Did Murakami Write a new Book?

I spent dome time at my local Half Price Books last week and I discovered a new Murakami book among the new releases. Is it new? Anyone know?

I don’t own any of his previous work, but I did study something he wrote in college? I think? I could be mistaken and it was written by someone else. But I remember very much enjoying the writing. Perhaps it was Murakami, perhaps not. But since then I’ve held him in high regard, at least in my head. I could be crazy and not giving some other writer their due credit. OH WELL.

Have you ever read any Murakami? Also, since “allegedly” studying his work I’ve felt he should win EVERY award.

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Two in One Week?

This week two celebrities I follow announced the release of their first books. Lisa Ramos wrote a book on dating in the 21st century, which I imagine incorporates lots of humor. And Lilly Singh wrote a self-help type of book.

I applaud them for wanting to share a bit about their life experience, but there’s no chance I’ll be buying either book. I imagine they’re both okay, but the topics just aren’t for me. I’ve never read anything on either topic, and I don’t plan on starting now.

Are you interested in either of these forthcoming books by Lisa Ramos and Lilly Singh?

Bye Bye, Paperbacks

I think mass market paperbacks may be a thing of the past for me, at least for the time being. Before I worked at Half Price Books I’d just about never buy a book during its year of release. There were two reasons for this. First, the price. Many people have no problem spending $15-$20 on a book, but I do. And I won’t do it. So I’d always wait for the paperback version to come out about a year later. They’d typically be around $7.99 on Amazon. About the same as most other stores, but I had two day shipping.

But now everything is different. Those paperbacks I was telling you about? Now they usually cost $2-$2.50. But if I really want to read a book I can get a new release hardcover for $7.49. Usually. So now I’m able to get the hardcover edition of a book within a week or two of its release for the same price as the paperback version on Amazon a year after. I no longer see any reason to wait for that paperback.

So my shelves may be adding plenty of books in the future, but likely not too many mass market paperbacks.

PS: I can get older release hardcovers for $4. So I’m all set. All because I’m at Half Price Books right now.

No real question today because I’ve already asked before about hardcover/paperback preferences. But feel free to comment whatever pops into your head after reading, if anything does.

What’s Super Thursday?

This morning I was playing around on the Google and there appears to be something going on I know nothing about. Super Thursday. I think it’s only in the UK.

Super Thursday is today. At first I thought it was election day. Or some holiday, but nope. The articles I’ve read talk about books. Today is supposedly the day publishers release the books they think people will want for Christmas. Or something. I don’t get it. I mean, we’re two and a half months away from Christmas. And books are not the best gift, contrary to what some would have you believe. I’m lost. Maybe I have this day all wrong.

Someone tell me more about this Super Thursday thing taking place.