Weekend Reads: Japanese Non-Fiction & Islamic Epic Fantasy

Self-quarantine has been going far better for me this past week than the previous one. Now that I’ve had some time to accept that we’re in it for the long haul, it made me acquire a bit o’ faith that this also won’t last forever. I need to be hopeful if I am to survive this frightening shindig. Plus, reading and playing video games, as well as cuddling with kitties and watching random shit on Netflix and Hulu helps too. I sincerely hope that self-quarantine and social distancing are going well for y’all. If things aren’t so great, and if you need someone to talk to or just some human to lend an ear, please don’t hesitate in hitting me up.

Anyhoo, with the weekend comes a unique brand of homeliness: one laced in unapologetic laziness. No chores. No homework. No real commitments aside from hugging my pillows with affectionate snoring and reading my books. I’m currently reading three different titles. The first is the second instalment in a fantasy series that I’m wholeheartedly obsessed with, while the other two are things to help break apart some of the emotional intensity that the first has been making me undergo. I feel like there’s a decent amount of variety here to keep me entertained throughout the weekend and onto the last few days of March.

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The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty: The second volume in the epic #OwnVoices Islamic fantasy series, The Kingdom of Copper picks up after the first novel, The City of Brass and keeps that political intrigue roiling onwards with full steam. To prevent spoilers, I won’t provide a synopsis for this book, but feel free to check it out on GoodReads by clicking the purple title. I have a first impressions up for both titles, which can be found here and here, respectively.

An Act of Faith by C.A. Oliver: A British epic high fantasy series about the last refuge of Elves who are searching for a group of islands that used to be the home of ancient Elvin civilisations, where all who’ve journeyed there have yet to return. I acquired the Kindle edition of this book last year but hadn’t gotten around to reading it due to distractions like owned books and library check-outs. But since I’m on quarantine and seem to spend the majority of my time glued to my computer, I figured dusting off the old Kindle Reader would be a good idea. I’m only a few pages into this and I feel like the book will have a very interesting concept that may fall flat due to the nature of the writing. Let’s hope that I’m wrong because I fricking love Elves and it would suck to see a story with such potential being wasted.

Kawaii!: Japan’s Culture of Cute by Manami Okazaki & Geoff Johnson:  An #OwnVoices non-fiction book that explores and examines the culture of Kawaii, starting from its roots in pre-War era to its dynamic explosion of popularity post-Second World War. I’ve read the introduction and the first chapter so far and I love it! It’s super informative without being tediously academic or scholarly, making it accessible for normal, everyday people who have  an interest in learning more about this culture that has turned into a world-wide phenomenon as much as a unique part of Japan’s national identity.

With that, I raise my cup of Milo to you lovely folx out there and wish you a kind and comforting Stay Home experience during these dreadfully trying times.

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8 thoughts on “Weekend Reads: Japanese Non-Fiction & Islamic Epic Fantasy

  1. Pingback: Listening/reading log #6 (March 2020) | Everything is bad for you

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