First, I got to watch the concluding episode of Lost in Austen, which ended up being quite a lot of fun, and counts as my first Austen-related item for Stephanie's Everything Austen challenge. They'd been airing an episode a week here from the beginning of July and this past week was the fourth and final episode. When I starting watching it I did wonder if it would be a bit cheesy, and ok it was a little, but I really enjoyed it. It gave such an interesting twist on all the beloved characters of Pride and Prejudice with lots of witty, humourous moments, including a few nods to the Colin Firth/BBC version. Think wet shirt scene! I think I may have to get the DVD of it to watch it all again sometime. Definitely recommended to fans of Pride and Prejudice.
Photo: ITVThen mid-week my cereal order arrived. Cereal order, you may wonder? Well, in Japan breakfast cereal has never really become popular so in the supermarket the choice is limited to corn flakes, bran flakes and occasionally muesli. Booorrrring! I recently found out about a great website though, Expat Express, where I can order typical grocery items from the US that are then shipped within about a week. Sure it's more expensive than if I were shopping in the US myself but the shipping cost is pretty reasonable and it is considerably cheaper than a round-trip plane ticket, even during off-season. So I now have a few boxes of Cheerios (yay!), Frosted Shredded Wheat, Life (which I hadn't had in years!) and a couple others to satisfy my cereal cravings this summer. My husband laughed at me because my face totally brightened when the delivery arrived, but I'm just wondering how long it'll be before I need to make another order!
And then on Friday my new bookshelf arrived. It's just a cheap particle board deal but was much needed. The unpacking had actually stalled a couple of weeks ago due to a lack of shelf space. See, I lost a whole bookcase and a half when we moved, as they were re-designated for other things. So anyway, this weekend I've been finally unpacking the remaining boxes of books and my wall of books is starting to take shape.
On the reading side of things I finished The Flight of Icarus by Raymond Queneau earlier in the week. It was very funny and clever, occasionally a little too clever for me, but very amusing all the same. I'm still dipping into Shakespeare Wrote for Money by Nick Hornby, and chuckling regularly. And I've also started reading Goodbye Madame Butterfly by Sumie Kawakami. The author interviewed various Japanese women and these are the true accounts of their lives, their marriages, their affairs. I've only read two women's stories so far but they were both sad and touching, and a fascinating glimpse at what life is really like for women in modern Japan.
Coming up this week a couple more new books to mention tomorrow, and reviews of The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell, and The Flight of Icarus. Happy August!
Week in review:
New books and travels in Europe
Review: Best Intentions by Emily Listfield
Celebrating Japanese Literature