In an attempt to find some balance between YouTube and Blogging, I’ve decided to move my monthly wrap-ups here.
I have or will be talking about most of these books on either this blog or on my YouTube channel, so I’m not actually going to describe any of them in these “wrap-ups”. This is really just an attempt to keep track at least in part the titles that I’m reading throughout the month.
I’m arranging the books by my star rating. It’s not necessarily a useful way to share books since ratings really only mean something to the person making them. But, if you’re curious about how I decide ratings (it actually only applies to manga) I do have a video talking about that on my channel.
★★★★★ 5 Star Reads:
Werewolves of Montpellier / by Jason (translated by Kim Thompson)
★★★★ 4 Star Reads:
Strange Weather in Tokyo / by Hiromi Kawakami
Translated from the Japanese by Allison Markin Powell, ©2012
Published by Portobello Books, ©2014
Originally Published in Japan in 2001 under the title センセイの鞄 (Sensei no kaban) by Bungei Shunju, Tokyo
Stars: ★★★★ / 5
Tsukiko is in her late 30s and living alone when one night she happens to meet one of her former high school teachers, ‘Sensei’, in a bar. He is at least thirty years her senior, retired and, she presumes, a widower. After this initial encounter, the pair continue to meet occasionally to share food and drink sake, and as the seasons pass – from spring cherry blossom to autumnal mushrooms – Tsukiko and Sensei come to develop a hesitant intimacy which tilts awkwardly and poignantly into love. Continue reading