What I’m Reading (and Watching) This Week

Here’s what I’ve been busy with this week:

I came across this documentary on Netflix and found it absolutely fascinating and depressing. Peanut watched a little bit with me and it really opened her eyes. Ever try to explain to a 9 year old why things are they way they are in Korea? I recommend you try it.

I’m halfway through A Song for Nagasaki and had to put it down. It was getting pretty intense and rather depressing; so that book (much like the above documentary) will be consumed in smaller bits.
Despite the heaviness, this has to be one of the most interesting books I’ve read this year. Absolutely beautiful writing, absolutely heart-breaking. A++++, add it to your “to read” lists.

This book is part of Amazon’s “First Reads” program, so I was able to download the Kindle version for free. I’m 100% sure I won’t read this until the summertime. As someone prone to seasonal depression, I tend to be very cautious about what I read when the days are short and the nights are long.
Buuuuuuuut I expect it to be interesting. If you’re into that sort of thing, which apparently I am.

Filling the gaps from my youth, I realized I know nothing about Asian history and culture except for what comes through Western media. I’m on the hunt for a good “intro to Japanese history” type book that isn’t a textbook. I did purchase this book, and am awaiting its arrival.

I was hoping to find something about Japan written by .. someone Japanese, but this was as close as I could find in English. I think the language is the problem – a good Japanese history book written in Japanese needs to be translated to English, and that probably would be by someone who is not Japanese. But still.

Also in my “to arrive” pile is what’s thought to be the world’s first novel.
I have no idea what to expect with this one.

{The links to the books in the post are affiliate links, thank you for supporting my never-ending book bonanza!}

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