Three Fictional Pets Who Help Their Owner Grieve

This may be an oddly specific collection of books: stories in which a loved one dies and the protagonist is aided in dealing with their grief by an animal, but somehow I read three of them in a short space of time.

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Detective Story With A Twist: The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day meets Back To The Future.

Plot Summary

The Hardcastles have invited all of their friends for a party at their manor house. That evening, a murder will take place. It will not look like a murder and the killer will not be caught. It is up to our protagonist Aiden to solve the mystery. Each morning he will wake up in the body of a different guest to re-live the same day from a different perspective. He has eight chances to unmask the killer: eight days in eight different hosts. If he doesn’t all of his memories will be erased and the cycle will start again from day one..

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10 Books About Books & Book Lovers

For the last couple of months the book blogging world has been enthralled by The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I’m only 1/3 in so I can’t say much about it yet, but one of the reasons why everyone seems to love it (and rightly so!) is that it pays homage to reading, readers and the books we all love.

If you have already read The Starless Sea and are wondering what to do with yourself, or would simply like to read more books on this theme, here are 10 books to keep you going:

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Joy Of Reading Book Tag

Happy almost-Christmas everyone! I wasn’t tagged in this tag, but I found it on The Brunette Bookworm Blog and it was originally created by Sam from Sam’s Nonsense on YouTube.

1. Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?

Ai, I am so bad at keeping up with new releases. *Quick Goodreads search* I see that Becky Albertalli is publishing a new book, so that should be good.

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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”