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What You Are Looking for Is in the Library
What You Are Looking for Is in the Library | Michiko Aoyama
THE JAPANESE BESTSELLING NOVEL SHORTLISTED FOR THE JAPAN BOOKSELLERS' AWARD 'I definitely want to visit this library. I feel kinder after this book' 5***** Reader review 'It made me laugh and cry. It made me feel comforted and warm inside' 5***** Reader review 'Wonderful. It made me look for connection in my life' 5***** Reader review FOR FANS OF THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY AND BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD, THIS CHARMING JAPANESE NOVEL SHOWS HOW THE PERFECT BOOK RECOMMENDATION CAN CHANGE A READER'S LIFE _________________ What are you looking for? So asks Tokyo's most enigmatic librarian, Sayuri Komachi. She is no ordinary librarian. Naturally, she has read every book on her shelf, but she also has the unique ability to read the souls of anyone who walks through her door. Sensing exactly what they're looking for in life, she provides just the book recommendation they never knew they needed to help them find it. Every borrower in her library is at a different crossroads, from the restless retail assistant - can she ever get out of a dead-end job? - to the juggling new mother who dreams of becoming a magazine editor, and the meticulous accountant who yearns to own an antique store. The surprise book Komachi lends to each will change their lives for ever. Which book will you recommend?
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PurpleyPumpkin
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This book was so quietly relatable with so many life lessons brought to the fore... never give up on your dreams, you're never too old to learn/try something new, we are all linked together in some way even though that's not always apparent, etc. 5 people are highlighted, each with their own unique life & challenges. All are linked through the librarian, Ms. Komachi, who helps each find their way. Loved this! 5/5⭐️
(April 7, 2024)

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Bookworm54
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I enjoyed this one.

5 people in the same community end up at the local library getting recommendations from the librarian. While they know they are dissatisfied with their lives, these book recommendations and accompanying bonus gifts help them to realise what they want and that they are already turning their lives around. Overall a good slow paced read.

#BookSpin

PurpleyPumpkin I recently read this one too and loved it!😉 7d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6d
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kwmg40
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Such a charming booking, with a lovely peaceful cover! Of course all the answers are found at the library. 😄

#MarvellousMarch @Andrew65
#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 43, Sinistea: Tea cup on cover)

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Robotswithpersonality
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Mehso-so

I'm usually on board for any book championing the value of libraries and community centres, which often offer free or reduced price services/classes, and can help people find enriching hobbies or a change in employment in myriad ways, in addition to offering books as resources. 1/?

Robotswithpersonality 2/? However, I'm afraid the comparison to Before the Coffee Gets Cold worked in good and bad ways for me: this also features vignettes with similar end point and repetitive elements, clear (bordering on simplistic) messaging with an attempt at profundity, but not always messaging I agree with. 3w
Robotswithpersonality 3/? The characters often start out acknowledging their dissatisfaction with current circumstances, and the library seems almost incidental to their sudden epiphany that they can change things, not to mention the highly convenient networking that goes on in bumping into people whose connections can help them in their journeys. 3w
Robotswithpersonality 4/5 I feel like the Grinch critiquing a book that is I believe, supposed to be helpful and hopeful, and part of that is no doubt that I feel like I just got dragged back through horror flashbacks of previous shitty retail and office jobs, but there was just too strong a whiff of 'here's how I how I go out of my way to manage the shitty behaviour from the people around me' to leave me feeling content or satisfied. 3w
Robotswithpersonality 5/5
⚠️ And boy, oh, boy, was I done with the introduction of the librarian's primary descriptor by the second story, let alone the fifth: Fatphobia.
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Robotswithpersonality
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Ugghhh....Shuji there's a feminist comic called The Mental Load that you really, REALLY need to read.

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Robotswithpersonality
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MOOD. 😌

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Robotswithpersonality
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Yeeeaaaahh... there's a high probability that the first thing I'm going to do at work tomorrow when my fingers hit the keys is mutter "Shoo-tatatatata" sote voce. ?

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Suelizbeth
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I am in absolute love with this book. It is filled with everything and nothing. There is not a lot of action and these are ordinary people discovering their own ordinary extraordinariness. The librarian is not oracular, she just has a heightened sense of intuition. All are remade, but by their own effort and will. This book will lift your heart, fill your heart, heal your heart. If you read only one book this year, make this book the one.5⭐️

monalyisha Is this part of a series or a set of interconnected stories or is it a standalone? 4w
Suelizbeth @monalyisha this is a standalone, but the “chapters” are loosely connected. 4w
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Gentle, slice of life, short story collection with characters that are all connected not just through the library but by also just by living and working in the same community. I really liked getting a second glimpse of most of the characters, as we meet them after they did indeed find what (they didn‘t know) they were looking for at the library.

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JanuarieTimewalker13
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I loved this short story collection! Each story (there are 5) is interconnected by a librarian who matches books with what she thinks will inspire the person…this book taught me about the craft of felting. I had never heard of felting before!
It‘s just so much fun and there‘s a list of the books mentioned in the back. Translated by Alison Watts. #Japan

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Five main characters, who have reached a crossroad in their lives, or kind of lost their way in life, met a mysterious librarian who has a capability of recommending the right book which helps them. I liked that all the characters are connected to the library, though unknown to each of them. This is a heartwarming book which matches the cute cover. It‘s uplifting, and celebrates the power of books/literature & human connection.

sarahbarnes I liked this one too. 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Enjoying this right now!! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm @JanuarieTimewalker13 It‘s a light and nice read 😊 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 It really is!! 2mo
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yourfavouritemixtape
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„You may say that it was the book, but it was how you read a book that is most valuable, rather than any power it might have itself.“

this book 😍

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Jas16
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This was an easy book to start and finish on the plane today. It doesn‘t ask much of the reader just provides sweet little tales of discontented people who meet a librarian who recommends seemingly random books that end up altering their lives. I did wonder often how it made the #tob24 list as it is such a simple read. A light pick.

BarbaraBB My thoughts exactly 😀 3mo
squirrelbrain Yes, I enjoyed it too, but wondered why it had made the longlist, never mind their shortlist. 3mo
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RealLifeReading
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Ultimately, I was disappointed by the lack of cats in this book. There are cats only in the second chapter, which features a bookshop that sells coffee, books about cats, and has resident cats, which sounds absolutely delightful. But alas, no cats actually live at the library, and neither was the librarian a talking cat (hey this is Japanese lit, anything can happen - see, THE CAT WHO SAVED BOOKS). Still, a warm and cozy read.

rubyslippersreads Oh no! I was hoping for lots of cats. The cover is adorable, though. 😻 3mo
Lunakay At least there is a cat in this one! The tagged series has one on every cover (4 books) and none in the story whatsoever 😂 3mo
batsy @rubyslippersreads It's such a cute cover! 3mo
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rwmg @Lunakay I was just about to comment on that 😂 3mo
Lunakay @rwmg that's the risks we take reading Japanese literature - another one without any cat content and misleading cover😂 3mo
RealLifeReading @Lunakay @rwmg thanks for pointing that out! It‘s been a while since I read Coffee but somehow I never thought about that! Cat covers, no cats! 3mo
RealLifeReading @rubyslippersreads @batsy it just draws the reader in! 3mo
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Gleefulreader
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Kind of twee story about five somewhat lost people who meet with a mysterious librarian who offers book suggestions that unexpectedly point their lives in new directions. I can see why many people found this gentle and heartwarming but for me it fell flat and has ultimately been forgettable. Not quite a pan as I‘m too attached to the idea of finding meaning and direction in books :)

Lindy I‘ve been wondering if this might be too twee for me. Thanks for this review. 3mo
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janeycanuck
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Such a sweet read!

#12booksof2023

Andrew65 Thanks for playing long, a great way to review 2023. See you for #12Booksof2024 on Christmas Day. 3mo
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BkClubCare
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Happy New Year! 🌟🎉🤩🥂
Dogs are OUT. All current books completed! Ready for 2024

#tob2024 This book hit my heart in all the tender places, gently, respectfully, with urgent prodding to do more, be better, but yet in the right way; with myself in mind.

AnnR Happy 2024! 🎉 3mo
Ruthiella Happy New Year to you! 🥳 3mo
dabbe HNY! And sleep well, little floofs! 🖤💙🖤 3mo
Tamra Smart pups! Happy New Year! 3mo
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KathyWheeler
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There were things I liked about this book — nice, quiet, loosely connected stories and that people went to the library for help. There were also some things I didn‘t care for — the librarian is portrayed as very unapproachable (which is NOT what you want in a reference librarian) and a couple of the stories were a little boring. Overall, though, I liked it. Continued with DCI Barnaby on my #audiowalk

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Flaneurette
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Low pick, a little sentimental for my taste but I‘m not mad I read it. Like others have mentioned it doesn‘t seem like a #tob24 pick

Jess I‘m feeling the same way at about 2/3s in. I guess I‘m enjoying it but it is a low pick. 3mo
BarbaraBB It didn‘t do much for me, I agree! 3mo
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BkClubCare
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On a road trip, posting this to get it on my Litsy banner of current reads, but I will now go read hardcover of Ward‘s Let Us Descend, which is due tomorrow, which means that it will be returned late to the library, and so I offer an apology to the next person in line and yes, I should be ashamed of myself.

#tob2024

Mccall0113 No shame!! 3mo
BkClubCare @Mccall0113 - want to know what I just realized? The library is closed until Jan 2 so how will they know if I *really* returned it on the 30th?! 😂😁🤩 3mo
Mccall0113 😅😀😆 3mo
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suvata
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Featured in #MMDBookClub 2023 Fall Book Preview

• fiction • literary • emotional • hopeful • lighthearted • japan • magical realism • translated works • books about books/libraries • 4 Stars

What You Are Looking For Is in the Library tells the stories of five different library patrons who are looking for something in their lives, such as purpose, meaning, or connection. ⬇️

suvata They meet Sayuri Komachi, a librarian who can read their souls and recommend them the perfect book to help them find what they are looking for. Along with the book, she also gives them a little bonus gift, which leads them to discover new possibilities and opportunities. The book is a celebration of the magic of libraries, books, and self-discovery.

Perfect for fans of Before the Coffee Gets Cold.
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Pogue I loved this book. 4mo
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marleed
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This was sweet. Five short stories in of characters ranging in age from their 20s to their 60s, and each feeling they were not ‘enough‘ in their respective lives until each found themselves challenged by a knowing librarian. It really does have the feel of the Before the Coffee Gets Cold series.

kspenmoll I am stacking way too many books. Thanks for this. 4mo
marleed @kspenmoll Hahaha, my pleasure! I‘m reserving a couple days next week solely to read, research, and stack books from all the lists being posted! Why am I so looking forward to building upon my mountainous TBR!? 4mo
kspenmoll @marleed we just cannot help it! It‘s just so so satisfying to stack all those future books - even better to visit the stacks we own & feel all warm & fuzzy 4mo
marleed @kspenmoll I couldn‘t agree more! 4mo
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janeycanuck
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Sweet and contemplative with really beautiful writing to make you stop and think.

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MaureenMc
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I realized I forgot to post a pic here of our new faux built-ins! My husband installed these over the course of a few months. Hopefully you can see the Christmas decorations we‘ve added for the season. ☺️

MicheleinPhilly Gorgeous! 4mo
Christine 😍 4mo
jlhammar Wow, looks amazing! 4mo
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Tamra Lovely!! 4mo
IndoorDame Stunning! 4mo
Ruthiella Incredible! 🤩 4mo
Julsmarshall Gorgeous! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 😍 4mo
CatLass007 Wow!! 😮🤩 4mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 4mo
kwmg40 This looks beautiful! 4mo
LiteraryinLawrence So so pretty!! 4mo
Gissy 🤩📚📚📚📚beautiful 👌💚❤️💚 4mo
kspenmoll He did such a wonderful job. Do I spy lighting in the the bookcase? 4mo
MaureenMc @kspenmoll Yes, my husband installed lights at the top of each bookshelf. 4mo
mabell Oh my goodness! He did an amazing job! 😍 4mo
Suet624 Gorgeous!!! 4mo
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Pogue
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I love books with a touch of magical realism and a bit of circling. Shhh don‘t wake Heidi.

CatLass007 Awww. Heidi is precious.😻😻😻 4mo
dabbe Hello there, sweet Heidi! 💙❄️🩶 4mo
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janeycanuck
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Good idea: Suspending all my holds before leaving for vacation 😎
Bad idea: Setting the resume date for one day before we get back and having a flood come in all at once. Three more came in the day after I picked these four up 😮

Bookish.SAM #librarylove 😊❤️📚 4mo
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Hooked_on_books
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I really liked the idea of this (a librarian pairing the perfect book with each reader? Awesome!), but I found it too twee. I felt overly spoon-fed by the moral of section of the story. I am, however curious to see the commentary on this one in the #tob24.

squirrelbrain I‘m surprised it was even in the ToB, never mind made *their* shortlist. 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain I‘m a little surprised, but then again I feel like they‘re trying to mix it up this year, given the long and short lists (and what‘s missing from them). So, maybe we shouldn‘t be surprised? 4mo
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mariaku21
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This has been a different read for me compared to all the others. From the beginning there was a different tone and pace – something more tranquil, a bit on the quieter side but just as important and it's these types of works that make me pause and rethink a few things and I enjoy that.

I'm curious by this author and I can't wait for what else they write!

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Shievad
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This novel felt like being wrapped in a cozy blanket. The chapters are loosely related, each centering around a different library patron who seeks book recommendations from the mysterious and intuitive librarian at the local branch. As someone who loves books, I loved how this novel emphasized the life changing power of the right book at the right time 🥰🥰

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jlhammar
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Sweet, feel-good read about finding fulfillment, purpose and joy. About the magic of the right book at the right time. I enjoyed it, but agree with others, I‘ll be a little surprised if this makes the tournament. #ToB24

Ruthiella Might keep this in my back pocket for when I need to read a little pick-me-up! 4mo
Megabooks Agree! Good idea @Ruthiella !! 4mo
batsy Nice review! I agree with @Ruthiella it seems like the kind of thing to turn to for an easy, feel-good read 🍬 4mo
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Addison_Reads
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This is a charming read that explores the meaning of life from various points of view. I really enjoyed getting wrapped up in each character's life.

Although I liked this one, I am surprised it made it on the #tob24 long list.

@BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Megabooks @Suet624 @BkClubCare @Jas16 @cariashley @MicheleinPhilly @Larkken @merelybookish @batsy @Readerann @Hooked_on_books

squirrelbrain Yes, I wondered too why it was on the #ToB list - not their usual fare. 4mo
BarbaraBB I love that they included it but I was a bit disappointed! 4mo
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Ruthiella It‘s the title! How could any book lover not at least want to pick it up? 😂 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @Ruthiella agreed—and as a librarian, our library HAD to have it. That title is a sure fire way to sell copies 😆 4mo
Hooked_on_books Nice! I just picked up my hold of this one today. 4mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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“Michiko Aoyama‘s “What You are Looking For Is in the Library” centers on a local library where five Tokyoites are gently guided through personal issues by a kindly librarian”.

This book sounds like a celebration of libraries, the power of books..light hearted and heartwarming, just the kind of book I need now. But it‘s ‘several months‘ waiting time! 😂🤣

ChasingOm It‘s so good and sweet!! 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm @ChasingOm Good to know! Look forward to it. 5mo
BiblioLitten I just placed it on hold too! 4mo
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BarbaraBB
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You may know I mostly love Japanese fiction and I had heard good things about this one AND it‘s on the #ToB24 longlist… and yet I didn‘t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. This book, about a librarian helping people taking a next step in their lives, was just a bit too sweet for me. It reminded me of Before the Coffee Gets Cold, which also didn‘t do much for me 🤷🏻‍♀️

Velvetfur Love your review! But I'm gonna read it anyway one day because it's Japanese, hehehe 😂 5mo
Leniverse I will definitely pass on this one then. I didn't like Before the Coffee Gets Cold, and I don't do sweet. 😆 5mo
BarbaraBB @Velvetfur I totally get that!! 5mo
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BarbaraBB @Leniverse I am in the minority but I wouldn‘t bother if I were you! 5mo
squirrelbrain Yeah, I didn‘t love this as much as I expected. 5mo
Night_Reader I felt the same 5mo
MicheleinPhilly I‘ll probably skip this one. It sounds a bit twee. 5mo
Megabooks How did I miss commenting on this? Yes, definitely get Coffee vibes from this one. I loved the original Coffee but no longer read the sequels as I haven‘t enjoyed them as much as the original. This was a low pick for me, but I 💯 understand your review! 5mo
sarahbarnes Ah I‘m sorry this one didn‘t work for you! I think when I read it it felt like a nice escape from heavier things, but I understand your review. 5mo
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Megabooks
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I generally don‘t associate cute, lighthearted books with the #tob, but that‘s what this is. It‘s what I‘ve come to expect from this type of interlinked Japanese story collection: a shaman-like character who leads people to find greater truths and satisfaction in their lives. These characters‘ lives intersect in interesting ways, and the book is satisfying in the sense you feel better for having read it. 👍🏻👍🏻 #Tob24

Suet624 I felt the same when I read the tagged book. I wasn‘t expecting a funny story. 5mo
squirrelbrain Great review! I‘ve read the first two ‘chapters‘ of this, and liking it so far. 5mo
Megabooks @Suet624 I just checked that out on hoopla based on your review! 5mo
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Megabooks @squirrelbrain interested to read your final thoughts! 5mo
Suet624 @Megabooks it‘ll be interesting to see what you think. My enjoyment of it was definitely enhanced by knowing the locations he was in. 5mo
BarbaraBB I am reading it too and feel the same - as expected 🫶🏽 5mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB 😘😘🫶🏻 5mo
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BarbaraBB
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#WeeklyForecast 47/23

I am reading the new Cunningham and it‘s good and quite original. Next will be the tagged one, longlisted for the #ToB24. I want to read a book from that list each week until the shortlist is announced.
My third one is a #blameitonlitsy book that‘s been sitting on my shelves for years but happens to fit one of the remaining prompts of my 2023 reading challenges.

squirrelbrain I have the tagged one on my ToB pile too, as I already owned it. I think I may start it next; I‘m currently reading the tagged, which is not very long. 5mo
squirrelbrain When does the short list come out? It‘s not a very long gap is it? 5mo
BarbaraBB Is that one on the longlist as well? No it‘s just a few weeks until the shortlist! 5mo
Deblovestoread The tagged is one I am most interested in even before the TOB list was released. Looking forward to your review! 5mo
BarbaraBB @Deblovestoread Me too, @sarahbarnes review made me want to read it! (edited) 5mo
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Megabooks
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Such great illustration in the American version of this #toblonglist choice! I already had it out from the library, so it‘s on tap today. 👍🏻📚

squirrelbrain I just checked my copy and I have the same illustrations! 5mo
BarbaraBB I just bought a copy too - with illustrations! 5mo
sarahbarnes I loved this one and agree on the illustrations! Hope you enjoy it! 5mo
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ju.ca.no
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A book about books and it‘s Japanese- of course I had to get it😇 I heard that it‘s a bestseller and I hope it will be a cute and pleasant read!

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ju.ca.no
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I was in a bookshop and bought the tagged book (not pictured). I found this book and was wondering- what kind of monster puts the price tag directly on the book blurp👀 WHY?!

Dilara And it's huge, too! 6mo
Soubhiville If you don‘t already know the book you‘re looking for, how are you supposed to know if it appeals to you? Monsters! 6mo
TheBookgeekFrau That is the scariest Halloween post yet! 😱😱😱 6mo
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rabbitprincess
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This was exactly what I needed: a nice quiet book with characters that connect in unexpected ways and find small joys in life. I liked the variety of life stages, hopes and aspirations. There weren't quite as many cats as I was led to believe there would be, but overall I found this a lovely read.

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sarahbarnes
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A book for book lovers, library lovers, and Japanese fiction - a perfect read. 🥰 So sweet and heartwarming. I loved the descriptions of the characters‘ interactions with the books, and the subtle connections between the lives of the characters. Centered around the lovely library and librarian in the story.

Megabooks Stacked! Great review! 7mo
sarahbarnes @megabooks I really hope you like it too! 7mo
Reggie I will save this for when I need that balm of a book when the tornado of life hits. 7mo
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sarahbarnes @reggie it will be perfect for that. 7mo
batsy Sounds lovely! And yes to what @Reggie said. 7mo
sarahbarnes @batsy 🩵🩵 7mo
Suet624 What @Reggie said. 6mo
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JenDR
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Since my current audiobook is set in Tokyo I thought some sushi for lunch was in order. If you enjoyed The Before the Coffee Gets Cold Series - this is most definitely a read alike.

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Branwen
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Lately so many books about books have been crossing my path and I'm here for it! 💕📚

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Jeg
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Delightful. Heart warming. Gentle. Life‘s lessons from a small Japanese library . I loved it.

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SilversReviews
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BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS - JAPANESE LITERATURE

“For fans of The Midnight Library and Before the Coffee Gets Cold, a charming Japanese novel about how the perfect book recommendation can change a readers‘ life.”

FULL SPOTLIGHT: https://tinyurl.com/y26brk5d

FIRST PUBLISHED: NOVEMBER 9, 2020

RECENT PUBLICATION: SEPTEMBER 5, 2023

Michiko Aoyama
@parkrowbooks

BookwormM Stacked 7mo
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mhillis
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I‘m enjoying this book so much! The pastry was very good too!! #CurrentlyReading #CoffeAndABook #Japan

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Reecaspieces
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Night_Reader
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When you win $14 in the lottery and you decide to splurge on a new book and bubble tea. 🧋📚