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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel | Olga Tokarczuk
An ingenious variation on murder noir, set in motion by a string of bizarre deaths in an isolated village, from a Man Booker International Prize-winning author and National Book Award finalist. In a remote Polish village, Janina devotes the long, dark winter days to studying astrology, translating the poetry of William Blake, and serving as caretaker for the summer homes of wealthy Warsaw residents. Her reputation as a crank and a recluse is only amplified by her not-so-secret preference for the company of animals over humans. She's devastated when her two beloved dogs disappear. Then her neighbor, Bigfoot, turns up dead. As corpses pile up in increasingly strange circumstances, Janina inserts herself into the investigation, certain that she knows whodunit. If only anyone would pay her mind . . . A deeply satisfying and inventive thriller-cum-fairy tale from one of Europe's "major humanist writers" (The Guardian), Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead is a provocative exploration of the tug between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate. Whom do we deem sane? it asks. Who is worthy of a voice?
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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. 4h
BookwormM I loved it as well 2h
ChaoticMissAdventures @SamAnne I am hearing people like this better than Flights, but I have not read that one. 1h
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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! ❤️ 15h
vivastory Sorry about the scare with your little one!! What's the verdict on the drink? 15h
Megabooks So sorry about her fall. Glad everything is fine! 14h
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RachelO How scary! Hope she‘s doing well and Friday‘s a better day. 12h
batsy Oh no! Hope she's doing OK ❤️ 11h
erzascarletbookgasm Scary indeed! Hope your little one is doing better. And I hope the drink is good. 11h
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! 4h
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. 🤷🏽‍♀️ 4h
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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 👍🏻 3d
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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. 3d
Croissonter @pigeonsandcrows your review hooked me! 2d
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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 🤔 4d
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! 4d
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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! 5d
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! 5d
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! 📚📚📚 4d
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! 😊 4d
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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! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
Lifeisasnap How did you do the reading stats? I‘d love to know how well rounded i am... 😉😀 2w
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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). 2w
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). 2w
Lifeisasnap @Lindy thanks! I have like 4 shelves not very organized categories though, so I‘ll check it out. 2w
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BookladyOnTheMove

Recommended by #bookriot Best Books of 2019.

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shaynarae
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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 👌🏼🥳🤗 3w
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suffisaunce
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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. 3w
suffisaunce @charl08 I thought that it was definitely worth the time spent! 3w
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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. 4w
DGRachel This was one of my favorite books this year! 4w
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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. 1mo
Emilymdxn Some great books here! 1mo
DGRachel The only one I‘ve read of these is Drive Your Plow, but it‘s one of my favorite reads from this year. 😍 1mo
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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. 1mo
Cinfhen Love this take on the hashtag 🙌🏻The more books you share, the happier I become 😃 1mo
BarbaraBB I spot some books that seem interesting for #ReadingEurope2020! 1mo
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. 1mo
Lindy @Emilymdxn Thanks! 1mo
Lindy @DGRachel The one that‘s most similar to Olga Tokarczuk is 1mo
Lindy @Cinfhen 😘😘😘 1mo
Lindy @Aimeesue Europa is wonderful. 😊 1mo
Lindy @BarbaraBB I‘m glad to hear that. 😊 1mo
DGRachel Oh wow! Baba Dunja‘s Last Love sounds fascinating! 1mo
Lindy @DGRachel yes! If you try it, I think you‘ll like it. 😁 1mo
Daisey Great idea for another top ten list! 1mo
Lindy @Daisey Go for it! I‘d like to see yours. 1mo
Rissreads I loved The vegetarian, Fantastic book! I am loving your lists, so many new books to discover! 😊 1mo
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! 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
Lindy @Rissreads hmmmm. Maybe. But don‘t hold your breath. 😜 1mo
batsy This is a great list, Lindy 💜 The Vegetarian is definitely one of my top reads too. 1mo
batsy And Eve out of her Ruins, too! 🙌🏽 1mo
Lindy @batsy We both like our fiction to be dark. 😉👯‍♀️ 1mo
batsy @Lindy Yes, we do 🖤 1mo
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Mel
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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! 1mo
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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! 🙌🏻 2mo
Kimzey This sounds great! And I agree about audiobooks. I get much more reading in that way! 2mo
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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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Mitch
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A strange book - murder mystery, dark comedy, fable and myth - all intertwined and led with comedic character by the village single, retired engineer. Deeply troubled, anxious about the state of the world and with a strange relationship with animals, she plays the role of sleuth well as villagers turn up murdered. Her wit and unique voice are translated so well. It was a slow start - but once it got going i hove the world she showed us.

DGRachel Yay! I'm glad you stuck with it. This is one of my favorite books this year. 2mo
Mitch @DGRachel yeah - I really didnt warm to it in the first 50/60 pages. But then I looooved her! (edited) 2mo
Emilymdxn So glad you enjoyed it too! One of my picks of the year for sure! 2mo
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Carolyn11215
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Not a lot of action for a “mystery” but the writing is absolutely beautiful and I had a lot of sympathy for the main character, who could be quite amusing in her own crankpot way. #lmpbc Group I, will get it into the mail next week. @rachelm @aeeklund @lele1432 Just confirming...I send to @aeeklund correct?

lele1432 I'm excited to read this one! And yep, I believe you are correct. 2mo
rachelm Excited! And yep! 2mo
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TheBookstorePodcast
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🌟 New episode 🌟
This week we talk (ok rave) about Olga Tokarczuk‘s novel Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead. You can find the episode wherever you get your podcasts (and as always the link in bio).
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Have you read it? What did you think?

DGRachel I loved it. The writing, the characters, the plot - so good. 2mo
TheBookstorePodcast @DGRachel I actually laughed out loud a couple of times. And I loved the MC so much, I could read a whole series about her. 2mo
DGRachel Me, too! I loved her sass and spunk. 2mo
Emilymdxn I adored this book one of my faves of the year, I‘ve already bought it for a close friend and made her fall in love with it too! 2mo
BookwormM I love this one 2mo
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Mitch
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Monday morning commute. I‘m about half way through and I still don‘t really know what to make of my book clubs pick???

BookwormM I loved it 2mo
Hooked_on_books It‘s a bit of an odd book, but I liked the humor in it, which doesn‘t always come through in a translation. I have to say, the cover of your edition is rather dull. 🤭 2mo
Mitch @Hooked_on_books I hate the cover! And I hate that the cover doesn‘t help me set the tone of the book! I‘m liking her - love her eccentricity but finding it slow going ..... 2mo
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Mitch @BookwormM I‘m about 140 pages in and I‘m open to be convinced! 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Looking forward to reading your review! 2mo
DGRachel I absolutely loved this one! I loved the MC and the ending was fantastic. There were parts that were slow, but something about the writing and the little gems of humor kept me going. I agree that your cover leaves a lot to be desired, but I don't know that my cover really set a tone either. I hope it grows on you! 2mo
Emilymdxn I adored this one but I get that it could be a bit of a marmite one. The ending changed my opinion of it a lot, I hope you like it once you get to the ending! 2mo
amanda__reads__horror The title is great! Now I‘m curious about it!! 2mo
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rmaclean4
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Dear friend gifted me this book today!! Excited for our first Buddy read. #booksintranslation.

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AshleyC816
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Mehso-so

Part of me really enjoyed reading the perspective of a unique woman who lives in a mostly empty village high in the mountains, but part of me couldn‘t handle the amount of animal death, even though it was a part of the plot. Well written, but difficult for me to read in some places.

Velvetfur Sounds like a hard-going novel 🙁 On the other hand, I love that gorgeous little pup-face! 😍💜 2mo
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Mitch
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Away from home tonight for a few days work (didn‘t feel like lots of driving - so checked into overnight hotel). Found this little nook in the corner off the hotel lounge. I‘ll be here for a while! I‘ve got a book club book that I need to read ( tagged!)

julesG Looks like the wallpaper at Gladstone's 2mo
Mitch @julesG it does doesn‘t it! It‘s not quite as textured though! (edited) 2mo
iread2much That‘s very cool! 2mo
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Carolyn11215
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Hoping to get through much of this book over the weekend for my #lmpbc group I.

lele1432 I'm starting mine too! 2mo
Carolyn11215 @lele1432 Just noticed that a few pages got damaged when I put my book in a pile with some other stuff before pulling it to read so I guess I‘m gonna have to tape up a couple of pages that have a small tear. I know it was fine when it came to me from Amazon so not sure how it got damaged sitting in pile but there you go. 2mo
lele1432 Lol aww man. Yeah I think I'll tape the corners to try to keep them from bending and tearing! 2mo
PirateJenny @Carolyn11215 do you have cats? 🤣 2mo
Carolyn11215 @PirateJenny, yes, there are multiple cats in the house. And one does tend to get into things. She is particularly fond of stealing beauty blenders for some reason! :) 2mo
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Hooked_on_books
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After a neighbor dies suddenly, several other members of a small Polish community start to die in odd ways as witnessed by our eccentric main character. This is truly a character study of a woman more in touch with nature than people, with a mystery draped over the top. I enjoyed the humor of it but I did find it bogged down in places for me.

DGRachel So glad to see more positive reviews for this book. I really enjoyed it. 💖 2mo
Crazeedi Nice review! 2mo
cathysaid Stacking for that title! 2mo
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Hooked_on_books @cathysaid Apparently in comes from a Blake poem. The main character has a friend with whom she likes to translate Blake into Polish. It‘s interesting to read a translated book in which the characters debate about how to translate poems. 2mo
Hooked_on_books @Crazeedi Thanks! ☺️ 2mo
cathysaid @Hooked_on_books Oooh that does sound good. Now going to find the poem 🤓 2mo
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This is a theory of the main character. She goes on from here. My husband didn‘t seem to appreciate this, but I think she‘s a riot.

😬😆

vumblereads 😂 2mo
DGRachel I laughed so much in this book. I absolutely love the MC. 2mo
shanaqui Wait, this is a quote from a character? I read this on Twitter the other day attributed as something someone actually said. 🙄 2mo
Hooked_on_books @shanaqui can‘t trust Twitter! This character is awesome—she‘s really funny. 2mo
TheBookHippie 🤣🤣🤣🤣 2mo
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I think I‘m going to like this one. Page 3 and I‘m already loving the snark. 😆

Texreader Well that sure is a good point! You have to find the darned thing to use it! 🤣 2mo
Hooked_on_books @Texreader I couldn‘t help but laugh! It also makes me think of glasses you‘ve knocked to the floor. How do you find them when you can‘t see? 👓 2mo
Texreader @Hooked_on_books Which happens to me frequently. I have this habit of putting my glasses down on my patterned quilt covering my bed. Then I have to feel around to find them. I‘ve even had to call the family for assistance. It‘s hilarious and frustrating at the same time. 2mo
Tex2Flo This book seems to have A LOT of great quotes. I‘m not familiar with it, but am definitely looking it up. 2mo
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DGRachel
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My deck is now in full shade, so I came inside to finish this fantastic book. I loved it - the characters, the plot, the writing - all gorgeous, and a perfectly grisly murder mystery deserving of all the awards. My first book finished for #mrbook1inamillion and just over 7 hours in for the #24b4monday #litsypartyofone Bonus: #saturdaysnuggles with #Bailey #dogsoflitsy #pibble #pitbullsoflitsy

Andrew65 Bailey looks plum tuckered out! Well done on finishing the book. 👏👏👏 (edited) 2mo
DGRachel @Andrew65 She‘s out cold, snoring away. 😆 2mo
AnansiGirl Awww darling sleepy reading companion 😴💤💤 2mo
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LauraBeth Sleepy Bailey. 2mo
MrBook 😻😻😻😻😻 2mo
Hooked_on_books Bailey‘s so sweet. 🐶💙 2mo
batsy 😍😍 2mo
LeahBergen Bailey! 😘😘 2mo
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DGRachel
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It‘s sunny, but cold outside, so I‘ve grabbed a blanket to enjoy some time on the deck with this book that I WILL finish today. The dogs, of course, think I‘m nuts, so this is truly a #litsypartyofone.

#mrbook1inamillion #24b4monday

Andrew65 VERY cold here today, and totally overcast. (edited) 2mo
Lynnsoprano Overcast here, but comfortable. I‘d it weren‘t for football I‘d be outside, too. 2mo
Linsy Nice!! 💜💜💜 2mo
jb72 It‘s cold but sunny here today. 2mo
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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DGRachel
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This book gets me. 😆

4 1/2 hours so far for the #mrbook1inamillion #litsypartyofone #24b4monday readathon. I might get another half an hour before I pass out. Today has been a very rough day. 😔

MrBook Awww 🤗🤗🤗 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl Sorry you had such a rough day, hoping tomorrow will be better for you. ❣️ 2mo
Texreader 🤣🤣🤣 that last line! 2mo
Andrew65 A great time given that, hope today is better. 😊 2mo
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Currey
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#Poland #Blake. An odd little twist on a murder mystery with an old woman astrologer as our MC. It is a wonderful introduction to rural Poland along the Czech Republic border where Catholicism and hunting are cultural norms and where our narrator is a vegetarian atheist. Humorous, sad and dark at the same time, it was my first intro to this Nobel Prize winning author. “...the human psyche evolved in order to defend us from seeing the truth”

BookwormM Hi Currey am I right in thinking you are South African? If you are would you be interested in writing the read around the world blog piece from your point of view? No pressure but would love a locals perspective 😃 2mo
Currey Sorry @BookwormM, not South African 2mo
BookwormM I wonder who I have got you mixed up with 🤣🤣 2mo
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DGRachel
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I have a plan for the rest of the year that I have to stick to if I want to be able to meet my #mounttbr goals and clear up my NetGalley queue. It‘s too much. I‘ll burn out, but I have to try. To that end, my #weeklyforecast guarantees tears. I need to finish the tagged book and my audiobook (A Place of Execution), read The Blue Eye from cover to cover, and start Agent Jack. Wish me luck, time, energy, and sanity!

4thhouseontheleft Good luck! 2mo
BookNAround Good luck! (And who needs sleep anyway?) 2mo
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DGRachel
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It‘s cool, but sunny outside, so I‘m going to enjoy my deck and try to make a dent in this book. I had hoped to finish it by the end of October but I‘m running a little behind with my planned reading. 😱🤷🏻‍♀️

#Bailey is being a brat and refusing to come outside with me. I guess 59*F is too cold for my spoiled pibble. 😂

MicheleinPhilly Pickles is a princess about the cold too but if I try to put a jacket or sweater on her, she huffs and puffs. 🙄 3mo
DGRachel @MicheleinPhilly Bailey isn‘t fond of clothes either. She prefers to just lay on the couch under a blanket. 😆 She‘ll whine without her blanket, though. (edited) 3mo
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DGRachel
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This book so far has been a #treat. The writing is gorgeous. Take this passage above where the MC talks about watching the weather channel and how much she loved the weather maps. 💖
#screamathonphotochallenge

Aimeesue I really enjoyed this one. Possibly even more than I liked 3mo
DGRachel @Aimeesue I haven‘t read anything by this author before and I have to confess I was a little worried since she‘s won the Man Booker International prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature. I thought it was going to be dry and tedious, but I laughed out loud at lunch during the testosterone autism chapter. 😆 3mo
Mitch Glad youre liking it - ts ur bookclub pick for December and I wasn't too keen! 3mo
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monalyisha
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Would you be in my Book Club?
#myidealbookclub

• “Once Upon a River” - Diane Setterfield
• “Feast Your Eyes” - Myla Goldberg
• “City of Girls” - Elizabeth Gilbert
• “Salvage the Bones” - Jesmyn Ward
• “The Memory Police” - Yoko Ogawa
•”I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution” - Emily Nussbaum

*second half in comments below 👇🏻

monalyisha **CONT‘D:
• “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead” - Olga Tokarczuk
• “The Summer That Melted Everything” - Tiffany McDaniel
• “Family of Origin” - CJ Hauser
• “The Water Cure” - Sophie Mackintosh
• “Long Man” - Amy Greene
• “Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language” - Gretchen McCulloch
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vivastory The Summer that Melted is excellent 3mo
monalyisha @vivastory It's been sitting on the Excel document of suggestions we keep, next to my name, for a couple years in a row now. It's so hard when you only get to pick two! 3mo
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ChasingOm I would be in your book club!! 3mo
Chrissyreadit I would be in your book club! 3mo
Hooked_on_books I would totally be in your book club! A majority of these I‘ve either read or they‘re already TBR. My kind of gal. 3mo
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crazyspine
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There were so many beautiful quotes that I took down from this one. Definitely strange but well-written.

wanderinglynn Great photo! 💚 3mo
crazyspine @wanderinglynn I can't take credit for it as I've never been to Poland. 3mo
wanderinglynn Wow, that‘s in Poland? Very beautiful and so green! 3mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz Love well written books! Am hoping to read this soon too! 3mo
crazyspine @Jee_HookedOnBookz I hope you like it. Have you read anything by her? This is my first book by her. 3mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @crazyspine if I get to this, it'll be my first too :) 3mo
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KimM
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Book shops and beer joints. #Asheville

#Malaprops

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Lindy
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The tagged novel by a new Nobel laureate is one of my favourite books of 2019. It‘s on this list. I‘ve read 55 out of the 100 and have many of the others on my TBR. Are your favourites here?

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/sep/21/best-books-of-the-21st-century?fbc...

Rissreads Thanks for sharing! 💛 1mo
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Hidie
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Bumping this up my TBR list in honor of the newest Nobel Laureate.

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Emilymdxn
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Woooo Olga! Tagged book is so brilliant. I must admit I haven‘t heard of Peter Handke before but I guess I‘ll look into him now!

While I‘m sure these two are very deserving and it‘s great to see non English language lit be promoted (Olga certainly is and I‘ve got nothing against Peter), I‘m a bit disappointed not to see a non European author win either spot - Africa Asia and South America particularly get so little representation!

Lindy I‘m right with you on exclaiming the brilliance of Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead and cheering Tokarczuk‘s win. 🥳🥳🥳 3mo
AnneCecilie From what I‘ve read in Norwegian Press, Peter Handke is a very controversial winner. He spoke at the funeral of Milosevic. 3mo
Emilymdxn @AnneCecilie I had no idea about that, thank you for informing me! I just saw the byline and that he was Austrian and didn‘t know a thing about him. Just read a longer piece on him and wow, I wasn‘t expecting that. Yikes. 3mo
Nebklvr The Nobel has a lot of not so stellar points of view attached to it lately. You would think when they just came back from a big scandal they wouldn‘t promote someone glorifying a war criminal. Go Olga! I will read her book. He can take a leap. 3mo
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Aimeesue
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I do so love it when my library holds come in. Go, Libby!

#womenintranslation #wit

Tiffiney I gave up on that one half way through... 😞 3mo
Aimeesue @Tiffiney I read Flights and enjoyed it a lot - once I got through it. It took some effort, but I'm glad I kept at it. Maybe you need to be in the right sort of mood? 3mo
Tiffiney @Aimeesue I might try again later 3mo
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