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Sunday Salon – Japan and birthdays

TSS This Sunday Salon was going to come to you from Hamburg, in north Germany, where Husband and I were for the party celebrating my mother's significant birthday; but the party went on a really really long time and it was all I could do this morning to get to brunch and then the airport. Details on the lovely present I found for her are in tomorrow's post. The Big Party was lovely, with a great speech from my devoted Dad and much hilarity. My sleep-deprivation hangover is not helping me be productive today.

This week I finished David Mitchell's The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, which I absolutely loved. Go buy it. Preferably, go buy a signed copy at Foyles' Bookshop on Charing Cross Road, which is what I did last Wednesday (as well as picking up a copy of Sebastian Barry's The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty for my Dad)

Keeping in the Japanese vein, I finished Kazuo Ishiguro's Pale View of Hills on the plane ride back and am completely confused. Either I totally missed something or there was a serious thread-wrapping-up-fail. Might have to re-read it (under 200 pages, so that won't be a big issue if I do!). It's my first Ishiguro and I really want to get to Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, so I have to admit I'm a little disappointed by this first one. And I started on Chris Ryan's Strike Back, so far a fine example of the SAS-blowing things up-spy intrigue combo.

My work laptop has decided to go on strike so I will look very intelligent sitting in the IT department tomorrow reading Strike Back while they resuscitate it. Then I can go back to being, in the words of my current client, "a faceless number monkey". To be honest, I quite like that. Next blog title: "The London Escapades of a Faceless Number Monkey". What do we think?

I've started doing a few memes – particularly Booking Through Thursday, and I'm considering joining Monday Musings and The Crazy Book Blogger Hop. I like those three because they set questions to make us think about books and reading, rather than coming up with lists or participating in very structured competitions… but I'm concerned about my blog becoming meme-happy/meme-heavy. Any thoughts?

Cycling update: I was laid low by a migraine last week so I only cycled in on one morning, but Cecily and I are still getting on great. I have to go into the office tomorrow, but I'm hoping to cycle the other four days next week.

Oh and I'm still running a giveaway, see here: my giveaway of Luis Sepulveda's The Shadow of What We Were


1 thought on “Sunday Salon – Japan and birthdays”

  1. I enjoyed Jacob de Zoet too, so I look forward to your review. I also really liked Pale view of the hills, but I read it more than 15 years ago so can’t remember the details. I’ve read all Ishiguro but one and really like him. Remains of the day is probably still my favourite though.
    Cheers, Sue

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