Haruki Murakami

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

If you have been following my blog for the past few years, you would know that I am a big fan of Haruki Murakami. Who isn’t? Under my A to Z Review Index you can see a string of Murakami’s books reviewed under M. “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” sold more than one million … Continue reading

South of the Border, West of the Sun

I have been keeping South of the Border, West of the Sun close to my heart because there is only a handful Haruki Murakami’s books (in fact, three more) I haven’t read and I wanted it to be special. As the first few pages of the book turn, it bears resemblance to the Norwegian Wood … Continue reading

1Q84 : Haruki Murakami

There were several reasons why I had to read this book, series, whatever you call it. All 1001 pages of it. First, Haruki Murakami is my favourite author. Second, 1984 is one of my favourite books of all time. Third, the book is so hot that all of them were checked out from the library. … Continue reading

Dance, Dance, Dance like your life depends on it

It is difficult to write about a book you have finished awhile ago and it is even hard to write a review about Murakami’s books without sounding like a sycophant or Murakami Groupie that goes on and on to say how fantastic his books are… but the truth is : I love this one!!!! 😀 … Continue reading

Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche

Long before the Tsunami and Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear disaster happened this year, the year 1995 recorded twin disasters of the Kobe Earthquake and the Underground gas attack in Japan.  Underground (アンダーグラウンド Andāguraundo?, 1997–1998) is a book by Haruki Murakami about the 1995 Aum Shinrikyo sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway. It is a collection … Continue reading

What I talk about when I talk about running

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. So said Haruki Murakami’s mantra for running. I hate monotonous sport. Running is one. I like my sport to be mind stimulating. I can’t run 200m without giving up because I grew up with a bad lung but I admire people who could run for miles and miles. I, … Continue reading


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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City

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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)