10 November 2010

NYRB Reading Week Update Post

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.

Nov. 7

Nov. 8

Nov. 9

Nov. 10

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.


litstuff said...

Yay! I'm there! Hahaha! :p

Can't wait to see your nyrb review/s!

fantaghiro23 said...

Hi, litstuff. Of course you're there!:) I only have one review so far. It's the post before this. Enjoy reading the other reviews, too!

gatheringbooks said...

Nice list. will check them out soon. Here's my review on Tove Jansson's The Summer Book


Rise said...

Thanks again, Honey, for this whirlwind week. Here's my review:


Will try to read one more if time permits.

Peter S. said...

I hope I can squeeze in one more review, on top of the 13-hour workday I've been working every day for the past 3 weeks. Sigh...

Myra Garces-Bacsal from GatheringBooks said...

Hello Honey, this one is a lighthearted, very quick read chapter book now considered an NYRB classic: Jenny Goes to Sea, Story and Pictures by Esther Averill - our 5th Review for this week in GatheringBooks: http://gatheringbooks.wordpress.com/2010/11/11/nyrb-reading-week-jenny-goes-to-sea-story-and-pictures-by-esther-averill/

Myra Garces-Bacsal from GatheringBooks said...

Hi Honey, Jenny Goes to Sea was actually posted today - not yesterday. =) Mary will have another one up by tomorrow. =)

Mental multivitamin (M-mv) said...

Here is my contribution to NYRB Reading Week:


I hope to submit another photo, as well.

MFS of Mental multivitamin

Mental multivitamin (M-mv) said...

My NYRB Reading Week entry can be found here:


And my photo contest submissions can be found here:


Many thanks for hosting this!

Mental multivitamin

mel u said...

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

gatheringbooks said...

I'm finally done with my share of the NYRB book reviews. The last of the three NYRB books i read is a nonfiction. Here's the review:


Thanks again for this extraordinary journey in reading. :)

Stepford Mum said...

Kind of afraid to write mine now since I'm not a book blogger like you all.

What an amazing coincidence. William Rycroft and I went to school together in the UK many years ago. Two schools, in fact. The first closed down and many of us moved to another. He was, even back then, a very smart guy.

Mike said...

I'm loving all the reviews. What a great idea!

Here's my offereing: a review of John Wyndham's The Chrysalids, one of the few sci-fi offerings in the NYRB series.


Myra Garces-Bacsal from GatheringBooks said...

Hi Honey, here's our 7th post for NYRB Reading Week - a James Thurber Special (2-in-1 Book review of yummy children's classics) - his 13 Clocks and the Wonderful O as illustrated by Marc Simont. Here's the link, http://gatheringbooks.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/nyrb-reading-week-a-2in1-special-james-thurber’s-the-13-clocks-and-the-wonderful-o-as-illustrated-by-marc-simont/

Stepford Mum said...


Myra Garces-Bacsal from GatheringBooks said...

Hi Honey, our final and 8th post for the week, the Australian children's book classic, The Magic Pudding, written and illustrated by Norman Lindsay: http://gatheringbooks.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/nyrb-reading-week-the-magic-pudding-written-and-illustrated-by-norman-lindsay/

coypatalagsa said...

thank God I made it on time to post my review. http://coypatalagsa.blogspot.com/2010/11/nyrb-reading-week-ivy-compton-burnetts.html
THANK YOU for this reading challenge. I couldn't be any happier I joined. :) Now I can't wait to read all the other reviews. :)

Mental multivitamin (M-mv) said...

I just checked out the consolidation post over at the co-host's site and didn't see either of my contributions, both of which were submitted via this entry.

Please advise and thank you again for hosting this program.

fantaghiro23 said...

Thank you all, again, for your support for our NYRB Reading Week!