I’m learning Japanese, Chinese and Korean, and my goal is to be able to read books in these languages. 

I created this blog to record my progress. I mainly post about reading books in Japanese, learning Chinese, and I also try to post book reviews of the novels I read. 

Some of my long term projects are to read all the available winners of the Mystery Writers of Japan Award, and as I progress in Chinese, I also started the project to read the winners of the Mystery Writers of Taiwan Award. I am also reading a collection called 日本探偵小説全集. 

Get in touch

The best way to get in touch is through Mastodon (or you can leave a comment on any post here). I have social anxiety and I have never been very active on social media. Mastodon is the only platform I use at the moment, I post updates of the books I read and things I learn, and I feel overall more at ease there than I used to be on X. 

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Latest posts

Reading and language learning blog

Genshin Impact: Chinese only!

Genshin is the reason why I started learning Chinese, and recently, I have switched my game to Chinese only. I...

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20 May 2024
Reading and language learning blog

Reading update: April reading slump

An overview of the (few!) books I read in April.

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01 May 2024
Reading and language learning blog

Currently reading: Chinese, Korean and…

April reading update! I am currently reading in my three target languages at the same time.

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05 Apr 2024

Currently reading

  • 冰室 by 馬丹尼 (Ma Danny)

Learning Chinese with Genshin Impact

I started playing Genshin at the end of 2022, and I love this game. The Chinese voice-over made me fall in love with Chinese, and this is how I started learning the language. Learning Chinese is so closely associated with Genshin, that I wanted to have a place where I could post about the things I learn while playing the game, a bit like a mini blog. 

I created a single user instance on Mastodon to this purpose. It’s a really cool experience, I like the feeling that I can talk about my current favourite hobby without bothering anyone. 

The illustrations on this blog are drawn by me and are, for the most part, inspired by Genshin.

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