Random Anniversary 4: My Brain

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Almost two years to the day since my brain last celebrated the end of a journal, a sign that me and my brain need to work on spending more time with our journal and less time on Twitter. But the gratification from Twitter is instant, while the journal is more of a slow burn, and present me always needs cookies right now, all too often to the detriment of future me.

What happened in these two years documented in a little purple notebook that I got in Singapore? Who knows?? The notebook in question is tucked away in my Toronto apartment, while my brain and I are here in Tokyo. Recent happenings that are most certainly included in the journal include interpreting at TIFF in September and for author Hideo Furukawa last month (reasons why posting here has been especially light), but further back than that, and my poor memory grows hazy. I was in Japan a lot last year? Maybe? I lectured a bunch of hapless university students in America about gender in translation? I had some birthdays and my body continued its relentless march towards our inevitable decline?

The one thing that my brain and I know for sure is that we read a whole schwack of books. Piles and piles of the damned things. And their titles were all (mostly) listed at the end of the journal because this is how I (sort of) keep track of all the reading I do. That, and writing the books up here. But I can’t write about every single book I read. Partly because I don’t want to write about every single book I read, and partly because I just don’t have the time. But know that I read them at least. Peruse this list. Maybe you will find something new to add to your own pile of books to read??

As with all anniversaries, the code to the books is below. But the list is necessarily incomplete because I can’t remember to do anything really, much less take accurate notes on my reading habits. Thank god breathing is an automatic thing my body does, or I would have died a gajrillion times already.

J = Japanese

E = English

F = French (Okay, there are none of these. I failed in my vow to read more French during this journal… I’ve let you all down. I’m so sorry.)

Ototo no Otto V1-3: Gengoroh Tagame [J]

Sunny Sunny Ann!: Miki Yamamoto [J] 

New York de Kangaechu: Akino Kondoh [J]

Aruchu Wonderland: Manshu Kitsuko [J]

Bokura no Hentai V9: Fumiko Fumi [J]

Deathco V3–6: Atsushi Kaneko [J]

White Note Pad V1, 2: Tomoko Yamashita [J]

Honey Salt and Bitter Sugar: Abii Abiru [J]

I am a Hero V18–22: Kengo Hanazawa [J]

Ancillary Mercy: Ann Leckie [E]

Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun V7, 8: Izumi Tsubaki [J]

Sunny V6: Taiyo Matsumoto [J]

Manga Henshusha: Shunsuke Kimura [J]

Kannushi-san to Boku no Kanojo: Fumiko Fumi  [J]

Dancing Colors: Tasuku Furukawa [J]

Step Aside, Pops: Kate Beaton [E]

Kaptara: Chip Zdarsky/Kagan Mcleod [E]

Night Worker: Ebine Yamaji [J]

Gyoko no Nikuko-chan: Kanako Nishi [J]

The Book of Pheonix: Nnedi Okorafor [E]

Waisetsutte Nan Desu ka?: Rokudenashiko [J]

What is Obscenity?: Rokudenashiko [E]

Kafka’s “The Castle” and Other Stories: Takehito Moriizumi [J]

Joshikosei ni Korosaretai: Usamaru Furuya [J]

Saga V5–7: Brian K. Vaughn/Fiona Staples [E]

Tokotochu no Deai Atama no Guzen Kiss ha Ariurka? Jikken: Shintaro Kago [J]

Tsukuroitatsu Hito v2–6: Aoi Ikebe [J]

Udagawacho de Mattete yo: Hideyoshico [J]

Mirror Ball Flashing Magic: Tomoko Yamashita [J]

IPPO v4, 5: est em [J]

Red Thimble V1–3: Ebine Yamaji [J]

The Vegetarian: Han Kang, Trans. Deborah Smith [E]

Asahakana Yume Mishi V1, 2: Yukari Takinami [J]

I Am Not Here: Ebine Yamaji [J]

Nekojou MuMu: Machiko Kyo [J]

13-gatsu no Yurei V1: Suzume Takano [J]

Totsukuni no Shojo V1–3: Nagabe [J]

Okaasan Futari Ite Mo Ii Kana: Kiyo Nakamura [J]

Invisible Man: Ralph Ellison [E]

A-ko-san no Koibito V1-3: Akino Kondoh [J]

Watashi no Karada ga Waisetsu?!: Rokudenashiko [J]

Bokura no Hentai V1-9: Fumiko Fumi [J]

Bokura no Hentai V10: Fumiko Fumi [J]

Drinking at the Movies: Julia Wertz [E]

Makuko: Kanako Nishi [J]

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ: Philip Pullman [E]

The Sleep of Reason: V/A [E]

Dead Dead Demons Dedededestruction V4: Inio Asano [J]

Mori Mite: Shizuka Nakano [J]

Shonen no Na wa Gilbert: Keiko Takemiya [J]

Beverly: Nick Drnaso [E]

Safari Honeymoon: Jesse Jacobs [E]

Color Recipe V1: Harada [J]

The Core of the Sun: Johanna Sinisalo, trans. Lola Rogers [E]

Lady and Old Man V1-3: Natsume Ono [J]

Ikazuchi Tooku Umi ga Naru V2: Ayako Noda [J]

Nivawa to Saito V1: Nagabe [J]

Princess Maison V1-4: Aoi Ikebe [J]

Conbini Ningen: Sayaka Murata [J]

Oyasumi Punpun V1, 2: Inio Asano [J]

Itoshi no Neko V5: Haruko Kumota [J]

Adana o Kure: Niboshiko Arai [J]

Kagakubu no Megane: Niboshiko Arai [J]

107 Goshitsu Tsushin: Kashiwai [J]

Juza no Ulna V1, 2: Toru Izu [J]

Ii Ne, Hikari Genji-kun: est em [J]

Bucho wa Onee: Nagabe [J]

2DK V1-4: Sachiko Takeuchi [J]

Yuminari: Sakaki Kuroda [J]

Mirai e: Makoto Arai [J]

Wombs V1-4: Yumiko Shirai [J]

Wombs V5: Yumiko Shirai [J]

Demon V1: Jason Shiga [E]

Ano Ne V1/2: Machiko Kyo [J]

Aru Oshiire Atama Otoko no Hanashi: Fuhito Fujimiya [J]

Someone Please Have Sex With Me: Gina Wynbrandt [E]

In the Sounds and Seas: Marnie Galloway [E]

Arabesque V1/2: Ryoko Yamagishi [J]

Monstress V1, 2: Marjorie Liu/Sana Takeda [E]

Ministry of Moral Panic: Amanda Lee Koe [E]

Mo Ichido Nando Demo V1-2: Yuiji Aniya [J]

Manga no DNA: V/A  [J]

Cloud Atlas: David Mitchell [E]

Stasiland: Anna Funder [E]

Broken Monsters: Lauren Beukes [E]

Uto Sousou: Takehito Moriizumi [J]

Kabuki Drop: Kiyako Kojiya [J]

i: Kanako Nishi [J]

Versailles of the Dead V1: Kumiko Suekane [J]

Black Night Parade V1: Hikaru Nakamura [J]

Majutsushi A: Natsuko Ishitsuyo [J]

Dental Darling: Michiru Sono [J]

Graineliers V1: Rihito Takai [J]

Irui Renai Monogatarishu V3: V/A [J]

Obaataimusu V1: Satoshi Oshiro [J]

Chisakute Machona Monotachi: Kohei Nishi [J]

Sennetsu: Ayako Noda [J]

Tanizaki Mangekyo: V/A [J]

Kajimunugatai: Susumu Higa [J]

Thousand Windows, Thousand Doors: Sayaka Ishiyama [J]

Joso Danshi to Menhera Ojisan: Fumiko Fumi [J]

Zassou-tachi Yo Taishi o Idake: Aoi Ikebe [J]

Paper Girls V1-3: Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang [E]

Kamome no Koto wa Yoku Shiranai: Ikumi Nakada [J]

Testosterone Rex: Cordelia Fine [E]

The Black Monday Murders: Jonathan Hickman, Tomm Coker [E]

O Human Star V2: Blue Delliquanti [E]

Megahex: Simon Hanselmann [E]

Canis the Speaker V1: Zakk [J]

Barefoot Gen V1: Keiji Nakazawa [E]

Rakugo V1-10: Haruko Kumota [J]

Morphine: Mikhail Bulgakov, Trans. Hugh Aplin [E]

Miyabi Monogatari V1-2: Susumu Higa [J]

Himotoku Hana: Renaissance Yoshida [J]

Everything Belongs to the Future: Laurie Penny [E]

10Dance V2: Satoh Inoue [J]

Kurage Hime v1—10: Akiko Higashimura [J]

So Pretty, Very Rotten: Jane Mai, An Ngyuen [E]

The Girl Who is Getting Married: Aoko Matsuda [E]

The Transparent Labyrinth: Keiichiro Hirano [E]

Super Life on the Hill: Love Love Hill [E]

Inori to Shomei: Takehito Moriizumi [J]

Hex: Thomas Olde Heuvelt [E]

Atami no Uchujin: Yuriko Hara [J]

qtut v1,2: Sayawaka, Fumi Fumiko [J]

Strange: Yuruco Tsuyuki [J]

Bara no Mori ni Ita Koro: Haruko Kumota [J]

Shitsuren Chocolatier V1: Setona Mizushiro [J]

Anata no Koto wa Sore Hodo v1-5: Ryo Ikuemi [J]

Hito wa Mitame 100 Percent V1: Hiromi Okubo [J]

Nee Mama: Aoi Ikebe [J]

Jigokuyuki: Kasuki Sakuraba [J]

Otome no Teikoku v1: Torajiro Kishi [J]

Kanojochu: Rendo Kurosaki [J]

Turning Japanese: Marinaomi [E]

The Gunslinger: Stephen King [E]

The Drawing of the Three: Stephen King [E]

The Waste Lands: Stephen King [E]

Wizard and Glass: Stephen King [E]

Sokuseki Bijin no Tsukurikata; Akiko Higashimura [J]

Wolves of the Calla: Stephen King [E]

Song of Susannah: Stephen King [E]

The Dark Tower: Stephen King [E]

Shirokuma Cafe: Today’s Special V1: Aloha Higa [J]

Yume Miru Ashibue: Sayuri Ueda [J]

Slow Boat: Hideo Furukawa [E]

Lagoon: Nnedi Okorafor [E]

Belka, Why Don’t You Bark?: Hideo Furukawa Trans. Michael Emmerich [E]

Iwa to Niki no Shinkon Ryoko: Yumiko Shirai [J]

Heike Monogatari V1-3: Mitsuteru Yokoyama [J]

The Gempei War 1180—85: Stephen Turnbull [E]

2002 Nen no Slow Boat: Hideo Furukawa [J]

Wandervogel: Sakae Kusama [J]

 Kyuso wa cheese no yume o miru: Setona Mizushiro [J]

Horses, Horses, In the End the Light Remains Pure: Hideo Furukawa, trans. Doug Slaymaker [E]

Provenance: Ann Leckie [E]

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