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Peach Blossom Spring
Peach Blossom Spring: A Novel | Melissa Fu
A moving debut novel about war, migration, and the power of telling stories, Peach Blossom Spring follows three generations of a Chinese family on their search for a place to call home. With every misfortune there is a blessing and within every blessing, the seeds of misfortune, and so it goes, until the end of time. It is 1938 in China and, as a young wife, Meilins future is bright. But with the Japanese army approaching, Meilin and her four year old son, Renshu, are forced to flee their home. Relying on little but their wits and a beautifully illustrated hand scroll, filled with ancient fables that offer solace and wisdom, they must travel through a ravaged country, seeking refuge. Years later, Renshu has settled in America as Henry Dao. Though his daughter is desperate to understand her heritage, he refuses to talk about his childhood. How can he keep his family safe in this new land when the weight of his history threatens to drag them down? Yet how can Lily learn who she is if she can never know her familys story? Spanning continents and generations, Peach Blossom Spring is a bold and moving look at the history of modern China, told through the story of one family. Its about the power of our past, the hope for a better future, and the haunting question: What would it mean to finally be home?
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This piqued my interest after hearing several comparison to Pachinko. It didn‘t quite have that same emotional gut punch that Pachinko did but it was a moving story in its own way.

Thank you to @Librarybelle for guiding the discussion on this #LiteraryCrew #buddyread

Librarybelle Hooray! Glad you liked this! 4d
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AllDebooks
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Peach Blossom Spring traces the story of one Chinese family over three generations. In 1938, Meilin and her son, Renshu, flee the Japanese war on China, escaping to Taiwan. As refugees, fleeing conflict, there are numerous horrors and obstacles on their arduous journey. Meilin uses a painted scroll to tell traditional stories, to connect with her culture, tradition, roots, husband and son. These episodes of calm among the chaos, ⬇cont.

AllDebooks help settle 4-year-old Renshu, distracting him from the surrounding terror and grief.
This focus on the power of storytelling threads through their lives, reinforcing the importance of family, hope, history and tradition. As we move through the decades, Renshu (now Henry) relocates to America to build his own life, he often reflects on these stories his mother told and the deep, meaningful impact they had on him as a child. ⬇cont.
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AllDebooks Melissa Lu has deftly demonstrated how locked we can become in our own past traumas, as Henry struggles to come to terms with his past, his refusal to talk about his heritage or past and deal with life in America. This in turn traumatises his own daughter, Lily, as she tries to find her sense of self.
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AllDebooks for a modern China while recognising centuries of history and tradition. Lu uses family at the centre of this tumultuous period as a theme for our search for our identity and place in this world. She emphasises the need for hope, especially in the darkest of times, in picking up and moving forward, no matter how many times we have to.
This is my book of the month for January 2023.
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Deblovestoread
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Thanks to #20in4 I finished the tagged book in time for today‘s discussion with the #LiteraryCrew group. It covers a lot of historical ground from 1938 - 2005 of one Chinese family beginning with the War of Aggression between China and Japan. I loved the character Meilin but Renshu felt a little flat to me. The tension he lived with wasn‘t fully realized IMO.

Librarybelle Glad it was a pick for you! 1w
Andrew65 That‘s brilliant, thanks for playing along 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂🥰📚 1w
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It is time for this month‘s discussion of the #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead . I have 6 questions posted under the spoiler - you can find them on my feed, through the book‘s feed, or by searching the hashtags. If there is anything else you wish to discuss with the group not covered by the questions, comment below!

Also, next month‘s book is Matrix by Lauren Groff. If you have not already asked me to tag you for the posts, let me know below! Thanks!!

julieclair I will be a few days late to the discussion this month, but really looking forward to it. My hold for Matrix just came in today, so I‘m all set for February! 1w
Bklover I‘m like @julieclair - I‘m still a few days out. I‘ll check back to the discussion as soon as I finish. 1w
mrp27 Picked up Matrix from the library so I‘m all set for February. 1w
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PurpleyPumpkin I‘m hoping to finish this by the weekend. 😅 I‘ll be sure to check back then. Thanks for posting the questions! 1w
janeycanuck I finished up on Sunday! Heading off to the questions now 😊 1w
Librarybelle I‘m behind with reading too, @julieclair @Bklover @PurpleyPumpkin …hopefully soon! 1w
Librarybelle So glad you‘re ready for February, @julieclair @mrp27 ! 1w
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6. Each of the main characters, Meilin, Renshu/Henry, and Lily goes on a kind of journey. For each of them, what is the journey? How are their journeys similar—and how are they different? What are the events that change them the most and how are they changed? ~from publisher reading group guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

Deblovestoread Meilin‘s journey was about survival and finding a home. Renshu lived the journey parents want for their children a good education, a good job and a happy family. Lily needed to figure who she was and strive for what she wanted not what was expected of her. 1w
mrp27 Agreed. Merlin‘s journey was one of survival, Henry‘s journey was to succeed and Lily‘s journey was one of discovery, herself and her family‘s. 1w
janeycanuck Their journeys really moved up the hierarchy of needs, didn‘t they? Meilin‘s journey was about getting that physical safety & struggling for basic needs. She was able to provide that as a foundation for Renshu, who then went on a journey of psychological development - getting past his worry that the govt would be able to get him, he never felt that safety, and of wanting to just belong and be like everyone else. But Lily - she wanted to feel like 1w
janeycanuck She had purpose and was making a difference in the lives of others. 1w
Sargar114 Well said @mrp27 (edited) 1w
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5. Discuss how the novel explores motherhood. What does a mother owe to her children? Is Meilin a good mother? Is Rachel? How is raising a child different during a time of great struggle—such as during a war? In what ways are their challenges the same? ~from publisher reading group guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

Deblovestoread Yes, I think Meilin was a wonderful mother, always striving to find safety, always providing in rough times, encouraging Renshu in his studies and not trying to hold him back. Rachel was a good mom, too but got lost a bit when she couldn‘t pursue her dreams alongside Henry‘s choices. 1w
janeycanuck For Meilin, mothering Renshu was about physically keeping him safe - she threw herself over him more than once to protect him. But for Rachel, in a different time and place, I think it was more about emotional safety for Lily. She knew it hurt Lily to be cut off from her heritage and she did what she could to provide that to Lily but she couldn‘t do much given Henry‘s stance. 1w
Sargar114 @janeycanuck well said. 1w
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4. Languages are important in this book. How is language used both to bring people together as well as keep people apart? ~from publisher reading group guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

mcctrish Language certainly made Meilin an other in Renshu/Henry‘s house and it broke my heart 1w
mrp27 It broke my heart when Henry stopped speaking it out of fear and when he stopped Lily from learning it. That kept them apart. I loved how Lily and her grandma didn‘t let the language differences keep them from happily communicating. 1w
janeycanuck @mrp27 yes, I felt the same. And it just ended up hurting Lily because she felt like she didn‘t belong anywhere. 1w
janeycanuck Meilin used language to build connections and relationships several times - she learned several new dialects in China and then when she was in Taiwan, she knew the way to get rice was by learning some of the language. Language helped her adapt and fit in wherever she went. 1w
Sargar114 @janeycanuck you bring up a good point along with @mrp27 Meilin used language to build connections and Renshu/Henry saw language as a barrier and by doing that forced Lily to find a way to connect with Meilin despite they‘re inability to speak the same language. 1w
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3. What was your favorite fable in the novel? Was there one lesson that resonated with you more than the others? ~from publisher reading group guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

mrp27 I didn‘t really have a favorite fable. I know it‘s a big part of the story but other than peach blossom spring I don‘t even really remember the others. 1w
janeycanuck Hmmm… I don‘t really remember any of the stories either, aside from Peach Blossom Spring. 1w
Sargar114 The one that stood out to me was the monk that grew the fruit tree in seconds. I think this is where the audio version also wasn‘t as good. It was hard to differentiate the fables from the overall story at that point. 1w
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2. How do ideas from Tao Qian‘s poem ‘Peach Blossom Spring‘ echo with larger themes in the novel? What was your reaction when Henry discovered how the original poem differed from Meilin‘s version? Why did Meilin change the story? ~from publisher reading group guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

mcctrish I think Meilin changed the ending so Renshu/Henry would make choices always looking forward and not to second guess himself. It‘s true that you can‘t go back to what was. I wondered how many of the students who went west for school went back to China. It would have been hard work in school and settling in but after 8 years that‘s a significant amount of time. The differences between the 2 places would be big 1w
Deblovestoread Completing the story would have suggested loss. Meilin was all about moving forward and finding home wherever you were. 1w
mrp27 I got a little confused by this. Didn‘t the book say that Meilin didn‘t even know the ending because she never fully unrolled the scroll? Either way, I think she left it with a positive ending to give hope to both her and Renshu. I also found the poem also mirrored Henry‘s life. 1w
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janeycanuck For me, it felt like she was trying to protect him from the way life usually goes - keep the rose-coloured glasses on, for lack of a better phrase. He was just a kid, he didn‘t need to know that life is full of unwinnable choices yes! 1w
janeycanuck Oh, and I think that America was Renshu‘s Peach Blossom Spring. I think he felt that returning to Taiwan could do nothing good for his life, so he stayed in the US, thinking it was his Peach Blossom Spring. But really, it wasn‘t because he was trying to force it to be something it wasn‘t. The political challenges just followed him there and continued to hang over his head. 1w
Sargar114 @janeycanuck I gathered it was her way of protecting Renshu/Henry as well. 1w
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1. What purposes do Meilin‘s scroll stories serve throughout the narrative? What do they mean to Meilin? In what ways do they shape the person Renshu/Henry becomes? ~from publisher reading group guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

AllDebooks I loved this part of the story. I thought they were Meikin's way of connecting to her roots, her lost husband and Renshu. The way she used them to ground him during periods of trauma or when he was unsettled were very moving. The stories from the scrolls helped her focus on the here and now, to ''keep moving forward", teaching Renshu to do the same x 1w
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mcctrish I agree with @AllDebooks it was a favourite part of mine as well, for a little while I read with fear thinking it would be stolen. I thought it was a way to make the two of them a family of 3 1w
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Deblovestoread I agree with these comments. It was a way for Meilin to share Renshu‘s heritage with him while also providing the comfort stories can give in times of upheaval. 1w
mrp27 I agree with everything said here. The scroll was a connection to her husband and to their dreams they had, their future. I felt too that it grounded her and gave her strength. 1w
janeycanuck Yes, the scroll stories were definitely a grounding presence for Renshu. I think they also helped Meilin feel like she had some semblance of control in a world that turned upside down over and over. It was the one thing that was constant, her tie to the past and what she put her future hope in. 1w
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AllDebooks

Wow, I started and finished this extraordinary book in 24 hours! I thought I might be able to read enough to comment on #literarycrew #buddyread never expected to race through it so quickly.
2nd book completed for #20in4

@Andrew65 @Librarybelle

Librarybelle Wow! So glad you liked this! 1w
Andrew65 Great progress 👏👏👏 1w
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#Literarycrew #buddyread @Librarybelle

So behind, finally started this magnificent book this morning. What an opening!!! I'm already 100 pages in ❤️👀❤️

Librarybelle Yay!! 2w
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Deblovestoread
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#January #20in4Readathon

I‘m joining @Andrew65 for this weekend readathon. We have a busy weekend planned but am hoping to get 20 chapters read.

Andrew65 Great to have you with us. Good luck and hope you have a good weekend. 😁 2w
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We‘re a little over a week away from this month‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead discussion! I know a few of us have finished and others have not had an opportunity to start (myself included!), but there is still time.

Any thoughts to share with the group at this point?

Jerdencon I didn‘t get to this one this month - but planning to join next month. 2w
Cinfhen I have the audio but the narration is NOT working for me😝 2w
PurpleyPumpkin I haven‘t started either! But you‘re right, there‘s still time. 😅 2w
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AllDebooks I got delayed, will start this week 2w
janeycanuck It‘s the next book I pick up once I finish my library book. Looking forward to it! 2w
julieclair Looking forward to our discussion. Haven‘t started yet, but this book looks so good! 2w
Deblovestoread Starting today so should be finished in time 😊 2w
Lunakay Good to know, that I'm not the only one, who is somewhat late😂 2w
mrp27 I‘m enjoying and I should be finished! 2w
mamareading I finished it yesterday. I enjoyed it, I thought it dragged at points, but overall it was a good book and I learned a lot 2w
Librarybelle No worries, @Jerdencon ! Glad you can join next month! 2w
Librarybelle Audio can be so hit or miss, @Cinfhen ! 2w
kspenmoll I have enjoyed the book & there seems to be much to discuss! 2w
Librarybelle So good to hear, @kspenmoll ! 2w
Sargar114 @Cinfhen that‘s how I “read” it too. I agree, it started out kinda as more background noise. But something finally clicked and I ended up enjoying it. 2w
Cinfhen @Sargar114 good to know!!!! I‘m gonna try again on audio otherwise I‘ll see if I can borrow a digital copy @Librarybelle 😊 2w
Librarybelle @Sargar114 I‘m glad you enjoyed it by the end! Good luck with your listening, @Cinfhen ! 2w
Bklover I‘m about a third of the way and enjoying it so far. Should be ready! 2w
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Cathyloves2read
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This book was different than any I‘ve read in a long time. I found it extremely enjoyable. It had a little bit of everything. It was educational, sad, happy, and it contained love stories. I learned a lot about China and its politics. I also learned a lot about its folklore. This book left me wanting to read more of this type. I highly recommend it.

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There were a few generations of characters so I made a character web to help me keep track of names & relationships.
Only 51 pages in & so much has happened to this family as the Japanese invade China,1938.

Librarybelle Good idea! 3w
Suet624 That‘s a great way to keep track and enjoy the book. 3w
dabbe How many times I tried to tell my students that sometimes readers actually take notes VOLUNTARILY. Their response? 😳 3w
kspenmoll @dabbe Startling idea! 3w
kspenmoll @Suet624 @Librarybelle My eyes were glazing over the first page or two- making the web really made a difference in my attention & enjoyment. 3w
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Sargar114
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Listened to this one for #literarycrew. Quite a beautiful, epic, and sometimes sad story of Mailin, her son Renshu (Henry), and his daughter Lily and their lives. I‘ll admit it took me a while to get engaged in it but that was more likely because I was listening while working and not because of the story itself. This tale spans the three generations from China in the 30s to America in the 90s. I really loved the bond between mother and son.

TheBookHippie I read this as an ARC. I agree with your review! 1mo
Librarybelle So glad you liked this! 1mo
AmyG I liked this one, too. 1mo
TL_Clanton Just getting started, but I love the imagery so far! 3w
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kspenmoll
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Librarybelle Hooray!! 1mo
Cinfhen I find it‘s hard to have so many books going at once!! I admire your ability to keep track 😅 1mo
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mcctrish
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Well it‘s a bitter sweet moment. I FLEW through this lovely book! I am so glad I threw my hat in with the #literarycrew #buddyread and discovered this story BUT the end of the month is a long way off. I hope I can hold onto this feeling 💕💕 this story spans almost 70 years, covers a lot of Chinese history I really didn‘t know and is heartwarming through and through

Librarybelle Wow! So glad you liked this one! 😁 1mo
JillR This is on my to read list, glad to hear it‘s good! 1mo
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Made turkey dinner soup for lunch and getting my read on. I got an alert from the library this is due back in 3 days and some bloody person has put a hold on it so I can‘t renew it 🤣🤣 #literarycrew #buddyread

CoverToCoverGirl Tick-Tock! 🤞 1mo
mcctrish @CoverToCoverGirl 🤣🤣 I made it to page 158 this afternoon 🙏🏻 1mo
Sargar114 That happened to me with last months book! So frustrating!!! 1mo
Librarybelle Oh no! 1mo
mcctrish @Sargar114 I‘m clearly spoiled buying so many books and reading on my own time 🤣🤦🏻‍♀️ it is driving me nuts to finish this so far ahead of chatting about it but I can‘t really buy every book for Litsy buddy reads? Can I? 1mo
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Repost for @Librarybelle

This month‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead follows three generations of a family searching for home.

Read at your own pace; discussion questions posted on January 31st.

Tagging those who have already expressed interest - if you would also like to be tagged, comment below! I‘ll post periodic check ins throughout the month.

Librarybelle Thank you for reposting! 1mo
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This month‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead follows three generations of a family searching for home.

Read at your own pace; discussion questions posted on January 31st.

Tagging those who have already expressed interest - if you would also like to be tagged, comment below! I‘ll post periodic check ins throughout the month.

mrp27 Waiting in my library hold to come in. Hoping it comes in Tuesday. 1mo
melissajayne Picking up my hold from my library this week. 1mo
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janeycanuck I pulled this off the shelf today! I have a couple of library books I should get to before it but I‘m hoping to start soon. 1mo
Bklover ThriftBooks copy ready to go! 1mo
Cinfhen Thanks, Jessie💖Happy New Year 1mo
Lunakay I'd like to join😊 1mo
Librarybelle Hooray! My library copy arrived last week, so I‘m hoping to start it this week! @mrp27 @melissajayne @janeycanuck @Bklover @Cinfhen 1mo
Librarybelle @Lunakay Awesome! Welcome to the #buddyread ! 1mo
TL_Clanton I‘d like to join! 1mo
Librarybelle That‘s great, @TL_Clanton ! Welcome! 1mo
julieclair Library copy in hand. Ready to go! Looking forward to another year of reading great books together. 1mo
BookNAround I pulled my copy out today but I‘m terrible at actually reading along and commenting. 1mo
Librarybelle @BookNAround I‘ll tag you, just in case! 1mo
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Reminder - January‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead starts in a few days!

All are welcome to join. Tagging those who have expressed interest in this book specifically - comment below to let me know if you would also like to be tagged. I post periodically throughout the month, with discussion questions posted on January 31st.

To see the 2023 list, view the previous posting by searching the #LiteraryCrew hashtag!!

Librarybelle Thanks for reposting! 1mo
Vansa Please include me, I would like to participate! 1mo
Librarybelle Thanks, @Liz_M ! Will do, @Vansa ! 1mo
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Reminder - January‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead starts in a few days!

All are welcome to join. Tagging those who have expressed interest in this book specifically - comment below to let me know if you would also like to be tagged. I post periodically throughout the month, with discussion questions posted on January 31st.

To see the 2023 list, view the previous posting by searching the #LiteraryCrew hashtag!!

mcctrish I started it today ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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kspenmoll Yes! 1mo
Jerdencon I will try to join - have a lot for #auldlanspine but this sounds good and would like to get to it! 1mo
Librarybelle @Jerdencon I know what you mean about next month! I want to get through as many of my #AuldLangSpine selections too! I‘ll tag you for this one and the others…saw your comment on the other post 😁 1mo
mrp27 Looking forward to this! 1mo
KristiAhlers This will be a fun one to discuss! 1mo
Librarybelle Looking forward to it as well, @mrp27 @KristiAhlers ! 1mo
BethM I‘ll skip this one but tag me for the next! 1mo
Librarybelle Will do, @BethM ! 1mo
Cinfhen Yes!!! Thanks, Jessie! I have a lot of reading “obligations” in January but I will try my best to get to this one 💜 1mo
AnneCecilie I would like to join in on this one. 1mo
Librarybelle So good to hear, @Cinfhen @AnneCecilie !! 1mo
Bklover I have my book ready- could you tag me for this too? (I may have already asked you- can‘t remember!) 1mo
Librarybelle I‘ve added you to the tag list, @Bklover ! Hooray!! 1mo
mamareading I would like to join, please add me to the tag list! 1mo
Librarybelle Of course, @mamareading ! Welcome! 1mo
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This was hovering between a pick and a so-so for me, but the feelings I have for these characters can‘t be ignored. Well written, solid historical fiction spanning three generations, starting in 1940s China and ending in 2000s United States. It‘s an immigrant story, a family saga, and a bit of a love letter to storytelling. Pretty solid for a debut!

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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What a beautiful, bittersweet 3-generation family saga. While reading the early years of Renshu I couldn‘t help but think of the many fleeing their homes and homeland in Ukraine. I find it heartbreaking that even though he gained citizenship in a new country his justified fear lasted a lifetime.

Aims42 This was definitely a top favorite of 2022 for me 🥰 8mo
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Hello Group C for #LMPBC! I'm so happy others have a big backlog to get through 😂 I usually only submit top 4 choices but I submitted more since I know some might have been read by others. So here are some that I would like to read! What do you think? Any that stand out to you, or any that you've read already?
@Cwarnier @Staci.reads @allureofbeauty

staci.reads I just finished Black Cake yesterday (and it was great). That's the only one that I've read. I would really be good with any of the others, but The Book of Cold Cases and Peach Blossom Spring really tempted me when they were options. 8mo
allureofbeauty The book of cold cases or the Paris apartment are ones I‘d like to read 8mo
cwarnier I am not a huge fan of Simone st. James, otherwise I am game for any of these options 8mo
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kellyann28 @staci.reads @allureofbeauty @cwarnier Thanks for your responses. Would everyone be okay with The Paris Apartment, then? 8mo
cwarnier I am fine with Paris Apartment 8mo
staci.reads @kellyann28 I'm good with that 8mo
kellyann28 I know Andrea is so that will my be pick 😊 8mo
cwarnier Paris Apartment sounds wonderful 💖 8mo
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jlhammar
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Not a strong pick, but this was a decent historical fiction debut. We follow three generations of one family from 1930s China to 1990s U.S.

Something, not sure exactly what, kept this from really working for me. Read more like a list—this happened, then that happened, then this—rather than things unfolding organically. I never felt truly captivated by the story or connected to the characters. I did really enjoy the Chinese fable element.
#BOTM

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KristiAhlers
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I really loved this book. #travelthroughbooks this story is set in #china during the war and tells of a mother and her son and how they flee Japanese occupied China. I highly recommend this titled if you are a fan of family saga-esq type reads.

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The weather here today is stupid. Like thunderstorms and wind blowing fences down stupid. So I‘m going to curl up with this book now.

AmyG I really liked this book. Enjoy. (edited) 9mo
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AmyK1
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“Within every misfortune there is a blessing, and within every blessing, the seeds of misfortune. And so it goes, until the end of time.”

This is the story of how war affects generations of families, even long after it has ended.

This is my May #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9mo
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TEArificbooks
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If you like Lisa See, you will like this book. This was really good for a debut. The book follows three generations of a Chinese family and how the trauma of war can affect the generations to come.

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this too! 9mo
Aims42 Loved this book!! 🌸🍑🌸 9mo
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Cathythoughts
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A wonderful book that I couldn‘t put down. Following the life of Renshu from 1938 in China to the present day. I loved the significance of the title in the book, and the stories and wisdom. Peach Blossom Spring is moving and a great read, and a few tears at the end ♥️

rockpools Gorgeous! 10mo
squirrelbrain Lovely review - stacked! 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm Nice review, pretty cover too! 10mo
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Tamra I will check it out! 😁 10mo
BookBosomed1 Been wondering about this one - adding it to the stack 10mo
jlhammar Planning to read this one next month. Can't wait! 10mo
LeahBergen Another lovely photo! 🌸 10mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra I really enjoyed this one. It‘s not a five star read , but there‘s something about it .. I‘ll remember it. 10mo
Cathythoughts @BookBosomed1 @jlhammer looking forward to your thoughts whenever ye may get there 👍🏻😁 10mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thanks Leah 😘 10mo
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“Today is the Lunar New Year, I wonder what you are doing. Are you making radish cakes for the Huangs ? Sharing a fish and gossiping with Auntie Chin?
Do you remember when we lit lanterns and made wishes in the streets of Shanghai…”

It‘s the ‘ do you remember‘ that is breaking my heart.
This is such a powerful book in a gentle and unassuming way. ♥️

LeahBergen Beautiful! 10mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen It‘s a lovely read ❤️ 10mo
marleed Your photo is gorgeous. This is on my TBR! 10mo
Cathythoughts @marleed Thanks Marlee ! I look forward to your thoughts whenever you get to it 👍🏻♥️ 10mo
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j9brown
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Pickpick

In a bit of a slump this month but I finished my #bookspin
This was really good, a story about three generations starting in China during WWII and after (I didn't know very much about what went on there, heartbreaking) then in America. The first half was really excellent. The second half did drag a little. Overall a pick!

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To know a story is to stroke the silken surfaces of loss, to feel the weight of beauty in his hands.
To know a story is to carry it always, etched in his bones, even if dormant for decades.
Tell us , they insist.
To tell a story , he realises, is to plant a seed and let it grow.

tpixie Lovely 10mo
squirrelbrain 💕🌸 10mo
LeahBergen Beautiful! 💞 10mo
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CarolynM Beautiful 💖 10mo
Nute I love this type of writing. I plan to read this first after Poetry Month is over. 9mo
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TrishB
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I really enjoyed this historical novel, from China in the 1930s to present day US. Learned a lot about that period too. A really good read.
#setinchina #booked2022

Cinfhen Yay!! 10mo
Cinfhen Gorgeous cover 😍 10mo
TrishB @Cinfhen the cover is lovely and the reveal about the title ♥️ 10mo
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Cathythoughts Oh good ! I just read this post and now have ordered it ….. and Flamingo too .. early morning book shopping 🛒😁 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I almost grabbed this one from #botm. But then I restrained myself. Still, I‘m sure I‘ll read or listen based on reviews like yours. 10mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts love that early morning shopping! 10mo
TrishB @BarbaraTheBibliophage hope you enjoy when you get to it👍🏻 10mo
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TrishB
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#quicklunchtimeread
Loving this book so far.

LeahBergen Sammy time! 🥪 10mo
Cathythoughts Oh good ! I see I have it stacked already 😁 10mo
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Aims42
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This month was such a hard pick for me, I just finished ‘Tobacco Wives‘ and it was so riveting!!! But, I still think about ‘Peach Blossom Spring‘ and all the characters so that‘s my March pick for my #ReadingBracket2022

Thank you for the template flip @chasjjlee ☺️

AmyG I really enjoyed this book. 10mo
Aims42 @AmyG I went in not sure what to expect and I was blown away ☺️ Glad you enjoyed it too!! 10mo
WJCintron I just added it to my TBR. Thanks for sharing!! 😃 10mo
Aims42 @WJCintron You‘re welcome!! I hope you enjoy it 😍 10mo
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TrishB
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Sansa‘s such a good Doggo 🐶 this is my Mother‘s Day present from her ♥️
Happy Mother‘s Day to all who may have it today, because I‘m never sure when it is everywhere in the world ❤️❤️

Cinfhen What a sweet boy 🐾♥️ Happy Mother‘s Day 10mo
julesG Happy Mother's Day! 💕 10mo
TrishB @Cinfhen thank you 😘 10mo
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TrishB @julesG thank you 😘 I checked I know it‘s not yours today! 10mo
rockpools Sansa has great taste in book covers! 🌸 10mo
Cathythoughts Nice one Sansa ! ❤️ 10mo
AmyG Happy Mother‘s Day! This is a wonderful booj. Enjoy! 10mo
MaureenMc Happy Mother‘s Day to you! Good job, Sansa! 10mo
TrishB @rockpools @Cathythoughts @AmyG @MaureenMc thank you friends ❤️ Sansa is a clever doggo 🐶 10mo
EvieBee Sansa is the best! 🤣 10mo
Nute Happy Mother‘s Day, Trish! The book cover even delivers flowers for the occasion.🌸💕🌸 10mo
mrp27 Happy Mother‘s Day! 💐 10mo
TrishB @EvieBee she definitely is 😁 10mo
TrishB @Nute thank you 😘 yes, it does 💐 10mo
TrishB @mrp27 thank you 😘 10mo
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Aims42
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This book was exquisite and perfect!
🌸🍑🌸🍑🌸🍑🌸🍑🌸🍑🌸🍑🌸🍑🌸🍑🌸🍑
Told over multiple generations of the same family and their struggles during China‘s turbulent 20th century. Words cannot do it justice, a five star read 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

TrishB This sounds fab 👍🏻 11mo
Aims42 @TrishB It was so engrossing! I think I held my breath a few times and I definitely put my hand over the upcoming sentences I hadn‘t reached yet while I was reading so I wouldn‘t spoil anything 😆 I love historical fiction from eras I didn‘t learn much about in school. 11mo
janeycanuck Ooh, this sounds like it could scratch my Pachinko itch. 11mo
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Aims42 @janeycanuck I haven‘t yet read “Pachinko”, but after reading the summary on the book on here, I think it would 👍 Also, “Pachinko” sounds like I need to move it to my TBR list 11mo
janeycanuck It‘s definitely similar in that it is multigenerational and is about a family‘s struggle but the family is Korean and lives in Japan. It‘s beautiful writing, as well. 11mo
Aims42 @janeycanuck oooh, I‘m sold! 11mo
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Mpcacher
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This is another example of the best of historical fiction, where I learn as I am entertained. This is the author's first novel and I will watch for more from her. The war years in China, the life in post war Taiwan and the immigrant experience in the USA are covered. The story is about family, fear and sacrifice. I really enjoyed it and gave it 4/5 stars.

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AvidlyAlexis
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Just got my February box! I rejoined and had to pick some extra to make up for the lost time. 😁

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mklong
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Okay Group Q, what do y‘all think of this stack? I have tagged all the books in the comments and have plenty more if none of these appeal.

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magyklyXdelish I haven‘t read any of these so I‘m okay with any! Fiona and Jane and These Violent Delights sound the best to me but like I said I‘m good with any :) 12mo
cwarnier I have not read any of these either. I am game for any. 12mo
Shadowfat I own Magnolia Palace and Peach Blossom Spring. Either of the other 2 are fine. 12mo
Avanders Hi just wanted you to know I received the next #LMPBC #round13 #groupw book - thank you! 😘 12mo
magyklyXdelish Hiiiii @mklong I mailed ur book out today! I‘m so sorry I never got around to reading it and I didn‘t want to keep holding on to it since that‘s not fair. I sent you a book I saw on your TBR as an apology. ♥️♥️ 6mo
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AmyG
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The story of Meilin and her son, Renshu (Henry)….as they flee China during WWII and live in Taiwan. Renshu is able to get his masters in the US and begin his life there. A story about how one comes to terms with their past in order to live in the present, to be able to envision a future.

While not a perfect book, I loved the characters and the story.

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I'm hoping to start this if not today, then definitely this weekend! I found the perfect bookmark to go with it! 😃🌸

AmyG What a beautiful pairing. I will finish this book today and am enjoying it so much. Hope you do, too. 12mo
Branwen @AmyG I'm so glad you're enjoying it! ❤ How was the ending? 12mo
AmyG You will like the ending. 12mo
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bookandbedandtea
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Woohoo #botm arrived! To go on the shelf with all the other books of the month it takes me forever to read. 🤷‍♀️

marleed Haha. My challenge this year is to see how close I can get to flattening my botm tbr. I‘ve done great so far but shiny new releases are beginning to overtake this challenge. I‘ve read enough of my botm backlog to justify altering my challenge to read at least one greater the amount of books in that stack than I add to it each month! We‘ll see how long I stick with my adjusted challenge! 12mo
bookandbedandtea @marleed Yay for you for making progress! I'm going to have to get intentional about those books soon. 12mo
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Brewychock48
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Waiting on my BOTM books....Can't wait...Fabulous February reading😊

Aims42 Those were my picks as well 🙌 I can‘t decide which one I want to read more lol 12mo
Brewychock48 @Aims42 🙌 I know. They both sound so good. I love the covers too😊 12mo
Brewychock48 @Aims42 I got my books today. I might start Peach Blossom Spring first..the cover is beautiful.....but The Christie Affair sounds so intriguing 🤔...what is a girl to choose🙃 12mo
Aims42 @Brewychock48 Hahaha, you are preaching to the choir!!! 🤣 I don‘t think you can make a wrong choice though 🥳 They both sound like winners!! 12mo
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AmyG
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I am really enjoying this one. Meilin and her son Renshu try to remain safe during the Japanese attacks on China during WW II. For now….

EvieBee I'm glad you're enjoying this one! I picked it for my BOTM selection. 12mo
AmyG @EvieBee I am flying through it. Just wonderful. 12mo
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