久しぶり・・・

久しぶり・・・

Oh, I’m ashamed to see how long it has been since I last posted something… I just can’t do the blogging thing it seems. In case anyone wants to see me more active, follow me on Goodreads!

I have been reading a lot – this year’s goal is 52 books again – but not buying a lot. But still, here’s my haul for this year’s Deventer Book Market (that was August… oops).

Book haul
I’m very pleased! All books except the graphic novels are in Dutch. This would bother me before, but I’ve gotten more used to reading in Dutch and the translations are usually just as good (and often better) than their English counterparts. And then there’s Arthur Japin, a Dutch author I really like, and Alle Verhalen is actually signed! Yay!

I also admittedly got a lot of new Japanese literature in May when our library (by which I mean, where I work) held a big sale. Amazing haul that was, but no photos.

But after that, I’ve behaved. I moved, started my new job, got new pets, and all of that has been eating my time, so I will blame the lack of blogging on that.

From here on…
For the Japanese Literature Challenge 7, which I only found out about today (that’s how inactive I’ve been online!) thanks to Tony, I will be posting reviews of some of the Japanese literature I read since May (that’s how long the challenge has been around! For shame, self, for shame!).

In December and January I will report in detail on my experience reading Murakami’s new novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. Why in such detail, you ask? The Dutch edition of the book is published in January. The publisher and a Dutch literary magazine, Das Mag, are holding a large Murakami Festival in Amsterdam on January 11th to celebrate this fact. The festival is basically one big book club on 15 different locations in Amsterdam, pretty cool if you ask me! Clearly I’ve got tickets. Another plus side: attendees will receive the book one month before its publication date. So there!

3 thoughts on “久しぶり・・・

    1. There’s no date yet for the English release huh? Actually I can’t find an ‘official’ date for the Dutch release (apart from ‘January 2014) either, but I’ve seen January 10th mentioned and looking at the festival that should be about correct. Do you remember our conversation about different Murakami translations a while (months) back? I’m really curious how this new novel will hold up in different translations.

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