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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

Wrapping up the Dog Days of Summer Readathon




I spent a fairly good amount of time mostly reading this weekend. There were the usual chores, some furniture window-shopping and quite a bit of office work to do, but I did get halfway through two books as well.

Matthew Quick's Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is turning out to be quite an intriguing read. I haven't read his The Silver Linings Playbook, but I did watch the movie and not like it at all. So I have been a bit uncertain about this one. The protagonist Leonard Peacock isn't the most entertaining character to be inside of, but he does have a very interesting personality. When the book begins, he confides in us, the reader, his plan to kill one of his classmates and then commit suicide. On his way to the deed, he wants to first gift four of his friends with something to remember him by. It's turning out to be an intriguing insight into his personality.

I've also finished a few more stories from Quarantine by Rahul Mehta and so far, I like the book. The sexual orientation of the characters is really only a minor mention in some stories, whereas in others, it is a big deal. I was eager to read this book because homosexuality is a very touchy topic in India, and even that's putting it very mildly. While this book is mostly from the perspective of immigrants, it's still something.

This week, I have a few reviews I want to belt out - I have one half written and another one to write.

Comments

rhapsodyinbooks said…
I guess I must be the only one in the universe not reading the new Matthew Quick book now! LOL
Sam_TinyLibrary said…
Glad you had a good experience, too. I am so far behind with my reviews now!
Care said…
To reply to Rhapsody Jill, this the first I've heard of this new book. Anyway, my friend who had read Silver Linings Playbook said the movie was very different from the book so you can not like the movie and still like the book, yes?
I didn't get as much reading done this past weekend as I thought I would (didn't know about this readathon) but I managed to finish two books today. YAY
Athira / Aths said…
I only just saw the first review of that book so clearly I'm living under a rock. I guess many are reading it possibly because NetGalley offered it to those who took the NetGalley Pledge without requiring a request.
Athira / Aths said…
I'm also in that club now - I think I'll have to follow up the readathon with a reviewathon.
Athira / Aths said…
Quick's new book seems so different in tone, style and pacing from the Silver Linings Playbook movie that I am willing to believe that the book and movie are different.


Yay for finishing two books today! There's one more readathon going on right now (Bout of Books) - you could try joining that one.
Vasilly said…
I've finally seen Silver Linings Playbook so the book is on my shelf now. Leonard Peacock is on my Nook so hopefully I'll get to both books really soon. Glad you're finding it intriguing. I can't wait to read your review.
christa @ mental foodie said…
You are the first person I have heard who don't like The Silver Linings Playbook, the movie! I haven't watched it yet. interesting!