Now that the hustle and bustle of Christmas is done, we turn to Japanese New Year celebrations. And for many of us, that means a trip to the in-laws and most likely hours of boring Japanese TV. So it’s the perfect time to catch up on a good book or two.
We asked the KA mums their favourite books of this year and what they plan to read over the winter vacation and of course, they answered.
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny. It’s a great murder mystery set in the English enclave of Quebec. The whole series is fab. (Jen
The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian. I read it last year around this time and loved it! It takes place in Syria and Armenia, a part of the world I had never really known much about. Great for historical fiction.(Amanda)
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri. I love her elegant prose. (Catherine)
Some other recommendations are:
What a Mother Knows by Leslie Lehr. Intrigue and mystery and good old fashioned mother’s intuition. (Louise)
The Passage by Justin Cronin, a bit scary but great story, good value for money too. (UW)
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor (US Supreme Court Judge). Its really interesting. (Jana)
Blood Sweat and Tears by Bear Gyrlls is just waiting for me to get my hands on it. (Jo)
When One Door Opens by Tom Ingrassia and Jared Chrudimsky. Jared was a friend and classmate in high school, and this is his first book. (Amanda)
And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini, the acclaimed author of The Kite Runner.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, the story of a marriage gone wrong.
Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich.
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, the Man Booker Prize winner set in the New Zealand gold rush era.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, a New York Times bestseller set in Nazi Germany and recently been made into a film. Amerikanah by Chimamanda Adichie. I’ve been into her words for a bit- and now I see Beyoncé is quoting her. (Catherine)
If you have a Kindle, ipad or other e-reading device, take a look at the free download section to read some of the classics. Some suggestions are My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin, The Sundowners by Jon Cleary and anything by Jane Austen.
What am I reading this new year while I bury myself under the kotatsu? Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett has come very recommended and Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. And if I read those, I’ll make a start on the Game of Thrones series.
Mum to three very loud boys and wife to a patient Japanese man, I'm Australian and moved to the Kansai area in 2012. Aside from navigating all the craziness of being a mum in another country, I work semi-full time and try to keep my sanity! Of course I clean but I don't cook!