[Book Review] Next Year in Jerusalem by John Kolchack

51rxeppxjkl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Title: Next Year in Jerusalem
Author: John Kolchack
Genre: Historical fiction

Where I got the book: I received a free e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: ★☆☆

Summary: Yeshua Bar-Yosif, the illiterate and epileptic bastard son of a Roman soldier, struggles on his journey through first century Roman-occupied Judea. He eventually forms his own group of followers and preaches for peace and compassion in a terror-stricken land, and on the way he encounters the growing movement of anti-Roman extremist rebels, led by Bar-Abbas. Both Yeshua and Bar-Abbas’ journey ends in the court of Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, and the decisions made in this court will impact the world for the next two millennia.

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[Book Review] The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

51bhqzoh9zlTitle: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Author: Becky Chambers
Genre: Fiction, science fiction

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Bokkilden.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: The Wayfarer is a patched-up construction vessel, one of the many tunneling ships that help build the wormhole network used for interstellar transport. Aboard is a small, multi-species crew – they don’t all get along but they are used to living with each other, much like a family is. The ship is on a long haul to take on a lucrative job, which is to create a passageway to the planet Hedra Ka. The new clerk, Rosemary Harper, is secretly running away from her problems on Mars, but as she gradually becomes a part of the ship’s “family”, it becomes clear that she isn’t the only one with secrets.

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[Book Review] Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

51uzpbbhvml-_sx329_bo1204203200_Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Genre: Fiction, YA, LGBTQ, romance

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Bokkilden.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Aristotle and Dante couldn’t be more different. Aristotle is an angry young man whose brother is in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who doesn’t easily go with the flow. What the two teenagers have in common, however, is that they’re both loners who don’t really fit in anywhere. Despite their differences they spend more and more time in each other’s company and eventually develop a unique friendship. It’s the kind of friendship that will help them discover the truths about themselves and maybe also help them find what they’re looking for.

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[Book Review] South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami

417ts0xxz-l-_sx324_bo1204203200_Title: South of the Border, West of the Sun
Author: Haruki Murakami
Genre: Fiction, speculative fiction

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Bokkilden.

My rating: 

Summary: Hajime grew up in the suburbs of post-war Japan as an only child. His only friend was Shimamoto, also an only child. They grew close and spent long afternoons together talking and listening to records, but when Hajime moved away they lost touch. Now Hajime is in his mid-thirties. He’s married to a loving wife, he has two small daughters, and he’s running two successful jazz bars in Aoyama, Tokyo. One day, out of the blue, Shimamoto reappears. She is now a beautiful although mysterious woman, and their meeting forces Hajime to jeopardize everything he has achieved in the present.

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[Book Review] Audition by Ryū Murakami

auditionTitle: Audition
Author: Ryū Murakami
Genre: Fiction, contemporary, psychological thriller

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Bokkilden.

My rating: 

Summary: Documentary-maker Aoyama lives with his teenage son Shige and dreams of remarrying, even though he hasn’t dated anyone since the death of his wife Ryoko seven years ago. Aoyama’s best friend Yoshikawa comes up with the idea of holding fake auditions for a film, with the real purpose of Aoyama finding his future wife. Out of all the women who apply is Yamasaki Asami – a young, beautiful, modest girl who used to train to become a ballerina until an accident cut her dream short. Aoyama only has eyes for her and they end up going on several dates. Despite finding out about Asami’s troubled past, Aoyama is blinded by infatuation and also ignores Yoshikawa’s warning that something’s not quite right about her. He sees only the perfect woman until the terrifying truth slowly creeps up on him.

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[Wrap-up] Books read in January

The first month of the year has flown by and I’m happy to see it go honestly. One step closer to spring!

It’s also time to wrap up what I’ve read this month. I read a total of eight books and one novella, and I have reviews up for them all! Links to my reviews are included in the list below.

My January reads:

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[Book Review] Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

31hyk6wnavl-_sx305_bo1204203200_Title: Kitchen
Author: Banana Yoshimoto
Genre: Fiction, contemporary

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Bokkilden.

My rating: 

Summary: “Kitchen” consists of two companion stories; the novel of the same name and the novella “Moonlight Shadow”. In “Kitchen”, we follow Mikage Sakurai, an orphan raised by her grandmother. When her grandmother dies she struggles to come to terms with it, and is eventually taken in by her friend Yuichi and his transgender mother Eriko. Mikage’s favorite place in any house is the kitchen, and it’s through this room and through cooking that we get a glimpse into the life of a young woman who discovers love in the face of tragedy. In “Moonlight Shadow”, young Satsuki loses her boyfriend in a car crash. While she’s out running she meets a strange woman named Urara, who introduces her to The Weaver Festival Phenomenon, a strange experience that she hopes will help her heal.

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