BOOK REVIEW: Days at the Morisaki Bookshop by Satoshi Yagisawa

BOOK REVIEW: Days at the Morisaki Bookshop by Satoshi Yagisawa

My rating: 5/5
Where to buy: | Waterstones


When twenty-five-year-old Takako's boyfriend reveals he's marrying someone else, she reluctantly accepts her eccentric uncle Satoru's offer to live rent-free in the tiny room above his shop.

Hidden in Jimbocho, Tokyo, the Morisaki Bookshop is a booklover's paradise. On a quiet corner in an old wooden building, the shop is filled with hundreds of second-hand books. It is Satoru's pride and joy, and he has devoted his life to the bookshop since his wife left him five years earlier.

Hoping to nurse her broken heart in peace, Takako is surprised to encounter new worlds within the stacks of books lining the shop.

And as summer fades to autumn, Satoru and Takako discover they have more in common than they first thought. The Morisaki bookshop has something to teach them both about life, love, and the healing power of books.


Just, wow! I started reading this at 9.30am and was done by 12pm, I could not put this down! I was kindly gifted the audiobook on NetGalley from Bonnier Books / Harper Collins UK.

Japanese Fiction is my absolute favourite genre and this did not disappoint at all. We follow the main character Takako, who discovers her boyfriend is getting married to somebody else. She quits her job and moves into her family’s bookshop.

You are taken on a journey through multiple peoples lives, where you follow their struggles and hurdles to overcome.

(This book does not feature cats)

It is a really beautiful book that touches on taking a step back and truly finding yourself and your purpose. Trying new things to discover who you are and what you want to do with your next step in life 🧡

Can I now go and live in a bookshop please?

I would highly recommend giving this a read, if you would like something to warm your heart, make you really sit back and think, need a quick read to get you out of a slump or for the cosy vibes!

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