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Strange Weather In Tokyo Book Review


The kiss happened so fast that I failed to deflect it. Dammit, I cursed to myself. That was careless of me. It was careless, but the kiss wasn’t unpleasant. Maybe not unpleasant, but I wasn’t happy about it. Instead of happy, it made me feel a little lonely.
– Hiromi Kawakami, Strange Weather In Tokyo

A peaceful, almost plotless read, Strange Weather In Tokyo follows the humdrum daily life of Tsukiko – a single woman in her late 30s, living alone in Japan. After a chance encounter with a former teacher sees Tsukiko sharing regular mealtimes with the man she refers to simply as Sensei, a slow burning and unconventional longing begins to blossom, despite an almost 30 year age gap, in a ‘hesitant intimacy which tilts awkwardly and poignantly towards love.’

Angus, Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging Book Review


Through my curtains I can see a big yellow moon. I’m thinking of all the people in the world who will be looking at that same moon.

I wonder how many of them haven’t got any eyebrows?
– Louise Rennison, Angus, Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging

Last week I saw an article stating that author of the Angus, Thongs And Full Frontal Snogging series – aka the books that defined my teenage-hood – Louise Rennison, had sadly passed away. As books 1-10 still sit proudly on a shelf in my living room, I thought I’d do a bit of a review in her honour. May she be spending many a day up in the sky, away laughing on a fast camel and marveling at things of marvelousity and the such like, all whilst wearing really big knickers and sipping black coffee in order to look sophisticated, just as Georgia and Jas would do. Rest in Peace LR. ❤

Hungry The Stars And Everything Book Review


When you fall in love, I mean really fall in love, time reduces down to nothing. It’s as though everything you’ve come from has been leading to that point. The chaos, the floating – all the randomness of your previous existence – suddenly it all makes sense because you see how it has brought you to a new beginning. Your very own Big Bang.
– Emma Jane Unsworth, Hungry The Stars And Everything

Partially set in a new Manchester ‘it’ restaurant, partially set throughout the rest of her life, Hungry The Stars And Everything follows the story of Helen Burns, a food critic with a “big black hole in her past.” Cleverly transporting from one period of life to another, we explore Helen’s most intimate thoughts, feelings, and memories as she works her way through an apparently very evocative tasting menu – one that will make your mouth water as it makes her question her very existence – leading to a choice that will change the course of her future.

The Versions Of Us Book Review


And even when he closes his eyes – which he does, taking the first sweet drag, letting it linger in his mouth – he can see her, spinning and twirling, dozens of tiny candle flames glancing off the shine of her hair.
– Laura Barnett, The Versions Of Us

Set over three alternate timelines, The Versions Of Us follows Jim and Eva, a couple that are, it would seem, meant to be. Starting during their time at university in Cambridge, and spanning the rest of their lives, The Versions Of Us documents three realities, each dependant on a different decision made at one point in time. Highlighting how our choices can set the course of our future, the novel deals in love and loss and all that’s inbetween, successfully toying with the notion that a single decision can change your world forever.

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