Bookending Winter 2019 Announcement!

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It’s almost time for the Bookending Winter event!

Fellow bookbloggers Sam @ Fictionally Sam and Clo @ Cuppa Clo organize Bookend Events each season to bring the book blogging community closer together & inspire each other with fun prompts. There will be a prompt for each day of December, and to participate you have to do a minimum of 3 of them. Sounds doable, right? I had a lot of fun with this event last year (which this picture is actually from— I haven’t set up a Christmas tree yet).

This year, I’m going to be one of the hosts! My hosting dates are the 16th – 18th of December and you can expect following from me: Continue reading “Bookending Winter 2019 Announcement!”

The Ending of Murakami’s Hard-Boiled Wonderland | Spoilers

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WARNING. This post contains spoilers. If you want to read a spoiler free review of the book click here. If you’ve already read the book and you’re up for a discussion about its ending, carry on—

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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami | Book Review

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This is a spoiler-free (or at least spoiler-light) review of this book. If you’ve already read it, perhaps you’ll enjoy a discussion about its ending (look out for my second post of today).

I can’t even remember how long ago I thought ‘I should read some Murakami’ and bought this book. I didn’t read it then. I had heard that Murakami’s book are very depressing and I was a bit too scared to start. Then, a few weeks ago one of my friends suggested that we read this for our book club and I finally picked it up. I am so grateful!

In retrospect, I think my belief that this book would be depressing was wrong. It’s not uplifting, but this stems from its ‘gritty realistic’ atmosphere full of interesting philosophical musings on the concepts of memory, reality and identity rather than any down-right depressiveness.  Not unlike your average literary work, I’d argue. Continue reading “Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami | Book Review”

Poetry | doom rolled in glitter by leena norms

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This is a zine by Leena Norms, who (among other things) gives very good book recommendations & life advice on YouTube. I’d never read a zine before, but I love me some good poetry and the concept seemed very exciting, so I gave this one a go. I loved it! 

The zine holds enough poems to be a small book of poetry, but this medium makes it feel far more intimate. Rather than travelling through a publishing house, a printer, a distribution center and a book store this zine was sent to me directly from its author. Leena Norms shared videos on Instagram of the stacks of zines in her house and gave updates on the painstaking work of putting each zine in an envelope, addressing it and walking it to the post office, which made the project feel personal. (And a bit surreal, not gonna lie. As if this was Willy Wonka TV.) Continue reading “Poetry | doom rolled in glitter by leena norms”

My Favourite Blog Posts of October!

Fave blog posts octI’m reinstating my monthly list of great blog posts because I really enjoy going through the posts I’ve read an highlighting a few favourites. More often than not I read a good blog post, think ‘ahh, that was great’, give it a like, maybe a comment and forget all about it ten minutes later. This is a good way to refresh my memory!

Disclaimer: you will notice that none of these posts are about spooky reads or Halloween. Well, er— that would be because I’m not that into Halloween. *gasp* *shock* *horror* Continue reading “My Favourite Blog Posts of October!”