Happy Birthday, Haruki Murakami

Happy Birthday, Haruki Murakami

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Today, January 12th, marks the 72nd birthday of award-winning Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. A prolific author whose work masterfully blends realistic fiction with mind-bending surrealistic elements, Murakami has published dozens of novels, short stories, and essays. Translated into more than fifty languages, his works has sold millions of copies across the world.   Born in Kyoto, Japan, Murakami began writing at age 29. On an April afternoon, watching a baseball game between the Yakult Swallows and the Hiroshima Carp at Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, Murakami was struck by the inspirational thought that he could write a novel. It came to him  …

Best Quotes from ‘Kafka on the Shore’

Best Quotes from ‘Kafka on the Shore’

On September 12th, eighteen years ago, the novel Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami was published. Today, we celebrate with some of the best quotes from this acclaimed work of fiction. image via goodreads “Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.” Closing your eyes isn’t going to change anything. Nothing’s going to disappear just because you can’t see what’s going on. In fact, things will even be worse the next time you open your eyes. That’s the kind of world we live in. Keep your eyes wide open. Only a coward closes his eyes. Closing …

Barack Obama Unveils Summer Reading List

Barack Obama Unveils Summer Reading List

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Though it’s almost the end of Summer (thanks, Obama), it’s never too late to settle into a hammock with a good book! This week, the former president posted a list of books he’s been reading this summer. Obama often releases lists of the books, music, and movies he’s enjoyed and wants to share with his large following. Personally, I think he has great taste, but at the very least it’s always interesting to have a little peak into the mind of a political figure. If you’d like to see the post you can click here, but below is the caption …

Here Are Our Book Lovers Day Staff Picks!

Here Are Our Book Lovers Day Staff Picks!

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaku and His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami     Surrealism “The themes of finding closure for unresolved personal negativities really resonated with me.” – Nate   The Space Between – Brenna Yovanoff     Fantasy “This is a book about being deeply flawed, and how even as you’re trying to be better, it’s honest to let those things stay a part of you.” – Kali     The Last Unicorn – Peter Beagle     Fantasy/Children’s “It Reminds me that there’s magic in the world even if you can’t see it.” – Becky   The Prisoner …