My So LOL Seollal Reading Adventure ended with a whimper. Not even a full-throated whimper. A wimpy whimper. I had trouble reading. I want to blame it on the cold weather. My brain felt crumbly, like the topping on apple crumble. Oooh, apple crumble. That sounds nice, right about now, served up with a nice hot cup of coffee.
On the last day of Seollal, I managed to read less than 50 pages of Shutting Out The Sun: How Japan Created Its Own Lost Generation by Michael Zielenziger. Published in 2006, this book examines hikikomori, the young people who feel burnt out by the pressures of Japanese society. Their way of coping is not to cope. They drop out of everything and retreat to their bedrooms. The author wrote in the introduction that later on in the book, Japan will be compared with its closest neighbor, South Korea. I'm very much looking forward to that part, if I can ever get my brain out of PARK.
Teri, on the other hand, ended her So LOL Seollal not just with a bang, but a whole fleet of fireworks. No apple crumble brain for her! She finished The Apothecary's Daughter by Julie Klassen, breezed through The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving and in the waning hours of the challenge, started Fools Rush In by Janice Thompson. She didn't seem keen on finishing it though ("The dog's name is Yorkie-Poo") and moved on to Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.
Thanks, Teri! Let's do this again, same time next year. Or why wait? Let's cook up another challenge!
Last thoughts: If I'd really been thinking about this, I would have included a book about a dragon, perhaps a reread of The Paper Bag Princess. Better luck next year. I guess I have a while to figure out what's next on the Chinese calendar.