5 Life and Writing Lessons From A World Famous Author
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5 Life and Writing Lessons From A World Famous Author

His latest work though is a very different kind of book. Instead of creating worlds in a well or alternate universes through tunnels, Murakami has released a book about his experiences as a career author, and in it, he details all the highs and lows of what it is really like to write books for over 35 years. In this book, he talks about each section being a speech rather than an essay or memoir, and I feel like that is perhaps the best way to think of this book. It does feel like Murakami is talking to you – delivering a speech at a graduation or event. Considering that Murakami rarely makes public appearances, he does this kind of speech writing well. Continue reading

Review of Bae Suah’s “Untold Night and Day”: reflections and repetitions
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Review of Bae Suah’s “Untold Night and Day”: reflections and repetitions

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. I received Bae Suah’s novel as an Easter present. Considering we are all in lock-down at the moment, I welcomed a new book to read. I am a fan of Korean literature … Continue reading

Review of Sayaka Murata’s “Convenience Store Woman”: fitting into the capitalist ideal
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Review of Sayaka Murata’s “Convenience Store Woman”: fitting into the capitalist ideal

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. I am a lover of Japanese literature. I studied Japanese in primary school (but it sadly is not one of the languages that stuck in my head), and I have had an … Continue reading

What the self-help book “The Courage to Be Disliked” gets right and wrong
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What the self-help book “The Courage to Be Disliked” gets right and wrong

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. I bought The Courage to Be Disliked because I was curious to learn more about what the book had to offer. There has been an explosion of self-help literature in the 21st … Continue reading

Stepping outside your comfort zone with “Britt-Marie Was Here”: a review of Fredrik Backman’s novel
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Stepping outside your comfort zone with “Britt-Marie Was Here”: a review of Fredrik Backman’s novel

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. Swedish author Fredrik Backman has become quite the buzz-worthy author of late with his books appearing all over my bookish social media feeds. His first novel, A Man Called Ove became extremely … Continue reading

“The Embalmer”: an exploration of our complicated relationship with death
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“The Embalmer”: an exploration of our complicated relationship with death

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. The Embalmer by Anne-Renee Caille is an uneasy survey of death, our relationship with it, and the people who work with death on a regular basis. The novel is written in poetic … Continue reading

Bound2Books Reading Challenge
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Bound2Books Reading Challenge

In the busy world that we live in, it can be difficult to make time and find the time to read. Some people might even question, why bother reading at all? There are countless articles about the benefits of reading: lowering stress levels, helping anxiety, improving concentration, increasing learning, building empathy… But that is not … Continue reading

The Not So Elegant Hedgehog: a review of Muriel Barbery’s novel, “The Elegance of the Hedgehog”
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The Not So Elegant Hedgehog: a review of Muriel Barbery’s novel, “The Elegance of the Hedgehog”

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. I feel that I should start this review by saying that I have wanted to read this book for such a long time. After discovering the book, I thought that the title … Continue reading