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SqueakyChu
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Yeah. It would be great for all writers to get publicity before the first word of any book is written. This is a satire about a famous book of which only the title has been written. This book is growing on me. 😃 P.S. This book has already been written as I‘m reading it now. 😂

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SqueakyChu
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I‘m not really sure what to think of this book. I picked it up at a #LittleFreeLibrary. It attracted me because I thought it was about a #Japanese writer. It‘s not! It‘s about a #black #Haitian author who lives in #Montreal! More later...after I decide if I like this book or not. It has a very low star rating on #LibraryThing, but it definitely has some bright spots, especially its sardonic #humor.

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ImperfectCJ
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Pickpick

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. 9h
Julsmarshall I‘ve got to move this one up my #TBR! 8h
youneverarrived I loved this! 8h
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BennettBookworm I‘ve similarly been putting this off- thanks for the reminder! 7h
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 😬). 7h
BennettBookworm What a great idea! 4h
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Noveldrama
Men Without Women | Haruki Murakami
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Mehso-so

Not all the stories in the book you would like..
My favourite stories were 1st and the last one.

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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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rachelsbrittain
Strange Weather in Tokyo | Hiromi Kawakami
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Book mail! Excited to read these three books in translation.

BarbaraBB Three gorgeous covers 🥰 1d
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jdiehr
Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this short audiobook.

If there was a cafe near you that allowed you to travel back in time, would you do it?

What about traveling into the future? Just for a glimpse??

But don't forget...you have to return to the present before your coffee gets cold.

I admit, after reading this, I think about it every morning while sipping my coffee.

Ruthiella Honestly, I don‘t want to travel in either direction. I‘ve seen/read enough sci-fi to know time travel brings unwanted complications. 😆 Love the mug, BTW! 1d
Jas16 That is an outstanding mug. 1d
marleed Great mug! Well, I‘m taking my much loved yeti mug to coffee shops just in case. I didn‘t notice rules against transferring my hot coffee to my thermos! 1d
jdiehr @marleed Ha, ha! I kept trying to find loopholes the whole time I was listening. The thermos is a good one! 😄 1d
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Noveldrama
Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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Pickpick

Wow. I love the narration of this book.
The man narrates his feelings and tells the story of her best friend being in love with some other girl.
Seriously a beautiful story and tragedy that leaves you in awe. The experience was so extreme and made me slow down sometimes.
As ever his dystopian world and unusually beautiful description bind us in every moment.
It's a different experience.

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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. 2d
RayHallucinogen Up until the '90s it was much easier with Yugoslavia. Now it's just too massy. 2d
Ruthiella I have trouble with the Balkans too. Slovenia vs Slovakia vs the Czech Republic... 2d
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Noveldrama
Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami
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Pickpick

Murakami is absolute love. From ever I started reading his book I was never disappointed.
Murakami book just sucks you into his world And make you believe in all the stories and illusions he creates.
Murakami book has a great magically charm which I never get tried off.