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The Hole
The Hole | Hiroko Oyamada
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shadowspeak17
The Hole | Hiroko Oyamada
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2021 was a great reading year for me. I finished 66 books and 21,200 pages, both of which are new records for me. Of those 66 books, 37 were fiction. Here are my top 10 fiction books of 2021!

Also, special mention to The Ghost Variations which came very close to making my top 10.
#bestof2021 #bestfiction

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sarahbarnes
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I loved this bizarre story, which had so many of the elements I enjoy about Japanese fiction: quiet plot and straightforward narrative style, paired with strange occurrences and a touch of creepy.

vivastory This has been on my TBR, but you sold me on this! Esp since I'm in a touch of creepy (best kind of creepy) mood with the volume of Shirley Jackson letters that was just published! 1y
sarahbarnes @vivastory I‘ll be interested to hear what you think of it! I‘ll say it‘s not as creepy as Shirley Jackson, but a good kind of creepy nonetheless. 1y
batsy Sounds really interesting. And I love the photo! 1y
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BarbaraBB I love Japanese fiction for the same reasons. 1y
Liz_M I still have to review this book - I read it in June - but I keep waiting to find the perfect patch of grass for the photo. 🙄 1y
sarahbarnes @batsy thank you! ❤️ 1y
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB 👯‍♂️ 😍 1y
sarahbarnes @Liz_M 😂😂 I love it! I hope you find it! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve been wanting to read this after liking his other book 1y
sarahbarnes @erzascarletbookgasm I now definitely want to read The Factory after reading this one! 1y
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she.hearts.horror
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shadowspeak17
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#MayWrapUp
The Hole is my second 5 star read of the year. I loved it! I also finished Invisible Cities for my friend rec challenge. I had trouble rating it, but ultimately would say it‘s a light pick. A not so positive stand out was Hummingbird Salamander. I was really looking forward to that one, but I ended up panning it. ⬇️

shadowspeak17 Total: 8
Print: 1
Ebook: 4
Audio: 3
Fiction: 5
Nonfiction: 3

#booked2021: 1
#friendrecchallenge: 1
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sailu112
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The hole was weirdly endearing. Though the protagonist is as normal as normal can get and the story normal too, there was so.ething which didn't want me to put the book down.

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Angitron
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This was weird and I dug it (...see what I did there? Hole? Dug? Ahem...)! This book had the feeling of a fever dream. A woman moves from the city to a rural area with her husband, and literally falls into a (one of many) hole. One that seems as if it were dug just for her. Oyamada‘s writing is spare and eerie. This is a strange but evocative book about the stifling role that many women are expected to play in Japanese society. Subtly terrifying!

Well-ReadNeck 😂🙌🏼 2y
readordierachel Ha! Well played 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Oh I want to read this! I liked her other book 2y
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Angitron @readordierachel @Well-ReadNeck 🤣🤣🤣 2y
Angitron @erzascarletbookgasm Having read this, now I want to read The Factory as well! 2y
sailu112 Wow, sounds interesting. Checking this out at my library! 2y
Angitron @sailu112 Hope you enjoy it! It‘s a weird book but I ultimately liked it! 1y
sailu112 @Angitron such a different yet endearing one. I finished it in a sitting. Thanks for the suggestion !! 1y
monalyisha Found you while looking at reviews for this book. Immediately followed you after taking in that terrible pun. 😅💯 10mo
Angitron @monalyisha LOL!!! I‘m glad someone out there found it funny! 🤣🤣🤣🤣 10mo
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Liz_M
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A perfect way to begin the new year: using birthmas money to visit my four favorite bookstores to acquire some coveted books as well as some impulse buys.

cozypunk Perfect way to celebrate. I now live in a rural area, and honestly can't remember when I wandered aimlessly in a used bookstore. Five years ago? 🤔 Mind if I steal your birthday plans?? 2y
sarahbarnes I loved The Shadow King! 2y
Liz_M @dandy.punk please do! 2y
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Liz_M @sarahbarnes I blame Listy and several LibraryThing reviews for this purchase! 2y
cozypunk 🥰🥳 Happy belated birthday! 2y
BarbaraBB Happy birthday, I didn‘t know! Can‘t wait to see what you‘ll think of 2y
bnp Happy belated birthday! 🎂👏🌹☃️ 2y
readordierachel Great stack 😍 2y
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Lexica10
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There must be plenty you don‘t see.

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starrdom
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This #audiobook filled me with dread while I was listening to it and really made me think after I was done with it. I rarely want to revisit a book once I‘ve finished it but I feel compelled to check out the print version of this one now. #TOB

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stretchkev
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No words are adequate to describe this short, enigmatic, and surreal descent into a whole different kind of reality. It's amazing!

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Well-ReadNeck
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What did I just read? This was a very strange book. Short and atmospheric but I have no idea what just happened?! #ARC #Edelweiss

MicheleinPhilly Um, what is living in that hole? 😱 2y
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