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conny

conny

Joined March 2018

I‘m all booked.
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The Ten Loves of Nishino by Hiromi Kawakami
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Inhabitation by Teru Miyamoto
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Things are disappearing and also from people‘s memories. If we have no memories left, then what is left of us?

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An Orchestra of Minorities | Chigozie Obioma
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This book reminds me that we all have our share of hardships. We need to harbor kindness & foster love to each other—especially in the recent wake of terror & violence around the world. I hope we can open our hearts & help lessen suffering for each other & seek change for the better.

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My book club pick for this month is a classic locked-room mystery. It was a little creepy & bizarre though. Nothing seemed to make sense but quite a thrilling read nonetheless.

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Somehow, Crystal | Yasuo Tanaka
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I love books with a soundtrack, much like Murakami works. This feels like one of his works too—with carefree existentialism and longing.

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The Fox and Dr. Shimamura | Christine Wunnicke
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I like the author‘s jab at the misogyny in the book. Dr. Shimamura investigates an epidemic of “fox-possessed” women in Japan and later in Europe of “hysterical” women.

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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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“Something that is loved is never lost.”

May you rest in peace.

Cathythoughts Beautiful quote ♥️ 2w
Bibliogeekery 💔♥️ 2w
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There are no quotation marks in the book, which REALLY peeved me. But the book was great! It was so quintessentially New York; it really is dreary here. 🙃

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“I have a weekly book club, a regular movie night, a dedicated physical wellness practice at least one night a week, a cat ... I am living the dream.”

Yup, Nina Hill was living the dream.

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I love this so much my heart hurts. These are the unspoken words I wish I would have enough courage to say to my mother. Cảm ơn.

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There was a Chinese saying I learned while studying the language that resonated to me while reading this: 水火无情. “Fire and water knows no mercy.”

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Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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A study on three women and their love lives. This isn‘t a simple romance fiction, although it felt like one because of its flowery prose. Instead, it‘s finding their worth from their raw and difficult romantic relationships.

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“They say the pleasures you taste first in middle age are like rain that starts later in the day.”

Such elegance in this book!

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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“The capacity to suffer. Elwood—all the Nickel boys—existed in the capacity. Breathed in it, ate in it, dreamed in it. That was their lives now. Otherwise they would have perished. The bearings, the rapes, the unrelenting winnowing of themselves. They endured. But to love those who would have destroyed them? To make that leap?”

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The Nine Cloud Dream | Kim Man-Jung
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A very reminiscent book to The Tale of Genji but with a lot less flowers & waka. This author wanted the book to set an example on good character, virtue and karma based on early East Asian religions and philosophies.

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Cult X | Fuminori Nakamura
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About 75% in and this isn‘t just a crime thriller as I had expected. We delved on some really interesting concepts in astrophysics, psychology, and religion that got me really thinking.

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Star | Yukio Mishima
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“I was their model and their aspirations, the mold that gave them shape. [...] Once a mold has finished casting its share of copies, it cools and becomes deformed and useless.”

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Underground | Haruki Murakami
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I thought I should get perspective about the book subject here before tackling my next book, which also about the 1995 Tokyo subway gas terrorist attack. Coincidentally, this is also my book club read for this month.

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I felt so powerful when I picked this up from the library and walked around with it on route back home. We can break stigmas against menstruation, one slow step into attacking gender inequality.

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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“There are so few things in our existence we can count on to give us the sense of permanence, of the ground beneath our feet. People fail us. Our bodies fail us. We fail ourselves. He's experienced all of that. But what do you cling to, moment to moment, if memories can simply change. What, then, is real? And if the answer is nothing, where does that leave us?”

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I was reminded by a quote by Mao Zedong that I really love while reading this: “Women hold up half the sky.”

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The final line of one chapter is ”Just be. Just beach.”

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Summer | Karl Ove Knausgaard
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I experienced summer through this book because I‘d rather so. I dread summer; It‘s so difficult to deal with the humidity, the heat, and the mosquitoes!

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Home Remedies | Xuan Juliana Wang
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This felt like nostalgia, like home. It was heartwarming and comforting.