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Mia madre | Stphane Servant
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush Day 5: these two books I bought in Madrid have pretty impressive covers, especially tagged book. French illustrator Emmanuelle Houdart is a veritable genius.
Tagging those who wish to play!

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Rise of the Morningstar | A J Darkholme
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#SelfImprovementSept Day 18: There is a free gym around 5 minutes away from our new place here in Al Ain where we can #Exercise. There is a pool and billiard tables and a sauna along with the shower. How absolutely cool!

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Paradise | Toni Morrison
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#RedRoseSeptember Day 18: My #MerseyParadise is right here right now as we are “where the drownings are” as we literally drown in boxes and boxes of stuff we brought from Singapore. Meanwhile, the bookses are here! They are all here!! The babies just arrived yesterday.

arlenefinnigan Happy moving! 16m
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Sorelle | Ana Juan, Matz Mainka
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush Day 4: I am absolutely in love with Spanish illustrator, Ana Juan‘s art. Bought this in Madrid!

BiblioLitten Neat!! 😍 1d
AmyG Great cover. 1d
Christine11 So cool 😍 1d
marleed Oh that‘s is awesomely terrifying! 20h
sudi So creepy but so cool 11h
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The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov
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#SelfImprovementSept Day 17: This was a fascinating read about a little-known American woman of Cuban and Spanish parentage, her bold and fearless dream of flight, and her realizing it, regardless of society‘s expectations of what a woman should or should not do - definitely an #Inspiration. My review of this gorgeous book featuring the biography of Aida De Acosta: https://wp.me/pDlzr-jV3

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚💚💛 1d
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My Hair is a Garden | Cozbi A. Cabrera
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#RedRoseSeptember Day 17: #KinkyAfro reminded me of this picturebook that shows how to care for one‘s hair done in so sensitive and so thoughtful a fashion that one wonders why this has not been done before. It highlights very clear issues that young people like Mack in the story clearly encounters and very specific ways of dealing with it, in a clear-sighted, no-nonsense fashion. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-krr

arlenefinnigan Excellent xhoice 1d
Cinfhen ❤️ 1d
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The Collector | John Fowles
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#SelfImprovementSept Day 16: I find that the books in David Bowie‘s 100 Book List fall mostly under the #BookThatIsOutOfYourComfortZone category, including tagged book. I grouped the #BowieBookClub titles across themes, because I am a geek and an academic that way. See here: https://wp.me/pDlzr-hq7

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚😊❤️ 2d
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Nesting: It's a Chick Thing | Ame Mahler Beanland, Emily Miles Terry
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#RedRoseSeptember Day 16: As we are gradually building our nest here in the Middle East, our shipment arriving tomorrow all intact from Singapore, I am reminded that we are blessed - and despite authentication delays, shipment inspections, and major/minor hiccups along the way, we have a #WonderfulLife - so long as the family is together.

arlenefinnigan Best of luck in your new adventure! 2d
Cathythoughts Yes ! The best of luck 👍🏻♥️ 2d
marleed I love following your posts. I hope you have a great adventure there! 2d
Cinfhen Yay!!!! So excited for you and your words are the TRUTH!! As an expat myself, I always tell my kids as long as we have each other we‘re going to be fine. We‘re a tribe of five 💕Best of luck xx life is an adventure 😁 2d
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kspenmoll Fantastic cover! 2d
Nute The art in this cover is amazing! 2d
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A Winter's Promise | Christelle Dabos
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#7Days7Covers Day 2. Naturally I had to share the first book in the Mirror Visitor fantasy series from France paired with my absolute fave bubbly that we found here in Al Ain - yay! And the price is half of that which we pay for in Singapore for the moscato 😱😍🧚🏼‍♀️ - as in oractically most things here! Awesome!
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Uglies | Scott Westerfeld
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Never Goodnight | Coco Moodysson
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#SelfImprovementSept Day 15: Fats‘ review: “This graphic memoir is the cult Swedish graphic novel that inspired the movie, We Are The Best!, written and directed by Coco‘s husband, Lukas Moodysson. Never Goodnight follows almost-teenagers Coco, Klara, and Matilda. They have been best #friends since primary school. Fueled by their anarchist ideals, they decided to form a punk band.” Full review here: https://wp.me/pDlzr-kyj

OriginalCyn620 Awesome! 3d
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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#RedRoseSeptember Day 15: Plenty #GroundsForDivorce in this novel. I did not connect with any of the characters, finding them feckless, the drama overwrought, the sense of entitlement – or sense of persecution – elaborately explained to death. I also could not get past the utter self-absorption of each of the three main characters – whose narrative voices by the way are indistinguishable from each other. Full review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-kzy

arlenefinnigan Feel quite hungry now. 3d
Cinfhen I‘m eyeing your feast too! Looks delish. And, I did love this book. 3d
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen i think i was over exposed to way too many #GroundsForDivorce novels that week. I reviewed all three books having to do with the breakdown of American and British marriages. 3d
Cinfhen Yea, that could do it but perfect pick for the prompt 3d
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Hamlet | William Shakespeare
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The Tiny Journalist: Poems | Naomi Shihab Nye
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#SelfImprovementSept Day 14: As Fats noted in her post: “The Tiny Journalist features poems inspired by Janna, a young girl who posts on Facebook her experiences in her war-torn Palestinian country. Janna has been documenting what‘s happening in her country at the early age of 7, using her mother‘s phone” almost like a #journal of sorts. Here is Fats‘ full feature with a few poem excerpts too: https://wp.me/pDlzr-kSs

OriginalCyn620 Sounds like a powerful read. 4d
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#RedRoseSeptember Day 14: This is indeed a #BizarreLoveTriangle between a boy, a girl, and her terminal illness. Not only was the story riveting, it was also not overly dramatized – just unapologetically true. While this is a tale that has been told countless of times before, I believe it was the art that also blindsided me, making me shed tears as I was reading this in public. It was heartfelt and credible. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-kA7

arlenefinnigan This sounds heartbreaking 4d
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#7Days7Covers Day 1
#CoverCrush
Thank you, @Cinfhen for the tag.
Everyone‘s welcome to join!
I am now reading the first book in this fantasy series from France and I have a distinct feeling that I am going to love the characters and the world building. Can‘t wait to get to this second book in the quartet. Third book, I think, has not been translated yet and will only be out in 2020.

Cinfhen I love Europa ❤️ 5d
batsy That's a fab cover 🤩 4d
LeahBergen Oh, pretty! 4d
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Romeo and Juliet | William Shakespeare
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#SelfImprovementSept Day 13: For Poetry Friday, Fats shared Gregson‘s poetry filled with #positivity and grace. Here it is: https://wp.me/pDlzr-eCn

OriginalCyn620 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😊 4d
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Ministry of Moral Panic | Amanda Lee Koe
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#RedRoseSeptember Day 13: I found myself drawn to practically all the stories in this collection, Ministry of Moral #Panic from Singapore. While there was that studied restraint in the writing, I felt that Koe was boldly reshaping boundaries in her narratives, pushing and pulling into issues otherwise perceived to be too controversial to be articulated – be it maid-employer dalliances and same-sex relationships. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-arX

Cinfhen Great photo 5d
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen very interesting that in this photo of my book club in my previous institution, all four of us have left. The two gentlemen scholars are now affiliated with UCL in London, my mentor has retired and now living in France, and I am now in the United Arab Emirates. To think this photo was only taken four years ago. 4d
Cinfhen Wow, what do you attribute all the movement too?Financial or academic ? 4d
arlenefinnigan Love the cover! 4d
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen definitely not financial. Singapore takes very good care of its teachers and professors financially. But the stress level is off the roof and work-life balance is practically nil. 4d
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Fly Trap | Frances Hardinge
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Poso Wells | Gabriela Alemn
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#SelfImprovementSept Day 12: It is #GoodHabit to hand carry books with you when you are doing a massive international move, like moving to the other side of your continent, bringing literature from various parts of the world with you. These are the titles I hand carried with me from Singapore to Al Ain. More here: https://wp.me/pDlzr-kTV

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚❤️😊 5d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope they all get there safely!! 5d
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#RedRoseSeptember Day 12: This story based on real life narrative provides valuable information about how the little things that children often take for granted can actually serve to save lives in other places especially when #MoneysTooTightToMention. It provides perspective on the important things in life. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-9Zx

Cinfhen Pet peeve....books for children that have too many words on a page. I find it overwhelming and unappealing. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 6d
RaimeyGallant This sounds FABULOUS! 6d
arlenefinnigan Aw that sounds lovely 5d
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen i actually mentioned this as well in my review. :( it can get very cluttered in the page 5d
Cinfhen Cluttered is the perfect description 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5d
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Mr. Monster | Dan Wells
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Book Fair Day | Lynn Plourde
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#SelfImprovementSept Day 11: My doctoral student has just sent me an email that is immediately going into my #BucketList now that I have moved here in the Middle East. Very gradually finding my bookish tribe.

Cinfhen Wow!!! So much going on❣️❣️❣️❣️ 6d
OriginalCyn620 That‘s great! Glad you‘re finding your tribe! 😊 6d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎉🎊🎉🎊 6d
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#RedRoseSeptember Day 11: In this gloriously illustrated book, Anno provided a detailed account of the differences between the Ptolemaic and Copernican explanation of the apparent movement of #Saturn5. He deliberately positioned all these ‘revolutionary‘ findings within a world that worshipped the elements and people preoccupied with alchemy and magic. My full review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-5Hl

Cinfhen Another cover to covet ~ I‘m secretly tagging you to post a book a day for 7 days featuring a cover you love. Use the hashtags #7Days7Covers #CoverCrush ( if you‘re feeling up for it) (edited) 7d
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen sure! thank you for thinking of me. i shall do my best. :) 7d
Cinfhen I can‘t wait to see what you come up with!!!!! How‘s the settling in going???? 7d
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arlenefinnigan Well that's very impressive 👏 7d
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen still finding our footing and adjusting to the heat (oh, the heat). and still waiting for our shipment to clear, it has arrived but going through inspections. so the positive energies/messages i see here have been uplifting and encouraging. 🧚🏼‍♀️ 6d
Cinfhen Yes!!!! The heat is HUGE!!!! But eventually your body does acclimate 🥵 6d
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V for Vendetta | Alan Moore
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Al Ain Women's College Library and Learning Services | Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (Library)
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#SelfImprovementSept Day 10: Because sometimes, just sometimes, we OOTD too - #SelfLove in my new workplace: the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain. And yes, the sun is at a comparably bearable 42 degrees.

julesG Congratulations on the new job! 1w
OriginalCyn620 Congrats! 🎉🎉🎉 Love your shirt! 1w
Velvetfur Love the photos! And congrats on the new job 💜 1w
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#RedRoseSeptember Day 10: #WithMyLittleStickOfBlackpoolRock reminded me of this sticks and stones novel of McGuire. Each of the main character in the first novel seems to have their spin-off stories in succeeding books. This 2nd book focuses primarily on twin sisters Jacqueline and Jillian (otherwise known as Jack and Jill), featuring the backstory of how one of them turned out to be a murderous psychopath. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-k6k

arlenefinnigan Plenty of murderous psychopaths in Blackpool 😉 1w
Cinfhen Sounds interesting and your comment is priceless @arlenefinnigan 1w
gradcat This series sounds like it might be an interesting one...I may have to check out the first one. ♥️ 1w
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#SelfImprovementSept Day 9: This is a book that has made me #laugh out loud! is a perfect book to give to your mothers, mother-in-laws, and fab grandmothers. Here‘s to growing wiser and sexier, women of the world! My review here: https://wp.me/pDlzr-kbE

OriginalCyn620 Stacked! 😊 1w
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Elephants Never Forget | Anushka Ravishankar
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#RedRoseSeptember Day 9: Elephants indeed #NeverForget. This book is perfect for very young children who would, no doubt, enjoy the alliterative text and rhythm of the words. It is also great for children who are just starting out in school and may feel a tad different from the others, and finding home among other strange creatures such as themselves. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-2to

arlenefinnigan Aw that looks really sweet. 1w
Cinfhen My daughter LOVES elephants 🐘 of course she‘s 26 but still!!! 1w
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#SelfImprovementSept Day 8: So Sunday is the first official day of the week here at the UAE, hence this photo was taken yesterday, Saturday, what now stands for my #SelfCareSunday, and spent it at this coffeeshop - NOT the bookstore. Interesting, right?

OriginalCyn620 Gorgeous place! 😊 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 1w
Smrloomis 👏🏽 Are you staying or just visiting? It‘s crazy hot but it‘s also nice (in ways that don‘t relate to the weather of course right now 🥵) 🇦🇪 1w
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GatheringBooks @Smrloomis my family and i have moved from singapore to al ain. i have been offered an associate professor position at the united arab emirates university. so we are in this for the long haul! do you live nearby? 1w
Smrloomis @GatheringBooks welcome! We‘re originally from the US but live in Dubai. Sort of close 🤔 1w
GatheringBooks @Smrloomis awesome! yes, dubai is only 90 minutes away thereabouts- we are planning on making a trip once we all get our emirati ids, and we can breathe. 😘 if you have recommended bookish places, i am all ears! 1w
Smrloomis @GatheringBooks I really like Kinokuniya in Dubai Mall although it‘s pricey. For used books, there‘s House of Prose and the Times Square location seems to have a reasonable selection. Hope you get your Emirates IDs soon! There is always so much to do when you move. 1w
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#RedRoseSeptember Day 8: Fats‘ review: “In this wonderful, recently published collection, Kirsten Gillibrand shares the stories of fearless women who were part of the suffragist movement in #history. They believed that women‘s choices also counted and their voices were just as important as men‘s. In this book, I read about well-known figures like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Harriet Tubman.” Full review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-jTz

arlenefinnigan That looks brilliant! 1w
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Moving | Jenny Eclair
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#SelfImprovementSept Day 7: My #FavoriteReadingSpot is packed in one of the over 300 boxes in this 20-foot container van that has yet to arrive from Singapore to our new home in Al Ain. Please send positive energies that all my books will come in one piece soonest.

merelybookish Good luck with the move! 2w
GypsyKat Good luck to you!!! 2w
batsy All the best with the move 🍀 2w
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EadieB Books travel well! Never fear! 2w
Birdsong28 Good luck 🤞 🍀📚📖 1w
Velvetfur Oohh I'd be worried about my books too! But like @EadieB said, books travel well - they won't get broken! I'm sure it will all be fine 🤗 1w
CarolynM Hope the move goes well🙂 1w
Texreader When my future husband at the time had to ship his 1000 books from Norway via ship to Texas (30 years ago now!), we were in great turmoil. It all ended well as I am positive it will for you. 1w
Crazeedi Positive thoughts💞 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 1w
OriginalCyn620 Sending positive thoughts your way! 1w
Cinfhen Moving is so stressful 😓Hope you‘re all doing well 😘 1w
CouronneDhiver Wow! That‘s a giant collection. May they arrive safely in their new home very soon 1w
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#RedRoseSeptember Day 7: It was clear from the story how highly-esteemed Paul Erdos was in #mathematics circles such that friends refer to the Erdos number to talk about their points of connection with him. A fascinating picturebook biography about a man who loved #Mathematics. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-8zm

arlenefinnigan Aw this sounds sweet. 1w
Cinfhen I‘m loving the new “smarter”children‘s books 1w
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Started reading this last night. An ode to poetry, but so far, it has not moved me as much as I thought it would. But maybe it is just my exhaustion with our international move that can chip away at one‘s spirit. But I shall shoulder on. Paired with super yummy chocolate crepe and Spanish latte. At Shakespeare & Co. here in Al Ain. And no, it is not the bookstore, but a fancy coffeeshop. 😱
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The Tale of Genji | Murasaki Shikibu
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Remarkably You | Pat Zietlow Miller
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#SelfImprovementSept Day 6: Not strictly #SelfHelpBook, but an inspirational, empowering picturebook that provides an affirming message. I like how seeming-weaknesses are re-framed into something that is not shameful or veritable sources of contempt and humiliation, but simply unique traits or peculiarities that make you remarkably you. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-kx7

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 2w
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚❤️ 2w
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The Teashop Girls | Laura Schaefer
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#RedRoseSeptember Day 6: #ChippyTea reminded me of this novel reviewed by Fats: “If you‘re into tea, then you might like this book. I‘m not big on tea but, given the way that the story was “packaged,” I would be pouring myself a cup in no time. The layout of the story is what stood out for me. Each chapter begins with a tea-related quote, and I‘m a sucker for quotes.” Her full review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-7SW

arlenefinnigan Nice 😉 2w
LeahBergen I love that old tea ad! 2w
Cinfhen That‘s an awesome book cover!!! 1w
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Knight of the Seven Kingdoms | George R R Martin
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Chocolate | Dom Ramsey
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#SelfImprovementSept Day 5: Speaking of #WhatYouLove.
Super stoked that there is a Chili‘s here in Al Ain!! My comfort food and fave resto ever.

OriginalCyn620 Looks good! 😋 2w
suvata Y U M ! 2w
Hooked_on_books 🍫🍰🤤 2w
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North and South (Revised) | Elizabeth Gaskell
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#RedRoseSeptember Day 5: #HitTheNorth reminded me of this classic reviewed by Iphigene: “Gaskell‘s novel is a reflection of a changing era. Take Margaret, a woman raised in the South where things were traditional—women don‘t shake men‘s hand or work in factories. Ironically, her so called conservatism (unfamiliarity with the Northern Ways) is a misfit to the south.” Her full review here: https://wp.me/pDlzr-1B

arlenefinnigan I've never read any Elizabeth Gaskell, I really should. 2w
Kimberlone I really love this book (totally underrated) and the bbc miniseries is super good too. 2w
Cinfhen Hmmmm, another one for the #MaybeSomeday #IHopeToo pile 😁 2w
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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#WomenReadWomen2019 Read Along Chat September schedule for Pachinko. It is an epic read that I cannot wait to discuss with you all. Intergenerational love story that has all the feels and twists and tragedy of a Koreanovela.

catebutler Looking forward to this! 2w
Amor4Libros Already read this and it is excellent!! 2w
Laughterhp Requested this from the library! Waiting for my hold to come in! 2w
DivineDiana Just finished! 2w
marleed Just finished, as well. Well worth the read! 2w
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#WomenReadWomen2019 Read Along discussion questions here, after much delay. Apologies, fellow bibliophiles. Our international move from Singapore to the United Arab Emirates (Al Ain) is taking its toll. But hey, better late than never ever, and so here it is! Share your insights, thoughts, reflections, musings in the Comments section. My full review of the book can be found here: https://wp.me/pDlzr-kpZ

Laughterhp I just got this book on audio. I haven‘t started it yet! 😬😬 2w
mydearwatson I forgot to read it 🤦🏻‍♀️...starting it tonight! 2w
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