Book Six

6/24 Book Reflection
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
It must seem odd to some that I had never read this book as a child, but here we are. Books written for children with love as their central theme are dime-a-dozen, but this one still managed to tear at my adult mind. I felt close to and understood the perspectives of each of the three main child characters. They each did well to show feelings from different sides of a problem and I love them for it. Though the story’s focus is on the children and their battles, they were not the most prominent character in my thoughts while I was reading. What stood out so clearly, so starkly against the contrast of childhood, was the mother’s pain. Had I read this as a kid, or even though a kid lens, I probably would not have been so keenly aware of her. She is strong and stoic and crumbling from the inside out. While her focus in on her work and children, a part of her is completely missing, gone to where? She surely doesn’t know, but the neighbors talk. I super recommend this book, though there are some rather flat characters, it is the complete personhood of so many that makes me want to finish the series.

Japan Stuff!

A lot of good has happened. I finished my first year of graduate school with a 4.0, my job is going really well and yet, I’ve been feeling estranged in work and at home. I feel totally separated from the things that are most important to me, but that feeling of separation comes in waves, as if my brain cannot simply allow me to be happy for a moment without reminding me that I am thousands of miles away from home. I’m so lucky to be here and to work in an environment in which I know I am doing a good job and my work matters. Most of the time I feel great, because I know that trying my best really matters here. My brain is a liar. I went to Mt. Daisan Beer Fest which was a total blast! I had a bunch of delicious beers and I met some cool people. It was really great to get a good look at the growing craft beer scene in Japan. It’s going places! I’m hoping to get my hands on some bottles of one, I just need to find where I could buy them. Every day that goes by I’m getting more comfortable living here. I have a good group of friends and we get together often. I really like my DnD group. It’s nice to get to hang with people and play something I really enjoy. Next week I’m supposed to run a game of Call of Cthulhu, which I have never done before. So, that’s gonna be rad or terrible, I don’t know which yet! Also, I’m 30 now so that’s a whole new weird thing. I think I’m handling it well, but being 30 also comes with a ton of feelings about getting older and thinking about where I am in life and maybe re-aligning my expectations of myself.
Kay. Bye.

My Library:
Currently Reading: Rice Mother by Rani Manicka; Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Currently Playing: Kirby Star Allies/Switch; Stardew Valley/Switch; Stella Glow/3DS; Detective Pikachu/3DS
Coming Up!
Reading List: Fire and Fury, Artemis, Tokyo Ghoul, Armada, Words on Bathroom Walls, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life
Playing List: Wonderboy, Bayonetta, Bayonetta, Skyrim, LoZ A Link Between Worlds, Culdcept Revolt

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