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Joined April 2018

Asian books are my jam, but I also catch up on contemporary fiction. 🌟 Goodreads: jaymee13
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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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A bit apprehensive because of all the hype. Just at the beginning and I'm not a fan of the way of narration. 😕

BarbaraBB Great pic though 😇 17h
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Maybe this could have been a novel, polished better as Plath grew older, but this is a story written while she was young and never got developed, so I think that should be factored in to the rating. Mostly for Plath fans who just want to get their hands on more of her works, but still recommended for those who would like a quick read that leaves a lot of questions (which I also understand is "a lot to be desired" for others).

Severnmeadows Never heard of this one! 24h
fleeting @Severnmeadows it's fairly new; a recently-discovered short story of hers. 😊 20h
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The Sad Part Was | Prabda Yoon
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This evoked a nostalgic feel as the author & translator were from the same decade as I am, based on the translator's notes. In fact, I think I learned a lot from those 2 pages; the impossibility of the translation & their background. Though I grew up in another country, I'd like to think the experience isn't too different. Some of the stories showed flashes of brilliance, while others fell a bit flat. I'd recommend, albeit to a particular audience

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Malice: A Mystery | Keigo Higashino
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Still good, but so far my least favorite of his works. I have 2 left to read: the latest translated one (Newcomer, which also features the same detective as the one in this book), and the big stand-alone novel, Journey under the Midnight Sun, which has been lauded by many. Been a while since I followed/tracked an author's works!

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Malice: A Mystery | Keigo Higashino
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I'm reading another Higashino, completely caught up in it, and when I look up... 😂 When you realize they're big already... Constanze is not a baby anymore.

Higashino always takes me out of a reading slump but so far, despite this being a nice flow, it's my least favorite. But who knows, I'm just halfway through. 🤔

BookNAround Adorable pup. 7d
BarbaraBB Higashino ❤️ 7d
batsy Aww 😍 6d
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Ms Ice Sandwich | Mieko Kawakami
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I like the protagonist, story felt promising, but ultimately empty. There were many interesting parts but nothing felt developed. I'm not sure making it longer would've done it; it just felt abandoned (though the ending was satisfactory, so it's the details that really aren't worked out). It could've been a charming story of an adolescent trying to make sense of his world w/o a guide, but I felt so many things were withheld (& not metaphorically)

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The Sad Part Was | Prabda Yoon
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My first (I think?) Thai book. 📍

saresmoore I love this cover. I‘ll be interested in your thoughts on the book! 1w
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Outline | Rachel Cusk
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I greatly enjoyed this book. It's a book of meandering thoughts; no plot to speak of, but I love how fluid it was and how it took me from one place, one character, one story to another. I understand how this book isn't for everyone, and how each person will read it differently. I'll continue on with the next books in the trilogy.

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Ms Ice Sandwich | Mieko Kawakami
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What a great way to start the weekend: bookmail with a Japanese and Thai book. Have a good one, folks!

batsy I have the Yoon on my shelf! And I adore those Pushkin covers. Have a blissful reading weekend 😍 2w
fleeting @batsy thank you, same to you!! I do have the intention of completing these cute Pushkin books one day; I've got 2 and I hope they'll be good enough to keep me buying the rest! 😊 2w
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Outline: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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On to this; mixed reviews so let's see where I fall. Should I order the next books now? I'm trying to practice self control by not doing so. I think I ought to see first if I like this one.

mrozzz You‘ll probably want the other books 😉 I‘ve only read this one so far though I have the other 2 waiting for me 2w
fleeting @mrozzz oh no okay I'm buying I'm buying 😂 2w
mrozzz 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻 2w
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It was a very slow start for me but I ended up enjoying it a lot towards the end. Looking forward to reading its companion book. 🐷🐷🐷🐷/5

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Someone save me from myself, please. Bookstore sale + bookstore hopping = grubby hands getting all I want. At this point, my tbr books will last me until my next 4 reincarnations.

BoleyBooks I feel this so deep in my DNA 🧬 Hugs! 🤗 3w
BarbaraBB 😍 3w
batsy But what a haul! 😆💖 3w
Tonton Great haul😎 7d
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The Latecomer | Dimitri Verhulst
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So far from Wednesday, but still! 😂
1. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
2. The Bell Jar
3. Goodreads. I buy those list pads but I keep failing.
4. Here's a lovely charcoal yogurt I had the other day! Topped with spiced cookie sauce and with kiwis and mango fruits 😋
#wondrouswednesday @eggs
Thanks for the tag, @batsy

Eggs Oh yes From the MU Files of mrs basil e frankweiler-that book is comforting to me. Have read it many times. Thanks for joining in 🤗💗 3w
batsy Love those two books and mmm spiced cookie sauce! At the Llao Llao chain here my favourite is the similar sounding cookie sauce. 3w
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Who Is Frances Rain? | Margaret Buffie
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So I passed by the thrift store and got these 3 just for kicks. Three teen horror titles to pass the time. ? Also, these have quite good reviews, especially the tagged one, which is the "original" title of the one in the picture, "The Haunting of Frances Rain."

DivineDiana The covers!!! 😂 3w
fleeting @DivineDiana I know!!! So retro! 🤣 One even has that page at the back where you tick the titles you want and mail it to them! 😄😄😄 3w
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Helllpp, I can't seem to get into this book. 😔 I'm nearly 100 pages in and though I find the lines real witty and funny, it's just not doing it for me. I had to pick up a B&V jumbo comics (😍) as a breather. I caved in already and bought The Lady's Guide (in hardcover, too) bec the premise really appealed to me, so I'm hoping that one's better than this. 😖

Centique I have those moments too! Sometimes it‘s just not the right time and you can put it down for a while - sometimes it‘s not ever going to be right for you. But Betty and Veronica is Always Wonderful! 😊 3w
fleeting @Centique sometimes I feel like if I abandon them, I'll never get back to them. 😅 So I try to continue! But yeah there are times when I just give up and donate/give the book away. 😕 And yes, I always buy these B&V collections! 😃🤗 3w
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Streets of Manila | Luning B. Ira
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I've thought about this a lot bec almost 10 yrs ago I lost almost all of my books during a great flood (yes, sounds Biblical I know). So I know it has to be irreplaceable. Streets of Manila - a HUGE book that chronicles the streets of the city from the Spanish period (16th c) til the 1900s. I'd probably be stepping on Gone Girl & The Hunger Games, if I still owned those. 🙄 S'mores!
#whatwouldyoudo @DannyHattan
Thank you for the tag, @Centique

fleeting @batsy and @Tonton ? I'd love to see your answers if you wanna share? 😄 3w
Tonton @fleeting Definitely s‘mores! Would probably be stepping on some Jack Reachers, some Scandi Noir, probably would leave behind Yukio Mishima, Shinjuku Shark, most likely my Japanese dictionary.still need more time to think of the one book to save! 7d
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Audition | Ryu Murakami
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3 similar editions but one in hardcover, plus one by Kodansha (whose books I always try to collect!). It gets a bit on my obsessive compulsiveness, but a book is a book is a book, yes?

Do you have books of the same author or series with different editions, and does that annoy you? 🤔

batsy Oh, these covers 😍 3w
Tonton When I can afford it and I love the book、I buy different covers for the same book🌟 3w
fleeting @Tonton oh yeah I do that too! Different editions, hardcover, paperback... 😄 3w
fleeting @batsy have to admit they kinda look cute, right? V ironic for thriller/crime books 😄 3w
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Outline: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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3 orders from online thrift stores arrived today! I love book mail. 🤩

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This was such a find for me today while browsing the bookstore, hoping for a copy of Siddhartha. This one has the classic original story of BatB, and stories similar to it around the world. Ugh, I hope this is good!!!

DivineDiana Certainly appears to be! ❤️ 4w
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This is fun and incredibly quotable, and I'm just at the first leg of the tour - Paris. Also, obviously I am really jealous they get a Grand Tour before going to school. Talk about the ultimate gap year!!

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Lenin's Kisses | Yan Lianke
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That's a wrap! There are literally no even chapters here (Chapter 1, 3, etc) & it may symbolically mean the oddness of their reality, & that there's nothing "even" when it comes to power & politics. Also, I used 4(!) bookmarks because it has footnotes & the long footnotes also have footnotes! So you're literally reading ahead & going back, as if it's showing you the life of those who let power & money ruin them: one step forward, two steps back.

Emilymdxn Sounds fascinating! Stacked 4w
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Korean literature stack. Find any favorites?

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Wondering if this is worth it? 🤔 Note: I've never read manga before.

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Lenin's Kisses | Yan Lianke
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It feels good to get lost in a tome again, all 500 pages of it! This is incredibly surreal and is a bit of a challenge to read, what with the footnotes and wordplay, but I am enjoying and hopefully the review comes soon!

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This was not a good bedside read because 1) it scares the hell out of you, imagining the horror (and this is real life horror) and 2) it's a very compulsive read. Was the man they arrested confirmed as the GSK? I also liked how this was a metanarrative, investigative-wise.

RvnclawWhovian He was confirmed!! Sad she didn‘t live to see that happen 1mo
fleeting @RvnclawWhovian I know! But I guess at least her obsession amounted to something of real importance, and that certainly makes everything worthwhile! It's frustrating how he hasn't confessed though. I'd like to have a neat closure if possible! 1mo
RvnclawWhovian @fleeting super frustrating! Like dude, they have your dna, the show is over. If you have Audible, I highly recommend “Evil Has A Name”. I‘m not a big audiobook person but this came off more like a very well produced podcast which I liked. Paul holes is the main narrator throughout with some stories from survivors and even some people who knew/worked with him which was super interesting 1mo
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I'm a bit torn with this one! I loved it but felt like the ending fell short, after all that emotional punch. Kind of like it tapered off and lost my interest in an otherwise amazing story. I still don't regret any minute spent reading it, as Evelyn Hugo would say! 😘💎

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What a way to start the vacation (my uni has a whole week of vacation for the Holy Week). This is pretty good. Reid has a way of taking you inside, doesn't she?

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Autumn | Ali Smith

I wanna try Ali Smith's seasonal series of books but wondering if I'll enjoy it and will be able to relate to it. Also Rachel Cusk's series. I'm looking for something like Ferrante's tetralogy. I loved all of Ferrante's works. Any suggestions? 😊👯‍♀️👀

Megabooks I liked Autumn, but haven‘t read Winter yet. I found Cusk to be very cerebral and slow. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
fleeting @Megabooks thank you! I think I'll try Smith first, then. :) 1mo
Centique I can‘t think of anything very like Ferrante - but in terms of a series of books about growing up female, poor and overcoming, have you read Maya Angelou‘s autobiographies? They start with 3w
fleeting @Centique I haven't read her, but it's about time! Thanks for the recommendation! ❣ 3w
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Two Can Keep a Secret | Karen M. Mcmanus
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This was an okay read for me. I felt that the writing wasn't executed well. Instead of a nice summer/vacation with a crime to solve and a past to reckon with, the story felt sloppy. There were so many sophomoric moments that diluted the story altogether.

Avidreader25 I felt the same! 3w
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How can you resist a title like this! 😄 I've studied and loved medical anthropology, and this is a good mix of travelogue and cultural beliefs of illnesses.

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Walk Through Walls: A Memoir | Marina Abramovic
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I think this is a pretty good haul from the bookstore summer sale. I was surprised Abramovic had a memoir, really looking forward to reading it. Didn't know about Murad's book, too. It's always great to find new reads during book sales, but it's also sad because you know they're marked down because no one reads and buys them. 😔 I'm happy in general because I've been looking for all these, and now got them for 80% discount. 📚🌟

Tonton Amazing stack🌟 1mo
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Unmoored, untethered, Candace continues on when fever descends, decimating the population. Because routine is what keeps you alive when there's nothing left to live for. But there's a flicker; so she roams, taking photos of abandoned places. Eventually it's time to go,but where? With a group of survivors to the Facility, a utopia envisioned by their self-appointed leader. She's held captive, but how do you keep one whose life is locked in routine?

fleeting She talks of the artists who make us see the "idealized NY in their images" instead of the real thing. The real fever is the modern-day malaise of having enough time while never having enough at the same time; the addiction to know yourself & yet never being able to. In the end, you walk somewhere, wanting it to be home, yet knowing it's only a pitstop in the constant movement you are all too familiar with. My 5 star read of the decade. 1mo
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I'm loving this book so much I don't know why and it hurts.

Forget work (for a little bit) when you have a book like this.

suzisteffen Definitely loved this one, and the end ... whew. 1mo
fleeting @suzisteffen ughhhh I just finished and I. Want. More. Not that I felt shortchanged; I just wanted to savor this novel and really feel it. So much love for this! 1mo
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Really into these apocalyptic novels as of late. Excited for this!

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Find one at a bookfair, end up ordering the others to complete the set. 🙄 But this is what I'm giving myself so I can get even just an inkling of Chinese history.

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Deceptively simple story of gender hysterics and the meaning of family. When does taking care of something or someone end, and the act of controlling begin? When you take care of someone, are you not just taking care of yourself and the way you want others to be? Some parts stutter and are awkward, but sometimes this works well for the way the story is told.

candority Great review! 1mo
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Beauty and the Beast | Marie Le Prince de Beaumont
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Ever since I was a child, she was always my fave. I really don't know why. And any Belle or B&tB merchandise still gets me! Thank you so much @SmartSassery for these; I'm tempted to keep them instead of using them! 😱🥰💛 Thank you for the add'l stickers I love everything so much!

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I liked a lot of lines in this quick and fun read. The story was so obvious from the beginning, you're just there to observe. Too bad it just doesn't bring you to the gritty underworld because everything felt rushed, which is a conscious choice because of the novel's format. Predictable but still gets you hooked.

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Yes! I love retracing cities. This lovely series has advertisements, posters, brochures, trivia and history on different cities! I love the format and the many illustrations and pictures inside. Wish I read this before I visited the capital city, but this will surely make my next visit more interesting!

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Mao: The Unknown Story | Jung Chang, Jon Halliday
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Doing a bit of background reading before I jump in to Yan Lianke's tomes. Hopefully more on Yan's books soon.

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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Let's see what the hype is all about! I just picked this up at the bookstore, and I'm still waiting for "The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo" in the mail, wondering if I should go ahead with this or wait for her earlier novel!

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Today's companion as I wait for the café which never opened. 😒 I'm enjoying this so far, because of its interesting family dynamics and character studies. Hopefully this will continue to be good!

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Starting this one, hoping it won't break my heart too much.

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In Other Words | Jhumpa Lahiri
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Really in the minority here. I laud her project, but it felt pretentious & shallow. I'm one of those whose languages are scattered all over; learning old & new ones that are part of me, & one that belongs to a country I have no relation with, except that it strangely felt like home. At this age where refugees, border-crossing & ethnic cleansing are real problems (resulting to linguistic difficulties), I sadly fail to see the value in this work.

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Penance | Kanae Minato
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This has been compared a lot to her other work, "Confessions," and though they have quite the same structure (different POVs of a story), they vary in lots of ways, too. My rating is based more on the topic/story itself, and I liked this one more. I also liked how this book is more quiet, and revolved around guilt and regret. Hence this was more emotionally searing for me. Why are there only 2 books of hers translated in English? ?

BarbaraBB I loved both of these too 2mo
hermyknee Confessions was SO GOOD. I haven‘t read this one yet, but your review makes me want to ASAP! 2mo
fleeting @hermyknee I think there's a good chance you'll love this too if you enjoyed Confessions! :) 2mo
fleeting @BarbaraBB really wish more of her books would be translated 2mo
BarbaraBB Me too! But fortunately there are some other Japanese writers who I love similarly! 2mo
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A good way to share history, but that's the problem: the historical narrative is a bit shallow; the story between Hero & Rosalyn dragged on & the tension was lost. I'm not imposing historical fiction, but as it gave a few hints, I naturally expected something along that. The ending was rushed & tacked-on, but my biggest problem are the ungrammatical sentences in Filipino!!! I wish this were a tight 200 paged book instead of a long-winded 400.

fleeting Not saying you shouldn't read this, but it's not a good representation of Filipino-American works, in my opinion. 3mo
batsy Do you recommend the Carlos Bulosan books? I feel like he's an author I should have read by now! 3mo
fleeting @batsy I recommend his short story collections more. But if there's a writer I'd recommend from the Philippines, it would definitely be Ninotchka Rosca. :) Also Linmark's "Leche" 3mo
batsy Those sound fantastic. Thank you! ❤️ 3mo
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Near perfect. Irreverent & fun, wordplay w/out the annoying postmodern garbage (well mostly), light yet rooted in ancient folklore, Buddhist scriptures, Chinese beliefs & in the Great American Dream. Sometimes the narrative is jumbled up which, instead of being a clever parody, only feels like "I'm-too-tired-to-research-this" or "there-isn't-enough-material-on-this." Still wish I read this before I read all the other contemporary Asian Am works.

batsy I recently bought this! It sounds delightful. 3mo
fleeting @batsy oh I hope you'll enjoy! 🥰 3mo
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Yay, giveaway! But mostly to share a nice, underrated and not-so-well-known series, which is a Chinese sci-fi! I want to read the whole series and what's funny is I was able to buy book 3 because it was on sale, thus leaving me with a missing 2nd book, which is why I'm even more excited to find and read it! 😄🥰 thank you @Mitch for allowing me to share this silliness and need to #completetheseries!

Mitch Oh cool.... I‘ve heard a lot about this and when I‘m feeling sciencey might dive in too! Thanks for entering 🙏💕🙏 3mo
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My 4th (fave so far!) book by him & I have such respect for Higashino. This is a crime novel that has solid science/research explaining things; a side story that becomes a metaphor for the main plot, & a deep back story that serves as foundation & gives a lesson (the Prof's rel'nship with the kid is my favourite!) that's sure to make you go through all sorts of emotions. I'm glad I didn't listen to the reviews saying it had too much science in it!

BarbaraBB On the wishlist it goes! 3mo
fleeting @BarbaraBB I hope you enjoy it too! 3mo
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Sing | Vivi Greene
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But hey, I liked this! It's a really nice summer-y read with your usual clichés that are relatable; fame, friends, finding oneself, making new choices, asking questions. I say give it a chance, despite all the negative reviews it got, mostly because it seems like the life of Taylor Swift. So what? A good read is a good read. 🤷‍♀️