Jan 2018_Roundup The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa dorayaki

The Roundup: Books Read in January 2018

I have been inching my way through Caleb Carr’s The Alienist since the beginning of the new year. I can’t fault the story for my slow-like-molasses progression; I’m only 100+ in, and I am HOOKED. It’s just that I can’t help but double-dip sometimes, ya’know? This time around, I found myself reaching for quick reads, […]... Read More
The Book of Lost Things_John Connelly

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

The world of the old tales existed parallel to ours, as David’s mother had once told him, but sometimes the wall separating the two became so thin and brittle that the two worlds started to blend into each other. That was when the trouble started. That was when the bad things came. That was when […]... Read More
The Red Notebook_Antoine Laurain

The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain

He drank some more wine, feeling he was about to commit a forbidden act.  A transgression. For a man should never go through a woman’s handbag – even the most remote tribe would adhere to that ancestral rule. Husbands in loincloths definitely did not have the right to go and look for a poisoned arrow […]... Read More
Manazuru_Hiromi Kawakami

Manazuru by Hiromi Kawakami

Twelve years have passed since Kei’s husband, Rei, mysteriously vanished without a trace, leaving behind her and their 3-year-old daughter, Momo. Since then, Kei’s life has remained in a sort of limbo, populated by memories of Rei and their life together prior to his disappearance. She is ‘involved’ with a married man named Seiji, their […]... Read More
The New Moon with the Old_Dodie Smith

The New Moon with the Old by Dodie Smith

In the last two months, I’ve managed to achieve a kind of balance in regards to my reading repertoire, and as a reward to myself, I broke my cozy-reading fast with the fluffiest-sounding book I could find in my To-Read stack, The New Moon with the Old by Dodie Smith. Now, I’m familiar with Smith’s […]... Read More