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Joined April 2018

Asian books are my jam, but I also catch up on contemporary Western fiction. Goodreads: jaymee13 🌙 IG: @literarytrips
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Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
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Tao Teh Ching by Lao Tzu
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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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Hard to rate: it's a love-hate relationship. It's like a pretentious piece of crap that worms its way to your heart; you wonder how it glides through the sappy parts, but it does. I like the losses, from the lover to the luggage, & I feel I'm gonna be thinking about the journeys though right now they feel lacking. Ironically I also had the same feeling with Less when he read Proust: I too felt cheated by the abruptness of the ending.

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On a Sunbeam | Tillie Walden
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Difficult to follow. By the middle, things started falling into place, then everything was rushed & the end was empty. Characters felt 2D, and the art leaves so much to be desired - most times I didn't understand what I was looking at. Shame, as this was about alternate universes. Even the characters were indistinguishable, in both their illustration and character development. Diversity was too forced and story was quite shallow. :(

2 out of 5 ⭐

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On a Sunbeam | Tillie Walden
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Sledgehammer money. 👍 You think the price you pay to change things gets more expensive the older you get, but really if you think about it the price is the same at any time. So it's always a good time to change, if need be. Been a while since I read a huge graphic novel. Saw this on the bookstore shelves and got interested. So far, it's ok, 200 pages in.

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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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Smart move that bookstores here have been selling classics at a low price; encourages one to finally pick up some on the list. Here's another much-adapted book. I enjoyed the spiral into madness a lot, but it left me wanting more of the house!!! 🏚 And its inhabitants.

I give this a strong 🧟‍♀️🧟‍♀️🧟‍♀️/5 😎

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Picnic at Hanging Rock | Joan Lindsay
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Watched the film version of Picnic at Hanging Rock and was quite underwhelmed. I'll be trying the Australian series that was made a few years back and hopefully that one's better!

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Picnic at Hanging Rock | Joan Lindsay
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I absolutely adored this book! My students always ask why they should read the classics when they already know the plot. This is the reason why. I was awestruck by the atmosphere and the language! It was a bit slow at the beginning after the girls went missing, but in the middle everything was just hurtling towards the dreadful end. One event after another and it was all so crazy. 5 lovely and sinister 🌟 for this book!

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I think I should give this one another chance! I bailed at the slow beginning, but if it picks up later . . . 3w
fleeting @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I almost did too! But it was so worth it. Just stick it out a little during the part after the girls go missing. 😎 3w
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Picnic at Hanging Rock | Joan Lindsay
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It's storming outside, and this just came in the mail. Right timing?

squirrelbrain I just finished this one - about to post a review soon! 1mo
fleeting @squirrelbrain perfect! Would love to hear what you think 1mo
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The French Girl | Lexie Elliott
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Very slow-paced and character-driven. Which I usually love, but I didn't really gain anything from this. I think the murdered French girl is just an excuse to let us in the mind of the protagonist who thinks of her college mates and the fateful summer they met Severine (murdered girl). No resolutions but the murderer is already given from the start. Nothing to solve here, just introspection and what-ifs. LOTS of legal stuff bec author is a lawyer.

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I enjoyed this quite so. A page-turner about what love means for people in different circumstances, ages, even places, and what happens when they collide -- and collapse. I liked the literary references a lot! This is about love in its toughest form; dazzling romance w/ a view of what could be, or the kind of love that helps you tough out loss and grief.

fleeting I think marketing this book and putting it together with those "small-town secrets unraveling, leading to an innocent death (usually a child's)" novels is a disservice to this book. It's far deeper, characters are more developed, not to mention the setting, though story was quickly tied up in the end and not totally believable. I give credit to the details that made up this book. 1mo
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The Beauty and the Beast | Gabrielle-Suzanna Barbot de Villenueve
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Happy heart.

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The Wife Between Us | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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WELL THAT WAS A WILD ROLLERCOASTER RIDE. Can't believe there wasn't anything wasted in this book; characters, places. Not a cerebral read but a nice, quiet night read. Thankful that it got me out of my reading slump! I think I wanna read the other book they wrote.

OnlyYoo Still salty about the dog tho 😂 but seriously tho, who does that?!?! 2mo
fleeting @OnlyYoo the dog was the only thing left open!!!! 2mo
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Monday's Child | Louise Bagshawe
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💫 Everything I Never Told You
💫 Frozen, what else? 😄
💫 Don't know why, but Fireflies by Owl City

Had fun with this #manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 🧖🏽‍♀️💙 (edited) 2mo
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The Wife Between Us | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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I know I said I'm done with crime books, but I picked this up at the secondhand bookshop, mildly curious, and decided to give it a try since I'm looking for light novels. Good thing I did, because this took me out of my reading slump. Fast read too; more than halfway and this is just my 2nd night reading it.

marleed I have to change up my genres. When I read too many of the same genre I start getting nit picking in a way that would be unbecoming if anyone in my real life gave a hoot what I read! 2mo
OnlyYoo I really enjoyed this book! The plot twist had me shook 2mo
fleeting @marleed I think I should learn that. Usually I just shift from heavy to light books and so forth, but I never really thought of genre changes! 2mo
fleeting @OnlyYoo I know! At first I was really confused like wait, what? I was reading about just...! And then it gets more twisty. I'm nearing the end and though I just find one thing that felt off, I'm quite liking it. 👌 2mo
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The Memory Police | Yoko Ogawa

Shelving this for now because I really can't get into it, a hundred pages in. The story is so slow, the main character's two-dimensional, the narration is flat, and the book isn't really making the story in any way believable. It's meant to be surreal, but it's impossible to even imagine. I think I've had it with these dystopian and crime novels. 😕 Don't want to mark it as DNF because I've never done that before. Maybe I'll return to it someday.

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George Orwell: Essays | George Orwell
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Today's mail. Orwell is one of my classic favorites; those who knew the brevity of words and how to craft a good piece, so unlike today's barrage of messages and mundanity in social media. I feel like the convenience of communication has made us forget proper writing; now that it's easy to get one's message across, we post everything without having to think of the precision of words. Not to mention the etiquette of communicating. 😔

Pruzy Everyone needs to write letters again 2mo
fleeting @Pruzy true; it's a lost art. 2mo
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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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There are 3 things here: 1920s Mexico, Xibalba, & Casiopea's quest. Of the 3, I found the first to be strongest. Rich in detail, it made me want for more. Xibalba didn't capture me as it became repetitive. The characters were 2D, & maybe it was bec of the attention to the context? Lastly, I think being in-between a YA & mature novel is what made this book suffer. It might be aiming for mature readers who don't read YA but I wish it just chose one.

fleeting Still recommended for a light read that gives you a nice taste of Mayan mythology. 2mo
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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Methinks she's reading the book while I'm gone.

Centique She‘s sooooo CUTE! 😍😍😍 2mo
fleeting @Centique ☺️ she's a pillow! 2mo
batsy Adorable floofer has some lit crit opinions coming up 😁😍 2mo
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The Memory Police | Yoko Ogawa
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Picked this from the store shelf because I've heard good things about it and it's always wonderful when you see a newly released (release date is actually still on the 15th) book on the shelves, plus I've read all of Ogawa's works. There's been a number of books on the topic of memory lately, Orwellian and sci-fi style (i.e. Recursion, which is still on my tbr pile).

charl08 Wow, I love the cover art. 2mo
fleeting @charl08 same! 2mo
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If this just stayed as a letter to the mother, painting a vivid portrait of the 3 of them- showing what the mother gave up so he can have the luxury he has, what the grandmother did to save her child in the war, circling back to being in Vietnam once more, but for the grandmother's funeral: I would've given this 10 stars. I know they're important issues but the middle part with the awkward bildungsroman & drug addiction could've been another book.

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Home Remedies | Xuan Juliana Wang
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Very decent collection. I liked most the 1st batch of stories under Family, and the story Echo of the Moment. Pretty memorable, and captures the "nowhere-ness" that's no longer ennui but just sheer emptiness; there's nothing to return to anymore, nothing worth looking for. I appreciate the brevity of the stories that made them less taxing to read. Few writers will be able to capture that absence in words. I'll be waiting for more of her works.

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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Not book themed, but a seek and find Tim Burton and his films is equally awesome for me. Despite my book buying ban, took a chance on Vuong and Gilbert, and most excited for the tagged book, which just came in the bookstore. Love it when I venture out (really been a homebody lately) and find everything I want/need.

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Couldn't help but compare this to Miracle Creek, but of course this is more sophomoric in terms of writing, but I kind of liked the rawness in this more. The plot is a bit off, but I appreciate the blurred lines between good and bad, between the punisher and punished, and the guilt, burden, and grief after a violent act. I only cared for the perspective of the daughter, not the father (a bit idiotic) or the mother (too dramatic).

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This was nice, mostly for the NY descriptions, including the mansion. Also the bit on loving the book & coming to live in that place - adding to the reader's suspension of disbelief in terms of plot. Imagine being paid to live where Konigsburg wrote "From the Mixed-up Files," or the museum itself. Still, some things were ludicrous, the first part was a bore, then the book went hurtling to its conclusion. I like the (undeveloped) backstory, though.

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The Ten Loves of Nishino | Hiromi Kawakami
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Didn't realize I owned 5 of Kawakami's books. I've read 4 and so far I think this is the one I like the most. As for the book itself, it's a bit melancholic, has a very light touch of the surreal, yet there's something lacking in the overall construction. Give it a try if you're into Japanese novels, or quirky, open-ended stories.

Megabooks I have recently decided I like Japanese novels, so thanks! 3mo
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The Ten Loves of Nishino | Hiromi Kawakami
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Just finished the first part and this is very Banana Yoshimoto. I normally hate it when Japanese novels (especially) are categorized under, or compared to, more known authors (the cover of this actually says Murakami and Ogawa), but I cannot resist anything that resembles Yoshimoto's earlier works. I love her writings' simplicity and quiet. This book came at just the write time.

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It took me a long time to finish this one, due in part to what's happened recently, and because this kind of just dragged for me. I didn't feel for the characters, I felt the story was overwritten (this has been an issue for me in a lot of the contemporary fics I've read), plus an exoticism by way of inserting a foreign culture (words) that doesn't really tie into (or is really integral to) the story. I feel like everyone enjoyed this except me 🙁

thereadingowlvina My current read. I like that it's written from different POV but the pace is soooooo slow 🐢🐢🐢 3mo
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Mourning Diary | Roland Barthes
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I lost my mom last week. I love this picture of her, because she looked so happy and free. I hope she's this happy again now. No more sufferings. It gives me comfort that there are many writers who have expressed their feelings, their pain, the newness of losing someone, through words. It helps a little, it takes off a little of the sting. Like a roadmap that guides you to being ok, despite the loss.

readingjedi So sorry for your loss. I lost my mum 28 years ago but she's with me now more than ever. 3mo
ShyBookOwl I'm so sorry. My thoughts are with you as you go through this. I'm glad you're finding some catharsis. 3mo
SamAnne What a beautiful photo. Losing a mother is so heartbreaking. My mom started her serious decline exactly a year ago. Died in August. I sold her house last week and will sign the final docs to close her estate this week. One of the hardest years of my life. Wishing you strength and support. 3mo
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CouronneDhiver Oh, my dear, I‘m so very sorry. The road gets less abrupt over time... give yourself lots of mercy to travel that journey in your own time. Prayers and hugs 🤗 3mo
Freespirit Sending hugs to you ❤️❤️ Mum's are so special. I still grieve for mine 4 years later. 3mo
TheSpineView So Sorry! Words are never enough, but I will keep you in my prayers. 3mo
rretzler So sorry to hear. 3mo
Lady_Tigana_20 I‘m so sorry for your loss. * big hug* 3mo
Eggs I am so sorry for your great loss and I do understand (((Hugs))) 3mo
batsy I am so very sorry for your loss 😔❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
Erofan Sorry for your loss 💕💕💕 3mo
fleeting @readingjedi so true. 😔 sometimes a person's absence highlights her presence all the more. Thank you so much for your nice words. 3mo
fleeting @ShyBookOwl thank you for your kind words, books are great to escape into during times like this. Especially of those who have been through the same. 3mo
fleeting @SamAnne I think I'm still in a daze over what happened, and I know that even decades later, there will always be that punch in the gut whenever I remember her. Hugs to you too. 3mo
fleeting @CouronneDhiver thank you so much for those beautiful and comforting words. 3mo
fleeting @Freespirit it never really goes away, right? 😔 I know that decades later, a memory of her will still knock the breath out of me. Hugs to you too. 3mo
fleeting @TheSpineView thank you so much for the kind gesture. 🙏 3mo
fleeting @rretzler @Lady_Tigana_20 @Eggs @batsy @Erofan hugs to all of you, thanks for the kind messages. 3mo
ShyBookOwl @fleeting Absolutely. Books can't fix it, but they can help you work through it all. 3mo
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The Things She's Seen | Ambelin Kwaymullina
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This one's unique. It started with a nice cozy mystery, but you realize the mystery is only the backdrop of the main story, which is about the aborigines. It also centers on a dead girl who's still around. It's a lesson on moving on and forgiveness, but never forgetting the important things. This also has an innovative style of writing. A bit overly sentimental and predictable, but a quick read. I'd say this is a good YA for class.

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Gumiho | Katherine Cho
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I love free totes, why don't we have more free totes?! I was to buy Gumiho (and they gave me that button/cap whatever I don't have any idea what it's for), and bought one more book just for the free tote with pin. Interestingly I seem to be drawn to the other book more than my intended buy.

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Man, this was a trip. Haven't read something I breezed through in a couple days! But I have so. many. questions!

Megabooks Love this book! 4mo
fleeting @Megabooks yessss it was so much fun! Thanks for psyching me up to read this right away 🤗 4mo
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For some reason I get intimidated with Korean lit. 😣 I've put off reading Pachinko, If You Leave Me, How I Became a North Korean, Familiar Things, and even Miracke Creek (which I am really aiming to read this month), plus more. Sure I've read some, but strangely enough I feel paralyzed when I'm about to pick one up. Any genres or areas that also make you feel that way? 😕

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Plum Rains | Andromeda Romano-Lax
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My June reads. Tagged book is perhaps my favorite, but I enjoyed Bangkok and Cusk's trilogy, too (I read the first book last month). I usually average at 6, so this was a good month for me. 🏖 I have one more month of vacation, so I'm curating my books for July!

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Kudos: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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There's a part where the narrator was talking to a woman who stumbled upon a church that caught on fire. It wasn't reconstructed, left black & charred. She saw people inside praying & was angry at them for the neglect. Until she saw the areas where the saints used to be, empty spaces w/c were illuminated by newly installed lights. "You see more in the empty space had it been filled with a statue." That, for me, is true worship. Loved this trilogy.

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My Enemy's Cherry Tree | Ting-Kuo Wang
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It's been a good book month. Excited for all these. Bottom is Ted Hughes' biography. Tagged book is a new find. 🖤

BarbaraBB Wow! 4mo
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Kudos: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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Reading the final book in the trilogy. I'm torn between Outline and Transit; I'm so confused which one I liked better! Let's see about this last one. Obviously this series has a particular type of audience. No plot, really; more of philosophical talks and... atmosphere? For me, this is a set which I'd like to reread years later, as I'm sure I'll find so much more then. That's the type of books these are. There's always something new to gain.

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Not very nice to start reading this in a hospital waiting room, no? 😂👻 saw this somewhere in the internet (here? IG?) so when I saw it at a bookstore I passed by on my way home, I got it. Has anyone read this? 🖐

Puredragonstar I loved it!!! It‘s a great story, very campy! ❤️ 4mo
fleeting @Puredragonstar yay!!! Now I'm really excited to read it! 😄🖤🖤🖤 4mo
Megabooks Loved it!! 4mo
fleeting @Megabooks yesss! Another point for it! 😄🖤 4mo
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My Lovely Wife | Samantha Downing
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Impulse buy I regret. Rushed & unedited. The short chapters w/ the surprise ending were annoying, story was taking forever to develop, & I congratulate the writer for resolving nearly 400 pages in about 5 (but hey, Higashino did it with his 1st novel & it worked). Example of many irritating things: dinner of chicken noodle soup & they had to transfer their PLATES to the couch to watch a movie. "Gone Girl" gone bad, & I didn't even like that book.

readingjedi Ugh. Inattention to small details like that really bugs me. 4mo
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Tea Lover's Treasury | James Norwood Pratt
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Found this while browsing in a shop. Lovely facts, trivia and history, plus an explanation of the different tea around the world. 🍵 And with an introduction by none other than the lovely M.F.K. Fisher herself.

BookBabe Nice! 4mo
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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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Quite underwhelming. Sure, I liked the journey, I was thrilled at an Experiential Archaeology course, I loved the topic on bog bodies as I study mummies myself, and I did appreciate the sexuality and authority issues, but the characterization seemed a bit flat and the 'crescendo' (literally and figuratively) sounded disjointed and empty. A novella to pass the time. Rating: 💀💀½/5

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Plum Rains | Andromeda Romano-Lax
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The synopsis doesn't do this justice: gender roles, women's rights, aborigines & cyborgs; decimated pasts, uncertain futures. The cost of a human life during war, repeated w/ different players but same outcomes. You meet an indigenous group in Taiwan, a Japan struggling w/ infertility, Philippine OFWs, a glimpse of broken Alaska w/ a promise in exchange for your life. But what else can be traded for, except your own life?

fleeting Humans and their constant battle with AI: convenient, or will they take over? How much do we sacrifice for modernity, how much humanity is lost? But in Hiro, whose steel body acquires feeling, we see how he becomes more human than desensitized people raised in violence & savagery, whether urban dwellers or aborigines. I have to admit I almost gave up on this at the start. Don't; you'll be rewarded sufficiently. Near-perfect. 4mo
batsy Aaaand stacked! 😊 I'd never heard of this; sounds so interesting. 4mo
fleeting @batsy you know I just stumbled upon this at the bookstore and took a chance (v rare for me). I was intrigued at the premise and wow did I get more than what was written in the synopsis. I hope you like it; full review's up in goodreads if you're interested! ☺️ 4mo
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Plum Rains | Andromeda Romano-Lax
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The end of May signals the start of the rainy season in my corner of the world, but it's June and the rain's just trickling in. Here's a stack instead featuring it in their titles, because I just finished 'Bangkok' and am now reading 'Plum Rains.' Luckily I have a couple, so this stack is bookended by rainbows, because who doesn't look for the rainbow after a shower? Lovely that they're all set in Asia (mostly Japan!), except for Villaseñor's.

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Been meaning to read this for a long time now, and I'm glad I stumbled upon it at the secondhand bookshop. I admire people who can find the humanity in the harrowing work that they do, especially during times when violence and war are all that surround you. Why can't we learn from all the past wars and genocides and harm that we (continue to) inflict upon each other?

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I love this find! It's about V Woolf and how she treated her low class, aged, service women who kept Woolf's life tidy, even making her cup of tea (which she was unable to do herself). Interesting to read especially from a writer who wrote about having a "room of one's own"!

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Hey! First time to see a BotM copy floating around a secondhand bookshop. And a title I've been meaning to read, too! 💊💊💊

marleed I have two BOTM thrift store finds and can‘t help but to wonder their story when I see that label! 4mo
suzisteffen Ohhhh I enjoyed this book very much. Hope you do too? (edited) 4mo
fleeting @marleed true! I think even if I didn't like the book all that much I'd still like to have it around because it looks pretty with the others! 🙈 4mo
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fleeting @suzisteffen it's had a lot of good reviews, and I'm glad you're one of those who liked it! Hoping to get to it soon! 😊 4mo
suzisteffen @fleeting Yes, very mixed reviews but I was definitely on the five-star side. 😂 4mo
Eggs Loved this book 4mo
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Transit: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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Like Outline, but somehow more quiet? I still liked it a lot, and feeling both excited and saddened to reach the last of the trilogy, as happy things about to end are wont to be.

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The Farm: A Novel | Joanne Ramos
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Giving this a hesitant middle rating because it felt like the epitome of a cliché. It kept me reading all the way until very near the end, when it suddenly lost momentum and died. Things, ideas, issues felt shoved down my throat instead of being portrayed in the novel (which is quite strange as the novel was very imaginable), and this seems like a case of over eagerness in expressing too many ideas all at once.

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The Farm: A Novel | Joanne Ramos
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So far, so good, except for a few annoying Filipino words they got wrong again (misspelled. For the life of me, I don't know what's wrong with these editors)! I like this ad a lot, lol.

Mariposa_Bookworm Despite that I am a huge Carolina fan (GO HEELS!!), this ad makes the book even more intriguing. 4mo
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Bangkok Wakes to Rain | Pitchaya Sudbanthad
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A letter from, and to, Bangkok. Sweeping & lyrical but also incredibly quiet, as if you're underwater, hearing only dull echoes above. It revolves around a city & a house that fell into ruins, w/ only a semblance of the people who (used to) live there; they're projected, forgotten & remembered again, but from a distance.

Love this: "I wish I had a better explanation, but I think that maybe yes, they do, even when we don't. Places remember us."

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Bangkok Wakes to Rain | Pitchaya Sudbanthad
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My completely unrealistic vacation line-up. Even planning to add the 2 Rachel Cusk that completes the trilogy, and Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem trilogy. At this point my vacation should last until the end of the year, at least. And hey, this is already trimmed down from 35 books originally. 😂 Don't judge, you know we all have the same problems. Now reading Bangkok so that's one off, already thinking of what should be next. Any suggestions?

TheNerdyProfessor Miracle Creek was one of my favorite books this year! Also, I just picked up The Farm too. 5mo
Freespirit Some great books there! 5mo
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