Monday, June 21, 2010

What I've been reading

Sorry I disappeared for the past week. Weather, and headaches, and other random daily life events conspired to keep me off the computer. Since I haven't managed to participate in the Sunday Salon recently, I thought I'd take part in the It's Monday, What are you reading? meme, which is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, to catch you up on what I've been reading.

To be honest it's been a pretty slow month so far, but I have been reading a little bit. Last week I started reading Silence by Shusaku Endo for the Japanese Literature Book Group discussion coming up soon on June 28th.  I'm enjoying it as it's a fascinating episode in Japan's history.  I'm over halfway now so I should have no problem finishing it up this week.

I've also just started to read Dreams Underfoot by Charles de Lint, which I'm buddy reading with Kelly of The Written World. It's a collection of short stories and I've only read the first one so far but I'm looking forward to spending more time on them soon.

I realised that I was about to completely fail Carl's Once Upon a Time Challenge, even though I only signed up to read one book! So I sat down Sunday afternoon, and read in its entirety, the delightful old Japanese folk tale, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. Review still to come but challenge fail averted... kind of anyway. Let's not talk about the other reading challenges that I'm not doing very well on this year, ok?

Next up, I plan to add Taroko Gorge by Jacob Ritari to the mix as my commuting book.  The story sounds interesting and Unbridled Books haven't let me down yet (this'll be my fourth one of their books to read) so I'm really looking forward to it.  

What are you reading this week?


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  1. Wow, almost failed a one-book challenge! I'm glad you managed to avert this!

    I see that you've got a review pending of The Knife of Never Letting Go. I read that recently and enjoyed it reasonably well. Looking forward to your review.

  2. What a coincidence: I had the same idea now that I had missed out on the Sunday Salon again! The reason I didn't get to write my salon is that Elsje and I were finally able to finish our buddy review of Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman. It was so much fun to read & blog together! I hope you and Kelly are enjoying yourselves as much.

    I'm sorry to hear of your headaches etc. :( I hope all is well again?

  3. Today I'm going to finish my manga selection for the Hello Japan challenge and then I have no idea what I'm picking up next. I have a stack of maybe 9 library books and three review books to choose from (not to mention 100+ books I own and need to read!).

  4. Good for you for pulling out the Challenge right under the wire!!!

  5. I'm curious to see what you think of Silence. I might skim your post though, since I still have to read it myself.

  6. Sorry about the weather and headaches--no fun! Although I wouldn't mind some awful weather--we need the rain badly.

    You'll have to keep us posted on Dreams Underfoot. Terri B sent me her extra copy last year but it's gotten lost in the stacks during the move. Will have to dig it out.


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