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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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youneverarrived
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I‘m so glad Keiko stuck with what made her happy over conforming to what her friends and family felt she should want from life. Makes you think about the expectations family and society put on you even from a young age. I really enjoyed it but I do think there‘s a sadness underlying it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #finishinaday #booked2020

Megabooks I felt similarly. Changing my comment a bit after rereading your review. I think it was very important that she accepted herself, but I don‘t necessarily see the sadness in it. I found it a bit uplifting actually. (edited) 2w
youneverarrived @Megabooks I found it uplifting initially and still do in terms of Keiko doing her own thing & what makes her happy. Just when really thinking about the book in general I think there‘s a sadness to it. 2w
Cathythoughts Nice review! I want to read it now ... stacked 2w
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erzascarletbookgasm I liked this too! 2w
Megabooks @youneverarrived one thing I‘ve wondered, having read something similar in several people‘s reviews here, but not asked, is it because she‘s a convenience store employee? If she was an attorney and just felt the tort law flowing through her, would it be sad? Part of what I find uplifting about it is that she seems confident enough in herself that it‘s okay that she‘s just a convenience store worker. Opting out of the rat race has its own pleasures 2w
batsy Great review! @Megabooks I found it sad because of her underlying aloneness. She seems fundamentally alienated in a sense. 2w
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thanks 🙏 let me know what you think. 2w
youneverarrived @erzascarletbookgasm I love when a short novel packs a punch. 2w
youneverarrived @Megabooks that‘s actually an interesting point. I work in a convenience store so I hope people don‘t feel that way 😂 I could relate to her in that she doesn‘t belong in the rat race. I just find it sad thinking about the fact she‘s always been told to be something other than what she is & yeah she‘s happy in her job but she hasn‘t got much else in her life; it‘s her choice but it also feels like it‘s been pushed on her to be so alone. 2w
Megabooks @youneverarrived I hope so, too!! 🥰 I didn‘t even think of the alone dimension making people sad. I am completely happy to be alone. My current living situation is an anomaly. Most of my adult years, I‘ve lived alone. I love it! No SO and no roommates since university. I‘ve spent more time out of relationships than in them. But I can see why you, as a person in a committed relationship having a baby, would see things differently than I do. 🤔🤔 2w
youneverarrived @Megabooks I love that you‘re happy on your own. I think a lot of people put up with bad relationships because they are scared of being alone. I probably would have spent a long time by myself if I hadn‘t met my partner. I just think she doesn‘t have any real connections or anything & the people in her life only seem happy for her when she‘s conforming to a certain role. But in a way she seems happy to just do her own thing so 🤷‍♀️ 2w
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MEGR
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A weird and wonderful book.

marleed Love your photo! 1mo
MEGR @marleed Thank you 😊 1mo
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Bookwormjillk
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I liked this book. It was a short glimpse into life in Japan as seen through an outsider‘s eyes.

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SqueakyChu
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I don‘t feel this way, but I know someone who would think this is a very accurate statement about babies! 😯

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SqueakyChu
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I started reading this book last night. I love reading contemporary #Japanese fiction so I feel certain this book will appeal to me. I‘m reading it as a shared read with three others on the #TIOLI challenges on #LibraryThing. Cute rice ball image on it‘s cover, eh? 😃

Smrloomis I LOVE that cover 😂 and I do mean ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Such an adorable cover💕💕 2mo
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bookwrm526 I read this one last year and found it very odd and slow but somehow still engrossing...the cover is delicious though 2mo
SqueakyChu @bookwrm526 I usually like odd but hate slow. I‘ll see how it goes. 😃 2mo
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Tonton
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erzascarletbookgasm Interesting! 👍 2mo
fleeting 🤩 2mo
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essayareayaitch
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Growing up, Keiko doesn't fit into society. It's not until she becomes employed at a convenience store while at University does she really feel like she belongs. Here she's given specific tasks, phrases to repeat, a uniform. Basically a list of how to conform. Sure also picks up how to act when not working by mimicking her fellow employees. I feel like it has so much to say about Japanese society, but it's not something I'm qualified to analyze.

BarbaraBB I enjoyed this one too. The same goes for 2mo
essayareayaitch @BarbaraBB I'm hoping to get to it soon. Library holds and new releases became available, so my own books get the back burner once again 2mo
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Smarkies
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This was an interesting book. The main character was not one that I was expecting but the writing and setting really spoke to me. The book does reflect Japanese society well.
Nothing this one down as #covercrush for #booked2020 as I only picked this up in the bookshop after I fell in love with the cuteness of this. 😂😂
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Maria514626 I loved this book! This cover is different than the one I read. I live it! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! 2mo
batsy I really liked this book. And these covers are super cute. 2mo
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Smarkies @batsy I was holding off buying it until I saw the 3 covers at the bookstore. And then I had to! 🤣🤣 2mo
Smarkies @Maria514626 this is the cover that they have for this region. I have seen the other covers which are also nice. 😁 2mo
Cinfhen I agree!!! Cover is fantastic 💗 2mo
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Read66
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Really enjoyed this character driven novel about a woman who does not fit in with society - people, feelings, relationships, emotions et al - and feels most at ease when at her job in the structured world of the convenience store where she works.

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AliceFaustus
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"The normal world has no room for exceptions and always quietly eliminates foreign objects. Anyone who is lacking is disposed of."

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Centique
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A perfect short read for a day out on the boat. I‘m probably the last person on Litsy to read this 😂😂 Keiko doesn‘t fit in to society, but she does fit in at the convenience store where she works. I enjoyed being in the shoes of someone on the outside and looking at the world from her detached perspective; Keiko has some surprising insights into other‘s behaviour and mannerisms. I liked it but many people I know would find it bewildering.

TrishB Looks lovely wherever you are 😁 2mo
Cathythoughts Stunning pic ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ 2mo
Velvetfur You're not the last person on Litsy to read this - I've never heard of it! 😂 Have a fab time, looks like you're in a much better place than I currently am 😁👍 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Nice review and enjoy your holiday! 2mo
Rissreads I loved this book! 2mo
CarolynM Looks like a beautiful day☀️😍 2mo
batsy This was a great read! And this is a fab picture 2mo
Centique @TrishB @Cathythoughts thank you 😘 This is just one of the many little bays amongst the islands in the Hauraki Gulf - so just off shore from Auckland. If we launch from the beach down the road we can be at the closest island in 10 minutes. It‘s why so many Aucklanders have a boat 😊 Very lucky💕 2mo
Centique @Velvetfur 😂 im glad I‘m not the only one then. Funny how you feel like you see a book so many times before you read it! It‘s summer here in NZ, so we‘re just doing some day trips from home at the moment. Where are you? 2mo
Centique @Rissreads @batsy I‘m glad you guys liked it too! Hope this nice weather continues for your visit Nerissa 😊 2mo
Centique @erzascarletbookgasm @CarolynM thanks Jessie and Carolyn! It was a stunning day. Each of us missed a spot with the suncream though and we‘ve got patches of sunburn, doh! Hope you both get some relaxing reading in post Christmas. 🏖📚 2mo
Velvetfur @Centique Oh you're in NZ! I'm in the UK (Liverpool), but I've been to NZ because my ex is from there. His Mum lives in Hamilton so we started there, then went to Wellington where his sister lives, then to Auckland where his cousin lives. I totally fell in love with Wellington and could easily live there, but didn't get much time in Auckland so would love to go back one day. Your bit of Auckland looks perfect! 2mo
Rissreads I'm starting to get very excited and I'm looking forward to meeting you! 💙 2mo
Centique @Velvetfur how cool that you‘ve been. I‘ve never been to Liverpool! But if you do return id put the South Island ahead of seeing Auckland - it‘s so beautiful down there 😍 I should visit Liverpool because I think some of my ancestors came from there 😉 2mo
Velvetfur @Centique That's fab! Ok, I will take your advice about visiting the South Island if I can ever afford to go back one day! Thank you 😁👍If you ever come to Liverpool to search for your ancestors, let me know 😁 2mo
Centique @Velvetfur I will 😊🥰 2mo
Centique @Rissreads yay! Me too! 2mo
Reggie Lucky you guys!!! We‘ve had nothing but dark clouds and sleeting rain which is for me a perfect day, lol. Glad you liked this book. My heart broke when she couldn‘t hear the convenience store anymore, but then was so happy at the end. 2mo
Centique @Reggie me too! I kind of identified with that a little 🤣😂 When I worked retail I sort of loved it - fluorescent lights and artificial smiles, tinned music, striped uniforms and all. Can‘t bear being a shopper in a crowd but put me behind the checkout and I‘m all smiles. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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Crimson613
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I don't know how I feel about the vibrancy of the cover but the content was both mundane and insightful. Not only are we learning about the convenience store job, but also the way Japanese society works. Is marriage about love or expectations? Is there such a thing as individualism? How do our everyday interactions shape us? She even talks about sexuality! Recommended #tbrread #tmskellington #japaneseliterature

@clwojick @staycurious

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Crimson613
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This book is definitely not what I was expecting, it's much more #socialcritique #japaneseliterature

#tbrread #tmskellington #wintergames @clwojick @staycurious

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Crimson613
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I thought he was cute when he was first introduced because tall people are my thing but wow he's on my hit list now 😂😂 #tbrread #tmskellington #wintergames

@clwojick @staycurious

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alisonrose
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Well, this is definitely unique. Enjoyable in its own way, could be called quirky but not in the twee way that word is typically used. I like a female character who literally is incapable of giving any fucks what people think of her. However, I wasn‘t sure if Keiko was on the autism spectrum or if she was a sociopath (I mean...she muses about stabbing a baby at one point) & Shiraha was a huge douche. But I liked the commentary & weirdness. 3/5 ⭐️

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alisonrose
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Good, I pulled off being a “person.”

[LOL it me.]

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alisonrose
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Gonna start—and probably finish—this cute little book today. #nowreading

JanuarieTimewalker13 My most surprising read of the year!! I really liked this one!! 2mo
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Readswithcoffee
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This was an interesting story about the pressure to conform in Japanese society. This is very difficult for the MC, Keiko. She has a difficult time understanding people and their expectations of her. Her comfort zone is the convenience store where she works. Many parts of this book were sad to me, but it is a good story.

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Crimson613
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Nobody tell my boss I'm reading on the job! 🤐🤐😆 #tmskellington #wintergames #tbrread @clwojick @staycurious

lele1432 I really want to read this one! 2mo
Crimson613 1pt 12-17 @lele1432 i just finished it today and it was Good :D very different from what I usually read but i liked it xD 2mo
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JennyM
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This week went according to plan, with four books read and one in progress. I loved three, particularly The Fragments. But I was surprised to really not enjoy The five people you meet in heaven. I adore Tuesdays with Morrie, but this was not that, and I was glad it was short so I could move on. Boyne is fantastic as usual... #Bookreport

TrishB Great week 👍🏻 3mo
Cinfhen I found 5 people you meet in heaven disappointing as well / it felt forced and I didn‘t enjoy 3mo
Tanisha_A ❤️ 3mo
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GrahamBarnesy
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A bit slow, but really worth the read. Especially if you've ever felt like an outsider...or worked in a convenience store.

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DyAnne
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The lovely Port Book and News in Port Angeles, WA opened at 8:00 am today, so I was able to pop in after breakfast. So sad to leave the Olympic Peninsula, but at least I got in an indie bookstore stop as we headed home. #ThePeninsula #WesternWA

vumblereads Convenience Store Woman is one of my favorites 😁 4mo
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Redheadrambles
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This is not a book that worked for me and rather than trying to analyse exactly why, I will chalk it up to a reader / writer mismatch. However, I will say the male character, Shiraha, was supremely irksome and this had plenty to do with my 2-stars.

ReadHarder task - Neurodiversity ✅ Only two tasks remain 😊

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Sharpeipup
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Finally get to eat lunch (it‘s 2:06 pm).
#booknlunch #bookntea

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Mogoeg
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A delightful little poison-pill of a book. My respect for the Japanese reading public grew greatly when I heard that this was a bestseller. Keiko is not just a psychopath (although she is most certainly that), she is an alien, here to observe and judge us all. There is a lot going on in this short novel, and I'm not in the headspace to do it justice here, so I won't try. In the end Keiko recognizes who she is - and that is so very satisfying. A+

Mogoeg Sadly this seems to be Murata's only work translated into English. I hope that that the success of this one will spur on further translations. 5mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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So far this is a funny and slightly heartbreaking tale of one woman's struggle to conform to societies expectations just to get the people around her off her case so that she can be at peace in the convenience store she loves so much.

In some ways it reminds me a bit of a Japanese Eleanor Oliphant.

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BeckyMerilatt
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This is a strange and wonderful book about a woman who struggles to fit into normal society. It‘s witty and sharply funny, almost philosophical at times. A quick, but necessary read.

rachaich Agree! Odd but draws you in. 5mo
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Rachel_nyc
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#7days7covers Day 3 of 7 favorite covers. No explanation. #covercrush Not sure who isn‘t participating, perhaps @squirrelbrain ?

BarbaraBB A favorite of mine too, this cover! 6mo
Cinfhen Agreed!!! Fabulous cover 6mo
squirrelbrain I‘m already participating Rachel... so difficult to find someone now who isn‘t... 😁 6mo
Rachel_nyc @squirrelbrain Ha ha it sure is! I will go back and look at yours. This is a fun challenge! 6mo
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Lindy
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Chocolate melon—a flavour combination I first encountered in the tagged book—is my most recent ice cream invention. I was dubious, but it actually tastes good. Recipe: 250 ml heavy cream, whipped; 150 ml sweetened condensed milk; 250 ml very ripe cantaloupe, puréed; 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder. Mix together, freeze. So easy!

Mommamanzi I can not wait to try this!!! 6mo
Lindy @Mommamanzi Yay! The basic recipe is all over the internet and you can adapt flavours to suit yourself. https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-no-churn-ice-cream-cooking-lessons-from-th... 6mo
LeahBergen I bet it would be! I‘ve always liked melon in a chocolate fondue. 6mo
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BookInMyHands
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Keiko is thirty-six and has been working at a convenience store for half her life. She has trouble relating to people and understanding how they feel she should behave, but at the store the world makes sense to her. But Japanese culture is telling Keiko what she should want- a higher paying job or a husband and family, and she must choose between the life she wants and the life people tell her she must want.

#readingwomenofcolor2019

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KarenUK
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Keiko, has been working in the store for 18 yrs, even though her family and societal expectations deem she should be married or doing a ‘proper job‘ by now. She‘s a charming protagonist, and it‘s really heartbreaking as she repeatedly says how she is ‘not normal‘, a label that was obviously given to her often. What dulled my enjoyment of this, was the character of Shiraha. Usually I don‘t mind an unlikeable character, but he was beyond unpleasant.

britt_brooke I really liked this one! Great review! (edited) 6mo
Amor4Libros I loved this book! 6mo
Tamra This one sticks with you. 6mo
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BarbaraBB Great review. 6mo
KarenUK @britt_brooke @BarbaraBB @Tamra @Amor4libros Thank you! I did love Keiko so much. But irrationally hated Shiraha! 😂 6mo
Amor4Libros @KarenUK Well, he was awful! 6mo
britt_brooke @KarenUK I hated him, too. 6mo
SqueakyChu I never minded Shiraha because I just thought of him as a caricature rather than a real character. I did feel warmth toward Keiko, though. She was always trying to be true to herself. In this society, each of us is different in our own way. 1mo
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AutumnRLS
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Finished Hank Green's book (which I really enjoyed) and am starting this one in honor of Women In Translation Month! I've only heard really good things.

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REPollock
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A quick read, and an unusualt personality type for a narrator. I can‘t say I‘d be happy working at a store but I found a lot to empathize with in Keiko Furukura. Also the character of Shiraha struck me as the kind of guy who commits a mass shooting in the US.

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Andrea313
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One review compared this book to Mrs. Dalloway. Another said it is a "grim post-capitalist reverie". Still another called it a love story. A deep look into alienation. A meditation on conformity. The main character has been called the "anti-Bartleby", described as a sociopath, and likened to Amélie. This is all correct. This book is fascinating and un-put-downable. You can read it in an afternoon and I highly recommend doing just that.

BarbaraBB Excellent review! 6mo
CouronneDhiver Yes!!!!! 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 6mo
batsy Agree with @BarbaraBB ! Love how you describe this. 6mo
Andrea313 @batsy @BarbaraBB I'm so glad I piqued your interest! I haven't read a book quite like this one; it gives the reader so much to think about. 6mo
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AutumnRLS
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Picked these two up at the library while I was in to get the Hank Green book. Hoping to finish all three before the end of the month. We'll see, I've got the book fair to organize, my birthday in two weeks, and I'm thinking about doing some volunteer transcription for the Library of Congress, to name just a few things that could get in my way.

bromeliad Convenience Store Woman is a quick read--I got through it in an afternoon. You've got a busy schedule ahead of you, though! 6mo
AutumnRLS @bromeliad finally getting to this one! Very much looking forward to it! 6mo
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Rissa1
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I loved the ending of this book. That was it. Up until the end all character's annoyed me. I understand the message, but the cultural differences are hard for me to grasp. #beyoubehappy

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HannahDE
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Short and a quick read. A woman who doesn‘t fit in can‘t make sense of her place in society except at the convenience store at which she works. Strange, but I liked it. I loved the character. She was odd without being jarring, although she was so to those around her.

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 📚🎈🤗 7mo
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JoyBlue
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So many factors make this one difficult to assess/rate. It's translated from a language and culture about which I know essentially nothing. I believe I understand the point the author is making. What I don't understand is how it's being received by so many reviewers. I don't see this as a fun, quirky read—Keiko is mightily abused and oppressed. While there is some dark humor (one of my faves), overwhelmingly, the book is bleak.

AvidReader25 Completely agree with your review. I was surprised by seeing it frequently described as light and fun. 7mo
CarolynM I didn't find it funny either. 7mo
JoyBlue @Avidreader25 @CarolynM I‘m glad I‘m not alone in my assessment! Thanks for having my back. 😉 7mo
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Verity
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Super weird but incredibly readable slice of life novel. You really feel like you‘re inside the head of the heroine and it‘s so subtle you don‘t realise how weird it‘s got until the outside world suddenly intrudes. V good.

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REPollock
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1. Indoor. I‘ve actually been told to avoid sunlight by a doctor.
2. Lemongrass tea for summer, spiced chai for winter
3. Tagged book bc I need to pick up coffee creamer and snacks. 🍎🥯🥨🍿🍦
4. Black. It‘s the only color I own.
5. Obv. 😂
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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Megabooks
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I finished up my second reading, first audio of this book. Still one of my favorites!!

It works so wonderfully as a critique of society and having to be a mother or a career woman or a mother/mild career woman with no place left for the rest of us. And that having a scrub (as TLC would say) is better than having no man.

Even though Keiko is purposefully awkward, I found her relatable. #audiobook #audible

REPollock Reading this now and I find her relatable too. Not that I would be satisfied working in a store for 18 years, but her total lack of interest in being a wife/mother. Also her satisfaction in following procedures and adherence to efficient workflow processes. 7mo
Megabooks @REPollock Exactly! You took the words out of my brain. And also her pride in even the most mundane parts of that workflow. I love it when a process or concept “clicks” at work, even if it‘s something small. 7mo
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Emilymdxn I love this one so much too! 7mo
Megabooks @Emilymdxn Awesome!! 7mo
britt_brooke Loved the audio! 🎧💚 7mo
britt_brooke My husband travels to Tokyo a few times a year for work and this book spawned a lengthy conversation about Japanese convenience stores. They truly are a big part of city life there. I loved how this wasn‘t just about Keiko (I loved her), but also about Japanese culture. A lot accomplished in so few pages. 7mo
Megabooks @britt_brooke It really did! I felt I learned something about convenience stores in Tokyo like I do about bodegas when I read a book set in NYC. It‘s like someone from one of those places reading about truck stops in rural America. Does that make sense?? 7mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks Yes, exactly! 7mo
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REPollock
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Next #audiobook! I‘ve heard so much about this one, I‘m really looking forward to it!

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bromeliad
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RealBooks4ever Curious as to what you didn‘t like about this book! 7mo
bromeliad @RealBooks4ever yeah, sorry for not having posted anything, I didn't want to get ranty haha. I felt it was short yet meandering, that it didn't have any significant character growth, and that what it was trying to say, it didn't say well. Did you like it? 7mo
RealBooks4ever Yes, I liked it. What I took away from it was that the woman might be on the autism spectrum. My grandson is also, so I picked up on some cues. Sorry you didn‘t enjoy it! 💜 7mo
bromeliad @RealBooks4ever yeah, and I'm definitely not saying I have anything against a protagonist on the autism spectrum, or who is otherwise neurodiverse; I just couldn't connect with how the author chose to talk about it. I am definitely in the minority though--this book is on a lot of people's top choices over the last year! 7mo
IamIamIam I really liked this but I feel like it had far more cultural significance in Japan than in the US. She essentially bucked a system that told her she was doing all the wrong things by not going to college and starting a career or getting married, as if those were her only options. I can see how the stilted dialog would be offputting but I listened to the audio and it was super short. Kudos for giving it a shot! 6mo
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Keiko Furukura is socially awkward; perhaps on the spectrum? She finds solace in her structured convenience store job. I‘ve seen reviews touting this as the Japanese Eleanor Oliphant, and though undoubtedly meant as a compliment, I‘m not a fan of those types of comparisons. Plus, I liked this better, tbh. In this short novel, Murata provides a condensed look at Japanese culture, society‘s expectations, and the convenience store‘s role.

Megabooks Glad you liked it! 7mo
RealBooks4ever Yay! I liked this too! 💜 7mo
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batsy Nice review! It's such a unique book with some deeper themes going on. 7mo
britt_brooke @batsy Thank you! 7mo
Pruzy I‘m not sure why everyone was giving her such a hard time about how much she was working? And why didn‘t someone offer her a management position?! 6mo
britt_brooke @Pruzy Right?! I think it‘s cultural. She‘d definitely get less grief in the US. 6mo
Pruzy @britt_brooke Yeah, definitely. If anything I feel like she would have gotten more grief over her loser boyfriend and people would be backing her up telling her she doesn‘t need a man! 6mo
britt_brooke @Pruzy Totally agree! 6mo
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Megabooks
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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This is one of my favorite books of the year, if not all time. Only $1.95 for members at #audible US. I can‘t wait to read it as an #audiobook!

#womenintranslation

Rissa1 This is my treadmill audio for #BFCr3. Only 30 minutes in (roughly). 7mo
Megabooks @Rissa1 Cool! I hope you like it. 7mo
Geeklet How weird! I just heard about this yesterday and thought it sounded good. Thanks for the info! 7mo
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Megabooks @Geeklet I hope you like it! 7mo
britt_brooke I bought it this morning based on your review! (edited) 7mo
Megabooks @britt_brooke I hope you like it! 7mo
Rachel_nyc Thanks for this! I loved this one too. 7mo
Megabooks @Rachel_nyc 😁👍🏻🎧 7mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks Started listening and I‘m loving it so far! 7mo
Megabooks @britt_brooke Yay!! 👍🏻👍🏻 7mo
lele1432 Omg yay!! 7mo
Megabooks @lele1432 👍🏻👍🏻 7mo
lele1432 I just bought it lol. I've been wanting this one for a while! 7mo
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cwarnier
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Mehso-so

#24B4Monday #audiobook
Not a bad short story about life.

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sophierayton
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Pickpick

This is a book like no other. Through the story of a woman who works at a convenience store (no spoilers there) it explores a person's value to society and challenges the expectations that are placed upon people. It is short and light on the surface, but has an undercurrent of something much deeper. I feel it will stay with me.

Megabooks I loved it! 7mo
Leftcoastzen I loved it too! 7mo
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Mimi28
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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@CouronneDhiver I was no longer to renew this at the library so I just spent the last $13 on my credit card to get it. I am only on page 17, but I‘m hooked. Her stories are so funny so far!! Thanks for the recommendation 👍🏽👍🏽❤️😊😊

erzascarletbookgasm A good read. 👍 Hope you‘ll like it 7mo
RealBooks4ever I really liked this one! 💜 7mo
CouronneDhiver ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
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