Monday, October 26, 2009

Two new books, green tea ice cream, and a couple of reminders

A couple of books have arrived in my mailbox over the last week.  The first is Hell by Yasutaka Tsutsui.  You might remember that I recently read Paprika by the same author, which I read and reviewed courtesy of Alma Books.  They then wondered if I'd be interested in trying another of his books and of course I said yes!  Unexpectedly, they also sent along another copy of Paprika so expect a giveaway for that one at some point.

The second book, which only just arrived today, is Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger.  I actually ordered this at the beginning of October so I was getting worried about it as the books I order from The Book Depository usually arrive quite quickly.  Anyway, I'm glad it's finally here, even though I don't have time to read it quite yet. 

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page.

So, has everyone recovered from the read-a-thon?  As I mentioned, I didn't quite reach my goal of 1000 pages for this read-a-thon but it was certainly still a lot of fun to spend the weekend reading and blogging with over 300 other people from around the world!  Thank you again to Eva, Nymeth, Hannah and Trish! And thank you to everyone who stopped by to cheer me on.  Your comments were very appreciated!

In Read-a-thon Update 5 yesterday, I mentioned that H decided to make some ice cream, and that I'd post a photo.  Well, here it is... homemade matcha (green tea) ice cream.  I know the bitter green tea powder is often an acquired taste for us foreigners but I love it!  And it's such a fun colour!


PhotobucketAlso, a reminder that this is the last week of October, which means it's also the last week to get your links up for October's Hello Japan! mini-challenge, which was, in case you've forgotten, to read or watch something scary, spooky or suspenseful, and Japanese in origin.  Even if you haven't done anything yet, you still have time.  You could read a manga or a short story online, or watch a movie. And you don't have to do a full-fledged review, just tell us about what you read or watched.  I'll be posting the round-up on November 1st, and announcing the November task shortly thereafter. 

As well, the discussion of the first volume of I Am a Cat by Natsume Soseki, for our Japanese Literature Read-along group will take place on November 15th. Of course you can always join in the discussion anytime. The discussion for Volumes 2 and 3 will start on December 15th and January 15th respectively, so there's still plenty of time to grab a book if you'd like to read along with us.  Gnoegnoe of Graasland was reading I Am a Cat during the read-a-thon and she has me really looking forward to it!


  1. Mmmm ... I love green tea ice cream. Nice picture! I've got some green tea powder and still need to figure out what all I can do with it.

    I started "I Am a Cat" yesterday and loving it! I'm picking at "Tales of Moonlight..." and finding it difficult to ignore the footnotes, but reading the footnotes (so many of them) causes me to lose focus on the stories. Sigh. The stories themselves are worth the work, but it is taking me FOREVER.

  2. Happy reading! I love the picture of the ice cream.

  3. Green Tea Ice Cream???? (I can't image enjoying that..LOL) I hope you enjoy Her Fearful Symmetry; I hope to read it soon.

  4. Mmm, I LOVE green tea ice-cream!

    I hope you enjoy Her Fearful Symmetry, I did but you do have to be prepared to suspend belief.

  5. I'm in the middle of Her Fearful Symmetry right now and am liking it more than The Time Traveler's Wife. I think it's more my type of book!

    I'm already excited for the next Hello Japan task. :)

  6. I LOVE green tea ice cream: I have some in the freezer now! I bet homemade would be delicious. :D

  7. I'vd found green tea ice cream in the Chinese restaurants in Toronto. Really like it. Also plan to read I Am a Cat. Sounds like a fun book for the Japanese Literature Challenge 3.

  8. A goal of 1,000 pages is quite ambitious; I only made around 500. But, I'll think about setting it higher for next time! I have Paprika waiting on my shelf, thanks to you telling us about it, and I so want to read Her Fearful Symmetry. I noticed I could download it on iTunes, but I'm not sure I want it as an audio book. I'm much better with the text in front of my own eyes. Your ice cream looks so yummy!

  9. I have read my choice for the challenge, just need the time to sit down an announce it properly. :)

  10. The green tea ice cream looks gorgeous! Hmmm, but yes it's an acquired taste. I mean, I tried green tea frap at Starbucks and I didn't like it that much.

    That being said I love wasabe ice cream. Hahaha! I had a bowlful in one of the Japanese restos here in the Philippines awhile back.

  11. Yummy books and yummy ice cream! I do love the color of green tea. It's one of my favorite colors, actually. I'm not sure if the American version of green tea ice cream is way over-sugared or what, but I've never noticed the bitterness.

  12. Terri B. - Well I can say that it's very nice as ice cream. :)

    I'm glad to hear that you're loving 'I Am a Cat'. I'm looking forward to starting it soon. Good luck with the rest of the 'Tales of Moonlight and Rain'.

    Vasilly - Thanks. It was pretty yummy.

    Diane - LOL. That's ok, it's not to everyone's taste. :)
    I'm not sure when I'm going to fit in Her Fearful Symmetry but hopefully it'll be before too long.

    Claire - Opinion seems a little mixed on Her Fearful Symmetry, but that's just makes me more curious to read it for myself.

    Kristen M. - I'm so glad you're enjoying the Hello Japan! mini-challenge. :)

    Eva - Homemade is wonderful! :)

    Book Bird Dog - I'm happy to hear that you'll be reading 'I Am a Cat' along with us.

    Bellezza - I haven't really given audio books a fair chance but I do tend to prefer reading the text rather than listening. I'm too easily distracted I think.
    And I'm curious what you'll think of Paprika!

    Harry - Don't forget to come back here to the October task post and add your link to the Mr. Linky. That way I can include it in the monthly round-up.

    Lightheaded - The green tea frappucino at Starbucks is really sweet and only partly tastes like green tea, imo. But wasabi ice cream? I've never tried that, or heard of it for that matter, but now I want to! :P

    Andi - Yummy is the word of the day! "Proper" matcha doesn't have any sugar in it at all. The idea is to drink it just after eating a little sweet cake. Commercial green tea ice cream is quite sweet. I used to buy the Haagen Dazs one sometimes but haven't since we got our ice cream maker. It's nice that we can control how much sugar goes in, and of course no preservatives!

    Kelly - Yay for new books, indeed! :)

  13. That looks yummy and it's so shockingly green!

  14. Jodie - It's a great colour, isn't it? :)


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