In with the new and out with the old

A delivery from Book Depository is always most welcome, and perhaps is even more excitedly received when I’m in the process of moving some of my older book titles on to new homes (therefore making space for new additions!).

I’ve been meaning to read these two for AGES … and after grabbing them for a bargain basement price (I think they cost a total of $AU13, with free postage), here’s my chance!

Murakami is a favourite writer of mine, ranking highly on my list of ‘authors who mess with my head’ (other notable mentions include Paul Auster) – ‘Kafka On The Shore’ is probably his most well-known work, so I’m coming ashamedly late to that party.

I haven’t read Richard Yates before, and was actually encouraged to read ‘Revolutionary Road’ because of the movie starring Kate Winslet (who I love) and Leonardo DiCaprio (who I’m starting to love … him and his whole growing-into-masculinity and environmentally-friendly ways), not that I’ve actually seen the movie either … I just thought the story of an American couple set in the 1950s sounded interesting. After I finish the book I WILL get around to seeing the movie, if only to support Kate Winslet’s career, fall a little more in love with Leo, and swoon over the 1950s styling.

So … What’s next on your reading list? Something random? Something you’ve read before? Something new?


  1. Teresa

    I was introduced to Murakami by my mother and thanks to her, I think I have read every single one of his books. All equally brilliant! If you haven’t read Norwegian Wood, you should and I think Wild Sheep’s Chase probably provided my most “what the?” moment!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Teresa!!! YOU’RE HOME!! YAAAY!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Gosh Murakami is fantastic, and such very good exercise for the mind I’m sure. I’m yet to read Wild Sheep’s Chase (but I really must based on what you’ve said) – I loved Norwegian Wood. Have you read After Dark?? That’s a really quick read, an enjoyable adventure and just so very clever.

      Talk soon!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Francesca

    Nice picks! Have you seen Inception yet? That’ll definitely help with the Leo love, not to mention the Joseph Gordon-Levitt love! Hurrah! xo

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Francesca – I’m very much looking forward to turning the pages on these two … without books I just don’t know where I’d be!

      I have indeed seen Inception … and LOVED it!!
      Leo is fantastic, as is Marion Cotillard … and the story is so clever and so unique … much love for Leo (oh, and of course Mr Joseph GL)!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Lisa

    Tracey, you flatter me in the most refined way, and well itโ€™s just like a slice of heaven. Confession: I do L-O-V-E the powerfully unique world of Tracey!

    Early tomorrow morn Iโ€™m leaving for a few days in the Berkshires. Iโ€™m sure upon arrival its deeply bucolic nature should unravel swiftly before my eyes. Shall arrive in time when the centrality of the pastoral landscape comes sincerely alive.

    Have just approached H.E. Batesโ€™ Seven by Five, which is a collection of stories. The contents hold numerous stories, including: Breeze Anstey; The Daffodil Sky; Country Society; The Watercress Girl; Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal; Mrs Eglantine; and Where the Cloud Breaks. Like you, this varied mixture from one of my favorite authors has an overall impeccable code of conduct.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lisa! … Well my flattering is certainly ‘just’ and perfectly suited in your case! You of course already know how much your words (and visits) inspire me and add a delightful touch of stylish elegance to the proceedings of Quiet Paws …

      I do hope you enjoy your time away in the Berkshires … there is nothing quite like some time away in ‘the country’ to reinvigorate the senses and refresh the mind.

      Your book selection sounds like a wonderful choice … and you’ve given me the happy benefit of adding another author to my ‘must read’ list … the world of H.E. Bates sounds like a world I’d very much like to explore. Thank you (as ever), for your visit and for your very kind words.

  4. Ricardo

    The 1950s here were a very odd but prosperous time which lead to a counter culture rebellion in the 60s. Sure the war in Vietnam was a big, if not central, catalyst. I have not seen “Revolutionary Road” but have heard good things about it. DiCaprio did a wonderful job in “Inception” by the way.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Ricardo – I think it’s that kind of interesting mix of conservative and rebellion during the 1950s – 60s that particularly interests me in reading novels set in that time. No doubt if I do get around to seeing Revolutionary Road, you’ll see me report back my thoughts here at some stage.

      I agree – DiCaprio is FANTASTIC in Inception … such a great movie!

  5. Andrew

    I love the anticipation of reading a book and the time escaping into its world. The end of a book can bring mixed feelings. Ranging from ‘oh thank goodness that’s over!’ to ‘I don’t want it to end’ and ‘why isn’t there a sequel?’. Sometimes a book can captivate you to the extent, that you find it hard to dive into another. You miss the writing style, characters and the feelings that brought.

    I love the hunt for a new book, new author. The second-hand and charity shops. The library or the market stall. Sometimes the authors don’t write fast enough. Other times discovering an author, whose work has been published for years, means months of literature to devour. Like a kid in a sweetie shop.

    You mention a story set in the 1950’s, I quite like the writing styles and material for that that era and before. A quality of english, a sentence formed, a style, that current day authors often can’t match, though when they do….

    Never read either of the authors you’ve mentioned, though I hope you enjoy your books. ๐Ÿ™‚

    All the best

  6. Rol

    I love Murakami, though his books tend to delight and frustrate in equal measures. That was certainly true of Kafka.

    Even my great love of Kate Winslet couldn’t stop me wanting to throw myself off a tall building after watching Revolutionary Road though. Hopefully the book won’t be quite so relentlessly pessimistic.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Rol – Yes, Murakami is fantastic … but I agree with you when describing his books as sometimes being equal parts delight and frustration – a great description.

      Gosh, well I REALLY hope reading Revolutionary Road won’t be as depressing an experience as watching the film was for you – though it’s nice to greet a fellow Kate Winslet fan!

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