Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.

This week’s book:

Earthlings by Sayaka Murata

Blurb from Goodreads

Natsuki isn’t like the other girls. She has a wand and a transformation mirror. She might be a witch, or an alien from another planet. Together with her cousin Yuu, Natsuki spends her summers in the wild mountains of Nagano, dreaming of other worlds. When a terrible sequence of events threatens to part the two children forever, they make a promise: survive, no matter what.

Now Natsuki is grown. She lives a quiet life with her asexual husband, surviving as best she can by pretending to be normal. But the demands of Natsuki’s family are increasing, her friends wonder why she’s still not pregnant, and dark shadows from Natsuki’s childhood are pursuing her. Fleeing the suburbs for the mountains of her childhood, Natsuki prepares herself with a reunion with Yuu. Will he still remember their promise? And will he help her keep it?

Why I Want To Read It

And just like that, it is Monday again! Yes, I know that Monday is not the favorite day for most of us (including me). Nevertheless, I am hoping you are all having a great day and a great start to the week. After all, a new day and a new week means new opportunities to start over again or to pursue new endeavors. Moreover, I am fervently praying for everyone’s safety and health. I do hope you are all doing well despite the uncertainties we are all wrapped in right now. I wish COVID19 will end soon so that we can resume our normal lives. But will it ever? I am still hoping for the best though.

I am opening my blogging week with a Goodreads Monday update. As I am in the midst of reading the best works of of Japanese literature, I have also been featuring Japanese works I want to read in my recent Goodreads Monday updates. This week’s update features a name I have never encountered before. I believe it was late last year (or perhaps early this year) that I encountered Sayaka Murata; lately there has been a surge of new names in Japanese Literature. In particular, two of her works have been making the rounds in both social media and bookstores: Convenience Store Woman and Earthlings. I barely have an iota on who Murata is but the positive feedback on her works convinced me to try them. I recently bought a copy of both books and I am looking to read either books before the year ends.

Murata’s surge in popularity has certainly piqued my interest. She has become ubiquitous lately. Meanwhile, I am also curious about what her prose is about. Earthlings sound like an interesting read. I did read a not-so subtle review of the book. Basically, the reviewer has encountered several WTF moments. It is this kind of book that messes one’s mind that easily piques one’s interest. I do feel like Convenience Store Woman is more of a slice-of-life urban narrative whilst Earthlings is a book that is more-out-there. It certainly does sound like it. I am looking forward to the book (both books actually) and I am hoping to experience the same WTF moments the other reviewers have experienced. The eccentricity can either be an advantage or a disappointment but I guess I don’t mind. It is the variety, after all, that makes Japanese Literature a very interesting section of the literary world.

How about you fellow reader? What work by a Japanese writer do you have in your reading list? What made you add it to your list? I hope you could share your answers in the comment box. For now, have a happy Monday!