The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami is a Japanese surrealist children’s novel about a young boy, a girl, and a strange fucking sheep dude that are trying to escape a creepy library. This was my very first Borzoi book (i.e.: has unique emphasis on details such as card stocks, illustrations and overall craftsmanship of the book) and it’s one I won’t be forgetting anytime soon!
The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata is a Japanese literature novel taking place in the traditional city of Kyōto, Japan and follows a young woman named Chieko as she starts to uncover mysterious bits of her past.
Parade by Shūichi Yoshida is a Japanese psychological mystery story about four distinct individuals who all reside in a small two-bedroom Tokyo apartment. How these four came to be together is a matter of happenstance due to life’s quirky humour. They end up developing a friendship that they don’t even realise exists.
Earthlings by Sayaka Murata is an own-voices Japanese fiction novel by acclaimed author of Convenience Store Woman. The story follows a young lady named Natsuki who as a child was an outcast in the eyes of her parents and sister, and whose only friend was a plush toy hedgehog named Piyyut. Piyyut explained to her that he was a visitor from a far away planet named Popinpobopia on a very special quest to help Natsuki save Earth.
With the paranoia of wondering what the last month of 2020 would toss into our lives before hitting that finish line, I was not able to read nearly as many books as I had hoped to. Even so, I did find some amazing gems in what small stack that I did manage to complete, and I shall celebrate the heck out of that feat.
I am a stress-shopper, particularly a stress-book-shopper. When my anxiety and overall stress from life becomes too much to bear, I go on unhealthy shopping sprees. Luckily, ever since I have obtained a library card, this bad habit of mine has been reigned in quite miraculously. However, over the past few weeks life has kicked…