It's been well over two months since I last posted my new book acquisitions, and as I've had a few trickling in here and there, I now have a couple of nice little piles to tell you about. Except for I Am The Messenger, given to me by the lovely Adele of Persnickety Snark, and Hotel Iris which was sent by the publisher, the rest of these books were bought, by me, either online or at the Kinokuniya book shop in Shinjuku (where Adele and I went when we met up a few weekends ago, and again the following week with H for their 10% off English books sale). So these are the books that have made their way into our apartment over the last while. First, the Japanese authors, or books about Japan, then the others. As usual, I wish I could read them all. Right now.
Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro
I've been meaning to read more Ishiguro and I've kind of been feeling like reading more short stories lately so this one decided to come home with me.
The Mother of Dreams: Portrayals of Women in Modern Japanese Fiction edited by Makoto Ueda
Stories portraying Japanese women by many well-known Japanese authors. Sounds good, right?
Fireworks by Angela Carter
I was intrigued when I found out that Angela Carter had spent some time in Japan and written a bit about it so I bought this hoping to squeeze it in last month for Claire's Angela Carter month. I wasn't able to fit it in in time, but hope to read it soon.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
I'm slowly making my way through all of Murakami's books so after 'Murakami March' I decided to finally pick up his recent memoir.
Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa
After reading, and very much enjoying, The Housekeeper and the Professor earlier this year, I was eager to read something else by Ogawa. I've already read this and posted my review last week.
The World of the Shining Prince: Court Life in Ancient Japan by Ivan Morris
This had been on my wish list for ages but as I'm re-reading The Pillow Book this year, and hope to finally read The Tale of Genji next year, it seemed the right time to get this "widely acclaimed" non-fiction book about the Heian era.
Life in the Cul-de-Sac by Senji Kuroi
Awarded the Tanizaki Prize for Literature. I'd stumbled across this one some time ago but then forgot about it so I was glad to find a copy.
The Eighth Day by Mitsuyo Kakuta
An impulse buy at the bookstore a little while ago. I'm always looking for new contemporary Japanese literature in translation and this one simply caught my eye.
And then just last Friday I received my copy of the limited edition hard cover of The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, published by Harvill Secker to celebrate their centenary. Isn't it nice?
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
I've heard lots of good things about this series and could no longer resist the pretty green cover.
Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsey
We love the tv show (we're currently about half way through season four) so we thought it might be fun to read the books as well and picked up the first one at the sale.
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
For the Golden Age of Detective Fiction Classics Circuit tour next month, and for Nymeth's 1930's mini-challenge.
The Patience Stone by Atiq Rahimi
Due to much raving by Ann of Books on the Nightstand.
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
I love Sarah Waters and have been wanting to get this since it came out. Need I say more?
I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak
Like I said above, this was a nice surprise from the lovely Adele of Persnickety Snark when she came up to Tokyo a few weekends ago and we got the chance to meet. I enjoyed The Book Thief so am looking forward to another book by Zusak.
What the Dog Saw and other adventures by Malcolm Gladwell
H picked this one out but we both plan to read it. Even though I've heard of his other books I haven't read anything by Gladwell and this collection of articles sounds like fun.
Have you acquired any new books lately?
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