Monday, May 17, 2010

Recent acquisitions

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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  1. Let's shake hands! We're halfway Dexter 4 too and we just picked a new date to watch the rest of the series with our friends. I'm not sure whether it's true but I heard that the Dexter book- and tv-series are not exactly the same. That's cool!

    Your new copy of The Wind-up Bird Chronicle is absolutely lovely. I can totally understand why you wanted to have it :) One of our new acquisitions is a reader's guide: Haruki Murakami's The Wind-up Bird Chronicle.

    Great pile. I'm trying to buy not to many books because there's still so much on Mt TBR...

  2. What a great stack of books! The Big Sleep,Hotel Iris, and a few others are on my TBR list. I hope you enjoy I Am the Messenger. It's a good book though the ending isn't the best. Happy reading!

  3. Hi Nat :D

    Great books, I have read WHAT THE DOG SAW and liked it.I also have NOCTURN, I am looking forward to reading it.

    I have the latest Philip Pullman book and will be interested in your review, I haven't read it yet.

    I am reading Barbara Kingsolver's THE LACUNA a novel based on facts, interesting.

  4. Such great loot! I'm really envious of your copy of The Little Stranger - I keep saying I'll try Waters and then I keep not trying her! :(

    Can't wait to hear your thoughts on Darkly Dreaming Dexter. I had some mixed feelings about the books but the first book is what they drew the most inspiration for in the show.

  5. You made some nice acquisitions!

    I am interested in reading What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. I will be interested in knowing what you think of that book.

    I have The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie sitting on my piano. It suppose to be a book that I am reading with my girls, we have not started it yet. Need to do so.

    Very cool that you scored a limited edition hard cover of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. I have yet to finish that book, my daughter just handed the book back over to me yesterday. Once I am done with the book, I will post and come back to the discussions (late, I know). By the way, she really liked the book. A good change of writing for her.

    I have heard good things about Sarah Waters' work. Have yet to read anything by her. Do you have any recommendations for which book to read first?

    I have acquired new books. I purchased The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo about two weeks ago, I will read it soon (I hope).

    It was fun reading your list of new book acquisitions. Thanks for sharing.

    Oh yes, I received Pinball, 1973. Been meaning to emailing you to let you know. What a cute little book. I look forward to reading it sometime during the summer.
    Thanks so much!

  6. Those are some gorgeous stacks! What I Talk About When I Talk About Running has been on my wish list for quite a while. I think I'm still pretty far down toward the bottom, though. I've read The Big Sleep. I don't like Raymond Chandler as much as I like Dashiell Hammett, but a lot of people like Chandler and can't stand Hammett.

    Have fun reading!

  7. Gosh look at all those books! I really want to read the Sarah Waters book too. I think the paperback comes out soon. Actually, I need to check and see if it's already out!

    Enjoy them all!

  8. What lovely book stacks! I love seeing pretty books all together like that. Except for Dexter. I can't handle that show.

  9. What a lovely collection of books! The limited edition of Murakami looks beautiful.

    I added links on my sidebar for the read-a-long that just ended. I'm afraid I wasn't a very good participant though. My life isn't being terribly accommodating of my reading and blogging desires lately. I participated in spirit though! And Wind-up Bird Chronicle is currently my favorite Murakami :o)

  10. wow, what a great stack of books! a few are on my wishlist and i'll be interested to see what you think of them.

    the only one of those that i have read is What I Talk About When I Talk About Running and it was excellent! i hope you enjoy your books.

  11. I *loved* I Am the Messenger! Hope you enjoy it too, and look at all those other great books :)

  12. I can't believe I still don't have The Little Stranger. What's wrong with me?

    It's been years and years since I read Fireworks, but I remember it being excellent. Enjoy your new acquisitions, Nat!

  13. That's a great pile of books! Enjoy!


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