[Wrap-up] Books read in February 2017

Once again another month is over (another month I’m happy to see go) and once again it’s time to wrap up my monthly reads! I read a total of seven books and two poetry collections this month.

My February reads:

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[Book Review] After Dark by Haruki Murakami

41v1ahr499lTitle: After Dark
Author: Haruki Murakami
Genre: Fiction, contemporary, magical realism, postmodernism

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Tokyo, in the hours between midnight and dawn. Young student Mari sits in anonymous solitude in an almost-empty diner, just reading her book. However, she is soon to be interrupted by a handful strangers seeking her help. Meanwhile, Mari’s beautiful sister Eri lies in a deep and heavy sleep that has lasted for two months. As the midnight hour approaches, the TV-screen in her room flickers to life, even though it’s unplugged. Somehow, Eri’s fate is connected to the secrets and mysteries of the Tokyo night.

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[Book Review] Stoner by John Williams

41wfrlottzl-_sx323_bo1204203200_1Title: Stoner
Author: John Williams
Genre: Fiction, academic novel, classics

Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Norli.

My rating: ★★☆

Summary: At the end of the 19th century, William Stoner is born into a poor Missouri farmer family. He is sent to the university to study agriculture, but later changes focus completely and ends up studying literature instead. He becomes a teacher and later an English professor, but he keeps encountering big disappointments throughout his life – he is estranged from his parents and his background, his career is hindered, his marriage is cold and emotionless, and an affair nearly causes a scandal. The novel follows Stoner’s life through his undistinguished career and failing family life, but also through his love for literature.

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[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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