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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 society’s 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 Keiko’s contented stasis—but 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 Keiko’s 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 Amélie.
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TrishB
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Mehso-so

I‘m fully on board with the be yourself and don‘t let society‘s expectations crush you, but my overwhelming feeling after reading this is one of sadness so I don‘t know if I‘ve missed some of the intended themes of the book 🤷‍♀️ (my reason for the so-so).
A quick, quirky read and I would definitely try the author again.
Thanks Jessie for giving the chance to read it! 😘

Megabooks Oh too bad! This is probably my favorite of the year so far. 1d
TrishB @Megabooks I can see there is a lot of love for it! 1d
Katerina I read it recently too and it left me with mixed feelings. 1d
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KathyWheeler I also felt sad after reading it — I found it to be bleak. 1d
Ruthiella I often wonder if my ratings are influenced by the emotions a book evokes in me.😮 1d
batsy It was a pick for me but I do think there's a lot of sadness underlying it. 1d
erzascarletbookgasm This book is quietly depressing! 24h
TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm I think that‘s the perfect description! 22h
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EmilyBee93
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Lovely quick easy read. It's hard not to get sucked into the world of the convenience store and fall in love with Keikos personality (and also somewhat resonate with some traits)

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 1w
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🌼 1w
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!! ❤️🧡💙❤️💜 1w
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Mitch
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Yeah..book club night. A night of sugar highs, book chat and conquering the world with fearless and talented women. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

readordierachel Sounds wonderful 😀 2w
fleeting Awesome tote! 2w
Mitch @fleeting it came with the book.. cool, isn‘t it! All books should come with their own tote! 2w
fleeting @Mitch uggghhhh reallyyyyy now I'm super jealous haha! And yes to imaginative totes that should come with every book! 2w
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CoffeeNBooks
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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#WanderingJune Sayaka Murata is definitely #BigInJapan. This is the first of the best-selling author's ten novels to be translated into English.
@Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB I really loved this one. So Japanese! 2w
BarbaraBB Also I‘m curious of the other nine books on that list 😉 (edited) 2w
Cinfhen This was a quirky read... but it made me sad. Im not sure what the message was meant to be. 2w
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Mitch
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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A little crazy, disturbing at times, yet poetic and wonderfully off beat. Murata captures the life of the store and the edgy, behaviour of Keiko. The writing style is minimal and dead pan, which creates a lingering, memorable read, full of interesting, one degree off thinking!

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Nebklvr
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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I liked the distance and moments of social clarity portrayed by the author. This was a concise and yet clear look at societal expectations, the messages we send and receive daily, and what happens when someone defies these expectations.

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Megabooks
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This may be a new top five favorite book!

It is a wonderful commentary on modern society and how women must be “figured out” and fit in the role of being a wife/mother OR a high-achieving career woman.

For the MC, her friends, family & coworkers all can‘t figure out why she‘s thirty-six, unmarried, no children & has a dead-end job. Spoiler alert: It‘s because she doesn‘t owe it to them to be “figured out.” ✊🏻 This book speaks to me!

wanderinglynn Great review! I‘m definitely going to have to read this book. Stacked! 1mo
Megabooks @wanderinglynn Thank you! I hope you enjoy it! 1mo
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marleed I read it this week too and loved it. 1mo
Megabooks @marleed Awesome 😊 1mo
Caterina Loved this book!!! ❤ And yay you're crushing your book goal! 1mo
rubyslippersreads I‘ve been wanting to read this one since @batsy recommended it. 1mo
Megabooks @Caterina Thanks! I made it when things were worse in my life, and now that things are better, I wish I had made a larger one! 1mo
Megabooks @rubyslippersreads It‘s really good. I was surprised. 1mo
batsy It spoke to me, as well. A most intriguing book, though I also felt the underlying darkness/sadness. Great review! @rubyslippersreads 1mo
Megabooks @batsy It makes me want to read more Japanese fiction! And thank you 😊 1mo
Cinfhen I just found this book so sad. It was too much dark humor for my personal taste. 1mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen That‘s interesting because I found the message hopeful. As a single, childfree 39 year old who has worked a lot of different jobs, I like that she resisted trying to be pigeonholed by family and friends just to fit in. She was true to herself in the end. 1mo
Cinfhen That‘s a great way to describe her and I see where you are coming from. I guess I was put off by the repetitive talk of “being normal” and “not normal” I found it painful in a way. Maybe it was in the translation that I took it too literal. I would try this author again. 1mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Me too. And I want to read more Japanese fiction. I have this one on #audible. I think it‘s on #hoopla (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen I‘ll look for it ~ thanks 😘 1mo
wanderinglynn How are you doing on your fitness goal? I haven't seen any recent #BFC posts as to the fitness goal and I wanted to make sure you're moving along with us. You can adapt or change your goal if you need to. Several others have had to change their goal because sometimes life happens. #nooneleftbehind 1mo
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Megabooks
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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I can‘t decide if this MC is a sociopath, neuro-atypical, or just socially awkward. I guess I‘ll have to see where the author takes me. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤔 I‘m just getting used to reading Japanese books.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Pretty sure she‘s just slightly autistic, but I could be wrong. I really enjoyed that book bc it was so different. 1mo
Megabooks @JanuarieTimewalker13 That‘s where I‘m leaning. I‘m enjoying it, too! 1mo
Megabooks This works for your prompt @Cinfhen and @rohit-sawant . She imitates the #SweetDisposition of the other workers at the convenience store, but what are her real feelings? #MayMovieMagic 1mo
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Tamra
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Mehso-so

This is a unique little piece about self discovery and sense of belonging. I am guessing the MC is a voice on the autism spectrum.

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batsy
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Aren't these covers/colours irresistible? It's the Granta edition 😍

teainthelibrary Umm, I actually really love these! I love those little soy packets :) 1mo
batsy @teainthelibrary I know right, it's perfect! 1mo
Smarkies I saw these the other day and was very nearly tempted by those beautiful covers 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
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erzascarletbookgasm These are prettier than my edition! 😜 1mo
Tanisha_A Yess, I love the blue one the most. 1mo
saresmoore They look like they are on trend for the latest high fashion fad of matching your book to your outfit (according to NPR). 👠💄📕 Or, like, if Cher & Dionne hosted a book club. ✋ 1mo
batsy @Smarkies Me too! I'm amazed I didn't buy at least two 😅 1mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Publishers need to give us advance warning of future pretty editions! 1mo
batsy @Tanisha_A The blue and pink ❤️💙 1mo
batsy @saresmoore *crawling out from under a rock* I had no idea that was a thing! 😂 Also, why isn't there a sequel where Cher and Dionne start a book club? I need that movie. 1mo
RealLifeReading Haven‘t seen this cover before. How cute 1mo
readordierachel 😍😍 1mo
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Katerina
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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I picked this book up on a whim, because I liked the cover. It turned out to be completely different from what I had expected, though. The numerous blurbs on the front and back cover led me to believe it would be a lighthearted comedy about a quirky woman working at a kombini in Japan. The book turned to be much darker and at times even a bit disturbing.

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marleed
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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I almost waited to read this book because it seemed like a cheat during #BookFitnessChallenge - until I was done. There is a big story in this little book.
And shout out to my favorite convenience store - Bucees- Texas y‘all..

Tennis was not included in my challenge, and my treadmill mishap hasn‘t stopped my feet from moving or my eyes and ears from working. So I‘m on track for #BFC @wanderinglynn

4thhouseontheleft You got this! Cute book cover. 😃 1mo
marleed @4thhouseontheleft I actually like the US cover best on this one. I seem to be a grass is greener kind of girl when it comes to UK book covers! 1mo
BookwormAHN Nice job 👏🏻 1mo
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Bookwormjillk Nicely done! 1mo
wanderinglynn Great job! 🙌🏻 1mo
BarbaraJean So glad the treadmill mishap hasn‘t held you back! Great job! 1mo
Caterina I listened to this on audio, and it's one of my favorites so far this year! ❤ Good job getting back at it post-treadmill incident! 1mo
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Biljana
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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So excited about these two!

charl08 Love that cover for 1mo
Biljana So quirky ☺️ 1mo
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teainthelibrary
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Quirky and unconventional, but oddly relatable and a bit humorous. It‘s hard to pinpoint exactly what I liked about this book because it‘s so different than anything I‘ve ever read. I could see myself in Keiko and I felt for her, and paired with the scathing yet subtle social critique, made this book a joy to read.

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teainthelibrary
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Spending the past couple of days meandering around Madrid and soaking up these quirky titles has been DELIGHTFUL 😍

BooknerdsLife Oh I love this book so much! 1mo
Mitch These are our bookclub June and July book choices! 1mo
teainthelibrary @Mitch ooo I look forward to some reviews! They are weird, but good. Enjoy! 1mo
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SaraFair
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Finished this audiobook in the amount of time it takes to make one dinner and a cake. The audio made the Japanese words pop. I think Keiko must feel in her convenience store like I do in Target or Barnes and Noble. I really enjoyed this odd little book with a small peek into Japanese life.

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whatshesreadingnow
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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A story of Keiko who is a loner that doesn‘t “fit in” to what society expects of her + the downsides to not “conforming” in her culture. An oddball child diff. from all other kids, she began her job at a conv. store during college mimicking those around her (to appear “normal.”) Her ENTIRE next 17yrs centers on being a conv. store employee. May not be for everyone but I sure enjoyed the three hours reading it!

#24B4Monday #PopJarGame
Time: 10hr6m

riversong153 Only 3 hours?? 2mo
Andrew65 A great time! 👏 2mo
whatshesreadingnow @riversong153 It‘s a little one about 165p 2mo
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Sharpeipup A convenience store was my first “real” job so this intrigued me! 2mo
whatshesreadingnow @Sharpeipup This will be perfect one for you then! 👌🏻 2mo
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whatshesreadingnow
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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For book #2 I drew Convenience Store Woman. Has anyone read this? (Maid-Rite‘s are on the menu tonight 😋)

#24B4Monday #PopJarGame

Trashcanman I could use a hug. 2mo
TheReadingMermaid Interesting read. Never heard of it before. 2mo
KathyWheeler I thought it was well-written but a bit sad. Reviews talked about it being funny, but I didn‘t find it to be so, 2mo
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RadicalReader The fries in a cup are so cute 2mo
Addison_Reads I enjoyed it. It is a bit sad, but it's well written and gives you a different perspective on life. 2mo
EKonrad Loved this book! Quirky and wonderful! 2mo
Andrew65 Not one I have heard of either. Hope you enjoy it. 😊 2mo
whatshesreadingnow @Trashcanman I know everything feels out of wack and horrible but you have to hang in there. Are you taking your meds every single day? That‘s a must. No one enjoys hearing it I know, but it‘s important. We want you to feel better friend. If yours aren‘t working change doctors. Sending hugs to you George!!! 🤗🤗🤗 2mo
whatshesreadingnow @KathyWheeler I didn‘t find anything funny either and found it sad too. I loved the writing. I‘ve read in reviews about the possibility of her being on the autism spectrum. Not everything that “seems” autistic is so I went in with an open mind. Thanks for commenting Kathy! ;) 2mo
whatshesreadingnow @Addison_Reads @EKonrad I‘m glad I read it, and I agree is very quirky Erin! That‘s why I enjoyed it so much, really different that my usually book picks. And your right Cassie. I think so much of her story pertains to real life for many people. :) 2mo
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CoffeeNBooks
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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I finished this today for the #BookRiotReadHarderChallenge: a translated book written by and/or translated by a woman.

IamIamIam I loved this look into Japanese life!!! 2mo
CouronneDhiver Loved it! 2mo
Godpants Oh! My friend left this one for me to check out and I hadn‘t heard of it. I‘ll bump it up my TBR pile. 2mo
AutumnRLS I really want to read this. I've pretty much only heard good things! 2mo
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CoffeeNBooks
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Started reading this book this afternoon.

bullbunny Hmm interesting how is it? 2mo
CoffeeNBooks @bullbunny I like it so far! 2mo
AutumnRLS Definitely want to get this one. 2mo
CouronneDhiver So good! The only annoying thing is that I can sooo relate to Keiko, but everyone keeps saying she‘s on the autism spectrum. Can‘t someone just be different without an elaborate ‘explanation‘? 2mo
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tholmz
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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I adored this tiny fast read that touched on patriarchal bullshit, capitalism, and being a cog in society. Brilliant, funny, sad, and somehow so hopeful.

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KimmyM
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Pickpick

This was such a quick, strange, intriguing read! It might not be everyone's taste, but I really liked it!
4 / 5 🌟
#libraryloot #libby

CouronneDhiver Me too - great book 👍🏽 2mo
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HeatherBookNerd
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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I read this for the #ReadHarder Challenge, a translated book written by and/or translated by a woman. It was really terrific and totally unexpected. A quick read, it was a funny, sad, intriquing book. The story follows a young woman who has spent 18 years working in a Japanese convenience store and why she has such a connection to that space even though her life as a single, part-time store worker does not fit the norm for Japanese society.

hgrimes What a great premise! I might have to check this one out. 2mo
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AlizaApp
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A woman who is most likely on the autism spectrum finds meaning in her life by working at a convenience store, but struggles to explain her life choices to other people who she considers “normal” in ways that she doesn‘t understand.

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AlizaApp
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Very into the observations in this novel that casually eviscerate the idea of what “normal” people should think and care about.

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Rachel_nyc
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When I began this short, quirky novel I assumed it would be similar to Eleanor Oliphant but while there are some similarities between the main characters, this is very different. I spent some time living in Tokyo and I appreciated the insight into Japanese culture and, while exaggerated here, the message of conformity is certainly one we all deal with. Also, how adorable is this cover?? #aty2019

BarbaraBB You lived in Tokyo? You‘ve lived my dream! I once spent a month in Japan and have been wanting to go back there ever since. In the mean time I loooove books like this one! 2mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I did for about a year and it was an amazing experience that came out of nowhere through work. It‘s been over 10 years that I‘ve been there so I definitely need to plan a trip soon. I‘m glad I lived in Tokyo but my favorite place to visit there is Kyoto. Such a beautiful place! 2mo
vivastory I've seen a few glowing reviews for this one. Definitely stacking! 2mo
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Rachel_nyc @vivastory I hope you like it! 2mo
BarbaraBB I loved both places and all of the others I visited then but to live there must be something else. What a chance! What kind of work do you do? Did you come back completely zen or a bit changed at least?? 2mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Not zen (commuting in Tokyo makes NYC seem like a picnic!) but absolutely changed. It was an incredible experience and taught me so much. I work in real estate now but at the time I worked for a hospitality company that organized conferences and business summits. 2mo
BarbaraBB It sounds real interesting. And I thought people in Japan wait patiently in line for the subway! But I‘m obviously wrong if it makes commuting in NYC seem like a picnic! 2mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB You‘re right that they are much more polite but it is just so damn crowded. They actually have workers whose job it is to push people into the subways so they can cram as many people in as possible without incurring delays! It‘s pretty insane. 2mo
BarbaraBB Lol, I noticed they created a lot of weird jobs 😂 2mo
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CorLie
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I liked it, I think.
It started strong and then went somewhere weird and then mostly came back... But a bit too quickly and I'm not sure that I came back with the main character or the book.
Still, interesting for anyone who is feeling out of step with "normal."

#ReadHarder
#ReadHarder2019 - A translated book written by and/or translated by a woman

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SarahSaysRead
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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I'm not sure how to describe this weird short little novel except I thought it was both funny and amusing and sometimes a little sad, and I liked Keiko. She's "not normal" (possibly on autism spectrum) and I was rooting for her to just do her thing and ignore the annoying "normal" people who want her to change.

#intranslation #ReadHarder

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whatrebeccasread
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The plot is original, the characters are quirky and fun and the language is simplistic. I really enjoyed "Convenience Store Woman" and it has only made me even more eager to pick up more Japanese literature and give it a try - 5 stars!

My full review is up on my blog now ?

KimmyM I've been waiting on this from the library for ages! I can't wait to read it! 2mo
whatrebeccasread @KimmyM I hope you enjoy it! 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Keigo finds contentment in life as a convenience store worker and her job IS her life. It‘s the only place where she feels she‘s ‘a part in the machine of society‘ but others are bugging her that she‘s stuck at a dead-end job and is way past marriageable age. Ever since her childhood incidents, she strives for social normalcy but what is ‘normal‘ in society? This wonderfully weird book has its charm.. 👇

erzascarletbookgasm ..comical in parts but quietly depressing at the same time. It touches on the sad truth of society expectations and social pressure for conformity. Very good read. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thank you, @batsy for the copy of the book. I didn‘t have it with me when I was out today but here‘s a pic of a Family Mart convenience store. 😉 (edited) 2mo
CouronneDhiver I related so much to that character... one of my favourite books ever 2mo
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Pricel101 Totally on my TBR @CouronneDhiver! thanks everyone for sharing! 🤗📖 2mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 2mo
Kalalalatja Great review! 🙌 2mo
whatshesreadingnow Super review! 💗 2mo
batsy Love your review ❤️👏🏽 I agree; comical, but quietly depressing. A darker book than what it is on the surface, I feel. 2mo
BarbaraBB Well said. I felt the same. 2mo
Rachel_nyc Great review. I‘ve been looking forward to this and am anxiously awaiting for it to be available from my library. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm @CouronneDhiver A memorable character too! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Pricel101 @Rachel_nyc Hope you‘ll get to read it soon 🙂 2mo
BiblioLitten I really liked this one. 2mo
BooknerdsLife Oh I love this one so much!!! 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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No matter how much individualism is praised, very often people are greatly influenced by what is ‘normal‘ in our society. But what is ‘normal‘? Why need to compare with others and forced to fit in?

#currentlyreading

ephemeralwaltz Great read 3mo
Leftcoastzen I loved this book for the reasons you stated. 3mo
Kalalalatja That‘s a great quote! 3mo
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Cathythoughts Love this quote ... 3mo
merelybookish Great quote! Next you should read 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm @merelybookish thanks, it‘s on my radar! 2mo
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Lauram
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Next up. George picked this one. Both proposed books were equally considered, but in the end, this book got extra sniffs and a really big face rub before walking away.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I like your method for choosing a book! An extra bug face rub portends good things 👍 3mo
Lauram @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled It does portend good things! He helps me with all of my big decisions. 3mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Wow....that was.....different. The lady wants to be a Convenience Store worker and there‘s nothing wrong with that, people! Lol I enjoyed this. I like the “otherness” of it. Also, I LOVE Japanese convenience stores (had to get on YouTube to see a few).

TheBee 💕cutie!! 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @TheBee Thank you!! She‘s so sweet!! 2mo
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Cinfhen Good choice for the prompt 😊 4d
BarbaraTheBibliophage I keep hearing good things about this one. 👊🏻📚♥️ 3d
JanuarieTimewalker13 @BarbaraTheBibliophage This book was so unique and I loved the convenience store so much, I wanted to go to Tokyo just for that alone. YouTube was cheaper. Lol Their Convenience stores are so amazing. 3d
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DebinHawaii
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Finished last weekend before it was due back at the library. Very quick & very quirky (OK, weird) ?book where the MC, Keiko, has worked in a Japanese convenience store for the past 18 years, using its rules & routine to make her act & feel "normal"-although at 36 with no marriage & kids, in a dead end job-she is anything but normal to her concerned family & friends. Funny, at times creepy-I found Keiko's odd & off-putting personality endearing.

Leftcoastzen Me too! 3mo
CouronneDhiver I found that I jumped right into her perception and everyone else was strange. Loved it! 😊 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @CouronneDhiver YES!! So well put!! 3mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Library Haul😀 I think I‘m being overambitious bc I‘m in the middle of 2 other books right now and I‘ve been a little slow in the reading department! TSIAAS, Tell Them Of Battles, Kings and Elephants, and CSW📚❤️

RealBooks4ever CSW was a quick read for me. I liked it. 💜 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @RealBooks4ever oh good!! I‘ve been reading a few pages, and I like it! 3mo
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BiblioLitten
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No cooking means more reading time. 🥳
A short quirky read that leaves you a tad bit unsettled. I really liked the main character. 😊
#japan #novella #blameitonlitsy

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zsuzsanna_reads
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Quirky, creepy, shocking, hilariously funny; this book has to be read to be believed. The author had worked for many years in a convenience store to support herself while writing.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Straits Times article with interesting background info: https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/arts/books-18-years-of-convenience-store-...

CouronneDhiver I loved this book. A lot. 👏🏽👏🏽 3mo
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irre
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Quick and fun audio. Available on #Hoopla

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Bertha_Mason
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata

"I considered him one step short of being a sex offender, but here he was casually likening his own suffering to sexual assault without sparing a thought for all the trouble he‘d caused for women store workers and customers. He seemed to have this odd circuitry in his mind that allowed him to see himself only as the victim and never the perpetrator I thought as I watched him."

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Bertha_Mason
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"When you do physical labor, you end up being no longer useful when your physical condition deteriorates. However hard I work, however dependable I am, when my body grows old then no doubt I too will be a worn-out part, ready to be replaced, no longer of any use to the convenience store."

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Bertha_Mason
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata

"I find the shape of people‘s eyes particularly interesting when they‘re being condescending. I see a wariness or a fear of being contradicted or sometimes a belligerent spark ready to jump on any attack. And if they‘re unaware of being condescending, their glazed-over eyeballs are steeped in a fluid mix of ecstasy and a sense of superiority."

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Bertha_Mason
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata

"When you work in a convenience store, people often look down on you for working there. I find this fascinating, and I like to look them in the face when they do this to me. And as I do so I always think: that‘s what a human is."
Ugh, don't I know it.

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Bertha_Mason
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata

"The sensation that the world is slowly dying feels good."

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Bertha_Mason
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata

"I‘d noticed soon after starting the job that whenever I got angry at the same things as everyone else, they all seemed happy."

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charl08
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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The other kids started wailing...

charl08 @MicheleinPhilly I think it's fair to say she doesn't quite understand social cues... 3mo
MicheleinPhilly YOU THINK??? ☺️ 3mo
WhatDeeReads I love this book so much. 3mo
charl08 @WhatDeeReads great read! 3mo
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Jerdencon
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Unexpected snow day tomorrow - so happy! NYC schools never close - so staying up late to read this one which I'm liking so far!

wordzie ❤ the cover 4mo
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