Sunday, July 3, 2016

Luxury of having time to read

South of the Border, West of the Sun 

I love novels that are so good that I just can not stop reading it. Like this novel of Japanese author.

Description from bookdepository:
Growing up in the suburbs in post-war Japan, it seemed to Hajime that everyone but him had brothers and sisters. His sole companion was Shimamoto, also an only child. Together they spent long afternoons listening to her father's record collection. But when his family moved away, the two lost touch. Now Hajime is in his thirties. After a decade of drifting he has found happiness with his loving wife and two daughters, and success running a jazz bar. Then Shimamoto reappears. She is beautiful, intense, enveloped in mystery. Hajime is catapulted into the past, putting at risk all he has in the present.

And right now I am reading this novel:
The Uncommon Reader
From one of England's most celebrated writers, the author of the award-winning "The History Boys," a funny and superbly observed novella about the Queen of England and the subversive power of reading When her corgis stray into a mobile library parked near Buckingham Palace, the Queen feels duty-bound to borrow a book. Discovering the joy of reading widely (from J. R. Ackerley, Jean Genet, and Ivy Compton-Burnett to the classics) and intelligently, she finds that her view of the world changes dramatically. Abetted in her newfound obsession by Norman, a young man from the royal kitchens, the Queen comes to question the prescribed order of the world and loses patience with the routines of her role as monarch. Her new passion for reading initially alarms the palace staff and soon leads to surprising and very funny consequences for the country at large.

And in this novel I already got an idea what to read next :)
I love luxury of having time to read.

I had a lovely week. It was full of swimming (I swam twice in the outside public swimming pool and yesterday whole day in the sea). Picking up blueberries. Working in my vegetables garden. Spending time with Wolfie (and fighting with him, he is a rebelious teen). Trying to save the friendship that was lost because of my infertility, this is a theme for one of the future posts.

Life is good.


  1. Dear Klara, I am glad that life is good for you right now! Wishing you a good start into the next week!

  2. Have you read 1Q84, also by Murakami? It's brilliant. I must look up the one you're reading. I haven't heard of that.

    And I loved The Uncommon Reader too. It's very funny.

    1. dear Mali, I saw 1Q84 in the library. Thank you for the tip! Right now I am reading his The Wind-up Bird Chronicle.

  3. I too love having lots of time to read. I haven't read either of these, thanks for the suggestion! I am glad that life is good right now. :)