It's the middle of our NYRB Reading Week, so Mrs. B and I are making our first consolidation post. These are ordered according to the date links were left in our comments or when we found the reviews.
- Gathering Books - The Bear That Wasn’t by Frank Tashlin
- I Prefer Reading - Poison Penmanship: The gentle art of muckracking by Jessica Mitford
- Soliony’s Blog - The Stray Dog Cabaret: A book of Russian poems by Paul Schmidt
- Kyusireader - Asleep in the Sun by Adolfo Bioy Casares
- Lizzy’s Literary Life - Aquis Submersus by Theodor Storm
- Lit Stuff - The Unknown Masterpiece by Honore de Balzac
- Book Group of One - Summer Will Show by Sylvia Townsend Warner
- Sasha & the Silverfish - Nightmare Alley by William Lindsay Gresham
- Gathering Books - An Episode of Sparrows by Rumer Godden
- Open Letters Monthly - We Think the World of You by J.R. Ackerley
- Just William’s Luck - The Mountain Lion by Jean Stafford
- Magnificent Octopus - Victorine by Maude Hutchins
- The Literary Stew - Don’t Look Now by Daphne du Maurier
- My Porch - Skylark by Deszo Kosztolanyi
- Coffeespoons - Skylark by Deszo Kosztolanyi
- Bibliographing - Skylark by Deszo Kosztolanyi
- Book Group of One - Great Granny Webster by Caroline Blackwood
- Fleur Fisher in Her World - Poem Strip by Dino Buzzati
William Rycroft also left links to two of his former NYRB book reviews: Stoner by John Williams and The Book of Ebenezer Le Page by G.B. Edwards. Though technically not written during the reading week, we thought we'd link to it nevertheless, so you can read them, too.
Thank you to all who've participated so far, and we look forward to reading more from you and to reading from others, too. If you just stumbled upon our reading week now, it's not too late to join.
After reading these reviews, I think it's going to be difficult for us to choose just one favorite each to award our prize to. And speaking about prizes, a few updates about the raffle...
We're raffling off two books: The Wedding of Zein by Tayeb Salih and Soul of Wood by Jakov Lind. Everyone who's reviewed a book for the NYRB Reading Week is included in the raffle. So, these two books will go to two lucky reviewers. The mechanics are simple--we'll be putting your names in a hat or a box, then we'll pick two out.
But we also want to make sure that you get a book that you want so, if you're eligible for the raffle, please leave a comment below here or in Mrs. B's post indicating which book you'd like to receive should you win the raffle. You can also state that you'd be comfortable receiving either book. If we don't receive a comment from you, then we'll just assume you're ok with either.
My co-host and I will be meeting on the 15th of November to pick the winners of all prizes. That includes our prizes for best reviews, best NYRB photo, and, of course, the two raffle winners. Then, we will be announcing all prize winners on the 16th.
Again, our NYRB Reading Week will end on the 13th still, so go ahead and leave links to your reviews and NYRB photos in our comments section until then. Submission of all entries will close at the close of the reading week. By the way, if you're on Twitter, feel free to use the hashtag #nyrbreadingweek to tweet about your reviews or other related stuff.
In the meantime, go ahead and read all those wonderful reviews above.