Weekend Reads #27: Urban Fantasy & Japanese Fiction

Good morning bookworms and otaku dragons! After fighting a week of exhaustion and other life things, I am looking forward to sitting in bed, reading, and catching-up on Supernatural! I hope that your week has treated you well, and if not, then make sure to try and get some self-care in! Whether you order pizza and play video games, go out for coffee with friends, or nap the weekend away! 😊

This weekend I’m going to be working on catching-up in a book series as well, The Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire, and I will also be reading some long-time anticipated Japanese fiction. All of these books sounded perfect for Autumn, so it’s a great way to free two birds with a stack of books (I like how this saying keeps on evolving here on BiblioNyan). Check ‘em out down below (pun totally intended because they’re library books).

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire

Down Among the Sticks and Bones is an adult urban fantasy novel—the second instalment in a series—that I am eager to pick up. While the first volume, Every Heart a Doorway was slightly miss for me in terms of development speed and world-building, I have heard that the series gets much better as you read on, so that’s what I’m expecting hoping for. You can read my review for the first book here and get an idea of what the story is about if you haven’t heard of or read this series yet. I won’t provide a synopsis for this specific title as to avoid any and all spoilers.

The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide

The Guest Cat is an #OwnVoices Japanese fiction literature novel that I have been wanting to read for months. One night in a bout of insomnia, I looked it up on the library’s website to discover that it was in my local library system! Excitedly, I had it shipped to me and viola, here we are. After The Travelling Cat Chronicles destroyed my very essence, I have been craving another compassionate book involving a cat, or kitties, that help humans in their condition of loneliness. At its core, that’s what this book is: it’s about a cat that stumbles into the home of an elderly couple, thus helping them with some existential melancholy they have going on.

The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami

The Nakano Thrift Shop is another #OwnVoices Japanese fiction literature novel that I absolutely had to read after experiencing the brilliance that was Strange Weather in Tokyo. You can check out my gushing review for it here. The author has a beautiful way of weaving simple words together to create stories that are filled with contemplative themes and exploration of the human psyche in terms of growing older, living alone, yearning for love, etc. The Nakano Thrift Shop is about all of these things, specifically where the employees of a local thrift shop are concerned. For example, one of the women working there is seeking a way to approach the older man she loves, so she confides in another woman older than her. Then there is another worker who is secretive and keeps to himself while be battles some inner turmoil.

In addition to those three novels, I will be working on finishing up a fantasy book I began last week and starting up the light novel listed below! Please, let me know if you’ve read any of the books listed here, or if you’d like to read a review for anything listed, as I don’t always review every single book. But if there’s a request for it, then I will try to prioritise it.

  • Markswoman (Asiana #1) by Rati Mehrota: This is an #OwnVoices South Asian fantasy novel that I am enjoying quite a bit. I like the inspirations taken from Indian faiths, such as Buddhism, and used to establish the beliefs of warrior sisterhoods.
  • Perfect Blue: Metamorphosis by Yoshikazu Takeuchi: This is an #OwnVoices Japanese light novel, the one the film was an adaptation for, and is a psychological horror thriller novel. It follows an idol who becomes infatuated with being the best, and the changes it evokes in an obsessed fan.

Thank you so much for visiting me today. Until next time, happy reading and happy otakuing! 💜

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6 thoughts on “Weekend Reads #27: Urban Fantasy & Japanese Fiction

  1. The Guest Cat is going to destroy your emotions. So be prepared, but it’s such an excellent novel, as is The Nakano Thrift Shop! I read that one in Japanese and wow! She is brilliant to say the least.

    • Yeah, I loved the film, and I’m hoping the novel will capture the things I loved about the film decently as well. Thanks for visiting!

  2. Looks like you have another couple of absolutely amazing reads ahead of you. Hope they will all be enjoyable. Oooh…I love supernatural by the way!
    The cover for Markswoman looks fantastic and I like the premise you describe. Glad to see you are already enjoying it! 😊😊 Have a great weekend! 😊😊

    • I’m really hoping that Dead Set will be awesome. It looks and sounds amazing, and I’ve been dying for a kick-ass supernatural book, lol. XD

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