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The History of Bees
The History of Bees: A Novel | Maja Lunde
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In the spirit of Station Eleven and Never Let Me Go, this dazzling and ambitious literary debut follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the beesand to their children and one anotheragainst the backdrop of an urgent, global crisis. England, 1852. William is a biologist and seed merchant, who sets out to build a new type of beehiveone that will give both him and his children honor and fame. United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper fighting an uphill battle against modern farming, but hopes that his son can be their salvation. China, 2098. Tao hand paints pollen onto the fruit trees now that the bees have long since disappeared. When Taos young son is taken away by the authorities after a tragic accident, she sets out on a grueling journey to find out what happened to him. Haunting, illuminating, and deftly written, The History of Bees joins these three very different narratives into one gripping and thought-provoking story that is just as much about the powerful bond between children and parents as it is about our very relationship to nature and humanity.
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AnneCecilie
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Thanks for the tag @batsy

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Siri_reads Det omslaget er både nydelig og trist. 3d
batsy Nice! 🐝 Thank you for joining in! 3d
AnneCecilie @Siri_reads ja, det er noe spesielt med den forsiden som bare griper en. Jeg visste at jeg skulle ha den boka uten å vite hva den handlet om, bare på grunn av forsiden. 1d
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frozenyogurt
Pickpick

Fakten auf eine menschliche Weise rübergebracht, gut zu lesen, wenn man romane mag.

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Buechersuechtling
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Mehso-so

I fell ill last night so I spend many hours with this audiobook today. Yes, it is an important topic and if I didn‘t already have shivering attacks I certainly would have gotten them while listening.

But I‘m glad I only borrowed it instead of buying because the stories that connected the history of the bees often didn‘t persuade me. Strange males not communicating properly are used as a means to create a family story. Didn‘t work for me.

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Buechersuechtling
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I‘m about half through with this. Have to say that up to now I can‘t understand where all the hype around this book is coming from.

Concerning one plot line, I definitely could say an hour ago where it will end. And the other two, well, I can‘t relate with Samuel and George very well. For me, they belong to the category “strange fathers”. Samuel is so thin-skinned, he ignores his family completely. And why can‘t George accept Tom‘s interests❓

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Buechersuechtling
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Just started this while having a bite for dinner. I‘m not very far in, 20 minutes maybe, but it already gives me the chills.

Homo homini lupus. *sigh*

thereadingowlvina History of Bees??? 2mo
Buechersuechtling @thereadingowlvina Yes, that‘s correct. 2mo
Freespirit We can't live without them😟 2mo
thereadingowlvina @Buechersuechtling Oh, I loved this book! I read it twice! 😁 2mo
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Buechersuechtling
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Well, that‘s just _one_ of the interesting books found by browsing my library‘s catalogue …

i‘ve seen this book yesterday when we made a visit and remembered that, some years ago, there was a buzz around it. So I thought I maybe read it and _that_ rang a bell with regard to my online library‘s catalogue. And as you see, I was right.

I now have 2 books and 2 audiobooks to finish but I couldn‘t resist. Didn‘t want someone else to snatch it away.

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LitDrivenGirl
History of Bees | Maja Lunde
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My day off yesterday I shopped at our "competitor's" shop because sometimes you need to go to the town over to see books you don't see everyday every week ?. I mean I didn't announce that I'm a bookshop owner... I think most book shopping should be accompanied by anonymity and silence... aka leave me alone and don't recognize me as Pete from Pages Aplenty ?. Good time, good finds, and good bargains ?.

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Jeg
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Mehso-so

Finally finished it. I think it was just a bit too long and I had trouble with the switches from one time to another. Book is set in the past, the now , and the future. However I learnt a great deal about bees and how important they are and how if we are not careful we could be in big trouble if their destruction is allowed to go on.
A lot of honey on toast consumed during the reading. @MrsMalaprop

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tricours
Bienes historie | Maja Lunde
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Pickpick

I liked it, but perhaps not as much as the hype made me believe I would.

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AnneCecilie
Bienes historie | Maja Lunde
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Pickpick

This is not the tagged book, Lundy‘s latest novel is not in the database

This is a advent calendar, naturally taking place before Christmas. We meet Julian and his family. Recently they‘ve experienced a huge loss, Juni, the oldest daughter has died. So the Christmas spirit hasn‘t reached the family, but one day Julian meets Hedvig. And so the story begins

A book about loss, grief and family.

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AnneCecilie
Bienes historie | Maja Lunde
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Not the tagged, but this is Lunde‘s latest book, a Christmas story with illustrations by Lisa Aisato

#RedBooks #SeasonsReadings

Aimeesue Gorgeous! 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm Love the cover! 😍 9mo
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xicanti
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Just when I thought all the discounted Halloween stuff was gone, a Scaero showed up in the Safeway clearance cart. Hello, dessert.

I'm on the fence with this book; interested, but maybe not engaged enough to spend 240 more pages with it. It doesn't help that Lunde loooooooves comma splices and I loathe them. Hello, punctuation-induced cringefest.

tjwill 😖 Comma splices! Ugh! 10mo
xicanti @tjwill they proved too much for me. Goodbye, book. 10mo
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xicanti
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I have INTENSE PLANS for the rest of the evening.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Panpan

I could barely get through this (I forced myself since it's for the book club I run at work). I just found it dull. I couldn't connect with any characters and the writing felt flat and unemotional. I've felt similarly about other translations; I'm not sure if this is a product of translation itself (the translation is lacking something the original has), or if European fiction has more of a tendency to be written that way in the first place.

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Tamra
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Mehso-so

I‘m not sure why this wasn‘t a great book for me, it has many of the elements that should have made it a pick. Just fell a little flat. The novel revolves around three stories in three different time periods connected by bees, or lack thereof. The moral: be ecology centered, not human centered.

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bels_books
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I started a new “break book.” This book suggestion came from a podcast. It‘s very much out of my comfort zone.

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teainthelibrary
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Definitely not what I was expecting, but interesting in its own right. Lunde weaves together three different narratives all connected through bees - she dissects their families and their relationships, and allows these characters to grow. A slow burn; a little tragic, but beautiful and hopeful all the same.

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thereadingowlvina
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📖 The History of Bees 🐝🐝🐝 - Cli-fi + dystopian = ❤❤❤

👧 Hazel Gaynor - Read two of her books so far and they did not disappoint!

🎥 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters - A dark & fun movie!

😋 Oh honey! 🍯🍯🍯

Thanks for fun #LetterH #ManicMonday @JoScho !!! 🤗💖

JoScho Fun collage! 12mo
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teainthelibrary
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I‘m so stoked to read this! The premise sounds amazing. Can‘t wait to see what it‘s all about ☺️🐝

BooknerdsLife Started this book last month but had to return to library before I could finish it! 😭 11mo
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JaneyWaneyB
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Pickpick

This is a beautiful book. The 3 distinct voices all entwine to tell a tale that hits close to home. Maja Lunde has written a masterpiece which really makes you think about the future trajectory of the world if we don't make changes to limit our impact on the world.

I also discovered ReadTracker, what a fab app!

#Savethebees🐝 #TimeForChange #Books📚 #BookNerd🤓 #Bees🐝 #SummerReads🌞😎 #Sunday 🌞

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zezeki
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Said I'll stop buying books, but it was a stressful day, and I needed to comfort myself a little. #bookhaul #tbr 📚📒📓

Nute I‘ve been there before and truly understand.🙂 13mo
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JaneyWaneyB
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Thoroughly enjoying this book. There are 3 distinctive voices which fit with their era but also entwine together to shape this story with bees at the very heart

#SummerReads #books #TooHotNotMovingJustReading #Bees #Booknerd

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Traci1
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Today's book haul 🛍

tammysue 💖 1y
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readordierachel This History of Bees sounds really good! 1y
yourfavouritemixtape I‘m interrsted in how you like the Lost Book of the Grail! Have you read any Charlie Lovett before? 1y
Traci1 @thereadingowlvina @Crazeedi I had never heard of either book. They were impulse buys. 😁 Glad to hear good things about them. 1y
Traci1 @yourfavouritemixtape No, I hadn't even heard of him before. But the description pulled me in. I'm really looking forward to reading it. 1y
Crazeedi @yourfavouritemixtape I read this one, it was great. Don't know any other ones😊 1y
yourfavouritemixtape @Crazeedi i have read The Bookman‘s tale and really liked it. Then I read First Impressions and was a bit underwhelmed as it follows almost the exact storyline. 1y
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Lchnessmnstr
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As a amateur beekeeper, I‘m super excited (and a little saddened) by the premise of this book!
I had no idea that hand pollination became a thing in parts of China in the 1980s. 😢

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squirrelbrain
History of Bees | Maja Lunde
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Thanks @RachelO for the gorgeous postcard! You say you‘ve had a ‘bee-thing‘ going on recently....
I try to grow bee-friendly plants in my garden and this year I‘ve had some red mason bees nesting in my bee box. Totally fascinating, there was a section about them on Springwatch recently. You can see where they‘ve plugged up the holes with soil and bee spit once they‘ve laid an egg! There‘s pollen in there ready for when they hatch next spring!

mabell How cool! Love bees! ❤️ 1y
RachelO This is v cool! I've just been reading about bee boxes. Definitely want one one day-at the moment, I've been watching them bumble around the yard. Given it's completely decked with about 8 inches of 'bed'/gap at the end, the last tenants must have been doing something right. And we have borrowed brambles from the other side of the fence which always helps 😊 1y
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Insightsintobooks
History of Bees | Maja Lunde
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Has anyone ever read this? Is it good?

Redwritinghood I bought this already, so I hope so! 1y
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jhod
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Pickpick

Today's beach read - three interweaving tales set across 250 years all linked to beekeeping - though one of them I enjoyed reading about far more than the other two.

Libby1 I just finished this one a couple of weeks ago! Where are you on holiday? Have fun ! 1y
jhod Valencia now - thank you! 💖 1y
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Libby1
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Pickpick

I went to a local Bee Festival yesterday where I bought this locally produced honey and decided to read The History of Bees.

The book focuses on three main characters who live in different eras (1852 England, 2007 USA, 2098 China). Each character‘s life is shaped by their relationship with bees.

This is my second bee related dystopia this year, but I liked this one better. I didn‘t love it for reasons that would provide spoilers.

❤️🐝❤️

SqueakyChu This sounds great! 1y
Libby1 @SqueakyChu - I hope you‘ll enjoy it! I finished it a couple of days ago and aspects of the story keep running through my mind. 1y
jhod Yay! I didn't get so much out of the William story as the others. I especially liked George, Emma and Tom 1y
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xicanti
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I put another book in the Little Free Library tonight and took this Norwegian example of dystopian SF marketed as litfic in exchange.

BkClubCare Pretty cover 1y
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Eyejaybee
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Mehso-so

This was an unusual and intriguing novel, although in the end I felt it failed quite to live up to its early promise. The hardback is beautifully presented, though. Read my LibraryThing review at: http://www.librarything.com/work/16574182/book/155552292. #thehistoryofbees #majalunde #bees #nature #pollinators #politics #fiction #sciencefiction #naturalhistory #ecology #environment #foodchain #norwegianliterature #dystopianliterature

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Nikki15
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Pickpick

Lunde combines non-fiction and fiction really well in this book. The book charts the impact of beekeeping and CCD over 300 years. William, George and Tao all have a relationship with beekeeping that cannot be forgotten but what if it threatens their whole livelihood and even the life of their family. There‘s a touch of Margaret Atwood to this story. A great debut adult novel in my opinion 🐝

RachelO Sounds great! 1y
Nikki15 @RachelO It really was. I can send it to you if you‘d like? 1y
thereadingowlvina One of my favourites! It got me really interested about bees 🐝❤ 1y
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RachelO @Nikki15 That's really kind of you - thank you! 😊🐝 1y
Nikki15 @RachelO perfect. If you send me your address I‘ll send it ASAP n.townsend198@gmail.com 1y
RachelO @Nikki15 I've mailed you. Thank you so much! 1y
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Eyejaybee
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What a beautifully produced book: a lovely dust jacket with a gorgeous hard cover underneath. The story is great, too. #majalunde #thehistoryofbees #bees #fiction #contemporaryliterature #norwegianliterature #naturalhistory #history #science #worldliterature #insects #honey #pollination #pollinators #blessedarerhepollinators

Sophoclessweetheart This is soso so pretty! 1y
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thereadingowlvina
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📚 No. But I did participate Riffle Books' book discussion for The History of Bees 🐝
📚 I'm happy with my name! 😁
📚 It's a tie: Believer (Imagine Dragons) + Telephone Line/Hello (Puddles Pity Party) 🤡

🌟Thank you @GarthRanzz for this #TrivialThursday! As always, great questions!🌟

GarthRanzz Thanks for participating! I love seeing all the different answers. 1y
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Waterstones
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Pickpick

Our Fiction Book of the Month is the dazzling, ambitious literary debut The History of Bees. Following three generations of beekeepers, this haunting, vital book is sure to astound readers.

elkeo_TheBookDragon @Jess_Read_This You might like this book! 🐝 1y
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thereadingowlvina
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1. Winnie The Pooh books have many loveable animal characters 🐯🐻🐷🦉

2. We had 6 dogs at one time! My mom was a dog lover. 🐕🐕🐕🐶🐶🐶

3. 🐘🦉🐝 - tough choice! All are my favourites!

4. Great Gray Owl 🦉

🌟Happy Monday #littens! Thank you @JoScho for another #manicmonday! 🌟

JoScho You had great answers! Thanks for playing 💕 1y
readherwriteher Ooh, elephants. I read somewhere once that elephants look at us and think we‘re cute, the same way we look at puppies and kittens. They are also super emotionally intelligent. Love them. 1y
thereadingowlvina @readherwriteher That's so cute! 🤗 1y
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mcctrish
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Pickpick

This book is set in 3 locations in three different time periods ( 1850‘s, current day, 2098) and follow 3 sets of characters and their relationships to bees. The stories feel different from each to reflect their time periods almost as if having different authors but it works well, like they are stand alone stories woven together on a common subject of bees. And they are all depressing as hell for various reasons. I had to finish and I‘m glad I did

BookishTrish Are you in Vancouver? We have a Murakami exhibition now. 2y
Ddzmini 😍🌼🌸🌻 2y
mcctrish @BookishTrish no, I saw this exhibit in Buffalo, NY over the Christmas holidays ( I‘m in London, Ontario) I loved it and I was so excited to see you were getting an exhibit 2y
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mcctrish
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Tater Tot fondue might be the greatest invention since sliced bread @MrBook I thought of you, if you are ever in Hamilton, Ontario head to Hambrgr to eat

MrBook Ooooooh 😳😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻!!!!! Thank you for sharing! Lovely, just absolutely delightful! 🤤 2y
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Cmf365
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On my bed side table for too long! Must read!!!!!

Dpotter I have this one checked out on Overdrive! 🙂❤️ 2y
DebbieGrillo Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
RaimeyGallant I know the feeling. :) And welcome to Litsy from me too! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. 2y
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Lindy
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Pickpick

Three storylines—right away I‘m in because I love MPV. It‘s about beekeeping—be still, my heart. Of all insects, bees are my fave, even more than butterflies. An epic saga spanning 250 years, from mid-19th c to the end of the 21st, told in a measured pace, with each storyline having a parent-child relationship focus. #Audiobook with 3 narrators (see list in pic above) is great. #Translation from Norwegian by Diane Oatley.

CouronneDhiver Ooo! I‘ve had my eye on this one. Maybe I‘ll push it up the list 🙂 2y
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Lindy
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Tao: "My dreams for [my son] didn't mean anything, if I failed to put them into a context and see that the same dreams had to apply to all of us."

ElishaLovesBooks Gorgeous 💕💕 2y
Kimzey Lovely photo! 🌸🐝 2y
Suet624 Jeepers! I needed that photo and that quote today. 2y
Lindy @ElishaLovesBooks @Kimzey @Suet624 Thanks all. It was still springtime when we arrived in Auckland last Nov. By the time we left this week, zucchini seeds that I had planted had already yielded one giant vegetable and many small ones. 🥒 2y
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heyitsMacall
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this story. I shed a few tears but overall felt hopeful at the end. Save the bees!

Reggie I heard this radio show talking about how the pesticides that use a toxin that doesn‘t biodegrade is what is killing the bees off. They have put trackers on bees from the hive and when they come into contact with that pesticide‘s residue they get nerve damage and forget where their hive is and die out alone. It was so depressing. 2y
heyitsMacall @Reggie all the bee stories are so sad! 2y
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TheRiehlDeal
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Has anyone read this audiobook? The descriptions sounds interesting, but it has 3 stars. I am going to try and listen to some audiobooks this year, as I am known to have reading slumps quite frequently. So hopefully audiobooks will fix that. 🤞
#thehistoryofbees #audiobook #libby

CouronneDhiver Not yet, but I was planning to get started soon... hadn‘t decided between ebook and audio yet though... 2y
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Heideschrampf
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Hey NRW-Littens! Does anyone have plans/tickets for attending this year's lit.COLOGNE? I've just booked in for VIVA LA VAGINA (12.3., 19:30h) and THE HISTORY OF WATER (17.3., 19:30h) and I was wondering whether anyone else was going!? There's still some other events on sale, too. Any interests for a #litsymeetuplitcologne?

Sarah83 I will check my calendar. 🤗 2y
Jenirwinauthor This sounds fabulous! What‘s it all about? 2y
scripturient Looks good but I‘ll be on holiday. :( 2y
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Heideschrampf @Jenirwinauthor it's the local attempt at a cosmopolitan book festival. One of the event will be on a ship, which i'm really lookig forward to! 2y
Heideschrampf @Sarah83 yay! Give me a shout if there's anything you find interesting :) 2y
Heideschrampf @scripturient we'll write you a postcard ;P 2y
buecherwurm This sounds awesome! I'll check their programm when I'm back in Düsseldorf. 2y
buecherwurm Ok, I couldn't resist directly checking this. I would have loved to go to “Die Geschichte des Wassers“ but it seems to be sold out. Do you know if it's realistic to get a ticket at the 'Abendkasse'? 2y
Heideschrampf @buecherwurm no, but I have two tickets, and turns out i wont be able to go after all. You wanna have mine? 2x20,50=41€ 2y
buecherwurm I'd love to but I really should check my calender first. Would you mind to wait till tuesday for an answer till I'm at work again? And @Sarah83 would you want to join me? 2y
Heideschrampf @buecherwurm yeah, sure! Would be a shame if the tickets went to waste 2y
buecherwurm @Heideschrampf hey, I would like to take the tickets! If they are still available just write me at buecherwurm@freenetmail.de so we can talk about the details. 2y
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monalyisha
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I went to the bookstore with my husband this afternoon to pick out our first reads of 2018. I don‘t buy hardcovers, as a general rule, but I almost made an exception for this one. I‘ve strangely heard nothing about it, but it was BEAUTIFUL! The jacket is lightly dusted with metallic, golden pollen. 💛 And it‘s garnered comparisons to both “Station Eleven” and “Never Let Me Go.” “Sweet” Jesus, that‘s some good company! 🍯💖📖

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Carleneishere
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What I‘m reading today

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Ange44
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I‘m starting this one now. It has such a beautiful cover!

Bookish_B That IS pretty! 👍🏼 2y
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cdreincarnate
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Pickpick

So glad my book club decided to read this one! Otherwise I never would have enjoyed this beautiful novel about the extinction of bees. Follows 3 main characters: 1 in 1850s England, 1 in America in the early 2000s, and 1 in dystopian China after the bees have become extinct, causing the collapse of civilization. One of the best books I've read this year.

Louise Check out the documentary QUEEN OF THE SUN about people around the world who are doing wonderful work to save the bees! It's inspiring! 🐝 2y
cdreincarnate @Louise Will do, thanks! 2y
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jhod
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Library Haul! Still having a rubbish reading month but very pleased with these three!

BarbaraBB Wow. Great haul! 2y
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AngisBuecherkiste
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Neuzugang

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Ange44
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Another thrift store trip during my week off. I didn't get as much as the last two trips, but still a good haul. My TBR pile is growing out of control, but that's okay!

britt_brooke Nice haul!! 2y
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