Claire x Nikki Review September 2015

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I’ve had a lot of “administrative” sort of things to take care of it feels (calling people, paying things, arranging stuff) and a lot of being here, there and everywhere. All that stuff coupled with being a bit stretched for money at the moment has reined in my adventuring a little bit. I don’t think I’ll have much time (or money) to squeeze in more London visits this year, but I’m definitely planning to use the heck out of my railcard and Virgin’s London deals more next year to visit Claire!!


Books Read

That looks like a lot, but 5/10 are comics and 4/10 were audiobooks which are easy enough to get through quickly (especially if you can listen to audiobooks all day at work like I do haha).

Let me know if you want any reviews for any of the books I read in September! 😉

Book of the Month

I know I’ve mentioned this one a billion times now, but it’s really worth it. Read my review to find out more about why it was not only my favourite for the month, but my favourite book I read this quarter.

Without You, There Is No Us

Miscellaneous Favourites:

TV(/YouTube): As you know, I’ve also been learning a little bit of Japanese on the side… Basically, it’s not my focus language right now, but I’ve been gathering pieces about it. And, in doing some research into foreigners’ experiences in Japan, I found the Abroad in Japan YouTube channel by Chris Broad which I’ve been REALLY enjoying.

He’s a British guy who has been living in Japan for 3 years and has been putting out videos about Japan. I really love his sense of humour which is quite typically British and I’d recommend giving the channel a watch. He seems like he’d be a fun guy to hang out with.

I also really enjoy Kemushi Chan (Loretta)’s channel which is also Japan-related.

And then there’s the documentary/interview series by Rachel & Jun about being Black in Japan. It’s very interesting*.

*But I do have a lot of big problems with Brittany(one of the interviewees)’s sweeping generalisations and essentially self-hating statements about black people which glaze carelessly over deeper societal problems about the way black people are seen and, indeed, further damaging stereotypes she is (seemingly unwittingly) spreading by speaking about a whole as if it amounts to only the worst parts of itself. I feel her words lack the context and explanation to be taken at face value. Worth noting.

There’s something about listening to/watching someone experience a foreign country and try to get immersed in it while simultaneously having to overcome the peculiarities of it that is really interesting to me. I guess the reason my focus has been more on people in Japan is that there is simply much more content (it seems) of people recording their experiences in Japan because it’s so different from the west.

I’ve got lots of language apps and podcasts that have been great favourite learning tools recently, but I’ve probably rambled on enough for now!



September has been… very emotional. More job interviews, more final rounds, more final “No’s”. I’m whining and bein moaney, I know. I just miss Nikki so much! I need her logic and wisdom to sort me out! I have, however, visited an inordinate amount of bookshops and against all of my good judgement, picked up 6 books which you’ll get to know in Wednesday’s post.


Books Read

I beat my GoodReads goal this month! I finished 70 of 70 books and because I did it so early, I up-ed it to 80, and I’ve read 79 now so, woot! On a roll!

  • Codex by Lev Grossman
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  • Harry Potter & THe Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
  • Semiotics: The Basics by Daniel Chandler
  • Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
  • Perfume by Patrick Suskind
  • Yes Please! by Amy Poehler

I read so much! Well I had time to do so, I became jobless as of September 11th and I had 2 weeks to catch up on reading. I slept a lot too.

Book of the Month

This book is amazing, seriously. I’ve tried to read it at least twice before and I never managed to get into it. However, I must be severely influenced by a book’s cover because I stuck with it this time and I am thoroughly addicted to it.

This is a library copy and I’d like to get myself one quite soon.


TV: I caught up on Criminal Minds as well as NCIS this month and that’s nice. I’m not in the writing mood, I’m so sorry, I’ve got a job interview today and I’m panicked because it involves Qualitative work and I suck at that (even though that’s what I want to do for my profession, am I a glutton for pain or what). I’ve also started a new internship at a pretty competitive place and everyone is so nice and perfect, I feel short and dumpy and stupid (which, don’t roll your eyes at me, I know it’s all in my head).

Food: They’ve started selling Mince Pies again (YAYYYY!), I’ve since consumed over two 12 mince pie boxes in one week. Yup.


How was your September?

The October Bitchin’ Book Club pick is from Nikki and she chose:



About Claire (BWB)

It's Claire (aka Quirky) from Bitches With Books, an online book blog that serves up a healthy dose of book reviews, lists + literary madness.
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2 Responses to Claire x Nikki Review September 2015

  1. Anya says:

    I’m seriously jealous that you can listen to audiobooks at work, that is so awesome! I used to go through them faster, but I feel like I have less opportunity to listen these days. I really need to start reading comic books though, there seem to be so many good fantasy ones out there and I must experience them!

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