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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan | Lisa See
Lily is haunted by memories-of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower, and asks the gods for forgiveness. In nineteenth-century China, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost total seclusion, the women in one remote Hunan county developed their own secret code for communication: nu shu ("women's writing"). Some girls were paired with laotongs, "old sames," in emotional matches that lasted throughout their lives. They painted letters on fans, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs, and composed stories, thereby reaching out of their isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. With the arrival of a silk fan on which Snow Flower has composed for Lily a poem of introduction in nu shu, their friendship is sealed and they become "old sames" at the tender age of seven. As the years pass, through famine and rebellion, they reflect upon their arranged marriages, loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their lifelong friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a brilliantly realistic journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful. With the period detail and deep resonance of Memoirs of a Geisha, this lyrical and emotionally charged novel delves into one of the most mysterious of human relationships: female friendship. "From the Hardcover edition."
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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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Pickpick

I wish I could rate this book higher than just "Pick". This is an absolute 5 star, 10/10, brilliant book that will stay with me for a very long time. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, as it is wonderfully written. As for the storyline... I have mixed emotions between fascination, sadness, wonder and amazement. What a great book!

cherinium I'm ashamed to say that this is a book which I honestly can't remember if I have read. It has been on my radar for a long time, and it sounds like something I would love. But whenever I read a blurb, I am struck with a feeling of familiarity that makes me think I have already read it, although I can't think of any details besides what is revealed in blurbs. I wish it had occurred to me earlier to keep track of my reads. 1mo
Birdsong28 Glad you enjoyed it! ,😘📚📖 1mo
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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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This book was recommended by a fellow Litsy member. It's my second book by this author and I'm quite excited to start reading it.

Thank you @Birdsong28 for the recommendation 💜

Crazeedi I enjoyed a couple of her books, havent read this one 1mo
Come-read-with-me @Yoricke_SouthAfrica This is my favourite of all of her books. ❤️ Hope you enjoy it! 1mo
Scochrane26 I read this one yrs ago & liked it. I‘ll be forever traumatized by the foot binding in the beginning. 1mo
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Yoricke_SouthAfrica @Scochrane26 I'm finding this book fascinating and very sad all at once. The writing is fantastic. 1mo
Yoricke_SouthAfrica @Come-read-with-me So far, I'm absolutely loving it 💜 1mo
Yoricke_SouthAfrica @Crazeedi This is my second book of her. The first book was The Island of Sea Women. She's a fantastic author. 1mo
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Come-read-with-me
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Yikes!!! Only 12 books?!?!? The ones I chose are things that I‘ve read in the past that made a significant impact on me. However, as I look at the list it seems a little “heavy” and I wonder what it says about my choice of reading material. 🤓. #myidealbookclub. Thanks @monalyisha for the great challenge. It was fun trying to choose just 12 and justify why I‘d choose them!

megnews I‘d join your club. You‘ve got some I‘ve read and enjoyed and some on my tbr. 1mo
Come-read-with-me @🙌🏻😊🙌🏻 1mo
Come-read-with-me @megnews Second try at a reply!!! 🙌🏻😊🙌🏻 I am a little bit technology challenged today 😬 1mo
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Lcsmcat Can I join your book club? 😀 1mo
Come-read-with-me @Lcsmcat Consider it an open invitation! 🤓 1mo
Lcsmcat @Come-read-with-me It would be a bit of a commute from the east coast, but it might be worth it. 😉 1mo
Come-read-with-me @Lcsmcat We could always meet in Kansas! 🤣 1mo
Lcsmcat @Come-read-with-me You‘re on. 👍🏻 1mo
monalyisha I‘ve enjoyed a bunch of these! There‘s one on your list that I‘ve been meaning to read for forever & am a bit embarrassed I haven‘t gotten there yet. 🙈 1mo
Daisey It doesn‘t surprise me at all that the list seems heavy. I always want something substantial to discuss in a book club book, so that seems logical to me. 1mo
Come-read-with-me @Daisey Thanks 😊 I was worried that I seemed glum. 1mo
Come-read-with-me @monalyisha It is an amazing book. It‘s a great one to have on your TBR list because you can look forward to reading it! 1mo
Andrew65 Some great choices. 1mo
Chrissyreadit I saw it and did not realize! I‘ve read six of these and enjoyed all of them. I remember really liking Alias Grace. 1mo
Come-read-with-me @Chrissyreadit I thought Alias Grace was extremely powerful. That darn Atwood has so many great stories in her heart. 1mo
Come-read-with-me @Andrew65 Thanks 👍🏻 1mo
rather_be_reading some amazing picks! 1mo
Come-read-with-me @rather_be_reading When putting the list together I realized that each year should be about 50 months long in order to create a representative reading list! 😲 1mo
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Birdsong28
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#covercrush #7covers7days Day 2 📚📖

@DrexEdit Do you want to play?

Cathythoughts Gorgeous cover ♥️ 3mo
RachelO Nice! 3mo
DrexEdit Ooooo! I think I will. It'll probably be more like 3 or 4 book covers when I can get to it though. Lol! 😄 3mo
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LaraS

My Mum told me to read this book when it first came out some 15 years ago. She said it‘s not so much the story, but rather the historical context surrounding it that‘s so interesting.

Just finished reading it and she was spot on. But basically it means I ignored my mother‘s advice for 15 years, and according to this book that doesn‘t bode well for me in the afterlife. 😅

Love you, Ma! Promise to never ignore your advice again!

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Jillybeane
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This book is taking me forever. It gets so painful in parts that I have to set it down mid sentence and walk away.

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ReaderLiz
Pickpick

Wow! I love this book. It is really thought provoking. I knew that women in China bound their daughters feet to make them marriageable, but I hadn‘t really thought about how they went about it. This book is very graphic about what the girls and women went through during their feet binding. The book follows the special Laotong relationship between Snow Flower and Lily. It cleverly depicts how they would have lived and what was expected if them.

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AliD73
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This was my introduction to Lisa See, and this novel sparked my interest in and love of Chinese literature. What a beautiful, joyous, and heartbreaking story of the lifelong friendship between two women! Beautiful, vivid descriptions of eighteenth century China complete this memorable, well written novel. This is one of my favorites. Exceptional. Highly recommended.

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Come-read-with-me
Pickpick

Lisa See writes with a beautiful fluidity about the journeys of women often dismissed by dominant cultural figures. This is an intimate portrait of the friend ship between two women who live in a time females were little more than chattel traded between families as a means of securing political or financial gain. The friendship between the ‘old sames‘ endures over decades despite time, distance, and political strife. Excellent read!

rather_be_reading greay review! 5mo
Nute We seem to enjoy many of the same books. I liked this story as well! 4mo
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bookishbitch
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I found this at goodwill for 2 dollars today. I almost bought a copy last week. Glad I held off!

tjwill Great book! 5mo
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CotziasReads
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Sapphire
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Reading on the train from Seville to Madrid.

SheilaChew I like her books! 6mo
Sapphire I really enjoyed this one and am passing it on to a friend. I think I have read something else by this author but I am not sure what. 6mo
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HOTPock3tt
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Made it before midnight!! Yaay!! 🤗🎉
📚Snow flower and the secret fan
🎥 (same as book)
🎵 Kiss from a ROSE!!! ♥️ by Seal
#ManicMonday @JoScho

tammysue Great song! 🌹 7mo
JoScho 💚🌷💚 7mo
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Butterflyamore
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Something floral💐

Birdsong28 Wonderful book! 😍📚📖 9mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 9mo
Becker This book is such a cultural experience 9mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Becker I totally agree! 9mo
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Schnoebs Oh man, this has been popping up on Litsy recently. I might have to do a reread soon. Have you watched the movie? 9mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Schnoebs no I haven't 😞 have you? Is it good? 9mo
Schnoebs I‘ve watched it years ago and remember I enjoyed it 9mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Schnoebs omg I must watch it too then!! Maybe when I get some time to do so.. Atm it's just impossible to watch any! 😭 9mo
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hissingpotatoes
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Panpan

1/5⭐ What a dreadful story. I've enjoyed unhappy books before, but this had all of the bleakness & none of the redemption. I suppose there's something to be said for the detailed delve into history & maybe for the theme of how a male-controlled world destroys women. But that doesn't mean I want to read about it without something to counterbalance the harshness & make it clear why I'm supposed to root for an increasingly despicable main character.

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PaperbackPirate
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💌 This was such an interesting story! Reading it made me more thankful than ever for my size 10 feet. I loved that there were so many references to the Chinese zodiac, which gave me a idea about how it‘s perceived to play a role in people‘s lives. Recommended if you‘re looking to be transported to another place and time.
💇🏼‍♀️ Taken at Aveda while my color gloss was setting 📸
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TheReadingMermaid
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Pickpick

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone but especially to women in order to get better perspective on their life and to enjoy a good story about the bonds of sisterhood.

Please read my full review here:
TamaraTheReadingMermaid.weebly.com

#LMPBC #GroupO @Julie548 @WriterAtHeart @Melismatic

Mynameisacolour Loved this one so much! 💖 10mo
LeeRHarry Great read! 😊 10mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz I loved loved this book! I discovered the author thru this book! ❤️❤️ 10mo
Bookdragon69 I read this years ago and it‘s definitely one of those books that‘s worth a reread. 10mo
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TheReadingMermaid
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I had to show off my socks! They glitter and they say "Join the Hunt". Where are my #Supernatural peeps at?
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Starting the tagged book today for Day 3 of #24B4Monday
@Andrew65

Melismatic Yayyyy #Supernatural!!!! Are you a Sam girl or a Dean girl? I‘m a Sam girl. 😂🤗 10mo
TheReadingMermaid @Melismatic I'm a Dean girl for sure! But then again I just love Jensen Ackles. I think he's a highly underrated actor. Not to mention he's drop-dead gorgeous. 😍😍😍 10mo
Melismatic @TheReadingMermaid can‘t disagree! I loved him back in his Days of Our Lives Days! Lol 10mo
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Andrew65 Hope this isn‘t an entry for #24B4MondayGiveaway 😳🤣😂🤣😂 10mo
TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 OMG ROFLMAO 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 10mo
WhatThePuck Hi. 🙋 10mo
TheReadingMermaid @WhatThePuck hey sweetie!! Which do you prefer, Sam or Dean? 😃 10mo
WhatThePuck @TheReadingMermaid I have a hard time with favorites. I'm indecisive. I can say I'm definitely not Castiel. 🤣🤣 But Jensen's timing is the best. My husband will even watch this show with me bc he says Dean's pretty funny at times. 10mo
Susanita ❤️ this book 10mo
CatAndKindle Dean. Has to be Dean. Tough but vulnerable. Gotta love him. 10mo
madamereadsalot1 Team Dean here! But really, I'm more a Bobby Singer girl. 😭😭😭😭 I'm still not over it. 10mo
Birdsong28 🙋🙋🙋🙋🙋🙋🙋🙋🙋 Team Dean all the way 10mo
TheReadingMermaid @WhatThePuck I totally understand. It's always hard to choose a favorite when you like them both. And liking them both is totally okay 😉😉😉 10mo
TheReadingMermaid @Susanita I am really enjoying it so far 😃 10mo
Texreader Awesome!! 10mo
TheReadingMermaid @Julie548 @WriterAtHeart @Melismatic I just read the foot binding chapter... I now see how inappropriate (or rather very appropriate) this picture actually is 😳😳😳 10mo
sammisho I love SPN!!! Haven't watched any of this season yet 10mo
sammisho And Team Dean allllllllll day long! 10mo
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TheReadingMermaid
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@Andrew65 ask and you shall receive! Here is my time as of right now. I'm doing pretty well this time actually, kind of proud of myself.

#24B4Monday

Andrew65 Superb! 👏👏🙌🙌😍 You should be proud of yourself, I‘m proud of my Readathon partner. 👍 (edited) 10mo
TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 awe thank you so much love 💕🤗💕 10mo
JacqMac Wow! You‘re doing great! 10mo
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TheReadingMermaid @JacqMac thank you so much. I've been reading like crazy today because I have plans tomorrow night. But I'm still going to make this read-a-thon whether it kills me or not 😂😂😂 10mo
Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid We‘d rather it didn‘t. 😂 10mo
TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 😂😂😂 10mo
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TheReadingMermaid
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@Melismatic I received our book club books today! So excited to read these two.

#LMPBC #GroupO @Julie548 @WriterAtHeart

Melismatic Yay! 11mo
PacingTheCage Loved loved loved Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 11mo
TheReadingMermaid @dltpacngthecage really? Care to share your thoughts with me on the book? I'll probably start at tomorrow and would love to hear what you think of it. 11mo
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tdrosebud I remember reading Snow Flower years ago and really enjoying it. I think it was my first foray into that culture and I found myself fascinated. 11mo
TheReadingMermaid @tdrosebud it does sound very very interesting. I hope that the writing style is able to keep my attention LOL I'm going to be reading several books at once this weekend so hopefully this one will stand out for me. 11mo
Birdsong28 ❤️❤️❤️❤️Snow Flower 11mo
Schnoebs I really enjoyed this book so much! I should really get around to rereading it 🙈 Also, I really enjoyed the movie adaptation 10mo
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ferskner
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@MeganAnn is my hero!!!! One of the people in my #feedareader group dropped out after I'd already sent a package, so Megan volunteered to send me a make-up. We've been swap buddies before and she sends the best things!!!! I'm so touched by your handwritten notes, Megan, and all the thought you put into this. You're so amazing! @MinDea @TricksyTails

(I just realized I left the hot sauce out of the picture. There's amazing hot sauce too!!!)

ferskner @MeganAnn I'm also thrilled that you included copies of your magazine! I've always been curious about it and I'm looking forward to taking a look! 11mo
ferskner @mindea also FYI, I sent my last package to @AprilMaesBookHabit but forgot to take a picture. She let me know it arrived! 11mo
Chrissyreadit Are you still in touch with @TricksyTails ? I have not seen her post in a long time! 11mo
Schnoebs Oh man, you‘re in for a treat with that book. Can‘t explain my heart after reading that book! Also, if I remember correctly, there‘s a pretty decent movie adaptation 👍 11mo
MeganAnn I‘m glad it finally made it to you and so happy you like everything! I always love shopping for you 😉💕 11mo
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Becker
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Pickpick

Re-reading this for book club. I forgot how good it was. Perfect if you like cultural stories.

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Melismatic
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Wow. Although parts were traumatic & horrific, what an incredible read. Thank you for sharing, @WriterAtHeart ! And what a life Lily (& Snow Flower) lived! I‘m so grateful to be a part of this fun club - @TheReadingMermaid both books will be sent out to you next Saturday. 🤗 @Julie548 #LMPBC #GroupO ❄️🌺🍚🐴

#LitsyAtoZ 4/26
#LetterS #S

WriterAtHeart I'm so happy you enjoyed it! 11mo
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Melismatic
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Progress has been slow for me since I‘ve had so little time to actually read this week beyond whilst commuting... I‘m only about a quarter in. But I really love this so far! I 💖 being introduced to books I wouldn‘t normally gravitate to! 🤗 @WriterAtHeart #LMPBC #GroupO @TheReadingMermaid @Julie548

TheReadingMermaid I'm excited to read this one as well. It's a book that I normally wouldn't pick up by myself. 11mo
Lauram I loved this book! 11mo
WriterAtHeart I am glad you are enjoying it! I read this book for summer reading and just fell in love with it. 11mo
Birdsong28 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️📚📖 11mo
Julie548 I felt the same way...not something I would have picked but I loved it! 11mo
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Lexicon1982
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Bailedbailed

DNF see picture for review

Libby1 Welcome to Litsy! ❤️📚❤️ 11mo
DarcysMom Welcome to Litsy! 🤗 11mo
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 11mo
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Bevita
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Pickpick

This was good. 10% of girls died from foot binding. It seems unthinkable today. I read this as part of my China-trip prep and thank God that I was born when and where I was.

FranklinLibMI My favorite of all times from Lisa See so far 😃 7mo
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WriterAtHeart
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#GroupO, as I have mentioned, I have read this story before, but I cannot help but be captivated by this storyline. I am drawn into the world of the women 's chamber in an older China. The research Lisa See did really shows and I appreciate what she has put into her work. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did! #LMPBC

P.S. I will be sending out the book tomorrow.

@Julie548 @TheReadingMermaid @Melismatic

TheReadingMermaid It sounds interesting. I'm excited! 13mo
Melismatic Excited! 13mo
Bookdragon69 I read this years ago. It‘s a great book! (edited) 13mo
Caroline2 Oh what a beautiful edition! 😍 13mo
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WriterAtHeart
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Hey #GroupO! Here are the books I am looking at for this go around. Let me know what you think! @Melismatic @TheReadingMermaid @Julie548

Melismatic Fun!! I actually finished Crazy Rich Asians a few months back - it was so cute! The rest I‘ve never read! 😍 13mo
Julie548 Snow Flower and the Secret Fan sounds interesting! 13mo
WriterAtHeart I will do Snow Flower then. I have read it before, but looking to reread it because it is a fantastic novel and I want to share it! @Melismatic @TheReadingMermaid @Julie548 13mo
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mrozzz
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Hmm. The story is verrrrrry slow and the narrator (true to the time & her education level) was hard to understand (why I shy away from historical fiction/classics). She vacillated b/t overly simplified descriptions to incredibly insightful ones and I wasn‘t able to fully connect. If the book started with the cause of the rift between the “old sames” I might have liked it more. Overall, it‘s a heartbreaking tale. I applaud Lisa See for the idea.

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"...a laotong relationship is made by choice...when we first looked in each other's eyes in the palanquin I felt something special pass between us--like a spark to start a fire or a seed to grow rice. But a single spark is not enough to warm a room nor is a single seed enough to grow a fruitful crop. Deep love--true-heart love--must grow."

Lauram I really liked this book. 💜 (edited) 1y
nu-bibliophile @Lauram Me too.. I couldn't put it down, I finished it in a day😍 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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🌸 Zinnias!!
🌸 🥔
🌸 I have many flowers 🌺
🌸 the tagged book is the only one I could think of, but I haven‘t read it yet!!

#Gardenparty

REPollock Yay zinnias and potatoes! 😄 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @REPollock 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 1y
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HOTPock3tt
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💔💔💔😢 This book was tragic & heartbreaking yet so captivating I couldn‘t put it down. Owing to years of discrimination by elders in my Asian husbands‘ family, I generally avoid these stories as triggers. (I‘m merely human after all.) But this book was THAT well written that my personal hx didn‘t bother me as much. The author weaves a story that is both an informative and beautifully written story of a bond between two hearts. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars.

HOTPock3tt *Fan in the pic is the last of my collection after I stopped collecting them years ago* (edited) 2y
knittedgnome I love Lisa See. All her books are really great 2y
HOTPock3tt @knittedgnome this was my first book by her. She was recommended to me by my best friend (who loves her books as well) It certainly left quite an impression on me ☺️❤️📚 (edited) 2y
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knittedgnome I might be wrong but I think this is the first in a series that follows each generation. 2y
HOTPock3tt @knittedgnome thanks for letting me know!!! I had no idea and picked this particular one at random. I‘ll need to see where ‘peony in Love‘ fits in the series before I pick it up (edited) 2y
Wife I‘m so glad that you took the leap and tried it!❤️ 2y
HOTPock3tt @Wife Me too!! Vickie thanks so much for recommending her books!! ❤️ (edited) 2y
Centique I loved this book too! Can certainly understand why some others on this theme could be triggering for you though 😔💕 2y
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HOTPock3tt
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1) Tagged 🤗
2) I‘m working for Memorial Day. Oh the wonderful world of nursing 😪 lol
3) probably Vegetable skewer 🤔❤️
#ManicMonday @JoScho

JoScho Boo for working on Memorial Day. One of my besties is a nurse and y‘all do have some rough schedules. 2y
HOTPock3tt @JoScho Most of the time I enjoy being a nurse but I can‘t lie: it‘s hard leaving your loved ones on days like this. Thanks for showing some love! 🤗 2y
JoScho @HOTPock3tt for sure! I know how hard you guys work and how much you give. My girlfriend was a nicu nurse but now she is doing travel assignments. Much love and respect 😘 2y
Bostonmomx2 I‘ve worked in the medical field on and off since high school so I totally feel ya on the “what‘s a holiday” feeling. 2y
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BarbaraJean
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Pickpick

This was excellent. The historical aspects were fascinating, and I loved following Lily‘s story as she & Snow Flower grew up. The ending (I don‘t think this spoils anything) reminded me a bit of McEwan‘s Atonement, but I found it more redemptive in this case! There were a few parts where I wished there was a bit more development or reflection, but overall, definitely a pick. It also made for a great discussion at the library book club on Monday!

rubyslippersreads Gorgeous photo! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 2y
BarbaraJean @rubyslippersreads Thank you! ☺️ 2y
jillrhudy Hard not to be more redemptive than Atonement! 2y
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BarbaraJean
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I read Lily‘s #wedding scene last night—perfect for #readingresolutions today!

It‘s fascinating to read about the traditions of 19th-century China as the backdrop to this story, and yet it‘s also difficult to read about the ways in which women‘s lives were so limited & constrained by those traditions. This is such a beautiful book—I‘m really enjoying it, though the tone feels so foreboding! I‘m worried about what‘s ahead for Lily & Snow Flower.

MinDea I really loved that book 💙💙 2y
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BarbaraJean
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Current fiction reading for #FictionFriday—this is my library‘s book club pick for Asian Pacific Heritage month. #readingresolutions

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monalyisha
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I was scrambling last night to finish my last #freakyfriday read before 12am. Alas, I finished at 12:36. Still counting it!

@MeganAnn , this was my 2nd favorite of the 5 I read from your list. Set in 19th c. China, this tale of 2 young girls matched together in their footbinding days to be bffl‘s (in a very earnest, sacred way; this is much more than sharing two halves of the same heart necklace) is full of tender longing & regret.

Continued👇🏻

monalyisha 1/3: It‘s well-written & I was fascinated to learn about different cultural aspects & practices in China during the time. I took a couple of East Asian history classes as an undergrad, so I knew a bit about the philosophy & politics (Confucianism, dynasties & revolutions), but I guess I never learned (or absorbed) much about foot binding. I was horrified to learn that the ideal was for a woman‘s foot to be as long as her thumb! 😵 (edited) 2y
monalyisha 2/3: I‘d also never heard of “nu shu” or women‘s secret writing, & I can completely understand how it quickly became a fascination of the author‘s & the inspiration for the whole novel. 2y
monalyisha 3/3: Perhaps my favorite part about this story is that although it was ultimately jealousy & shame that tore Lily & Snow Flower apart, it had nothing to do with a man! With the emphasis on Snow Flower‘s enjoyment of “the bed business” & Lily‘s apathy about the act & insistence that her husband never take concubines, I thought for sure that a horrible, adulterous betrayal was coming. I was thrilled to be proven wrong (yet still left weeping). (edited) 2y
MeganAnn Great review! This is one of the books that started my love affair with Asian culture and fiction books about it. After this, I went on to read a few of her other books and I‘ve loved each one I‘ve read so far. 2y
MeganAnn Also, ironically foot binding came up in conversation with my in-laws this past weekend and I was describing how it‘s done and how painful it was. I can‘t imagine going through that process! 😱 2y
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monalyisha
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“Many nu shu characters are only italicized versions of men‘s characters... Yuxiu was not trying to copy men‘s writing. She was changing it, slanting, it, feminizing it, and eventually creating entirely new characters that had little or nothing to do with men‘s writing. She was quietly inventing a secret code so she could write home to her mother and sisters.”

Hell yeah, Yuxiu! Tell it slant!

#freakyfriday

MeganAnn It's been awhile since I've read this one. Great quote! 😍👏🏻🖋 2y
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monalyisha
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4 days left & starting in on my 5th #freakyfriday book. Can she do it?! Probably not...😆

Also, can we take a minute to talk about the visceral pleasure of reading a book you‘ve purchased? The majority of my books come from the library, so I‘m sighing deeply as I break this spine in. I know many readers won‘t take kindly to this, but I‘m not overly gentle with my books. I figure, they make an impression on me, I should make an impression on them!

MinDea I loved this book! 2y
TheFunkyBookworm Haha at school I always yell at the kiddos not to bend the spines- and then at least 3 times a period they yell right back at me for doing the very same thing! 😂 2y
xicanti I feel the same way about books. 2y
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MeganAnn This is a shorter one than the others... so maybe? ❤️ I‘m pretty rough on my own books too. I break the spines, I dog ear pages😱, I write or underline things. My favorites are so well loves that some of them are completely falling apart. 😂 2y
Foragingfantasy I‘m a spine breaker. I can‘t just sit with it nicely open in my lap. I don‘t dog ear tho. 2y
monalyisha @MeganAnn Yes! All of this! Me too! 🙌🏻👯‍♀️ 2y
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hissingpotatoes
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Library book sale haul 7 of 7! Photobombed by someone who thought I was paying too much attention to the photoshoot than to her. :-) #catsoflitsy

I picked up the movie a while back at a flea market, and while I may have known at some point it was a book too, I forgot until I saw it on the shelf! Now I can read it before watching the movie for the first time.

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
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PacingTheCage
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By far, the best book I've read this year. I was in love from the very beginning and even during the most heart breaking moments, I continued to be surprised. 💗💗💗

callielafleur Lisa See is amazing. One of my favorite writers! 2y
PacingTheCage @callielafleur I am definitely going to read more of her stuff! 2y
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PacingTheCage
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Just chilling with my #pugsoflitsy tonight.

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Redjewel_7734
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Pickpick

I love reading about cultures that are both so alien & yet familiar. This glimpse into the lives of two women in dynastic China really shows just how different their lives are to anything I know, but yet their story is so familiar-the oppression & objectification of women, the way women so often are complicit in perpetuating those systems both out of necessity, fear, & envy. But also how misunderstanding poisons even the closest bonds.

APLitlife I teach this to my sophomores. 2y
Redjewel_7734 @APLitlife 😍 I wish more of my HS teachers had pushed me into things that challenged my worldview & understanding of things. 2y
APLitlife They don‘t quite appreciate it yet. They get hung up on the footbinding and when they are practicing their letters with their fingers. 2y
Redjewel_7734 @APLitlife I can see that but if it gets them thinking even a little beyond their own experiences, it‘s a start😊 2y
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avalinah
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I LOVED Snow Flower and the Secret Fan! It was sad, yet fulfilling, true and honest, yet fictional. A truly moving story about the hardships of being a woman in nineteenth-century China. Yes, foot binding too. I've got a full review here, it's too much to shorten! Read it: https://goo.gl/unZYRq

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NataliePatalie
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1. A Study in Charlotte (not my fav, but better than I expected).
2. We Are Pirates, The Night Circus, Geekerella, Fangirl (I think I'm done reading books on fandom life).
3. Snow Flower & the Secret Fan
4. The Book of Strange New Things

 @Tove_Reads @Blueberry

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Blueberry
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I watched the movie last night. It was different enough from the book to hold my interest. It is set in two time periods...modern and 19th century China whereas the book was not.

#bookstomovies #booktomovie

Godmotherx5 I read it & remember thinking it was ok. Sadly, I remember nothing else. 2y
Zelma I had no idea they made a movie but I just loved the book! 2y
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amvs1111
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Beautiful read about the lives of two 19th century Chinese women and the risks they take to stay connected. Though it's historical fiction, the loving and difficult emotions explored might apply to friendships between disempowered women during any century. One of my favorite books and a gift from my best friend several years ago.

#newyearreads
#flowers

#readingwomenchallenge

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty!!! I have this one, but haven‘t gotten to it yet! ❤️ 2y
amvs1111 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I'm not a big reader of historical fiction but fell in love with it. Highly recommended! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @amvs1111 I love it and I‘m sure I will love this one too!! China Dolls was awesome!!! 2y
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amvs1111 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Adding China Dolls to my tbr. Thanks for the recommendation! 2y
SilversReviews Really enjoyed this book!! 2y
amvs1111 @SilversReviews Me too! Much more than I even expected to! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @amvs1111 yay!!!! ❤️❤️ 2y
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