Uya’s Reading Recommendation.

If you liked Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover,…

You might also like Koe no Katachi/ A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Oima

Similarities: One of the main characters from both stories are hearing impaired. (It’s weird how I read both books almost at the same time.)

Differences: “Maybe Someday” deals with more mature subjects like cheating while “A Silent Voice” deals with the subject of bullying and the consequences of it.

P/S: Click on the covers to read their summaries on Goodreads.

Try it out. Besides, “A Silent Voice” might have a movie available soon. 😉

The Banker.

The girl set her elbows on the counter, looking at the banker on the other side. He scrutinized her identification card. After a full ten seconds, the banker looked up from his seat. The corners of his mouth lifted into a small smile.

“Blushing red, huh?” he asked, all too suddenly.

She blinked, not making sense of what he was saying at first. But then he said her name and gave the identification card in his long fingers a small wave. Understanding clicked into her mind almost immediately.

“Oh, yeah,” she replied, nodding and laughing shyly.

It’s not everyday a stranger knew the exact meaning of her name and cared enough to make a conversation out of it. Afterwards, it made the girl smile just thinking about that moment.

Belong.

I want to belong somewhere
Even in my own home, I’m hiding in corners

I want to belong somewhere
Like how my books belong on my shelf
Like how my clothes belong in my closet

I want to belong somewhere
Where I don’t feel like slipping
Where I don’t feel the need to hide

I just want to belong somewhere
Where I feel the most loved
And my thoughts occupied
Not by my lonely thoughts
But by happy conversations
Where I feel that my affections are not wasted
And are reqruited

I,…

I am not much to look at
My personality not so much either
I get worse, these days
Getting worked up over nothing at all
Getting mad at every single thing

I have issues, I realized
Not understanding why I did the things I did
Mostly, my family got the brunt of it
Especially my siblings
Especially that person who was born a year and 8 months later than me

I struggle every day
Trying to make my parents rely on me
But I’m lazy and I fear the world
But my parents don’t understand me either
Day by day, they see my ugly side
Day by day, I think I don’t have anything to offer anymore but my brain which was already shrinking with these depressing thoughts