Saturday, January 2, 2010


I've decided to bring a bit more regular programming to my blog this year so Saturday's will be book related. So a review of a book I finished last week:

An Artist of the Floating World An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Nothing much happens here but this beautifully written story meanders along at a leisurely pace giving a snapshot of postwar Japan. A short read, the easy style leaves you with the impression of a relaxed conversation with a good friend including related tangents and asides.

and some more reading challenges:

451 Fridays asks what books you feel passionate about. What book do you think is so important that you would be willing to take on the challenge of "becoming"?

We have compiled an amazing list of books this year in our weekly 451 Fridays posts, and it's time to start reading them! So, the 451 Challenge was born.

Here is how it will work: between January 1, 2010 and November 30, 2010, participants are challenged to read books on the 451 master list. There will be several levels of participation:

Spark - read 1-2 books from the master list
Ember - read 3-4 books from the master list
Flame - read 5-6 books from the master list
Blaze - read 7 or more books from the master list

Re-reading is acceptable, as are crossovers with other challenges. Audio, print, and e-books are all acceptable. Each month, participants will be encouraged to post their reviews on the challenge blog, and each review posted will be an entry into a grand prize drawing for a $25 gift card to the online bookseller of the winner's choice.

I think I'll probably go with flame category.

Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks starred in this 1998 Nora Eprhon romantic comedy that follows the battle between an independent bookstore, The Shoppe Around the Corner, and a mega-chain giant, Fox Books. Released twelve years ago in theatres, I may be prematurely declaring this charming film a classic, but it is my favorite of all time and look forward to celebrating its delight throughout the new year. I hope you will join me in reading the authors and books highlighted, mentioned or pictured throughout the film as well as participate in the bi-weekly movie-themed memes, mini-challenges, quizzes and giveaways.

The challenge runs from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010 and you may join at any time. You may overlap with other challenges. There is no set number of authors/books to read. You can choose to read anywhere from one to all from the list below.

Any book by or about the following authors:
Jane Austen
L.M. Montgomery
Maud Hart Lovelace
Noel Streatfeild
Roald Dahl
Kay Thompson
Shel Silverstein
E.B. White
Beatrix Potter
Dr. Suess
Ludwig Bemelmans
Mario Puzo
George Bernard Shaw
Thomas Jefferson

Anyway i'm off to read a book, enjoy your weekend.


Elizabeth said...

I'm sure glad to have you join us in the 451 Challenge! Hope you have a great reading year. =)

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