About Me/Contact



I am a teacher who loves the scent of a book's pages and the joy of literature shared.

In this blog you will find reviews on my favorite genre which is literary fiction. You will find links to the latest Japanese Literature Challenge which I host every year from June to January. You will find a list in my sidebar of the challenges I participate in, the books I've read, and my favorite works.

I am open to receiving literary books for review. However, I will review them only a.) if I like them and b.) as my schedule permits. This is, afterall, my avocation not my profession.

Contact me at: bellezza.mjs@gmail.com

13 comments:

  1. Hi Bellezza your comment has appeared, but it's on my blogspot site & I'm guessing that you accessed my wordpress experiment possibly via your stats. I'm glad you liked the look of it, as based on the look of your blog you have great aesthetic judgement. My main blog is the Blogger, I tried wordpress awhile ago but found blogger easier to use although I personally prefer the look of the wordpress blog, also most of my followers (practically all) follow on blogspot & am scared of losing them if I permanently switched, so I use the blogspot as a parentsite & wordpress second.
    Thanks for your comments they are always appreciated.
    Parrish.
    Ps. the address for both is the same except for obviously the end bit. thanks again.

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  2. Hi Bellezza, best wishes for the new year and is
    is Japlit4 continuing into 2011, as I'm organising a challenges page & would like to add it.
    Parrish.

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  3. Yikes, Parrish, I haven't seen this comment until now, in February! Yes, I believe I'll host another Japanese Literature Challenge, although Tanabata has so many wonderful offerings in this genre.

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  4. Hi Bellezza! Greetings from another teacher and lover of books. I love your blog and I will surely return. :)

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  5. Hi, Ally! Nice to meet you, and thanks for dropping by.

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  6. Hi, Bellezza: I gave up on The Savage Detectives, too, but I made it all the way through 2666, partly because I spent some time working in the border area between the U.S. and Mexico, and he offers an astonishing rendition of the senseless tragedy there. (He's also good on Mexico City politics.

    Question: Do you review books an author (me) suggests? When I read about you in the context of Bolanos and Sabato, I think you might like what I've written. Cheers.

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    1. Nicolas, what do you suggest?

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  7. Hi Bellezza! Thank you for liking my red lipstick blog. I like your blog too! I'm a reader myself and once saw a list of the top 100 pieces of literature written of all time, by chance do you have such a list?

    My best,
    Anita

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  8. Hello. I was referred to you by Linda Leinem; so happy to have found your blog; greatly appreciated and enjoyed. I am an author of children's books, fiction and non-fiction; currently working on a memoir and novel. It's always wonderful to find fellow lovers of literature.

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  9. Great blog. Here's another fellow who loves the smell of books, particularly old ones.

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  10. Hi Bellezza, loving the literary & translation tagline, is it new or have I just not noticed it before? All's well here, just exceedingly busy, but am reading lots just finished Hidden Camera by Zoran Živković, which Ive enjoyed although the protagonist got on my nerves a bit. Hope all's well etc.

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    1. Hi Gary, it's a new tag line, and I'm surprised you could even read it amongst the grey background...still, it's what I've always wanted the focus of the blog to be. Although with the way a few of my favorite bloggers (ahem) have stopped blogging, with very good reason, I find my own attention wandering. It's just not quite the same anymore.

      Haven't heard about Hidden Camera, but glad you've mentioned it so I can look it up. Even if the protagonist got on your last nerve. ;)

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    2. The currenr Blogging impasse is hopefully more of a comma than a full stop, due to new job new duties etc, although I'm still chucking opinions like soiled confetti on Good reads. How's 2666 coming on I'm thinking of picking a Bolano as my next read, have a couple not yet read.

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