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What I read in June-Japanese June Update!

If you are updated on my blog then you will know that I have taken part in “Japanese June” where I read Japanese Literature for the whole month. I only managed to read 3 books this month and here is a short review of each one.


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This book is by Ryu Murakami, one of my favourite authors so I was really looking forward to reading this book. A young man kills a woman in the street and his bunch of friends and the woman’s group of friends find themselves in a street war. This book is about a group of young men and a group of “Oba-sans” (Oba-sans are basically aunties/older women), who basically are seeking for revenge. This is a very unique story line, I mean old ladies and young men are killing each other, why wouldn’t you want to read this? I mean it is pretty violent and gory but it is a good book. I love the themes of friendship throughout this novel the most. Even though this book is just under 200 pages, there were areas that bored me such as when the book went into detail about the Oba-sans lives, I think I just wanted it to be full of action ha! From the title of this book, themes of music/songs (that I have never heard of) run throughout this novel, overall I would definitely recommend.

Rate: 3.5/5


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I had never read a book by this author before and was excited to do so.  The Guest Cat is about a “couple living in their thirties live in a small rented cottage in Tokyo, they no longer have much to say to each one another”. A cat arrives at their home and the book is about how this cat changes their lives. So firstly, this couple were extremely boring to read about, there was too much detail in this book about these characters that I didn’t care about. Secondly, I thought this was a book about a cat? After reading the reviews a lot of them said the same as what I think, there was not enough about the cat!!! The parts about the cat were very cute and interesting however. I really wanted to like this book, but if I wasn’t so motivated to do Japanese June it would have been really hard to finish this book. It is a short read though. I recommended this book if you really like cats and love very descriptive books.

Rate: 1.5/5 I think?



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Yes, Ryu Murakami is back, can you tell I love him? I get excited to read his books because I know they are going to be unique and weird. Audition did not disappoint. This book is about a documentary maker called Aoyama who has not dated anyone in a while and his teenage son and his friend thinks he should remarry. He sets up fake film auditions in order to find a new wife. He soon becomes drawn to a young lady who has something strange about her which he ignores until it might be too late. This book kept me on edge, I was also reading fast wanting to know what would happen next. Audition was gripping and dark with themes of violence. I loved this book, I just wished there was more action and surprises. The sex scene was quite laughable. The conversations between Aoyama and his son, I loved. I also loved the character of his best friend too. One thing I cannot stand in a book is when something happens that really DOES NOT NEED TO HAPPEN…so this isn’t really a spoiler but it is worth mentioning….the dog dies. Why does the dog have to die!? I was not impressed.  Overall, another amazing book by Ryu Murakami that I recommend (dog part is easy to skip past it wasn’t very nice).

 Rate: 3.5/5

Thanks for reading. If you want to read about more Japanese Lit then go over to my blog post “My Top 5 Japanese Lit Books“.

Have you read any of these books? How many books have you read this month? Do you like the sound of any of these?

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  1. July 5, 2018 / 7:17 pm

    I was looking at reading Takashi’s cat but I think, from your review, it might be one I skip :-)!

    • sharnah
      July 7, 2018 / 8:28 pm

      I think it is one of those books that you either hate or love, because it is a very short book so if you do decide to read it, it won’t take very long!

  2. July 5, 2018 / 7:29 pm

    Great honest post! I went to Japan last year and fell in love with Studio Ghibli films. I should really start reading again, because these Japanese books seem very interesting, but I’d have no idea which Murakami book to start with!

    I found your Instagram too, and it’s nice to find another blogger who dances too! 😀


    • sharnah
      July 7, 2018 / 8:39 pm

      I loveeee Studio Ghibli! Japanese lit is honestly the best, so interesting and unique, a lot of short books too! For the first Ryu Murakami book I’d say In The Miso Soup, and for your first Haruki Murakami book I recommend Norwegian Wood! I am planning a trip to Japan really soon for next year or the year after so when I get some spare time I will 100% be checking out your time there, I will leave a lil commented too. I followed you back on insta! What dance do you do? x

  3. July 5, 2018 / 11:09 pm

    It’s a shame that none of them got the top reading but at least you enjoyed two of them, having read your mini reviews I think my favourite would be the third one. I’d skip the bit about the dog though…x


    • sharnah
      July 7, 2018 / 8:40 pm

      Yeah that is true, they’re short books and fast reads so you should give them ago! The dog bit is super easy to skip by too xx

  4. July 6, 2018 / 1:11 am

    This is so interesting! I’ve never heard of Japanese June before – massive congrats for reading three books though! Sometimes with social media it can get a little distracting to actually read a book. I’ve been meaning to read some more this month. The Popular Hits of the Showa Era sounds so interesting – young men and old women fighting, who would have thought that’d make a great story line!

    Usually for books it’s always the beginning that bores me, but once I get into the middle and hit the climax of the book that’s when I’m attached to it!

    I haven’t read any books so far this month, but hoping to make a dent into my to be read list!


    • sharnah
      July 7, 2018 / 8:42 pm

      Thank you!!! and YES exactly, I will be reading and then I will just pick up my phone and go on social media!! It really does make a great story-line haha! And same, if it hasn’t got an amazing interesting beginning, I will find it hard to get in to! Get some Japanese Lit on your reading list Sahara!!! x

  5. July 6, 2018 / 3:38 am

    It’s pretty cool that you’ve finished up Japanese June! Oh man, the Popular Hits book sounds really violent but at least it’s fiction! It’s a bummer that The Guest Cat wasn’t all that great. Oh man, plot twists are the worst! Thank for sharing your thoughts! 🙂

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • sharnah
      July 7, 2018 / 8:51 pm

      It is super violent but good! Thanks Nancy!! x

  6. Lena Dee
    July 6, 2018 / 1:41 pm

    Such a great series of review! I loved the sound of Audition!! I like books with a dark twist tbh, something that makes you go “OMG 😮 ” I also understand what you mean, I can’t believe the dog dies 🙁 I love that you have a Japanese edition of reads 😀

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

    • sharnah
      July 7, 2018 / 9:07 pm

      I love books with a dark twist, they are the best kind to read!! Thanks for reading Lena xx

  7. July 6, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    What an interesting selection of books, shame about the second one but I would definitely like to read Audition! I tried to only read half this review as to not gain any spoilers!

    Alys / alysgeorge.blogspot.co.uk

    • sharnah
      July 8, 2018 / 6:51 pm

      only mentioned one spoiler in Audition which isn’t very big, just wanted to warn people in case they didn’t want to read! They are all really interesting in their own way. Thanks for reading Alys xx

  8. eviebraithwaite
    July 6, 2018 / 7:10 pm

    The last books sounds like something I’d enjoy! I’ve just started learning Japanese and would love to read some literature from Japanese authors, so thanks for sharing! Great post x

    Evie x | https://eviejayne.co.uk/

  9. July 6, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    I love love love reading. I’d love to be able to get some more done but my life at the moment is so hectic! I’m writing these and all of the ones Jenny in Wonderland reccomends!

    • sharnah
      July 8, 2018 / 7:24 pm

      Thanks for reading, Jenny recommends to brilliant books doesn’t she! x

  10. July 6, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    I think it’s awesome you did Japanese June and I enjoyed reading your reviews – the last book Auditions sounds very intriguing! I’m sorry The Guest Cat didn’t meet your expectations though! Great post!

    • sharnah
      July 14, 2018 / 6:58 pm

      thanks so much x

  11. July 6, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    I’ve nver ready any books like these before but your reviews have made me want to look into them (the good ones obvs, haha!) I’ve read 2 books in June and have challenged myself to 30 for the year and I am way off! Time to up my game!
    Liz x | naturalhazardsandmore.wordpress.com

    • sharnah
      July 14, 2018 / 7:16 pm

      I am glad you want to read them! I have challenged myself to 40 this year and I am also WAY off, I think it is time for me to read some really really short books haha! xx

  12. July 6, 2018 / 7:50 pm

    Always love a good book review! I’ve never actually heard of Japanese June but it’s sounds very interesting! I do love a good book it’s just hard to find one that I can really enjoy at least you like two of the books xx

    • sharnah
      July 14, 2018 / 9:04 pm

      me too! I think Japanese June is more of a Youtuber thing! Thanks for reading xx

  13. July 6, 2018 / 8:31 pm

    How come you are specifically interested in reading Japanese literature? 🙂 I had the The Guest Cat on my to read list for a long time but now I’m not too sure anymore haha. The cover is so appealing though! You’ve made Auditions sound rather intriguing though, so maybe i’ll give that one a go sometime

    • sharnah
      July 18, 2018 / 6:22 pm

      I just love Japanese culture so I find books based in Japan really interesting! I love Japanese authors writing styles too! I think you should give it a go because it is a really quick read, and everyone’s different you might really like it? Thanks for reading, Audition is super good xx

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