My reading has really slowed down over the last week as I spend my days either working or unpacking, sorting and cleaning. By the time I get to bed at night I'm tired and either try to sneak a few minutes on the computer or read a few pages while struggling to keep my eyes open. But I did finish reading The Fat Woman Next Door is Pregnant last week, and am now a few chapters into Best Intentions by Emily Listfield, which I'm quite enjoying so far.
At last I've been unpacking my books over the last couple of days and it's got me thinking about how to organize them. For the moment I'm mainly just getting them out of their boxes and onto the shelves, and in our old place there wasn't much of a system beyond fitting as many as possible into the limited space available. You may remember this picture of a couple of my crammed bookshelves. Space is still an issue but this time I think I'd like to keep my unread books together instead of mixed in with the others. I figure that will make it easier to see at a glance my massive TBR, and hopefully easier to find a particular book when I want to. But then that means separating books by the same author if I've read some but not others. Plus I also think it would be nice to have all of my Japanese lit together which would mean combining the read with the unread. Decisions, decisions. How do you organize your books?
Meanwhile, I've decided to join Stephanie's Everything Austen challenge. I love me some Austen so how could I resist? The goal is simply to read or watch six Austen-themed things between July 1st, 2009 and January 1st, 2010. It's a fun idea letting us choose among books, movies and whatnot. I had an Austen phase quite a few years ago and have read all of her published novels at least once, and others, like Pride and Prejudice, I've read several times. And I rarely go a year without watching a few of the movies or tv series based on her books. I've actually already had a few Austen fixes this year as well. A couple of weeks ago, I caught the BBC mini-series of Sense and Sensibility on tv, and earlier in the year I read Austenland by Shannon Hale and watched the movie, The Jane Austen Book Club, which was predictable but amusing all the same. Plus late last year I read the Hesperus Press edition of The Watsons, an unfinished story by Jane Austen.
I'm not really sure what I'll read or watch during the remainder of the year, but I do have a few ideas. I'd like to finally read Jane Austen by Carol Shields as it's been waiting to be read for far too long. I also have Lost in Austen: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure by Emma Campbell Webster which looks like a lot of fun, and I'm tempted to reread Northanger Abbey this autumn. Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange also sounds deliciously fun. Then it might be amusing to watch Bridget Jones's Diary again, as it's been ages since I saw it. Or Becoming Jane, or any of the Austen dramatizations that I never get tired of watching. Also, Lost in Austen has started to air on tv here and I just watched part 2 this afternoon. Whatever I end up choosing though, I'm certainly looking forward to spending some quality time with Jane and her characters.
A little personal side note: This past Tuesday, July 7th, was Tanabata. It's not an official holiday (so not a day off) here but it is widely celebrated. It's based on an old Chinese folk tale (click on the link above to read more about it at wikipedia) and is considered quite a romantic day. In Japan, people write their wishes on strips of paper which are then hung on bamboo, and which kind of looks like a summer version of a Christmas tree. I've mentioned this before in 2006 and in 2007, but a recent comment by Trish made me realize it's been a while, so if you've ever wondered why I adopted 'tanabata' as my online screen name it's because July 7th, the festival of tanabata, is our wedding anniversary. So H and I have now been married for 9 years! My how the time flies!
Sorry I still haven't had much time to stop by your blogs. I'm barely even managing to post on mine, but an end to the unpacking is in sight. I hope you're all enjoying the summer so far and reading lots of wonderful books. Have a great week!