Sunday, November 7, 2010

NYRB Reading Week - Welcome



Welcome to the NYRB Reading Week! I'll be hosting this event together with Honey of Coffeespoons. We're both looking forward to reading your reviews and spending a week reading some NYRB books.

There are no real rules for this event. This is just a relaxed and informal reading week. Simply read one or more NYRB books during this week and blog about it. If you don't have a blog, then just leave us a link to your review.

During the week, Honey and I will collate your posts and blog about them to make it easy for everyone to read all the reviews. Please post a link to your post in this welcome section or in any of the other NYRB posts in my blog or Honey's. Do this and you'll get a chance to win some prizes. We're giving out prizes for two of our favourite reviews. My favorite reviewer will get a chance to win The Summer Book by Tove Jansson. While Honey's favorite reviewer will win Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi.

Fully Booked and Random House, Inc. have kindly given us five books to give away. We've also decided to give a prize to the best photo you can come up with of  NYRB books. We were inspired by Thomas at My Porch's recent photographs of his collection. See below.



The other books up for grabs for this event are the following:

The Wedding of Zein by Tayeb Salih
Soul of Wood by Jakov Lind
No Tomorrow by Vivant Denon

23 comments:

  1. Hi, Mrs. B!

    Here's my first NYRB review for the week:

    http://kyusireader.blogspot.com/2010/11/something-surreal.html

    Thanks for sponsoring this event!

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  2. Here's mine: http://lizzysiddal.wordpress.com/2010/11/07/aquis-submersus-theodor-storm/

    Second link of the week - I'm really curious to see just how many there will be.

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  3. Here's mine, Mrs. B: http://litstuff.wordpress.com/2010/11/07/the-unknown-masterpiece-by-honore-de-balzac/

    I ended up really liking the novel! I'm nervous. Haha! Keep us posted! Thank you very much! :)

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  4. I'll be posting a new review of an NYRB title on the 9th but I thought I could link to some previous posts to help things along this week. Here to begin with is one of my reads of the year: Stoner by John Williams

    http://justwilliamsluck.blogspot.com/2010/07/look-i-am-alive.html

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  5. I'll be reading NYRB this week, but my reviews won't be up for a while. Thanks for hosting this. It's going to be fun.

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  6. Thank you to you and Honey for hosting this event, which I heard about via Carol Wallace's blog. Here's my post, which is about Witch Grass by Raymond Queneau:
    http://www.lettersandsodas.com/books/?p=1963

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  7. I'm going to be posting excerpts from Thoreau's edited journals that NYRB has published throughout the week, but might not read the whole thing!

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  8. Day two of NYRB Reading Week and here's my review of a stand alone classic. The Book of Ebenezer Le Page by G.B Edwards is a masterpiece of character fiction and the definitive book of the small Channel Island of Guernsey. A richly rewarding reading experience.

    http://justwilliamsluck.blogspot.com/2008/05/baise-mon-tchou.html

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  9. I've got my first post up for the week here: http://www.bibliographing.com/2010/11/08/after-claude-by-iris-owens/

    And will likely do at least three more, if not four. Great project!

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  10. I have reviewed _Unknown Masterpieces_, the collection of introductions to books in the NYRB Classics series, on my blog devoted to books about books.
    http://nathaliefoy.wordpress.com/2010/11/08/unknown-masterpieces-writers-rediscover-literatures-hidden-classics/

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  11. Here's my first NYRB entry. Can't wait to read some of the others now!

    http://carolwallace.wordpress.com/2010/11/08/sylvia-townsend-warner-summer-will-show/

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  12. Hi Mrs. B, this is GatheringBooks third post for the week: An Episode of Sparrows by Rumer Godden: http://gatheringbooks.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/nyrb-reading-week-rumer-goddens-an-episode-of-sparrows/

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  13. 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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  14. My review of The Mountain Lion by Jean Stanford is up on the blog today, a book I was sent by NYRB Classics after another blogathon to highlight their brilliant books.

    http://justwilliamsluck.blogspot.com/2010/11/there-is-nothing-here-but-danger.html

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  15. Post #2 for me is on Skylark, by Dezső Kosztolányi.

    This has been great for cleaning up the TBR pile!

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  16. Here's my next NYRB review:
    http://carolwallace.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/caroline-blackwood-great-granny-webster/

    Short but extremely entertaining, in a somewhat warped way.

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  17. I've read Poem Strip by Dino Buzzati - a book I probably wouldn't have noticed had it not been on the list of a trusted publisher - and written about it here: http://fleurfisher.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/poem-strip-by-dino-buzzati/

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  18. And I strike again with a post on The Fox in the Attic by Richard Hughes. I am CRAZY about him. Everyone should read this!

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  19. Well, I didn't make it to five entries for the week, but here's my fourth, on Randall Jarell's Book of Stories. Thanks again for hosting!

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  20. I finally got my post up, which I've been meaning to write all week: Stephen Benatar's Wish Her Safe at Home. Thanks so much for hosting this great event!

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  21. Just squeaked in with my review, posted this afternoon. After Claude by Iris Owens.

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  22. Just squeaked in with a review of After Claude by Iris Owens, posted this afternoon.

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