This 2019, I’ve decided to start a reading challenge on Goodreads. My goal is to finish twelve books. I know it’s a very safe goal (one book per month) but I didn’t want to be overwhelmed by my goal and end up not enjoying what I’m reading. Anyway, the first quarter of 2019 went extremely well. I’ve read four books and I’m excited to share with you some of my thoughts about it.
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami //★★★☆☆
I’m a big fan of Mr. Murakami. I love how he takes me to a different realm and lets my imagination take over. I, however, didn’t enjoy this book. I didn’t like how there was two different stories. What’s worse is each story can stand on it’s own. There was too much going on and at times I’d get confused. I’d try to connect the two stories and end up having more questions than having realizations. It’s not that I didn’t like it, it’s more of I didn’t understand it. There are some books that he’s written that I just couldn’t understand. I’m putting this book on that shelf. Maybe in a couple of months I will reread it again and have a better understanding of it.
The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami // ★★★★☆
This book is a compilation of short stories. If you haven’t read anything from Murakami, I’d recommend you to get this book to get a feel of how writes. It has a lot of good stories but it also has those that make you go “what did I just read“.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I liked how even the stories were short, it had a message and it still connects with the reader. I love the way Murakami writes. He makes me feel like my interpretation of the book is correct even if another reader has a completely different interpretation of it.
You have to make an effort to always look at the good side, always think about the good things. Then you’ve got nothing to be afraid of. If something bad comes up, you do more thinking at that point.
After Dark by Haruki Murakami // ★★★★☆
This is another Murakami book I’d recommend if you’ve never read anything from him. The whole book happened in a span of an evening. Even if the time frame was very short, it still packed a lot of punch. It cut through to my soul, made me question my life and relationship with my sister, and made me hope for a better tomorrow. I enjoyed this book because even if the plot was relatively simple (for a Murakami book) it still affected me. I often found myself taking a break from reading it and go reflect. I honestly think that’s what Murakami you to do. He wants his readers enjoy the process of reading and then let them interpret his books in their own way. There’s no right or wrong.
So don’t settle for anything less. In this world there are things you can only do alone, and things you can only do with someone else. It’s important to combine the two in just the right amount.
Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton // ★★★★★
I loved this book. It has perfectly captured each person’s own story. It reminds you to be kind because you never really know what another person might be going through or went through. I loved how it has reminded me that everyone is just doing the best they can as they live their own lives. If anything, reading this book reminded me to be kind. I recommend you to read it if you want to go through a wave of emotions or want to be more appreciative of what you have.