The Five-Eyed Bookworm

Eclectic Reader. Lover of beautiful book covers.


A Personal Matter by Kenzaburō Ōe

A Personal Matter Kenzaburo Oe

This is NOT the book cover. Made with Phoster and Percolator Apps.

Date Started: September 16, 2013 | Date Finished: September 18, 2013

Opening lines: Bird, gazing down at the map of Africa that reposed in the showcase with the haughty elegance of a wild deer, stifled a short sigh.

WINNER of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature | Awarded the Shinchosha Literary Prize

This is a post for the Japanese Literature Challenge 7 and January in Japan. Please click on the links to read more about the Japanese Literature Challenge (hosted by Dolce Belleza) and January In Japan (hosted by Tony of Tony’s Reading List).

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief Book Review

Made with Phoster and Percolator apps. This is NOT the book cover.

The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Published September 18th 2007 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published 2005)
Setting: Molching, Germany
Literary Awards: National Jewish Book Award, Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Children’s Literature (2007), Buxtehuder Bulle (2008), Prijs van de Kinder- en Jeugdjury Vlaanderen (2009), Printz Honor (2007)
Exclusive Books Boeke Prize (2007), The Quill Award Nominee for Young Adult/Teen (2006), Zilveren Zoen (2008), Teen Read Award Nominee for Best All-Time-Fave (2010)

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Top 12 Books of 2013

Without further ado and with no order of preference, here are my top 12 books of 2013:

Top 12 Books of 2013

The Five-Eyed Bookworm’s Top 12 Books of 2013


Year In Review: 2013 | Part 2

{Read Part 1 HERE}

Just a few more details of my reading year in 2013. I’ve listed some of my favorites, my most profound reads and most memorable characters, etc.:

year in review books reading

2013 : Year In Review | Part 2

I don’t really like surprises, but sometimes they are pleasant especially when it concerns books. Whenever I pick up a classic, I don’t usually read what it’s about. I know that may sound weird but Continue reading


Year In Review: 2013 | Part 1

2013 was a great reading year for me. I read so much books (for pleasure) compared to previous years. I would attribute this to the fact that I have recovered from a reading rut and boy, does it feel good! What cured me? One word, people. One word. Murakami.

As for the details, I would let the image below speak for me ;)

Year In Review Reading Year 2013

2013 : Year In Review

Okay, I change my mind. Let me go into the details.

I love that I discovered so many new authors in 2013. Here’s Continue reading