I’m growing Old

Yeah, another year passed by. From Yippeee I’m turning 18 to today.. Fuck, where’d the year go?

I know it’s too soon to worry about the creaking joints and all but the whole trap of adulthood is falling on me.

I’m 3% excited, 80% indifferent and 7% nostalgic. But well, the world makes up for it when for the first time your crush texts you first (if only to wish happy birthday) and you complete one year anniversary with one special friend.

Our conversation was just deep man. I really effing appreciate you being in my life. Thanks.

Another thanks and I’m sorry to the people I avoided because I was listening to good music on the radio. I chose music over you.. It’ll always be like that but if you stick with me even after all that, well then I guess you really are good friends.

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After the Quake by Haruki Murakami

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My Ratings: 5/5 stars

Genre: Short stories, Contemporary literature


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The six stories in Haruki Murakami’s mesmerizing collection are set at the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, when Japan became brutally aware of the fragility of its daily existence. But the upheavals that afflict Murakami’s characters are even deeper and more mysterious, emanating from a place where the human meets the inhuman.
An electronics salesman who has been abruptly deserted by his wife agrees to deliver an enigmatic package—and is rewarded with a glimpse of his true nature. A man who has been raised to view himself as the son of God pursues a stranger who may or may not be his human father. A mild-mannered collection agent receives a visit from a giant talking frog who enlists his help in saving Tokyo from destruction. As haunting as dreams, as potent as oracles, the stories in After the Quake are further proof that Murakami is one of the most visionary writers at work today.

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Dirty Red by Tarryn Fisher

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(Book#2 of Love me with Lies)

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My Ratings: 4/5 stars

Genre: Romance, New Adult


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Dear Opportunist,
You thought you could take him from me, but you lost. Now, that he’s mine I’ll do anything to keep him. Do you doubt me? I have everything that was supposed to be yours. In case you were wondering; he doesn’t ever think about you anymore. I won’t let him go….ever.
Dirty Red

Leah Smith finally has everything she has ever wanted. Except she doesn’t. Her marriage feels more like a loan than a lifelong commitment, and the image she has worked so hard to build is fraying before her eyes. With a new role and a past full of secrets, Leah must decide how far she is willing to go to keep what she has stolen.
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The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher

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(Book #1 of Love me With Lies)

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My Ratings: 4/5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Romance


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Olivia Kaspen has just discovered that her ex-boyfriend, Caleb Drake, has lost his memory. With an already lousy reputation for taking advantage of situations, Olivia must decide how far she is willing to go to get Caleb back. Wrestling to keep her true identity and their sordid past under wraps, Olivia’s greatest obstacle is Caleb’s wicked, new girlfriend; Leah Smith. It is a race to the finish as these two vipers engage in a vicious tug of war to possess a man who no longer remembers them. But, soon enough Olivia must face the consequences of her lies, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.  Continue reading

Am I done with YA?

If you’ve noticed, I’m going through what you might call a Murakami Phase. I recently finished my fifth Murakami novel so far and my current read is also a book by Murakami namely ‘After the quake’. You might also notice the recent drop in my YA reading. Somehow, I am unable to go back to reading YA after tackling a few great classics and of course Murakami who for me is the perfect blend of Classic and YA or if I dare say it, he has a genre of his own.

I don’t know if I would ever go back to reading YA like I used to. Even the continuations of books I already adore haven’t captured my attention enough to drag me back to the YA world. Our dark Duet and A conjuring of light  are still unread though I loved the previous books. I did try reading a couple pages and though I found it to be interesting, my mind kept wandering.

My TBR is still jampacked with such great YA suggestions like The Hate you give, Morning star, Kingkiller chronicles etc.

I even tried reading Tarryn fisher because she is the one who brings me out of reading slump but this time, even she couldn’t help. And I disliked Atheists who kneel and pray.

So I am thinking, is this it for YA novels for me?

And if its not, which GREAT YA book would you suggest to lure me back?

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After Dark by Haruki Murakami

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Ratings: 5/5 stars


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The midnight hour approaches in an almost empty all-night diner. Mari sips her coffee and glances up from a book as a young man, a musician, intrudes on her solitude. Both have missed the last train home.
Later, Mari is interrupted again by a girl from the Alphaville Hotel; a Chinese prostitute has been hurt by a client, and she needs Mari’s help.
Meanwhile Mari’s beautiful sister Eri sleeps a deep, heavy sleep that is ‘to perfect, too pure’ to be normal; she has lain asleep for two months. But tonight a the digital clock displays 00:00, a hint of life flickers across the TV screen, though the television’s plug has been pulled out.
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South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami

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MY RATINGS: 4/5 STARS

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction


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Growing up in the suburbs in post-war japan, it seemed to Hajime that everyone but him had brothers and sisters. His sole companion was Shimamoto, also an only child. Together they spent long afternoons listening to her father’s record collections. but when his family moved away, the two lost touch.

Now Hajime is in his thirties. After a decade of drifting he has found happiness with his loving wife and two daughters, and success running a jazz bar. Then Shimamoto reappears. She is beautiful, intense, enveloped in mystery.

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