books i read in 2018


今日は2018年に読んだ本を記録。毎年、Goodreadsというアプリを使って1年に何冊読むか設定するんだけど、去年の目標は12冊。1冊だけ漫画だけど、エンターテイメントではなかったので12冊として数えたよ(笑) もしGoodreadsをやっていたら友達になってください〜!英語圏では不自由なく生きていけるけれど、一番苦手なリーディングがまだまだだなあ、と感じるので勉強しようと諦めずに本を読み続けてるよ。

Today, I'm gonna look back to the books I read in 2018. Every year, I set a goal on Goodreads. I decided to read 12 books in 2018 and I achieved my goal! I was never a bookworm so I'm a very slow reader. However, it helps me a lot to write in English so I'm continuing reading as a part of my studying English.

1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
ドラゴン・タトゥーの女』– スティーグ・ラーソン
2. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
火と戯れる女』– スティーグ・ラーソン
3. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
眠れる女と狂卓の騎士』– スティーグ・ラーソン

Stieg Larsson's Millennium series. The first novel became a film with Rooney Mara. In 2017, I learned that I love thriller, mystery, and crime fiction so I decided to give it a try on this series first. And I LOVED IT. Every book has a topic that they chase and figure out. It was a bit hard to get into the story on the first one, but once I got into it, I couldn't stop reading! I absolutely love this series and one of the main characters, Lizbeth became my favorite fictional character. Unfortunately, the author died with a heart attack at age of 50 before the series was published so we won't be able to read anymore of his work :(

4. Flux by Orion Carloto

It's one of my favourite influencer / YouTuber, Orion's debut collection of poetry. It's so emotional, dark, sweet and sentimental book. It made me think of past relationships and I think many people could be related to her words. This was a quick read!

5. Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
君の名前で僕を呼んで』– アンドレ・アシマン

I had to read this after watching the film three times. This book was just beautiful in a little different way from the film. And some of the parts were different and I enjoyed both the film and the book. The book was easier to feel Elio's mind. This book and film is something special to me. I'd definitely go back and read it again like I'd watch the film again and again.

6. Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom
モリー先生との火曜日』– ミッチ・アルボム

It's a true story about the author visiting Morrie who's facing death. And the author shares the wise words from Morrie on the book. It filled with love and kindness. This book made my heart warm, made me think about my life and made me cry twice.

7. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
海辺のカフカ』– 村上春樹

I read Norwegian Wood in both English and Japanese, and I had to try his different book so I picked up this! And as I read through, I was thinking "I love this guy." I love the stories, characters and everything in there. I like Kafka but I love Mr. Nakata. I'd definitely recommend this book to everyone.

8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
夜のサーカス』– エリン・モーゲンスターン

My boyfriend's sister, Tess has a room filled with a ton of books and it looks like a little library. This is one of her favorite books and she recommended me to read. This is a fantasy/love story, and that's something I won't read but I enjoyed this book a lot! And every character and the impression of the circus are so beautiful and lovely. There's a tarot reader and she inspired me to learn tarot so I bought myself a deck haha If you're a big lover of fantasy novels, this is a must read!

9. 『うつヌケ うつトンネルを抜けた人たち』– 田中圭一

Available in Japanese. This was a comic book that my therapist suggested me to read. It's about people who got out of their depression. Every people has a different cause to be depressed and this book shares a few people's stories of how they became depressed and how they got out of it. It made me feel A LOT better. And it's a comic book so it was an easy read.

10. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
侍女の物語』– マーガレット・アトウッド

I feel like there are more people who know about this book than people who don't know. Now, it's TV series on Hulu too! (I'm scared to watch it, to be honest.) While I was reading it, I was tensed whole time and imagining, "What if our future is actually going to be like this!?" The darkness on a human is real and it scares me to think about the story over and over again. It's a feminist read too if you're interested in. Also, the weirdest thing about this book is, it's about the future but all sounds really old story just because the way the main character narrates the story. This book has a minimum dialogue too.

11. The Vegetarian by Han Kang
菜食主義者』– ハン・ガン

This is a South Korean three-part drama novella written by Han Kang. (Wikipedia) It talks about family, marriage, life, and mental health but not directly. This novella actually confused me and felt weird thinking about every story. Some parts I wanted to close my eyes and some parts made my heart beats fast.  And I wasn't sure what's right and wrong about the story, and which character I feel close to.

12. The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

Yes, Rupi Kaur. I loved her first book, milk and honey, so I had to get the second book. I loved this one as well. Just a few parts were off to me but most of the poetry was just so beautiful. And I love the fact that she talked about immigration. As a woman, I've always experienced similar feelings to her.


That's it! What did you read in 2018? This year's goal is 14 books for me. Please recommend your favourite books :)

Have a lovely day!

xx Hikari

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