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Yuki‘s parents ship him to learn forestry in Kamusari since he lacks any direction following his high school graduation. Given a brief lesson in using a chainsaw he becomes part of a forestry crew caring for and loving trees on the Kamusari mountains. I adored the descriptions of the trees and what it took to care for them, and the boy‘s story arc as well. A mostly quiet peaceful read, I highly recommend it. #Japan #foodandlit

Texreader PS: Cedar fever sounds even worse in Japan than it is here in Texas!! 1mo
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Mshookquilts
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An insight into the lives of those living in and near Jerusalem as Israel fights for itself as a new nation. We get a peek @ both sides of the issue and @ those who would have preferred a peaceful coexistence. Well worth your read.

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The Other Man | Farhad J. Dadyburjor
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This was a decent story. Ved is being pressured into an arranged marriage by his family but hasn't told them that he is gay since it is still illegal in India. He enters an engagement to make them happy but then meets a man who he starts to fall for. The whole time Ved keeps saying how he's wrecked with guilt and is gonna finally come clean to everyone but then still doesn't, which was annoying.
#roll100 @PuddleJumper

PuddleJumper Brilliant! 1mo
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Enjeela was growing up in a well-off family in Kabul when the Soviet Union invaded. The family had to flee but was fragmented in the process, with Enjeela and three of her siblings going by foot over the Hindu Kush to Pakistan. This is an extremely interesting story and gets an A+ for that, but the writing is a bit juvenile. (It reads in places like a children‘s book.) Also, the audiobook isn‘t great.

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I‘m currently immersed in ETERNAL LOVE, and it‘s got me enthralled both for its own self and because it‘s given me so much opportunity to reflect on adaptations. (It‘s based on the tagged book.) In this case, I love how they‘ve used the first person source material as a framework for all the characters who didn‘t get as much attention in the novel. It‘s a great ensemble piece, and I‘m RIDICULOUSLY INVESTED in Fengjiu. Like, 😭😭😭 invested.

xicanti I‘m also interested in how it works with and around the novel‘s queer bits, especially where Li Jing is concerned. Internalized biphobia is, of course, a big issue in the real world, but I think he‘s actually a much more interesting character as someone who makes a terrible mistake because he worries about status than he was as someone who thought he ought to be with a woman because, like, no homo. 2mo
xicanti But then, everyone around him THINKS he had this torrid affair with a dude, and he doesn‘t correct them. He just mopes over his lost love for 70,000 years. Nobody seems to have a problem assuming Mo Yuan and Si Yin are off living their “private life,” either. So it‘s another one of those things where nobody says the word gay (or bi), but the stories are still present. 2mo
Mybookcafelife I loved this drama! 2mo
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xicanti @Mybookcafelife I don‘t want to turn it off! It‘s been on my Netflix list for ages and I‘m glad the book gave me the push I needed to finally watch it. 2mo
Mybookcafelife @xicanti I‘ve watched this like 100 times 😂 one of my top favorites. I‘m glad I found someone else who loves it 😁 The book was equally amazing. 2mo
xicanti @Mybookcafelife I got the book through Kindle‘s World Book Day freebies, loved it, and realized there was an adaptation while I was randomly browsing my list, looking for a movie. Obviously I ditched the movie plan and queued up the first episode instead. 2mo
Mybookcafelife @xicanti that‘s awesome! I didn‘t know kindle had it. My pen pal send it to me. I watched the first 15 mins of the movie and did not like it. It‘s so different. 2mo
xicanti @Mybookcafelife I didn‘t even know there was a movie! I‘m enjoying the drama so much I don‘t think I‘d want to see another version. Not for a long time, at any rate. 2mo
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BookwormM
Life | Lu Yao
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#ReadAroundTheWorld #China

Enjoyed this story but the central character was a bit of an ass. I get that he was educated & that social injustice caused him to lose his position which would make anyone angry but when he used that injustice to benefit himself I lost respect for him & the way he treated the women in his life was deplorable.

While I felt for him as a human being on a personal level I can't help feeling that he reaped what he sowed.

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Mshookquilts
The Other Man | Farhad J. Dadyburjor
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A gay man struggles with the expectations of society and parents and his own desires and hopes

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CaitlinByTheBook
The Other Man | Farhad J. Dadyburjor
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Freebie from Amazon. I liked the premise of this book, but the writing was really lacking to me. It felt like I was reading an adult book with sentences for middle schoolers. I liked that this one exposed me to a different culture and was different than most books I usually read. Unfortunately though only 2⭐️.