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Pachinko
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
Busan, Korea, 1911: A club-footed, cleft-lipped youth marries a fifteen-year-old beauty. The couple have one child, their beloved girl Sunja. When Sunja falls pregnant by a married man, the family face ruin. But then Isak, a young Christian minister, offers her a chance of salvation: a new life in Japan as his wife. Following a man she barely knows to a country in which she has no friends, no home, no language, Sunja's salvation is just the beginning of her story. Through eight decades and four generations, Pachinko is an epic tale of family, identity, love, death and kimchi. 'If proof were needed that one family's story can be the story of the whole world, then Pachinko offers that proof ... a stunning achievement, full of heart, full of grace, full of truth' Erica Wagner.
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ImperfectCJ
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I finally read this novel that has been recommended to me so many times. Although I haven't been much in the mood for a long story that follows a family through generations, I didn't find this one tedious and it gave me a little more insight into the complicated relationship between Japan and Korea.

jlhammar Love Pachinko! I think the adaptation is coming to Apple TV+ soon. 2d
Julsmarshall I‘ve got to move this one up my #TBR! 2d
youneverarrived I loved this! 2d
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BennettBookworm I‘ve similarly been putting this off- thanks for the reminder! 2d
ImperfectCJ @BennettBookworm Every December my spouse chooses 5 books from my TBR to check out from the library for my birthday/Christmas gift, so he really gets the credit for moving this up my to-read list. I like seeing which titles he picks (of the 750 or so on the list 😬). 2d
BennettBookworm What a great idea! 2d
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Squidonland
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee

“I agree. They did nothing wrong.” He looked at her thoughtfully. “But a God that did everything we thought was right and good wouldn‘t be the creator of the universe. He would be our puppet. He wouldn‘t be God. There‘s more to everything than we can know.”

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ImperfectCJ
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Monday morning audiopuzzling. Too bad I didn't have an Asia puzzle to work while listening to this novel. I'll have to plan ahead better so I can coordinate books and puzzles.

ImperfectCJ My 12yo says, "Do you think doing this puzzle will help you remember the Balkans better?" It could be an innocent question or he could be giving me a hard time about my inability to retain information about the geography of the Balkan Peninsula. I'm pretty sure it's the latter, but I'm choosing to believe the former. 4d
RayHallucinogen Up until the '90s it was much easier with Yugoslavia. Now it's just too massy. 4d
Ruthiella I have trouble with the Balkans too. Slovenia vs Slovakia vs the Czech Republic... 4d
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TamTracy
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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This is a heavy story of a family over several generations. There is a lot of sadness and hardships throughout but all within the historical context. I learned a ton about topics I had very little knowledge of previously and very much enjoyed the book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Mccall0113 Very much enjoyed this journey. 2w
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shannasbookshelf
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Once more, I‘m sorry I keep going MIA here.
For right now, my goal is to post 1-2 times a week and build up from there.
To see my #januarytbr #january2022tbr, check out the following link: https://www.instagram.com/p/CYReKshlRSs/?utm_medium=copy_link

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Bookwormjillk
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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#12booksof2021

When I read this in February I was reminded that the chunksters are usually worth it.

Andrew65 Still to read this. 4w
Readergrrl Another great novel!!! This is another one of those novels that I find myself recommending over and over. 4w
jlhammar Yes, such a good book! 4w
WJCintron It's on my TBR!!! 3w
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PuSsNbOoKs
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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“You want to see a very bad man? Make an ordinary man successful beyond his imagination. Let‘s see how good he is when he can do whatever he wants.”

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aperfectmjk
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Current goals for #AnyWayYouReadathon and #NovelNovember are to finish Pachinko which is my #Doublespin for #Bookspinbingo, and then hopefully start and finish off The Last House on Needless Street. This has not been a productive month for me. Maybe because I'm coming down from last month, or maybe it's because I'm on vacation. 🤷‍♀️

@kimmypete1 @Eggbeater @MidnightBookGirl @Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks

Andrew65 Good luck, great book choices. Hopefully this will help you to get in a routine again. 2mo
Eggbeater Good luck! I loved Pachinko! 2mo
DarkMina Pachinko is really good! 2mo
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Victoria_Clyne
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Mehso-so

This is the story of Sanja who started life in a Korean fishing village in the early 1900s. After finding out she's pregnant by a wealthy but married man, she marries a minister and moves to Japan.

I found the descriptions to be evocative and the setting to be interesting but in the end I found it to be too long. I'm glad that I did this as an audio.

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Messiejessie
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This has been on my TBR for ages, and I‘m glad I finally got to it. I found the first half really compelling, but lost a bit of enthusiasm for reading it towards end. It‘s told from a straight-forward, third person perspective, which is great for conveying a lot of information, but I didn‘t really feel an attachment to the characters.

BookBelle84 I love that cover! 4mo
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MicheleinPhilly
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Finally reading this one for my work book club.

I know this is a profoundly difficult day for many so I wish you all a bit of peace and self-care. ❤️

eanderson 💕💕💕 4mo
Librarybelle I loved this book! 4mo
DivineDiana Thank you. ❤️ 4mo
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natashalb
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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A moving saga starting with Sunja who falls pregnant by a wealthy yakuza in Yeongdo and a Christian Minister who offers to take her with him to Osaka to be his wife and raise the child as his own. The story follows Sunja and the following generations of her family and explores the hardships faced by Zainichi Koreans in Japan.

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AutumnRLS
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Another two doorstop-sized books completed. I loved both, but Pachinko was especially good.

SamAnne I loved the one on the left and hope to tackle the one on the right this fall. 5mo
Desha Pachinko was sooo good:) 4mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Coming in hot with my September #bookspin list! #bookspin has really been pivotal in getting me out of my reading slump from last year. I look forward to it every month and can‘t wait to see what I‘ll be reading!!

Leftcoastzen Pretty printing! 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 5mo
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fredthemoose
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Fascinating and engaging story of several generations of a Korean family, most of whom immigrated to or were born in Japan. I enjoyed seeing how the younger generations, with more options and resources, dealt with the themes of belonging and what makes a place home differently than previous generations. Vividly written. Made me want to learn more about the 20th century history of Korea and Japan outside of their relationship to the US.

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻❤️ I really enjoyed this too 5mo
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Jess861
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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I really enjoyed this book about four generations of a Korean family living in Japan (for the most part). I knew so little on the history of Japan and their treatment of Koreans - it was absolutely eye opening. So much history in this book and it was wonderfully written. The story had a natural flow and I could have kept on reading.

#JoysofJune #Readathon #Japan #ReadingAsia2021

@Librarybelle @BarbaraBB @TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65

Texreader Lovely review 7mo
Librarybelle I loved this one! 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 7mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful review. I loved this one too. 7mo
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Jess861
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I booked today off work to do online school with the little guy but it was cancelled for today. It's to beautiful of a day to not get some outdoor reading in. Only about 100 pages to go and I've really enjoyed this book so far. The iced coffee is a nice treat too.

#JoysofJune #IcedCoffee #HistoricalFiction #Readathon

BiblioLitten Perfect! 7mo
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Jess861
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Another perfect morning to spend some time outside reading....with some hot tea of course. Spent a good chunk of yesterday reading in the backyard as well. I think it is supposed to rain later so have to get outside while I can (plus baby girl is napping right now). About half way through Pachinko and I'm really enjoying it.

#JoysofJune #Readathon #Tea #ReadingAsia2021

Velvetfur That sounds like such a good book! 👍🏻 7mo
Jess861 @Velvetfur It really is so far. I'm having a hard time putting it down. 7mo
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Jess861
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Joining another fun choose your own goals #readathon by @Andrew65. Hopefully I get a bit of reading in this week for #JoysofJune.

I'm giving myself two simple goals: Do some reading outside and read as much of Pachinko as I can.

Happy reading 🙂

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jessijames
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Beautiful. This book was absolutely wonderful. The writing was phenomenal and hands down the best book I‘ve read in a long time. Definitely a must read and reread! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

marleed I just gave my copy to my sister - I can‘t wait until she reads it! 8mo
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CourtSmall
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Book 105/2021. Finished 2/5/21 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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GinaKButler
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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This one has been on my bookshelf and TBR for ages! Cracking it open for the Northern Asia prompt in the Book Girls Guide Reading Around The World Challenge. #bookvoyage #bookspinbingo

candority So good! I hope you enjoy it! 9mo
GinaKButler @candority Excellent book! I‘m so glad I finally read it! 9mo
candority Yay! I‘m glad you liked it 😊 9mo
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Kajohnson
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Would you read a book with this vibe?

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GinaKButler
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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April‘s #Bookspin!

I can‘t wait to see what numbers you pull, @TheAromaofBooks
#doublespin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 10mo
thegreensofa Your number 2 is one of my favourite ever books! 👵🏻❤️ 10mo
GinaKButler @thegreensofa It was gifted to me recently...I can‘t wait to read it! 10mo
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JackieGreco
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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This was an incredible and unforgettable story about four generations spanning through Korea and Japan. I loved the diversity and depth of the characters.

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Smarkies
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Good but not great - perhaps also because of all the hype. I enjoyed the historical aspect as I never knew about how the Koreans and Japanese interacted with each other. What fell short for me was Part 3 of the book. It seemed to have lost its heart / centre compared to the exceptional Part 1. Still a very solid Pick.
#southkorea #readingasia2021

BarbaraBB A great choice for this prompt! 10mo
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Smarkies
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My book sort of pairs with my lunch as I am into Part 2 where Sunja is in Osaka.

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CampbellTaraL
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Don't get attached to anyone, the story is based on real world events and beliefs of the 1930s-80s Japan and Korea where life was beyond brutal. The effects carried over with each generation, and just when you think someone is catching a break, systemic racism knocks them, and their entire family, down the whole peg board. A phenomenal piece of work.

Smarkies I started reading this shortly after you wrote your review - and until now I still chuckle at the beginning of your review. 😅 10mo
CampbellTaraL @Smarkies Ha! I mean the realities of the period was so well written and tactfully handled, but my western brain struggled mightily at how disposable lives seemed. 10mo
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readtheworld
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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I‘m about 100 pages into Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. I can‘t believe I let this one languish on my TBR shelf for so long..!

What are you reading this week? 📖

#mondayreads #currentlyreading #booksandbreakfast #teatime #pachinko

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Bookwormjillk
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This book was everything I love- sweeping, multigenerational, wistful, and touching. #ReadingAsia Japan

BarbaraBB Wonderful choice! 11mo
Librarybelle I loved this book! 11mo
Freespirit Loved it too❤️ 11mo
Bookwormjillk @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle @Freespirit I can‘t believe I waited this long to read it 11mo
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nishaagni
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"Pachinko" was to me, just like its namesake game. I had jumped in, hoping to get the big payout. But I ended up exiting only with a small cash prize and not the jackpot.

This book gives me mixed feelings. While Books 1 & 2 were engaging, Book 3 was needlessly long and over-sexualized.

I feel the author was hoping to write another Homegoing, but the work fell short.

You can pick up this book. It's not BAD, but its not worth the hype either.

ItsAnotherJen Yeah, I'd have to agree with your review 11mo
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bekakins
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Absolutely loved this! Very very interesting multi-generational saga about a Korean family living in Japan. As someone who knows very little about the 20th century history of this world (beyond the obvious), I found this fascinating.

Plus, it was a #TBRDeckOfCards read, and has kicked off #bookspinbjngo for February!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 11mo
Clwojick Woop woop! 11mo
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Icepop
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Thanks Amazon Prime!!

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Bookwormjillk
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An early books and breakfast on the couch because it is too cold to eat at the table, and the kids aren‘t up to see me breaking my own rules. I love this book. Why did I wait so long to read this?? #24in48

vlwelser I felt the same. I had it forever before I read it. And it is so good. Enjoy! 11mo
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Icepop
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee

Just ordered this from Amazon! Looking forward to getting stuck in 😊

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candority
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Before I create my #BookSpinBingo card for February, I should probably post my #JanuaryWrapUp! I read 16 books in January and bailed on one. Three of the books weren‘t on my bingo card - I can‘t help myself 🙈

I enjoyed most of these, but I think my favourites were Pachinko and The Push. Only one stinker in the mix (The Wrong Family), so that‘s a win. #JanuaryStats

marleed Haha - I to keep my 5 free spaces unnamed because I love some unanticipated mood reading! 12mo
candority @marleed I do too, and then I still read more beyond those five spaces 😂 12mo
marleed @candority hahaha!! I understand completely! 12mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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"There was more to being something than just blood."

A sweeping family epic about love, respect, honour, colonization, immigration, and racism in the East. One that will occasionally grab your heart and stomp on it.

This is one of those books that got SO MUCH Litsy Love in my early days that I avoided it for awhile to clear away the hype. Picked it up now off of @sprainedbrain #NewYearWhoDis list. I'm so glad I waited, and super glad I read it!

Reviewsbylola SUCH an amazing book! 12mo
Hooked_on_books This was my favorite fiction of the year when I read it. So good! And Min Jin Lee is amazing! 12mo
HOTPock3tt I loved this book too 12mo
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DarkMina
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#jumpintojanuary

Day 26: Honor

Eggs Perfect 👌🏼 12mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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#WeeklyReport @Cinfhen

The first couple weeks of January I was whipping through books like nobody's business, but this week has slowed way way down. I've been slowly making my way through this one. It's not at all the fault of the book, which is fabulous. It's been an awful week. My mother in law passed on Thursday, we thought she was going to go earlier in the week so it was just an awful waiting. Very hard to focus on reading.

monalyisha I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💞 (Even without the tragedy, my reading‘s slowed down this week, too.) 12mo
JennyM I‘m so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my thoughts ❤️ 12mo
TrishB Sorry to hear 💔 12mo
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Prairiegirl_reading I‘m so sorry. 12mo
quietjenn Sympathies to you and your family. 💙 12mo
Thousand-Lives I‘m sorry for your loss. 💔 12mo
Cinfhen I‘m so sorry for your loss, Megan. 💔 (edited) 12mo
Kalalalatja I‘m so sorry for you loss ❤️ 12mo
Read-y_Picker Oh no! Very sorry for your loss 💔 12mo
JessClark78 Sorry for your loss. 💔❤️ 12mo
xicanti I‘m so sorry about your mother in law. 12mo
Suet624 I‘m so sorry. 12mo
Lcsmcat I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💔 12mo
MaureenMc 💗💗 12mo
AmyK1 I‘m so sorry 😞 12mo
youneverarrived So sorry 😔 12mo
MsMelissa I‘m so sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. My sympathies to you and your family. 12mo
erinreads I‘m so sorry. 😢💕 12mo
jmtrivera I'm so sorry about your mother-in-law. 💜 12mo
mrp27 I'm so sorry for your loss. 12mo
BookwormM Sorry for your loss 12mo
eeclayton I'm sorry for your loss 😢 12mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser So sorry to hear 💜 12mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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I was just starting Becoming for #NewYearWhoDis when my hold on Pachinko came in! So I think I'll be focusing mostly on the library book so I can get through it before it returns on me (Becoming I own, so no one can steal it away!)

Pachinko is one of the books that was EVERYWHERE on Litsy around the time I first started. Now that I'm not bombarded by the hype, I'm excited to dive in.

@sprainedbrain @monalyisha

TrishB I do that too! 12mo
Earlene Both books are good. 12mo
marleed When reading Pachinko, I had no idea what it was, so I youtube‘d it. I‘m so glad I did. Wow! I could not have imagined it is what it is. 12mo
TheKidUpstairs @TrishB it's so hard to judge a book on its own merits when it is surrounded by so much hype. Giving it some breathing room makes the reading much more enjoyable. I finally read The Nightingale last year after putting it off for the same reasons, and I enjoyed the experience so much more than I would have if I'd read it earlier! 12mo
TrishB Yeah, some books suffer because they‘ve had the expectations built up so much. 12mo
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RedHeadReader
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Excellent so far

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candority
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This has been sitting on my shelf for years & I am so grateful to @meghathecloud & #NewYearWhoDis for pushing me to finally pick it up!

Pachinko is an immersive novel that follows four generations of a Korean family between 1910-1989. It explores the ways in which one's decisions can shape the lives of their descendants for years to come, while also teaching the reader about the injustices faced by Koreans in Japan during this time period. 4.5⭐️

TheBookHippie I liked this one ! 12mo
candority @TheBookHippie Yes! So good! 😊 12mo
TheBookHippie @candority mine sat awhile too, so glad I picked it up. 12mo
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candority @TheBookHippie I don‘t know about you, but I was intimidated by how long it is! I didn‘t need to worry though - it kept me engaged throughout the whole story! 12mo
TheBookHippie @candority I was told the religious tone would bother me so I didn‘t want to read it. 12mo
candority @TheBookHippie Oh, interesting. I didn‘t find it overly religious. How about you? 12mo
TheBookHippie @candority Not really either nothing that stood out. I thought it was very interesting and done well. 12mo
monalyisha I‘ve also been putting this one off for some reason, despite glowing reviews. 🙈 12mo
meghathecloud It drew me in completely too. I was a bit worried that you wouldn't like how after the kids grow up, the focus is never much on Sunja and rests on a string of other characters which I have seen some people say can make the book feel incomplete. Happy to know that didn't bother you either. 12mo
candority @monalyisha Time to bump it up the TBR! 🤗 There are so many books that have just been sitting on my shelf for years. Always something shiny and new to distract me! 12mo
candority @meghathecloud I really liked the shifting focus. I found all of the characters interesting! 12mo
monalyisha Also, I love your travel mug paired with this book! Great photo. 😉🌸 12mo
candority @monalyisha Thank you! 12mo
BennettBookworm This has also been on my shelf for SO long. I really need to move it up the list! 12mo
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Smarkies
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Wooooo! @erzascarletbookgasm I was really hoping to get this one! 🥳🥳🥳🥳
Thank you also for the lovely book sleeve and One in A Million Boy. 🤗🤗🤗
Thank you!
#littlechristmasswap #lcs
@bookish_wookish

bookish_wookish Great books! 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm 😘 Enjoy! 13mo
candority I‘m reading Pachinko right now and it is so good! 13mo
Smarkies @candority am really looking forward to it! Going to read this for the ReadingAsia challenge. 💃💃 13mo
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candority
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I didn‘t participate in #BookSpinBingo for the last couple of months, but I‘m ready to jump back in! Here is my list for January, with the five remaining spots being open to whatever I feel like! My #NewYearWhoDis books are thrown into the mix and I‘m keeping my fingers crossed that one of them is my #BookSpin or #DoubleSpin pick. I‘m excited to be back on the #BookSpinBingo train! @TheAromaofBooks

mdm139 I love Wolves of Winter 13mo
TheKidUpstairs Oh my gosh, this one destroyed me. It was so good! 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 13mo
candority @mdm139 Yay! Hopefully I do too 😊 13mo
candority @TheKidUpstairs I‘ve had it on my bookshelf for 10 years at least. I really need to read it! 13mo
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thegreentealibrarian
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These might be the last books I finish before the end of 2020. #currentlyreading

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Mccall0113
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@Bookwormjillk Thank you so much for the lovely gifts! I wish you a very merry Christmas. 🎄 #jolabokaodswap

Bookwormjillk Yay! I‘m glad you liked it. Merry Christmas! 13mo
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Georgiana31
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In this book I laughed, I cried, I fell in love, I suffered