Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki 

Colorless Tsukuru Tazakiby Haruki Murakami


Genre: Fiction/Translated Novel

You can hide memories, but you can’t erase the history that produced them…If nothing else, you have to remember that. You can’t erase history or change it. It would be like destroying yourself.

Hooray! With this one, I’m finally caught up. XD This was the last book I finished. Sometime last week. 

Tsukuru is colorless in a world full of colorful people. He grew up in Nagoya, Japan and had a set of friends making them 5 in number. After HS, he heads off to Tokyo and left his childhood behind. Shortly after, his friends kicked him out of their lives with no explanation, leaving Tsukuru devestated. 

As an adult, he is friendless and grey. He’s had a few close relationships but nothing concrete. Until he meets Sara, who encourages him to find out about his friends. He takes it upon himself to visit the past and found out what he least expected. 

Murakami is a captivating author and this has to be the most normal of his books that I’ve read. His words are a beautiful prose that paints a picture. And none of his work reads like a translated novel. He captured the mind of an introvert and the pain of breaking up with friends in such a way that it was believable. This one was a short one, but just as mesmerizing. 

If you haven’t read Murakami, do so. Probably start with this one since it’s one of his more subtle novels.


This is Where the World Ends 

This is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang


Genre: YA Fiction

Miracles do not belong to fairy tales. Miracles belong to the desperate, because only the desperate believe in bullshit.

I’m still catching up. XD This was read on the way home. 

Janie and Micah are best friends. She was the girl who moved in next door and they hit it off right away. But nobody knew about it. In highschool, Micah wakes up in the hospital and Janie has gone missing and no one is willing to tell him anything past the fire at her house. And him being responsible for it. The story unfolds about a girl and a boy who are just trying to figure life out.

This book was short. And it was eh. But it did shed alot of light on rape and what is consensual sex. And of course it touches on teen suicide. For such a heavy handed novel, I found it lacking. It was written in preset tense Micah and past POV Janie. 

This is a sad one and not overly terrible. I do recommend it to fans of YA novels.