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?

Peace.Love.Light*


Current Listen: Charlie Parker - I've Got Rhythm




40 comments:

  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. ☺

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  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.

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  3. Getting submersed in a book is always great indeed

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  4. Thank you. Have a great week






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  5. Bonjour,

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

    Gros bisous ♡

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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

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  10. Wow, inspiring! (:

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

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

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  12. Great post dear!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  19. fantastic quote! I totally agree :D

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  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...

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

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

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  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.

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

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.
    Greetings!
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  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!!!

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

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  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.

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

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  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.

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  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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