Facing a few weeks away from teaching and therefore more free time than I knew what to do with, I decided to take the opportunity to start reading again.
I got a Kindle for my birthday two years ago as a way of being able to read as many books as I wanted, without sacrificing space in my suitcase or in my tiny Japanese apartment. For the most part it’s been very useful, allowing me to experience great novelists like Osamu Dazai, Akutagawa Ryuunosuke, and Murasaki Shikibu, but I have to admit, I’d been slipping recently.
My time all too consumed with writing and studying, I’d barely read at all between May and July. I needed to change that, because while I have written way over 50,000 words since May and my blog has now overflowed onto a secondary sequel site, I should take time to enjoy the other side of things.
I’m also very interested in reading as much Japanese literature as I can, from a variety of authors so here’s what I chose for my reading list this time around…