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The Girl with Seven Names
The Girl with Seven Names | Hyeonseo Lee
An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships and the story of one woman s terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom. As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom and, as the famine of the 1990s struck, she began to wonder, question and to realise that she had been brainwashed her entire life. Given the repression, poverty and starvation she witnessed surely her country could not be, as she had been told the best on the planet ? Aged seventeen, she decided to escape North Korea. She could not have imagined that it would be twelve years before she was reunited with her family. She could not return, since rumours of her escape were spreading, and she and her family could incur the punishments of the government authorities involving imprisonment, torture, and possible public execution. Hyeonseo instead remained in China and rapidly learned Chinese in an effort to adapt and survive. Twelve years and two lifetimes later, she would return to the North Korean border in a daring mission to spirit her mother and brother to South Korea, on one of the most arduous, costly and dangerous journeys imaginable. This is the unique story not only of Hyeonseo s escape from the darkness into the light, but also of her coming of age, education and the resolve she found to rebuild her life not once, but twice first in China, then in South Korea. Strong, brave and eloquent, this memoir is a triumph of her remarkable spirit."
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andioop
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This is nothing shy of a roller coaster. A story Westerners should know.
Another book after which I can only say: all borders are murder, and refusing refugees asylum is a moral atrocity. F-ck fascism. Etc.
There is so much about this world I do not know.
If you don‘t have time to read the book, watch the TED talk, it is well-revered.

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MelKelsey
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I listened to this book about a woman who defected from North Korea. It's not a story that's been told often. It's important and interesting, but it could have been better written and more engaging.

violabrain This book is amazing! 3w
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RealBooks4ever
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Growing up under a regime that held quick public executions for people denounced by their neighbors, and let people starve in the streets, Lee felt the need to experience the outside world before she became an adult at 18. She slipped over to China. She never went back. Overall it‘s a dramatic journey well worth a read! 💜#audiobook

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RachelO
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I was surprised by this memoir. Hyeonseo Lee‘s decision to leave North Korea was more about teenage exploration than ideological conviction. So many of her decisions could have ended up so much worse. And her poor family!

I thought her story was well-balanced and well-told - a fascinating read.

This was #somethingwithtravel for #nonfiction2019

vumblereads I always love seeing old kindle models. It just goes to show how sturdy they are. 6mo
RachelO @vumblereads It‘s the only one I‘ve had and (most of the time) it just behaves! Looking a bit battered now & there‘s an e-ink splodge in one part of the page, but no plans to upgrade right now 😁 6mo
Palimpsest This was one of my mom‘s books for her book club. She told me it was unbelievable what this woman had to go through and that I should read this book. 6mo
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vumblereads I have the first kindle paper white model and it‘s still in good condition, it lags from time to time but it hasn‘t really bothered me yet. Thank goodness I didn‘t cave in and get the kindle oasis when it came out. I really liked the waterproof feature but it was too expensive. I‘ll wait wait for other, “better”, future models to come out before I get a new one. 6mo
RachelO @vumblereads 👍 And as for waterproofing... I go with a clear ziploc freezer bag, if I‘m daft enough to read it in the bath. Classy, eh? 6mo
RachelO @Palimpsest It‘s a really good read - I‘d recommend it! 6mo
vumblereads My favorite pastime!!! Reading in the tub 😂 6mo
kathedron Glad to see I'm not the only one who's still using a pre-Industrial Revolution kindle. 😊 6mo
RachelO @kathedron I got a matching second-hand pre-industrial revolution Kobo for library ebooks too. Now, that‘s clunky! 6mo
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ShyBookOwl
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My husband and I just finished listening to this audiobook together. I had read the physical book about 3 years ago and loved it just as much the second time around. What an amazing story. Both times, I felt like I was reading 1984 for the first half and a thriller for the second half. It still astounds me. I learned so much from her story.

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RachelO
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Hyeonseo grew up in North Korea, #soclose to the Chinese border that her brother would play in the river with boys from the other side. Her decision to cross the river was almost accidental, little more than a teenage prank, a young person quite literally pushing at boundaries and wanting to explore their world. But it had a lifetime of consequences for her and her family.

#maymoviemagic

Cinfhen Sounds harrowing 7mo
RachelO @Cinfhen Surprisingly, I think she had a fair bit of luck on her side. Almost every decision she made could have turned out a whole lot worse. Her poor mother, though! 7mo
Cinfhen I‘ve already stacked but interested to read her journey 7mo
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RachelO
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Starting tagged book on my train journey home from the hols. Only a few pages in so far, but I feel I‘m in safe hands - she‘s a good storyteller! And I‘ve brought the weather back with me 🌞

ShyBookOwl I read this book a couple years back and still think of it often. I learned so much and yet it also read like a thriller. I was on the edge of my seat and even when I'd put it down, it would be constantly running through my head. I hope you enjoy it! 7mo
RachelO @ShyBookOwl So good to hear! I‘ve been wanting to read this for years, but never quite got to it. Was flicking through my kindle on the journey today and nothing was ‘sticking‘ til I got to this. Like her writing style so far! 7mo
Itchyfeetreader Hope it‘s been a lovely break 7mo
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RachelO @Itchyfeetreader It‘s been great thanks Jo! Lots of sunshine and blue skies and way too much eating 😉. Be glad to get back now though x (edited) 7mo
Cathythoughts I‘m only home today too. I hope you had a great break. 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
RachelO @Cathythoughts It was lovely thanks Cathy! Hope you had a fab time in Spain too. Wifi‘s been a little patchy, so I‘ll catch up with everyone‘s posts tomorrow 😀 7mo
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bnmlucky2
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I hated this book. I thought she was selfish and unlikeable.

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la_rose_noire
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Follow this 17-year-old girl through her escape from North Korea which lasted over a decade. A captivating autobiography!!!

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la_rose_noire
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About her first time outside North Korea.

rretzler Welcome to Litsy! Enjoy! 8mo
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RachelO
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Just in case anyone‘s interested, ShelterBox (UK) have started a book club. A book from round the world, every 6 weeks. Haven‘t seen this as a charity ‘thing‘ before: https://www.shelterbox.org/book-club

Velvetfur That looks sooooo good! Thank you for sharing 👍 9mo
Weaponxgirl Oh wow! Thankyou for this so much! 9mo
Cinfhen Cool idea !!!! 9mo
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RachelO @Weaponxgirl @Velvetfur Looks good, doesn‘t it? Would love to hear how it goes, if you try it. If my finances ever settle down, it‘s something I‘d like to do. 9mo
RachelO @Cinfhen It looks neat doesn‘t it? I also like the fact that the person running it has the official job title ‘Head Bookworm‘ ! 9mo
Weaponxgirl @RachelO that‘s my only thing, but since it looks like a good cause I may just got for it soon. 9mo
Velvetfur @RachelO Yeah finances are the concern for me at the moment too 😊 9mo
TrishB This looks fab! When my jet lagged brain becomes unfogged I will decide 👍🏻 9mo
RachelO @TrishB Hope you‘ve recovered from the jetlag. I‘m still considering- but the books they‘ve chosen seem to be ones I‘ve wanted to read... 9mo
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KGlibrarian
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Wow—this memoir of the author‘s escape from North Korea is fascinating, heartbreaking, and compelling. I can‘t wait to watch her TED talk.

violabrain This book is great! 10mo
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jdiehr
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My book club chose this book and my first thought was, "Maybe I'll skip this one." I'm glad I didn't. Living in a free country is something that I take for granted. The bravery and tenacity of Hyeonseo Lee is unbelievable. My horizons have been broadened.

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jdiehr
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I wasn't super enthusiastic when my book club chose this book, but I started it today and am really enjoying it.
Henry has no comment just yet 😺

thebluestocking Oh good. My book club is reading it in a couple of months. 11mo
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Tove_Reads
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Powerful. Sad. Encouraging. Marvelous. I could go on forever. I have read many a books about North Korea, but I think this one is my fave. It is like reading a thriller. Unfortunately this story is true. What a remarkable woman! I have no clue how she managed to do it all. I encourage everyone to read this story of how she defected to South Korea, and went back to the Chinese-N. Korean border to get her family to defect as well.

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Tove_Reads
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Tove_Reads
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Some of the 26 books I plan on reading in December!

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TracyReadsBooks
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Visiting my mom almost always involves a book exchange and this Thanksgiving was no different. She sent me home with four books which, she told me, fall into the so-so (but nonetheless interesting) to “I really liked it” categories. Looking forward to some good reading.

BookNerd9906 Absolutely love Eleanor. ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
Notafraidofwords Woah Incidents of Slave Girl changed my life. Absolutely amazing book. 13mo
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BronteTime
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What an incredible life this woman has led! Her story adds humanity to all the news headlines about N. Korea.

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BookishRedhead
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Just as touching as the first time I read it.
Forever one of my favourites

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Jules7
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Guys.....I read this awhile ago and forgot to review what with moving and summer and everything else. BUT....so good. Read it, just read it. True story of a refugee struggling to find freedom and unravel a lifetime of N Korea‘s propoganda.

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Wife
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Amazing courage, determination, and intelligence to make her way out of North Korea. A very intense read. This pic is from the author‘s 2013 TED Talk. I watched it on YouTube. I highly recommend the book. 4/5⭐️s

MinDea @Jess7 didn't you want to read this for #LBR? 1y
Jess7 Yes!! I‘ve heard it‘s great for discussion 1y
Jess7 Yes, I‘ve heard it‘s great for discussion @MinDea 1y
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Beatlefan129
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1. Technically yes since I have iBooks on my phone. But I hate reading on such a small screen
2. Always! I love my local library!
3. Yes, I go back and forth between print and e-books
#TuesdayTidbits

SilversReviews Me too on going back and forth from print to e-books. Thanks for playing. 1y
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Beatlefan129
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At my favorite book store The Tattered Cover to pick up some new stationery to write to my pen pal. I‘m so excited!! Thank you to TheReadingMermaid for organizing the matches!

ErinSueMreads Are you a Denver person??? Yay!! Look @5280reader I found another! (edited) 1y
TheReadingMermaid You are most welcome 🤗💕 1y
Beatlefan129 @ErinSueG I sure am! Lots of us on Litsy I guess 1y
ErinSueMreads I thought there weren‘t any!!! I‘ve been toying with the idea of organizing a meetup at #bookbar but wasn‘t sure who else there was! 1y
Beatlefan129 I would love that ErinSueG!! 1y
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mrslamping
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“As many discover, freedom - real freedom, in which your life is what you make of it and the choices are your own - can be terrifying.” #bookquotes #life

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mrslamping
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Enjoying a little late night reading! I‘m determined to finish this book by tomorrow!! #nightowlreading #currentlyreading

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mrslamping
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“I had one private realm I could escape to: in books.” Most readers can resonate with this statement💛🧡#loveforreading # currentlyreading

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mrslamping
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Reading about the life and what children go through being brought up in North Korea is very eye-opening. From public hangings to “life purification time,” I couldn‘t imagine having to live like this!

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Jess7
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“Dictatorships may seem strong and unified, but they are always weaker than they appear. They are governed by the whim of one man, who can‘t draw upon a wealth of discussion and debate, as democracies can, because he rules through terror and the only truth permitted is his own.” - #HyeonseoLee #TheGirlWithSevenNames #TBR

Day 10: #NumberInTitle (seven) - #AprilBookishMadness

SleepyDragon Sounds kind of like US leadership right now ... 2y
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BookishRedhead
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Another like from Hyeonseo Lee

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BookishRedhead
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Hyeonseo Lee liked my photo!
Aaaahhhh

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ibeeeg
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//⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️// This was an eye-opening book. Hyeonseo Lee expanded my perspective on North Korea with the knowledge of how deeply the propaganda within this country has been indoctrinated into their citizens. Their societal perspective is vastly different than the one I know.

Through Lee‘s narrative, which read like a well written novel, I have gained a brief understanding of North Korea and have gained a newer perspective.

Read: 1/14/18

Jess7 Nice review! This one has been on my TBR for way too long! 2y
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Insightsintobooks
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I love memoirs and this one did not disappoint. It is heart wrenching. I liked learning about North Korea as well.

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BookishRedhead
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Paperback of one of my favourite non-fiction books. Re-reading this year for sure

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WonderWhitman
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What an inspiring and heart-wrenching story. This is the best book I've read of 2018 so far. I learned a lot about life in North Korea, and I'm inspired to do more for the promotion of human rights worldwide.

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Erynecki
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As the daughter and granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, I have always been drawn to stories of those who need to run, hide, and start over. Part of me always takes notes for if I ever have to run...
I heard the author‘s TED talk a number of years ago and was eager to read the details of her story. As Ambassador Power wrote in her blurb, “Against all odds she escaped, survived and had the courage to speak out.”

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Jess7
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“An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world‘s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships – and the story of one woman‘s terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom.” -Amazon #TBR #ForeignReads - #ReadingResolutions

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ddavisson82
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This memoir by a North Korean defector is fascinating and quite timely with the Seoul olympics starting today. The tyranny of the Kim regime is difficult to fathom, Nazi Germany‘s evil in existence right now. I learned so much about Asian cultures,too. Highly recommend this one.

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Part 2

From the absolute power the regime have over the people, (e.g having a painting of the leader in every house and having to take care of that painting with one's life.) To public hanging and executions of people in the middle of the street, not caring children are watching. Also, the brainwashing and insanely driven propaganda against the USA and mistical stories of the leader. This was a door to the unknown world that we call North Korea.

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Maximus
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Part 1

Just heard/read the last part of the book called "The girl with seven names." Incredible book that show us the hardship she has to face in not only in North Korea, but a long her journey. We get to see the hidden places that we know has North Korea and the brutality and the life North Koreans have to suffer each day.

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Michellesibs
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I didn‘t know much about North Korea so I found this story of a defector really interesting. Even after finishing I can not believe that this regime still exists and people are having to live in this way. A very brave young lady and this book should be read to raise awareness of what‘s still going on in this country. Highly recommend.

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Martta
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These three were my holiday reads. The best one was definitely the Girl with seven names. Others were good as well. Such a nice reading vacation full of good books! I'm ready for work tomorrow. 😊

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Martta
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I loved this! It's been awhile since I've read non-fiction like this and I don't know why. This was such a touching and intense story that it was impossible to put down. One of the best stories about North Korean refugees that I have read!

The short version of the same story is told in this TED-talk by the author:
https://www.ted.com/talks/hyeonseo_lee_my_escape_from_north_korea/up-next

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Martta
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It's been awhile since I have read anything about North Korea. I had forgotten how intense and captivating the stories of North Korean refugees can be. This is the sort of book that is impossible to put down.

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Martta
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This one next. It felt like a perfect time for some non-fiction. 😊

maich Still nothing about my package...? I'm becoming to worry...😯😕 2y
Martta @maich No, I haven't heard anything about it. But I'm thinking we should probably wait and see if it arrives early next week before getting too worried. I'm thinking that maybe Christmas has been messing the post office deliveries a bit? 🤔 2y
maich @Martta I was thinking that too. All my package including in my country are late... I hope it doesn't lost somewhere. Fingers crossed. 2y
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Martta @maich I'll post as soon as I get it. 😊 2y
maich @Martta I know you will😊😘 Wish you the best celebration of new year eve. And happy new year❤❤ 2y
Martta @maich Happy new year for you too! I hope 2018 will be full of good books and fun new memories! 😊🎉 2y
maich @Martta Thank you🎉🎉🎊🎇 Wish you the same. And a lot of new books😙😙😁 2y
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Jess7
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Thanks for the tag @MinDea 😊 and @britt_brooke 🤗

J - Jessica Knoll‘s Luckiest Girl Alive -had to get creative 😜
E - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - by Gail Honeyman
S - Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
S - Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
I - I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
C - Confessions of A Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan
A - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

To all those I have tagged: What are yours? #FirstNameFavs

tournevis *snort snort snort* 2y
Pamwurtzler 😂 2y
Jess7 Haha - this post is a work in progress, but I tag you both in the interim to show me yours! 🤗 @tournevis and @Pamwurtzler 2y
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britt_brooke 😆👏🏻 2y
JamieArc I‘m curious what your J will be. I was looking at my bookshelf and I couldn‘t find one book that started with J! 2y
julesG 😁😁😁 2y
tournevis @Jess7 Posted yesterday! It's hard to find books that start with E in French!!! 2y
tournevis Dis you read/like Cloud Atlas? 2y
Jess7 @JamieArc - I had to take creative liberties with “J” because like you I couldn‘t find any J Titles that I‘ve read on Goodreads. I have a couple Js on my TBR list but not that I‘ve read. It‘s too bad my name doesn‘t have several Ts bc I have plenty of favorites beginning with T 😜 2y
Jess7 Thanks @julesG and @Pamwurtzler - have you done this yet? 2y
Jess7 I have not. @tournevis - I‘ve heard of it, but don‘t know anything about it. 2y
julesG Yep, had Just A Geek for my J. 2y
Pamwurtzler @jess7 thanks for the tag! I have done that but I‘ll tag @karkar - I haven‘t seen hers yet! 2y
britt_brooke @Jess7 J is a tough one! The only one on my list is Jesus Land. It‘s a good read. 2y
CatLass007 Thanks @Jess7 ! I‘ve already done mine. Let‘s see if @Velvetfur has played this game. 2y
starlight97 Nice! I wanna do this too! 😍 2y
tournevis @Jess7 I loved it. It's also a lot better than then movie, which has white face and yellow face make up. Urgh. 2y
GypsyKat I‘ll try, but I can‘t think of any books that I love that start with a K... maybe I‘ll google 2y
Jess7 Great! You should @starlight97 2y
Velvetfur @CatLass007 Hiya! I haven't yet, hmmm my name (Vikki) is difficult for books, I don't think I have any that begin with any of those letters...I'll give it a go though! Thank you for thinking of me 😊 2y
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Aleida
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Just started this heartrending story of a child born in North Korea. The indoctrination begins in kindergarten where students must tell the class of a sin another student committed against the Great Leader. We‘ve all read about unspeakable human suffering in many dictatorships, but I think this regime is particularly brutal.

mhillis Looking forward to your review! This is on my list for December 2y
Aleida It‘s very good so far... 2y
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Sahar
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This true story left my heart racing. Although Hyeonseo Lee tells about her journey, it is still hard to come close to imagining everything this young woman experienced to escape North Korea. An amazing memoir/autobiography.

Reecaspieces Nothing to envy also a good read about North Korea. 2y
cocomass I️ enjoyed this one too! 2y
RebelReader I have Nothing to Envy on my large TBR list. Bought it in San Francisco at City Lights Bookstore. 2y
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llwheeler
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Oh look at that I searched 7 in the library catalogue and instantly added to my tbr. This sounds like a must-read for me. I read In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park, also a memoir of a young girl defecting from North Korea, a couple years ago and found it an important read.
#novemberbythenumbers

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WonderWhitman
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Just returned from vacation to open my wonderful book exchange gift from @bookmark.your.escape -- can't wait to read these great books, and use these awesome magnetic book clips! Thank you so much!!

WonderWhitman Just finished The Girl With Seven Names--it was exceptional! Thank you, @bookmark.your.escape !! 2y
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