January Favorite

It’s time to announce my favorite book of January and that is 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (click on the title to read a full review).

Even though that was not a 5 star book, I do have a weakness for Murakami. I didn’t really love all of his books and this one was a little above average. It was full of creativity and it also had a complex plot. I’m sure I will never read a book similar to this one, even though it left me with many unanswered questions and the ending was kinda disappointing.

I also picked this one because 98% of the books I have read in January were pretty bad and this was the best option.

 

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Two moons are there for us to share.

As you might know, Murakami is one of my sweethearts and I’m close to reading all of his books (so far). This time was 1Q84‘s round.

Rating: 3/5.

I started this book with some big expectations but he didn’t really reach them.
For a book that has like 1000 pages in which Murakami could spill all his creativity in and play with it however he would like to, I was not that impressed. Of course, he had this crazy idea of another world, little people make air chrysalisis, every person is pretty much split in two (a dohta and a maza), weird religions, disturbing scenes and two moons, it had a lot of things. But it still lacked a special “spice”.

While reading, of course you make up a lot of theories and ideas that this might be that and so on but as usual he leaves you pretty confused.
What I do believe that happened in 1Q84 was that the people were split. For example, while Aomame was in hiding and the NHK fee collector always came to knock on the door and disturb her (same as what happened to Ushikawa in hiding) was actually Tengo’s father that while in coma was “knocking” on his bed and Tengo actually told him to get over it because he is not an NHK collector anymore. But that’s what he knew to do best.
Another example for that was the moment when Tengo did it with Fuka Eri… more like Fuka Eri with him… he managed not to get Fuka Eri pregnant, but Aomame. I believe those were connected too.

In the end, while many of us, Murakami lovers, have been looking for his book’s meaning, we just have to get used to the fact that this book has no meaning just like most of them. He’s just entertaining us with an otherworldly fantasy in which nothing that we ever think that could happen actually takes place.

 

 

2018 Bookish Resolutions

I put a little thought into this and I hope this year I can blog more.

I hope I will get more ideas of subjects and I aspire to be more creative and paying more attention to it.

Since I just moved to USA a few months ago, I don’t have my own bookshelf yet but I plan on building one as soon as I can with some help from my husband. Gonna try to do that in the time when we’re not planning our wedding (yes, april 22nd is the big day). I found some good ideas on pinterest and I hope I can apply them to my first bookshelf ever. I will probably share the progress on my blog.

I plan on developing my bookstagram skills (which are 0). I don’t have enough merch around the house and I feel like all my ideas are already taken and I can’t bring anything new “to the table” but I’m trying from time to time to take a picture or two of my books just because I like taking pictures of them. I don’t get any bad feedback so that’s good.
I hope I can buy a good camera too for that… and not only for that.

I also thought of starting a youtube channel with bookhauls and book reviews, I find it so much easier to just talk about them freely instead of writing it down, I just can’t make myself do it. I recorded myself once and I enjoyed it but I ended up deleting it just because I’m too self-conscious and I wouldn’t have the guts to upload it. God forbid
anyone I know finds it. I don’t plan on doing it this year necessarily but it’s just a thought I’m throwing in.

Also, another goal this year is to get as many subscription boxes I can and afford. I got my first Owlcrate in December (I’m gonna blog about that too after I take some legit pictures) and I fell in love with it. I definitely want as many as I can now from different brands so if anyone has any recommendations, feel free to let me know.

When it comes to writing, I want to continue writing poems as many as I can and maybe in the future even publish my own poetry book although that seems so impossible to me at this point, I just hope I can make it some time.

2018 books to read:

♥All the Murakami books that are left
♥I also want to finish all the series I started
♥Hopefully this year I will read Catch 22 cause I want to read it so bad!
♥At least one Agatha Christie book per month (I want to read all her books)
♥As many Stephen King books as I can (I also want to read all of them too)
♥Generation One by Pittacus Lore
♥Monster by Michael Grant
♥Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

Does any of you guys have any bookish resolutions for 2018?

30 Days Book Challenge: Day 13.

Your favorite writer

This one’s difficult. My top favorite writers in no particular order are Lang Leav, Colleen Hoover, Stephen King and Haruki Murakami. Now if you’ve read any of their books (or more) you would understand why I’m so indecisive.

Lang Leav inspires me to write my own poems and she’s the only one that got to my heart through a few words and never forget her and also her books have the cutest covers ever.

Colleen Hoover illuminated me and I realised I love the new adult genre (tho I haven’t read many new adult books). She’s just something else for me and if I’m in the mood for a couple to die for and a great love story she’s my first option.

I love Stephen King for being the only one to give me the creeps. I love that he writes a lot and you always have something to read from him. His horror books are so well balanced that no matter how long they are you won’t ever get bored because he knows how to write so the reader is entertained constantly.

Now Haruki Murakami will always have a special place in my heart for his literature. I’ve read almost all of his books (I’m missing Pinball 1973 and the 1q84 series)but if you want something different and I really mean different. Different like super unique and creative that you have never thought about, go for it. Go read Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World or Kafka on the Shore for starters. I still am extremely impressed by him and I miss reading one of his books cause it always gave me such a nice vibe that I only found in his books. By saying this I might even consider jumping on the 1q84 next.

Murakami’s music

I’m a huge fan of Haruki Murakami’s books and one of the things that made me love him was his taste in music and the artists and song mentioned throughout the stories so I’m gonna share with you my favorite songs mentioned in a few of his books (might update it as soon as I collect some more songs because I still have to read a few books from him).

Here are the book titles and my favorite song(s) from them:

A WILD SHEEP CHASE: Beirut-Elephant Gun

DANCE DANCE DANCE: Audrey Hepburn- Moon River.  Led Zeppelin-Whole Lotta Love. Beach Boys-Dance Dance Dance. Bob Dylan-The Times They Are A-Changing. Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar.

HARD-BOILED WONDERLAND AND THE END OF THE WORLD: Ottis Redding-Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay. Bob Dylan-Blowin’ In The Wind. Marvin Gaye-I Heard It Through The Grapevine. Peter & Gordon- I Go To Pieces. Steppenwolf-Born To Be Wild.

KAFKA ON THE SHORE: The Beatles-Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Prince-Little Red Corvette.

NORWEGIAN WOOD: The Beatles-Norwegian Wood. The Beatles- Yesterday (live.they’re so cute). The Beatles-Penny Lane. The Beatles-Blackbird. The Beatles-And I Love Her. The Beatles- Eleanor Rigby. Cream-White Room. The Doors-People Are Strange. The Drifters-Up On The Roof. The Rolling Stones-Jumping Jack Flash. David Bowie-Ashes To Ashes.

THE ELEPHANT VANISHES: The Doors-Light My Fire. Bruce Springsteen-Born In The U.S.A.

WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING: The Rolling Stones-Sympathy For The Devil. The Lovin Spoonful-Do You Believe In Magic.

I hope you’re gonna enjoy them at least as much as I do.