Still going through a reading slump of sorts. I am very busy with other things besides reading. Studying, mostly, but I also had a lot of (fun) things going on during the weekends this summer. Even though I had to work really hard the past months, this has also been one of the most summer-y summers I’ve ever had, with festivals and day trips and everything!
I must say I miss reading a lot of books. I can’t wait for the JLPT exam to be over, so I feel less guilty spending time on things other than Japanese. Whether I actually pass the exam or not, I can at least give myself a break after it’s over!
Read in August
- 気まぐれロボット by Shin’ichi Hoshi
- 13 Secrets for Speaking Fluent Japanese by Giles Murray
Like July, I only finished two books this month. I’m not unhappy with this progress though. My goal is to read one Japanese book a month for the rest of 2015, and I succeeded at that. Non-Japanese related: I also started reading The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu. I love it so far (but am not making very quick progress).
I bought a few books at the start of this month during the Deventer Book Fair:
Really happy with all of them!
Reading in September
I will try to read another Japanese book in September. I started reading さわらないで by Kiyomi Niitsu, a horror novel. It’s quite readable so far and I don’t think I’ll have any trouble finishing it. And of course I want to finish The Dark Forest! Hopefully I can squeeze in another book…
My reading slump has continued but I wanted to write a blog post here anyway. In the past month I have not read many books but I have focused much of my time on my studies, which feels good. I’m making good progress on studying Japanese for the JLPT this December although I still doubt I’ll pass. But! I’m going to take the test in London, and I’ll be travelling there with part of my book club, so hurray! Anyway, I am happy to say studying Japanese has become a passion again as opposed to a vague hobby or even an obligation (oh, back in the days when I was still a student..).
Read in July
- Read Real Japanese Fiction: Short Stories by Contemporary Writers edited by Michael Emmerich
- ふわふわ by Haruki Murakami, illustrated by Mizumaru Anzai
… aaaaand that’s it for July. Pathetic, I know. But I am also currently reading five other books at the same time. One is Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets, which is amazing but I haven’t had the energy to pick it up for a while /sadface. There’s one project management related book (yawn). And then there’s a few Japanese-related books: Breaking Into Japanese Literature: Seven Modern Classics in Parallel Text which I’ve almost finished and is comparable to Read Real Japanese Fiction except with classic instead of modern fiction. 13 Secrets for Speaking Fluent Japanese is a nice little book with some interesting tips but not sure when I’ll finish that one. And last but not least the book I am currently actively reading: 気まぐれロボット (“The Whimsical Robot”) by Shin’ichi Hoshi, which is such a fun book to read and I’ll definitely be reviewing it here.
Many books were bought under the guise of ‘study materials’ whoops
I’m very happy with my book haul though! I got some Japanese literature that I found recommendations for (one of which I finished this month and one I’m currently reading), two grammar dictionaries (I already owned the intermediate one and these dictionaries are amazing), and a bunch of study books.
Reading in August
Hopefully I can finish Brave New Girls because it deserves it! And I want to finish that stupid project management book. Besides that I’ll continue to read stuff in Japanese because I neeeeeed it.
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?
First of all, apologies for my silence during October. The first ten days were still spent in Canada, and the moment I got back my calendar filled itself up to the brim. Honestly that’s not going to change the upcoming months, but at least now I’ve got a better overview and should be able to post more frequently again 🙂
Read in October
Despite being so busy, I still read six books!
- Audition by Ryū Murakami
- China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh
- Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10) by Agatha Christie
- Maurice by E.M. Forster
- Hell Screen by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
- Revenge by Yōko Ogawa
The month started off kind of meh… I can’t help it but I really didn’t like Audition. I should probably give up on Ryū Murakami. Although when I mentioned this to someone who’s writing his dissertation on Ryū Murakami, he suggested I might like From the Fatherland with Love… We’ll see XD
Anyway, the rest of the month was pretty awesome! China Mountain Zhang and Maurice had both been on my TBR shortlist for a really long time and China Mountain Zhang got the full five stars. Revenge was another 5-star this month! And the rest all got four stars!
I got a few books for Ominous October… and a few that were not for Ominous October XD
Plans for November
No plans! No plans whatsoever! Although there’s still that Fall TBR to work on 😉
I don’t know what’s up with August. It was an odd month, both fast and a slow. Reading-wise it felt slow but somehow I still read quite a lot. In every other aspect the month flew by. The first week of August I was in China for a week for business, which was an amazing experience (and also bookish). And with the new academic year starting – despite not being a student myself – I started making all kinds of plans. All exciting plans but I also get tired just thinking about them haha.
Read in August
I finished seven books this month and am reading The Bone Clocks by David Mithcell as well. And I wrote four reviews! Hah. I’ll probably also write reviews for Otherbound and The Paying Guests sometime soon.
- The Before Now and After Then by Peter Monn
- Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3) by Laini Taylor
- Weetzie Bat (Weetzie Bat, #1) by Francesca Lia Block
- Everything Changes by Samantha Hale
- Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
- ふしぎな図書館 (The Strange Library) by Haruki Murakami
- The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
Anyway, as for what I read… Lots of four star books! I really enjoyed Weetzie Bat, Otherbound and The Strange Library in particular, and The Paying Guests (although I finished that last one just 10 minutes ago and I still have to digest it). But the highlight was definitely finishing the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series, it was so good!
Once again a book haul of shame, so here is a link. I’m on a book buying ban starting in August, but some books from July came in and on top of that I’ve been very lucky lately and won five of these books *_* Anyway, I’m very excited about all of these books. Now if a day could just have a few extra hours in it I’d be very pleased. I don’t expect any books to arrive in September, which is just as well.
Plans for September
Near the end of the month I’ll be leaving to Canada for a three week holiday, yay (finally)! I’m quite excited and I expect to get plenty of reading done as well. Not bringing any physical books but my Kindle is coming 🙂