Simon of Stuck in a Book and his post inspired me to do my own list of my favourite books read in 2012. I was thinking about it for a long while and picked 5 (+ 3 extra) books that I really loved and which were somehow important.
Just in short, Mari misses the last train home and waits until morning in 24h diner but night life in Tokyo is never quiet and soon some strange things start happening.
Anyway, this is THE fragment from After Dark (don't hold your breath):
She reaches out at regular intervals and brings the coffee cup to her mouth, but she doesn't appear to be enjoying the flavour. She drinks because she has a cup of coffee in front of her: that is her role as a customer.
Ok, just wondering who actually DIDN’T say WHAT???
Well... I honestly don’t know why on earth those two sentences has stuck in my head. It might be coffee J But there must be something deeper than just drinking coffee. I found myself doing it a lot when I read Murakami (I used to do it with Coetzee), reading the same fragment many times, enjoying it and trying to guess what’s hidden between the lines.
Anyway, Murakami's books have many overly descriptive sentences, which sometimes aren’t necessary, sometimes he repeats himself. But you either love it or hate it. 1Q84 divided the nation. Almost nothing is happening during the first 150 pages but I still loved it (surprisingly).
Ok, I supposed to say how enjoyable After Dark was but I have a feeling it's going the opposite direction. So I'll just shut up ;)
Most of you are probably not surprised that this book is here, well I’m not. This year I’ve read many books about coffee and although I loved them I would not recommend those to everybody. In order to enjoy some of the books you need to like coffee. But God in a Cup is different; I really believe that it can be enjoyed even by those who don’t drink coffee. I hope anyway J
Another book that I’ve learnt about reading Stuck in a Book (Simon's review over here).
Some of you are probably aware that I’m not a big fan of 100 (or other number) books you must read before you die lists. I don’t know why but they really annoy me, maybe because they are so industrial. Before even reading one you can guess at least 50% of its contents.
So, I was very surprised how much I actually liked Simon’s 50 books you must read but may not have heard about list which is very personal and very honest. When I saw The Piano Shop on the Left Bank I just knew I must read it although I didn't know anything about it. And I absolutely loved it. Well...playing piano was always a part of my life (and yes, there were times that I didn’t appreciate it, but I still remember my biggest achievement - Christmas songs concert that my sister and I have given some time ago. Ala, I hope you remember our moment of glory ;))
I’m a little bit disappointed that there isn’t any Nobelists in the final 5 (not even 10). Well, there is always next year. I just want to mention (very quickly) few other books that would probably make it to the 6th, 7th and 8th place on the list if I’d carry on.
But I really think I should write a separate post about those (and about Rejewski J).
As long, as the earth keeps turning,
And here - my favourite version of this wonderful prayer (by Adrianna Brzuzek)