I have been working on my speaking skills at the expense of my reading skills. Not that I’m not trying though. The problem is that the books that I bought are above my levels even though those are my current interests. I bought 氷菓, ふたりの距離の概算novel after watching the anime, then also bought ビブリア古書堂の事件手帖 novel because the drama was very interesting. Those were partially read. Unfortunately I am still at the manga level. I’ve devoured a few Japanese mangas such as ブラックバード , 恋だの愛だの, and となりの怪物くん. However, I’m pretty frustrated not to be able to read novels because of kanji problems. And JLPT N1 is just a month away.
Last week I think I found my match: ブラザーズ コンフリクト light novels. Those are presented mostly in dialogue formats, so it’s easily understood. Kanji are also easy because it’s mostly daily conversation.
Other books that I am reading to get up to speed: Modern Japanese: An Advanced Reader by Gen Itasaka, Seiichi Makino, and Kikuko Yamashita by Kodansha International. I think these books (text and vocabulary/notes) are helpful, even if a little bit too dry. Who cares about the cultural development of Japanese monkey?
I’ll see what happens at end of October. Hopefully by this time I’ll have finished the Kanzen Master Grammar and can devote November for reading and listening.