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What You Are Looking For is in the Library by Michiko Aoyama

8 reviews

daniellekat's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful inspiring lighthearted reflective relaxing fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

This was so charming and had me tearing up more than once. A similarly feel-good read as Before the Coffee gets Cold by Kawaguchi, but I found the characters more endearing here (however, I am a library worker so I'm definitely biased). I understand the repetitive aspect of the storytelling but I did find a few points to be overdone. The only thing I really disliked was the focus on Ms. Komachi's size. Overall, a must read for those who believe in the magic of libraries and the power of books. 

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heather_renae's review

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hopeful inspiring lighthearted reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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arturo_luzen's review

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challenging emotional hopeful informative inspiring lighthearted reflective relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25


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anjalisb's review against another edition

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slow-paced
  • Strong character development? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.0

The fatphobia in the book really ruined the stories for me. Fatphobia is just unnecessary and unpleasant. The fatphobia also gets more graphic and nasty with each characters story. I also found this book to be really repetitive - it is the same storyline a number of times over with characters "finding" a positive spin on their lives.

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mdavis26's review

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3.25


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kirstym25's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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mika3's review

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emotional hopeful inspiring lighthearted reflective relaxing slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

Needed this. Sometimes I wish I could be gently guided to learning little life lessons in the way the characters did. Oftentimes I logically know, but a little lesson is needed for it to feel real. This world makes it hard to remain hopeful that your actions can make a difference and it can be borderline impossible in the depths of depression to see that mistakes and misfortune are part of creating a beautiful future. Characters felt so real and relatable. I love books about books and it was an incredible touch to show how the lives of all the disparate characters are softly connected. Where is the sequel detailing all of the wisdom of Yakita's life??? /s. If you need a pick me up, if you need a little inspiration, if life has been feeling hopeless, these little stories are perfect. Can be read individually or all together. I'm recommending it to my friends.

If you are wondering about the content warnings:
-A woman is moved to a worse position after her maternity leave as they believe she will be an inefficient worker. -A man is questioned by the police (and presumably arrested?) on suspicion of harm to children due to him looking into a schoolyard in a "suspicious outfit". -The wonderful librarian lady is physically described in every chapter in an unkind way when the character first sees her. The only part of this book that made me unhappy, but entirely unsurprising to see a fat woman portrayed this way in Japanese media.

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booksemmahasread's review against another edition

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hopeful inspiring lighthearted reflective relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0


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