With wedding stuff happening, I haven't been reading as much as I like, BUT I have been doing getting through a few pages, including doing some reading on Japan for our upcoming honeymoon (eep!!). Here are some recent reads:
Across Tokyo, Patrick Foss
An easy-to-read journey of two mens’ urban hike through Tokyo. Foss tells you about food, culture, and history of Tokyo and it was one of the first books I picked up to do some research on Japan. I like how it give a guide to the culture and answer the questions of “why things are they way they are” in some respects.
Pretty Good Number One: An American Family Eats Tokyo, Matthew Amster-Burton
A fun food guide for the most populated areas of Tokyo. I like that each chapter has a focus on a specific food. I found Amster-Burton’s style fun to read, although there were some parts that I was a little apprehensive as to where he was going with a certain metaphor or analysis. However, his anecdotes, especially those that include his daughter, Iris, are very charming and I have found myself reading back through the book to remind myself of his little recommendations for places to eat.
Someone You Love is Gone, Gurjinder Basran
A very beautiful and sad novel that follows Samrin, a woman who has experienced loss throughout her life. It weaves culture and family into a heartbreaking story that is really well-paced and written beautifully. I think it’s really easy to think of sad novels of having overly flowy language, but Basran does a really good job of balancing the beat of reality with beautiful and simple prose.