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The Briefcase
The Briefcase | Hiromi Kawakami
Translated from Japanese, this novel describes the love affair between lonely office worker, Tsukiko, and one of her former high school teachers, 30 years her senior, who she meets while they both are drinking alone at a bar. Original.
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AbstractMonica
Strange Weather in Tokyo | Hiromi Kawakami
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At times, I thought the relationship between Tsukiko and Sensei was one sided (Tsukiko putting in most of the effort). I very much enjoyed this placid novel, and enjoyed the quirky relationship between the unlikely couple. I really loved the vivid imagery the chapters set (reading about foraging mushrooms in the mountains was such a delight). Would recommend 👍🏼

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AbstractMonica
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Just started reading this one last night :) pretty interesting so far. I‘m loving the relationship development between Tsukiko and Sensei.

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lumbricuslibri
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Mehso-so

So there's an exception: I don't like Japanese contemporary romance. (But I do like romance in my manga.)
Maybe it's the translation but I also didn't like the writing style. It's a short book but I had a hard time getting into it. The long chapters didn't help.
This was a little funny, though—that, I liked.

IuliaC Funny and a bit unusual, maybe it's because of the translation as you said 3mo
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lumbricuslibri
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RebL Disagree. Unless people can look in, then it‘s not so depressing as awkward. 5mo
Bklover I‘m with you! I think I‘d love a window. (edited) 5mo
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truthinfiction
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In loneliness I have drifted this long way, alone. My torn and shabby robe could not keep out the cold. And tonight the sky was so clear it made my heart ache all the more.

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truthinfiction
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I, on the other hand, still might not be considered a proper grown-up. I had been very much the adult when I was in elementary school. But as I continued on through junior high and high school, on the contrary, I became less grown-up. And then as the years passed, I turned into quite a childlike person. I suppose I just wasn‘t able to ally myself with time.

Picture Credits: literature and trees on tumblr

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VRM1975
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A re-read which is rare for me but loved it as much as the first time

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rachaich
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Such a quick read, msybe sitting in the sunshine helped 🕶🕶⚘🌷.
Liked this a lot and found the oddness strangely rewarding.

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rachaich
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Wanted to read this for ages, then, found a copy!

Libby1 It‘s sooo good! 6mo
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jdiehr
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Mehso-so

A will they or won't they tale of an ex student and her teacher (sensei).

I found myself not really caring whether they got together or not.

I also found myself picturing Martin Kove from Karate Kid as the teacher (the only sensei I know) 😄

In the end, a forgettable book.

IuliaC I felt quite the same about it. I think the title could have just as well been "Strange Relationship in Tokyo" :)) 7mo
jdiehr @IuliaC 💯 7mo
LitStephanie I love this review so much. Says a lot very succinctly. 7mo
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AllDebooks
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Enjoyable read exploring the friendship, later in life between a teacher and student as it develops into love. Beautifully written with genuine, flawed characters.

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MaleficentBookDragon
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I just can't stay away from @suvata 's #LMPBC. I love this book club. And I am partial to #GroupW.
I started a new Round 14 group for books by a Japanese author and/or set in Japan.
Is anyone interested in joining me?

Details and sign up:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080444AEAD2CA0FF2-litsy14

Soubhiville @alysonimagines would you be interested in this? 7mo
LibrarianRyan Nice concept! 7mo
Kayla.Adriena I love it too! I signed up for your group if that's okay! I've never gone with a "theme" before, exciting! 7mo
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Avanders Ooh sounds like a great round!! Imma sit out a round again… life‘s ebbs and flows, you know…. 😰😘 7mo
MaleficentBookDragon @Kayla.Adriena YAY! 7mo
MeganAnn Love this idea!! I signed up 😍 7mo
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katrrosee
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2022 Read Harder Challenge
#7: Read a romance where at least one of the protagonists is over 40

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rachelsbrittain
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Book mail! Excited to read these three books in translation.

BarbaraBB Three gorgeous covers 🥰 8mo
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booksandsympathy
Strange Weather in Tokyo | Hiromi Kawakami

“It grows because you plant it....That‘s how love is. If the love is true, then treat it the same way you would a plant—fertilize it, protect it from the elements—you must do absolutely everything you can. But if it isn‘t true, then it‘s best to just let it wither on the vine.”

Kayla.Adriena Love this 11mo
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booksandsympathy
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"I find something quite carefree about the days around the winter solstice, when the daylight is so brief it seems like it‘s chasing you."

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booksandsympathy
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"A person can learn all manner of things, no matter where he finds himself, provided his spirit is determined."

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booksandsympathy
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I requested this digital book from my library in August and just got it on Libby today! Looking forward to reading it.

ju.ca.no Enjoy! It‘s one of my favourite books😍 11mo
booksandsympathy @ju.ca.no good to know. I haven't heard a lot about it. 11mo
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natashalb
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It was an interesting quick read, a little quirky love story between Tsukiko and her former Sensei. I read it in a day and I enjoyed the writing style. I'm sometimes can't quite 'get in' to some Japanese authors English works, even though it's fine in the original. I would like to read more by Kawakami-san.

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vlwelser
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This is a quirky little love story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I also love this cover.

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CoffeeAndABook Very cool cover!! 👌🏼 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 13mo
truthinfiction I loved the cover as well. It made me pick the book up, actually. 5mo
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bookandbedandtea
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I haven't liked anything I've read this week. 😭 The two on the left are finished: SWIT was OK; Descent was not. I'm halfway through the two on the right but I'm not enjoying either one. Please please, book gods, let my next reads be good ones. 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

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sailu112
The Briefcase | Hiromi Kawakami
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Being used to strong protagonists who are either likeable or dislikable, Tsusiko and Sensei were such refreshing characters. The story of them just sitting and drinking felt very new and interesting.

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Barbs813
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I‘ve been in reading slump for quite a while, so I picked up this short novel in hopes that I‘d actually finish it. It was a great choice. Not a typical love story but I enjoyed how their relationship developed. Now, I want to try to make the yudofu that was mentioned so many times.

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TheNeverendingTBR
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This one was a short, strange and quirky read.

Took me three days to read it though because my last read made me slumpy!!

I liked it though, there isn't much of a plot going on though but the characterization is very good and they were likeable characters at that!

Now to join in on the #LosersClub2021 read of Desperation by Stephen King 💫

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3775835132 ↩full review

Mskt6891 I love the idea of 'slumpy' 😀 2y
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TheEllieMo
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I saw a post by @RaeLovesToRead reviewing this book and thought it myself that it looked interesting, so I popped over to Amazon, and apparently ..... 🙄😂😂😂

RaeLovesToRead @TheEllieMo it's a cute little book! Looks like you're good to go! 😁 2y
TrishB Lol 😂 all the time! 2y
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RaeLovesToRead
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An understated romance between an older man and younger woman. Cute and frustrating. Kept making me hungry with all its descriptions of food. Gets "Pick" status for leaving an impression on me.

slategreyskies I really liked this one. 💕 2y
RaeLovesToRead @slategreyskies It wasn't the most exciting read, but very cute and I became very fond of the characters! 😊 2y
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RaeLovesToRead
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Not read a love story in a while. Hope this is as "enchanting, moving and funny" as it promises on the cover. So far I just want to eat everything described!

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LostInSpace
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‘If the love is true, then treat it the same way you would a plant - feed it, protect it from the elements - you must do absolutely everything you can. But if it isn‘t true, then it‘s best to just let it wither on the vine‘

I read this book in one sitting, what an absolutely enchanting story ❤️

Reggie I loved this book. 2y
LostInSpace @Reggie it was so bloody good, I read it in about 3-4 hours and I‘m still thinking about it today, one of those that sticks with you ❤️ (edited) 2y
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IuliaC
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A gentle love story reaffirming that love has no age or limit
"If the love is true, then treat it the same way you would plant - feed it, protect it from the elements - you must do absolutely everything you can. But if it isn't true, then it's best to just let it wither on the vine."

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IuliaC
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Initial thoughts after the first two chapters:
🔵 an unusual but nice friendship;
🟠 beautiful writing;
🟢 I should try edamame with beer sometime;
🟣 I have to order some Japanese food tonight❗

Gordana 😁 2y
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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“Would you consider a relationship with me, based on a premise of love?” May/December romance between two awkward people. This is my third translated Japanese novel, to date, and I find them so calming and unassuming.
I kept craving Japanese food bc they talk about food a lot, so yesterday I got Tofu teriyaki and lemon avocado rolls. I needed the total experience. #Japan

JanuarieTimewalker13 2020 Book 30 2y
Reggie This was one of my favorite books from last year. I say it‘s the most gentle rainstorm of a book you‘ll ever read. It was also funnier than I thought it was gonna be. 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Reggie “gentle rainstorm” is a perfect description!! I think I missed the humor, somehow. Was it supposed to be satirical? I thought they drank A LOT. Like to an extreme, but I‘m pretty much a teetotaler except for my annual whiskey sour. Lol 2y
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Reggie @JanuarieTimewalker13 Not satirical, but when they‘re on the island and she‘s shouting at him but he can‘t hear her because there is a flock of seagulls so loud. Or when she‘s talking to the bartender after he‘s asked her about knowing if the sensei is sick. But there is a cricket chirping the whole time throughout their conversation. Or the end when he asks the question you quoted above but there is a kid in the square being attacked by birds 2y
Reggie Because he won‘t stop throwing popcorn at them. I thought it was all amusing. 2y
Reggie very cute book. 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Reggie Wow!! Am I daft!!! That went completely over my head. Now I wish I still had the book to review that area but I returned it to library!! (edited) 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Reggie They just kept missing each other. I‘ve seen couples in action like that. The guy will go to put an arm around the girl and at that time she moves away, oblivious to the loving gesture. They just miss the tender interactions by a second. Not with noise, however. Other distractions. Or one is looking at the other and just as the other moves toward them, they look away. 2y
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Kimbono
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Sunday morning reading soundtrack #readingsoundtrack

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slategreyskies
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Pickpick

I loved this book. I laughed, and then I cried. It was very well done, an odd and quirky love story, both gentle and sweet. 💕🌸

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Rachael_reads
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I love Japanese literature!!! Definitely a pick #japaneseliterature

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Tanisha_A
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“In the forest, Sensei seemed quite different from his usual self. He was like a woodland creature who had lived among the trees since ancient times.”

This is just the book i needed for a rainy Saturday afternoon. A quiet and calm read. 🌸 #Japan

Tanisha_A @batsy @ju.ca.no I know it's one of your favourites, and now i know why. ☺️ 2y
Cathythoughts Lovely picture ❤️ 2y
ju.ca.no I love how calm it is, the story is just so lovely and pure💖 2y
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ju.ca.no I‘m glad you like it as well🤩 2y
rockpools 💖🍄🍃 2y
batsy I'm glad you're enjoying it! It's a book that made me believe in love again 💕 2y
vivastory I recently added this to my TBR, looking forward to your thoughts on it 2y
Taylor Hey I‘ve read this. It‘s so good! 2y
Reggie This is one of my favorite books from last year!! 2y
Tanisha_A @vivastory It's the clearest, sweetest love story. Just so soothing! Also, if you like Japanese food or are a foodie in general, it's got some awesome descriptions. At just 190 pages, it was pure joy to sit with this one. 2y
Tanisha_A @Taylor @ju.ca.no @rockpools @batsy @Reggie @Cathythoughts I loved this book. 🍜 An unforgettable love story. 2y
ju.ca.no @Tanisha_A I‘m glad you enjoyed it!🤗🤗 it‘s just such a great story and book💖 2y
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SamanthaPB
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I wasn‘t crazy about the plot but the setting and language were great.

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andioop
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Panpan

I am not a fan of relationships, real or fictional, with such glaring social inequity. I didn‘t like the narrator. I didn‘t like the story. Some of the writing was very pretty.
I am looking for something more substantial next.

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Melli
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Book recommendation from Book Riot Newsletter loved it

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lauraisntwilder
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I finished this one a few days ago, but I've been terrible about posting lately. Anyway, I loved it. Kawakami creates worlds so gently that you don't realize what's happening until you're enthralled.

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swatreads
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“Plum blossoms, fresh shoots, prepared at Mariko‘s inn, with grated yam soup.”
“What is that?” I asked.
Sensei shook his head and lamented, “You don‘t know your Basho either?”
“That was Basho?” I asked again.
“Yes, it‘s Basho. I taught you his poetry, a long time ago,” he said. I had no recollection of learning that haiku.

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swatreads
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Taking my seat at the counter, I ordered “Tuna with fermented soybeans, fried lotus root, and salted shallots,” while the old man next to me requested “Salted shallots, lotus root fries, and tuna with fermented soybeans” almost simultaneously. When I glanced over, I saw he was staring right back at me.

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whatrebeccasread
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"Strange Weather in Tokyo" is a wonderful piece of uncluttered Japanese literature. This is a quirky romance that I'd recommend and I'm looking forward to reading more of Hiromi Kawakami's work.

My full review is up on my blog now ?

Nute Thank you for reminding me of this author!🙂 3y
whatrebeccasread @Nute you're very welcome! Would you recommend anything else by her?? 3y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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#NameChallenge
Spell your name with book titles. Thanks for the tag @Eggs !
I‘m lazy to dig out the books from my double stacked shelves, so I use images from the website.
I love all these books, except the tagged book, still tbr.

Tagging @julesG @Lcsmcat @Tanisha_A if you‘ll like to play along.

Cathythoughts Oh that‘s brilliant 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Sace Cool! 3y
julesG 👏👏👏 3y
Tanisha_A 👌 Thank you for the tag! 🙂 3y
Eggs Wonderful!! 3y
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Megabooks
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Sometimes the atmospheric, slow, beautiful cloud of a Japanese novel is exactly what I need. I loved every bit of this story of the evolving relationship between a high school teacher and his former student. (The student was in her 30s when they re-met, so no creep factor!)

Plus it made me so hungry! If you love food descriptions, you‘ll probably enjoy this, too. 4.5⭐️

Loved using my sushi magnetic bookmark!

Cinfhen Nice review/ cute bookmark 3y
KathyWheeler I liked this book too — for pretty much the same reasons. 3y
batsy Lovely review! I felt the same; the descriptions of food made me hungry and the story was just so beautiful and affirming. 3y
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Megabooks @Cinfhen Thanks! 😘 3y
Megabooks @KathyWheeler It was really good. 3y
Megabooks @batsy Thank you! I almost cried at the end. Just such a wonderful relationship. 3y
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ll put this further up my tbr pile! 👍 3y
Megabooks @erzascarletbookgasm I really enjoyed it! I hope you do, too! 3y
allureofbeauty I love that bookmark 3y
Reggie I loved this book!! 3y
Megabooks @allureofbeauty Thank you! FunUsualSuspects on Etsy. They have the cutest stuff! 3y
Megabooks @Reggie me too! 3y
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ju.ca.no
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#covercrush #7days7covers #day3

@MayJasper @maralinchen do you want to join in? Just post a cover you like for a week - no explanation needed😊

MayJasper Thanks @ju.ca.no I will. Sounds like fun and covers are my weakness 😊 3y
Tanisha_A Ooh, this is on my TBR. Have you read it? 3y
sudi Love this one 😍 3y
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Katerina Oooh...the cover is magic! The book sounds great as well. TBR! 3y
Cinfhen Amazing choice 🤩🤩🤩🤩 3y
ju.ca.no @MayJasper perfect! i‘m looking foward to seeing your choices😍 3y
ju.ca.no @Tanisha_A I have, and I loved it! Very typical japanese, nothing much happening but still really intriguing and absolutely beautiful! It‘s one of my favourites!! 3y
Cathythoughts Love this cover 3y
batsy @Tanisha_A @ju.ca.no It's one of my favourites, too. A lovely book. 3y
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Maria514626
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August was a great reading month! The tagged was my favorite. Stats:
—5 audiobooks, 3 book books
—2 purchased; the rest from the library
—1 was on my TBR list (a book club book)

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Well-ReadNeck
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Pickpick

A lovely, quirky little novel.

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Maria514626
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Three words: quiet, captivating, beautiful.
My first Kawakami book. It won‘t be the last. ❤️

Reggie I lovvvvvved this book! 3y
Maria514626 @Reggie It‘s hard to describe. ”Read this book!” ”What is it about?” ”Ummm... Two people in Japan who didn't know they were lonely. And they start a quiet friendship in a bar.” That doesn't come close to describing. 😂 (edited) 3y
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Maria514626
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This is a strange, quiet and intriguing book. It sucked me right in. The chapters are short so it‘s even tougher to put down. “Just one more ...”