"The Reason I Jump" is a quick, educational read intended to give the reader a little bit of an insight into the mind of a child with autism. I found quite a lot of the book to be overgeneralised, but I did find it to be poignant and really interesting in places. 3 stars!
“The Silver Road” in audiobook wasn't my cup of tea. I struggled with the format and didn't really get into the story. I'd like to give this one a try in traditional print at some point in the future. Keep your eyes peeled for an update!
Norwegian Wood” by Japanese author Haruki Murakami had been on my list for a while but unfortunately it didn't turn out to be my cup of tea. I enjoyed the writing style and some of the more poignant chapters but struggled quite a lot with the plot. This was a 2 star read for me.
It's my stop on the blog tour for "Crocodile Tears", my first crime fiction read of the year and also my first read from Uruguay. I was pleasantly surprised by this comic caper and especially it's quirky characters. A really enjoyable 4 stars from me!
“The Ten Loves of Mr Nishino” is another great piece of Japanese literature that I really enjoyed. This is another quirky romance by Hiromi Kawakami that's unique, thought provoking and very well written - 5 stars!
"Sweet Bean Paste" is a wholesome story of unlikely friendship. I loved the simplicity of this Japanese tale, but I didn't finish this book with a any strong feelings for it. This was a 3 star read for me.
I listened to Kim Jiyoung's story in audiobook format and for me it was just okay. The author Cho Nam-Joo uses this story to illustrate a really important message though and I think this is worthwhile read, especially as it's so short. This was 3 stars for me, but I'd definitely still recommend it and may try reading, rather than listening, to this one again soon.
It's my stop on the blog tour for "A Hundred Million Years and a Day", a passionate adventure novel following one man on his quest to find the bones of a dinosaur. I didn't feel completely immersed in the story but I found this to be an enjoyable read with a really good translation.
Despite it's intriguing name, "An Advertisement for Toothpaste" really isn't a book I can recommend. I didn't understand a lot of it and felt confused until the final story. I'm sure this will be enjoyed by many, but sadly it's not for me - 1 star.
It's my stop on the blog tour for "Two Lives" by A Yi. "Two Lives" is an original collection of Chinese short stories for open-minded readers. It's dark, twisted and a little odd, so I'd recommend taking these stories slowly rather than all in one go.