Brilliant Years has a new lay-out, finally! I like it, not sure about the header photo yet but I’ll keep it for now 🙂 Photo was taken on Bosu-dong Book Street in Busan, South Korea.
Thanks to Iris over at Iris, Books & More for pointing out to me that the comments on my blog weren’t working properly! It seems to be fixed now, although not in the most ideal way. Interestingly enough no one on the internet seems to have a straightforward answer to my problem, a problem that occurred out of nowhere as well. Hm…
Anyway! Let me use this opportunity to offer my dear readers a chance to ‘spam’ your blog 🙂 Please share your blog with me in the comments and I’ll happily go take a look!
I slightly tweaked this week’s TTT. The original prompt was Ten Books I’d Love to Read With My Book Club/If I Had A Book Club. Now I am in a book club, so no problem there. But it seemed more fun to me to pick a top ten of books we have already read, to serve as recommendations to everyone else 🙂
Our book club is pretty epic. There’s only six of us, and we’re a geeky group of friends/colleagues. We read a variety of things, but mostly classics, sci-fi and fantasy. And honestly we’ve read some pretty awesome books over the years (I can’t believe it’s been years already)! The books in this top ten were my favourites.
Top Ten Books I Read With My Book Club and Loved
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
- Hogfather (Discworld, #20) by Terry Pratchett
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
- Een schitterend gebrek (In Lucia’s Eyes) by Arthur Japin
- 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
November was an extremely busy month for me, especially the first half of the month. On top of millions of (mostly awesome) things, I have also had to study really hard for the Japanese language exam which is coming up on December 7th… I’m very far behind with studying and I can’t wait for it to be over T_T Anyway, that stopped me from reading a lot this month. I only read three books and one of them was a 44 page long graphic novel… oh dear.
Read in November
- Princess Princess by Katie O’Neill
- Pantomime (Micah Grey, #1) by Laura Lam
- More Than This by Patrick Ness
I got just two books: Moxyland by Lauren Beukes that I won during our book club meeting (I really need to do a post on that sometime!) and The Tale of the Lady Ochikubo for my J-lit collection. No money spent on books this month!
Plans for December
Not many specific plans. After my exam is over, I hope to have more time to read again (especially during the Christmas break!) I want to read To Kill a Mockingbird, which was my Classics Club Spin #8 book. And for Christmas I will be reading Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather. Besides that, there’s my winter TBR 😉
So here’s the thing with Murakami. You can read him in so many different ways. If I could go back in time and read Murakami for the first time knowing what I know now, I’d read his books chronologically by publication date. Actually, I might still do that one day…
But anyway, my list here is set up differently. I’ve ordered it by ‘best introduction to Murakami’. And only five books (although he has written plenty!)
Five Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read Murakami
- Kafka on the Shore
- The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
- A Wild Sheep Chase
- Sputnik Sweetheart
- Norwegian Wood