[LN Review] Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Book 1

Recently I haven’t really been reading novels and I thought I’d change that by adding light novels to the mix (my thinking is that since it’s anime related then it must be interesting, haha)!

So this week’s read was The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa! Apparently there are 11 volumes out but I’ve only just read the first. Also, I’ve yet to read the manga (I probably won’t the art isn’t to my liking) or the anime (I’m debating, part of me says yes another says no and no is kind of winning)

But what is this book about?

When Kyon starts high school he’s finally let go of childish thoughts of aliens, time travelers, ghosts, and demons being real and decides to live a normal life. Unfortunately, a single person has decided to make this impossible – Haruhi Suzumiya, the school weirdo that has no interest in humans and only wishes to meet supernatural beings such as aliens, time travelers, sliders, or espers. And thus, Kyon’s ‘normal life’ becomes a hectic one when Haruhi forms the SOS (Spreading Excitement all Over the World with Haruhi Suzumiya) Brigade, a club intent on finding supernatural phenomena, and appoints him the second official member!

I would rate this book a 2.5/5 ☆ because it was an interesting read, and considering it was anime-related I didn’t really expect the scientific jargon I found. It really made me think about the universe and how we (as humans) place ourselves in that universe. However, it did have its down times and the characters weren’t that great so I had to subtract points for that (it should not have taken me 3 days to finish a 200 page book, at most it should have been 1.5 days but I kept falling asleep).

While I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone, I will say it’s an interesting read. If you’re not fond of scientific talk (mostly astronomy), nonsense, and a predictable plot, then this probably isn’t for you.

I also wouldn’t reread this book. Could be passed up.  Continue reading