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Opening Round: The Tournament of Books 2012

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Today is a very exciting day! It’s the opening round for The Tournament of Books! It took a really long time for them to update their site, but it’s all updated now and the first round between The Sense of an Ending and The Devil All the Time has been posted.

I’ve been aware of the tournament for a few years now and although I have enjoyed many of the books, and some have become favorites of mine (Model Home for example), I never read ALL of the books chosen. So far, I have read four of them (1Q84, The Marriage Plot, The Cat’s Table, The Stranger’s Child [DNF]) and I plan to read five more (Swamplandia!, Salvage the Bones, The Art of Fielding, The Sense of an Ending, The Tiger’s Wife). The others don’t really catch my eye.  However, depending on what is going on I might chip away at the remaining seven.

If you are not familiar with this event, I urge you to check it out. Books duking it out for the win. Judges keeping it fun. I love this event! Stop by today to see who won round one! Oh, and later… there will even be a Zombie round where one book, previously eliminated…will be resurrected!!! Very exciting!

What do you call a Murakami Groupie?

I don’t think I have ever been so excited about a book.


I am becoming that annoying person, the one that keeps harping on the same subject, but Murakami’s writing does something to me. I am totally obsessed and cannot wait for this darn book to come out.

There is a midnight release party for it, but to be honest, as much as I love the guy, I don’t think I will be able to swing it. I get up at 4am to go to work so unless I stay up ALL NIGHT LONG, it isn’t going to happen. I should have planned better by taking tomorrow off, but at the time, plans for a midnight book event did not exist. Plus, The Hub told me that he didn’t want me wandering around Hollywood at midnight. I asked, “What could go wrong?” All he did was give me that look. Apparently, he’s gotten to know me quite well during our almost 18 years of marriage.


Being on Facebook has made me more crazy than I normally am. The following links were posted there and got me all stirred up.

How Haruki Murakami’s ‘1Q84’ Was Translated into English

Tokyo Prose

The Fierce Imagination of Haruki Murakami

Chipp Kidd on Designing the 1Q84 Cover (video)

As you can see, I am dying over here. The thought of that book coming out at midnight and me, not being able to get to it is just too much. I know I can Kindle it, but Kidd mentions a surprise with the page numbers and my Kindle is 2nd generation, no page numbers! That means I have to buy the book. Or, I can buy both.

What do you call a Murakami groupie anyway? I’m sure there is a name for us, but I haven’t come across it yet.