Saturday, October 15, 2011

Across the sea and back again

East Sooke Park
East Sooke Park, September 2011

So sorry for my long absence here. If you wondered where I disappeared to over the last while, a combination of illness and travel is what has kept me away from the blog for about a month. (I swear, where does the time go?) I was struck down by a nasty flu halfway through Book Blogger Appreciation Week (which made me sad that I couldn't participate fully), and then came my annual trip "home" to Victoria. I hadn't quite got over the flu by then and it decided to follow me to Canada where it turned into a lung infection. So fun! (Not really!) But even though I was a bit under the weather the whole time I was there, I still had a great time visiting with friends and family, some of which I hadn't seen for a few years! Now I'm back in Japan, mostly over the jetlag (and the lung infection), and getting back in the swing of things.

I really didn't do much reading at all while I was away. However, I did manage to bring a few books home with me. I'm impressed with my self-restraint though as I only bought one of them. Since we'll be moving soon, it seemed silly to buy books to just turn around and pack them into boxes for shipping in another month or so. But luckily I have an aunt and uncle who share my love of reading, and who just had to give me a couple. ;)


My Canadian book loot:

Lafcadio Hearn's Japan: An Anthology of His Writings on the Country and Its People, edited by Donald Richie
My uncle picked this one up for me because of the Japanese connection. I've read one of Hearn's books of Japanese folk tales so it will be interesting to read some of his other writings.

The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson
This was my Armchair BEA prize from earlier this year. As the publisher could only ship to the US or Canada, I had it sent there and it was waiting for me. I actually haven't read the first book in the series yet, but I have it and have heard good things about the author.

Annabel by Kathleen Winter
This is the one book that I bought myself. It seems to be a book people either love or ... not so much. So of course I'm curious to read it for myself. The reason I made a point to pick up a copy in Canada? Because I really don't like the US or UK covers. The Canadian one is so much better! (Yes, I can be a cover snob but click on the links - the title for the US one - to see for yourself and see if you don't agree with me).

The Winter Vault by Anne Michaels
I can't believe I still haven't read anything by Anne Michaels even though I'm pretty sure I've had her award-winning Fugitive Pieces in my stacks for a while now. Now that my aunt has given me her newer novel, I really must rectify that!

The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
I've been hearing great things about Ondaatje's latest book so I'm thrilled my aunt picked this for me too. Now I only have to find the time to read it!

Have you received any new books lately? And do tell what I've missed in the book blogging world over the last month?

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  1. Hi, glad your getting over the illness & some great books, will definitely check out the Lafcadio Hearn book, as I've recently finished a Oxford VSI book on Modern Japan & have a E-book on my kindle called Japanese & Chinese ghost stories - 5 books by Lafcadio Hearn + the one I won previously from you. Again hoping your better now & ready to enter the fray.

  2. I was wondering! Sorry to hear you were sick, but nice to hear that you were "home" visiting.

  3. I was saying to the guy the other night that I want to fly to B.C. and then take the train back... This picture makes me wish that was sooner rather than later!

    Annabel? I was in the 'not club'. Middlesex, which I see as very similar in subject matter, was much better... I am waiting for Cat's Tale to come in for me at the library!

  4. Sorry to hear about the lung infection. Glad to hear you had a good trip home.

    Have you guys decided where you're moving to yet?

    I loved Annabel and can't wait to hear your thoughts!

  5. I'm glad to see you're back! I hope you have a swift recovery from the lung infection.

    I love the US cover of Annabel. I think it's because it's so different! ;-)

  6. I'm glad to hear that you're feeling better!

  7. The book on Japan looks very interesting. Glad you are back on your feet!

  8. Annabel and The Cat's table are on my wishlist :)
    What has been waiting for me to read are "Eating Pavlova", by D.M. Thomas and "Man Walks into a room", by Nicole Krauss. have you read these authors? :)

  9. That photo is stunning! I'm glad to hear you're feeling better. Looks like you ended up bringing some intriguing books home! My husband and I hit a couple of used book sales over the weekend, and of course I couldn't resist bringing home a few things.

  10. Glad to hear you're feeling better and that you had a good vacation.

    What a lovely photo! Moody, intriguing.

  11. I am glad to see that you are back to blogging and feeling healthier again. Maybe it was just a lot of stress and other things building up and overcoming you when you finally found the time and place (home!) to relax? Anyway, you're better now :D

    Your pile of book loot looks really interesting, I need to get my hands on Annabel (library, not buying the ugly cover xD) and some of the others as well.

  12. I'm glad you're feeling better, but I'm sorry you weren't well enough to fully enjoy your visit to Canada. However, that is one amazing photo! The sky is so dramatic, reminding me a bit of a stormy sky that came through Port Sidney when we were there in 2007. Oh, how I'd love to go back right now. Sigh.

    But to answer your question, yes! I've received quite a few books this past week, thanks to my wonderful mom. She's visiting this week and brought me (and my hubby) a rather large stack. I should blog about them later this week (I need something to blog about since I'm not doing so well with reviews!). I've also found some ARCs at work that I've managed to add to my stacks. Just when I thought I was making progress on my TBR piles... ;)

    Hope you're having a great week... :)

  13. Glad you're feeling better, that is a great haul of books! :-)

  14. I didn't know you were sick...sorry to hear about that Nat...hope you feel a lot better even though you still have to feel jetlag.

  15. What a beautiful picture! Happy October reading. :)


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