Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sunday Salon: in which very little reading takes place, but we have a winner

This is going to be a short Sunday Salon post because I haven't read anything all weekend! And in fact, this whole week has seen very little reading being accomplished. What with trying to make our apartment presentable for company coming next week, and trying to get stuff done for BBAW, and what seems like a gazillion other distractions, by the time I get to bed at night I can only manage a few pages, if that. I'd wager that I've only read a handful of pages all week. Sigh. But I'm slowly, very slowly, reading some of Poe's poems and stories and I'll do a proper Short Story Sunday post once I've read a few more of them.

I think I might start Tears of the Desert by Halima Bashir & Damien Lewis this week, and read it alongside the Poe. I've been meaning to read it for awhile, and if I finish it by the end of the month, I'll be able to complete the Non-Fiction Five Challenge. I'm pretty sure BBAW will take up a lot of my free time this coming week but I do have a fair bit of commuting ahead of me this week so hopefully I'll still be able to read a little more than last week.

Thank you to everyone who entered my Japanese Literature Giveaway. I announced the giveaway before the BBAW Awards shortlist came out, which I never ever dreamed I'd be on, but what a great way to celebrate by buying one of you a book in the category that got me there. But you don't want to hear about that, you want to know who won. So without further ado, and with a little help from, the winner of a Japanese Literature title of their choice is ... Frances, who asked for Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami.  This was one of the best books I read last year.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Please let me know your mailing address and whether you'd prefer the US edition (left) or the UK edition (right).  Then, I'll get the book sent out to you as soon as possible.

If you didn't win this time, all is not lost. I'll be having a couple more giveaways over the next few days for Book Blogger Appreciation Week so be sure to check back for more chances to win. Actually, I'll give you a hint.  The giveaway I'll be announcing tomorrow is for a book that a few of you were wishing for.  Happy BBAW everyone!


  1. I found your blog because of BBAW. Enjoyed your post.

    Hope you will come by Color Online sometime. Love to learn more about Japanese literature and culture.

    We're a friendly group. Come chat with us.

  2. It seems there are quite a few of us who are having trouble getting any reading done. I've had a terrible month, so far, but I'm having fun at the pool so . . . I'm fine with it.

    I love the kitty cover of Kafka on the Shore. So cute! My copy is the one at left. Eldest took off with it, last time he visited; I haven't gotten to it, yet. Congrats to Frances!

  3. I hope you got more read than I did this past week. :-S This next week will be quite busy with BBAW, won't it? I imagine I won't be getting much reading done then either. I wish I had a decent commute to work--it would be perfect for fitting in my reading. Only a reader would wish for a longer commute. LOL

    Have a great week!

  4. LOL if you call THIS a short post... :)

    Congrats to lucky Frances! Kafka on the Shore is a GREAT choice :))

    (Unfortunately I don't think I've got time for a re-reading session this year ;)

  5. Frances' choice is an excellent one! Congratulations!

  6. Congrats to Frances!

    I know what you mean about getting bogged down with stuff. We've got family coming in town at the end of the week and so I get the feeling my reading will be slowing down.

    Hope you are enjoying your new book. Don't think I've heard of Tears of the Desert... Must look it up! :)

  7. Color Online - I'm glad BBAW led you here! :)

    Nancy - Yes, it does seem to be a common problem this month. And at least you're having fun at the pool in the meantime. I prefer the UK cover too!

    Wendy - LOL. I know what you mean about wishing for a longer commute. It doesn't always work out though. If the train is really crowded and it's difficult to hold the book open with one hand, I end up listening to my ipod instead. :)

    gnoegnoe - Well, it's still pretty short if you take out the giveaway stuff. ;)
    I don't think I have time to re-read Kafka on the Shore this year either but I do really want to at some point.

    Nymeth - It's a great book! Like I said to gnoegnoe, I really want to read it again someday.

    Iliana - Why is it that things seems to all happen at once? LOL. Oh well what can ya do?
    Tears of the Desert is one women's memoir of surviving the horrors of Darfur. So far I've really been enjoying it but I've just been reading about her childhood in Darfur, it hasn't got to the 'horror' part yet.


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