Monday, February 22, 2010

Recent acquisitions

I haven't posted a Mailbox Monday for quite a few weeks, since last year I believe. I have acquired a few new books though so here are the ones that have come through my door since the beginning of the year. Except for the new Jasper Fforde, the first batch are all Japanese authors. The last 2 volumes of the Emma manga series. The Murakami novels for "Murakami March" (aka the JLit Book Group). The Sound of the Mountain and Silence, which are both on the schedule for the Japanese Literature Book Group later this year. And Some Prefer Nettles because I've been meaning to get it for ages and I like the new Vintage covers on some of their Japanese classics.

Mailbox Monday

Pinball, 1973 by Haruki Murakami
Emma, volumes 9 & 10 by Kaoru Mori
Some Prefer Nettles by Junichiro Tanizaki
A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami
The Sound of the Mountain by Yasunari Kawabata
Silence by Shusaku Endo
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

Have you read any of these?

Then in addition to the books above that I bought myself, I also received the following books for review.

Mailbox Monday

How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway (ARC)
Gringa in a Strange Land by Linda Dahl
Admit One: My Life in Film by Emmett James (memoir)

So many good books that I'm looking forward to! Sometimes when I look at the stacks and stacks of unread books lying around, I really wish I could speed read just so I can get to all of them faster!  At least at this rate, I'm never going to run out of books to read!

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  1. Yours are my favourite recent acquisitions posts , next to my own of course ;) I think it is the abundance of Japanese lit and Vintage covers.

    I LOVED Shades of Grey but didn't feel the same about Some Prefer Nettles (a little dry).

    Looking forward to your thoughts on Silence and the Murakami titles.

  2. P.S. Did you know that Yoko Ogawa has a new novel forthcoming? It's entitled Hotel Iris and sounds nothing like The Housekeeper & the Professor but it still appeals.

  3. So many interesting books. How To Be An American Housewife has caught my eye! Enjoy them all!

  4. I loved Shades of Grey! It was the first book I reviewed for Dystopian February this month.

  5. Oooh, Emma 9 and 10! I should get that too.

  6. You have a gorgeous blog! Your book photos are very sharp, clear, and colorful. I look forward to your reviews on these, especially the Murakami books.

    Here's mine:

  7. I read the Fforde last week and really liked it! I almost picked it right up and read it a second time because you always find something new in each re-read of his books.

  8. You're so lucky being able to get the 'Pinball, 1973' translation straight from the shop. I am currently tracking it on e-bay, but it's hard to get it for under AU$25 because of postage and profit-taking (which wouldn't be so bad if it I hadn't seen that it only costs about AU$10 in the shops in Japan!).

  9. ooo, good stuff. i must try murakami soon. i have the kawabata but have not yet read it. happy reading!
    btw: you've been awarded ;-D

  10. The American housewife book sounds good. I'm looking forward to your thoughts.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  11. I share your sentiment re: speed reading. If only I could clear all the lovely books away faster I could make room for more.

    Great acquisitions!

  12. Claire - Aw, thanks. I love your book acquisition posts too, although they often leave me quite envious of all your book loot.

    Yes, I did hear about Yoko Ogawa's new novel recently and actually just received a copy for review. I'm going to squeeze it in at the beginning of April, after 'Murakami March' has run its course.

    Beth - How to Be an American Housewife isn't out until the summer so I'm holding off on reading it until closer to the publication date, but it sounds great. I can't wait to read it!

    Lenore - I'm disappointed that I haven't had time to read Shades of Grey yet. I'm going to have to try to make time for it sometime soon.

    Nymeth - I'm looking forward to them. I think they'll be perfect for the next read-a-thon.

    Suko - Thank you! I'm enjoying my month of reading Murakami.

    Kristen - I've actually never re-read any of his books yet but have had it in the back of my mind to re-read the whole Thursday Next series one of these years. Maybe a project for when the next TN book comes out. I can totally imagine that I'd see things that I didn't the first time around.

    Tony - I'm kind of tempted to buy up a whole bunch and sell them for double on ebay. LOL. ;)

    Velvet - Does that mean you haven't read any Murakami yet? If not, you must! And thank you again for the award. :)

    Anna - I won't be reading it until closer to the summer publication date but I'm very much looking forward to it. And I love the cover!

    Andi - Exactly! Reading faster would mean we wouldn't have to feel so guilty about buying more books!


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