It seems like winter has returned with a vengeance here! Still, it was a good excuse to trek around some bookshops for National Bookshop Day on Saturday. Of course I bought several books, but first, what actually arrived in the letterbox this week… Thanks to Hachette Australia, Penguin UK and Goodreads and I had two…… Continue reading Mailbox Monday 10/8/15
In brief: Tsukuru used to be part of a wonderful group of friends. But suddenly, they cut him off while he was at university. Years later, Tsukuru bears the scars and doesn’t know why. Until his girlfriend asks him to find out… The good: It’s Murakami and my edition is so beautiful! The not-so-good: It’s…… Continue reading Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
I’d like to say I don’t know where last week went, but sadly I do – it was back to work in full swing with additional extras. I didn’t get to read very much, which made me a bit sad and grumpy. Fortunately, I was able to take some time to relax and read a…… Continue reading Mailbox Monday 25/8/14: Mega Melbourne edition
I can’t believe it’s August already! That means there a whole month of exciting new releases to add to my wishlist (thank goodness for the internet, otherwise my notebooks would be overflowing). Here are the books I’ve picked for the month that I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on. Please note that all…… Continue reading Exciting new book releases for August 2014
I was surfing the internet this week looking for book news (please say it’s not just me that does this!) when I stumbled upon the beautiful cover design for the latest Haruki Murakami novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. This book will be released on August 12th 2014 in Australia (that’s a…… Continue reading Cover revealed for the new Haruki Murakami novel!
In brief: Hajime reminisces on the women of his youth. All is well until his childhood friend, Shimamoto returns to his life – how will Hajime react to a second chance? The good: Vintage Murakami – the love, loss, longing and rumination. The not-so-good: Some may find similar tones to Norwegian Wood and Sputnik Sweetheart.…… Continue reading South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
Wow, last week was such a busy week that it just flew by! I did have some fun though and met the author Rachael Johns at a library event. It was incredibly interesting! I also ate a lot of good food and then did some overtime to pay for the good food…and good books! I…… Continue reading Mailbox Monday 18/2/13
A quick rundown… The story of two seemly unconnected people in Tokyo in 1984 and the mysterious things that are taking place. Strengths: Absolutely fantastic writing that captures the heart and imagination; the story will remain with you long after you’ve finished. Weaknesses: The ARC copy I had occasionally repeated extraneous details. Why I read…… Continue reading 1Q84 (Books 1 & 2) by Haruki Murakami
Yes, I’m very, very excited. Thanks to Readings Books, I’ll be taking part in their Uncorrected Proof Book Club next month, reading Haruki Murakami’s new book, 1Q84! This book looks to be very exciting, shifting between the story of two characters with some typical Murakami twists and surreal experiences. I can’t wait! This book will be released in…… Continue reading I’ll be reading Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 in September!
These are (usually) shorter reviews I wrote on books before I decided to start my blog. Although short, I hope they provide a quick overview of the book! After the Quake: Stories by Haruki Murakami I’m not usually a fan of short stories, but Murakami’s are brilliant. He paints such an intricate world in your mind…… Continue reading Mini Book Reviews: April 2010