A lot of the questions here are out of my understanding, simply because I started learning Japanese not so long ago. Although I don't understand a lot, I love more than anything the questions about the origin of a word or "why those kanjis means this or that".
I tried to look on the internet somewhere where I could have a complete (as much as possible) history of the Japanese language but didn't find a lot.
I started learning Japanese language because I like a lot the little I know about it's culture, history and mythology but I would like to dive right in.
Can anyone recommend a book on the history of the Japanese language, a book on Japan history (the book doesn't have to go into great details but I would love a book that goes as far back as possible to recent events) and a book on it's mythology. I found some books but I cannot tell if they are good or not. I also would like (if possible) to avoid the "school-books" because a lot of the time they are not too interesting and jumps over some aspects that I would have liked to know.
I know this question might be a bit off for the japanese.stackexchange but I would like some book recommendations and why they are good.
I hope it's not too much trouble.