The beautiful, immature girl whom she took home to her husband was a maid only in name. Tomo's real mission had been to find him a mistress. Nor did her secret humiliation end there. The web that his insatiable lust spun about him soon trapped another young woman, and another ... and the relationships between the women thus caught were to form, over the years, a subtle, shifting pattern in which they all played a part.
So recently I read these two Japanese classics one after another, which frankly was a great decision! Both Fumiko Enchi (1905-1986) and Kanoko Okamoto (1889-1939) – the former more famous than the latter – were feminists and modern women in their time. Reading these two authors back to back was an interesting experience.
‘As a man loved a woman, that was how I loved…It was good, good, good…’
Stephen is an ideal child of aristocratic parents – a fencer, a horse rider and a keen scholar. Stephen grows to be a war hero, a bestselling writer and a loyal, protective lover. But Stephen is a woman, and her lovers are women. As her ambitions drive her, and society confines her, Stephen is forced into desperate actions.
Hello 2016! I can’t quite get used to the idea that a new year has begun. Usually I feel the new year brings a fresh new start, but this year (understandably) my mind is just not ready yet.
Anyway, I finally got around to looking at reading challenges for 2016. And inspired by my fellow bloggers I also decided to write down a few resolutions!
Get my TBR down to 250 books.
Ah, that eternal blasted TBR! In 2015, I purged many of my books during KonMari. I have since bought more books than I care to admit (but I swear they all spark joy!). My TBR is now at 287. In order to get it down to 250 I have to read plenty of books from my shelves, and not buy too many new ones… We’ll see what happens.
Bring my blog back to life.
My poor neglected blog. During the last few months I posted no more than a monthly wrap-up, it seems. I want to write more reviews and other book-related posts.
Be a social blogger once more.
I really miss hanging out with fellow bloggers. I have a ton of marked blog posts in Feedly that I still want to comment on, and I want to be active in challenges again. For those who don’t follow me on Twitter yet, I’m @brilliantreads. And if you’ve stumbled upon my blog, do leave a comment and I’ll come check out your blog! <3
I also have a few minor unofficial reading challenges I’m setting for myself: Continue reading
Unlike last year, when I gave you top tens for all my favourite genres, this year I’ll just give you my overall top ten of favourite books for 2015! Making this top ten was actually not that easy. Although there were a lot of 4 and 5 star books last year (44 out of 63!), I somehow feel not that many books really stood out, if that makes sense? Despite that, I read a lot of excellent books and was able to make a top ten, so here is my list of books I’d wholeheartedly recommend!
Ah, 2015. Definitely a year of highs and lows and very few inbetweens. The year started calmly, then I went through a period of a few months were I was exhausted and unfocused, then things got better and the last three months were great fun! I was looking forward to some quiet time during my Christmas break, to recharge and start 2016 afresh. But nope, the end of the year turned into a small nightmare with serious water damage to my home (everything fixable, thankfully, but repairs will take weeks). What a start of 2016, sigh.
As for reading, I once again set out to read 52 books. I was already halfway there in April, but soon I slowed down. In the end I did adjust my reading challenge to 60, and ended up reading 63 books (I finished 2 books on the last day of the year, hah).