Reading Wrap-up: June, 2019

I got a bit carried away with reading this month, finishing a total of twenty-three books and three short stories. Clearly summer makes me read...a lot. It's so hot currently in Ohio (about 90 Fahrenheit, or about 32 Celsius). It makes me not want to leave the house unless I absolutely have to, enabling me … Continue reading Reading Wrap-up: June, 2019

Book Review: Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama

I had absolutely zero knowledge of the book going into it. I happened across it on Overdrive from the library and decided to listen to the audiobook of it (all twenty-four hours of it). I went in with expectations of a fast-paced thriller, and instead this book is a slow psychological mystery, examining the inner … Continue reading Book Review: Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama

Manga Series Review: Death Note

Right...where should I start with this series? It's a manga, released from 2003 to 2006. It took the world by storm. By the world, I am being serious. It has prompted many tv and movie adaptations, both in Japan and America. If you ask any anime/manga fan which series is probably the most popular, this … Continue reading Manga Series Review: Death Note

Book Review: Hiroshima Diary by Michihiko Hachiya

If you haven't noticed, I've been writing a lot of book reviews lately and I apologize for the lack of diverse posts. I've been super busy, and yet the one thing I always have time for is reading. Besides, writing book reviews are the easiest posts for me to do, so for the next month … Continue reading Book Review: Hiroshima Diary by Michihiko Hachiya

Book Review: Malice by Keigo Higashino

According to the back of this book, Keigo Higashino "is the bestselling and most widely read novelist in Japan." Add to that that I have never heard of him before. From what I could gather, Higashino is the James Patterson of Japan. I stumbled upon this book in the library and read it on a … Continue reading Book Review: Malice by Keigo Higashino

Book Review: Kitaro by Shigeru Mizuki

According to the forward of this book, this collection of short comic stories is "quite possibly the single most famous Japanese manga series you've never heard of, even if you happen to be a manga fan." And I confess, even though I'm not an avid manga fan, I had never heard of this series. The … Continue reading Book Review: Kitaro by Shigeru Mizuki

A Concerning Trend in Japanese Dramas

I've been trying to get back into watching more Japanese dramas recently. When I first became interested in Asian dramas, it was through Japanese dramas (around 2009). Think of shows like Bloody Monday, Gokusan, Hana Yori Dango, etc. These were what got me interested in Asian dramas in general. But over the years, I haven't … Continue reading A Concerning Trend in Japanese Dramas