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text 2017-04-26 12:13
Some Quotes shared from Schoolgirl
Schoolgirl (Modern Japanese Classics) - Osamu Dazai,Allison Markin Powell

I don't have a full review for Schoolgirl, although I DO have a few sentences and some notes floating around in my head.  It's just a matter of putting them together coherently, though chances are, I might just include it in my June Package Review for all the books I probably won't publish an official review for.

Anyway, in the meantime, here are some quotes I highlighted while reading Schoolgirl that stood out to me for one reason or another.  What I was thinking at the time is questionable, but here you are:


 

 

 


Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/04/some-quotes-shared-from-schoolgirl.html
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review 2015-11-13 00:00
Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential: How Teenage Girls Made a Nation Cool
Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential: How Teenage Girls Made a Nation Cool - Brian Ashcraft,Shoko Ueda Schoolgirls are taken for granted in Japanese Culture (to us Western I mean), but they are really something. They are everywhere: music (AKB48, Morning Musume), movies (Battle Royale, Kill Bill), manga (Sailor Moon), games... And Japanese girls even COSPLAY. Like, there are "fake" uniforms that girls purchase, that are cuter or better looking than the real uniforms.

I loved the book, it is very complete and with many details. And many beautiful pictures.
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review 2015-04-04 17:06
Schoolgirl by Osamu Dazai
Schoolgirl (Modern Japanese Classics) - Osamu Dazai,Allison Markin Powell

Schoolgirl chronicles a day in a life of a Japanese girl. It's a first person narration full of angst, snark and minute observations. From a casual mention of a war, it's fair to assume that the story took place in the early 1940s, but it really doesn't matter, because she could well be just another teenager from our time, from any country. The narrator has an acute self-consciousness not uncommon in teens and a degree of self-awareness that is more typical in someone older. And in a true stream-of-consciousness fashion, you'd get to see her contradict herself without any sense of irony, from badmouthing her mother to berating herself for being such a bitch to wishing that she could be a better, nicer girl.

 

For an introduction to Dazai, I think Schoolgirl is as good as any. It's short, and it gives you a good idea about his prose and the feel of his works. For me, it's just an OK book, but I suspect that's because I've read No Longer Human, which, some people believe, is his best work. But I'd recommend Schoolgirl to anyone, especially if you're looking for a quick read, and if you like angsty/moany youth confessionals like The Catcher in the Rye and Botchan.

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text 2015-03-22 15:28
I don't know about this one...
Death of a Schoolgirl - Joanna Campbell Slan

It's 120 pages in and this book is annoying.  

 

I give a book a couple  "I don't buy that" moments,  hoping they get explained later or the MC  smartens  up a bit.  

 

This book,  for me,  is full of too many.  I don't buy a new mom would leave her newborn son so easily after talking about being so overprotective.  It's all "I loathe to part with him" and then "I heard London has a nice bookstore... Bye sweetie." This story is full of emotions not matching what's going on,  it kept throwing me off.  The early on robbery wouldn't have happened to the real Jane,  she's much too bright in my imagination.  And finally a piece of the mystery puzzle is revealed in such a ludicrous manner I finally put the book down. Oh and she fainted twice already.  She just keeps not eating and fainting. And for no real reason. You think nausea but no. Stop holding up the mystery with that nonsense.  Eat a piece of bread already.  I didn't care enough to continue so I'm not.  

 

Next! 

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text 2015-03-19 23:47
Thursday Book Hall from bookoutlet.com!
A Grave Matter - Anna Lee Huber
The Sunne in Splendour - Sharon Kay Penman
Calling Me Home - Julie Kibler
Death of a Schoolgirl - Joanna Campbell Slan
Shine Shine Shine - Lydia Netzer
Shotgun Lovesongs - Nickolas Butler
The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion

I like Bookoutlet.com, or at least I haven't had a bad experience with them yet. I spend more time than I care to admit looking over their scratch and dent section to get books I want at a discount. The books do have defects but usually not too bad,  and they're guaranteed readable so I'm cool with it.

 

I've been leaning towards print books lately, I did an experiment these past few months and by far I prefer print to Kindle, though I acknowledge Kindle is more convenient  and cheaper.  Realizing this, I stopped trying to force myself to adjust and just committed to getting better deals on print books. So far, so good. I've used the library, paperbackswap , amazon resellers and bookoutlet.com. I've also committed to not buying books unless I read the first chapter. I used to buy books on word of mouth and synopsis alone. That's been hit or miss. So done with that.

 

So on to today's book haul!

 

A Grave Matter  - I've put off reading this on purpose. But it's getting closer to the next book's release date so I won't feel like the hurt of waiting too long. One of my favorite series.

 

The Sunne in Splendour - It's Sharon Kay Penman. I love Sharon Kay Penman. I almost paid full price for this book this past weekend. I woulda kicked myself. It was a third of the price!

 

Calling me Home - The first chapter sucked me in when I read it.

 

Death of a Schoolgirl  - First in the Jane Eyre historical mystery series. It passed the first chapter test. I will give it a shot.

 

Shine, Shine, Shine - An astronaut is stuck in space while his wife who, if I remember correctly... has aspergers and due to a genetic defect was born bald,  tries to deal with it. Traces their relationship from it's beginning to this crisis, told from both points of view. That premise prompted a say whaaaaa from me. But it got good reviews and I liked the first few pages. 

 

Shotgun Lovesongs - I liked the beginning and it sounded interesting.

 

They arrived just in time for our Why-is-it-still-snowing mini-snowstorm tomorrow.

 

Happy reading! 

 

 

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