Sep 16, 2018

Sunday Salon: Canadian Authors Wanted

I've joined the 12th Annual Canadian Book Challenge by The Indextrious Reader.  thanks to a suggestion from Suko at Suko's Notebook.

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Two reviews I've already entered for September: It All Falls Down and The Lost Ones, are thrillers by Vancouver author, Sheena Kamil.

The Lost Ones (Nora Watts #1)
The Lost Ones

It All Falls Down (Nora Watts, #2)
It All Falls Down

I'll be looking for other Canadian authors so I can fulfill the 13-book requirement! Though I'm assured there is no penalty if I don't reach the goal!

A new American book arrived for review, thanks to Wiley Sachek.

Bum Deal (Jake Lassiter #12)
Bum Deal
Bum Deal by Paul Levine, Jake Lassiter #12, published June 12, 2018 by Thomas and Mercer
Genre: legal thriller, featuring "Second-string linebacker turned disillusioned defense attorney Jake Lassiter ." 

My husband has co-opted this one for the time being and seems to be enjoying it!

A Japanese book I recently finished was

Convenience Store Woman
Convenience Store Woman
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, translated, published June 12, 2018, Grove Press
The novel covers aspects of contemporary culture in Japan, what society dictates that young women should aspire to and how they should live. 

Keiko breaks the mold, finds a niche as a convenience store worker, but after 18 years, her family and friends and even her co-workers think she should move on, find a husband, start a family, etc. But Keiko is only comfortable in her convenience store world. 

Revealing and enigmatic for Western readers, no doubt, but it's easy to side with Keiko, who chooses her niche, returns to what suits her.  This book was a lucky library find.

What books will you be reading this week?
Memes:  
The Sunday Post  hosted by The Caffeinated Bookreviewer,
It's Monday, What Are You Reading? by Book Date.
Mailbox Monday. Also, Stacking the Shelves by Tynga's Reviews

20 comments:

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I'm always intrigued by Japanese stories. There are pauses in the text that allow me to take in what I'm reading. I like that. I hope to read two classic Japanese texts this year or next.

Good luck with your Canadian book challenge!

Harvee said...

Eager to read your thoughts on the classic texts you choose!

Mary said...

Convenience Store Woman looks good. I hope you have a good week!

Suko said...

Harvee, I'm glad that you joined Melwyk's Canadian Book Challenge! Thank you for the mention. Convenience Store Woman sounds appealing to me; I'm currently reading another (translated) Japanese novel, The Nakano Thrift Shop.

Harvee said...

Suko, I'll have to read this one too!

Harvee said...

A quick but illuminating read.

Beth F said...

The Canadian Book Challenge sounds fun. I'll look for your toughts on the books you picked.

bermudaonion said...

Have fun with the challenge. I loved the quirkiness of Convenience Store Woman.

Aymee said...

All of your books sound good this week! I'm working on a memoir of life in Communist Romania from a child's POV, which should be interesting.

My list!

Harvee said...

Now to find Canadian books, hopefully one from each province won't be too hard to find.

Harvee said...

I am ready to read a similar Japanese novel in translation, The Nakano Thrift Shop.

Harvee said...

Sounds intriguing! Love stories from children's points of view, other countries.

Kathy Martin said...

I've enjoyed some of the books in the Jake Lassiter series but still have a few to read. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

pussreboots said...

Convenience Store Woman is on my wishilst. My weekly updates

Aj @ Read All The Things! said...

I’ve heard good things about Convenience Store Woman. One of the reviewers I trust loved it. I might pick it up if I can find a copy. Have a great week!

Aj @ Read All The Things!

Greg said...

Japanese culture is so unique and different from Western culture that I always enjoy reading about it. And looks like you've found some good thrillers too- that's a genre I've been enjoying more and more lately!

Martha Eskuchen said...

The Japanese story sounds interesting. Have fun finding the Canadian Authors. I read at least one last year: Hayden Trenholm https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13067630.Defining_Diana
And earlier this year Elan Mastai: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405006-all-our-wrong-todays.
Happy Reading this week!

Mystica said...

I've sent Kamals books on several blogs now. Thanks for the update on the Japanese setting book.

Elizabeth said...

I hear good things about Sheena Kamal's books.

ENJOY those and all of your books and week.

Serena said...

Convenience Store Woman sounds intriguing. I've never heard of this author and I do love a good translation.

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