May Book Haul

Hello, bookworms! It’s time for another monthly wrap-up.
Today, I’ll be sharing with you the books that I got in the month of May!

Although I was a bit slow on reading and was in a mild reading slump, it actually DID NOT stop me from buying books… how could I have resisted the onslaughts of temptations both on WordPress and Twitter? That’s next to impossible.

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Review: Lever Templar by Matt Gianni

As the crusader era ends, Templar Sergeant Brim Hastings must free his imprisoned brethren by surrendering the heretical scroll that has enabled their two-hundred-year leverage over the Roman Catholic Church. After escaping his order’s persecution, and having the role of savior thrust upon him, he and Cypriot apprentice tanner Shayla Kostas discover the boundaries between good evil are not where they’d thought.

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June Reading Challenge ~ Jazzy June!

Hello, bookworms! Are you ready for June? It’s just around the corner!
So pretty and eye-catching Jazzy June‘s title image is that I impulsively decided to jump on the bandwagon – I’ll take up the Jazzy June challenge hosted by Kathy@Books and Munches!

Rule is quite simple; you simply reread your favorite books – or simply give books you didn’t love as much at first a second chance.
For further details, visit Kathy’s Jazzy June page (click the link above).

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#Reading Journals: May 28, 2019

Hello, bookworms!
May is almost over – can you believe it? I just can’t. It feels like I welcomed the new year just a week ago and now nearly half a year is gone… crazy!

But summertime – correction – the notorious rainy season is just around the corner and I feel down already.
Has any of you visited Japan during the rainy season? Let me tell you – it’s miserable. As the name suggests, it rains a lot, muggy and insanely humid. Your hair freezes the moment you step outside no matter how long you carefully blow-dry your hair in the morning. Oh, I hate rainy season!

Without further ado, let’s take a look at my reading updates!

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Review: Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

Clarissa Goenawan’s dark, spellbinding literary debut opens with a murder and shines a spotlight onto life in fictional small-town Japan.

Ren Ishida is nearly finished with graduate school when he receives news of his sister Keiko’s sudden death. She was viciously stabbed one rainy night on her way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to conclude his sister’s affairs, still failing to understand why she chose to abandon the family and Tokyo for this desolate town years ago.

But Ren soon finds himself picking up where Keiko left off, accepting both her teaching position at a local cram school and the bizarre arrangement of free lodging at a wealthy politician’s mansion in exchange for reading to the man’s catatonic wife.

As he comes to know the figures in Akakawa, from the enigmatic politician to his fellow teachers and a rebellious, alluring student named Rio, Ren delves into his shared childhood with Keiko and what followed, trying to piece together what happened the night of her death. Haunted in his dreams by a young girl who is desperately trying to tell him something, Ren struggles to find solace in the void his sister has left behind. (Goodreads)

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Booktalk: Annoying Characters and Rating

Hello, bookworms! It’s been a while, but here’s another Booktalk – book-related discussion post!
I don’t even remember when I last posted in this category, but better late than nothing, isn’t it?

My recent reading experience gave me the idea of this post and I’m actually really eager to hear what you have to say on today’s topic.

Simply put, my question is:

Does annoying characters affect your rating for a book in any way? If it does, to what degree?

I actually wrote a very similar post more than a year ago (yup, I’ve completely forgotten about it until NOW, haha!), but I think this question is more direct and straightforward, so I think I’m going with it anyway.

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Review: The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money from her, threatening both her and her teenaged daughter Misato, the situation quickly escalates into violence and Togashi ends up dead on her apartment floor. Overhearing the commotion, Yasuko’s next door neighbor, middle-aged high school mathematics teacher Ishigami, offers his help, disposing not only of the body but plotting the cover-up step-by-step.

When the body turns up and is identified, Detective Kusanagi draws the case and Yasuko comes under suspicion. Kusanagi is unable to find any obvious holes in Yasuko’s manufactured alibi and yet is still sure that there’s something wrong. Kusanagi brings in Dr. Manabu Yukawa, a physicist and college friend who frequently consults with the police. Yukawa, known to the police by the nickname Professor Galileo, went to college with Ishigami. After meeting up with him again, Yukawa is convinced that Ishigami had something to do with the murder. What ensues is a high level battle of wits, as Ishigami tries to protect Yasuko by outmaneuvering and outthinking Yukawa, who faces his most clever and determined opponent yet. (Goodreads)

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