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TalesandTexts

TalesandTexts

Joined May 2016

Bibliophile, oracle reader, wildlife lover and coffee & beer aficionado. My Blog: https://storiessowild.blogspot.com/
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Ponniyin Selvan: The Son of Ponni by Kalki Krishnamurthy
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Queering the Tarot by Cassandra Snow
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Mahabharata by Bibek Debroy
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Nana by Emile Zola
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Jane Eyre was on my wishlist for a long time. Glad that I waited to listen to this narration. Thandiwe Newton is brilliant - bringing the characters and the slow narrative to life.

Funnily, I read Wide Sargasso Sea before I listened to Jane Eyre. But, the competing narratives really offered a very well rounded experience. Recommend.

As an Indian it felt strange and frustrating listening to them romanticise colonisation and forced conversions.

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Starting December 2022, I‘m planning to dive into the smaller books I have in my Ancient Indian, Sanskrit, Pali and Prakrit Classics.

I love reading classics and mythology of any country. But it‘s something all the more special when these works belong to your own.

I can‘t wait to partake of the imagination and creativity of my ancestors. December, here I come! 🥰🎉🥂

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Is tarot like crochet?

According to Pessoa, his mental and literary activities are. And to me, tarot does fall into that category.

We pull cards everyday. Do spreads. Dive deep. Psychoanalyse. But for what?

It does sometimes feel like a “stitch on stitch forming a whole without a whole”. We find our messages, but how do we use them?

Do we just read the cards? Or feel for ourselves deeply and move on? Or, do we use them to really live?

AkashaVampie Love the art on the Tarot. What pack is that? My son collects tarot decks. Would love to get this one for him. 1w
TalesandTexts @AkashaVampie this is the Wild Unknown Tarot deck. All of their tarot and oracle decks have incredible imagery. You get this in both full size and pocket edition. :) 1w
AkashaVampie @TalesandTexts thanks sweetie. I will check it out. 1w
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New journals are always fun to bring home. I‘m currently enjoying exploring journal prompts that I find (and feel called to) on different social platforms.

It feels so glorious, taking someone else‘s train of thought and weaving our own little stories into the collective tapestry.

My journaling sessions post-meditation are particularly cathartic.

Does anyone else enjoy journaling? What does your journaling session look like? 😌

slategreyskies Oh, I like your journal! And yes, I journal too. I find that prompts really help, because sometimes I don‘t know what to write about. Journaling prompts give me a focus for my writing. 🥰 3w
TalesandTexts @slategreyskies thank you 😊 . Yes i agree. They help me focus my thoughts too. 😃 3w
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Kintu | Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
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Kintu trace the lives of different people who are connected by a single clan. All characters come together to reckon with a centuries long curse that plagues them.

But what is the curse? A malevolent energy intent on wrecking their lives? Or a far more sinister reality that no one wants to acknowledge?

This book beautifully showcases Ugandan culture and African beliefs. The narrator has done a phenomenal job with authentic pronunciation.

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The Dance Tree | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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Inspired by this book, i got myself a bottle of Arka Mead. Enjoying this on the lovely event of Diwali. A very wonderful festival of lights, love and laughter to all of you! 😄🥰🥳

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A Wild Sheep Chase: A Novel | Haruki Murakami
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A Wild Sheep Chase was my first Murakami listen. I had read Kafka On The Shore before and found that listening to Murakami was significantly better.

This book was quite hilarious. Some parts were a little ramble-y, as is Murakami‘s style. But overall, this book was very funny and entertaining.

The narrator, David, has done a fine job and brings the protagonist to life in all his disenchanted stupor. 😄

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Ponniyin Selvan: The Son of Ponni | Kalki Krishnamurthy
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Morning well spent with a cup of steaming filter coffee and the exciting characters from Ponniyin Selvan. 😌

Having read historical fiction from other countries and even Northern India, I felt it was high time to come back to my roots - to Southern India.

And what a fun journey its been so far! I‘m still on Volume 1 and there are two more to go. Can‘t wait to experience this epic journey through the books, before the movie comes out.

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Interested in exploring books on world religions and indigenous cultures? I‘ve compiled a list of 59 books spanning across 16 religions, in my new video - https://youtu.be/4VwZzvmuNig

Check it out to see the first set of books I recommend if anyone is interested in learning about global religions and indigenous belief systems.

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The Overstory | Richard Powers
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While I agree that we need more books about conservation and climate advocacy, there were such strong underlying themes of racism and indigenous exclusionary behaviour in the book, that I just could not get behind it.

You can watch my video review here, where I discuss the problems I have with The Overstory and why we need to become more vocal about these issues - https://youtu.be/XMlg9Bjuw70

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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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A very compelling book tracing the Holocaust‘s impact on France and the bravery of the women who gave up everything to save hundreds of innocent lives. A must listen.

Kristen is a genius writer and Polly is a phenomenal performer. :)

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I absolutely loved this book told from a cat‘s perspective. So tender and tinted with both joy and sorrow.

There was a part of the story that I did feel was unnecessary. But overall, it doesn‘t detract from the book.

The narration was amazing! One of the best on Audible. A definite must-listen for everyone. In fact, I say listen to the book rather than read.

If you‘re a cat lover, this will really touch your heart and warm your soul.

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“Choice” by Jodi Picoult is a compelling listen, that flips the gender narrative of today‘s world.

Its a world set against the (overturned) Roe v. Wade legal environment, where cis-het men get pregnant and experience what it feels like to be a pregnant woman in a world designed by men and for men.

I think everyone should listen to this Audible Original title. Especially the men - and particularly, ALL CIS-HET MEN.

Its 38 mins long.

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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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I can‘t even begin to express how absolutely spectacular this book was.

A very moving and heartbreaking story, coupled with a magnificent, all-cast performance. You HAVE to listen to this book.

No, don‘t read it. LISTEN.

You‘ll be missing out on something very special if you don‘t.

(T.W of abuse and assault)

P.S: They‘ve put out a podcast called The Girls: Finding Sadie on Apple Podcast.

Watch review on https://youtu.be/jmfZizKKaS4

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The Dance Tree | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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What a wonderful book! It is a fictional account surrounding the real Dance Plague of 1518. The book explores the myriad facets of love and grief. It also very sensitively handles important themes like LGBTQIA+ love, immigration and pregnancy loss. I highly recommend this book. The descriptions were so lush and you acutely feel for the characters. The narration was superb!

Watch review on: https://youtu.be/f026n-ezFjs

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Nana | Emile Zola
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Spending time with Nana, immersing myself in her exciting life, along with my friend, dear Ms. Vodka.

Aren‘t cocktails and chronicles of interesting characters the very best combination?🥂

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A very interesting and comprehensive perspective into the lives of the Sackler family; and their role as manufacturers and marketers of Opioids, which contributed to the horrible opioid crisis in the US.

The research is extensive. The author has done a fabulous job at narrating the book.

Some sections do feel a little repetitive and I do feel the book would have been even better if it was a little tighter.

But overall, a good book.

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This was a really interesting book, told from the perspectives of women from the Dalit tribes and other “lower” castes.

The Mahabharata is considered a Dharmayuddha - a war of righteousness.

But who is the war being righteous to - the kings who will benefit from the wealth and land and women they earn as victors; or the poor soldiers and farmers forced to participate in the war by their overlords; or the widows and orphans they leave behind?

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I normally don‘t talk about oracle deck guide books. But if you enjoy using these spiritual tools, you should get these decks to reward the reader in you -

The Amenti Oracle
The Heart Path Oracle
The Wild Unknown Archetypes Oracle

Each book is rich with information & beautifully written. They share facts, offer helpful tips on mindful living & make you think about your role in the world. I absolutely love them.

Do you have these decks/books?

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This book reads like the author‘s personal diary & not really a “resource” on the wheel of the year. The chapters feel like they‘re musings & thoughts just pinned together to make a book. Like a “pinterest board” as an analogy the author uses in the book. While it was interesting to read how the author practices, this book didn‘t teach much. I wouldn‘t recommend it to a beginner. It‘s only skim-worthy to get ideas on personalising the wheel.

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Using humour, personal anecdotes & technical information from the American funeral industry, the author helps us get acquainted & comfortable with death.

It is these humorous, LOL anecdotes, that make us feel silly for being afraid of death, while also feeling awkward for laughing about something taboo & serious.

The narration by the author is really good. Not at all grim reaper-like, as the popular narratives have told us, morticians are.

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A very happy world book day to all of you! 💚🌸

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How We Disappeared | Jing-Jing Lee
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This book explores two timelines and narratives - one during the Japanese occupation of Singapore and another a few decades after it.

I think books like these are really important for humanity to retain its horrifying history.

While the work could have been shorter by a few chapters, overall it was illuminating. The two narrators deserve a standing ovation for their commitment to bringing this book to life.

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Untilted | Autechre
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Just downloaded StoryGraph and love that they have a reading personality tracker.

I uploaded a handful of books from this year and already my reading personality shows that I am a reader who loves to reflect.

It‘s one thing to unconsciously know this, another to see your preferences being captured so vividly in a graph.

Is anyone else on StoryGraph? What has your experience been like?

wanderinglynn I love the graphs. The selection of moods when reviewing a book don‘t always work for me. Overall I like using StoryGraph. 8mo
TalesandTexts Thanks @wanderinglynn I‘m still exploring their features. I find it a tad difficult to use - some of the features are not easily findable. But overall, it seems like a good app. 8mo
wanderinglynn I find the web version easier to use than the app. 8mo
TalesandTexts @wanderinglynn thank you! I will check that out. The app is hard. 😄 8mo
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Metamorphosis | Franz Kafka
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What a phenomenal book. Comedic and heartbreaking. Such a compelling listen. Plus, it gives you so much to think about - and makes you empathise with insects too!

The narrator has done a wonderful job. This book is free in the Audible Plus catalogue (in case anyone is interested in listening to it).

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Children of Ruin | Adrian Tchaikovsky
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As you listen to the book, your understanding of the title changes. Ruin takes on new shapes and you‘re left with a sense of awe.

Both the books are a mirror to today‘s (real) society and the story makes you think about our actions.

Adrian is a genius and the narrator has done a fabulous job. If you are new to sci-fi like me and want to dip your toes into this genre, then choose this series.

You won‘t regret it. You‘ll go on an adventure.

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“Orphaned” by SL Bhyrappa is an Indian novel written in Kannada. It explores the philosophical & practical issues around humanity‘s relationship with animals - especially cows.

The cow is sacred to Hindus and is divine. But outside Hinduism, the cow takes a utilitarian perspective. The book explores which ideology is right - should animals be treated as tools meant for human consumption or should they be accorded greater respect and love?

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Children of Time | Adrian Tchaikovsky
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This is my first sci-fi genre book ever, and I enjoyed it tremendously. 😄

It talks of a time when the Earth is no more and humanity searches for a new home. The book explores so many incredible themes such as genocide, racism, sexism, cultural misinformation and greed.

I loved the ending - what a spectacular alternative to reality. Definitely recommend this book if you‘re starting out with science fiction.

Children of Ruin - here I come 😃

majkia Welcome to sci fi! So glad your first experience was with a great book :) 10mo
TalesandTexts @majkia Thank you! 😊 10mo
annahenke Oh I love a good sci fi but haven‘t read this - stacking! 9mo
TalesandTexts @annahenke I‘ve also started listening to Children of Ruin, the sequel to this book and its just as good. 9mo
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This is a complete translation of the Critical Edition of the Valmiki Ramayana. Beautifully done and its stayed true to the source material 100%. Including the mistakes & tone changes in the source. That was very nice.

Lots of notes in this one - from word meanings to sanskrit synonyms to explanation of Hindu philosophical tenets.

Pick this book up only if you have good knowledge about the Ramayana. It goes very in-depth and can be a tad dry.

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HIDDEN VALLEY ROAD. | ROBERT. KOLKER
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Such a heartbreaking book about a family with Schizophrenia. Their daily struggles, their contribution to scientific research & humanity‘s seemingly never ending challenge to find a reason & a cure for this dangerous condition.

The book has been very empathetically written. You feel acutely for the Galvins. It reminded me how so many of us take our cognition, speech, movement & freedom for granted. When in fact, they‘re our greatest blessings.

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The Mountains Sing | Nguyen Phan Que Mai
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A really nice insight into the Vietnam war from the Vietnamese perspective. Loved the Vietnamese pronunciation of the phrases and songs. It was very authentic. Describes generational trauma and the power of forgiveness.

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(Book is Not on Litsy)

It‘s an interpretation of the Ramayana & narrates the epic from the POV of five minor female characters who are important to the epic, but seldom given any page space.

The book was good, but it won‘t blow your socks off. Its unique perspective was refreshing in an epic that has been hugely male centric.

Narration was fine & authentic since the narrator could pronounce Indian names perfectly.

Easy, one time listen.

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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A story of loss and love set in Alaska, this book was very well written. While some of the storylines are predictable, there‘s never a dull moment. You‘ll be invested in the characters from the get go.

The author has captured Alaska‘s wildness, her imperviousness & also her love & tenderness very well. I won‘t be surprised if someone went to Alaska to find their own adventure after reading this book.

Julia Whelan‘s narration was spectacular.

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Latitudes of Longing | Shubhangi Swarup
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I get why people like this book. The author has done a tremendous amount of research for the scientific portions of this book.

But, that scientific information started to feel like the author was showing off how much knowledge they had.

It felt as though the characters & fictional tales were created as an afterthought. Somewhere mid way, the author decided to make a non fiction book into fiction.

Suffice to say the book did not read well.

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Thank you @Eggs for the tag. A very happy autumnal Equinox to you & everyone reading this post 💚. For this season, I‘ve chosen to work with the archetype of The Empress & her nurturing energy. To harvest the generosity we have received this year, despite being in the clutches of a pandemic.

In light of this, we need to be cognisant of how we live our life. We must make Choices which are in our highest good so we don‘t squander this generosity.

Eggs Agreed!! 1y
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Opium and Absinthe | Lydia Kang
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Opium & Absinthe was a fun one time listen - compelling enough to keep me engaged, but not particularly breathtaking in its scope. The story was a tad predictable.

But, the book brilliantly captured society‘s addiction to drugs & their consequences - especially at a time when they were peddled as medicine by doctors.

Narration was not great since the narrator tended to drop & mix accents a lot. Plus they did not have a great vocal range.

julesG Listening to it right now and agree with your review. The narrator could have done much better. 3mo
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Oh my god!! Like WTF??!! This book was EPIC!

This book has to be one of the most inventive books I‘ve ever read. Even if you think you know what‘s happened, you‘ll always find yourself surprised by the way the story has been written, by the way people are represented and by the way truth and lie intertwine in a hypnotic dance.

Absolute loved this book. Very well written and narration was fabulous too. I highly recommend this work to everyone!

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I‘m a pretty open minded practitioner. I try not to pass judgement because each practice is sacred - but, the way Sophie has written this book is gag inducing.

Sophie tries hard to sound young, hip & woke & sprinkles curse words in every page. Plus, there are a few dangerous recommendations in there that can seriously hurt someone.

The only thing respectable here were the two tables with information about different sexualities & preferences.

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A Thousand Ships | Natalie Haynes
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I really enjoyed this book. It was refreshing to hear from the women who normally are sidelined (if they‘re lucky enough to be mentioned in there in the first place) in the original epic - to know how they feel, hear their intimate thoughts & explore their personalities.

The only person I found annoying was Penelope, who was very whiny.

Apart from the book itself, the afterword was really enjoyable and a delight to read. 100% pick!

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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I honestly didn't know this belonged to the horror genre & was pleasantly surprised when I realised this midway through the book.

The author has an atmospheric writing style, which I am sure will be very cinematic (can't wait to see the Hulu series).

The first half felt a tad drawn out and I was a bit bored. The book really picks up in the second half and it's hugely entertaining.

Narration was alright. The narrator has a monotonous accent.

Johanna414 I had to switch from the audiobook to a paper copy with this one. Did not care for the narration, but loved the story! 1y
TalesandTexts @Johanna414 yes, the narration was not great. I wonder why the narrator opted for such a clipped and absolutely strange way of reading. It did not create the atmosphere that was necessary for the book. 1y
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Such a glorious book, with so many beautiful and wonderful ways to honour the sacred power of Mother Nature.

I found that I have already been practicing many of these techniques as part of my dominant spiritual practice.

This book felt like coming home to an old friend whose love of Mother Earth equals my own.

A wonderful and must have book for anyone looking to connect with Mother Earth in an organic, healing and holistic way.

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This book is a treasure trove of Hekate research from an anthropological and architectural view.

The author has done tremendous research & provided so many diagrams & photographs of ancient sites & artifacts. So it gets 5/5 for research.

BUT, there are so many spelling & grammar mistakes throughout the book, which is very jarring.

If you can get past the readability issues, this is a good work. It does not cover Hekate myths or Greek myths.

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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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This was a fun book. The writing is humorous in parts and reflective in the others. The banter between characters was really enjoyable.

The author kept up the mystery well and although it's not a life changing book, it's good enough to entertain you.

The last one hour of the book felt a little drawn out. But it doesn't hamper the reading experience.

Julia Stevenson's narration brought the characters to life. Makes for a good one time listen.

SilversReviews I enjoyed this book too. 1y
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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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This was a fun listen. I truly admire Vivian's zest for life and her ownership of her own agency. It's very rare that we see characters be so unapologetically themselves and it's quite refreshing.

The book is light and breezy in the first half, while briefly serious in the second. But there's nothing too serious ever and that's the point. Vivian's life is anything but serious and you'll never be bored with City of Girls. 🙂

Narration was great.

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This is a very unique book. It very wonderfully portrays what may happen when we try to take the easy way out - when we go in search of the greener grass on the other side.

Characterization is great and the narration is spectacular. I really do recommend the book.

But the author has dropped really big names of artists, musicians, royalty and authors and displayed them in a really disrepectful light. This is one thing that I did not appreciate.

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@Eggs Better late than never. Here's the quote you tagged me for:

Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A 'you can do it' when things are tough.

Richard M. DeVos

Eggs Nicely done ✅ 2y
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I really enjoyed this book. It's description of Chinese courtesan houses and how virgin courtesans were trained, were particularly interesting.

But what I enjoyed the most was the culture of wooing, jealous rivalries and lifelong sisterhood - it touched my heart.

The audible narration is done by three narrators and they were great.

In all, this book has it all - drama, action, suspense, sex and tears. What more can you ask for?

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Yay! It's here. Can't wait to dig in! More tarot books to come my way! 🙂🎉

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The Phantom of the Opera | Gaston Leroux
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Funny in parts, scientific in others and a bit confused overall, this book was a mixed bag, but in a good way. I wouldn't put it in the list of must-read classics, but it was entertaining to learn so much about the Paris Opera House. If there's one thing I do find commendable, it's Leroux's ability to set the scene. And I felt really sorry for Erik - why do classic writers always give their most inspired characters the shorter end of the stick?

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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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 2y
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