September 5th, 2018

Hello everyone! I made it to day 4 of daily blogging challenge. Today was a boring day. I woke up way later than I normally do. Since I was still congested, the day started even slower, as I had to use my neti pot again to clean my sinuses. It took me about 45 minutes to actually be ready and go to the kitchen. It was 9.30 at this point (yes, this is late for me). Hot water with lemon and honey, followed by my breakfast smoothie – almond milk, banana, spinach, and chocolate pea protein powder.

Finally, at about 11 I started my workday, doing some editing. I have to say I really love this job. When I first started out it was kinda weird. The company I work with allows you to take any orders you want, regardless of whether you know anything about the subject. Coupled with the fact that you need to edit a certain amount of orders per month, I felt the job would be really weird and hard. I mean, how can I properly edit a paper of criminology or nursing, when I haven’t studied those myself. I got to realize it’s actually quite easy and fun. And I get to learn so much in the process. Yes, it was difficult at first and I always tried to get subjects I knew. Now, I’ll take a lot of different orders, just to learn something new.

Lunch and dinner were boring and dull, and probably not that healthy, so I won’t even bother telling you what I ate. I don’t have much taste at the moment, so I’m attracted towards the less healthy options – either super salty or sugary.

Book Recommendations  – Durian Sukewaga

Sweet Bean Paste

It’s 9 p.m. now and I’m curled up in bed with a book. And since this has been all my day (I warned you it was boring!), I thought I’d talk about books. I just finished reading a book by Durian Sukewaga called Sweet Bean Paste. The main character is a known archetype in fiction. He failed at pretty much everything in life. He is far from where he wanted to be – he dreamed of being a writer, instead, he works in a confectionary shop. And he also has a criminal record, so he doesn’t have many options. Everything changes, however, when to the shop comes an elderly handicapped woman, Tokue, who offers to teach him how to make the best sweet bean paste.

It’s a book about the meaning of life, and about the harm society’s prejudices cause. About the power of friendship and following your dreams. I won’t say more because I don’t wanna spoil the book for you. If you wanna read more about it, you can find it here. I’ll say this: when it comes to fiction, I almost always choose thrillers. They are just my favorite. Durian Sukewaga was recommended to me by a friend who happens to be a librarian. I was skeptical at first because this isn’t my genre. I was not disappointed. No, the book has nothing of a thriller in it. But the end made me cry (something I rarely do with books or movies). But it also made me smile because while it was really a bittersweet ending. There’s the part that is very sad, but there is also hope.

Ryosuke’s Dream

Unfortunately, from what I could see, this book has not yet been translated into English. I read it in French (the author is Japanese, in case you were wondering). I think it has also been translated into German, but with a different title. If you speak German, just look for the name of the author. I read it immediately after Sweet Bean Paste, as I wanted everything I could find from Sukewaga. In a certain way, the theme of the book is the same. You have this guy, Ryosuke, who’s had it all and lost everything. He is now embarking on a journey that looks senseless to everyone. It is a story about following your dreams, your heart, in the midst of adversity and eventually find your own way.

If you are a book nerd like me, I highly recommend reading Durian Sukewaga. I know because of language barriers you might not be able to find all his books, but it is still totally worth it.

This concludes day 4 of my challenge. See you tomorrow!

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