Sunday, September 20, 2009

A Five-Star-Four-Book Week


This week was the most perfect reading week I can ever remember.

I finished four books and I'd rate them all as wonderful books.

How's this for perfect:

Two fiction, two nonfiction.

Two new, two older.

Two serious, two funny.

Okay, okay, I can hear you say. But get to it....What books did you read?

Here they are, along with links to my reviews:

Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

The Guinea Pig Diaries by A. J. Jacobs

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami

These four push me over the two hundred mark for books read this year.

And they leave me feeling a little anxious....What shall I read now? And can it possibly compete with the four I finished this week? Oh dear.

21 comments:

Bookfool said...

How did I NOT know you have a blog? I feel awful for that. As to your week . . . coolness. I loved Travels With My Aunt.

debnance said...

Seems obvious, doesn't it? Is there any part of the book world where I do not live? :-)

Molly said...

Ok - first of all, I am SO impressed that you have read over 200 books so far this year. I will be lucky to hit 52 (a book a week).

Secondly, I have not heard of any of the four books you listed, but if they are all highly recommended, I think I should go check them out!

debnance said...

None of the four? How about the authors? Not Murakami and his crazy Wind-Up Bird Chronicles? Not the guy who-read-the-encyclopedia? Dave Eggers? Graham Greene, for sure?

JoAnn said...

Wow...what a great week! With BBAW, I got almost no reading done (and here I am today at the computer!). I'm looking forward to Murakami's After Dark...hopefully next month for the Japanese Lit Challenge. Have also enjoyed Graham Greene in the past and will look up this title. Two hundred books??? That would take me four years..*sigh*

debnance said...

I read the Murakami book for the Japanese Lit Challenge. Thank you for reminding me about that. I need to go post about it there.

Bookfool said...

I know. It just seems like I should have known. I've added your blog to my reader.

Trisha said...

Wow, that's a lot of books read. I'm only at 72 or so. I love A.J. Jacobs, and I have two Eggers books sitting on my shelves waiting for me right now. Sounds like four great books.

Frances said...

Now that is a week, a list, an accomplishment! I envy you the new Dave Eggers read. Gotta get one. And Graham Greene is a personal favorite. You are obviously doing something right because I got very little reading done with all the BBAW festivities. So I hesitate to say it because you so clearly already understand but... Happy reading!

Marie said...

I havne't finished a book in a dog's age- still stuck on the same four i've been stuck on forever! :-) gotta finish my book club book this week. gotta!

Robin said...

I just picked up Travels With My Aunt a few weeks ago! After reading your review, I'm so looking forward to reading it soon. And 200 books! Wow! You are amazing!

softdrink said...

All that and BBAW, too? That's impressive...my reading suffered this week.

Andi said...

Ahh, Travels with My Aunt! I got this one from Half-Price recently, so I'm glad to see you reviewing it.

Kristen said...

Color me jealous you had such a wonderful reading week! I thoroughly enjoyed The Know It All by Jacobs and have wanted to read his next one (and now next two) about forever so it's good to hear the Guinea Pig one was so good.

Lori L said...

Sold! All four will now be added to my wish list! I hope you find something good to read this week after such an exceptionally great week of reading.

westcobich said...

OK, I need you to be my "designated reader!" How on earth do you do it? It's wonderful and your last four are not light stuff, either. Well done, and bravo! (I'm happy to average two books a month - paltry in comparison!)

I think there should be a reality show (of sorts) on and about reading. Based on the number of us who love books and blog about them, seems to me there'd be a lot of interest. But then, in order to read, we don't watch TV anyway, so moot point. I'm going back to look at some of your prior entries ...for some book references, of course! Keep up the good work, er, entertainment, er, reading!!!!

debnance said...

I'm trying to imagine a reality show about reading....Who can read the most in a year? Ready, set, go! Okay, folks, stay tuned while we read.

Next up: Who can meditate the longest in a year?

Hey, I'd watch! :-)

Kristen said...

You said you liked memes so I tagged you with this one (a bit late in the day so you might want to wait to play along until next week). Check it out here.

Kristen said...

Argh! I think I gave you the wrong link in my comment. It's here, not that you'd be fooled. ;-)

gnoegnoe said...

What a perfect book blog post ;)

Diane said...

sounds like you've had a great reading week. I hope to read more of: Murakami soon. I've only read After Dark, which I loved. Have a great week.