Days at the Morisaki Bookshop by Satoshi Yagisawa

A young woman goes to live with her Uncle over his bookshop after her heart has been broken by a serial womaniser. She gradually recovers and then moves out to set up her own life. Not long after, her Uncle’s wife, who had left years earlier, returns home but won’t say why. The story really is as simple as that.

I have to admit to not understanding why this book is an international bestseller. It’s quite straightforward, not particularly well written and nothing in it is unexpected. I don’t even know the books that the young woman reads or the authors that are mentioned.

There are any number of books about bookshops, all of which seem to get good reviews and yet, despite loving books, don’t appeal to me. This one is no different.

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