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DRIVE YOUR PLOUGH OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD.
DRIVE YOUR PLOUGH OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD. | OLGA. TOKARCZUK
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BarbaraBB
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I loved everything about this book. Its setting in an isolated village in a bleak #Polish midwinter, the plot of hunters being murdered, the concerns about nature and the impact humans have on it, and above all the narrator. Tokarczuk is a fantastic portraitist and her prose is witty as well as melancholic. Highly recommended.

#ReadingEurope2020 🇵🇱
(Pic: My Saturday morning ritual)

squirrelbrain Great review! And a great morning ritual too! 4d
Hooked_on_books I liked this one, too. It was quirky in the best ways. You look so comfy! 4d
TrishB Great pic 😁 4d
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Megabooks Love the pic! I‘m coming back to the book soon. I love her style. 4d
Abailliekaras Stacked! 4d
MariettaSG Nice review 4d
Librarybelle Glad you liked this one! Great picture! 4d
Leftcoastzen I wondered about this , your review makes me want to read it. 4d
Tanisha_A Nice review! I found it everything, this book! Such a pot of elements. 4d
IuliaCG Lovely morning ritual! Great review, it's also on my to read list, I can't wait to get to it! 4d
Crazeedi Very neat photo, and the book sounds really unique 4d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Abailliekaras @Leftcoastzen @Iulia @Crazeedi Thanks friends. I hope you will read and enjoy the book. It deserves all the love 💕 4d
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Quirky is a good word to describe it. Pot of elements too, @Tanisha_A. I really love such out of the ordinary books. Now I wonder if I should read (edited) 4d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Her style is great. I love the MC, I want to be like her one day when I‘m old 😀 4d
BarbaraBB @TrishB @MariettaSG @Librarybelle Thanks, there is nothing like reading and reviewing books in bed in the morning 😉😘 4d
Redwritinghood Great picture! 4d
QuintusMarcus I‘ve been meaning to check this out! 4d
BarbaraBB @QuintusMarcus Please do, it is so worth reading! 4d
BarbaraBB @Redwritinghood Thanks! 😘 4d
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klarusu
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Riding out Storm Ciara with a pile of books and some unicorn slippers today.

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Caterina
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I got a chance to read the first few pages of this #NewYearWhoDis pick while on a third date with my now-boyfriend (!!!) at Pegasus Books in Berkeley, and I'm so excited to read it sometime! It seems so weird and well-written so I'm sure I'll love it 😍 Can't wait to get my hands on it for real!! @Emilymdxn @monalyisha

Tanisha_A I loved this book 1w
Cathythoughts ❤️ 1w
Emilymdxn This is the cutest news ever, I know nothing about your boyfriend apart from that he holds your hand in bookshops and that‘s the best possible news lol 🥳 is that the American cover of drive your plough? I rly like it 1w
monalyisha D‘awww. 💖 1w
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arlenefinnigan
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What a great, compelling, odd read. A really good bit of noir (Polish noir?), the writing style reminded me a bit of Tove Jansson's adult novels - very dark, but with a great sinister sense of humour. The narrator is strangely likeable, and without giving anything away, the plot twist/reveal is quite satisfying.

Librarybelle I found the narrator strangely likable too! Really dark book. I liked it. 2w
Megabooks I have this from the library. I‘m excited!! 2w
diovival I am in love with this title. 😍 1w
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klarusu
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Lunchtime cup of tea and this utterly engaging book recommended by @shadowspeak17 for #NewYearWhoDis. January was a bit of a bust for me reading-wise because I started a new role at work but I‘m catching up now and this is a great find. I lived in Poland for years and am married to a Pole and parent to a half-Pole. I know the mountains so well. This book is just right to start a dreary February.

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Librarybelle
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In this dark mystery, a remote village at the border between Poland and Czech Republic is the scene for death and secrets. The main character and narrator Janina is one hot mess - she has a penchant for the poet Blake and astrology, and decides that she has to figure out what is happening in her village.

This is definitely not a book for everyone. I liked it. It has some dark humor, and Janina is such an unique character. ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Cinfhen Ooohhhh, Lots of challenge prompts 🙌🏻💕 2w
Cinfhen Did you forget #ReadingEurope2020 😁😉 2w
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BarbaraBB On my tbr too for #Poland! 2w
Librarybelle @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB I have something else in mind for Poland. I‘m using #ReadingEurope2020 to read nonfiction about the countries. This was a happy coincidence! 2w
Cinfhen Ahhhh, cool idea!!!! 2w
Reviewsbylola This sounds promising. Nothing like super dark noir! 2w
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arlenefinnigan
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Same.

BarbaraBB 😂 I get more and more curious about this book! 2w
arlenefinnigan @BarbaraBB it's generally really quite dark but there are some hilarious quotes. 2w
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arlenefinnigan
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😂

LauraBrook I feel the same way! 😂 2w
readordierachel 😆😆 2w
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Julsmarshall
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Pickpick

Dark, powerful, thought-provoking. Who determines the worth of humans and Animals and can they live together in harmony? I‘ll be thinking about this one for a long time. #ReadingEurope2020 #Poland

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Mehso-so

This isn‘t a mystery as much as it is a wandering stream-of-consciousness work from an truly odd fictional character. She obsesses about astrology, trying to make sense of her world. And she translates William Blake into Polish with a former student. Not a strong pick for me, but truly unique so I‘m bumping it up a tad.

And my new bookish coffee mug!!

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2020
#booked2020 #eccentricmc

4thhouseontheleft Love that mug! 3w
DrexEdit This is a book I'm feeling a need to tackle one day. And I love your new mug! 😍😊👍 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @DrexEdit The good part is it‘s not super long! Hope you like it when you get to it! 3w
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Suet624 Oooh, where did you find that mug? 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Suet624 Got it at a local bookstore. But, here‘s a link to the makers: https://lennymud.com 3w
Suet624 Thank you so much! I just impulse bought one. I love adding to my book mugs. 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Suet624 I do too! Post the one you got and tag me, so I can see! 3w
Suet624 I might have been a copycat. 😁 3w
ozma.of.oz That‘s an awesome mug! 3w
Cinfhen Great mug!!! I‘m on the fence about this book. I tried a different book by this author and I couldn‘t get into it 3w
Cinfhen That website is AWESOME 😁I want EVERYTHING ‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️ 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Suet624 Awww—enjoy!! 😘 3w
Suet624 @Cinfhen I DNF‘ed this book. FYI. 😀 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen It‘s definitely a #borrownotbuy book and worth a try. I had to reorient my reading around her cadence a bit. It‘s hard to explain. And I took most of it as simple face value in terms of character and plot. I saw another Litten review it very philosophically. So I think it has some complexity. Anyway ... not sure if this helps or not. 🤪🥰 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Suet624 I can understand that choice. I might have done so except it was an IRL book group read. I try not to DNF those and thankfully this was short. 3w
Cinfhen Got ya #BookTwin @Suet624 ♋️ 3w
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saresmoore
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Mehso-so

Well, that was unique. The writing is good, unconventional, and quite lovely in places. The main character is bizarre in an endearing way (reminded me of a more focused, less fun-loving Frankie Bergstein). I love weird, but this fell short for me. The diatribes on astrology and the evils of hunting (of which there are many) are almost mind-numbing and the story feels repetitive and oddly predictable. If it had been shorter, I would have loved it.

saresmoore This was a great pick for #Poland for #ReadingEurope2020 because the setting was basically another quirky main character. 3w
Suet624 This was a rare DNF for me. Glad you made it through. 3w
saresmoore @Suet624 I don‘t blame you! I think I may have slept through portions of it and I read in print! 😆 3w
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Suet624 Hahaha. 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage I feel pretty much exactly the same, although I thought the astrology stuff was kind of interesting. 3w
Hooked_on_books I ultimately gave this a pick, but I definitely felt it dragged in places. The awesomeness of the MC pushed me to a pick. But I agree with you. 3w
saresmoore @Hooked__on__books She really is fantastic. And I like that the author didn‘t shy away from anything or try to gloss over her perspective or quirks. It‘s all sort of unapologetic, which is why I kept reading, I guess! 3w
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Julsmarshall
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#currentread #ReadEurope2020 #Poland Really interesting so far, a bit odd . . . I feel like someone is watching me.

Tamra Very familiar face...... 😆 3w
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overtheedge
Pickpick

Extraordinary, brilliant writing and premise. What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be an animal? Why is killing a human murder, while killing an animal is sport? If animals were given the same rights to life as humans, could they be charged with murder? This book points to the trappings humans bind themselves in, to feel they are more deserving of freedom, than animals.
This propulsive book made think, consider and wonder....

Chrissyreadit I agree wholeheartedly with the concept, but humans are so cruel to each other. 3w
overtheedge @Chrissyreadit Sorry you feel that way. Hope things improve for you! 3w
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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Mehso-so

There's some beautiful writing and ideas in this book but ultimately I found it very repetitive. It's fairly stream-of-concious from the MCs POV and she spends a lot of time musing over the same ideas, especially after the first third of the book. For me I think it would've been a stellar novella.

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Tonton

Here‘s the nominees for the 2020 PEN Awards. Rooting for best translation the tagged book. https://lithub.com/here-are-your-2020-pen-america-literary-awards-finalists/

RachelO Interesting list - so many I haven‘t heard of. Thanks! 3w
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Jen2
Pickpick

Great story!!!

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overtheedge

It spitefully reminds me that I consist of physical particles which are slipping away by the second. Perhaps one could get used to it? Learn to live with it, just as people live in the cities of Auschwitz and Hiroshima, without ever thinking about what happened there in the past. They simply live their lives.

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saresmoore
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1. This book is so weird—and that‘s saying something, coming from me.
2. No, you may not judge my weird pregnancy lunch.

#ReadingEurope2020 #Poland

TrishB You eat what helps! Red Leicester cheese on toast and salt and vinegar crisps were the only things I could stomach for about 3 months!! (edited) 3w
LeahBergen It looks tasty! I hope you‘re starting to feel better? 😘 3w
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Moray_Reads I'm not sure exactly what it is but it looks good to me! 3w
Reagan No judgment here. While I was pregnant, my husband once had to eat outside in a storm because he put mustard on his hamburger and I couldn‘t stop dry heaving. 3w
saresmoore @TrishB These are salt & vinegar crisps and avocado on toast with vegan pesto. 😂 Nothing sits well, but at least this tastes good to me! @Moray_Reads @LeahBergen My midwives keep insisting I gain weight, so I‘m doing my best by eating too much salt and bread. The nausea persists, but carbs do help! 3w
saresmoore @Reagan 🤣 The mere mention of curry (one of my former favorites) makes me queasy. Ugh, I can‘t even believe I mentioned it! 😝 3w
batsy That looks delicious! 😆 I'm kind of drooling, lol. I'm glad the carbs help with the nausea ❤️ #teamcarbs 3w
Centique Oh you bring back memories! You eat whatever you can lovely 😘 I couldn‘t walk through the meat section of the supermarket or be near cooking smells for months with my first pregnancy. Thank god for salty chips and crackers! Best wishes 💕 3w
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melissajayne
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4⭐️ Read this for the Book Cougars readalong and I quite enjoyed it. I think what I like most about it was the slowness of the book and the beautiful descriptions of the landscape and how the landscape was a part of the story. #bookstagram #2020 #fiction #bookreview #translation #litsyatoz #litsyatoz2020 #d

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ReadingEnvy
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When I saw this was the next book for the Book Cougars readalong, I knew it was the push I needed. It is quite a bit different from Flights by the same author, which was fragmentary and not so linear. Drive Your Plow is more about an older woman in Poland who helps a neighbor with another neighbor who has died, and gets swept up in what might be a crime spree or might be the animals taking revenge. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy I also love how some things happen in a sentence, blink and you could miss them, like the time she goes to bed with the beetle scientist. 4w
Cathythoughts Great review! I have it stacked & Im looking forward to it 👍🏻❤️ 4w
ReadingEnvy @Cathythoughts 💃I hope you enjoy! 4w
MamaGina My library hold for this just came in!🤓 4w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This one is for our early Feb IRL book group. I‘m so over committed to books and group / buddy reads right now. Can I finish it this weekend??

Redwritinghood You can do it! 💪🏻 4w
Readaholics How is it? I tried the audiobook, but it didn‘t work for me. Reading might be better 4w
Mrs_B I read the book title wrong from the picture. I thought it said “drive your plough over Olga”. 🤦‍♀️ think I need sleep! 4w
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Mrs_B But yes you can finish it!!! 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Readaholics I‘m not far enough in yet to judge. It is odd, as you found out. 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Mrs_B ROFLMAO! And thanks ... we‘ll see ... 4w
DGRachel It‘s short, so I‘d say you can finish in the weekend. I loved it, but it is a slow start and yes, a bit odd. 4w
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overtheedge
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This weeks reading.....anyone read any of these??

BarbaraBB I have just bought the tagged one. I have heard many good things about it. 1mo
Ruthiella Me too about Drive Your Plow...I keep hearing great reviews on blogs, goodreads, etc.😀 1mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook I really liked that Daphne du Maurier biography! 4w
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Emilymdxn I love drive your plough I‘ve been buying copies for friends ever since I read it last year! 4w
shadowspeak17 Drive Your Plow is so good! 4w
overtheedge @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella @Emilymdxn @shadowspeak17 OMG....i loved Drive Your Plow....amazing book and premise.
@MommyWantsToReadHerBook...started Daphne bio last night. It is really good, and seems to have a lot of detail...so far its one of the bios of Daphnes Ive read.
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BarbaraBB Thanks for the thumbs up, I will read it soon!! 3w
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Nebklvr
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Mehso-so

A mad woman, a band of outcasts, a cold, austere atmosphere, and several unexplained deaths. The main character is unique and interesting and the environment is as much a character as anyone else. However, the letters could have been cut as they didn‘t add anything new to the story and the ending was somewhat of a disappointment. If mystery is what you want, skip it. You know who is behind it about 1/2 way through.

Tamra This was not a pick for me either - marginally engaging. I was rather unimpressed with the MC, but maybe that was intentional. 1mo
Nebklvr @Tamra I like weird books. I didn‘t mind the characters but could have done with much more subtlety. It was like the MC was pounding us over the head with her opinions which I guess is true to obsessives. I found some of it laugh out loud funny but much of the time was somewhat bored. It wasn‘t bad. Glad I read it but not infatuated with it. What are you reading now? 1mo
Tamra @Nebklvr yes, I had the same thought several times and almost bailed because it was overly obvious “preachy.” Then I wondered if that was intentional? 1mo
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Tamra @Nebklvr yes, bored is an apt description! 1mo
Tamra @Nebklvr I am thinking I should read Grief is a Thing with Feathers because it is due back soon. I can‘t wait to get to Overstory - that will follow. I‘m also buddy reading The Professor‘s House. How about you? 1mo
Nebklvr @Tamra I believe it was intentional but that didn‘t make it any less annoying!! I fail as a book critic😂 because I can (sometimes) recognize it and still think....whatever. 1mo
Tamra @Nebklvr 😂 Yes! 1mo
Nebklvr @Tamra Grief is a thing with feathers is weird but i enjoyed it. Would like to read Lanny someday. Trying to read Lepore‘s History of U.S. These Truths and may start (edited) 1mo
Tamra @Nebklvr I want to read The Things She‘s Seen too, but I have it stacked under the U.K.? title. I really enjoyed Lanny, give it a go! 1mo
Nebklvr @Tamra The things she‘s seen ....so very good!! 1mo
Tamra @Nebklvr yay! I put a hold on it. 1mo
Nebklvr @Tamra I hope you love it as much as I do! Let me know what you think. 1mo
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Tanisha_A
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"How wonderful – to translate from one language to another, and by doing so to bring people closer to one another – what a beautiful idea."

Thank God translators exist - couldn't have read this fabulous piece of writing otherwise. What is this novel?! A murder mystery, comic (dark, feminist, and philosophical), text on nature (loved the descriptions set in cold cold Poland, but also the transition from winter to summer), an ode to Blake, ??

Tanisha_A a cry to be compassionate and empathetic towards our wildlife, personal struggles (existentialism). Really, it would be unwise (imo) to box it in a genre! If you like writing which has a scattered narrative (not confounding), this is your jam. Literary, literary! 1mo
Tanisha_A Looking forward to reading more Tokarczuk! 1mo
Graywacke Great post! 1mo
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Cathythoughts Great review! I have this stacked 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
Centique Awesome review 🙌 1mo
batsy Lovely review! I have this on my shelf... Looking forward 🤩 1mo
readordierachel Fabulous review! Stacking immediately! 1mo
Tanisha_A @readordierachel @batsy @Cathythoughts Ladies, i think you will like it. Will look out for your review whenever you get to it. ❤️ 1mo
Tanisha_A @Centique @Graywacke Thanks friends! 💚 1mo
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Nebklvr
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I would say just the opposite. Anger inhibits our ability to see anything but the wrong done to us. It is the source of stupidity and regret.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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This is going to be one of those "loved it or hated it" reads. I am in the love camo. The writing is haunting, there is a mystery but mostly the book is character driven, the woman is old and not always likable. It is beautiful and complex. I want to say it is like Britt Marie but much darker and far better written.

SamAnne I do plan to read it. I read flights and loved portions of but parts I would not want to read again and the book as a whole did not come together for me. 1mo
BookwormM I loved it as well 1mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @SamAnne I am hearing people like this better than Flights, but I have not read that one. 1mo
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lele1432
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Starting some much needed nighttime reading after a not-so-great day at work, AND a call from daycare saying my 1 yr old fell off their climbing mat and hit her head. 😞 (She seems to be doing fine! But the knot looked scary.)

Anywho, I was feeling adventurous, so my accompaniment this evening is a Greek dessert wine that, oddly enough, smells of orange vodka Jell-O shots! 😆 I'm scared to take a sip! 😆

Tanisha_A Oh no, your little one. Take care! ❤️ 1mo
vivastory Sorry about the scare with your little one!! What's the verdict on the drink? 1mo
Megabooks So sorry about her fall. Glad everything is fine! 1mo
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RachelO How scary! Hope she‘s doing well and Friday‘s a better day. 1mo
batsy Oh no! Hope she's doing OK ❤️ 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Scary indeed! Hope your little one is doing better. And I hope the drink is good. 1mo
lele1432 @Tanisha_A @vivastory @Megabooks @RachelO @batsy @erzascarletbookgasm thank you all!! 🤗 She seemed her usual happy self this morning lol. Still a knot on her forehead but it has gone down! 1mo
lele1432 @vivastory @erzascarletbookgasm omg...that wine... 😂 I think I was a little TOO adventurous. It also TASTED like orange Jell-O shots but mixed with cough syrup!! 🙊 Never had anything like that and I think it is the reason I woke up early with a pounding headache lol. 😩 They all can't be a winner I suppose. 🤷🏽‍♀️ 1mo
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arlenefinnigan
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#ReadHarder challenge 6: a mystery where the victim is not a woman.

Cathythoughts I have this stacked... it sounds really good 👍🏻 1mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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The best conversations are with yourself. At least there's no risk of a misunderstanding. - Olga Tokarczuk

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pigeonsandcrows
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This book will definitely not be for everyone, but if you like descriptions of nature, eccentric narrators, and to ponder philosophical issues, it may be up your alley. My reading of it may have been enhanced by understanding the role of the Catholic Church in Poland with regard to hunting and ecological issues, as not all the narrator's concerns and actions made automatic sense to my North American brain until I did some background reading.

crazyspine I like this cover. It's a different version than the one I read. 1mo
Croissonter @pigeonsandcrows your review hooked me! 1mo
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Tamra
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Mehso-so

Amazing powers of description no doubt! Loved the nature writing, but I didn‘t find myself very interested in either the main character or the mystery. Could be the timing, maybe I‘ll try it again another time in print.

BarbaraBB I jus bought this one. I had heard such great things about it. Hmm 🤔 1mo
Tamra @BarbaraBB All those great reviews can‘t be wrong! It was probably just the timing for me and I am willing to give it a shot in print for that reason. No question she is a brilliant writer, I just didn‘t completely connect which is so subjective. I am completely open to reading her other works! 1mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#weeklypreview

Hoping to have a slow work week so I can get through all of these completely!

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lele1432
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I‘ve had so much #bookmail come in this past week! @aeeklund my next #LMPBC came Friday, you didn‘t have to rush it! Thank you! My #BOTM choices came, and look @RachelO! My #NewYearWhoDis books came in all the way from Blackwells! 🤗

vivastory I regret not adding on Sundown Motel to my box. I'll be looking forward to your thoughts on it! 1mo
lele1432 @vivastory I think I will try to get to it this month or next actually! I‘ll tag you. 😊 It sounded pretty good so I‘m excited about it! 1mo
RachelO Yay! Ummm... having struggled with your last bleak book, I seem to have put a more than one bleak book on my list too 🤔. I love that cover of Past the Shallows 🥰 And I finally ordered the last of my #NewYearWhoDis books - the ones I thought weren‘t available here - I think I must have been trying to buy kindle versions before - the hardbacks are available after all! 📚📚📚 1mo
lele1432 @RachelO I‘m beginning to think I might have an affinity for bleak books...🤔 call me Oprah lol 😆🤷🏽‍♀️ And yayyy!! I can assure you the Kevin Wilson and Dear Haiti aren‘t bleak and should give you lots of chuckles! 😊 1mo
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SiriuslyWeasley
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Candles lit for cozy ambiance, kitty sleeping next to me and a new book to get lost in...an ideal evening I think! 🌌

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RobinGustafson
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Looking forward to reading this for the Book Cougars Podcast readalong

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Lindy
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Looking back on 2019 reading:
- 148 books by Indigenous authors and People of Colour
- Books from 46 countries (I've tagged my favourite book of 2019, which is from Poland)
- Written in 11 different languages

#readingstats #statsnerd

wanderinglynn That‘s awesome! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Lifeisasnap How did you do the reading stats? I‘d love to know how well rounded i am... 😉😀 2mo
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Lindy @Lifeisasnap I have about 250 shelves in my goodreads account that help me sort through my reading (and look up titles when I have forgotten both title and author). 2mo
Lifeisasnap @Lindy very cool!!! i didn't realize GR's did stats like that. I'll have to check it out. You are well read!
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Lindy @Lifeisasnap You can create whatever shelves you want in Goodreads, and then assign your books to multiple shelves (categories). You can also sort by two shelves (categories) at once (i.e. science fiction and Canadian). 1mo
Lifeisasnap @Lindy thanks! I have like 4 shelves not very organized categories though, so I‘ll check it out. 1mo
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BookladyOnTheMove

Recommended by #bookriot Best Books of 2019.

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shaynarae
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Pickpick

Such an interesting book! It‘s a beautifully crafted philosophical exploration of the relationship between animals and humans, human bias, and fate, packaged as a thriller. It‘s not an easy read as I think thrillers tend to be, but as an animal-lover myself, I felt very connected to the protagonist and was interested in her musings and theories as investigations around the dead in her community develop.

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Godmotherx5
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We did a little book shopping at Boswell‘s today. I now have my #ReadingGoals2020 selected. The tagged book is for the #BookCougarsReadALong #Bookcougars
#Murderino
#DearDecember @Eggs

Eggs Great choices 👌🏼🥳🤗 2mo
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suffisaunce
Pickpick

Deserves its accolades; rich and thought-provoking book. In the translation, at least, I did find that the end was ... somewhat telegraphed, and certainly probing of one's values, particularly of one's sense of compassion (this latter a good thing IMHO). And then, as one who has spent adult life plunked down in places that hunt for job purposes but who has never hunted herself, I found myself pretty responsive to the heroine's line of thought ..

charl08 I got one of her books for xmas, hoping to read soon. 2mo
suffisaunce @charl08 I thought that it was definitely worth the time spent! 2mo
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Twocougs
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Didn‘t see that coming...Janina, oops she doesn‘t like her name used, is an interesting and sympathetic protagonist. Beautiful writing, that makes me wish I could have read it in its original polish. I‘m a little surprised that it won the Nobel for lit but glad to see they like the unique.

Daisey This one is on my TBR for next year, and each review I read makes me a bit more intrigued to read it. 2mo
DGRachel This was one of my favorite books this year! 2mo
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ElectricKatyLand
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Equal parts murder mystery and chronicle of small town life, this novel follows its narrator, an elderly vegetarian astrologer and English teacher with a passion for translating William Blake. She lives on the border of Poland and the Czech Republic and has a vendetta of sorts with the local hunting community. It‘s darkly funny.

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Kazzie
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Really enjoy! Told in such a different interesting voice. Interesting to see a story play out where animals are considered more valuable than people by the protagonist. Need to read more by this author!

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Lindy
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Top 10 of the decade, in translation. #top10ofthedecade #intranslationedition

Hazel2019 I want to read the Vegetarian but heard from some that it‘s really depressing. If it‘s part of your top 10 maybe I‘ll give it a try after all. 2mo
Emilymdxn Some great books here! 2mo
DGRachel The only one I‘ve read of these is Drive Your Plow, but it‘s one of my favorite reads from this year. 😍 2mo
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Aimeesue I just bought Baba Dunja's Last Love (and The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine, also by Bronsky.) Europa has been putting lots of their books on sale in the Kindle store for the past couple weeks. 2mo
Cinfhen Love this take on the hashtag 🙌🏻The more books you share, the happier I become 😃 2mo
BarbaraBB I spot some books that seem interesting for #ReadingEurope2020! 2mo
Lindy @Hazel2019 I rather like dark and depressing novels. The Vegetarian is the one with the least hope on my list; maybe it isn‘t for you. Reading a sample of it first might give you a better idea. 2mo
Lindy @Emilymdxn Thanks! 2mo
Lindy @DGRachel The one that‘s most similar to Olga Tokarczuk is 2mo
Lindy @Cinfhen 😘😘😘 2mo
Lindy @Aimeesue Europa is wonderful. 😊 2mo
Lindy @BarbaraBB I‘m glad to hear that. 😊 2mo
DGRachel Oh wow! Baba Dunja‘s Last Love sounds fascinating! 2mo
Lindy @DGRachel yes! If you try it, I think you‘ll like it. 😁 2mo
Daisey Great idea for another top ten list! 2mo
Lindy @Daisey Go for it! I‘d like to see yours. 2mo
Rissreads I loved The vegetarian, Fantastic book! I am loving your lists, so many new books to discover! 😊 2mo
Rissreads @lindy are you going to do an overall list of all the books you have read and listened to and come up with a difinative 10 from the decade? I realise it was would be quite difficult because you have read so much! But I would love to see it! 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
Lindy @Rissreads hmmmm. Maybe. But don‘t hold your breath. 😜 2mo
batsy This is a great list, Lindy 💜 The Vegetarian is definitely one of my top reads too. 2mo
batsy And Eve out of her Ruins, too! 🙌🏽 2mo
Lindy @batsy We both like our fiction to be dark. 😉👯‍♀️ 2mo
batsy @Lindy Yes, we do 🖤 2mo
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rmaclean4
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#bookreport
#weeklyforcast
Finished two books this week:
Shrill: Lindy West 4 🌟
Instructions for a Heatwave: Maggie O'Farrell 3.5 🌟
Started:
Disappearing Earth: Julia Phillips
Continuing:
Thick: Tressie McMillan Cotton
Drive your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: Olga Tokarczuk

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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It's probably not great that I could relate so much to the worldview of the main character here, considering the majority of her small Polish village considered her a nutty old crone. Tokarczuk was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature for this book & I definitely see the appeal. She was able to paint a picture in your mind of the cold, wintery, desolate setting for this story, while also giving you great insight into the mind of Janina.

Emilymdxn I loved this one too! 3mo
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DGRachel
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#NovemberWrapUp

So thankful for audiobooks - without them, I‘d have accomplished next to nothing. With them, I had a great month, of 13 books, with 11 from my pre-2019 TBR. Now, I only have one more book to go to reach my #MountTBR goal.

Favorite for the month was the tagged book, which is also one of my favorites of the entire year.

sprainedbrain Amen to that statement on audiobooks! 🙌🏻 3mo
Kimzey This sounds great! And I agree about audiobooks. I get much more reading in that way! 3mo
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rmaclean4
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Saw this on Instagram and had to share!! This is so true. I have 4 TBR bookcases. #confessionsofareader

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Augustdana
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Happy Friday! Couldn‘t wait to get home, I hate getting notification that your book is available when there‘s nothing you can do about it !! I was also able to download it right from overdrive ON THE EREADER! No computer necessary! The future is here!!

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