Monday, December 20, 2010

What I've been reading

I haven't posted what I've been reading the last couple weeks, mostly because I wasn't doing much. Reading, that is. I got a bit bogged down in The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, which I still haven't finished to be honest, as I set it aside over a week ago and haven't looked at since. I left it over half-read though and I do still want to finish it, so I think that will be my goal for later this week.

Instead, I picked up The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley, which I kindly received from Sourcebooks. She's a Canadian author, that I'd only heard about recently. But what I'd heard was lots of rave reviews of her books. The Winter Sea was a very enjoyable mix of historical intrigue and romance, and it was the perfect antidote to that Japanese classic. I devoured it over the space of a couple days. Click on the book cover to read my review.

Then this past weekend, on Sunday specifically, Maree of just add books, and I, decided to have a #minireadathon. We were also joined later by Gnoe of Graasland, and Judith of Leeswammes' Blog. It was very relaxed, the idea being just to set aside Sunday to read as much as we could, and then chat on Twitter about our progress. I'd just started reading City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell, and had only read about 20 pages of it on Saturday. So I installed myself on the sofa for a good portion of the day and managed to read the whole thing. Slow reader that I am, it was great to finish it off in a day, and it just generally felt so good to ignore everything else that needed doing and read.

This week I'd like to read Remote Control by Kotaro Isaka, one of the books generously sent to me recently by Kodansha. It seems that a lot of my Japanese Literature reading is trying to fill in the gaps in my reading of Japanese classics so I'm looking forward to reading some more contemporary stuff over the next little while as well. This is one is political thriller and the writer has been compared to Haruki Murakami in his world view. I'm intrigued. Plus of course The Temple of the Golden Pavilion which is still hanging over me and that I'd really like to finally finish this week. I also picked up Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris when I was at the bookstore recently so I plan to read that this week too. I don't usually read specific holiday books but it caught my eye and I had to have it. With this annoying sinus head cold that I can't seem to shake, I could use some holiday chuckles. It's hard to believe it's Christmas in just a few days!

What are you reading this week?

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  1. The Winter Sea sounds great! I was just thinking I might need some historical romance kind of something. I've just begun THE SEA by Banville and so far it is just what I need as an antidote.

  2. The mini-readathon was fun! Very relaxed and I enjoyed myself immensely. But you already know that ;)

    I should put down my thoughts on The Golden Pavilion really soon, before it all escapes me again... It was a slow read but not painstakingly ;)

    You might want to wear a face mask while reading Sedaris, to prevent yucky showers when you chuckle?!

  3. The Winter Sea looks good! I am going to go check out your review. :)

  4. I just saw another blogger posting about The Winter Sea. It seems like a really nice book.

    It was nice to spend some time on Sunday reading. I also finished the book that I had started on Saturday, and I was please with that.

    We'll have to do another mini readathon soon, it a good way to dedicate some time to reading.

  5. The Winter Sea sounds like something I need to put on my TBR list. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the mini-readathon. Have a great week and happy reading.

  6. I loved City of Tranquil Light - it was definitely one of those that was hard to put down.

  7. The Winter Sea looks that cover, too.

    Hope you enjoy your books.

    Here's my Monday:

    (click on my name)

  8. I like the sound of The Winter Sea.
    I've just finished Around the World in Eighty Days, which I really enjoyed. Think I might read something more contemporary next.

  9. Oh no! I hope you manage to get through the Mishima - even if you need to come back to it :)


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