March was a pretty good reading month, but mostly because I spent more than a week at home with the flu (on that note: never ever ask to borrow my copy of Station Eleven, I need to quarantine that book for at least 10 years) and the week after that still feeling kinda meh so I didn’t do much besides work and reading.
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling
- Hurt Patrol by Mary McKinley
- Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) by J.K. Rowling
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- 森鴎外短編集: 高瀬舟/最後の一句 (レベル別日本語多読ライブラリー #4.2) by Ōgai Mori
- Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) by J.K. Rowling
I loved most books I read this month, with two disappointments: Hurt Patrol (an eARC) and the Japanese book. Also I am a bit sad I didn’t like Asleep as much as I had hoped… And of course lots of tears when I finished HP for the so-many-th-time.
I only got two new books this month, mostly because of the annual book week in the Netherlands. One is the book week gift, De zomer hou je ook niet tegen, that I got for free with the other book. I am not sure why I wanted this year’s book week gift, since it’s probably just the same old, same old. Anyway, Aline Sax’ Wij, Twee Jongens is Dutch LGBT+ YA and it’s been on my I-need-this list for a while now, so I’m happy with that one! (Also, it’s pretty!)
Plans for April
I am sure some of you already heard or noticed, but I am now seriously studying for the highest level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). I won’t be taking the exam until December though, but I’ll need all the time I can get. My main aim is to get super comfortable reading Japanese, so I will always be reading at least one Japanese book/short story alongside another book. (I know, I also said last summer that I’d be doing this, and then I didn’t) I just really have to read some Japanese (and study vocab, and watch tv series) every day.
This mostly means the number of books I read every month will probably go down a bit, since Japanese just takes a lot longer for me to read. But yeah, we’ll see how this goes.
Specific non-Japanese reading plans include finishing the Harry Potter books (Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Tales of Beedle the Bard), and reading more awesome books by awesome women. And hopefully a book or two off my spring TBR?