Mini Review: A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne M. Harris

As posted on my Goodreads:

With A Pocketful of Crows, Joanne Harris has proven to me yet again why she deserves many spots on my meticulously curated bookshelves.

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This is a quick read, but full to the last page with poem, prose, wild imagery, and earthy illustrations by artist Bonnie Helen Hawkins.

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It has all the trappings of a classic fairy-tale, but with a protagonist who is strong-willed and true to herself even as she falls into the clutches of a deep and all-consuming infatuation (and especially as she rises out of it).

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This tale is charming, witchy, gorgeously written, and sometimes as cruel as nature itself.

Not only is it lovely between the covers, but the hardback edition is sumptuously bound with golden lettering.

Spoiler-Free Review: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

(As posted on my Goodreads)

 

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I adore this novel! I stayed up later than I’d planned reading it in one sitting.

While the premise may sound dull to some readers at first glance, for me this book was the perfect combination of matter-of-fact humour, unique main character, and unsettlingly relatable interpersonal situations.

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Combined with the fact that the konbini in the story brought back poignant memories from my recent trip to Japan, it was a highly enjoyable read.

Sayaka Murata offers a fascinating and truthful look at the odd society we live in, the expectations and social mores that are blueprints enshrined in public consciousness.

I was really rooting for Furukura by the end, and what a satisfying ending it was.