Hey there! Remember me? I used to actually read books and talk about them here sometimes. I can't believe we've been living in the US for a year already. I really don't know where the time has gone but I think for me, 2012 will be remembered as my 'lost' year, at least where reading is concerned. Whatever it was, or wasn't, it was certainly a year filled with many adjustments, reverse culture shock, and everyday distractions, as we got used to life surrounded by palm trees and sunshine.
I must say thank you to those of you who have been "gently" nudging me back to blogging for several months now. I'm sorry it has taken me so long, but I do think I'm finally in a place where I'm ready to ease myself back in. Your continued support really means a lot to me.
One of those nudges came from Tony (Tony's Reading List) who is hosting a fabulous Japanese literature event this month. Sadly, I'm still more of a book-buyer than a book-reader these days (more on that another day), but January in Japan is the perfect motivation to spend some time reading JLit this month. If you haven't already, check out the January in Japan blog for some great posts on some JLit Giants, and other Japanese literature related goodies.
As for my own JLit reading this month, so far I've finished Yoko Ogawa's The Diving Pool, and have just started on The Briefcase by Hiromi Kawakami for the group readalong. I really enjoyed the three stories that make up The Diving Pool, and having heard some good things about it, I have high hopes for The Briefcase. After that, we'll see how it goes. I certainly have plenty of JLit on my shelves to choose from.
Happy belated Year of the Snake, by the way! I'm not at all fond of snakes but as the snake is a symbol of resurrection and regrowth, I'm hoping for a good year. Bear with me as I try to get back into the swing of things here, and in the meantime, there's still time to pick up a book and join in January in Japan.
It's good to be back!
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