• Literary Book Review

    Hardboiled & Hard Luck

    My Review: Hardboiled & Hard Luck is a collection of two novellas that share a theme of grief and loss. Both stories read like a gentle goodbye as each narrator explores their feelings through memory. The stories together elicit a warm, comforting feeling despite the heavy subject matter in its sparse prose. It was an easy read to calm my anxieties and unplug while wrapped up in a blanket.She was still there inside me now, just as she always was: a life put on hold, a memory I didn’t know how to handle. Hardboiled follows the journey of a narrator as she walks along a country road to visit a…

  • Book Review

    Now You’re One of Us

    My Thoughts I have found a true Japanese gothic and I am head over heels in love! Now You’re One of Us is the story of a young woman that marries into a very large, traditional Japanese family. All members of the family live under the same roof in a sprawling estate, they welcome her with open arms and heap constant praise on her. She comes to love the family, but Noriko can’t help but feel that there is something off about this family. Despite now being part of the family, Noriko feels like there is a wall between her and the Shito family. As she gets to know them,…

  • Book Review

    The Memory Police

    My Thoughts The Memory Police is one of the most disorienting and haunting novels that I had ever read. It felt like watching a black and white movie on a projector with film that is slowly deteriorating. The story centers on an island where things disappear, both physically and from memory. The forgetting is enforced by an ominous police force known simply as the memory police that ensures that every forgotten thing is eliminated entirely. The narrator is a young woman, afflicted with the same memory loss as many of the island’s inhabitants, that covets forgotten things that have been hidden away in her house. She is accompanied by an…

  • Book Review

    Convenience Store Woman

    My Thoughts Keiko is a convenience store worker and, to the people around her, a bit of an oddball. She has worked part-time at the same store for her entire adult life with no aspirations to pursue a full-time career, she has no interest in romantic relationships or starting a family, she struggles with everyday social interactions, and most of all–she’s satisfied with her life. Keiko often feels out of place, like she has to put on a mask while interacting with others. She has difficulty understanding people’s motivations and feelings, she struggles to hold conversations and to navigate social norms, she has no interest in marriage, and she feels…