It’s Friday: Random Bookish Stuff


I love books like any other book blogger, but I am lusting, LUSTING I say, for Murakami’s new book. I am really hoping that a review copy comes my way. It’s 944 pages and I cannot wait to sink my teeth into it. Here’s a little blurb:

A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell’s—1Q84 is Haruki Murakami’s most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers. (Indie Bound)

Review copy or not, come October 25th, it will be in my hands.

On a shopping note, I was at B&N the other day and noticed that their receipts list recommended reads based on what you purchase. Most of the time, I don’t pay attention to “if you liked this, then try this” but I have to say, that these recommendations are pretty spot-on. Especially when it comes to Young Adult books. The books that I purchased for The Boy came with a list of other books that I’ve never heard of before, yet when I showed him the recommendations, he agreed that they were all books he’d read. So when they hand you your receipts, be sure to check out the recommendations.

This question is specifically for bloggers but readers can weigh-in too. When you post reviews on your blog, where else do you post them? I post them on Facebook, Twitter, Library Thing, Goodreads, StumbleUpon and B&N. Recently, I was asked to post them on another site. I’ve gotten a lot of new readers from these other sites but my main interactions takes place here, on my blog. If you are a reader, how did you find me?

And just because it’s Friday, what are you reading? Anyone paying attention to my Goodreads account will think that I’ve been reading the same old books for quite some time. It may seem like that, but I keep getting distracted by library books that need to be read before their return and sometimes I forget to add them to my “currently reading” shelf. So here is my honest answer:

I am just pages away from finishing Annabel by Kathleen Winter.

I am just a few pages into The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach.

I am just starting The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian on my Kindle (he is one of the nicest authors on Facebook, just sayin’) 

I am about halfway through with Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez which I am reading for my book club.

Yes, I read many books at once. For some reason, this works for me. I don’t know how, but it does.

Happy Friday!


22 thoughts on “It’s Friday: Random Bookish Stuff”

  1. i am a reader, not a blogger. i don’t remember how i found my first blog…think it was thru that book blogger site….but i found yours off somebody’s blog that had you in a sidebar under favorite blogs….don’t do facebook, twitter, stumblewhatever……
    i loved wench…found the hstory fascinating

    1. I found a lot of the Blogs I like through sidebars too. I don’t really look for new Blogs anymore because I have so many to read now, but if I come across a person I like and they happen to have a blog, I almost always follow them.

  2. I post on Facebook, Twitter, Good Reads, and LibraryThing….that’s it. I hope you get that 944 page book, but that page count would be too daunting for me…though I am reading IT which is about as hefty…lol

    1. I read IT when I was 21. I paid no attention to page count back then, but I didn’t have two kids, loads of actitivies and work to deal with…just college 🙂

  3. I’ve never read Haruki Murakami but you make me want to. I can’t wait for the Chris Bohjalian one. I hope you review Annabel. I have that on my kindle just haven’t gotten to it. I first found you on facebook. I think from fridayreads.

  4. I had no idea that book was so huge! It does look good though.

    I post links to my reviews on Facebook and Twitter, and post the text of my reviews on goodreads and librarything (but I’m so far behind on posting them it’s embarrassing).

    I’m reading The Revisionists by Thomas Mullen right now.

  5. I’m a terrible book blogger who needs to post her reviews to more sites than she does…. I will leave it at that. 🙂 I tend to update reviews on websites only quarterly… it’s not something I think to do with every review. I think this is because I tend to read books months in advance, often before the release and forget to follow up. I’m okay with this since I don’t accept books for review often (other than now with NetGalley).

  6. I post on Twitter (almost with each post – sometimes I forget). That’s the only one I do consistently. But I do try to post on GoodReads when I remember, and occasionally I’ll post on B&N and PaperBack Swap. (When I do GR, B&N, and PBS it’s usually a bunch at time because I’ve forgotten for so long).

    How cool about B&N receipts! That must be new — I don’t have it on my last receipt. I do find that their website does a good job with this as well (if you look under the book you are looking up on the site – it will list similar titles). Better than GR does. You have now given me an excuse to go to B&N! I need to do “research”! 😉

  7. My posts automatically go to Facebook and links go on Twitter. I used to copy and past my posts on LT, GR and amazon too, but found it took too much time and have pretty much quit that. I still give star ratings on LT and GR most of the time.

  8. I honestly can’t remember how I first found your blog, so sad….

    I can remember what I am reading/ listening to! I am almost done with Mr. Peanut which is great! I am listening to An Irish Country Doctor, love hearing the accent, and The Uncoupling which I just started.

    Have you read The Metropolis Case?, that’s up next for my Book Group?

    1. I have Mr. Peanut on my Kindle. I forgot I had it until you mentioned it. I have not read The Metropolis Case. You’ll have to tell me if you liked it,

  9. I don’t do squat with my reviews except post them on the blog. I don’t even pull it into Facebook. I’m so lazy. I’m already unable to keep up, imagine how I would implode if I really applied myself?

    To be so obsessed in getting a thousand page book is some endorsement! I need to get my ass in gear.

  10. Never noticed that on the B&N receipts before. I’ll have to look at it the next time I actually pay for a book, although the last thing I need is more books to add to the wish list. I think I’d have to read a book a day to even hope to keep up, let alone make a dent.

  11. I haven’t bought a book from B&N in ages so the book recommendations on the receipt must be a new thing??? I’m sure that someone will notice your ‘lusting’ after this book and hopefully, it will show up in your mailbox.

    How did I come to your blog? Noticed one of your comments on someone else’s blog and was intrigued by what you wrote and found my way to your blog.

    I post my reviews on my blog (of course), Facebook, Goodreads, and Amazon.

  12. I’ve seen that recommendations feature from B&N and I think it’s cool! I just started Kafka on the Shore based on your review and I think it’s fabulous so far!

    1. I love Mr. Nagata. He is one of my fave characters from Kafka. At one point, about a 1/4 of the way in, I got completely weirded out but stick with it. The writing is amazing.

  13. You are crushing hard on Haruki, aren’t you?

    I’m sure I found you when we all did that Game On Diet … though now I don’t remember if you were a Twinkie or a Ding Dong!!! Eat your celery much anymore? Still drinking your 3 liters of water a day? HAHA! Good times!

    And I post my reviews on Goodreads, Shelfari, LibraryThing and Amazon and list to my reviews on Twitter and Facebook. But I think of my own blog as the main place that I do stuff.

    1. I knew you before Game On but I got to know you much better during it. I was a Ding Dong. Still munch on veggies but the water, which I drank plenty of before Game On is now non-existent. I am just all shriveled up

    1. I have been on a quite a reading roll since summer. I don’t want it to stop. I keep piling books on top of books and so far I have picked some really good ones.

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