Books that have come my way
April 11, 2010 § 38 Comments
I’ve not been doing that much reading these days. Life is going to be taking quite a drastic turn in the coming month or so, and I anticipate that I’ll probably only have time for a couple of posts a week. You see, I’m moving back to my home country, Malaysia. Not for a temporary visit, but actually moving back. So I’ve been rather busy, what with packing and things (which is rather time-consuming), and also, my graduation ceremony is happening in a couple of days! So if it seems like I’m not leaving comments on your blogs, it’s not because I’m not reading, it’s just.. well.. (I won’t make excuses.) I’ll be commenting properly again. Soon.
Since I’m moving countries, most of my books will be coming with me as well. It’s a little sad that not all my books can fit into my luggage without going into excess weight (which would cost a fortune), but for those that have to stay put, I’ve given instructions to my sister to take good care of them for me. I’ve packed as many as I can possibly carry, and I just couldn’t resist taking photos of those lovely books. So today, I thought I’d share with you the books that have come to me via the mailbox (which I’ve never ever gotten prior to this!). And yes, they are all coming with me back to Malaysia.
First up are two books that I’ve received from the publishers. I had read Fan Wu’s February Flowers earlier this year, and really liked that book. I snooped around the internet and found that she had a new novel just out, and sent her an email to enquire about getting a review copy of Beautiful as Yesterday. She was really nice about it (she even told me she’s currently working on a non-fiction book), and so I am now the happy owner of this beautiful book. I have yet to read it, but plan to really soon.
The other book really needs no introduction. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ has been reviewed on some blogs already (read Simon‘s and Gaskella‘s thoughts), but I’m really excited about this book, and so have not read any of those said reviews (sorry!). The copy I received was from Text Publishing, the Australian publisher for this book, so the cover’s different from the one published by Canongate Myths Series.
These three books, I received from a very very generous Frances, from Nonsuch Book. I didn’t really realise it until I put the three books together that they are very diverse. Kaaterskill Falls, as I understand it, has something to do with the Jewish community; Stand the Storm is about African American slavery, and Saving Fish from Drowning should be, as most of Amy Tan’s books are, about Chinese Americans. So again, thanks so much, Frances, for such a good variety of books.
I received these two lovely books from Simon at Savidge Reads. I’ve read quite a lot of good things about The Bastard of Istanbul, so I’m really looking forward to reading it soon. (I keep saying I’m going to read books soon, but the library is just calling my name…. But I promise, I’ll get to these books. Soon.) As for Legend of a Suicide, I’m still not sure if it’s a single story, or if it’s a collection of short stories. From the book itself, I get the impression that it’s a single story, so maybe I’m mixing this book with something else?
So thanks to Simon for hosting the giveaway, and the good people at Penguin for sending them to me.
I won a copy of Tipping the Velvet from Nymeth at Things Mean a Lot. So far, I’ve only read one book by Sarah Waters, which was The Night Watch, and I absolutely loved that one. I’ve already made her one of my favourite authors, though there are still another 4 books to read. But I’m pretty sure I’ll love them all, if for no other reason than gut feeling. I had the great great chance to meet her earlier in March when she came to New Zealand, and bought Affinity while I was there during one of her events. And of course, how could I resist getting my books autographed, right? So Ana, the copy I got from you is now proudly signed by Sarah Waters. =)
These two are books that I won for participating in reading challenges. Eat Pray Love, I won for taking part in Trisha‘s Banned Book Challenge. I’ve seen mixed reviews on this book, but for what it’s worth, I’m kind of interested in reading about the experiences of a white woman in a country like Indonesia, which is somewhat similar to Malaysia. As for the very beautiful Kuhaku, I won for participating in Dolce Bellezza‘s Japanese Literature Challenge 3. The book is simply a beauty. The pages, the cover, the binding, all so beautifully done. I think I’ll be keeping this for Bellezza’s challenge later on this year. Thanks again, Trisha and Bellezza, for such lovely gifts.
This, did not arrive through my mailbox. But I’m on a roll now, and I just couldn’t resist taking a photo of this beautiful set of Murakami books that I got last Christmas. I’ve read both After Dark and The Wind-up Bird Chronicle already, but they were both library copies, and I really wanted to own my own set of Murakami books. So imagine how happy I was to get this box set!
And to think, I’ve just also won The Passion of New Eve from Claire @ Paperback Reader, in celebration of Angela Carter Month! I’ve only just read one book from Carter, The Sadeian Woman, and I’m definitely itching for more. So my thanks to Claire.
Just looking at this post is making me happy. So once again, thanks to the many beautiful people who’ve sent me such beautiful things through the post. I’m sure they’ll be just as at home in Malaysia, as they are here in New Zealand.
Which of those books have you read and enjoyed?