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Shelf Life: Haruki Murakami

Man, I totally suck at keeping my promise last year to read more books. I posted this a while back in the hopes that I can get the ball rolling again in terms off crossing out some books of my list. Just laughing right now at my effort to try and finish not one, but three books! How ambitious! In that post, there were a total of 6 books I was hoping to read before the end of the world (LOL) but miserably and embarrassingly failed. I finished one, started two and the rest, saved somewhere in my phone but haven't read even the first word (yep, e-books).

Okay, so I'm going to try again, and I'm going to be realistic this time. Hahaha. Coincidentally, lately, I've been reacquainted more with Haruki Murakami's works because of friends who happen to like his writings a lot.

Finished: The Strange Library 
It's a really thin book so I'd punch myself in the face if I didn't get to finish it in one sitting. I think I've mentioned here how I've come to read this super weird story, in roundabout an hour. It's super weird and sinister that it makes you want to bury your nose in it until you know how it ends. It's actually the kind of weird that you'll end up liking. This was my first Murakami book, too, (attempted to read 1Q84 before) so this really got me interested to reading more of his works. The book's got super cool illustrations. And there's another version which has birds, tea cups and donuts!
Why do I act like this, agreeing when I really disagree, letting people force me to do things I don't want to do?”
Currently: Kafka On The Shore
I'm on the second chapter of the book, the one where the teacher was describing that morning when she let her students climb the Rice Bowl Hill, pick and eat mushrooms and the kids somehow ended up being poisoned. The whole chapter reminded me of Grave of the Fireflies, with all the descriptions of the war and how the children are suffering for it. I'm still early on in the book, everything's quite vague and hopefully I get to finish it next weekend. *crosses fingers*

Next: Sputnik Sweetheart
This book will go next just because of a colleague's recommendation. He saw the Kafka book sitting on my table and told me that I would enjoy reading it, then eagerly suggested reading Sputnik Sweetheart afterwards. So I guess that would be my third Murakami book!

Here's to hoping I could finish these books. I'm giving myself a month to finish the two remaining ones, then maybe I'll have Chuck Palahniuk next. Any book/author recommendations for my future read? :)

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