Found In Translation | The Quaint Beauty of Japanese Contemporary Fiction & Book Recommendations

Hello there allies, archenemies, and everyone in between! Last month I’ve been binging a lot of Japanese literature for #AsianReadathon and while I should have read more diversely I fell completely awe struck with these short yet compelling stories. I only read Japanese contemporary fiction and I must admit, I’m more than willing to spiral down in this rabbit hole once again!

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May Reading Wrap Up | In Which I Only Read Japanese Literature & Percy Jackson

Hello there allies, archenemies, and everyone in between! So a lot has happened this month and I am quite disheartened with all of it. I also dedicated two timely posts that made me ponder on such times. Please check them out as well!

Readers Are Not Saints | Why The Act of Reading Does Not Absolve Anyone of Atrocity

Nourishing The Shelves | Nonfiction Books I’ll Read In These Terrifying Times

Initially, I would have done a detailed progress report on my reading challenges but I’m just too tired to do it LOL. I have joined the #AsianReadathon though and while I was supposed to read diversely I failed to cover other countries as I mostly only read Japanese literature AND a reread of Percy Jackson. Totally my fault, but I did enjoy reading all of them. Besides that, I still have the rest of 2020 since I am currently doing the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge!

This month however was my best reading streak as I have read 22 books! This has been also very great for my blog as I have published a lot of discussion posts and reviews that garnered a lot of traction. I’m so happy that this creative space of mine is slowly growing. Right now, I only have 31 books left to read before finishing my Goodreads Reading Challenge AND it’s not even halfway through the year! My heart is full with all of these progress HAHAHA.

Reading Badges for Year of the Asian Reading Challenge

I currently have 36 Asian books read out of the 69 books (nice) I have read this year. My goal is 50 books and things are looking up for me with this progress!

FAVORITE BLOG POSTS

This month I also took my blog hopping up a notch and I have read a lot of wonderful book reviews and discussion posts from these people! I seldom read other blog posts so it’s been quite a refreshing journey to discover a lot of old and new voices in the community. Give them some love please!

TONE AND CHARACTER: WHY I LOVE ‘ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE

Book Review: The Deep

Why You Should Be Reading Book Blogs

Stupid Things I Do as a Reader // Essentially, A Callout Post

The Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus Character Book Tag (Original!)

THE HENNA WARS BY ADIBA JAIGIRDAR—A SAPPHIC YA CONTEMPORARY THAT CHALLENGES CULTURAL APPROPRIATION [BOOK REVIEW]

Don’t feel like reading long books? Try these 21 Short Stories and Novellas!

Do Goodreads Ratings Matter To You?

This seemed like a lazy post for my part HAHAHA but I really want to at least acknowledge all the wonderful blog posts I’ve read this month!

Nourishing The Shelves | Nonfiction Books I’ll Read In These Terrifying Times

Hello there allies, archenemies, and everyone in between! In case you need some reminding #JunkTerrorBill #OustYouKnowWho #BlackLivesMatter click the hashtags to get a comprehensive look on the issues and different ways to help as well as keeping your data privacy safe while doing online activism. Also, Kal @ ReaderVoracious have outlined resources and reading recommendations for the BLM movement make sure to check it out through this link!

2020 is almost done with Phase One and I kid you not when I say I’m not ready to die yet in the next half. I mean, if COVID19 ain’t enough to kill me then for sure our government can undoubtedly do that while ALSO infringing my human rights. Am I right or am I right?

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Fantastic Short Stories & Where To Find Them | A List of Free Stories To Save Your Reading Challenge

Hello there allies, archenemies, and everyone in between! Sometimes we all need palate cleansers whenever our reading mojo is sputtering out. Graphic novels, novellas, novelettes, and short stories have always been my dear friend during these dark times. On top of that, short stories are a a great introduction of authors’ writing style so readers can gauge early on if they would venture on the full length novels from authors.

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Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata | A Satire on Female Conventions

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Title: Convenience Store Woman

Author: Sayaka Murata

Translator: Ginny Tapley Takemori 

Publication Date: July 5, 2018

Synopsis

She found sanctuary in a supermarket. Now she’s about to lose it. Continue reading “Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata | A Satire on Female Conventions”

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo Book Review | A Feminist Reportage

 

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Title: Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982

Author: Cho Nam-Joo

Translator: Jamie Chang

Publication Date: April 14, 2020

Synopsis

Kim Ji-young is the most common name for Korean women born in the 1980s.
Kim Ji-young is representative of her generation:
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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagahira Book Review | Why You Should or Should Not Read This

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Title: A Little Life

Author: Hanya Yanagahira

Publication Date: March 10, 2015

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Do I Make Enough Effort? | My Struggles In Promoting Diverse Books

Hello there allies, archenemies, and everyone in between! This post has been a long time coming and I really was just delaying it out of fear. I hope you all won’t shame me for this but I’m also well aware that my experience is valid. This isn’t like my usual discussions where I drop a condensed list of my thoughts.

This is more of a confession and I do hope that you would all hear me out. Continue reading “Do I Make Enough Effort? | My Struggles In Promoting Diverse Books”

Tarot & Literature | Pick A Card To Find Out What Kind Of Reader You Are

Hello there allies, archenemies, and everyone in between! As most of you might not know, I’m actually a self-taught tarot reader. I started last year and its all thanks to my friends who are enthusiasts and of course all the Wiccan YouTubers I’ve subscribed to for introducing me to this!

This will be an ongoing series where I merge my (meager) tarot reading skills and the book community, so make sure to watch out for it! I’ve been meaning to do this for quite some time but only formed the idea recently after reading Nandini’s post on Fantasy Book Recommendations Based on Your Zodiac Sign make sure to check it out as well, it’s really enjoyable to read! Continue reading “Tarot & Literature | Pick A Card To Find Out What Kind Of Reader You Are”

Why Read Japanese Crime Fiction | 4 Reasons & 20 Book Recommendations

Hello there allies, archenemies and, everyone in between! It’s already May which means it’s Asian-Pacific Heritage Month YAAAY. In honor of this celebration, I’ll be participating with the #2020AsianReadathon hosted by Cindy @readwithcindy and she also had a comprehensive list of books, novellas, and graphic novels that you may choose in your TBR for this month. Continue reading “Why Read Japanese Crime Fiction | 4 Reasons & 20 Book Recommendations”