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Review: What You are Looking for is in the Library by Michiko Aoyama

Title: What You are Looking for is in the Library

Author: Michiko Aoyama
Year published: 2023
Category: Adult fiction
Pages: 304 pages
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location: (my 2023 Google Reading map)Japan

SummaryWhat are you looking for? So asks Tokyo’s most enigmatic librarian. For Sayuri Komachi is able to sense exactly what each visitor to her library is searching for and provide just the book recommendation to help them find it.

A restless retail assistant looks to gain new skills, a mother tries to overcome demotion at work after maternity leave, a conscientious accountant yearns to open an antique store, a recently retired salaryman searches for newfound purpose.

In Komachi’s unique book recommendations they will find just what they need to achieve their dreams. What You Are Looking For Is in the Library is about the magic of libraries and the discovery of connection. This inspirational tale shows how, by listening to our hearts, seizing opportunity and reaching out, we too can fulfill our lifelong dreams. Which book will you recommend?

Review: I love the title of this book and the cover. How can I not read a book about a librarian who gets you just the right book?! I'll file this one under my "gentle reads" category. The writing and story are calm and pleasing. There's no real action or drama; each character's story is self-contained and introspective.

I enjoyed spending a few hours with all four of the people in this novel. Getting a glimpse into their lives, their dreams, their internal monologues and thoughts was insightful. And I liked the way they all found themselves to the librarian who found the book that helped them find something they were missing (even though they didn't realize it).

This book makes me think about how people end up where they are. It isn't often that it is all planned out from a young age; we often stumble into something that clicks for us (at least for a while).

Challenges for which this counts: 
  • Literary Escapes--Japan
  • Bookish

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