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Firelight (Amulet #7) | Kazu Kibuishi
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Not my favorite book of the series but still enjoyable. Glad I have book 8 lined up!

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I‘m really feeling this right now: “Trust your instincts…And not making decisions can prove to be the worst decision of all.” You are so right, talking fox guy.

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This book was phenomenal and an excellent read. Maybe I need to read his one on genes next? Highly recommend this if you‘re in the right mood and circumstances. Glad I finally finished it! Now I just need to return it and pay my overdue fine… couldn‘t finish on time!

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When Stars Are Scattered | Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed
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Amazing. Just amazing.

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I vaguely knew this would intersect with early HIV but now I obviously need to read more about this. Should I just start with And the Band Played On? That‘s the only title that comes to mind on early AIDS/HIV activism and research. Any other recommendations??? Add them if you have them!

Graywacke No recommendations, but terrific quote 3w
Smrloomis @Graywacke 👍🏽 3w
Julsmarshall And the Band Played on is amazing, highly recommend! 3w
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Smrloomis @Julsmarshall Glad to hear it! 3w
shanaqui I know David France's How to Survive a Plague is pretty thorough and detailed. Schilts' book is an important historical document, but it's inaccurate about many things, as we've learned later, and is for example what critics called “murderously irresponsible“ in the way it demonises Gaëtan Dugas, the alleged Patient Zero of AIDs in North America. (He was nothing of the sort and could not possibly have been the index case.) 3w
Smrloomis @shanaqui Thank you! I‘ll add How to Survive a Plague to my list. And bear in mind that Shilts‘s book may be dated (at least in some ways) at this point. I‘ve got to finish this one above first but then I‘m thinking of moving on to one of these… 3w
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10% in and I‘m already attached to the main character. Great! Except too many good things have happened so now bad stuff has to happen because … life isn‘t all rainbows and kittens??? Or maybe this will just be rainbows and kittens 🤞🏽 I‘ll keep you posted!!!

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Overall a fun read. I do have to admit their Mom strikes me as surprisingly naïve but I guess you need someone to move certain plot points along…

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“The relationship between smoking and lung cancer, the committee found, was one of the strongest in the history of cancer epidemiology- remarkably significant, remarkably conserved between diverse populations, remarkably durable over time, and remarkably reproducible in trial after trial.” Holy *#%!!!

Crazeedi Good book 4w
Smrloomis @Crazeedi YES! It‘s fascinating. 4w
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These are watercolors! I can‘t believe it. Loved this beautiful story of travel between the US and Japan.

Librarianaut I love to share this one with my 3rd & 4th graders- they all get very quiet and contemplative… 4w
Smrloomis @Librarianaut 💗 I thought this was very interesting and so beautiful 💗 4w
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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On finding the grave of a 4 year-old: “Those are the worlds that end in our day-to-day lives, these stopped children, these annihilating losses…” This made me think of Ukraine and Buffalo and Uvalde… and so many other places in the world 💔

Karisa 😢 Reading your book quote just made one I read a couple of days ago echo in my head from Fried Green Tomatoes: “By the way, is there anything sadder than toys on a grave?” Too much loss lately, too many lives stopped too soon. 1mo
Smrloomis @Karisa So true. For me it was the “stopped children” that really stayed with me. I‘m so sorry for everyone touched by these many, heart-wrenching losses 🙏🏽 1mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Well. I don‘t know what to make of this one. I was at least 150 pages in before things started to come together and then… I‘m still not sure but it was interesting ride! Huh. Worth a try I‘d say.

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El Deafo | Cece Bell
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This has been on my list forever so I‘m glad I finally read it. It‘s excellent and I highly recommend it!

jlhammar Agree, loved this one! 1mo
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Amulet | Kazu Kibuishi
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So good I‘m on to book 2 right away and already plotting how I‘ll get the rest!

Linsy My nephew loves this series! Had me checking all the libraries. 1mo
Smrloomis @Linsy I‘m late to this party 😂 but he has excellent taste! Going to have to borrow all the rest for sure. 1mo
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Amulet | Kazu Kibuishi
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Not sure this picture will do it justice but wow, the art in this is amazing!

Michael_Gee Wow!! 1mo
Smrloomis @Michael_Gee it‘s pretty amazing! 🤩 1mo
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Really enjoyed this. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about (parts of) the German system as Zaske experienced it while living in Berlin with her young family.

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I enjoyed this and found it thought-provoking. I definitely felt the most moved by Wonna but Ara was a close second. I would read anything else Cha publishes.

Cathythoughts I enjoyed it too 👍🏻 1mo
Smrloomis @Cathythoughts at first I was nervous - the beginning didn‘t grab me - but soon I felt the characters revealed themselves in unexpected ways 👍🏽 1mo
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Very interesting and a good read overall. I did feel a little sad though that her experience is still so rare. She found many (mostly good) challenges to tackle, all while staying with the same company with people who respected and valued her contribution. Wish it were that way for everyone.

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“In 2015, when nearly a million refugees arrived in Germany, thousands of citizens came out to greet arriving trainloads of asylum seekers.”

I know it doesn‘t fix everything, but I think it‘s good to keep this kind of image in mind sometimes. People can and do help others in need 💗

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Book Riot has a cool infographic and article about which US states are the most and least popular for book settings. Interesting read! https://www.google.com/amp/s/bookriot.com/book-settings-by-state/amp/

Smrloomis Oh wait, I guess the infographic is from this site: https://crossword-solver.io/books-set-around-america Just in case you‘re super curious and want to dig into this more! 1mo
Soubhiville When I was #readingthestates I noticed that last year I came across tons of books set in NY and CA. Guess I‘m not the only one 😁📚 1mo
BarbaraBB Super interesting! I‘ll keep the link! 1mo
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vivastory Poor Vermont. I'm honestly surprised by the number of books set in my state (MO) 1mo
RamsFan1963 663 books are written about Maine? Wonder how many of those are by Stephen King?? 1mo
Smrloomis @Soubhiville yeah I would have guessed those too although I thought Texas would be the top. Shows my bias 😂 1mo
Smrloomis @BarbaraBB I thought so too! 1mo
Smrloomis @vivastory The numbers are surprising in some places for sure. 1mo
Smrloomis @RamsFan1963 you mean there are some set in Maine that are written by other people??? 1mo
RamsFan1963 @Smrloomis Outside of Mr. King's work, John Irving's The Cider House Rules and Richard Russo's Empire Falls also take place in Maine. 1mo
Smrloomis @RamsFan1963 yeah but when I think of Maine, I think of Stephen King first for sure 😂 1mo
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Will | Will Smith
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Huh. I finished this but *just barely*. I got the audio before the infamous slap and was looking forward to it. I don‘t think my feelings about his attack on Chris Rock actually affected my reading of this. Instead I think it just needed a lot of editing that it didn‘t get. Way too long. I would have rather read a biography of Jazzy Jeff. Oh well.

EvieBee LOL! Jazzy 😎 1mo
Smrloomis @EvieBee 😂 Yeah I was never a really big fan but he sounds like an interesting guy to hear more about 1mo
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I finished this on audio and am finally posting about it 🤦🏻‍♀️. It is full of information that will either confirm your worst fears or enlighten you about how much women have been judged over many centuries. A worthwhile (even though it is also a frustrating) read.

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Throughly enjoyed this 🤩 and am really, really looking forward to book 3!

BookwormM Me too he posted on insta that he has finished writing it 2mo
Smrloomis @BookwormM YESSSS!!! 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽 Thanks, I‘m not on there so I am so glad you posted that 😍 (edited) 2mo
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Notes on Grief | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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A short and moving read.

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I read/skimmed this and that‘s exactly what I‘d recommend - in addition to borrowing a copy so you can have the satisfaction of returning it! It‘s helpful to get acquainted with the ideas in it so you can try them out on yourself. I‘m working on that bit now… 😅

Moonprismpower I just finished Dare to Lead. It‘s a great workplace communication self control kind of guide! 2mo
Smrloomis @Moonprismpower Thanks! I‘ll check it out 😊 2mo
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Whereabouts | Jhumpa Lahiri
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I feel a little torn about this one. I didn‘t love the beginning and found the style very bland and too spare at various points. I guess I‘d say this one was intriguing enough for me to finish it but ultimately unsatisfying.

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Whereabouts | Jhumpa Lahiri
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Love this epigraph but don‘t know how I feel about the book so far…

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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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Audio may be the way to go here. I think I missed a bunch of jokes since my American internal narrator (in other words, — me!) just didn‘t pick up on all the funny bits. However, I loved this and am looking forward to reading book 2. Only thing is: I‘m worried my favorite characters will die in future books and I won‘t be able to deal? I guess that‘s a risk we all face!

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Yearbook | Seth Rogen
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To be honest, I couldn‘t finish this. So this is more of a DNF than anything else. I usually enjoy Seth Rogen but this had way too much about his childhood and general drug use, the latter of which I found deeply BORING. So I‘m giving up, oh well 🤷🏻‍♀️ This was just not for me.

5feet.of.fury A lot of people said this. His movies are so funny… idk how this went so poorly but im gonna skip it so I‘ll never know 2mo
Smrloomis @5feet.of.fury yeah I was pretty disappointed. I feel like he needed a good outside reader to be like, “No one wants to know this much about how you use these substances!” Seriously 🤷🏻‍♀️ Oh well! 2mo
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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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My only issue is that this started slow for me. I was almost 100 pages in before I really started to feel attached. After that, I could not have enjoyed it more. Definitely lived up to the hype and I would happily read more from her whenever she has time to write it! Also really love the cover 💗

StellaDz Agreed 💯 2mo
Smrloomis @StellaDz 💕👍🏽 2mo
Smrloomis Also for anyone who needs/wants it: be prepared for discussions of death, racism and sexual assault. 2mo
GondorGirl She's working on a new book that should come out next year! The main character is a thief who steals indigenous artifacts and returns them to their tribe! 2mo
Smrloomis @GondorGirl Wow, that sounds great!!! 😍 2mo
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Violets | Kyung-Sook Shin
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So this looks good and possibly upsetting too 😳🤷🏻‍♀️

ChaoticMissAdventures I had really hoped to see this in the BOTM it sounds so interesting and I love most things I read out of South Korea these days. 2mo
Smrloomis @ChaoticMissAdventures I loved the first book I read by her (tagged for anyone who hasn‘t read it) so, so much. Even though this sounds really sad (and I‘m not always up to reading very sad stuff these days), I‘m definitely looking forward to getting a copy! 2mo
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Huh, I‘m surprised that I have mixed feelings. Some phrases were repeated too much as other readers have noted and I guess I thought the brutality was overdone to some extent. The second half of it was more interesting than the first half for me. A pick but I won‘t be rushing out to press this into anyone else‘s hands.

BarbaraBB I felt the same when I read it earlier this year. 3mo
Smrloomis @BarbaraBB yeah I have to admit that I was surprised and disappointed by this one 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
BarbaraBB It won the International Booker, I expected a bit more! 3mo
Smrloomis @BarbaraBB Agreed! 3mo
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I‘m not a big foodie and I don‘t really love Italian pasta (I know, it‘s weird, what can I say?) but I LOVED this. The only way I could have loved this more is if I‘d listened to it. 💗💗💗

JoyBlue I also don't love Italian pasta, but loved this book. I *did* read it with my ears—it was absolutely delightful! 💙 3mo
Smrloomis @JoyBlue Yes! 👍🏽💕 It makes me want to watch his show! 3mo
JoyBlue @Smrloomis Ooh—I'll bet it's fun! If only I had cable TV. . . . 3mo
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Not sure how much that is but yeah that sounds great 😂

AlaMich That‘s the technical culinary term, I‘m surprised you‘ve never heard it before! 😂 3mo
Smrloomis @AlaMich ahhh yes, I thought that sounded familiar… 😂😂😂 3mo
Macnjen Ah now I'm motivated to read this!
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Smrloomis @Macnjen it‘s a really fun read and I imagine it‘d be great on audio! 🎧 3mo
Beatlefan129 I listened to this on audio and it was delightful 😄 3mo
Patchshank Lol. My favorite unit of measurement. How many tons of water on the planet? A fuck ton. How many lightyears away is the Andromeda Galaxy? According to NASA: a fuck of a lot. 3mo
UwannaPublishme 😂😂😂 3mo
Megabooks I‘m all about the sexy slab of cheese! 🧀 3mo
kyraleseberg Ah yes, my favorite unit of measurement 😆 3mo
Smrloomis @Beatlefan129 I‘m sure! 😂 3mo
Smrloomis @Patchshank @Megabooks @kyraleseberg YES to all of that! 😂😂😂 3mo
Smrloomis @LeahBergen I read the recipes just for the laughs alone 😂 3mo
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I‘m loving the footnotes. I don‘t even like lamb that much but I‘m looking forward to hearing why the best he has ever had was in…Iceland???

BookBabe Wow, interesting! 😮 Lamb is big in Middle Eastern countries too. 😋 I could go for some shish kebab right now! 3mo
Smrloomis @BookBabe Yes, very true. I‘m not always a fan but sometimes it‘s delicious! 3mo
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This woman just asked her fiancé to tell her something that‘s not normal about her… and this is what he comes back with? He‘s clearly not the right partner for her! ????‍♀️ Ok, fine it turns out he was kidding, whew! ?

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Haha. I have a friend that smells whatever book I'm reading at the time. (I too am a book sniffer, but I read them too.) 3mo
Smrloomis @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I happen not to be one of those people but I totally get it! Hmm, maybe I should sniff more books… 3mo
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Hmm let‘s see how this is. I thought I read this before but as far as I can tell … that‘s just something I made up 🤷🏻‍♀️ I don‘t recognize this so I‘m looking forward to actually reading it!

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Queer Eye: Love Yourself. Love Your Life. | Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown
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Ok so not really book related but there is a QUEER EYE GERMANY???! 🤩🤩🤩 but also there are only 5 episodes??? 😢 WHY ONLY 5??? That‘s all. Just needed to share that…

GondorGirl Well, time to find those episodes online! 🏴‍☠️😍 4mo
Smrloomis @GondorGirl I cried my way through the first one and loved it 💗😍 4mo
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I‘ve finished… and still don‘t know how I feel about it exactly. Some parts I was completely engrossed by and some not so much. Very curious to see how the TV adaptation turns out!

Taylor You gonna watch this? 2mo
Smrloomis @Taylor I definitely want to! What about you? 2mo
Taylor @Smrloomis Maybe. I guess I‘ll decide when it comes out. 2mo
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Huh. I‘m half way through and still have somewhat mixed feelings. Let‘s see how it ends…

she.epeolatry Yea … sigh 4mo
Smrloomis @she.epeolatry 🤷🏻‍♀️ Maybe it‘ll make for good discussion/debate but yeah… still undecided on this one! 4mo
she.epeolatry I am very curious as to how this will translate on HBO ( there‘s a show coming). This book was not at all about what was advertised and it didn‘t really address the multiple and unnecessary subplots. I would love to read a book about what the synopsis says this book is. If you find one, please share😭 (edited) 4mo
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Smrloomis @she.epeolatry I‘m also interested to see how the adaptation will come out. I‘m wondering if it might actually be a better version somehow. Let‘s see 🤔 4mo
Taylor @she.epeolatry What‘d you think it was going to be? I mean what‘d the synopsis say? I didn‘t read any synopsis, I just read it based on the cover lol. 2mo
Smrloomis @Taylor the cover is beautiful no doubt. But I thought we would spend more time with Stella and see more of how she thought about what she was doing. So I was somewhat disappointed. 2mo
Taylor @Smrloomis I see. 2mo
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Finished reading this ages ago and forgot to post a review. It‘s really good and even though I‘m not the target audience, I‘m still really glad it exists and hope many more people will read it.

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The Same Earth | Kei Miller
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I enjoyed this a lot but not quite as much as Augustown. I think both are good reads, but if I had to choose just one it would be Augustown over this one to be honest.

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Leaving Academia: A Practical Guide | Christopher L. Caterine
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Practical advice for anyone leaving academia and delivered with a reasonable tone. I appreciate that he states the facts but doesn‘t dwell too much on the crappiness of it. Highly recommended. I may need to read this again as I haven‘t worked through the points yet, but glad to have finished it so I could see the big picture so to speak.

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Really, really good. Highly recommended!

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This book is really excellent. I saw it recommended somewhere but now I can‘t remember where anymore. So glad I got to read it recently!

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This was ok but that‘s mostly because I want to read the series, not because it was crazy good. So fun enough to finish but not one that you absolutely have to get. Now on to book 3!

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This was practical and (mostly in a good way) spiritual. Kingma has very helpful things to say about loss and the potential for growth that accompanies it. She also has moving stories interspersed throughout of people who have made great change after or during times of immense pain. Definitely recommend it even though you can tell she‘s from California before she tells you (no offense to my lovely friends & family from there 😂).

WJCintron Beautiful!! 5mo
Smrloomis @WJCintron yeah I thought so too! 💕👏🏽 5mo
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“Who you are now is who you‘ve always been. You didn‘t wake up today as someone else. You are a single, talented, rare, unrepeatable human being.” 💕

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I‘ve just started reading this and so far it‘s good and constructive.

Blueberry I liked it. Gave it 4 of 5 ⭐ 5mo
Smrloomis @Blueberry awesome, glad to hear it! 5mo
kspenmoll Just the chapter titles are a great list of reminders to live by. 5mo
Smrloomis @kspenmoll very true! 5mo
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Oh that was a slog. I guess you could read this if you don‘t know anything about North Korea, but the author is so incredibly dense that I could barely finish. It took him forever to realize that the people around him were hungry and at the mercy of their leaders. He just came off as a real a-hole.

RaeLovesToRead I've been reading some of the reviews for this on Goodreads and some of the passages quoted are just... yikes 😬 If you want to read an excellent book on North Korea, I recommend Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick. It's a great work of journalism. (Also, In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park is well worth reading, but very upsetting.) 5mo
Smrloomis @RaeLovesToRead Thanks, I agree that Demick‘s book is fantastic and a very humane exploration of people‘s lives there. I‘ve read a few others from N Korea, but not In Order to Live, thanks for the suggestion. This book though… ugh. 5mo
RaeLovesToRead I definitely won't be reading this one! And I'm glad I saw your review because it's just the sort of thing that I'd pick up, so thanks. 5mo
Smrloomis @RaeLovesToRead I also thought the Great Successor was interesting if you haven‘t read it already. 5mo
RaeLovesToRead Stacked! 5mo
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Hmm, this seems like a heavy-handed opening but I‘m curious to see what this is like.