I was only able to finish two books this quarter. I have suddenly lost motivation to read anything and believe me I have been trying.

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami // ★★★☆☆ 

I’ve read a lot of Murakami’s books by now and I can say that this book didn’t blow me out of my mind. It’s another collection of short stories but this was, I feel, is the weakest. Some of the stories are complete waste of time (although some reviews say it’s connected to his other novels but I probably forgot it already) and there are only a handful that will blow you out of your mind. If you’re looking for a nice Murakami short story collection this isn’t the one. I think The Elephant Vanishes is a better collection.

The most frightening thing in the world is our own self.

The Mirror by Hanukkah Murakami

The Other Hand by Chris Cleave // ★★☆☆☆

Dislike is a strong word but dare I say, I really disliked this book. The two stars is just there because I know if I just understood the fights of immigrants and asylum seekers in the UK better, I would connect with it even more. It’s a nice book but the story wasn’t connecting with me. 😦

It’s a story of two women whose lives were connected years ago. One woman was on a holiday with his husband and trying to fix their marriage while the other woman was running away from murderers who killed her tribe and family. One of them made a sacrifice that would forever haunt their lives.

The plot itself was good but reading it was painfully slow and there was just to much hype on the book’s cover. I felt betrayed when I was reading it because I was expecting life changing when all I got was a story I couldn’t connect with. I didn’t like this book not because the story isn’t an important story to tell but rather it’s not something I know of or can relate to. It’s not the author’s fault. It’s my fault.

I’m in dire need of new books to read. I accept any recommendations or if you have book reviews, comment it below and let’s see if I can get out of my slump for the last quarter of 2019.

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