Monday, October 12, 2009

Three new books

I received three books in the post this past week, and I have to say they all look very good.  Add them to last week's haul, plus the other books residing in Mt. To-Be-Read pile and I'm feeling somewhat overwhelmed with all the choices.  The fact that I'm reading even more slowly than usual recently doesn't help the feeling that I wish I could be reading them all Right Now.  But anyway, here's what I got:

Away by Amy Bloom, which I won from Sandy at You've GOTTA Read This! during Book Blogger Appreciation Week.  Thank you Sandy!

Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 by David Petersen.  I read the first one, Mouse Guard: Fall 1152, during the spring read-a-thon, so now that this second volume is out I thought it would be appropriate to read during the upcoming fall read-a-thon.

The Summer of the Ubume by Natsuhiko Kyogoku. I stumbled upon this one recently and the fact that the author's been called the "Neil Gaiman of Japanese mystery fiction" caught my eye.  I'm hoping to read it this month as it would be perfect for the R.I.P. Challenge and the October task for my own Hello Japan! mini-challenge.

Have you acquired any new books lately?

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  1. I read Away in August and I liked it. It's a very quick read so you could up your reading pace with it! ;)

  2. THE SUMMER OF UBUME looks good! Happy reading!

  3. I was lucky to get a few ARCs in the past few days... Now I just gotta find room for them :)

    Enjoy your new books!

  4. I had AWAY out from the library, but ended up returning it unread. Will have to get it again!

  5. If you count getting one from the library, then I have! Checked out and started reading Audrey Niffenegger's "Her Fearful Symmetry" just yesterday.

  6. Oooh, I'd almost forgotten about Mouse Guard, I really liked the Autumn one as well.

  7. I love new books! I got two in the mail today--but they're the same book! I'm not sure what is up with that. Looks like I'll have a giveaway soon.

    Enjoy your new books, Nat!

  8. I read Away last year for book club and personally really enjoyed it, but both the club and other online comments I've read have been mixed.

    I've been trying to minimize the book acquisitions lately, so I don't have anything interesting to offer up for my part.

    Hope you enjoy the books!

  9. Hi! Charlotte from Book on the Hill just sent me a link to your Japanese challenge, as she discovered that I am obsessed with all things Japanese. That's so cool that you're a Canadian living in Japan! Theoretically, I'm planning on spending 6ish months there in early 2010. YAY!
    Anyhow, your blog is AWESOME, and I am totally going to be participating in your Japanese challenge. Just have to decide what I'm going to read this month.
    The Summer of Ubume loosk AWESOME! A Japanese Neil Gaiman could very well become my new favorite author.

  10. Hi Nat :D

    I liked AWAY by Amy Bloom a lot. Hope youdo to.

    I am hoping to join your read along soon, maybe at the begining of the year or earlier. In the meanwhile I review books for HACHETTE (not giveaways). I was asked by HACHETTE to review the book on my blog. I liked it a lot but already received a negative post and a lot of silence.

    I hope you have a wonderful week-end and whish me luck, I will explain later when t is over.

  11. Nope. No new books. I'm trying to be good and read what I have. Oh, wait. I did get an ARC from work. I'll post about that on Monday.

    I'll be interested to hear what you think of Amy Bloom's book. Seems I tried to read something of her a long time ago, but can't remember what it was. Guess I could go check her backlist on Amazon...

  12. The Neil Gaiman of Japanese Mystery Fiction, huh? Sounds fabulous! Neil Gaiman is actually kind of hit or miss for me, but I like the idea of a combo of him and Japanese lit! You'll have to let us know how it is!

  13. I'm actually embarrassed about how many books walked in my door, this week. Some are ARCs, some I bought. All are taking up valuable space. I did get rid of four. Not quite enough. Need to do some weeding in a big way.

  14. Away is just amazing, beautifully written! I loved it so congrats to you for winning.

  15. I've heard good things about Away... glad you confirmed this!

  16. Enjoy your new books! I think I have Away, but I'll have to check. (You know you have too many books when you're no longer sure which books you actually have!)

    Diary of an Eccentric

  17. gnoegnoe - I'm glad to hear it's a quick read. I'll hopefully be able to fit it in sometime soon.

    Alice Teh - Doesn't it? I haven't had time to start it yet but I want to!

    Iliana - Thanks, I hope you enjoy all of yours. :)

    Kelly - You'll probably end up reading it before I do! :P

    Teresa - I remember our discussion in the Yahoo group about Time Traveler's Wife. I'm looking forward to reading Her Fearful Symmetry before too long, hopefully. What did you think of it?

    Bart - The art is so gorgeous in the Mouse Guard books!

    Wendy - That's kind of disappointing that you got two of the same book, but good for your readers I suppose. :)

    Lesley - Books that have mixed reactions often make for a good discussion.

    I've been trying to minimize book acquisitions, especially purchases, lately too but I keep acquiring a few here and there.

  18. Re "Her Fearful Symmetry": It started off very good, but I ultimately was disappointed in it. I look forward to hearing what you think of it. I have a review here if you're interested (no spoilers):

  19. brizmus - Welcome! :)
    Whereabouts in Japan are you planning to stay? Feel free to email me if you'd like any info.

    I really want to read The Summer of Ubume and am a bit frustrated that I haven't had time to do so yet.

    Sylvie - Good luck!!! I hope everything works out.
    I'm glad to hear that you liked Away. The premise of the story sounds interesting so I'm looking forward to it.

    Les - I'm trying to be good too but I still get a few. I can't NOT buy ANY books! ;)

    Trish - That blurb is definitely what caught my eye and made me get it! Plus the fact that it's about Japanese folklore. I'm not the hugest fan of Neil Gaiman either but I do think he's got a great imagination.

    Nancy - Books are like gremlins sometimes! Happy reading! :P

    Jodie - Oh, now you're making me want to read it sooner. I'm going to try to move it up the pile.

    sarah - I'm looking forward to reading it for myself.

    Anna - LOL. I've done that on occasion too. :)

  20. Teresa - Nice review. I've heard some mixed reactions and similar complaints about it. I'm a little bit worried but I'm still looking forward to reading it for myself. :)


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