Fun Reads – Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

Hey guys! Sorry it has been a while since I’ve written or posted anything, which will be fully explained in the next blog post I do. Today I wanted to talk about the latest fun reading I did for myself. It has been a long time since I’ve read for fun, especially since college requires me to read many books/short stories/poems/articles & essays for classes- which I really enjoy. Reading really gives some power to the mind. I feel invigorated every time I read.

I know reading is not for everyone, but I am a avid promoter to reading for fun. Everyone should do it, even if it’s a magazine or comic book. All literature is literature.

kitchen_banana.jpgThe past reading I’ve done, for myself, is Banana Yoshimoto’s Kitchen. I remember hearing about this author from one of my favorite Youtubers who loves to read just as much as I do! Since one of my favorite authors is Haruki Murakami, Banana is another fellow Japanese writer who really articulates the spirit of Japanese fiction.

Kitchen is a story about a young woman who becomes alone after all traces of family pass away. This novel explores grief, tragedy, love, and the comforts of places- even if it happens to be a Kitchen. A symbol of heart, family, togetherness, and nourishment. The whimsical telling of this story put me at ease besides the heavy subject of aloneness. I loved the way Yoshimoto takes me through every page wanting more, wanting to stay listening to Mikaga ( the protagonist) and understand her space and spirit. Mikaga doesn’t do it alone, as a family of a son and mother, Yoichi and Eriko, take her in as if she had always belonged there. And although this seems like peaches and cream, just keep reading. But don’t worry! This story isn’t filled with only sorrow! The ending promises beauty and tenderness.

This is such a lovely story and I loved every single minute reading it. If you want a short, lucid and earnest read, please pick up Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto at your local bookstore and see for yourself that grief and aloneness is an experience that all human will experience – together.

What will the next fun read be??


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

My Year Of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A memoir by Haruki Murakami

We’ll see!


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