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Review: Parade

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Parade by Shūichi Yoshida
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book falls completely into the "slice of life" genre that is so popular in Japan.

It is narrated by 5 different characters throughout a time range of a few months.

Ryosuke, Kotomi, Mirai, Naoki and later Satoru, find themselves living in the same apartment and sharing a life... the thing is they were not friends before, they just happened to be there and stay... they all have their own problems and ways of dealing with them, feeling that oversharing with the other inmates will cross the line that makes their living together be in total harmony.

All of them one way or another know that their living arrangements are not permanent and for this reason find easy to oversee the superficial life they all share.

Meanwhile, young Satoru their newest roommate lives a dangerous night life and has a very rare pastime, also they discover their own neighbor is running a shady business, and violent assaults start happening arou…

Review: The Toymakers

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The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fantasy in times of war, life-long love, magic toys, new life and life loss... all of this you'll find in this story... all this you find in the Emporium.

It was heartbreakingly beautiful!!

I've no way to describe all the feelings this book made me go through, it gave me wonder, despair, sadness, happiness, wonder again!

Few books have made me feel tearfully grateful is over the way it is... and as happy as this one did.

This book talks about harsh topics such as teen pregnancy, war atrocities, post-war trauma... but at the same time introduces them to you in a way that's not as horrible as it is in our minds. The author really told the story through a veil of fantasy that even though told very difficult stories everything seemed just as fantastical as the world inside the Emporium.

I absolutely loved this book, and I can't wait to read more from this author!

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Review: The Book of Speculation

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The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars haha

It was a good story, I read its summary a long time ago so I didn't remember what it was about and it turned out it was nothing of what I was expecting, it was a surprise!

Even though I liked the story, it was one of those books where the characters could've sold many things much before things went bad if they just talked to each other honestly, but it's not an easy thing to do in many stories apparently.

This book is told in two time lines, the first in present time where a librarian is sent a book who turns out to have data about his past relatives; and a group of traveling performers (like a circus, before the circus was a thing) from the 1700s who stumble upon 2 very unusual characters that become the start of a curse that lasts for generations.

We find circus performers old and new, mermaids, a wild boys, an electric boy, a tarot reader and among others a librarian who turns out to…

Something you could do right now to get you closer to where you want to be in life

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Blog Prompt No. 7Aren’t we starting with the very hard questions? hahaha but ok, here it goes...Professionally? I should start a master’s degree, I could start if I wanted… but I’m not sure yet… so I don’t do it haha !!Personally, I’ve no idea...I acctually have to sit and think about where I want to be in life…Life is hard… hard indeed… but as long as I have my family, friends and my books I’m quite happy!! haha so for the time being… it’s ok!

After Dark - Murakami Haruki

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This is not recently read book, but I did read it this year. SInce I’ve got a few Murakami books in my reading queue I might as well make use of the tag… 😋 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I gave this book 3 stars, but as in 3.5 stars… it was a short weird story.Here some review/summary of it. It was originaly written in spanish, so I’ll leave the spanish version at the bottom.Time flows slower after the sun has set. This book story happens in one night, a weird night, but maybe all nights are this strange but one’s never there to witness its anomalies.In this story we’re with the author, and together we’re a bodiless being that overflies a handfull of people in Tokyo City. We watch them go about in their nightly doings and interactions.Everybody bears no apparent relation to one another, but at the same time, the night unites them all...I liked the book, but there were some items missing that I would’ve like the author to elaborate on, but over all a good unexpected book.** SPANISH VERSION **El tiempo corre ma…

The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes

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This book was nothing like the kind of books I normally read. It was good, but not amazing, not for me at least.
⭐️⭐️⭐️I gave it 3 stars… just plain 3.It was a good story, with lots of symbols I guess… but I’m at a stage where I like straightforward stories.. and this was not one of them.There might be spoilers ahead, so be warned.** Spoilers **This book talks about the life-long-story of Anthony Webster, Veronica Ford and Adrian Finn.Anthony or Tony, is the main character and the one’s point of view from where we see the story unfold, he had some friends at school and when a new very smart new student arrived to the class they turned their 3 man group in a 4 man group, the new addition was Adrian Finn.They all had very profound kind of talks, but Adrian was known to be the most mature of them all.Later in life when they were all off to college, they separated and Tony found a girlfriend, Veronica, with whom he dated some years and later fell out of love. But to his surprise, she later…

Farewell Party Decoration

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It has been a while… 😅I’ve had a lot of work lately, which is good but keeps me from doing the stuff that I like (this included haha), so anyway… about maybe 2 or 3 weeks ago I had a small gathering at my house with my friends from the Book Club, and no, it was not about books, it was a farewell party for a friend who’s going back to her house in Spain.This won’t be a long written post, I’d like to show you how the party decorations went, because I love to do that!With the help of my book club friends, we made the following items:
Suitcase Candy Box
Farewell BannerPompom BannerPolaroid Message Table
Here are some pictures from the party.
I really liked how the party went, and the decoration as well. I hope I can do more stuff like this later.I’ll write about it when it happens again.