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Michiko Aoyama

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ABSOLUTELY delightful!!!! I can recommend this to anyone who likes to read. The author has such a lovely sense of people and relationships between them and the way she interweaves the different characters in the five stories is so well done. There's a little magic in this book... learning experiences and advice mixed in with total enjoyment.
nyiper | 33 andra recensioner | May 10, 2024 |
Interesting little collection of stories. I saw them overlap in places, but they never completed the circle. Uplifting a little preachy, but nice. Several narrators made it easy to differentiate the characters.
njcur | 33 andra recensioner | May 2, 2024 |
Every reader has at least once experienced that feeling of suddenly wanting to grab a book off the shelf (or the e-reader), diving into it with passion and barely coming up for air only when life demands it. Being a mood reader myself, I tend to do this quite regularly: sometimes a book will wait for me to pick it up for a very, very long time, but I will almost inevitably at some point feel the urge to pick up exactly that one as if it called out to me. This is exactly what happened with What You Are Looking for Is in the Library, and how apt this was!

Through five seemingly unconnected stories, this book introduces us to Sayuri Komachi, the enigmatic librarian of the Community House library who has an almost magical ability to recommend precisely the right book for every reader, the one even they didn't know they needed. As each of our protagonists is struggling with a different challenge, through the transformative power of books they find a new and different outlook on life, rediscovering joy and meaning.

The book is framed as a series of chapters essentially reading as short stories, each focused on a different character. The stories are lightly interconnected but can be read separately, the Community House and the library being the only real points in common. I liked how varied the cast of characters was, and how they each experienced different issues connected to the specific phase of their life they were going through - from recent graduates looking for their place in the world to a recently retired man seeking a purpose beyond work. They were also very well drawn, each with their own individuality. I instantly formed a connection with them, and have been thinking about them as I would old friends since finishing the book - always a sign of some very good characters indeed!

If anything, Sayuri Komachi herself was the only character that felt slightly unexplored, save for a few peeks at her character here and there through her (brief) interactions with the library users. This was probably done to keep an air of mystique around her character, but I really would have liked to know more about her. Still, I enjoyed what we did see of her!

One of my favourite aspects about this book was its focus on community and building positive, supportive relationships through open communication, trust, and small acts of kindness. This was particularly refreshing, as I've been growing tired of the rampant individualism permeating all aspects of society. Seeing the characters in this book rediscover the value of meaningful connections was like a balm for the soul.

Overall, this was a delightful, heartwarming read that I was genuinely happy to curl up with every night and that left me with a smile on my face, a deep-seated feeling of peace and contentment and a strong desire to hug my loved ones tighter than usual. It's a simple book that does what it says on the tin, but perhaps this time it was exactly what I was looking for in the library.

I received an advanced review copy of this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley. This did not affect my opinion of the book in any way.
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bookforthought | 33 andra recensioner | Apr 20, 2024 |
What You Are Looking For Is in the Library by Michiko Aoyama is a cute book following a few different protagonists as they go to the library in search of help in various aspects of their life. There, they all receive book recommendations by the reference librarian who seemingly has supernatural abilities to know just what books the protagonists need.

The book has some good quotes throughout and has overall nice writing. It takes on a slow pace as each character learns what they are looking for and how to apply what they learn to their own lives. It also shows how many different types of books and resources can be valuable, even if they are not commonly used by society at large, such as picture books. It does greatly exaggerate what librarians are able to do in regard to recommending books, as they can by no means solve your problems through a random book recommendation. But, it does show that asking for help can be incredibly beneficial no matter how scary it seems.

I do think it suffered from the audiobook a bit, as some of the speakers were a bit difficult to understand and one was very robotic, even at a faster speed. I would strongly recommend reading it physically instead.
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Griffin_Reads | 33 andra recensioner | Apr 5, 2024 |



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