Thursday, October 7, 2010

NYRB Reading Week (November 7 - 13)



Honey from Coffeespoons and I will be hosting the NYRB Reading Week from November 7 to 13.
We'd love for most of you to join. There are no rules. This is an informal and relaxing little challenge. Simply read one or more NYRB books during that week and blog about it. If you don't have a blog, then just leave us a link to your review. While this isn't an official event, NYRB is aware of this reading week and fully support us.

During the week, Honey and I will collate your posts and blog about them. As soon as you've posted one of your reviews, please leave a link in our comments section. Everyone who participates will get a chance to win prizes at the end of the week which of course will be NYRB books. The prizes come courtesy of
Fully Booked Philippines. Thanks so much Fully Booked! We'll be giving out a prize for the best book review to be judged by Honey and I and another prize will be chosen at random and given to one of the lucky reviewers who participated. This is open internationally.

If you're not familiar with NYRB (The New York Review of Books) then now is your chance to find out more about them. The following is a description of their books from the NYRB website:

The NYRB Classics series is designedly and determinedly exploratory and eclectic, a mix of fiction and non-fiction from different eras and times and of various sorts. The series includes nineteenth century novels and experimental novels, reportage and belles lettres, tell-all memoirs and learned studies, established classics and cult favorites, literature high, low, unsuspected, and unheard of. NYRB Classics are, to a large degree, discoveries, the kind of books that people typically run into outside of the classroom and then remember for life.

For a full list of NYRB books, check out their website at: 
http://www.nybooks.com/books/browse/all/?imprint=classics

Let us know if you'll be participating and what you plan to read. Also,  please help us get the word out.  See you in a month's time!

The logo above was created by Honey's husband.

42 comments:

  1. Hi, Mrs. B! I definitely would like to join! I think I'll be reading and reviewing these:

    1. The Queue -- Vladimir Sorokin
    2. Troubles -- JG Farrell

    I'm an NYRB junkie!

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  2. What a fantastic idea! I love NYRB editions & have 3 on the tbr shelves at the moment. Anglo-Saxon Attitudes by Angus Wilson, Mary Olivier by May Sinclair & Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West. I'll definitely plan to read one of them in NYRB week. I'll post about it at the weekend.

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  3. I'll be reading Morte D'Urban by J.F. Powers, Clark Gifford's Body by Kenneth Fearing, and/or The Queue by Vladimir Sorokin. I might also throw in My Dog Tulip by J.P. Ackerley. This'll be on the week of my birthday. Happy birthday, indeed. :) Thanks for making this happen, Mrs. B and Honey.

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  4. I'm in also and will be reading Stephen Benatar's "Wish Her Safe at Home".

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  5. @Peter S.- Great that you can join! Troubles should be good since it won the Lost Booker.

    @lyn - I haven't read any of the books you mentioned but they sound good!

    @Aldrin - Advanced Happy Birthday!
    @LizzySiddal - I have the same book on my To Be Read pile. I hope to read it that week too.

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  6. This is great! I will do my best to join in; I love nyrb selections!

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  7. Hello! We at GatheringBooks will be joining as well. I will be writing about James Thurber's 13 Clocks, John Masefield's The Midnight Folk, and hopefully (I am sure whether I can read this third book in time but I shall try) - TH White's Mistress Masham's Repose. -- Myra

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  8. I would love to join. I would have to Booksale for this :)

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  9. Thomas, the literary lollipop and Christine Marie - that's great that you all can join in.

    RMGB - I'll try to fit in the 13 Clocks too and another NYRB Children's book.

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  10. I'm in! I have about 6 NYRB Classics on my TBR shelf, so this will inspire me to read them. I'll probably read The Summer Book or The True Deceiver, both by Tove Jansson, or maybe The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy.

    Looking forward to it!

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  11. Count me in-I will read Maidservant and Manservant

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  12. Count me in as well. Anything to support NYRB.

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  13. My first time to the site, I got sent here by a NY Times Book review tweet! Anyway, I'll be reading An African in Greenland, Black Sun, and Clandestine in Chili. (As you can see, I didn't get past the C section in the list; didn't want to over -commit myself....

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  14. Count me in for "Great Granny Webster"
    and "Summer Will Show"
    Possibly also "Indian Summer." None of these looks too weighty so I might run to three.
    Brilliant idea!
    And a splendid blog, too...
    Thanks!-- Carol

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  15. I'm in. I blog about books about books, so I'll be doing Unknown Masterpieces: Writers Rediscover Literature's Hidden Classics. I also blog about parenting, so I might do a review of Mistress Masham's repose.

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  16. Your idea is attractive to me. I will place my hat in the ring of hats.

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  17. Oooh, this is very exciting. I'm definitely in. My eyes are probably bigger than... well, my eyes, but I have lots of options lined up: Wish Her Safe at Home, Cassandra at the Wedding, Madame de Pompadour and A High Wind in Jamaica. I'm sure I won't read them all, but I'm looking forward to having an excuse to binge on NYRB.

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  18. I'm going to read 'The World as I Found It' by Bruce Duffy.

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  19. What a great idea! I have a few unread NYRB books on my shelves right now.

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  20. I say Thomas's post about this, and I happen to have just received a review copy of NYRB's new release of After Claude. If I get it read by then, I'll be sure to post my review that week. (I also have Manservant and Maideservant out from the library and The Dud Avocado on my shelf, but the chances of my getting to both of those as well is slim.)

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  21. I belive I have a couple of NYRB's on my TBR shelf.....

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  22. I'll join! I'll see what NYRBs the library has!

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  23. I have a shelf of unread NYRBs to choose from, but I'm going to go with Stoner, since it's also BookBalloon's November reading club pick. Two birds, one Stoner, heheh.

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  24. What a great idea! Sadly I don't have any unread NYRB books at the moment...

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  25. Excellent plan! I love NYRB and I have some I've been meaning to read. I'll have a go at Indian Summer by William Dean Howells.

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  26. I'd love to participate. I'll be reading Stoner.

    I also collect NYRB books.

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  27. Definitely in but still trying to decide on the titles. Thanks for hosting!

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  28. Hello,

    I would very much like to participate - what a great great initiative! Thanks for hosting this! I will be reading Enchanted April - or maybe Cassandra at the Wedding.

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  29. I'm joining! I just started a literature blog a few weeks ago. I was greatly inspired by your blog, Mrs. B! Also, I just found out NOW that you're from the Philippines too! That inspired me even more :)

    I think I shall be writing about "The Unknown Masterpiece" and another one, I'm not quite sure which yet :)

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  30. I'd love to do this. There are several on the list I want to read. Just a case of me getting hold of copies. I'll let you know which I will post about when I choose one. Thank you.

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  31. A great idea. I have a few unread to hand and I'll certainly read one, and maybe two.

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  32. I'd love to join in with this -- I have a couple of options, will select asap!

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  33. Well, it's taken me a while to decide for sure, but I'm in. I certainly have enough unread NYRBs in the stack to carry me through a nice little week. Looking forward to it!

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  34. i didn't knew about nyrb till now, thanks for the info.

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  35. Oh, spotted this just in time. I shall re-jig my blog schedule and post a review of The Mountain Lion next week. Link to follow. Lovely to see more attention on NYRB, love their books.

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  36. Also just in time. I have a couple title that this might jump start, In Parenthesis by David Jones and Morte d'Urban, mentioned above.

    I love the way that there are favorite books in this mix, starting with Stoner (and don't forget Butcher's Run) and Indian Summer, even Masham's Repose.

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  37. D'oh! I missed out by a week. But let me put a plug in for J.F.Powers, Tim Robinson, and the incomparable Paddy Fermor.

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  38. Your lovely tribute week coincides with my review of We Think the World of You by J.R. Ackerley, one of NYRB's first reissues:

    "J.R. Ackerley’s We Think the World of You charts the unlikely course of a love affair. The romance is marked by profound need, awe at beauty, and stinging jealousy. Barriers of class and circumstance are encountered. Callow onlookers try to keep the lovers apart. But it’s futile: once together, the pair will slide toward a dark, closed circuit of mutual possessiveness—and real love. “As soon as Evie entered the room my fate…was finally signed and sealed,” Frank, the narrator, observes of his passion.

    That Evie is not a person but a large dog should warn away anyone expecting a predictable story..."

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  39. Hi- I just completed my post on Manservant and Maidservant by Ivy Compton-Burnett-an unusual and interesting book

    Manservant and Maidservant

    thanks for hosting this event

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  40. My review of The Enchanted April is here.
    http://leprechaunreads.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/the-enchanted-garden-by-elizabeth-von-armin-nyrb-week-3-out-of-5-stars/

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  41. I missed the cutoff, but hey -- it was a busy week. Anyway, my review of Stoner is up on Like Fire. Thanks for giving me yet another good excuse to pick up one of my NYRBs.

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