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Human Acts
Human Acts: A Novel | Kang Han
Follows the aftermath of a young boy's shocking death during a violent student uprising as told from the perspectives of the event's victims and their loved ones.
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arlenefinnigan
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Cinfhen I‘ve been curious about this book / have you read it?? 4d
arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen not yet. The Vegetarian was fascinating though. 4d
Cinfhen That‘s STILL on my TBR 4d
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ju.ca.no
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#covercrush #7days7covers #day4

@ephemeralwaltz have you been tagged yet? Do you want to join? 7 covers in 7 days, no explanation needed?

Cathythoughts 👍🏻nice cover 2mo
Centique One of my favourite books 💔 2mo
ju.ca.no @Centique one of mine too! Even though it is absolutely heartbreaking🙈 2mo
ephemeralwaltz Lovely cover! A devastating but incredible read. 2mo
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arlenefinnigan
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Cinfhen Still on my TBR!!! 3mo
squirrelbrain Wasn‘t on my TBR, but is now! 😁 @cinfhen 3mo
Cinfhen Hahaha @squirrelbrain ❤️ 3mo
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DimeryRene
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New book. Slow start getting off of how much I adored Queenie.

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rmaclean4
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"Is it true that human beings are fundamentally cruel?" This is the central theme of this study of human brutality. Difficult to read in the vividness of the violence but beautiful in it's writing. As I read this I thought of various genocides around the world and that central question asked by Han Kang. 4 ?

rmaclean4 Finished this during #deweys24hourreadathon. 4mo
Readerann Wow, that sounds like an intense book (but very much worth reading). Good luck on the 2nd half of your RAT! 4mo
rmaclean4 @Readerann it was super intense...next read need to be a fantasy!! 4mo
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rmaclean4
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#WITmonth hope to finish this tonight during the #reversereadathon.

bromeliad Looking forward to your review! She's on my TBR. 4mo
rmaclean4 @bromeliad I had such conflicting reactions to The Vegetarian. Have you read Han Kang? Her style is so specific. Beautiful and almost off putting at the same time. 4mo
bromeliad @rmaclean4 No, I haven't read anything by her yet. I've been most interested in reading The White Book, but that's not set in stone. Also, unrelated: Disoriental is a FANTASTIC book. Have you read it yet? 4mo
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rmaclean4 @bromeliad I have not read Disoriental yet but am pumped to finally get to it!! I hope to start it this weekend. Are you doing the Women in Translation month? I would love to know what is on your TBR if you participating. 4mo
bromeliad I actually didn't know about it until I saw your post (and of course now I'm SUPER EXCITED to follow it!), but reading women in translation is a personal goal of mine, so I'm always working on finding/reading them. Right now, I've also got Olga Tokarczuk, Nawal el Saadawi, Qiu Miaojin, and Banana Yoshimoto that I can think of off the top of my head for TBR authors. 4mo
rmaclean4 @bromeliad was Olga Tokarczuk nominated for the Booker International Prize?
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bromeliad Yeah she won it for Flights last year, and the book was also longlisted for the 2019 BTBA. (edited) 4mo
rmaclean4 @bromeliad Have you read The Emissary By Yoko Tawanda? a 5 star read for me this year. 4mo
rmaclean4 @bromeliad did you like Flights? I have read mixed things about it. 4mo
bromeliad I havent read either the emissary or flights. Flights is on my list, and I'll add emissary too! 4mo
Readerann I‘m doing The Reverse Readathon, too. I‘ll check on you! 4mo
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danibel
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kaysworld1
Human Acts | Han Kang
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This book packs a whollop right from the beginning, wow.
My current read Human Acts by Han King
Thank you @Itchyfeetreader for this book 💖📚🙏

#femaleauthors #readingmyownbooks

Itchyfeetreader I hope you enjoy I have this on my list to read so look forward to hearing your review 8mo
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ephemeralwaltz
Human Acts | Han Kang
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Hearing Han Kang read in Korean was the highlight of my weekend! Check out my previous post 😋😋

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ephemeralwaltz
Human Acts | Han Kang
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Guess who asked Han Kang to please sign her books in Korean? Me! 😍
I had the incredible opportunity to hear her talk this evening and she read passages in Korean from Human Acts and she talked about her perspective when writing and everything about her is lovely and I am fangirling

britt_brooke 😍😍😍 8mo
Kalalalatja How cool! 8mo
Abailliekaras Sounds fabulous! 🙌🏼 8mo
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Reggie Sounds awesome!!! 8mo
BiblioLitten I really want to read Human Acts. The first book was amazing! And how cool with Korean signature!!😍 8mo
ephemeralwaltz @BiblioLitten Human Acts completely topped my expectations regarding fiction writing in general - it is brutal in every way! 8mo
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perfectlywinged
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Unflinchingly brutal accounts of different people affected by the South Korean Gwangju uprising in 1980. This short novel brings us several different voices of students, of friends, of mothers, of bystanders who bore witness to this horrific event. Some of the description may be hard to stomach but the writing is so honest and beuatiful you will keep reading.

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TheBookAddict
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#TwinkyToles & #TookeyToles aren‘t fans of the cold, which is why they are snuggled up with me while I read. It‘s supposed to feel like -38°F out there and this is the warmest part of the day. ? ??‍♀️

#catsoflitsy #littenkitten #TnT #TolesBrats #CatMomProblems #winterreading #Booked2019 #newtomeauthor #diversebooks #diverseauthors #femaleauthor

Lcsmcat 😲 10mo
EH2018 Your ginger cat looks like my Hailie! So cute! 10mo
TheBookAddict @EH2018 they are #gingertwins! Twinky will be 7 years old this year in July. How old is your Hailie? 10mo
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TheBookAddict
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Cathythoughts I like this question ✨✨✨ 10mo
TheBookAddict @Cathythoughts sure does make you wonder. 10mo
Cinfhen I still haven‘t read her!! Need to fix that this year!!!! 10mo
TheBookAddict @Cinfhen you should! I think some of the meaning and beautiful writing gets lost in translation, but it‘s still a good read so far. I like that diverse books make me broaden my horizons and leave my little bubble of life in the USA. 10mo
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I reached page 115 on Alias Grace, which means I have 449 pages to go. Woohoo... 😆

Now I‘m moving on to this one on this cold Sunday evening. It‘ll probably be my last read for the #24B4Monday #readathon. I‘m at the 12 hours and 52 minutes mark. Momo is taking a nap. 🐶💤 💤

#LitsyLovesLibraries #diversebooks #diverseauthor #MomoToles #TolesBrats #Dogsoflitsy

TheReadingMermaid You're doing great sweetie. You hit the halfway point that's amazing! 👍🏻😃👍🏻 10mo
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Huh. I never thought of it that way, but that is exactly how I feel about summer.

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krismlars
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I understand that there was some controversy regarding the translation of Han Kang‘s The Vegetarian, and I see that this book was translated by the same person. I don‘t know if the translation is faithful or not, but the story is beautifully told. Another gorgeous cover.

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Centique
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My top ten books that have really stayed with me this year - the above 8 plus Kafka on the Shore and Middlesex. I think I had a bit of a historical fixation 😍
Man, there were a lot of good books in my life this year! 2019 my aim is to catch up on some SFF classics so we‘ll see if that changes the flavour of my favourites list for 2019

Ruthiella SFF classics sound intriguing! There‘s a lot of older stuff I am always wanting to catch up with!😀 11mo
IndoorDame I love In The Time of The Butterflies 🦋 I read it in when I was 16 and can‘t even count how many times I‘ve reread it! 11mo
AlaMich In the Time of the Butterflies was amazing!! It was the beginning of a mild obsession with the DR and Trujillo. ETA: Ooh, and Longbourn was also a favorite of mine this year. I hadn‘t even read P&P yet when I read it. (edited) 11mo
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Centique @Ruthiella me too! I‘ve got authors like Novak, Hobb, Rothfuss, even Le Guin that I‘ve never read! I tended to find one author/series and stick with them. Now I want to try a single book from a variety of authors and decide which ones I‘ll read more from. 11mo
Centique @IndoorDame isn‘t it amazing? I really think it deserves more fame than it has. I definitely will reread it. 11mo
Centique @AlaMich I can feel my own mild obsession coming on too! I need to know more about living under dictatorships. And Longbourn was great - I feel like you didn‘t need to know anything about P&P to enjoy it. Do you? 11mo
AlaMich @Centique I read P&P not too long after. And it might be heresy to say it, but I maybe might have sort of enjoyed reading Longbourn more. 🤫🤫🤫🤫 11mo
AlaMich @Centique Also, if you do want to read more about the DR and Trujillo, try this: 11mo
batsy What a great list! So many in my TBR! Glad Castle was one of your picks 😍 11mo
Centique @AlaMich 😂😂😂 I so agree! 11mo
Centique @batsy it‘s beyond a 5 star! It‘s a part of my emotional fabric now 😊🙌🙌 11mo
Centique @AlaMich I‘m stacking that right now! 👍 11mo
batsy Yes! That's how I feel about it too! 11mo
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JLaurenceCohen

Human Acts is agonizing to read, which is fitting given that it's subject is repression in South Korea. It's about the trauma that state violence inflicts on communities. Not for the faint of heart.

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kaysworld1
Human Acts | Han Kang
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Sorry it's late in posting a received picture I've been working so much.
A great thank you and Christmas hugs go to @Itchyfeetreader for my #stuffedstockingswap goodies, I wore the sock for work today and I kept showing everyone them 😁

Big thank you to @Avanders for her never ending patients 😘
Merry Christmas ☃️💞🍸🎄🎁❄️

Mitch Oh my goodness - gingerbread hot chocolate , how good does that sound! 11mo
kaysworld1 @Mitch it sounds amazing I can't wait to try it. Monday night is my night off so I'll be trying it then. 😊 11mo
RaimeyGallant What a haul! 11mo
Avanders ♥️🎄❄️💙🥰 11mo
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Tamra
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Kindle deal!

Tamra I got both this and Light Years. (edited) 14mo
BarbaraBB I loved them both! 14mo
Tamra @BarbaraBB yay! 14mo
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ephemeralwaltz
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Me and the characters in this book have #nothingincommon but I felt connected to them on such a deep level. Han Kang is a master in exposing the common humanity that binds us all ❤️ 100% recommended. It's a tough read but very interesting, both in content and form!

#SeptemberDanes @Kalalalatja @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Love your thoughts and interpretation for this prompt 😊🤓 1y
Kalalalatja Yes, wonderful take on the prompt! And I agree, the book is so good 👌 1y
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Pickpick

Extremely upsetting.

ju.ca.no It is! But SO good! 1y
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emilyhaldi
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In war #thewinnertakesitall but it‘s not always pretty. This book compiles several short stories that weave together the same cast of characters living through an uprising in South Korea and their harsh reality.
#abbainaugust

Reviewsbylola That‘s a cool cover but ima have to skip this one. 1y
MicheleinPhilly I will get to the post office this week! 1y
Cinfhen I‘m sooooo with @Reviewsbylola BUT that cover 🤩😍🤩 1y
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BarbaraBB It was a good read imo 1y
Kalalalatja I loved this! 1y
Mdargusch Fascinating cover! 1y
Meredith3 Obsessed with this cover 💀 1y
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This was the first book that came to mind for the #24in48 hour 12 challenge. I read this early last year and it sticks to you. I was completely unaware this sort of thing actually happened and it was eye-opening in a pretty horrible way. I read another book by Han just before this (the Vegetarian) that was also shocking and interesting. These books were the first of mine that were translated, too. Never would've found them without Litsy! :)

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Powerful.....Fierce.....non apologetic....the honest, unforgiving tone is exactly what makes it so good....so real.....so hard to read....
Highly recommended, this is a short book that will stay with you a long time.
Highly Recommended

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I'm fighting alone, every day. I fight with the hell that I survived. I fight with the fact of my humanity. I fight with the idea that death is the only way of escaping this fact."
page 140

Readalotflora This is next on my tbr list. 1y
overtheedge @Readalotflora I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Powerful and dark! 1y
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"Before we use to have a kind of glass that couldn't be broken. A truth so hard and clear it might as well have been made of glass. So when you think about it, it was only when we were shattered that we proved we had souls. That what we really were was humans made of glass."
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"A strange violence welled up within me, not spurred by the fact of my death, but simply because of the thoughts that wouldn't stop tearing through me, the things I needed to know"
page 10

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Dark....Fierce....Powerful....I'm hooked!

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bobregina
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#bookmail 💙 so in love with this covers!

Centique They‘re beautiful! Hope you enjoy them 😊 1y
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BarbaraBB
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“There is no way back to the world before the torture. No way back to the world before the massacre.”
Han tells the stories of survivors and victims of the 1980 Gwangju uprising and the following massacre in South Korea. An uprising I knew nothing about. It lasted merely ten days but its impact was enormous, as Han makes clear. It is hard to read, the things people went through and never recovered from - but it is a story I am glad she shared.

batsy This picture ❤️🌸🌺💮 1y
Kalalalatja Love everything about this post 🙌🙌 1y
Mdargusch That sounds like a tragic book. 1y
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JanuarieTimewalker13 Great review, I‘ve had it stacked for awhile. Hopefully, will get to it sooner than later. If I were to read one Han Kang book, should it be this one or The Vegetarian? 1y
BarbaraBB @JanuarieTimewalker13 Thank you! I think this one is more urgent, therefore I would recommend this one to start with. 1y
emilyhaldi Nice review, this has been on my #tbrbingo for almost a year so I am determined to finally get to it this summer!!! 1y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Ok, great!! Thank you!! 1y
Simona 👌 Beautiful picture❣️ 1y
Cinfhen Gorgeous photo and beautiful review 1y
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Centique
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#4newfavesin4days

Day 2 - Human Acts

This book continues to haunt me. Would you like to have a go at coming up with your 4 new faves for this challenge @Reggie @Ruthiella ?

Ruthiella Thanks Centique! Sounds like fun😀 2y
ephemeralwaltz Such a powerful book.! 2y
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ju.ca.no
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#7favesin7days @lauren.lerner 7/7

This was lots of fun! I also love seeing everyones favourites! If you havn‘t joined in yet- I invite you to do it😊

ephemeralwaltz This book blew me away! 2y
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arlenefinnigan
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The Vegetarian was fascinating, apparently this is very different. Looking forward to hopefully getting around to borrowing it from the library. #human #GetMovin @eanderson @Cinfhen

ju.ca.no It‘s a great book! 😍 2y
arlenefinnigan @ju.ca.no I look forward to it! 2y
Cinfhen It‘s on my TBR too! 2y
Centique I loved it but it is brutal in parts. Incredible writing! Probably my best read this year. 2y
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ephemeralwaltz
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Browsing 👀 I just persuaded a friend to buy Human Acts, which was just released in Spain. It's the black book in the picture - great edition. #success! GO READ IT IF YOU HAVEN'T. IT'S BRUTAL AND CHILLING AND AMAZING.

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Libby1
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“Before, we used to have a kind of glass that couldn‘t be broken. A truth so hard and clear it might as well have been made of glass. So when you think about it, it was only when we were shattered that we proved we had souls. That what we really were was humans made of glass.”

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Libby1
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I don‘t have enough superlatives to describe how I feel about this book.

Chilling.
Heartbreaking.
Painful.
Beautiful.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

ju.ca.no Yes! 2y
Moray_Reads Totally agree 2y
RidgewayGirl Yes, it was amazing. Her new book is out soonish, I think. 2y
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Libby1 @ju.ca.no , @Moray_Reads , @RidgewayGirl - I look forward to reading whatever Han Kang writes. I‘m hooked. 2y
ju.ca.no @Libby1 oh yes! Me too!! 2y
ephemeralwaltz It was so damn good. 2y
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ibeeeg
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//⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️// This is a brutal book that is not shy about presenting the devastation and aftermath of the Gwangju Uprising of 1980 where hundreds of people were brutally murdered and many more injured and still more were thrown into prison and horribly interrogated.

Human Acts is raw and powerful. At times, this was a difficult story to read, and made me pause numerous times to reflect. This is one book not to miss.

Read: 2/8/18

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Centique
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This is a brutal and upsetting book about the Gwangju massacre of 1980 in South Korea. It is also beautiful and humanising and becomes an act of great tenderness in giving voices to the victims. Each chapter is from a different person‘s perspective. A boy who died in the first gunfire, his friend who looks for him, his mother, people recovering from the event and its aftermath for years after and more. 5 stars. I‘m so glad I read this but😥😥😥

batsy Great review. I loved The Vegetarian and look forward to reading this. 2y
Centique @batsy thanks 💕 I have yet to read The Vegetarian - but I‘ll get there! 2y
Cathythoughts Brilliant review 👍🏻✨ I‘ve yet to read this author.... 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome review 💛 2y
Reggie Wow, nice review, and I‘m totally a sucker for different POVs. 2y
Dulcinella Excellent review and stacked ❤️ 2y
Centique @Reggie I‘m realising that a lot of my favourite books have that in common! 2y
rohit-sawant Brilliant review 💛 This has been on my TBR since The Vegetarian, which I Ioved! 2y
Centique @rohit-sawant I think you would get a lot out of this one too! Her physical descriptions of both the living and the dead were really inspiring to me 😍 2y
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tif
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Day off work so I'm at the library of course 😁

readordierachel I'm intrigued by The Natural Way of Things. It sounds kind of intense. 2y
tif @ReadOrDieRachel right!? I think I heard a radio interview about it 2 or 3 years ago when I was on holiday with my dad. Completely random that it caught my eye at the library 2y
Cathythoughts Looks delicious at the library 👍🏻😊 2y
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Johoney
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70 pages in I am still baffled, but in a good way.

ephemeralwaltz Brutal! 2y
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Sydne
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My #readingwomenchallenge pick for a book by a woman in translation + BONUS POINTS because the translator is also a woman / Human Acts is a haunting fictionalization of the 1980 student uprisings in Gwangju, South Korea. The writing is stunning, and the story has left me with so much to think about. It was a 5/5 🌟read for me

Louise Stunning book cover art! 2y
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charl08 Wonderful book. 2y
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Kalalalatja
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I didn‘t know much about Korea‘s #savage and brutal history, and I still don‘t, tbh. But these two books did offer a glimpse into the horrors Koreans have been through at the hands of their own and Japan‘s government and military.

#NuYear

mrozzz 🙌🏻 Just started Pachinko this morning 2y
Bookmarkie I thought Pachinko was excellent. I was enlightened, too. 2y
TrishB I learned a lot from Pachinko! 2y
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BarbaraBB I‘ve got copies of both but still need to read them! 2y
Kalalalatja @mrozzz exciting! Hope you enjoy it 🤞 @Bookmarkie @TrishB me too! I were surprised by how little I actually knew about the history between Korea and Japan, but I liked learning about it, when it was done as well as Lee did it 👌 @BarbaraBB I really think you‘ll like both of them, they are great! 2y
BarbaraBB I think so too, I‘ve got Human Acts ready for #Booked2018! 2y
Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB nice! Which prompt are you using it for? 2y
BarbaraBB POC! 2y
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HaleyNicole0395
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Pickpick

This book made me cry. It was raw and emotional. Such a good fall read for me

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oddandbookish
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Hello 👋 Yesterday was super tiring but I got a good night‘s sleep so I‘m feeling great 👍 This is going to be a crazy week for me because of New Years. My family has a party at our house on New Year‘s Day.
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Bianca
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We went to the library. I‘m going to miss that place. #dogsoflitsy

Reagan-reads Oh my, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is superb. 2y
DGRachel Yes! I agree with @Reagan-reads wholeheartedly! Constellation was one of the best books I read this year. 2y
TricksyTails 😍🐶♥️ 2y
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ReadingEnvy
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Reading Envy Podcast 102: The Reading Women and Reading Envy Crossover episode, where we discuss some of our favorite books by women we read this year. https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy102
@autumnprivett @kdwinchester @thereadingwomen

MamaGina Epic!!!!!!!!!🤓 2y
ReadingEnvy @MamaGina 💃💃💃 2y
batsy Oh yes Ananda Devi 🙌 2y
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saresmoore This is so cool! 2y
ReadingEnvy @batsy that one will be on all my best of the year lists, the Tea too. So good! 2y
ReadingEnvy @saresmoore it was fun! 2y
Ms_T Looking forward to listening to this! 2y
kdwinchester It was fun! Nothing like women talking about awesome women writers. ❤️ 2y
Bianca Yess. I‘m off to listen right now! 2y
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