[BOOK] The Strange Library.

Wow, it’s been a month since my last post. A lot has happened but also, not really. I just got older, that’s all. Everything else is pretty much the same.

Speaking of birthdays, I got a number of books as presents which is exciting since I have new books to read (although I have numerous books yet to be read which just keep piling up). I got 2 new books of Haruki Murakami (The Strange Library and Wind/Pinball) and 2 books of Liane Moriarty (What Alice Forgot and The Hypnotist’s Love Story). I finished “The Strange Library” which I will post about today.


There were 2 cover designs available at the bookstore and I was asked to pick one. Man, that was a hard decision. The one on the left looked interesting because it was thinner but more colourful while the pink one on the right looked cute with the 3D library card design. In the end, I picked the one on the left. I’m not sure if I made the right decision but anyway, it had lots of weird colourful photos and ultimately, I believe the contents are the same and that’s what’s important.

“The Strange Library” by Haruki Murakami is a short story about well, you guessed it, a STRANGE LIBRARY. The book is so short I finished it in one go. I don’t even recall the characters having names and now that I think about it, I think they were just referred to as the boy or the girl or the sheepman. (I don’t even know what a sheep man is. After Google searching it, it seems Murakami likes to use this character in his stories.)

So, what did I think about it? The first thought that came to my mind was, “This is so STRANGE.” True to the title, it seems. It was such an odd story and I guess this is a common phenomena in Haruki Murakami books where he likes to stay away from the norm and just goes all out with the weirdness. I guess I was just caught unaware about the whole thing that I think I would need to read it again to fully appreciate it. I also think I would have to read more of Murakami’s more classic works to truly immerse myself in his universe and maybe I should read them┬áchronologically.

Disclaimer: This book is not recommended for┬ákids who do not like reading. This just might scare them from reading at all. HAHA.. Or it might have the opposite effect? I don’t know.

NinthMelody rating: 6/10