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They Called Us Enemy
They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
A stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei's childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon -- and America itself -- in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love. George Takei has captured hearts and minds worldwide with his captivating stage presence and outspoken commitment to equal rights. But long before he braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a four-year-old boy to find his own birth country at war with his father's -- and their entire family forced from their home into an uncertain future. In 1942, at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, every person of Japanese descent on the west coast was rounded up and shipped to one of ten "relocation centers," hundreds or thousands of miles from home, where they would be held for years under armed guard. They Called Us Enemy is Takei's firsthand account of those years behind barbed wire, the joys and terrors of growing up under legalized racism, his mother's hard choices, his father's faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his astonishing future. What is American? Who gets to decide? When the world is against you, what can one person do? To answer these questions, George Takei joins co-writers Justin Eisinger & Steven Scott and artist Harmony Becker for the journey of a lifetime.
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ErinC
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Really fascinating look at Takei‘s life as well as a general history of the Japanese internment camps of WWII. I‘ve read Farewell to Manzanar and knew some of this history but not enough. I wonder what parts of this era America will be ashamed about in 50+ years?

Laura317 Awful that American citizens were treated this way! I never knew about these camps until I was in my 30s. They did not teach this in my school. I was horrified. 1d
Eggbeater I think I have some idea of what we'll be ashamed of... 1d
ErinC @Eggbeater true. I do too. I just hope every American realizes it soon... 1d
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This graphic novel/memoir really brought history to life for me. George Takei lived through internment as a child. The format chosen provides us with a stark contrast between a child‘s perspective of an adventure & the parents‘ anguish & worry.
It‘s evident where Mr. Takei‘s passion for social justice was born. I definitely recommend this for Trekkies & history fans alike.
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Taken at the Gaman exhibit about the Gila River camp in AZ.

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Shakespearience
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As someone who didn‘t find out about this part of our history until college (and yet lives in a state where the camps were located), I am still blown away by this time in our history. Yet also reminded that we are STILL LIVING THIS even today. This is a great graphic novel and reminder of our not-so-wonderful history in America.
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Bookish_Gal Same! Such a great book! George making it in the eyes of a child made it come across easier to read - and I think share with others 4d
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megnews
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Graphic memoir in a WWII Japanese internment camp from a child‘s point of view. Every history curriculum should include this book.

Book 297 11/30/19

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This is Takei‘s remembrance of his childhood in the Japanese internment camps during WWII. But I especially like how he tells the story of life after the war, and about the government making financial reparations to those incarcerated people. I didn‘t know much about this history until I met my husband, whose mother was a child near Takei‘s age when she was in the camps with her family. Her family lost businesses and homes, like many others. ⬇️

BarbaraTheBibliophage As you can imagine, she and her siblings didn‘t talk much about that time once they were adults. One of Mr B‘s cousins was born in the camps too. Seems funny, but the family also has a couple of recipes they made for many decades after being released, all based on camp recipes. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Posting here before reviewing on my blog b/c of #NFNov @rsteve388 @Clwojick 2w
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megnews
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Sweet for the innocence of a child. Yet sad.

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Addison_Reads
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I have read some amazing books this month thanks to @rsteve388 and @Clwojick hosting #NFNov. The book pictured is by far my favorite of the month though. Even if you are not a fan of graphic novels, you should still read this book. It will teach you things, it will break your heart, and it will give you hope that humanity can be better.

#GratefulReads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

BarbaraTheBibliophage Just finished this today. I agree, it‘s just so good. And a history lesson we all need! 2w
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Clwojick I love a good graphic! 1 pt. 1w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Watching The Man in the High Castle and reading this. A lot of intensity, all at once!

#TIL that Takei was held in Arkansas, same as one place where my MIL‘s family was held. Ultimately her family was in three different camps.

#NFNov

Megabooks Wow. And we‘re doing it again. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Megabooks And so much worse this time ... 😰 2w
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Aimeesue
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Because I just read Thi Bui's The Best We Could Do, and this was on Hoopla, and apparently I'm not done reading about war and the terrible effects war and politics and terror and uncertainty have on children.

TheBookAddict 😔 a tough topic to read about, but one that we must acknowledge, learn about, and not ignore. 3w
Aimeesue @TheBookAddict Yes, so that we never again lock children up for things we make into "crimes" to make ourselves more comfortable with. Oh, wait. Oops, too late. 3w
TheBookAddict 😔 right. 3w
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lovelybookshelf
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Rounding up innocent people and putting them in internment camps is horrifying enough, but the way the incarceration of Japanese Americans in WWII came about and was carried out was even more disturbing, and reached much deeper, than I realized. This was not covered in my history classes as a student, so I learned a lot and enjoyed the graphic memoir format. Although Takei's perspective felt overly optimistic at times, it was also encouraging.

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trueisa4letterword
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This book doesn't pull any punches. Normally, I try to stay away from #memoirs with co-authors and am hesitant to try #graphicmemoirs where the author isn't the illustrator, but this didn't suffer from the dilution. Engrossing read.

#internment #wwii #japaneseamerican

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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An absolutely fantastic graphic novel. I'm not usually a big fan of graphic novels but the illustrations really add so much here. From depictions of the scenery at the camps, to the emotional expressions on people's faces. I sometimes, disappointingly, forget about the time in our nation's history where we were forced thousands of Japanese-Americans into internments camps. It is a dark moment that we regret, but that we shouldn't forget.

Addison_Reads Great review. I read this one last week and was so impressed by the detail in the graphics. The story is so well done and it's important for us to remember so we don't repeat this terrible time in history where we locked up hardworking Americans simply because of their heritage. 3w
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crhealey
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book is so powerful and has so many poignant observations on the nature of democracy and I am so excited to begin working it into my curriculum! #readitinaday #graphicmemoir #teachersoflitsy

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crhealey
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I have a free first period so instead of grading, I‘m enjoying my coffee and reading this graphic memoir in hopes of being able to integrate it into the WWII unit for my 8th graders in the spring #teachersoflitsy #survivingnovember #teachcaffeinaterepear

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trueisa4letterword
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Somerville Public Library separates the adult #graphicnonfiction from the rest! Had a successful trip!

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@Riveted_Reader_Melissa your reviews made me read this one. 💚

Read this graphic novel. It is amazing! #mustread
It follows the true story of George Takei as his family, and so many others, are locked up simply because of their heritage.

#TIL The first camp these families went to had them living in horse stables. 😞 The way they were treated was wrong on so many levels. Like so much of our history, this never should have happened.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m so glad you learned lots too, it‘s so moving and more important than ever. 4w
rsteve388 9 pts 3w
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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George Takei did a great job with this graphic memoir. He manages to capture both the childhood innocence of his memories as well as the stresses and loss for his family, all wrapped up in the politics of WWII and the politicians of that day.

And sadly, it is much more relevant today than I‘m sure any of us would have ever guessed...which he touches on too at the end.

*Recommend if you enjoyed John Lewis‘s March trilogy

#NFNov
#Nonfiction2019

Addison_Reads I downloaded this from my library yesterday after seeing your posts. I can't wait to read it later today. 1mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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So much of this falls directly under the “those that don‘t know their history are doomed to repeat it”. How long until the current migrant separations become history book content, and what might we do in the meantime as we once again sanitize our history.

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He did such a great job here showing how people and groups that are marginalized or abused can internalize that, and end up feeling like they somehow deserve it or were unworthy. Which is hard to explain, but so important when trying to discuss empathy and bullying issues.

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This showed up in my twitter feed while I was reading this book today... 😢

Karisa Litsy needs more reaction options than heart for this post. 😥😭😟😱 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Karisa True of all social media platforms...sadly. 1mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai I felt horrible double tapping this. I came in here to say that. 👀 1mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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This part made me tear up a bit today....both his childhood innocence juxtaposed with the children that we now know were separated with no way of reuniting them just upsets me to no end, because they knew exactly what the were doing when they separated them in 2018 with no way to reconnect them.😢

#NFNov
#NonfictionMatters
#Nonfiction2019

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Sounds too familiar to me!

#NFNov
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Emilymdxn What an important book and it looks really well-dream too. My mum loves George Takei I might buy this for her 1mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I love George Takei...and this is such an important part of our history, that I firmly believe we are repeating, worse than before, separating kids from their families and adopting them out. 😢

jillrhudy Little George behind the door 😭 1mo
Karisa Is the book appropriate for middle schoolers or more geared to adults? 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Karisa I‘ll let you know when I finish it. It‘s rated as a Historical Memior by Goodreads, so I‘m anticipating a wide reading range like John Lewis‘s 1mo
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jewright I‘m interested in the age level question too. I can make recommendations to our school library. 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Karisa @jewright just finished, and I‘d say it‘s appropriate for all ages. Most of the story is told through his eyes as a small boy, and I think kids would really relate to that. There‘s a bit about his career at the end as it pertains to spreading awareness of this time in history, and that part..the history part would be best for older middle school kids, especially those who are studying WWII in history. I‘d stack it with John... 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ..Lewis‘s March trilogy or Anne Frank‘s story. And it falls somewhere in between with both his childhood innocent understanding of it at the time, and the more historical significance of it later on. I hope that helps. (edited) 1mo
Karisa @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds wonderful! Thank you! I think I'll be looking to get a copy for my classroom. Important story and beautiful format. 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Karisa @jewright I posted a bunch of screen shots so you can both get an idea of the content too. 1mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Up next for me! I‘m looking forward to this Nonfiction graphic novel!

#NFNov
#NonfictionMatters
#Nonfiction2019

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conny
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George Takei tells us his experiences staying in internment camps for Japanese Americans during WW2. I don‘t think this subject is explored enough so I‘m grateful for this memoir. America has had a long history of racism that still hasn‘t been settled today.

Read for #NFNov challenge, hosted by @Clwojick & @rsteve388

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emtobiasz
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Takei presents his personal experience in Japanese American internment camps in WWII, interspersed with historical context and more recent political echoes. This book is going to earn a lot of comparisons to John Lewis‘s March trilogy, and with good reason. Both graphic novels bring complex American history to life via eyewitnesses in a way most students will find accessible and appealing. So, so good.

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AlizaApp
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Graphic memoir by George Takei about his family‘s internment during WWII, and in general about discrimination against Japanese-Americans during that time which is not really discussed or taught well in American history. Moving but also manages to be uplifting.

mrp27 Ohhh I want to read this one so bad. Glad to see it got a pick! 2mo
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Our democracy is a participatory democracy. Existentially, it‘s dependent on people who cherish the shining, highest ideals of our democracy and actively engage in the political process.

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Bookish_Gal
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I love George Takei so much. This is an essential read for everyone. It‘s a depiction of the American camps of Japanese from the world war. From the eyes of a child, everything looks different. I love how he attributes learning about the democracy from his father. That “our democracy is a participatory democracy”; which the definition is perfect, and has changed how I view our democracy

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rmaclean4
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Loved the art work and the information. I found the writing to be clumsy.

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Nute
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#SelfImprovementSept - Book That Is Out of Your Comfort Zone: I suppose there is a book out there somewhere that fits this prompt, but we have not been introduced at this time. So I chose a TYPE of book that I have yet to read, Graphic Novels. They are well-loved here on Litsy, and I feel that I am missing out on a special kind of reading experience. That needs to be corrected!

Ruthiella I never know if I should read the text or look at the picture first. I have read a few but it isn‘t my medium I‘m afraid!🙁 Good luck! I would be particularly interested in the Takai book. It‘s a good reminder of America‘s shameful history. 3mo
LibrarianRyan Well if you are fast I‘ll probably choose another GN round when Suvata posts it. 3mo
OriginalCyn620 I like graphic novels! Give them a try sometime! ❤️😊 3mo
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Nute @Ruthiella I understand the dilemma of how to read....reading words first or looking at pictures first? I‘d like to become familiar with this type of reading experience because so many people really enjoy it, and I have seen some beautiful artwork from the pages of graphic novels! I‘m going to start with this book since it is an illustrated memoir it will probably be more like a regular reading experience. I‘m excited to try this genre!🙂 2mo
Nute @LibrarianRyan @OriginalCyn620 I sooo excited to try this genre! Thanks for the encouragement!🙂 2mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahh 2mo
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With clear, simple, & undeniably powerful prose, Takei‘s memoir describes the internment of his family & other Japanese Americans during WWII. The language used to justify their internment is heartbreaking, & heartbreakingly familiar, the ready willingness to vilify an entire people for what they might do or where they came from, horrifying. Juxtaposing those years with more recent events Takei shows there is much we have to learn from history.

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Takei's parents emerge as the heroes in this book, protecting him and his siblings from the worst of internment.

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RavenRenegade
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As of last night, I have now met 3 of the original cast members of Star Trek. George Takei was sweet and greeted everyone warmly. I think he was amused by my entourage that accompanied me to get my book signed. I‘m looking forward to reading it! #georgetakei #theycalledusenemy

Graciouswarriorprincess So cool and I'm so jealous! You will love the book as I just read it and would love to meet him in person! 3mo
charl08 Wow! I've just finished it, what a story, and what a powerful legacy. 3mo
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mreads
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Graphic memoir George Takei's centered on the years his family spent in a Japanese internment camp when he was a child. 5⭐

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A graphic-novel adaptation of actor George Takei‘s childhood of incarceration in two US internment camps during WWII. It‘s a simplified story that‘s probably a good introduction to young adults about the camps in general and the Takei family in particular. The book tackles issues of how fear promotes racism, his father‘s strong belief in democracy despite executive order 9066, and how Takei went on to a remarkably successful acting career.

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George Takei‘s story. His family was in a Japanese internment camp during wwii.

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Jb2003
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This is such a good read. Interesting point of view and presentation of such an important subject. It clearly illustrates how horrible that whole situation was and the direct application of the same thing today.

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A hard, but good read. It‘s a quick and easy read and the graphics are great, but a difficult subject nonetheless, more-so because it tells the story from the perspective of a child living the situation.

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They Called Us Enemy is a compelling memoir of a childhood in Japanese American Internment Camps. This graphic novel is an important contribution to the literature about this shameful part of history, which is far too often excluded from the narrative of history. Takei‘s story, is both deeply personal, and broadly representative. It‘s a story that‘s told with sensitivity, and in an especially affecting way. A sad, but rewarding read.

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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My small library #bookhaul today.

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Floresj
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It‘s one thing to read about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII, but this beautiful graphic novel has you see and feel it. Heart string pulling beginning of his adoration of his parents, and Takei concludes with a patriotic call out of current wrongs of this administration. Beautifully told.

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A timely extension of George Takei's 2014 "Why I love a country that once betrayed me" TED Talk, with STUNNING art by Harmony Becker, this graphic memoir is easily now one of my favorite books. I think it could have benefited from being broken down into chapters, but the narrative flow is almost seamless from beginning to end, so I'll forgive it.

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I was starting to wonder if the book was going to end on talk of "participatory democracy" and how the US government is the "best in the world," but I should have known better.

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"Though they responded in difference way -- caring for their families, fighting on the battlefield, or serving time for their principle -- all these Japanese Americans should incredible courage and heroism. They proved that being American is not just for some people. They all made difficult choices to demonstrate their patriotism to this country, even when it rejected them."

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"Whenever we would approach a town, we were forced to draw the shade. We not to be seen by the townspeople."

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"[Executive order 9066] never used the word 'Japanese' or 'camps' -- it authorized the military to declare areas 'from which any and all person may be excluded,' and to provide 'transportation, food, shelter, and other accommodations' to persons excluded from those areas. Ten days later, the entire West Coast [...] was declared a 'military area.' As for what kind of 'persons' would be 'excluded'...that quickly became obvious."

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I've been having trouble sleeping through the night for the past several weeks, so I've decided to turn these late-night wake-ups into reading time.