Friday, 4 May 2018

50/50 Friday - Best/Worst Book in April

50/50 Friday is hosted at The Butterfly Reader and at Blue Eye Books.

What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favourite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday (something bookish of course!). If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!

This week's topic: Best/Worst Book in April

I'm happy to shout about my best April book because I really do think it is brilliant! Written in Japanese in the 1970s, it's only just been translated into English (thank you Penguin!) Click the cover or title to visit my book review. Well worth a read!

Territory Of Light by Yuko Tsushima
My Book of the Month!

The Book Depository : from £9.99 (PB)
Wordery : unavailable
Waterstones : from £9.99 (PB)
Amazon : from £4.45 (PB)
Prices and availability may have changed since this post was written

It is Spring. A young woman, left by her husband, starts a new life in a Tokyo apartment. Territory of Light follows her over the course of a year, as she struggles to bring up her two-year-old daughter alone. Her new home is filled with light, streaming through the windows, so bright you have to squint, but she finds herself plummeting deeper into darkness; becoming unstable, untethered. As the months come and go, and the seasons turn, she must confront what she has lost and what she will become.

My worst April book just wasn't right for me and I DNF'd it at about 10%. It's a prize winner in China though so don't let my negativity put you off trying it!

Someone To Talk To by Liu Zhenyun

The Book Depository : from £17.99 (PB)
Wordery : from £16.36 (PB)
Waterstones : from £17.99 (PB)
Amazon : from £13.16 (used PB)
Prices and availability may have changed since this post was written

Tofu peddler Yang Baishun is a man of few words and few friends. Unable to find meaningful companionship, he settles for a marriage of convenience. When his wife leaves him for another man he is left to care for his five-year-old stepdaughter Qiaoling, who is subsequently kidnapped, never to be seen by Yang again.

You can see everyone else's 50/50 Friday posts at The Butterfly Reader and at Blue Eye Books, and find out what next week's prompt will be.


  1. Territory of Light sounds so good! I haven't read too many books that take place in Japan and I don't think I've read any by Japanese authors so it's definitely time to start. I think I may also give Someone to Talk to a shot too. It's the same sort of story as Japanese (Asia in general I'm just not very well versed in and I want to improve on that)! Thanks for linking up, Stephanie!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. Hope you like them :-)
      I'm coming to discover your April choices!

  2. Territory Of Light is one I've got to read. It sounds amazing and that's so cool that it's been translated. I need to read more international books.

    Thanks for linking up!

    1. I thought it was brilliant. Definitely want to read more Yuko Tsushima!

  3. I don't often read translations but Territory of Light sounds worth a read. Thanks for putting that one on my radar!

    1. Hope you get to read it! I love finding unusual novels so read quite a few translations :-)