#Reading Journals: May 2, 2019

Hello, bookworms!
I am terribly sorry for being quiet recently, I actually went through a rough patch.
I’m not going on and on about this, but one of my friends/colleagues suddenly passed away and I wasn’t able to get over the grief. I still get welled up when I recall the memories that I had with him, but I’m trying to get back into the swing of things bit by bit.

Anyways, enough of this mawkish talk, let me share with you my reading updates:

I finally finished The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor!  I think I finished reading it last Saturday but didn’t feel up for writing a review. 
On the whole, I enjoyed reading this book but I did have some issues with the plot. You can read my thoughts here

I know, I know, I’m still reading Ella’s Ice-Cream Summer by Sue Watson which I picked up more than a week ago but just like a couple of weeks ago, I’ve not been able to commit to just one book thus my reading progress is really slow 😦
That said, I’m currently 76% in the book and I’m enjoying it so far. 

This is a story of a 44-year-old woman taking a giant leap of faith and embarking on a new chapter of her life – by selling ice cream in a van she inherited by her aunt. Ella, the heroine literally finds herself between a rock and hard place in every aspect of her life – she gets embroiled in a family feud between her cousin and her mother, not to mention her volatile financial state. I wonder how she pulls this through and finds her happiness from here. 

Another book I’m currently reading is Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan. 
If you have known me for some time, you’d know I don’t usually read Non-Fiction. I tend to get bored whatever sub genres they may be. I’m simply not cut out for Non-Fiction. That’s what I thought. 

Then why am I reading a non-fiction book you might ask? 
I’ll tell you why.

I wonder how many of you heard the news, but here in Japan, we recently had an era change from Heisei to Reiwa which usually coincides with death of an emperor. I was in middle school when the last era change took place and it entailed the death of Emperor Hirohito (posthumously known as Emperor Showa.) that marked the end of Showa era.  The then government told the citizens to go into mourning for a couple of days. The whole era change was steeped in grief and sadness. There was not a hint of festivity in that occasion. 

This time, however, Emperor Akihito (now has become Emperor Emeritus) wanted to abdicate – stepping down – while he’s still alive. It is quite a rarity for a living monarch to abdicate in modern Japan, it last happened 202 years ago! The Constitution actually prohibits him from stepping down, but he was so popular and a lot of Japanese people supported his wish. So much so, the government decided to enact a one-off legislation to grant a framework for him to retire. 

On April 30th, Emperor Akihito abdicated and his son, Naruhito ascended the Chrysanthemum throne as a new Emperor. A lot of special TV programs have been made celebrating the era change since then, and that sparked my interest to read this book. 
I’m not particularly a huge Imperial family buff, but I thought it would be beneficial for me to understand where they comes from just a little bit.

Since this book is written in a highly sophisticated manner and does contain a lot of philosophical and historical ideas, (plus, this book is huge; it’s got 820 pages!) I’m only 10 percent in the book right now. 
I’m having some trouble digesting and processing this book, but I find it quite interesting and hope that I can finish this book no matter how long it takes. 

There you have it; here are my reading updates.
Let me know in the comments if you have read any of these books, it’s always interesting to hear what other readers have to say 🙂

Thank you so much for reading as always, and I’ll see you in my next post!

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8 thoughts on “#Reading Journals: May 2, 2019

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  1. Hey Noriko, my condolences to you and warm wishes for happy memories to bring smiles not tears.

    Thank you for the Japanese history lesson. Now I’m going to read up some more on it… maybe not an 800 page book though…. 😉

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  2. I am so sorry for your loss, Noriko! Sending you all the love & hugs!

    Also, thank you for the small lesson on your emperors & eras! I never knew any of that but it was interesting to learn!

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