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jinnocentia

jinnocentia

Joined November 2022

Looking to bring back my passion to read again.
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Battle Royale: The Novel by Koushun Takami
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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner
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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner

Chapter 17:
In fact, she was both my first and second words: Umma, then Mom. I called her I two languages. Even then I must have known that no one would ever love me as much as she would.

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Chapter 16:
"You don't need many ingredients, but as you can see it takes time. That's why jatjuk is very precious. Like, for example, one of your family members is sick, nothing much you can do. When we visit the hospital we usually make this jatjuk because patients can't eat like normal food. Pine nuts has protein and good fat for body so this is perfect food for patients who are recovering from their illness," Maangchi explained.

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Chapter 15:
I closed my eyes, leaning into it, channeling my best Karen Carpenter- that tiny, tragic figure. That starving woman in the yellow dress, slowly crumbling under the pressure to seem happy for the camera, slowly killing herself on live television, striving for perfection.

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Chapter 14:
Lovely was an adjective word my mother adored. She'd told me once if pressed to describe me in a single word, lovely would be the one she'd choose.

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Chapter 13:
With my mother's ring on my right hand I felt like a five-year-old in a full face of makeup. I twisted it back and forth, trying to get comfortable, it's facets glistened in the light of breaking dawn, oversized and out of place on my undiscerning finger. It felt heavy.

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Chapter 12:
"When you were a child, you always used to cling to me. Everywhere we went," my mother whispered, struggling to get the words out. "And now that you're older, here you are - still clinging to me."

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Chapter 11:
There was no one in the world that was ever as critical or could make me feel as hideous as my mother, but there was no one, not even Peter, who ever made me feel as beautiful.

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Chapter 10:
We had tried to choose living over dying and it had turned out to be a horrible mistake. We drank another round, tried to let it wash us over.

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Chapter 9:
The eye of the storm, a calm witness to the wreckage spinning out into its end.

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Chapter 8:
Something that was always in the hands of other people to be given and never my own to take, to decide which side I was on, whom I was allowed to align with. I could never be of both worlds, only half in and half out, waiting to be ejected at will by someone with greater claim than me. Someone full. Someone whole.

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Chapter 7:
Now, more than ever, I wished desperately for a way to transfer pain, wished I could prove to my mother just how much I loved her, that I could just crawl into her hospital cot and press my body close enough to absorb her burden.

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Chapter 20:
"The sun will rise every day, blessing every one of us with joy."

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Chapter 19:
"Look, there's no need to understand. What it comes down to is this. Once your opponent attacks you with a weapon, you don't hesitate. Otherwise you'll die. You can't afford to think about it."

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Chapter 6:
I would be everything she ever needed. I would make her sorry for ever not wanting me to be there. I would be the perfect daughter.

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Chapter 5:
I found myself in a strange state of ambivalence. My first thought being how do I get to do that, and second, if there's already one Asian girl doing this, then there's no longer space for me.

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Chapter 4:
A familiar itch was creeping in. That aching toward something wild - when the days get longer and a walk through the city becomes entirely pleasant from morning to night, when you want to run down an empty street in sneakers and fling all responsibility to the wayside. But for the first time it felt like an impulse I needed to turn away from.

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Chapter 18:
It was dangerous for her to run so recklessly, but she had to escape. That was her priority.

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Chapter 17:
With an explosive pop, the gun set off a small flame. Something hot grazed the top of his head. Of course he might have just imagined it. Anyway, the bullet missed him.

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Chapter 16:
Then his feet feel funny.
He suddenly recalled how there was a steep slope toward the field with the shrine.
I'm falling!

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Chapter 15:
"Let's see, you, and also you. And you. What's your coffin size? It's a tight fit, but we can offer our popular No. 8 model to you at a specially reduced price."

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Chapter 14:
Who was still normal and who wasn't anymore? But - maybe we're the ones who aren't being normal anymore? Maybe we're insane?
He felt like he was going crazy.

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Chapter 13:
The slashing sound Megumi heard sounded like a lemon being cut. It was a nice sound. The knife must have been really sharp and the lemon fresh, the way they were on television cooking shows, as in, "Today, we'll be cooking lemon salmon."
It took her a few seconds to realize what had occurred.

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Chapter 12:
They heard a rustling sound. They sensed someone in the bushes behind them. That was their signal: all aboard. The train is departing, so you better get on board.

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Chapter 11:
Fighting was the best way he could prove himself. Strength was the only standard he had, and he never felt short of it.

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Chapter 10:
Noriko broke into a slight grin. Shuya did his best to return the smile. They were in a horrible situation, but he felt slight relief in forming a smile.

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Chapter 9:
Kazushi did his best to overcome his panic. The first thing was to get out of here. That was the priority.

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Chapter 8:
And so his choice to reduce the numbers of "the enemy" as efficiently as possible wasn't motivated by rational thoughts but instead by a deeper, primal fear of death. There was no need to discern your allies from your enemies. Everyone had to be an enemy.

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Chapter 7:
Shuya licked his lips and decided it was best for him to move away from the door. He looked outside again.
That was when he noticed it.
He didn't see it the last time because he was too preoccupied with the overall view, but this time he saw something that looked like a garbage bag lying at his feet.

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Chapter 6:
He stood at the open door and faced the darkness. He looked back at everyone with a terrified face, but then a moment later he vanished beyond the door. Two or three footsteps turned into the pounding sound of his running, which then faded away. It sounded like he fell once, but then it sounded like he dashed off again.

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Chapter 3:
Like food, beauty was an integral part of her culture. Nowadays. South Korea has the highest rate of cosmetic surgery in the world, with an estimated one in three women in their twenties having undergone some type of procedure, and the seeds of that circumstance run deep in the language and mores of the country.

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Chapter 2:
Some of my earliest memories I can recall are of my mother instructing me to always "save ten percent of yourself." What she meant was that, no matter how much you thought you loved someone, or thought they loved you, you never gave all of yourself. Save 10 percent, always, so there was something to fall back on.

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Chapter 1:
Food was how my mother expressed her love. No matter how critical or cruel she could seem - constantly pushing me to meet her intractable expectations - I could always feel her affection radiating from the lunches she packed and the meals she prepared for me just the way I liked them. I can hardly speak Korean, but in H Mart it feels like I'm fluent.

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Chapter 5:
The motto here is. 'I'm just like the others and the others are like me.' There is nothing to be afraid of.

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Chapter 4:
Rage tore through his entire body so powerfully that it almost made him shake. His feelings, which had been muted by the initial shock, were beginning to surface.

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Chapter 3:
It was the most terrifying version of musical chairs imaginable.
But it was impossible to oppose the Program. It was impossible to protest anything the Republic of Greater East Asia did.

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Chapter 2:
Sakamochi continued smiling and resumed, "Your class has been elected for this year's 'Program.'"
Someone shrieked.

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Chapter 1:
As soon as everyone seemed awake, the man spoke up in a cheerful voice, "All right, everyone awake? I hope you all slept well!"
No one replied. Even the class clowns, Yutaka Seto and Yuka Nakagawa were speechless.

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Chapter 0:
Decadent music is strictly prohibited.

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