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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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jenniferw88
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

1. From this year's books, the gardens in the tagged book. From all time, HOGWARTS!

2. Attending a very funny talk by David Suchet about Poirot with my Mum & a friend.

Tagging anyone who wants to join in & hasn't played yet.

Trashcanman Even me? 4w
jenniferw88 @Trashcanman yes, even you 😊 4w
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SamanthaMarie That would be an amazing thing to go to. We love Poirot in this house, particularly David Suchet's Poirot. My 6 year old says all the time, "My favorite detective is Poirot." ? 4w
RaeLovesToRead I'm going to see David Suchet on Sunday! 🥰🥰 And yes to Hogwarts!! 😊 4w
Eggs Thanks for playing 🎊📚👍🏼 4w
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stretchkev
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This is a hella good opening!

BarbaraBB I just finished this and loved it! 3mo
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BarbaraBB
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I knew about the Japanese occupation in South East Asia during WWII mainly from a Dutch POV. I learned so much reading this book. About the war, about the communist guerrilla in #Malaysia afterwards, about Japanese gardens and about horimono tattoo art. And all this written in the most wonderful style. So serene - if that‘s possible - and so authentic. I am grateful I finally read it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My favorite book so far for #ReadingAsia2021 🇲🇾

stretchkev I've had this one on the TBR for so long, I'm moving it up the lost. 3mo
Librarybelle Great review! 3mo
jenniferw88 One of my favourites this year too! 3mo
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readingjedi This is a fabulous book, I loved it too. 3mo
Megabooks Wow!! That‘s saying something! 3mo
Cinfhen Gorgeous photo and what an incredible endorsement for a book!! 3mo
Suet624 😍😍😍 3mo
Simona The Garden of Evening Mists (and G.Orwell‘s Burmese Days) are my favourites too from this challenge. 3mo
BarbaraBB @Simona I haven‘t read Burmese Days. But it‘s on the list of #1001books so I‘ll get to it sooner or later! 3mo
BarbaraBB @stretchkev Please do, it‘s gorgeous! 3mo
Bookwormjillk One of my favorites 3mo
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BarbaraBB
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#WeeklyForecast 36/21

I am hooked on 56 Days right now and hoping to finish it later today. This week I hope to add two more #ReadingAsia2021 books (Jordan and Malaysia) and a play for #Booked2021.

TrishB I‘m very tempted by 56 Days 😁 3mo
squirrelbrain Looks like a good plan to me! 😁 3mo
Cinfhen I picked up this book recently after the glowing review by @Megabooks 3mo
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BarbaraBB @TrishB @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen It is set during the first lockdown in March 2020. It is so weird to read about COVID and its implications and to realize it‘s no dystopia! 3mo
TrishB I‘ve just checked on kindle and it‘s 99p today 😁😁 3mo
Cinfhen Woohoo @TrishB 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB That‘s great! It‘s a quick read, quite the pageturner! 3mo
TrishB @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB I‘ve read a couple of others by the author and really enjoyed them too. 3mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB This was my first but will certainly not be my last! 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen enjoy!! 3mo
Cinfhen Hope to start after I finish IRL bookclub book @Megabooks 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen awesome!! 3mo
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Suet624
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A rich and complex novel that took me to Malaya in the 1950‘s. It tells several stories of a wartime period, when the Japanese took over the country taking prisoners and killing many. It is the story of the lone survivor of a Japanese camp apprenticing to create a Japanese garden for her sister, killed in one of the camps, and her relationship with the gardener. It was a slow read but I learned a great deal as a result of reading it.

nathandrake1997 One of my all-time favourite books ❤️ Brilliant review ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
BarbaraBB Great review. This will be my Malaysia read for ReadingAsia! 5mo
ValerieAndBooks Hi Sue -- we'll be in Vermont the second half of next week! Our itinerary is very much “play it by ear“, as that is how my hubby likes to operate on vacations. It makes it hard to plan ahead for meet-ups. But if you're around/available then, do email me at valphia at aol dot com and we can go from there 😊 5mo
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Suet624 @BarbaraBB that‘s great! It‘ll stick with you. 5mo
Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks so exciting! I‘ll email you. 5mo
Centique Oh I loved this book. I am so glad you enjoyed it too 😍 5mo
Suet624 @Centique I have such appreciation for Litsy. I never would have picked up this book if I hadn‘t seen the great reviews. 5mo
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Jari-chan
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Mehso-so

This book sounded like one I would enjoy reading, also I read a lot of positive reviews about it. Therefore, my expectations might have been too high. Because it turned out, it wasn't really the book I was hoping it would be.

Yes, I've learned a bit more about the war crimes the Japanese did to the Malayan people during WWII, and there were many beautiful descriptions of the landscapes and some touching moments.

But it just wasn't enough. ⬇

Jari-chan I couldn't connect to the characters at all. And most of the time it was too much talking for my taste. Sure, this was part of the philosophy in the book, giving it depth and meaning. But it just didn't reach me.

Maybe it was because the writing style was to much on the drama llama site. I was surprised to find out that the book was written by a man. It felt so dramatically female, if you know what I mean...

@TheAromaofBooks #BookSpinBingo
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TheAromaofBooks I'm not a fan of drama llama writing either 😂 6mo
Jari-chan @TheAromaofBooks Woohoo, welcome to the Club! 😁 6mo
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Bookwormjillk
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I first read and loved this book five years ago, and I knew I had to re-read it for #ReadingAsia

This book has so much: WWII from a non Western perspective, gardening, tea, grief, forgiveness, and so much more. It starts in the highlands of Malaysia where former war prisoner Yun Ling approaches Japanese gardener Arimoto to help her create a garden in memory of her sister who didn‘t survive the war. It‘s a beautiful book and I highly recommend it.

Librarybelle Stacking! 7mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful review! If I hadn‘t stacked it already I would now! 7mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Why oh why is the work day so long and the lunch break so short??? This book is so good!

charl08 Ain't that the truth... 7mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Life is good tonight. #NutsInMay

Texreader Mmmm yea 7mo
CoverToCoverGirl Yummy 😁 7mo
Crazeedi Smores over the fire, yes!! 7mo
bookishdawg Summer goals ❤️ 7mo
UwannaPublishme Yum! 😋 7mo
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Simona
Garden of Evening Mists | Twan Eng Tan, Tan Twan Eng
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Pickpick

Teoh Yun Ling is the sole survivor of a Japanese war camp,and after retirement she comes back to the tea plantation where she tries to collect her memories.The tea plantation brings back very sad,but also some beautiful moments.The core of the novel is relationship between Yun Ling and Japanese gardener, and around that story are lined historical events in post WWII #Malaysia Beautiful written story about remembering and the meaning of forgetting.

BarbaraBB Wow. Great review! I‘m gonna read this one too for Malaysia! 7mo
Librarybelle This sounds really good! 7mo
Simona @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle It is good and far more complex story than is evident from my review. 7mo
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Simona
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The tagged book is in progress (and I will finished it today), Lara: The Untold Love Story is for Nonfiction challenge, and the rest are for Reading Asia. I‘m still waiting for book - Employees by Olga Ravn to complete International Booker Prize longlist ... I think that this is enough for one week. #weeklyforecast

Cinfhen Awesome progress!! Any stand out favorites from the Booker International long list ? 8mo
Simona @Cinfhen My top five are (for now): When we Cease to Understand the World, At Night All Blood is Black, The Dangers of Smoking in Bed, The War of the Poor and The Perfect Nine. When we Cease ... is my absolutely stand out favourite from longlist.😘 8mo
Cinfhen Awesome!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts ☺️I‘ll keep fingers crossed for good outcome xx 8mo
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BarbaraBB Looking forward to this one. It‘s my Malaysia read for #ReadingAsia2021 7mo
Simona @BarbaraBB It was my Malaysia book too (still need to write the review), and I quite liked it. 7mo
BarbaraBB Good to know! 7mo
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nathandrake1997
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Pickpick

Teoh Yun Ling travels to the elusive Nakamura Aritomo's garden to ask him to build a traditional Japanese garden for her late sister Teoh Yun Hong. Nakamura rejects the offer at first but later on offers to train Yun Ling instead so that she can build the garden herself. Apprehensive at first, Yun Ling eventually accepts Aritomo's offer and what follows is a novel about memory and its elegiac fragility....

nathandrake1997 ....Probably because of circumstances in my personal life from the past few months, but these days I find myself connecting with literature where loss and memory are central themes and that is also a major influence on why this novel moved me so much. But inspite of that, the prose is genuinely brilliant.... 8mo
nathandrake1997 ....Will revisit this novel a few months/years later to see if my thoughts still hold up in a hopefully different state of mind but as of now, I'm glad that my first foray into Malaysian literature was with Tan Twan Eng. Can't wait to read more by him and Malaysian literature in general! 8mo
Suet624 What a lovely review. I‘m so glad you enjoyed this one. 8mo
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nathandrake1997 @Suet624 Thank you so much 😄❤️ And yes, I really loved this book😄 8mo
Suet624 I finally found this at one of my libraries. ❤️ 5mo
nathandrake1997 @Suet624 Yay ❤️ Can't wait to read your review ❤️ 5mo
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bnp
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Rainy day in Georgia, the hellebores (Lenten Roses) are doing well.

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mhillis
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Current Read: The Garden of Evening Mists (tagged) and Braiding Sweetgrass
Ebook or audio: Ebooks
Last book finished in one sitting: Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
#WeekendReads

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jenniferw88
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🎧 5 🌟 for the story, 4 1/2 🌟 for narration as the Asian accents were slightly off I felt.

#joyousjanuary @Andrew65 audiobook goal completed

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

#tbrdeckofcards #sevenofhearts #includesagarden @Clwojick

#readingasia2021 #Malaysia @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

Clwojick Way to go! 11mo
BarbaraBB Wow, quite a recommendation! I hope to get to it soon! 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 11mo
Librarybelle Awesome! 11mo
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jenniferw88
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen
Finished The Plot to Betray America
Finish The Nickel Boys & The Garden of Evening Mists
Continue Wolf Hall & The Italian

#joyousjanuary update Read the chapter a day for #ItalianBuddyRead @Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 11mo
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jenniferw88
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Bookwormjillk The Garden of Evening Mists was really good 12mo
BarbaraBB @Bookwormjillk I am going to read this one for the challenge. Thanks for sharing Jennifer! 12mo
Librarybelle Thanks for sharing! 12mo
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TheEllieMo
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One that‘s been on my TBR for a long time, and today put forward as a suggestion for our next book club read!

#Garden #BloomingBibliophiles
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover ❤️ 2y
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻🌸🌼 2y
Stephjotsdown oh you are going to love this. 1y
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readtheworld
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My reading slump continued all through October, mostly due to working so many extra hours that I only made time for audiobooks. But November will be different! Work should be slowing down a bit and I‘m going to deliberately carve out time for reading in my schedule.

I may not end up hitting my reading goals for this year, but I think I‘m okay with that.

#readinggoals #readtheworld #bookstack

rmaclean4 Beautiful book ladder! I hate it when work gets in the way of my reading!! I don't think I will hit my yearly goal either...but what great books I have gotten to read this year! 2y
readtheworld @rmaclean4 Thanks! And same — even if I‘ll be disappointed in not meeting all my goals, I‘m not going to try and cram in a lot of short books to at least hit my total number. I want to enjoy my next two months of reading without that pressure. 2y
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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 💚💚💚 2y
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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! 3y
CSeydel Oh yes - it arrived! I have been out of town, but my husband said it was delivered 👍🏻 3y
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lele1432 @CSeydel okay great! 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz I agree with your review! Which reminds me to write mine too! 😅 3y
lele1432 @Jee_HookedOnBookz lol yesss can't wait to see yours! 3y
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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! 3y
lele1432 @Jee_HookedOnBookz I'm really enjoying it!! And okay great! 🤗 3y
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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?

Avanders I‘m really excited about 3y
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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 😊❤️ 3y
lele1432 @Jee_HookedOnBookz ah I need to check my email! 🤗 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz @lele1432 Kaleah do you read on kindle too? 3y
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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. 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz Are there better choices on Apple? 3y
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) 3y
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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!! 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz @lele1432 I'll drop you an email then! :) Did you receive my previous email? 3y
lele1432 @Jee_HookedOnBookz thank you!! And yes I did. :) 3y
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Jee_HookedOnBookz @lele1432 ok I'll write tonight! 🙂 3y
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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! 🌷 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz @wanderinglynn 😘❤️❤️ 3y
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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 3y
mhillis I didn‘t know that this is going to be a movie!! 3y
Lizpixie Ive has this since a Litten recommended it over a year ago. Guess I‘m #BumpingItUp on my #MountTBR 3y
vkois88 Sounds really good! 3y
Expandingbookshelf I didn‘t know this was going to be a movie! I‘m excited! 3y
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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! 4y
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 😊📚 4y
jhod Lovely! 4y
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Liz_M Sounds like the perfect division of work. 😁 4y
LeahBergen I loved Suite Francaise. ❤️ 4y
AceOnRoam @Liz_M it helps that I'm the Admiral 😎 4y
AceOnRoam @LeahBergen I've been meaning to read it for sooo long. Glad that you are endorsing it 💕 4y
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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! 🤗 4y
ju.ca.no @taza_de_te I will! Thank you again🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 4y
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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!😹 4y
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