Book review: Japanese Kanji Made Easy

Japanese Kanji Made Easy


Japanese Kanji Made Easy:
An Easy Step-by-Step Workbook
to Learn the Basic Japanese Kanji

To be published some time in 2023
by Lingo Mastery
155 pages
Nonfiction/ Language book/ Japanese

Ecopy received for review

You may have read that I recently decided to learn Japanese, and this has become a bit of an obsession. Actually, can you even manage to learn Japanese if you are NOT obsessed, lol?
So today, I’m presenting a very special kind of nonfiction, an ebook I just received from Lingo Mastery for review: Japanese Kanji Made Easy: An Easy Step-by-Step Workbook to Learn the Basic Japanese Kanji.

I already have two books published by Lingo Mastery, on Hiragana and Katakana (two of the 3 Japanese alphabets). I like the way they work, so I was thrilled with this one on Kanji.
And obviously, you first need to master hiragana and katakana to be able to fully enjoy kanji learning.

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Nonfiction November 2022: New on my TBR

Nonfiction November 2022

#nonfictionbookparty: Instagram Daily Challenge
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Here is the topic for Week 5:
New to my TBR
hosted by Jaymi @ The OC Book Girl

New to My TBR : It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books!
Which ones have made it onto your TBR?
Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book!

November ended up being more busy than expected, so I didn’t visit as many bloggers as intended. But looking back at the nonfiction books I added on my TBR in Nonfiction November 2021, I realized I only read 3 out of 17.
So I guess it’s not a bad thing I’m not adding as many this year!
Here they are, with the blog where I found them:


1. Thirteen Ways to Smell a Tree: Getting to know trees through the language of scent, by David George Haskell

A Web of Stories

2. The Dark Queens: The Bloody Rivalry that Forged the Medieval World by Shelley Puhak

Book’d Out

3. The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret World of Sleep, by Guy Leschziner

Let’s read

4. The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, by Peter Frankopan


5. Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer’s Guide, by Cecily Wong
6. I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life, by Ed Yong

What’s Nonfiction?

7. The Return of the Russian Leviathan, by Sergei Medvedev

This November, I actually added 6 more titles, but the source was not participants in Nonfiction November:

  1. The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human, by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  2. Web3 Simplified – A Beginners Guide to Blockchain, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, NFT’s, the Metaverse and more, by Steve Sarner
  3. The Art of Memory, by Frances A. Yates
  4. Englishwoman in America, by Isabella Lucy Bird
  5. The Life of Isabella Bird, by Anna M. Stoddart
  6. Six Walks in the Fictional Woods, by Umberto Eco


Nonfiction November 2022: Worldview Changers

Nonfiction November 2022

#nonfictionbookparty: Instagram Daily Challenge
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Here is the topic for Week 4:
Worldview Changers
hosted by Rebekah @ She Seeks Nonfiction

One of the greatest things about reading nonfiction
is learning all kinds of things about our world
which you never would have known without it.
There’s the intriguing, the beautiful, the appalling, and the profound.
What nonfiction book (or books) has impacted the way you see the world
in a powerful way?
Do you think there is one book that everyone needs to read
for a better understanding of the world we live in? 

No hesitation here, THE one book I read this year, that was a MAJOR eye opener on our (digital) world is

L'Enfer numérique

Click on the cover to read my review in English. I included a lot of details and the topics covered.
Here is my overall verdict:
VERDICT: A major eye-opener and a punch in the stomach: how I am polluting the world with my use of internet and electronics, and what I can do to limit the problem. Probably the most inspiring book I will read in 2022.

And the good news is that it’s supposed to finally come out in English on September 4, 2023 by Scribe Us (pushed back from March!!)
336 pages, Paperback
9781957363011 (ISBN10: 1957363010)
The English cover doesn’t seem available yet, but the marketing page is here. with good details on the book as well.
“A gripping new investigation into the underbelly of digital technology, which addresses the pressing question of the carbon footprint it leaves behind. In a sort of news thriller, the author reveals not only how costly the virtual world is, but how damaging it is to the environment.”

This needs to be on your pre-order list!