We absolutely loved this little book - literally little, it’s only 176 pages long - which, although it’s already 3 years old, is only gaining the international recognition it deserves right now.

Convenience Store Woman follows the eccentric Keiko Furukura, an outcast who tucks herself away from the world after she senses that society finds her strange. She takes a job at a convenience store, where she works as a shop assistant for 18 years.

This a wonderfully weird, funny and deadpan book. It makes you consider the pressures of the status quo, and what it really means to be happy.

Our advice? Take a brief hiatus with your current reading list to bump up and read Convenience Store Woman. It’s short, it’s sweet, and it’s unlike anything we’ve ever read before.

Jet Shenkman