Book Review: Norwegian Wood

Norwegian WoodNorwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

One thing I love about this book is how Murakami managed to describe even the most trivial little things and make it very interesting to read. I wish I will be able to do that someday!

Now on to the plot, I don’t think there’s much of plot going on there… Yes, there’s a love story between Toru Watanabe (the main character) and two girls. How did that evolve to a whole book with a whole lot of descriptions on many random things? It’s Murakami’s brilliance. The book would draw you into reading more and more of it. Such a master storyteller.

The story kind of makes me wonder though, is suicide that common in Japan? It seemed that many of this issue showed up in the TV series I watched.

I’m not sure whom I will recommend this book for. If you’re a romance lover, I don’t think this is a typical story, not to mention it’s kind of twisted. It is very interesting to read, though. I haven’t read other Murakami novels (except for the running biography and his short stories collection) so I couldn’t say how this is compared to other novels.

Oh, I think I’m going to pick up more of Murakami in the future. Any recommendations?

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Book Review: Juliet

JulietJuliet by Anne Fortier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked up this book when I was looking for a good romance book. It tells a new take on Romeo and Juliet, sets in Siena, present time and 14th century time. Perfect.

In general, I like it and I enjoyed reading it. I like how detailed the setting going into 14th century Siena, the characterizations, and how the author played with Romeo and Juliet inspiration. The storytelling and the going back and forth between two stories are done beautifully.

There are some elements I’m not so keen of. Other reviewers mentioned the cheesiness in some parts, and I have to agree with them. Somehow I was hoping with the brilliance the author showed me in describing the settings, she will also gave me unexpected twists in the story. Not true, but it’s okay, I like the book anyways 🙂

I would recommend this book if you like romance with a little bit of mystery and suspense twists. Big points if you happen to love Italy as well, then this book is a MUST READ for you.

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Book Review: Mini Shopaholic

Mini Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #6)Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love the series, but I like it less and less with each book. It starts to feel like Becky kept on falling in the same hole…
Other than that issue, it’s quite entertaining. I find Becky endearing… she has lots of flaws but somehow I could still see she has a kind heart, and she always meant well ;).
What surprised me is even if some things are getting quite predictable, Sophie Kinsella still has some nice twists in the end. It’s funny and light hearted, and I don’t want to put it down.
I would recommend this book if you like chicklits, definitely if you’re a shopaholic series fan… if you haven’t read the others, I’d recommend starting with the earlier ones.
I wouldn’t recommend it if you don’t like shopping and silly heroines.

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The Gift

The Gift by Cecilia Ahern (2009)

When I picked up this book, I was actually hoping for a light chicklit read. I think it does look like it thanks to the book cover, and the author’s previous books I’ve read (P.S. I Love You, Where Rainbows End, Thanks for the Memories) kind of falls into that genre.

I like Cecilia Ahern’s previous books and I wish I could say I was pleasantly surprised to what I found reading it. I couldn’t. The good part is the story was easy to follow and it does flow nicely. The problem is I couldn’t get pass the cliché in the story and most of the characters. To me, it felt too much like I was in a classroom, being taught a lesson of what I should and should not do in life by a teacher who likes to point fingers.

I do like inspirational books and I read quite a few of them. This one just doesn’t deliver it. It’s simply not inspiring to me. I found myself finished the book and thinking… what’s the point? Even if a lesson of finding out what is important in life is what you’re looking for, there are better ones out there. Ones that truly inspires you and touched your soul.

No, I couldn’t get myself to recommend this book. But if you want to read it, by all means read it. And if you like it, please let me know, maybe there was something I missed.

Perempuan Punya Cerita vs A Thousand Splendid Suns

Hari ini gw terbaca sinopsis film “Perempuan Punya Cerita” di kompas online. Sayangnya kompas nggak bisa di-link, tapi sinopsis film dan trailernya juga bisa dilihat di http://www.kalyanashira.com/perempuanpunyacerita/.

4 cerita pendek. 4 sutradara perempuan bercerita tentang 4 perempuan biasa yang punya pengalaman luar biasa. Tapi kenapa dari 4 cerita ini, kok semuanya cerita penderitaan perempuan ya?

Please don’t let it be another depressing movie…

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