July 2019 Book Club Pick: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee


Come join us in July as we continue our book club! Next up, our July book club pick is Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.

Thanks to everyone who participated in our June book club discussion of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. We loved hearing what everyone had to say.

When we started our book club, we want to build a community of readers. Not everyone has a chance to be in a in-real-life book club, so we wanted to fill that gap for you by discussing books and building friendships.

Unfortunately, we just have not been able to be as consistent as we would like with our discussion questions. Our lives are busy. Your lives are busy. And our book club hasn’t really been a priority for us or for our readers.

That’s why we’ve decided to end our book club. Maybe someday we’ll have the time to bring it back and give it the proper attention it deserves. But for now, we feel like our time would be better spent working on other projects.

Thank you to all who have participated. We hope you enjoy this one last Pingel Sisters Book Club pick.

If you are interested, we are toying with the idea of doing buddy reads on Instagram – a more intimate little book club idea. Basically, if you like what we are reading, you get to read along with us. Follow us at @pingel_sisters and  message us if you would like to participate in a buddy read.

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July 2019 Book Club Pick

Book cover for Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

by Min Jin Lee

When she finds out she is pregnant, Sunja, beloved daughter of a local fisherman, realizes her perfect lover is actually married. Refusing to remain a mistress, she rejects his offer to take care of her and her child. Instead, she agrees to marry a gentle but sickly minister whom she follows to Japan where the struggle to live as Korean immigrants. Mixing a family saga with the history of Korean-Japanese relations, Pachinko is a sweeping novel of the early 1900s. Read more →

Find on:  Goodreads Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Book Depository

Why We Chose Pachinko

A finalist of the National Book Award for fiction, Pachinko was everywhere a few years ago. Additionally, it is slated to become a tv series in the coming years.

We chose Pachinko for our July book club pick because we wanted to discuss a beautiful historical fiction novel. This month, we hope to contemplate how we can learn of other cultures and time periods through historical fiction?

How does our modern day ethics and views tinge how we perceive the actions of people in other times? How much can we learn of a culture through fiction? Does learning about other cultures more appreciative of them?

Hope you join with us this month for our July book club pick. We fully expect a lively discussion. Remember rule #1 of the Pingel Sisters Book Club – you are not required to like the book we pick. Differing opinions are always welcome!

Let’s Discuss Pachinko

Here’s how it work. You read the book, we pick the questions, and then we have a fun conversation! Here is our July book club schedule:

July 10th – We will post our July book club discussion questions so you have a chance to reflect on them before our discussion begins.

July 24th – Let the discussion begin! For the last week of July, our discussion questions will be open for comment. We will update the post with our thoughts, and would love to hear what you have to say about Pachinko.

Click here to see the Pachinko Discussion Questions.


How do you feel about our July book club pick?

July 2019 Book Club Pick: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

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  • Reply Kelly July 2, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Sad to see the book club go, but completely understandable as consistency is key. Wishing you the best of luck in whatever you’ll be focusing your energies on now. I definitely love the idea of an online book club and although this one didn’t last as long as I would have hoped, it did allow me to tick off “join a bookclub”, an item on my 30 Before 30 list. Will definitely be interested in seeing your buddy reads on Instagram!

  • Reply Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins July 4, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Awww, I’m sorry to hear the book club is wrapping up, but I’m glad you’re doing it for the right reasons – there’s nothing worse than clinging on to a commitment that is draining your time and energy when there’s so much else going on. And besides, I’m sure everyone will find many more opportunities for book recs and discussion elsewhere on the blog 😉 I’m hoping I’ll get a chance to pull out my copy of Pachinko and give it a read along with you all. Happy reading!

    • Reply Rachael July 6, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks! I think one day I’ll bring the book club back (maybe when all my kids are in school). But for now, I’m realizing that my time is limited and I need to use it wisely.

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