This post is going to detail the stuff I got from the library on Thursday.
I’m also going to recap the stuff I got from the library a few weeks ago.
Let’s get started!
I’m going to start with the stuff I just got on Thursday.
First the manga!
There’s only two volumes that I got and they were:
Volumes 2 & 3 of Library Wars!
Next up, are the Japanese language study books that I got.
First is a very old book from Kodansha International.
It’s titled, “Japanese Kana Workbook.”
It was originally published in 1967, but the copy I have is of the twenty-second printing from 1989.
Yep, I actually found a pic of it. I was definitely surprised to find it.
Next is from Tuttle.
It’s “The second 100 Japanese Kanji.”
And lastly I found an updated version of a book I already own.
You may remember the Barron’s book from my,
“What I Use to Study Japanese” post that I made awhile back.
If not, I have provided a convenient link to the post. If you’re interested, check it out!
The book has been re-titled, “Barron’s Learn Japanese the Fast and Fun way.”
I love most of the changes made to this newer edition.
This version of the book is more like the, “Japanese in 10 Minutes a Day” book.
That book is also in my, “What I use to Study Japanese” post.
What they added was a ton of fun illustrations, more quizzes, crossword puzzles and more.
The only thing I don’t like about this version is that I wished they had either done one of two things:
1: Added some kanji or kana. At least some kana.
2: Gone beyond the basics and published another book to cover more of the reading and writing aspects of the language.
That’s all that I got this time.
Now let’s take a look at what I got last time.
First the manga! (As always)
First up is volume 1 of “Library Wars.”
Next is volume 1 of “Bamboo Blade.”
Lastly, is volume 2 of “HunterxHunter.”
As I had said previously on Twitter, I wished they’d had volume 1.
I don’t think my library has volume 1 though. I never see it there.
For the first time ever I checked out, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone!” Yep, I have never read any of the Harry Potter books before. I have alternatively seen all the movies except for the final two. I will see those soon though. I’m enjoying the book so far. (I haven’t finished it yet.)
Now for all the Japanese Language books!
First up is story of the “Pied Piper.” This book was completely in Japanese.
(Sorry no pic.)
Next is a book titled, 「学校のはじまり。」or, “Gakkou no hajimari.”
I believe the title translates as, “Beginning of School.”
This book is aimed at fairly young readers. The topics vary greatly, and some of them are: pencil, chair, piano. food & library.
(Sorry no pic.)
Next is a book titled, “A Manual of Japanese Writing.” This book was published by Yale University Press. It’s also volume 2 of a 3 volume series. The 1st volume has lessons and drill sentences in romaji. The 2nd volume has the same material, except there’s no romaji or English. The whole book is in Japanese – including Kanji! The 3rd volume is the reference book of the set. It includes Kanji lists, indexes, and specifics of the Kanji used.
They did not have volumes 1 or 3. I just read about it on the inside of the dust jacket.
(Sorry no pic of this one either.)
Next I got what I think is a very awesome book, “13 Secrets for Speaking Fluent Japanese.” This is published by, Kodansha International.
This book has a ton of good exercises and vocab as well. There’s a short manga by, Osamu Tezuka. It’s related to his “Black Jack” series. There’s also another (Unrelated) Original Manga especially created for this book. Quizzes, glossaries, & more. I highly recommend this book.
Next up is the “Introduction to Written Japanese – Hiragana” published by Tuttle. This book is very short and to the point. It also has lot’s of cute pictures as well. It has space to practice writing the kana. They also provide vocab and sentences so you’ll become a little familiar with how the kana is used. Overall I’d say it’s a pretty good little book.
Next up is a book called, “Let’s learn Katakana.” It is published by, Kodansha International.
This book also has spaces for you to practice writing the kana. It also has a lot of good exercises for you. The book also provides a good deal of explanation of Katakana as well. I found this to be quite helpful. This is a great book, I highly recommend it.
The last book that I got was Tuttle’s, “The Kanji Dictionary.” This is the first Kanji Dictionary I’ve ever gotten to use. It’s a little tricky to get used to, I’m even still getting the hang of it. (It’s not the book it’s me. I haven’t had a lot of time to study/read this book so…yeah.) The book does provide clear concise explanations as to how to look up Kanji. This just might be the kanji dictionary I chose to buy later on when I become employed again. That is unless I find a newer updated version in the meantime.
That’s all I got. Some of the items have been returned already and some haven’t. I also requested a book while I was there. I recently found out about an author by the name of Jackson Pearce. She writes books for young adults. I was actually really interested in her first book, “As You Wish.” The library didn’t have it though. The only book by her that they did have in their system was, “Sisters Red.” So, I decided I’d give that book a try. Even though I’ve requested it, the book hasn’t arrived at my library yet. I’ll pick it up as soon as it gets there. I’m excited to see if I like “Sisters Red.” “As You Wish” is more my cup of tea because it’s a love story.
I’m also really excited for one of her new books coming up. It’s called, “Fathomless.” The author has stated that it’s a retelling of “The Little Mermaid!” You may or may not know this about me, but I love the Disney version of “The Little Mermaid.” So, I’m really curious about Pearce’s version. It’s supposed to be available sometime next year. (About this time.) So, we’ll see.
I’m excited for a lot of things. I’m sorry I haven’t updated this blog in awhile. I’ve been really busy with school, and trying to become employed again. I hope to be able to update this blog more often in the future, I’m just not sure when that will be. I hope you stick with me though. There will be more to come.
Thank you so much for reading!