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The Garden of Evening Mists
The Garden of Evening Mists: A Novel | Tan Twan Eng
Malaya, 1951. Yun Ling Teoh, the scarred lone survivor of a brutal Japanese wartime camp, seeks solace among the jungle-fringed tea plantations of Cameron Highlands. There she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya, and its owner and creator, the enigmatic Aritomo, exiled former gardener of the emperor of Japan. Despite her hatred of the Japanese, Yun Ling seeks to engage Aritomo to create a garden in memory of her sister, who died in the camp. Aritomo refuses but agrees to accept Yun Ling as his apprentice until the monsoon comes. Then she can design a garden for herself. As the months pass, Yun Ling finds herself intimately drawn to the gardener and his art, while all around them a communist guerilla war rages. But the Garden of Evening Mists remains a place of mystery. Who is Aritomo and how did he come to leave Japan? And is the real story of how Yun Ling managed to survive the war perhaps the darkest secret of all?
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Jess861
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A book that is set in 1949 and set in Asia. I have this on my TBR list and it would be the first book set in the 1940s that I have read that wasn't centered around WWII and set in Europe. I probably won't get to this book this year but hopefully soon enough.

#LetsTravelJuly #1940s #TBR #HistoricalFiction @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 💚💚💚 2mo
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lele1432
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I've had so much going on this month as my grandfather got ill suddenly & passed away, so I never got around to reviewing this. Overall, I admired the rich history, lush atmosphere, & the beauty in the writing. It was a bit tedious, with lots of description, shifting timelines, & multiple characters introduced. The MC was hard to connect with. An intricately written novel that requires a high degree of focus from the reader. 3.5 ⭐️!

lele1432 @CSeydel I hope you received it! 4mo
CSeydel Oh yes - it arrived! I have been out of town, but my husband said it was delivered 👍🏻 4mo
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lele1432 @CSeydel okay great! 4mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz I agree with your review! Which reminds me to write mine too! 😅 4mo
lele1432 @Jee_HookedOnBookz lol yesss can't wait to see yours! 4mo
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lele1432
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Finishing this for #lmpbc while my oldest practices track drills on this fine Sunday afternoon! Great weather (although super HOT) so I thought I'd get a little reading in outside and complete the #maymadness #personalchallenge for this week!

This should complete at least 3 prompts from the #MayScavengerHunt

▪️ Flower on the cover
▪️ Over 300 pages
▪️ Author from a different country

Jee_HookedOnBookz How do you find it so far? Also I've mailed the next book to you today! 5mo
lele1432 @Jee_HookedOnBookz I'm really enjoying it!! And okay great! 🤗 5mo
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Lizpixie
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#ShelfLove The right hand stack of my #MountTBRStacksOfDoom though there‘s about half that‘s cut off. I really need to get started on organisation of my overflow of books. The OCD in me is slowly losing her mind! See anything you‘re looking forward to reading?

charl08 Can recommend this one: 5mo
Avanders I‘m really excited about 5mo
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lele1432
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@Jee_HookedOnBookz look what I found! It came super fast! (I actually think it arrived yesterday, but got put aside with some Amazon orders 😅) I looove the bookmark, card, and notebook you included! Thank you! Can't wait to dive into this! Now I just need to send my book! 😬

#lmpbc #round5 #groupW

Jee_HookedOnBookz Yayyyy so glad it arrived! Oh I replied your email too 😊❤️ 6mo
lele1432 @Jee_HookedOnBookz ah I need to check my email! 🤗 6mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @lele1432 Kaleah do you read on kindle too? 6mo
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lele1432 @Jee_HookedOnBookz yes I do! Kindle and I recently started getting into Apple books now that it's been updated. 6mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Are there better choices on Apple? 6mo
lele1432 @Jee_HookedOnBookz No, the selection is actually somewhat less than Kindle...Not as many are formatted for Apple but you can find most on there. I just prefer the user interface of Apple books. I find it cleaner, more aesthetically pleasing to read on, and easier to shop sales! Amazon is losing my 💸💸 by making me hunt for daily deals and forcing me to go outside of Kindle to make purchases lol. (edited) 6mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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@lele1432 Kaleah, the tagged book is coming your way! 😊

#lmpbc #GroupW #round5

@CSeydel @arubabookwoman

Do I share my opinion now or when everyone has read the book?

In the package, I've also included a composition book for everyone to share their notes and quotes 😊 Can't wait to know what you all think of the book!

lele1432 @Jee_HookedOnBookz yay!! So exciting! I'd love to hear any spoiler-free thoughts you have!! 6mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @lele1432 I'll drop you an email then! :) Did you receive my previous email? 6mo
lele1432 @Jee_HookedOnBookz thank you!! And yes I did. :) 6mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz @lele1432 ok I'll write tonight! 🙂 6mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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1. Colors and flowers!!! 🌹🌹
2. *achoo!* allergies 😭
3. Getting to squeeze in some reading time
4. Try to get as much outside time as I can with my LO whenever it isn't raining!
5. Don't really read books according to seasons. But I'm planning to start with an #lmpbc read. Tagged. But hey look! Garden = plants & flowers = spring! 😁

#helloThursday @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 🌷 7mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @wanderinglynn 😘❤️❤️ 7mo
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Expandingbookshelf
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“Once I lose all ability to communicate with the world outside myself, nothing will be left but what I remember. My memories will be like a sandbar, cut off from the shore by the incoming tide. In time they will become submerged, inaccessible to me. The prospect terrifies me. For what is a person without memories? A ghost, trapped between worlds, without an identity, with no future, no past.”

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Another book to movie adaptation set to premier in 2019.
This thoughtful historical novel is about self discovery and forgiveness. Of war‘s exiles and survivors, it tells a tale of cultural complexity after World War II in British-controlled Malaya.
#AugustIsATrip #garden

Mitch Oh wow - I was really moved by this book. It was a Bookclub Book and one we talk about still a few years on 13mo
mhillis I didn‘t know that this is going to be a movie!! 13mo
Lizpixie Ive has this since a Litten recommended it over a year ago. Guess I‘m #BumpingItUp on my #MountTBR 13mo
vkois88 Sounds really good! 13mo
Expandingbookshelf I didn‘t know this was going to be a movie! I‘m excited! 13mo
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AndjoSant
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The best novel to read while staying at the E & O, is to the read the novel with scenes set at the E & O #penang #malaysia #malaya #colonialism

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SusanLee
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Pickpick

So much nostalgia looking back at Malaya then. Well rounded book with beautiful prose, such an easy read though it‘s filled with so much gists! Learnt so much more especially gardening, tattoo, tea and even birds nest 😂 Overall one of my favourite reads!

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Agnetta
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AceOnRoam
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There have been some excellent readers dropping by at this marina so my bookswap #bookhaul was exceptional 😍

#ReadingOnRoam

jhod Where are you? So exciting! 2y
AceOnRoam @jhod at Kaş Marina in southern Turkey. We are up on the concrete painting the bottom of the boat, well, the skipper is anyway. I'm just reading 😊📚 2y
jhod Lovely! 2y
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Liz_M Sounds like the perfect division of work. 😁 2y
LeahBergen I loved Suite Francaise. ❤️ 2y
AceOnRoam @Liz_M it helps that I'm the Admiral 😎 2y
AceOnRoam @LeahBergen I've been meaning to read it for sooo long. Glad that you are endorsing it 💕 2y
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BiblioNyan
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MONTHLY FAVOURITES:
• How to Be a Bawse by Lilly Singh (#OwnVoices)
• When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further
Possibilities by Chen Chen (#OwnVoices)
• The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
(#OwnVoices)
• Saga Volume 8 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
• Forge of the Mindslayers by Tim Waggoner

#januarywrapup #litsygram #diversebooks

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BiblioNyan
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Brilliant. Heart-breaking. Extraordinarily evocative.

5-stars.

#diversebooks #Malaysian #ownvoices #historicalfiction

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BiblioNyan
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I started this #OwnVoices Malay historical fiction novel recently. I‘m not very far into it yet, but the prose is absolutely breathtaking! The imagery it evokes beautifully transports you to Malaya, embracing you with its culture. So lovely and sweeping. 💚💚

#diversebooks #malaylit #historicalfiction

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ju.ca.no
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early christmaspresent from @taza_de_te 💚💚💚

taza_de_te @ju.ca.no Enjoy reading and have nice holidays! 🤗 2y
ju.ca.no @taza_de_te I will! Thank you again🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 2y
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BiblioNyan
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Weekend reading plan w/ Kheb. 💚

The Garden of Evening Mist is an #OwnVoices Malay novel taking place in 1951, about a Japanese gardener who‘s the exiled former gardener of the Emperor of Japan, & a young girl who approaches him to help her grow a memorial garden for her sister.

The Fifth Season is a SF book by a black female author about a world where the environments become chaotic, systematic oppression, & a broken family.

#diversebooks

Allkat Cats are very tolerant book back drops!😹 2y
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Lizpixie
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#FallIntoBooks #day6 #BookPairings I like to pair books with music that matches it perfectly. I love my music almost as much as I love my books, almost! If I'm reading about a certain country, I'll pair it with music from there, like pipe & fiddle music for Outlander or Chinese wind & percussion pieces for books set in Asia or just music from the era the books set in like jazz for Golden Age crime or 80s pop for My Best Friends Exorcism.🎶🥁🎻🎺🎷

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Lizpixie
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#AndItsAugust #day26 #SouthAsianWriters This beautiful book is by Tan Twan Eng who was born in Penang, Malaysia & now lives in Kuala Lumpur. Set in Malaya after WWII, a woman builds a memorial to her sister, killed by the Japanese during the war. Wanting to make a garden, she ends up being apprenticed to the former gardener of the Emperor of Japan. Emotional, Dark & depressing it ends up being a story of forgiveness & beauty. Highly recommend.5⭐️

RestlessFickleBookHoarder Sounds really good. That's a pretty edition too. 2y
ReadingEnvy I have fond memories of this book. 2y
LeeRHarry Haven't read this one but it sounds interesting 😊 (edited) 2y
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TheBookselvesOfMillie
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Pickpick

This is one of my favourite books ever. The storyline is amazing and it is beautifully written, you can almost feel the humid climate of Malaysia. You are never quite sure what turn the book will take next. I highly recommend this book and, I mean, it has gold foil on it so there is #CoverLove too! 💗 I look forward to reading A Gift of Rain soon #TanTwanEng #TheGardenOfTheEveningMists

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RachelO
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The Royal Society of Literature ran a poll to find the nation's favourite second novel last year. This came in at number 2. I'm ashamed to say I've only read two on their list.

https://rsliterature.org/the-nations-favourite-second-novel/

#sophomorenovels #jubilantjuly @RealLifeReading

Leniverse Oh, what a fun list! Second novels! I've read for of them, and all but two are on my TBR. Adding those two now! (The book you posted and the Barbara Pym.) 2y
Leniverse Oh, turns out I added Excellent Women to my TBR in May. 😂 2y
RachelO @Leniverse Oops. Now you mention it, I'm selling myself short - I have actually read Excellent Women as well, bringing my grand total to 3! It's quite fun to see such a mixed up list, isn't it? Their list of 'potential candidates' was fascinating too! (edited) 2y
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Centique Now you've brought it to my attention, second novels seem a special thing! I've read three and three others are on my list. This book you've posted was a book club pick that I really loved. Learnt a lot about WW2 in Malaysia and about Japanese tattoos! 2y
RachelO @Centique This is one that's been on my tbr forever- I really should bump it up the list! 2y
Centique @RachelO it's a bit of a slow burn but beautifully written - both present and past stories being told. Probably one that needs a little space to unfold but then it's mesmerising 💕 2y
Leniverse On the full list there were a lot of books and authors I haven't even heard of! But also books that I have read and that wouldn't end up on any Top XX list of mine. 2y
JenP I've read all in the top ten except this one. I am probably the only person in the world who didn't really care for Excellent women very much. 2y
RachelO @JenP I can think of at least one other person 😐! I think she's probably a 'not for me' author. 2y
RachelO @Centique I think I started it, bit decided I needed to give it more time than I had right then. I'm re-stacking 😊 2y
RachelO @Leniverse 😂It might be a 'throw everything at it and see what sticks' kind-of list. I might have an explore & see what else grabs me. 2y
merelybookish What a cool list. And really destroys the idea of a sophomore slump! 2y
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Lizpixie
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This is probably my #LastBookMailOfJuly seeing as I've had to instigate a #bookbuyban before the hubby left me. Jeez I'll miss him😂 I had to buy a copy of the first Poirot for the #agathachristieclub buddyread, Peter Robinson is an automatic buy, his DCI Banks series is brilliant, Afterlife was a recommendation in a #bookriot article I believe & The Garden Of Evening Mists was recommended by another Litten when I said I love books about gardens.

Varshitha Love your Classics collection in the background 😍 2y
emilyhaldi I agree with @Varshitha 😍😍😍😍 2y
Lizpixie @Varshitha @emilyhaldi Thankyou, I love the Word Cloud classics, they're so colourful! 2y
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PatriciaU
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Now that the sun has drifted away and it is misty-raining out, I've moved to the front porch to continue my #LitsyPartyOfOne. There's some thunder in the distance, so at least one pup is inside wearing her thundershirt and calming collar. The neighborhood is quiet tonight....

LibrarianJen Sounds perfect! 2y
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Tamra
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Pickpick

There is a lot going on in this novel, especially in regard to regional political & cultural history, of which I was unaware. Much to mull over, e.g. the art of borrowed scenery & deception. I was intrigued by the mention of tattooing becoming addictive (the pain quiets the mind), because I recently listened to S-Town podcast and that is a significant point of discussion.

ReadingEnvy I loved this novel, so beautiful. 2y
Aleida Beautiful book. 2y
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Tamra
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I nearly bailed, until I got here, pg. 77. It just got interesting.

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Karenmartinreads
Pickpick

Beautiful, lyrical, mysterious and haunting. Opens an area of history I knew nothing about.
Karenmartinreads.blogspot.com

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Arbol
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The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng was a beautiful book that has stayed with me for years.

BookishFeminist On my TBR it goes! (My real secret to doing this for the giveaway challenge.) 2y
BestOfFates I love that book! 2y
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saresmoore
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My birthday is coming up in May, so I sent my mom a link to my Book Depository wishlist. Her response: "Only 92 books on your list?"

Well, yes, I narrowed it down! I also have lists for at least four other book sites and I've chosen the cover I like best and cross-referenced price for each with no overlap...

Oh, she was being sarcastic.

mischa That seems like a very small list #nosarcasm (My birthday is in May too! 🎉) 2y
Suet624 Honestly I'm more surprised that our birthdays aren't the same month. Mine's in June. 2y
saresmoore @mischa It is a small list! Cheers to May birthdays. 🥂 Here's hoping you get lots of birthday books! 2y
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saresmoore @Suet624 I'm a bit surprised, too! Hahaha! June is pretty close, though. 2y
Suet624 @saresmoore very close. 😀 2y
LeahBergen 😂😂😂 2y
LauraBeth 😂😂😂 2y
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RealLifeReading
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#aprilbookshowers day 26: #gardentitle
I don't own any of these but definitely enjoyed reading them. In the Garden of Iden is the first book in the amazing Company series (The Company works to preserve art & extinct forms of life - for a profit), and The Serial Garden is a collection of short stories about the very quirky Armitage family. The Old Garden is by a Korean writer. The Garden of Evening Mists by a Malaysian writer.

TheLondonBookworm I'm sorry but anything by Gerard Durrell is an instant win in my list! :) 2y
ReadingEnvy One of my book clubs read the Iden book together, in a virtual world where we could be any characters. I came as Friar John.... 2y
batsy Joan Aiken! Aaah 💜 This reminds me that I have Serial Garden and should read it. 2y
Aleida Loved Evening Mists (edited) 2y
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JenP
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#garden title #aprilbookshowers
A TBR book I hope to get to this year. Have you read it?

shawnmooney No but I really really want to! 2y
JenP @shawnmooney maybe we'll both get to it this year. It gets great reviews from people who generally rate similarly to me so I'm hopeful. 2y
shawnmooney Yes, to all of what you said! 2y
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Cinfhen Ooooh, looks good! 2y
ReadingEnvy I loved it. 2y
JenP @ReadingEnvy yay! Good to hear 2y
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readingjedi
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From the first page, no matter the story, this was beautifully written. Thankfully the story was engaging too! Gently evocative, tranquil, resonant with the harmonies of nature and the seasons, it was softly melancholic but had also a muted joy & an understated undercurrent of powerful emotions. Loved how the surface peacefulness of the garden hid so much turmoil just like nature (and life!) itself. Memorable, moving, lovely writing.

readingjedi Loved the twist! And the tone of positivity & moving forward/continuity at the end. Also the contrast of cultures mirrored by the garden/jungle. Haven't read much set in this location/time period so learnt as well. The writing created such gorgeous pictures of a unique place. 2y
Cinfhen Beautiful review 💙 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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#aprilbookshowers A book by a #localauthor from my shelves.

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ScorpioBookDreams
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Catch-up time. This is the only book I own #setinsoutheastasia. Got some great recommendations from other posts though. #aprilbookshowers

minkyb Beautiful cover! 2y
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Lindy
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A Malaysian family took my photo in Singapore when I was travelling solo. @RealLifeReading has me thinking about books I've loved that are #setinsoutheastasia. I reviewed Garden of Evening Mists some time past, calling it a powerful and poetic story about how we learn to move on, even from the most terrible circumstances imaginable. https://lindypratch.blogspot.ca/2012/08/the-garden-of-evening-mists-by-tan-twan....

ramyasbookshelf This was my pick too!!! What a coincidence! 2y
Lindy @ramyasbookshelf Not really a coincidence, since it's such a great book. Let's get everyone else on board with this one! 😊 2y
shawnmooney Ha - Just posted a list of four, one of which was this one. As you say, not a coincidence – supposed to be wonderful and your review bumps it up even further on my list! 2y
Lindy @shawnmooney Hooray! 2y
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ramyasbookshelf
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For today's #setinsouthasia prompt, here's a book that high up in my TBR pile. I listened to an interview with the author in the BBC World Book Club podcast and got the book immediately. It's in my 2017 reading plan. Can't get to it fast enough! It's set in Malaysia.

FernsAndFairyTales I read this last year and loved it. Can't wait to see what you think of it! 2y
ramyasbookshelf I can't wait to start! Everything about the book sounded wonderful! 2y
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Simona
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Only one book from my shelfs (virtual and real) that is #setinsoutheastasia 😳 I'm looking forward, to see your suggestions!

#aprilbookshowers

ReadingEnvy Loved this one! 2y
Simona @ReadingEnvy Still on my TBR mountain 🤗 2y
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