Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Book Review: The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

This is my second Haruki Murakami book. First of his book i read was Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage (click link to see review).

I have no plans to buy this book because they're releasing a paperback format since it was announced. But i change my mind the time i learned Aklatan online bookshop is selling this for almost half-price than the local retail price of 695.00 php! I say "Why not?"

About Aklatan: It's one of the online bookshop I always eye for interesting books. Further note, they upload new book arrivals every Sunday at 8:00 PM.

The Strange Library Book Details:

Title: The Strange Library
( Japanese: ふしぎな図書館 | Fushigi na toshokan )
ISBN: 9780385354301
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Published Date:
Format: Paperback
Original Language: Japanese
Translated to: English
Translated by: Ted Goossen
Art Direction and Design: Chip Kidd
Form: Novella, Children's Novella
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Short Story


Friday, December 19, 2014

Book Review: Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco

I bought this book back April 10, 2010 in National Bookstore located at Glorietta 5 during the author's book launching. I'm happy it was signed by the author Miguel Syjuco himself. I learn about the book from 2008 Palanca Awards and latter it won Man Asian Literary Prize too. That's my deciding factor why i bought it.

Eventually after i got home, I forgot to read it because of hefty school work. It's almost 4 years already and it's just this month, while cleaning my bookshelf, I notice this book and decided to read it.

Signed Ilustrado novel by Miguel Syjuco. Photo from Instagram post by Literateknolohitura's Otakore.

I expect, It would be a great book to read because it won prestigious awards but let's find out if it really is with my book review (continue by clicking the 'Read more' or scroll down).

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Book Review: Anne Frank - The Diary Of A Young Girl | With An Introduction By Eleanor Roosevelt

I borrowed this from my niece. She bought this book because her school required them to read it for their literature work. I'm already familiar with this book, before i borrowed it from her. The book was banned from some countries due to racial criticism and sexual content. I got curious and good thing my niece had this book and no longer need to spill money from my wallet to buy it myself.

Book Details:

Title: The Diary of a Young Girl (Dutch: Het Achterhuis)
Sub Title: With An Introduction By Eleanor Roosevelt
Original Language: Dutch
Translated to: English
Translated by: B. M. Mooyaart
Preface: Eleanor Roosevelt
Format: Paperback
Page: 283
Publisher: Bantam Books
Original Year of Publication: 1947
Awards: Luisterboek Award (2008)
Genre: Autobiography, History, Non-Fiction
ISBN: 9780553296983

Local Store: National Bookstore, Philippines
Local Price: 265.00 php.