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Book Review | Strange Weather In Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami

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Strange Weather In Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami

Tsukiko is in her late 30s and living alone when one night she happens to meet one of her former high school teachers, 'Sensei', in a bar. He is at least thirty years her senior, retired and, she presumes, a widower. After this initial encounter, the pair continue to meet occasionally to share food and drink sake, and as the seasons pass - from spring cherry blossom to autumnal mushrooms - Tsukiko and Sensei come to develop a hesitant intimacy which tilts awkwardly and poignantly into love.

Perfectly constructed, funny, and moving, Strange Weather in Tokyo is a tale of modern Japan and old-fashioned romance.


Published: May 2014
Publishers: Portobello Books

Form of Reading: Paperback

Pages: 176

Goodreads Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Review

I've heard very little about Hiromi Kawakami, I remember seeing it as a recommends purchase on Amazon and just bought it willy-nilly. Judging from the blurb at the start, it definitely seemed that the r…

Book Review | One True Loves by Taylor Reid |

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One True Loves by Taylor Reid

In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one…

Book Review | Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg

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Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg

Published: 1956
Published Edition: February 2009
Publishers: Penguin Classic

Form of Reading: Paperback

Pages: 118

Goodreads Star Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐

Review

I picked up this book because it was in connection to Gilmore Girls, it was the first book where Rory and Jess both discovered that they love reading it. I basically bought it because of that and I had no idea who Allen Ginsberg was before I read the book.

This book is powerful and heartfelt, it tackles with society through the eyes of Ginsberg. There are a relation to politics and homophobia during the 50s, each of Ginsberg's poems is telling a story whether if it's about his family or about certain people he has crossed paths. His work is strong and honest which I can now understand why people love his work.

I enjoyed reading Howl, America and The End.

Favourite Quotes

“America when will we end the human war?
Go fuck yourself with your atom bomb”


“I saw the best minds of my gener…

One Tree Hill Playlist Book Tag (Original)

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How are you?

If you have seen my previous blog post, I have created my very own book tag. I mixed and mashed the playlist tag and included the elements of One Tree Hill.

If you want to see the entire blog post with the questions and descriptions, click here.

So this blog post is me answering the questions to the tag. There might be some spoilers, if you haven't read the book I am mentioning, sorry.


1. I Don't Wanna Be - Gavin Degraw: A book/series that centres on family

We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson

Even though is a horror novel, it does centre around family.


2. Linoleum - NOFX: Your favourite scene in a book/series where the main characters meet.

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

Tatiana and Alexander's first meet was on a bus and how they sat on the bus refusing to get off, just to get a small glimpse of each other. I cannot stop smiling about it because it was so cute.




3. Stay Away - The Honorary Title: A book /series that has a …

The One Tree Hill Playlist Book Tag (ORIGINAL)

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How are you?

I have been wanting to create my own book tag and I wanted it to be something unique but also very fun.

For the last couple of weeks, I have been watching old episodes of One Tree Hill and even have a playlist on Spotify called One Tree Hill Memory Lane. I had an idea to create a One Tree Hill Book Tag but unfortunately, there are already two books tags with the title. So I thought I would go into a musical route and create a book tag with the music that has been featured on the show.

*Note: Some of the questions are mostly related to the show and some are more related to the song itself.*

*2nd Note: It's about 15 songs, I didn't want to make ten questions because there are so many songs that have been featured on the show that I want to have a wide variety for this tag*

Questions

1. I Don't Wanna Be - Gavin Degraw
Obviously, start this book tag with the theme song itself. The show itself is about fathers and sons and the song relates to how Luca…

Book Review | North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell |

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Sorry that I have been MIA, I've been in a reading/blogging slump and felt that I needed a couple of days to step away from here until I find inspiration to blog more. I want to blog more, I want to be more active here and I didn't want to force myself to do something when I am not feeling up for it.

Anyway, here is my book review of North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. I hope you like it.


North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

North and South depicts a young woman discovering herself, in a nuanced portrayal of what divides people, and what brings them together.

Elizabeth Gaskell's compassionate, richly dramatic novel features one of the most original and fully-rounded female characters in Victorian fiction, Margaret Hale. It shows how forced to move from the country to an industrial town, she develops a passionate sense of social justice and a turbulent relationship with mill-owner John Thornton.


Published: 1854
Published Edition: April 2012
Publishers: Penguin Cla…

Exodus '95 by Kfir Luzzatto | Book Review

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Exodus '95 by Kfir Luzzatto

Claire, a young graphic designer, learns a secret that her dying New York neighbour has kept for twenty years: the whereabouts of Moses’ Biblical staff.

Claire needs the help of an Israeli engineer and the money of a Russian oligarch to recover the staff before her body betrays her. But first, she needs to stay alive in a race with fanatics, who will do anything to keep the staff from coming to light.

Then the LORD said to Moses: Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.


Published: May 1st, 2017
Publishers: PINE TEN

Form of Reading: Kindle

Pages: 309

Goodreads Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Review

I received an email in the middle of March by Luzzatto requesting me to read his new published book. From reading the blurb I was expecting the book to focus on the look for the staff and giving it a backstory for readers who don't know anything about it.I originally thoug…