Archive for the ‘Reading’ Category

It took me longer than I thought to read “Kamikaze Girls” but I’ve finally finished it (it’s one of many reasons I haven’t blogged in a bit).  I have a short review on Amazon of the novel, but am in the middle of writing up a, hopefully, more detailed review of the novel for this […]

Ever since I started reading Sujata Massey’s mystery novels I’ve taken an instant liking to mysteries that occur outside of the United States.  Right now, I’m waiting for my shipment from which includes the first novel from Cara Black Murder in the Marais (Aimee Leduc Investigation) and in my wishlist is Bangkok 8 by […]

Obviously, fiction is my new obsession.  I’ve landed across a book list on amazon that has some really great-sounding novels.  The list was not created by me, but I wanted to share it anyway.  The novels go beyond (but do include) Japanese, so if you want more than Japanese fiction this is a good starting […]


So, I’ve been “busy” reading Sujata Massey mystery novels which I highly recommend!!! They are sooo good. I’m waiting for the third book to get here. The tenth and final book, “Shimura Troubles” hits the States in May. I don’t know if I’ll be up to that number by then (with classes getting in the […]

Reading List


I decided I was going to dive into the world of Japanese and Korean contemporary novels. The first book on my list is Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. I’ve also gotten two other books through my college’s interlibrary loan, so hopefully they come soon. I got Vibrator: A Novel by Mari Akasaka and […]

I found the most interesting Japanese grammar book ever. Everything is written in English and the Japanese that is used is written in roma-ji. It compares English grammar and Japanese grammar, so it’s like learning both at the same time— or rather improving your English grammar while learning Japanese grammar. While improving in your own […]

In the entertainment department, I’m looking for some new Japanese dramas to watch (my all-time favorite is きみはペット or You are my pet, I also love the manga). This is not only because I like them, but because it will help with my listening skills. I saw a few clips of 風林火山 (Fuurin Kazan), and […]