Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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What I'm Reading Right Now (20)

Quote of the day: 
Learning never exhausts the mind. -Leonardo da Vinci 

For me the essence of reading is in two folds.
One, to maintain a regular stream of knowledge. My mind expands and contracts at will. I get lost in narrative and dialogue, but I find myself again and again. Its like peering over the edge of a mountain, to get a brilliant view of the world below.

Two, it calms my thoughts. When I get immersed in a story, time stands still.  I learn about new places and things, feel emotions, and get mentally stimulated. Its just me, thoughts sharpened by the story, like a camera lens in auto focus.

This week my new book is titled 'After Dark', by my go-to author of the moment Haruki Mirakami. A quick look at my previous posts will fill you in -on his style of writing.

From the back cover:
The midnight hour approaches in an almost-empty diner. Mari sips her coffee and reads a book, but soon her solitude is disturbed: a girl has been beaten up at the Alphaville hotel, and needs Mari's help. Meanwhile Mari's beautiful sister Eri lies in a deep, heavy sleep that is 'too perfect, too pure' to be normal; it has lasted for two months. But tonight as the digital clock displays 00:00, a hint of life flickers across the television screen, even though it's plug has been pulled out. Strange nocturnal happenings, or a trick of the night?

image: GoodReads

Its a tantalizing escape, and a with a bold and refreshing narrative. At just 200 pages, it makes for a fast and enjoyable read so far.

What books are you reading this week?


Current Listen: Charlie Parker - I've Got Rhythm


  1. I'm reading a good book but for the life of me I can't remember the name of the book. I'm upstairs and the book is downstairs. It's the same one I was reading last week though.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  2. Reading Season's Beginnings by blogger buddy Sandra Ulbrich Almazan.
    Also re-reading one of my short stories for an upcoming anthology, making sure it's perfect.

  3. Getting submersed in a book is always great indeed

  4. Thank you. Have a great week



  5. Bonjour,

    Un livre très certainement intéressant... merci pour le partage.

    Gros bisous ♡

  6. I just finished listening (my gym reading) to the unabridged, "Three Men and a Boat... and not to mention the dog" which is very funny (late 19th Century British humor. I am also reading "The March" by Doctorow.

  7. Reading affects me similarly to what you describe here. When it is a work of fiction, I can really delve into the story, the place, the time. If well written, the characters become real, three-dimensional people for me, and I care about them and what happens to them.
    With non-fiction (which I need my regular fix of), I can immerse myself into a subject no matter how much I knew about it before. Writing good non-fiction is maybe even harder than writing good fiction.

    I have finished a work of non-fiction on Saturday on my kindle and have begun a mystery on it, while on my bedside table I have a book by Sarah Waters.

  8. I am finding it hard to make progress in the book I am reading. We can never say we have enough of learning. Learning keeps our mind active.

  9. I am reading 'what to expect when you are expecting'. I am not expecting o...I am only curious.heh

  10. Wow, inspiring! (:

  11. I'm finding your blog gets ever slower to load and jerky to scroll. Maybe you have too many adverts.

    1. I made some new settings recently, I'll have a look to see if that's affecting things. Thanks for that. Greetings!

  12. Great post dear!

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  13. Not reading any book atm... But it's good to be here.

  14. I am reading school books right now, can't to start reading novels.

  15. I really like your quote at the top of the page. One should never stop learning!

  16. Just finished a Stuart Woods book and beginning a Harlan Coben book.

    Reading is a wonderful escape and also keeps your mind receiving.

  17. You know, that sounds like a perfect read, will kindle it *smiles*

  18. I try to read every day. I find it keeps my mind sharp and lets me think outside my usual everyday life.

  19. fantastic quote! I totally agree :D

  20. I'm reading Svetlana Alexievich's Time second hand... (I read it in Swedish as it's not translated yet to English), It's a fascinating view into Soviet...

  21. I am reading Room for the second time since the movie is out, I believe.

  22. I need to check this author out, since you like the writing so much. Happy reading!

  23. I owe you an apology. I inadvertently deleted your comment on my latest post on my blog...sorry! :)

    The book you describe sounds very interesting.

  24. You really can't go wrong with Murakami...

  25. Oooh that's my kind of book. I like something with suspense.

    My book of the moment is The Lightkeeper's Wife by Karen Viggers. It is well written although at times I am more mystified than curious. Starting a new chapter can be annoying because the character has changed and there is no indication of who you are reading about. Perhaps by the end all will be clear.

  26. Exciting book.
    Something i look for

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  27. Currently reading a couple Rosemary, the Forgotten Kennedy Daughter, and a collection of short essays by the late writer Maeve Binchey, one of my favorite authors.

  28. Hmmm! I'm sure its interesting. I would love to have my own copy.
    I'm currently Reading an old novel by mario puzo.

  29. Sounds like a good book!! I'm reading Devil in the White City... after hearing Leo DiCaprio will be the villain in the motion picture, I HAVE to give the novel a read!

    Also, great quote! I love knowledge!!

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  30. @blogoratti, it quite been a while? I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.Reading is just parts of human existing. real impressed!!!

  31. One day I have to try him. Sigh so many books, so little time

  32. I am reading Maude by Donna Foley Maybry. It is a biographical tale of the life of a woman from the beginning of the the 20th century.

  33. Great quote.
    I have not had the chance to read his book yet.

  34. I enjoy reading about what you are reading. There is so much modern fiction now it is impossible to keep up, so recommendations are good. I've just finished a David Baldacci which I enjoyed at the time.
    I also enjoyed reading what you wrote about reading.

  35. I've heard a lot about this author but yet to give his books a try. Will do so after reading this post. Are you on 'Goodreads' by any chance?

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