Apologies for my absence! I’m still here, and I’m still reading. I just haven’t been feeling very social the past months, and on top of that I was focusing on a bunch of other things. Working out lots (walking, cycling, hiking, weight lifting, yoga, tae bo..!), my vacation to South Korea & Japan in May, another trip to Berlin, and my pet rats mostly. And work. Work work work.
But like I said, I have actually been reading the past months! And really enjoying my reading, for that matter. The past months I have been focusing almost exclusively on reading books by women, or LGBT+ books. This is something I have been doing for the past years actually (see my old post on the topic here), but I’m paying more and more attention to it and it is a fantastic journey 🙂
During my stay in Japan my poor 6-year old Kindle died on me at the most inconvenient time (when we were pretty much in the middle of nowhere, cultural wasteland without any bookstores carrying English books). After my vacation I replaced it with a Kobo, and I’m really loving it!
Read in April
- What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings-and Life by Laura Vanderkam
- The Cage of Zeus by Sayuri Ueda
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
- Oh, Tama! by Mieko Kanai
April wasn’t a very impressive month. What the Most… was actually an audiobook that I listened to during a walk. Very interesting concept, and I wonder if I can make it work for me… but I haven’t had the chance (or the guts) to try it yet haha. The Cage of Zeus and Oh, Tama! were both interesting reads, I loved getting some Japanese literature reading in again. Fangirl made my head hurt though… I didn’t hate it but I suspect I might have enjoyed it more if I didn’t read all of it in just two days.
Read in May
- Geheimen van het Wilde Woud (De brief voor de koning #2) (The Secrets of the Wild Woods) by Tonke Dragt
- UFO in Her Eyes by Xiaolu Guo
- We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
- Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
- Falling From The Sky (Bear Creek, #1) by Nikki Godwin
May was great! The only disappointment was Falling From The Sky, but everything else was pretty good. My favourites for this month were probably The Secrets of the Wild Woods and We Have Always Lived in the Castle (the latter was so sad!).
Read in June
- You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
- Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood and The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi
- Body by Nonami Asa
Not a very long list, but a good one. I loved Persepolis especially, which I read for Our Shared Shelf.
I bought books but I can’t for the life of me remember which ones. Not too many though, I am still pretty strict and picky about what I buy. Trying not to buy any more books until the large Deventer book market in August.
Reading in July
We’re already well into July, and I finished 6 books so far (to be fair, two of them were short stories). Also in the middle of three more books, but I have no idea which I will finish first (or finish at all).
And finally… the blog
I am not active here at all and I am not sure if I will get active again anytime soon. I want to start updating on my reading again, but it’s the social side of blogging that is putting me off XD Sorry, that doesn’t sound too friendly! But I’ve just not been feeling social at all lately 🙁 So we’ll see what happens…