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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

Whew, what a week! | Weekly Snapshot

How tuned have you been to the US news this week, and especially this weekend? I've heard this echoed by many and I agree - if the events here this week were part of plot in some fiction book, I would have called it too unrealistic, too manipulative, and a really bad story. And yet, isn't that how reality develops sometimes? Whatever my political opinions, it's distressing to see this unfold on the national stage - I wonder how many other staff, reporters, and passersby also test positive in relation.


Life

Halloween is just around the corner. While we are most likely not going to participate in trick o' treating this year, I'm still trying to find ways that my kids can celebrate it. I don't have a lot of ideas yet but I'll hopefully come up with something in time. Over here, the sweaters have come out, which I love, but on the other hand, I still have the yard and garden to clean up and prepare for the winter. That's probably going to keep me busy during the next couple of weekends but hopefully, that's all that's needed. 

Making

I mentioned a few weeks ago that my daughter wanted me to knit a dress for one of her teddy bears. I've just completed that yesterday and she's thrilled about it. (I'll post photos soon as I have some taken.) I've now got a few other projects lined up, and I hope I continue to have the time to knit without a lot of interruption. Everyone in the house is looking for new hats this year so those are what I'll likely make next. 

Reading

I finished The Memory Police couple of days ago and loved it. It's surreal, it's dark, it's depressing dystopia, but also very readable. I'm going to have to pick more books by Yoko Ogawa now.

Yesterday, I started reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, which is what my book club picked as our next read. I'm thrilled about reading this one because it has a lot of good reviews and I know several of you loved it too. 


Still reading through The Happiness Project, though I am very close to that point of feeling that I've got everything I want from this book, so I may not actually finish it. We'll see. This is something I routinely do with self-improvement books. I rarely finish them - I typically read them only until I feel like I'm getting something out of them.

As if two books is not enough for me to be reading at a time, I'm also reading Rage Against the Minivan. I can't tell you where I saw this book first, but I have a soft place for funny parenting memoirs which do not try to gloss it up. So far, I'm enjoying the essays. 

Watching

Still continuing through The Next Generation - I was excited to see the first ever introduction of the Borg (chronologically speaking). It was an interesting experience watching this episode after having watched several of the follow-up shows that also featured them - I wanted to tell them not to engage the Borg, but oh well.


What has been your obsession this week?

Linking with The Sunday Salon at Readerbuzz and The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Reviewer.

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