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A new Japanese novel for the new year

Despite having a number of half-read (or more like a few pages-read) Japanese novels lying around, I chose to start the new year with a new Japanese novel. There’s something intoxicating about a fresh start and it’s okay to indulge ourselves in small pleasures like this.

I’ve been trying to find motivation to read in Japanese again and I would very much love to go back to my peak Japanese reading period where I actually finish reading novels. I hope to increase my reading speed for Japanese, as well as for Korean.

Higashino Keigo remains to date one of my favourite Japanese authors, although I don’t read enough of his work. Decided to start on ナミヤ雑貨店の奇蹟, a 2012 novel. The English translation, The Miracles of the Namiya General Store, was released in July last year (still can’t get used to saying last year).

I’m just a few pages in but already intrigued by the premise of three delinquents holing up in an abandoned general store and getting a shock when an unaddressed letter drops through the mail slot. Opening the letter, they found an anonymous request for advice…

Doing my double-reading method because I want to learn new words, but I can kinda guess from the context and read the text without difficulty.

As you can possibly tell, I’m trying to keep up the productivity and motivation of the new year and hopefully it’ll last as long as … possible 🙂

The COVID situation has made me more of an introvert than I already am, not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. These days, I get exhausted too easily by being among humans, unless they are kindred spirits on the same wavelength.

If you are reading this, leave me a note 🙂

Till the next post.

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    2 January, 2022 at 9:08 PM

    Happy new year! I’d also like to read more (in any language) and hope to keep up my & gain motivation. I already bought new stationery hahaha. It’s nice you’re making an effort 🙂

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      2 January, 2022 at 10:03 PM

      Happy New Year Anna!! hahaha new stationery definitely spark joy!

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    2 January, 2022 at 9:18 PM

    i hope to be able to read a book or novel in a foreign language by the end of the year (sounds weird to be saying this since the year – 2021 just ended haha). love your spirit and dedication!

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      2 January, 2022 at 10:07 PM

      Hi Mai! Yay you can do it!! It’s an amazing feeling to read in a foreign language. 🙂 And yes, I still can’t get over the fact that we’re already in the new year.

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