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Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata | Thoughts

    Published on : 2018 (translation)   ||    Format : print   ||    Location : Japan One line review : Keiko would rather behave exactly as others expect her to so she doesn't disappoint "society", and so she works at the same convenience store without changing anything about her life, but very soon the same society expects her to "upgrade" (change career and find a husband), except there is no manual on how to do these.  ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆   When something was strange, everyone thought they had the right to come stomping in all over your life to figure out why. I found that arrogant and infuriating, not to mention a pain in the neck. Sometimes I even wanted to hit them with a shovel to shut them up, like I did that time in elementary school. But I recalled how upset my sister had been when I’d casually mentioned this to her before and kept my mouth shut. Thoughts : When I started reading Convenience Store Woman , I had no idea what to expect. The synopsis does not give a

Light Reading and Quick Thoughts: The Vampire Diaries #1 & #2


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Lately, light reading is what I've been trying to do quite a bit. It makes it easier to get back into reading when I feel that I'm finishing books. But reading a silly fluffy book wouldn't help either because they tend to wear my brain down with all the cringe-worthy or cheesy stuff they may contain. I picked up The Vampire Diaries for some quick reading, even though I guessed that it was likely going to be very silly, because at least I knew the story (the TV version of the story, that is). And besides, I've been meaning to read the books at some point to find out how different the books were from the TV show.

As it turns out, very different, while still very similar. To me, The Vampire Diaries books are super-boring, tiring and so like the Twilight series that I'm surprised they are not the same story. Book Elena is such a pain in the butt and so very "I will never leave you Stefan" and "I will die for you Stefan" that if I weren't determined to read the books, I may have packed them away in the donations box. The TV show is, in contrast, a lot more mature (yes, there's a lot of skin too), intriguing and the characters are so much more interesting and three-dimensional.


Still, the book served its purpose of letting me devour a book. Sometimes brainless reading is just what I need. It was good enough that I kept coming back to it, but not enough that I would consider it a substantial reading. I probably will continue with this series - the more I read this series, the more I'm thanking the TV show producers for making it very different from the book.

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Jennifer Hartling said…
Sometimes I need some brainless reading as well. It helps clear the cobwebs, lighten the mood. They can be like a palate cleanser :)
Jaime Shetrone said…
I had a similar experience while reading the first Vampire Diaries book. Elena annoyed me greatly. I couldn't even get halfway through it -- I was afraid it would taint my enjoyment of the TV show!
Ti Reed said…
If you want to devour a book quickly that is not fluff, pick up The Silent Wife by A.S.A Harrison. I am breezing through it and love every minute.
I love this review. Honest and real.
Athira / Aths said…
You said it perfectly. There's nothing like brainless books to make you feel so much lighter!
Athira / Aths said…
I'm intrigued by that book now. I will have to look for it. A book that lets you breeze through it, in a good way, is always a good thing.
Athira / Aths said…
I think the books only made me more appreciative of the TV show. It makes me wonder how they even considered making a show out of it. I do remember finding the first half of the first season boring for the same reason - childish characters but the show just suddenly improved loads after that.