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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR. My TBR pile is technically not a TBR pile but a physical-books-on-my-shelf-that-I-still-have-to-read list (versus a want-to-read list of books I want to read but don’t own yet). So I’ll limit myself to my version of the TBR (which, by the way, can be found here).

I added a bunch of books to my TBR after a shopping spree in London last December, and there are a few books I got for Christmas (or bought as a Christmas present to myself).

Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling & illustrated by Jim Kay
    This book is so so gorgeous, and I can’t wait to read it (Harry Potter reread #3425). I am saving this for a special occasion.
  2. The Secrets of the Wild Wood (The Letter for the King, #2) by Tonke Dragt
    I love love love The Letter for the King, which I read last year. I put this on my Christmas wishlist but Santa didn’t deliver 馃槈 so I bought it myself in January.
  3. Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3) by Robert Galbraith
    I got The Silkworm and Career of Evil for Christmas, and started reading the first one almost right away. I loved it (much more than the first volume) and I can’t wait to start on this one!
  4. Half the Day is Night by Maureen F. McHugh
    This one I bought back in August, actually. You all know how much I love China Mountain Zhang. This doesn’t get the same high ratings as China Mountain Zhang though, but I’m looking forward to reading it.
  5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    This had been on my wishlist for a while, and I was happy to find it on sale in London.
  6. The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery
    Another book that had been on my wishlist for a while and that I found in London. I’m looking forward to reading it!
  7. Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
    A Christmas gift!
  8. Hyperion by Dan Simmons
    This was dumped on our local book dump table, along with volume two. One of my colleagues / fellow book club members found it and insisted I take it home.
  9. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft
    A random buy from London. It was cheap, and I am embarrassed to say I still haven’t read any Lovecraft, so it came home with me.
  10. A Riot of Goldfish by Kanoko Okamoto
    I’m always on the look out for Japanese literature. Another London find!
Top Ten Tuesday: Five Books on my Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday: Five Books on my Fall TBR

Top Ten TuesdayI’m sorry for my absence, but here’s a Top Ten Tuesday On Wednesday!

I am now 48 books into 2015. After a quick start this year, reading is now going slow, but I’ll definitely make it to 52 like I had initially planned. I am quite busy this fall, but I do have a little reading planned! So here is my tiny fall TBR (five books instead of ten).

Five Books on my Fall TBR

  1. The Age of Fable by Thomas Bulfinch
    I have been wanting to read Greek and Roman mythology for a long time. I’ve got a short trip to Athens planned next month, so that’s an excellent reason to finally start reading this!
  2. De Gevleugelde by Arthur Japin
    One of my favourite Dutch authors has a new book out! Another piece of historical fiction, which Japin does best. This time it’s about Alberto Santos-Dumont, a Brazilian aviation pioneer.
  3. 銈ゃ兂銈广儓銉笺儷 by Risa Wataya
    My next Japanese read, once I finish my current one.
  4. Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1) by Leigh Bardugo
    This is actually my current read, but I put it on my fall TBR because I aim to actually finish it this fall 馃槈
  5. 銇曘倧銈夈仾銇勩仹 by Kiyomi Niitsu
    And my other current read! Same thing…
TBR Pile Challenge 2015 – Halfway there

TBR Pile Challenge 2015 – Halfway there

TBR Pile Challenge 2015 – Halfway thereMarina by Carlos Ruiz Zaf贸n
Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson on September 26th, 2013 (first published 1999)
Genres: Young Adult, Historical fiction
Pages: 299
ISBN: 9780297856474

In May 1980, fifteen-year-old Oscar Drai suddenly vanishes from his boarding school in the old quarter of Barcelona. For seven days and nights no one knows his whereabouts...

Against all odds, I’m halfway there with the TBR Pile Challenge! I’ve read 6 books out of 12, and I’m almost starting to believe I will make it this year haha.

Book number five for the challenge was Zaf贸n’s Marina. This was actually the last of Zaf贸n’s translated books that I hadn’t read yet, so in a way I feel a bit sad about having finished it. It’s not my favourite of his YA books (that honour still goes to the brilliantly creepy The Midnight Palace) but really enjoyed it, and on the whole it was a steady 4 stars for me… until the ending, which was a killer 5 stars. Very, very good.

If you enjoy Zaf贸n’s writing and especially his descriptions of Barcelona, you have to read this. This book (like the others) has pushed Barcelona higher up my travel wishlist.

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TBR Pile Challenge 2015 – Halfway thereBattle Royale by Koushun Takami
Published by Gollancz on May 2007 (first published 1999)
Genres: Dystopian, Science fiction
Pages: 617
ISBN: 9780575080492

A class of 42 junior high school students are taken to a deserted island where, as part of a ruthless authoritarian program, they are provided with weapons and forced to kill one another until only one survivor is left standing.

Book six was Battle Royale, a book that has also been on my TBR for a really long time. Well, I finally read it and I have strong feelings about it. Before I start this review: Battle Royale the movie is one of my favourite movies ever. But I am also one of the first to say ‘the book is better than the movie!’

Well, I was looking forward to reading this book for a long time and I hate disappointments.

/start rant
The English translation of this book is cringeworthy. Easily one of the worst professionally published translations I’ve ever read. I am a Japanese major and had you asked us to translate this book during our second university year, this is what you would’ve gotten to a T. Which is not a good thing. Things that work in Japanese do not necessarily work in English. The translation is too literal, which makes it ugly and downright childish at many points.

The translation nearly ruined the book for me, but I kept reading. The concept is awesome and I love the structure of the book. We follow the game through the
2015 TBR Pile Challengeeyes of different characters, some with more background story than others. Some of the personal stories are a bit meh, but on the whole the book is awesome. Would have given it more than three stars (probably even five) if it weren’t for the awful translation.

So… want to read a book with a good story? Read this. Want to read a well written book? … Curse the translator and watch the movie.

Japanese Literature Challenge 9 TBR

Japanese Literature Challenge 9 TBR

Japanese Literature Challenge 9Bellezza’s latest post reminded me of the Japanese Literature Challenge. I also participated last year (and sort-of-participated three times before that) and I’m looking forward to joining everyone again this year! The challenge runs from June to January (so there is some overlap with the annual January in Japan reading event. Link-up for Japanese Literature Challenge 9 can be found here.

Bellezza made herself a TBR for the event and that sounded like an excellent idea. I haven’t been reading as much Japanese literature this year as I wanted (a meagre 9 books) so it’s time to catch up. These are the books I will hopefully read:

  • Amrita by Banana Yoshimoto
  • Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
  • The Cage of Zeus by Sayuri Ueda
  • Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
  • Ico: Castle in the Mist by Miyuki Miyabe
  • In by Natsuo Kirino (if it is ever actually published)
  • Oh, Tama! by Mieko Kanai
  • The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto
  • Strangers by Taichi Yamada
  • Zoo by Otsuichi

J-Lit Challenge 9

Also a shout out to all my followers: I really want to read more amazing books by women. I have far too few Japanese women on my TBR. If you’ve got recommendations (preferably modern fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc.), please let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Am Bringing With Me On My Trip

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Am Bringing With Me On My Trip

Top Ten Tuesday This week’s TTT is actually Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer. I will actually be leaving on a vacation to the US verrrry soon, so making this list was a lot of fun (even though it’s not a beach holiday and there are no beach bags involved). I spend some time preparing my Kindle and these are the books I hope to read during my trip!

Ten Books I Plan To Have In My (Beach) Bag This Summer

  1. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    Just a few weeks ago this book was on my list of books on my shelf that I will probably never read… and now I just can’t wait to get started haha.
  2. Battle Royale by Takami Koushun
    This book has been on my TBR for such a long time it’s getting embarrassing. It’s also on my TBR Pile Challenge list.
  3. The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi
    This has been on my TBR for over a year now, since last year’s LGBT Month reading event. It was getting so many good reviews back then that I added it to my TBR right away. Time to finally read it…
  4. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
    Miraculously (since I didn’t believe I’d ever read them) these books survived The Great Purge. Watching the frustration about the TV series by people who have read the books, I think it’s time I start. Or rather, continue, since once upon a time I actually started reading the first book…
  5. The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto
    I have a thing for Japanese sci-fi. Also, it’s ridiculous that I keep telling people about this book (and Ang茅lique over at Maple Books loved it so I can’t stay behind!)
  6. Affinity by Sarah Waters
    Another book that’s on my TBR Pile Challenge list 馃檪
  7. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
    And another one for the TBR Pile Challenge!
  8. ICO: Castle in the Mist by Miyuki Miyabe
    I still haven’t read anything by Miyabe. It’s about time!
  9. The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster
    I only recently added this to my TBR after reading about it in the Queereaders GR group 馃檪

I doubt I’ll get around to reading all of them, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up picking up an entirely different book. I’m looking forward to it!