It was a very nice start to the day! I guess that means I'm now back down to one book, but I'm oddly tempted to start another one and keep the Mankell for my train rides this coming week.
This past week I also went to see a movie in the cinema for the first time in ages! I had Wednesday off, and Wednesdays are "Ladies Day" at the movie theatres here in Japan (or at least around Tokyo that I know of), which means those of us of the female persuasion get in for a considerable discount. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opened this Wednesday here as well so I decided to make the most of the opportunity and went to the afternoon showing. I used to work every Wednesday, all day, but since our move my schedule has changed and I should have one or two Wednesdays off a month. Plus it is really nice being able to cycle to the nearest cinema in only about 10 minutes. I actually have to work the next 4 Wednesdays but I have a feeling I'll be going to the movies a little more often than before. So anyway, that was my bookish viewing this week, and a lot of fun it was too!
I didn't quite complete the Canadian Book Challenge for last year, falling one book and 3 reviews short, but as I mentioned in my 2nd Canadian Book Challenge wrap-up post, I'm looking forward to trying again this year, and I already have quite a few Canadian books waiting impatiently on my shelves. So I thought I'd list some of the ones I have on hand and would like to read over the next year. This is only a small portion of the ones I have available but at the moment are the ones I'm most eager to read. Some of these are ones I wanted to read but didn't get around to last year, some of them I picked up the last time I was in Canada so are relatively new to the stacks, and some of them have been languishing for far too long.
The End of the Alphabet - C.S. Richardson
Helpless - Barbara Gowdy
Mercy Among the Children - David Adams Richards
Jane Austen - Carol Shields
The Gargoyle - Andrew Davidson
The Boys in the Trees - Mary Swan
The Time in Between - David Bergen
Barnacle Love - Anthony De Sa
Mouthing the Words - Camilla Gibb
The Birth House - Ami McKay
HappinessTM - Will Ferguson
Dreams Underfoot - Charles de Lint
The Lions of Al-Rassan - Guy Gavriel Kay
Plus I really want to get my hands on The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway, as well as the next books in the series by Louise Penny and Giles Blunt, Dead Cold and Black Fly Season respectively.
Have you read any of these, or are there other must-read Canadian books/authors that you'd recommend?
Coming up this week, when I get a chance, my review of The Fat Woman Next Door is Pregnant by Michel Tremblay, my first book completed for The Canadian Book Challenge 3. Have a great week!