Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
– Haunted by his unexpected abandonment when he was a boy, Tsukuru moves on in life with pain and trauma etched in his being. Losing his self-confidence and inner happiness altogether, he becomes too “emo”-tional and melo-dramatic all throughout his years. I was left with some questions on Haida’s whereabouts, his father’s tale and Shiro’s murder and it turned out a bit too emo for me but still a pleasant read as Murakami still had this ‘magic’ through oddness like Neil Gaiman.
Adultery by Paulo Coelho
– Despite her ideal family and career life (loving and loyal husband, good career, above average financial status, happy kids), Linda is still trapped in this so-called “semi-depression” and “confusion” state of hers and realizes that she lacks passion and adventure in her life. She now jumps into an illicit affair with an ex-boyfriend from high school who also happens to be married. Love and loyalty by her husband visibly reveals themselves, thus, puts shame on herself and teaches her the right path the hard way. I was a bit confused and irritated at first because of the too much drama and selfishness resulting from her self-crisis. I never knew intense sadness amidst pure love, peace and loyalty through her surrounded family could happen to people. Such sadness that could result to selfishness could ruin relationships and hurt other people. This is a must read for the “currently attached” ones. 🙂