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Convenience Store Woman
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
Keiko Furukura had always been considered a strange child, and her parents always worried how she would get on in the real world, so when she takes on a job in a convenience store while at university, they are delighted for her. For her part, in the convenience store she finds a predictable world mandated by the store manual, which dictates how the workers should act and what they should say, and she copies her coworkers style of dress and speech patterns so that she can play the part of a normal person. However, eighteen years later, at age 36, she is still in the same job, has never had a boyfriend, and has only few friends. She feels comfortable in her life, but is aware that she is not living up to societys expectations and causing her family to worry about her. When a similarly alienated but cynical and bitter young man comes to work in the store, he will upset Keikos contented stasisbut will it be for the better? Sayaka Murata brilliantly captures the atmosphere of the familiar convenience store that is so much part of life in Japan. With some laugh-out-loud moments prompted by the disconnect between Keikos thoughts and those of the people around her, she provides a sharp look at Japanese society and the pressure to conform, as well as penetrating insights into the female mind. Convenience Store Woman is a fresh, charming portrait of an unforgettable heroine that recalls Banana Yoshimoto, Han Kang, and Amlie.
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tjwill
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Keiko Furukura has never felt like she fit in, except in her job as a convenience store worker. In the store, she knows the cues and feels the rhythm. In all other aspects of life, she just does what she thinks people expect of her. This is a quick read that makes human interaction into a satire.

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Jilly6183
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I lived in Japan for 2 years so I am very familiar with the “konbini” and it made me homesick (if you can be homesick for a place you only lived briefly). Anyway, I loved this little novella about finding where you belong despite societal expectation.

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AbstractMonica
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This was a unique, little story of Keiko Furukura- A woman who worked at a convenience store for over 18 years, only to appear as a functioning member of society. It was an interesting and quirky read that I devoured in one sitting.

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AbstractMonica
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Diving right into this short novel I picked up at B&N today :)

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she.epeolatry
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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🥳🥳🥳

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she.epeolatry
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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So much said using so little. 🖤🖤🖤🖤

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unreal
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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A great short book about the pressure to conform and self-discovery and having the strength to choose what makes you happy.

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mija333
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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As a 35 year old unmarried woman with no children I felt a deep sense of connection with Keiko. Repelling against all of society‘s expectations of us. And not by choice. For me, no matter how hard I tried I could never find a partner. Now of course I am too old. It is too late for her and for me.

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mija333
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata

She‘s far happier thinking her sister is normal, even if she has a lot of problems, than she is having an abnormal sister for whom everything is fine.

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mija333
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It is the start of another day, the time when the world wakes up and the cogs of society begin to move. I am one of those cogs, going round and round.

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Sydneypaige
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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As a commentary on work culture, relationships, and capitalist society as a whole, this is brilliant. The characters felt uncomfortable to me at times and cringy, but I imagine that‘s intentional by the author to support the commentary. Main character is brilliant and aware and so literal it hurt sometimes but I still adored her!

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Mirazzles
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Wow. I don‘t quite know what to think about this one. I guess that‘s a sign of a good story.

EvieBee Right?! Not the ending you expected? But kinda perfect? 4mo
Mirazzles @EvieBee exactly! I wasn‘t disappointed at all. I‘m still thinking about it haha 🤔 4mo
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Shievad
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Very fast read. Shows the absurdity of society‘s rules and norms.

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Mirazzles
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I can‘t seem to choose just one book lately. Ive had several library holds come in on Libby, and I just can‘t make up my mind. So far, this one is quite interesting!

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FantasyChick
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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I liked this. It was very interesting to hear the cultural expectations on marriage, family and career but also the routine measures Keiko went into daily to create an appearance of "normalcy" in society while knowing that she is perfectly happy where she is in life.

#NYWD2022 #jumpstart2022 #bookspinbingo #20in4 #aestheticallymatched
@TheAromaofBooks @MaleficentBookDragon @monalyisha @Clwojick @Andrew65

MaleficentBookDragon Yay! I‘m glad you liked one. I‘m way behind in books but hopefully I‘ll have some if yours read soon. 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
Andrew65 Great👏👏👏 5mo
Clwojick Great match! 5mo
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MeatPiie
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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?Octobre 2021
Court, simple, direct.
C'est comme une ode au non-conformisme aux règles de la société :)
Depuis que j'ai lu le résumé, je savais que j'allais apprécier de lire un point de vue et une vision du monde différente à celle qu'on essaie de nous vendre: avoir un travail "respectable"? Se marier? L'homme travaille et la femme reste à la maison? Non aux 3!

writerlibrarian C'est dans my pile à lire. ? 5mo
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broughtyoubooks
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Definitely enjoyed this one more than Earthlings, the sense of alienation is more grounded(?)

Pogue I liked this book. I thought that the book showed someone who is nurodivergent very will. 5mo
MaleficentBookDragon This was one of my favorite books last year. 5mo
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Flavius
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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I had no idea it was such a short book! I've started it this morning and I've finished it already.
I enjoyed it from the first page.

DrexEdit This is on my list also! Welcome to Litsy! 😊 6mo
Flavius Thanks, Drex! 6mo
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Nikki_E
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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I had three notable books in February, but this really stuck out.

DimeryRene I loved this book so much! 6mo
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TheLucindaLife
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata

I expected this novel to be encouraging, as someone who just quit their “career” to work a more mundane job. I liked this book for a different reason though, as it was completely weird. It took you through Kieko‘s oddball thoughts that felt both familiar-as you catch yourself thinking strange things- and off-the-wall- as you see Kieko take in a loser of a man. Felt like reading the script of an A24 film.

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Michael_Gee
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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A breezy, satisfying love letter to the konbini, rote tasks, & purposeful living, in whatever way brings fulfillment. Loved it.

For Christmas, our friend got us a Japanese snacks subscription box. Had these delicious Hanami dango tonight. I love the packaging!

Reggie I got so sad when she couldn‘t hear the store anymore. 6mo
Michael_Gee @Reggie I know! Everyone needed to leave Keiko alone! 6mo
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Burpito
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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I know folks who relate real good to this one and enjoyed it, but count me as a folk who relate real good to this one and not really enjoyed it

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LostInSpace
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I loved this.

Keiko has always been a store worker, she lives and breathes her convenience store life and that‘s where she is happiest.

As she struggles with the shackles of society that are imposed on her by her friends and family such as getting a ‘real‘ job or getting married, she realises that she doesn‘t care for that, she is who she is and that‘s that. A convenience store worker.

We could all learn from Keiko.

bthegood I loved this message as well - enjoy the holiday season with your little one! 🙂 7mo
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claudiuo
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Another book I found out about on #Litsy that was a good read. Beautifully written, maddening in parts when so aptly presenting the “shackles“ society sometime imposes on all of us. Don't remember who I have to thank for finding about it, either @Erin.Elizabeth10 or @thegreensofa so thank you both! A pick!

@TheAromaOfBooks: this was my #DoubleSpin for this month: it's been a while since I had one! Also making progress towards a bingo. Thank you!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
claudiuo Have to share this quote: “The normal world has no room for exceptions and always quietly eliminates foreign objects. Anyone who is lacking is disposed of.“ 7mo
thegreensofa I did enjoy this book, and it started me off on a bit of a Japanese novel bent for a bit 😁. I‘m so happy you enjoyed it too! 💞 7mo
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Erin.Elizabeth10 @claudiuo I‘m so glad you read it and enjoyed it!! It definitely make me think about things a little different. 💞📚 7mo
claudiuo I think it's gonna be the same for me, @thegreensofa .Already started a Haruki Murakami that I found at the library this weekend 7mo
thegreensofa Oh wow, I just googled him and there‘s heaps! 🤳🏻🤩 7mo
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Caroline2
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Thank you so much @rockpools These both sound so good and it‘s always so lovely receiving book post! 😃 👍

squirrelbrain I loved Convenience Store Woman 😁👍 7mo
Crazeedi I want the oliver book! On my tbr! 7mo
rockpools Hope you‘re having a lovely day (even with work!) 7mo
Caroline2 @rockpools I have thank you! 😁 7mo
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Augustdana
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Hello I‘ve been MIA for a bit but happy to be back! I did some cleaning this morning and now I‘ve got my guac and the hockey game on. I‘m ready to put a real dent in this. Happy Saturday friends!!

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rachelsbrittain
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A novella about a woman working at a convenience store in her thirties up against strong societal expectations that she get a "real" job or get married. Some of the cultural aspects are clearly Japanese but others are definitely relatable in the idea that sticking out too much and not conforming can lead to judgement. The main character also seems very clearly coded as Autistic. It's a poignant story that's a bit strange and a bit wonderful.

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AshleyKorinE
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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This is is one of the weirdest little books I've ever had the pleasure to read. Keiko Furukura has always just wanted a very simple life. She has her job at her convenience store that she has worked at forever and she is happy. Men and family in her life just don't understand her lack of ambition and tries to making her change who she is. She just loves the simplicity of her store. It's a short, odd happy novel about knowing who you are in life.

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CindyE09
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Very quirky #translated #novella about a societal misfit who has been working in a convenience store for 18 years and revolves her whole life around it. She meets another misfit and the decide to move in together and pretend they are dating to seem more socially acceptable. I enjoyed this book but not as much as I might have thought based on the buzz. Would like to read more from this author though. Read on #scribd

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MaleficentBookDragon
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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I‘m not sure how to review this book. Enjoy is not the right word. It is a short riveting read, and I am left with bittersweet feelings about it. I loved the straightforward writing style.

In trying to better understand the book I looked up others‘ reviews and learned a new term - neurodivergent.

I don‘t know what to say except read it and I‘d like to talk about it with you.

MaleficentBookDragon Is Keiko autistic, a sociopath, or something else? Is trying to label her committing the same sins as the other characters in the book? 10mo
Pruzy @MaleficentBookDragon I personally thought she was on the autism spectrum, but I‘m no expert. I don‘t think she was a sociopath as I don‘t think she was trying to hurt anyone malevolently with her actions. 10mo
EvieBee I thought she might be on the spectrum or just driven by OCD tendencies. I loved her! Also, must see these awesome convenience stores in Japan. 10mo
MaleficentBookDragon @EvieBee I know right? I really want to visit one of those stores. I really liked her too. 10mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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And now for something completely different.

My summer of the slasher is over and I need something new.

night_shift I thought this one was pretty good! 10mo
TiredLibrarian Love the bookmark! 😻 10mo
Bookzombie Cute bookmark! 10mo
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monalyisha
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The word “cute” often pops up in blurbs and reviews about this book, which is totally perplexing to me. It‘s not cute. It‘s more of a bite-sized, darkly comedic, quietly rebellious cry against succumbing to societal expectations.

It‘s about a neurodivergent Japanese woman struggling to present as “normal.” She ultimately realizes that she‘s sick of trying and would rather do what makes her content, even if it confounds her family and peers. 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1: Ultimately, I didn‘t love the book. I think I would‘ve preferred it as one story in a collection of short stories. Furukura is most definitely an antihero, & everything‘s a lot more grody (cockroaches, zits, sweat, a tendency towards violence, etc) than I anticipated. Though it‘s a well-conceptualized story, it‘s just not my thing. (edited) 10mo
DivineDiana Thank you for using the word “grody”. A new one for me which prompted me to look up the meaning! 🙂 10mo
monalyisha @DivineDiana Ha! You‘re welcome! There was a hot minute in the 90‘s (or was it the 80‘s?) in US pop culture where everything was “grody” or “grody to the max!” Showing my particular station in time, here. 😅 (edited) 10mo
DivineDiana Somehow, I missed that! 😂 10mo
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BookishTrish
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I had a great time with this audiobook about a 30 something convenience store employee who doesn‘t conform to expectations. The voice was very strongly written.

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rachelk
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“When something was strange, everyone thought they had the right to come stomping in all over your life to figure out why. I found that arrogant and infuriating, not to mention a pain in the neck.”

“People who are considered normal enjoy putting those who aren't on trial, you know.”
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I was looking for something short and fun but found much more in this gem of a novel with a neuro-divergent protagonist.💗

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Pogue
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This book was amazing!

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Erin.Elizabeth10
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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This audiobook is only 3.5 hours, and I always listen at a higher speed, so I finished this book in almost 2 hours! A short little story that comments on life, culture, society, relationships, and work. There‘s a lot packed in there, but it‘s also so simple! I wouldn‘t say it was my next favorite book or anything, but it definitely was worth the read.

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Veebee
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An interesting glimpse into the Japanese society. Keiko, 36 yrs old is a part- time worker in a Convenience Store since 18 yrs. She always had a problem fitting in.The Store is her life, she is good at her work but her family and friends think it is abnormal to be an unmarried temp worker at that age.Why people find fault with those who live their life differently? Is it out of their own frustation at being forced to make certain life choices ?

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TrishB
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#motherdaughterread
This was last nights. I was just too tired, grumpy and hot to post! The U.K. is not made for this heat 😁

Tove_Reads Tell me about it. I got dehydrated even though I avoid the sun and drink lots of electrolytes and stuff. So lucky we have a week long break from 30 degrees now, but it‘ll come back 😢 11mo
RaeLovesToRead I hear you! It's horrible! I think I'm going to melt into a big puddle 😅😅 11mo
youneverarrived It‘s too hot 🥵 the tagged book is a good one! 11mo
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MidnightBookGirl It's stupid hot and humid where I am too. I can't function well if I'm hot. 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm 🥵 Maybe stay indoors more often to avoid the hot and muggy condition. 11mo
arlenefinnigan Convenience Store Woman is really good. I kind of hope Will Sargeant's book is mostly about how much of a pain in the arse Ian McCulloch is to work with. 11mo
TrishB @arlenefinnigan Will‘s book is 320 pages and he only met Mac at 210! Going to be a quick run through the Bunneymen history. 11mo
TrishB @Tove_Reads @RaeLovesToRead @youneverarrived @MidnightBookGirl @erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve stayed in all day and that‘s better until it really heats up the house! 11mo
BookwormM Can we get a refund under the trade descriptions act 🤣🤣had enough of this heat 11mo
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Kdgordon88
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#JulyJourneys #Japan

Two books on my TBR.

vivastory Both of these are on my TBR. I've heard only good things about Ogawa's book. 12mo
Eggs 👏🏻📚🇯🇵 12mo
bthegood Convenience Store Woman was very enjoyable, hope you like it too😊 12mo
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Taylor
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I expected a cute novel about working and maybe some angst, or funny observations; what I did not expect was a scathing manifesto about neurodiversity, atypical sexuality, and the stress of being constantly observed and under societal pressures.

A hugely moving presentation of these subjects, with so many crucial issues masterfully woven into one seemingly small situation.

monalyisha Excellent review! 10mo
Taylor @monalyisha Thanks! 10mo
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magyklyXdelish
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I loved the theme of being against what society wants from us. Of not fitting neatly into one of the little boxes that tells us what we should be doing based on our age/gender even if it makes us “other”. I also adored Keiko and enjoyed being inside her mind.

Overall though this just lacked a plot that could keep me riveted which says more about me than it does the book.

#BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 12mo
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Julsmarshall
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Strange, spare story about a unique woman finding her way in the world. I kept expecting something jarring or shocking to happen but the story just kept creeping along. Are we truly basic animals? How do we find our place in the world and how much do our roles as workers fit into our view of ourselves. I suspect I‘ll be thinking about this book for awhile. #Japan #audio

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magyklyXdelish
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Up next! Earthlings was definitely bizarre and I‘ve heard great things about this one so I‘m really excited! This was a gift from @DebinHawaii - finally getting around to it 🤗

DebinHawaii I hope you like it! 🤗Strange & quirky but I realty enjoyed it! 12mo
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sheffner
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Mehso-so

This was a strange little book and I‘m still trying to decide if I liked it or not. I worked part time for most of my twenties and Shiraha reminded me a lot of an old coworker. A lot of it hit close to home for me. 😵

#booked2021

#translatedintoyourfirstlanguage

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AvidlyAlexis
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32/100, 4☆, I loved this short story! The main character's voice was so unique and yet so relatable. I love her. There were also good examinations of societal pressure and comments on progressional norms.

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JillR
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I really enjoyed this short book; Keiko manages her feelings of not fitting in by learning to flow with the rules, routines and rhythms of her job in a Japanese convenience store, despite society‘s view that this is not a “proper job.” In few pages this had a lot to say about the expectations of society and the treatment of those seen as being different, and also about the nature and purpose of work. It also veered into real darkness at times.

rockpools Great review. I really want to read her new one now 13mo
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j9brown
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Liked this a lot! A quiet little novel about not fitting in, about finding your place in the world, even if the world seems to have no place or use for you.

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JillR
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New books, some from an actual (pre-loved) bookshop, my first visit in more than a year 💕. The top two are this month‘s book club reads - I‘ve just joined a book club for the very first time; these two books are my first choices for the group and I‘m a bit nervous! Positive reviews welcomed!

BarbaraBB Great haul! I enjoyed the upper two books! 14mo
TrishB There will be plenty to talk about! 14mo
Oryx Good choices. I liked both of those, and lots to discuss 14mo
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rockpools Have fun! I agree with everyone - I enjoyed the top two, and they‘re both perfect for bookclub conversations. (edited) 14mo
squirrelbrain I agree with everyone else - great choices for bookclub. Lots to talk about in terms of storyline, but also style etc. 14mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve enjoyed the top two and the bottom one. What others said about the top two 👍 hope you‘ll enjoy! 14mo
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Amoon
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Another book that I have no idea how it came to me. Told through the eyes of 36 year old Keiko Furukura. She is a person who doesn‘t understand social cues and has to ask her younger sister how to act “normal”.
She finds that she is perfectly suited to working in a convenience store but everyone judges her for being single and only working part time. She takes on the mannerisms of others to fit in. Fascinating character.

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