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The Master and Margarita
The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov
I first read Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita on a balcony of the Hotel Metropole in Saigon on three summer evenings in 1971. The tropical air was heavy and full of the smells of cordite and motorcycle exhaust and rotting fish and wood-fire stoves, and the horizon flared ambiguously, perhaps from heat lightning, perhaps from bombs. Later each night, as was my custom, I would wander out into the steamy back alleys of the city, where no one ever seemed to sleep, and crouch in doorways with the people and listen to the stories of their culture and their ancestors and their ongoing lives. Bulgakov taught me to hear something in those stories that I had not yet clearly heard. One could call it, in terms that would soon thereafter gain wide currency, "magical realism". The deadpan mix of the fantastic and the realistic was at the heart of the Vietnamese mythos. It is at the heart of the present zeitgeist. And it was not invented by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, as wonderful as hisOne Hundred Years of Solitude is. Garcia Marquez's landmark work of magical realism was predated by nearly three decades by Bulgakov's brilliant masterpiece of a novel. That summer in Saigon a vodka-swilling, talking black cat, a coven of beautiful naked witches, Pontius Pilate, and a whole cast of benighted writers of Stalinist Moscow and Satan himself all took up permanent residence in my creative unconscious. Their presence, perhaps more than anything else from the realm of literature, has helped shape the work I am most proud of. I'm often asked for a list of favorite authors. Here is my advice. Read Bulgakov. Look around you at the new century. He will show you things you need to see.
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Cosmos_Moon
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This book took me FOREVER to finish. I‘m not sure what one thing it was—I felt like it had small text, long unusual names, lots of characters, I kept falling asleep & it felt disconnected. You might ask, why a pick then? It was a unique story that came together well in the end & one that will stick with me a while. A story of love, evil & the good in evil. Chaos & finding peace. Loved this line that the moon rules. Rings true in my house.

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Nebklvr
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Russia best beware. Woland and Behemoth may decide to make a return trip. A frenetic satire about the oppression and stupidity inherent in life under repressive regimes. A little gory, darkly funny, and completely crazy.

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Spencro
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I began reading this satire on communism without realising that Bulgakov was from Kyiv. The parallels with the the Putin regime's media manipulation are striking.

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Cosmos_Moon
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On layover coming home after my grandma‘s funeral and contemplating Jesus.

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Emilymdxn
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Stuck on a train being held at the station before the one I‘m trying to get to for an unspecified length of time 😨

Grateful to have the master and margarita for company

suvata Good book 🥰 4mo
sarahbarnes One of my all time faves! 4mo
Bookwomble I hope you finished your journey without too much of a delay 💗 4mo
ponyflorist I rate this book 😁 4mo
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Emilymdxn
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Excited for another month of #bookspinbingo - hoping having one ticked off already helps me with getting lines completed this month. First up now is my reread of the master and margarita - one of my absolute all time favourites which I‘m loving rereading 🥰

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looks fantastic!!! 4mo
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Emilymdxn
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Spontaneous lunch out to celebrate an excellent performance review at work. I keep walking past this little independent bakery and decided today was the day to go in!

I started my reread of the master and margarita on audio today and I‘m enjoying listening while I eat.

Amiable Congrats on your great review! 4mo
Tamra Yay for you!!👏🏾 4mo
shortsarahrose Yay for the good review! Also, that looks like the perfect lunch. That chocolate croissant looks amazing 😋 4mo
Simona 👏Congrats 🥂🍾 4mo
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Readergrrl
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#ProfessionalBookNerdChallenge
Day 3: I had to put this down last year. Not because I found the book bad, but because 2021 stole my “thinky” book mojo. I really struggled to think deeply. I hope to try again soon!

Nebklvr This one definitely takes concentration. A wild ride. 2mo
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cant_i'm_booked
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I am voting this one of my favorite classics of all time, and only after the first read, at that! Bulgakov‘s novel, published posthumously and written completely in nail-biting secrecy under Stalin‘s regime, is Russian tragicomedy at its finest with a massive helping of magical realism. Plot: Satan and his diabolical retinue pay a visit to 1930s Moscow…to read the ensuing events therein is one tremendous literary treat.

vivastory This is one of my favorites of all time. I think I'm due for a reread. 5mo
Blueberry I looked it up on Goodreads. Sounds fascinating. 5mo
BookwormM Loved this 5mo
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Holy cow! I have FINALLY finished this wonderful book ❤️ I loved it exactly as much as I thought I would. Will certainly have this in my reread pile.

Fair warning for ADHD humans- personally, I was very distracted by all the “minor” characters (they were all important for the world/story build) a la ASOIAF but with no index. That‘s why it took me so long to finish. Also with minimal church/bible knowledge.

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TH3F4LC0N
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Finally read this book! Such a wild ride! There‘s a lot that goes on in this book to say the least. It really has something for everyone; there‘s comedy, tragedy, philosophy, etc. Really just a blast to read as well. Did a more in-depth review on my booktube channel which can be found at:

https://youtu.be/M0Zl8VQ02S4

Anyway, this book was fun but also profound in many ways. Would definitely recommend. 🙂👍

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A searing hot day, a pain in your chest, a stranger who speaks your language…and the most interesting conversation of your life!

TiredLibrarian Love this cover! 💖 8mo
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IuliaC
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I loved this masterpiece of magical realism, satire and dark humour.

Stalinist and officially atheist Moscow is visited by Satan disguised as a mysterious magician whose exquisite suit ignites a disaster targeting the city's sinful literary elite. The Master, potentially an alter ego of the author, the writer of a monumental novel, finds resolution for a fulfilling life alongside his lover Margarita in the devil's five dimensional world.

ChaoticMissAdventures What is that gorgeous looking dessert?
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IuliaC @ChaoticMissAdventures it's a combinatiin between an eclair and a creamy tart; I've just discovered it and am still trying different selections 😁 8mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @IuliaC love that! So much fun to get a variety of new things and sample them all 😍 8mo
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Graywacke Such a fun classic. Nice review! 7mo
IuliaC @Graywacke thank you 😊 7mo
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Zoes_Human
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DNF at page 110.

This is well-done, but it's simply not my thing. It's clever, witty, and absurd. However, I simply couldn't care less what happens to any of the characters, and the humor simply isn't enough to keep me going.

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Zoes_Human
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Absolutely loving this cover. It‘s not pretty but it compels me. #amreading #coverart

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GatheringBooks
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TK-421 Great quote! 10mo
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Julia Harris
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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I‘m so angry!! I just tried to read my review (from 2016) on Goodreads for the tagged book and it‘s gone!! I can‘t find a copy anywhere else. It was one of those that I worked hard on and was particularly proud of, and I don‘t remember a word of it now! 😭 To add insult to injury, the comments are still there, complimenting me on a “great review, so insightful and entertaining.” Well, I will definitely be writing future reviews in Google Docs. 🤬

Bookgirl That would also upset me. And I‘ve started this book at least five times 😂 12mo
vivastory They had a major glitch that erased a ton of reviews. I only review on GR sporadically, but use it to track my reading & this kind of error has been my fear for awhile now. Seriously tempted to back up with a paper journal 12mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @bookgirl It is definitely different and doesn‘t work for everyone, but I loved it! That‘s one reason I put so much effort into the review. 😢 12mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @vivastory That‘s awful! I was not aware of that. This is a lesson learned, but I feel like an idiot. Who DOESN‘T know that something like that could happen? 🤦‍♀️ I‘m going to back up (somehow) from now on! 12mo
EvieBee I‘m so sorry! I stopped reviewing there for the same reason. I post on my blog and put a link on GR. But I have some older reviews that were my best ones that I haven‘t relocated. I should probably do that soon. 12mo
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Carolyn11215
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 13mo
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FAVE 5 STARS

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suvata
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The Master and Margarita is a novel by Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov, written in 1928–40 and published in a censored form in the Soviet Union in 1966–67. The unexpurgated version was published there in 1973. Witty and ribald, the novel is at the same time a penetrating philosophical work that wrestles with profound and eternal problems of good and evil. It is considered a 20th-century masterpiece.

readingjedi Such a great cover! 13mo
BookwormM Brilliant book 13mo
suvata @BookwormM Yes, it was. I think It‘s the kind of book that I will read over and over again. 13mo
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suvata
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Trying to finish out the month with these six books. #HighExpectations #Bookstagram

BennettBookworm The Immortalists was exceptional! 13mo
suvata @BennettBookworm Looking forward to it 13mo
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ValerieAndBooks
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Dropped off 39 books and other stuff at the thrift shop. Did I leave empty-handed? Nope 😂.

And even though I have two other translations/editions of The Master and Margarita, couldn‘t resist this Penguin Classics Deluxe edition 😍. Now I just need to read one of them 🙊!

BarbaraBB I still haven‘t read that one either! 1y
wanderinglynn And a puzzle! 🙌🏻💚🧩 1y
Leftcoastzen Seldom see Van Dorens anymore.I read that Boyle so long ago, I remember liking it , but can‘t remember what it is about. 1y
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Ruthiella Well, at least you didn‘t return with 39 more books! I‘d say you showed real restraint!😉 1y
ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraBB it‘s a #1001Books, so it‘ll be read someday, right ☺️?? 1y
ValerieAndBooks @wanderinglynn it‘s a Monet painting— hope it has no missing pieces 😊! A friend has bought them from thrift shops for years with only a couple duds, so hopefully I‘ll be lucky. Have really gotten into puzzles more in the past year (like many people have). 1y
ValerieAndBooks @Leftcoastzen I‘ve read a few Boyles but it‘s been a while since I last read him. And Van Doren — yes, seem you can only find them online but I never bothered to order. His bio on Benjamin Franklin is supposed to be good. So if I like this one (about the constitutional convention) I‘ll seek out the Ben Franklin one 1y
ValerieAndBooks @Ruthiella haha! Restraint is hard when it comes to books 😅. 1y
LeahBergen Nice!! I really need to do a thrift shop drop off soon. 👍🏻 1y
Suet624 Great selection! 1y
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suvata
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#LMPBC Round 11 - #GroupS
@suvata @HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain @Bits

Here are a few I‘ve been thinking about for our group. Thoughts?

sprainedbrain I can honestly say any of them would be great! I have two on my tbr already, but they all look fun. 1y
HOTPock3tt I haven‘t read any of them and the blurbs on litsy seem fun! So either choice is cool with me 😎 @suvata 1y
suvata If @Bits hasn‘t read it yet I think I want to go with (edited) 1y
Bits @suvata I haven't read it! Sounds good! 1y
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BorosLili
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„You pronounced your words as if you don‘t acknowledge the shadows, or the evil either. Would you be so kind as to give a little thought to the question of what your good would be doing if evil did not exist, and how the earth would look if the shadows were to disappear from it?”

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TheBookHippie
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#BookShelfBook2021 Russia

I‘ve been reading at a faster pace lately than in all of 2020 🤯

JamieArc I have been reading at a snail‘s pace lately! I‘m hoping that changes after today! 🎉🎉 It was pretty amazing to feel the stress of the last 4 years lift. 1y
vlwelser How many books are you up to for Russian lit? I'm still plugging away with Anna, but I'm nearly finished. Fathers and Sons may be next (because it's fairly short). 1y
TheBookHippie @JamieArc I agree. I was insomnia reading for sure! 1y
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TheBookHippie @vlwelser I‘m on number 4 🤯 1y
BookishTrish @vlwelser I‘m on 3, but that‘s probably as far as I‘ll get because I lack a lot of music vocabulary and am very interested in music history 1y
BookishTrish @TheBookHippie Fun Fact: My now husband and I went to Bulgakov‘s apartment on our first date. 1y
TheBookHippie @BookishTrish oooooo! That is so cool! 1y
TheBookHippie @BookishTrish that book sounds good! I stacked it. 1y
Palimpsest @BookishTrish How cool is that?! I read The Master and Margarita last year and loved it. My husband and I each picked a different translation and I ended up liking his copy which is Mirra Ginsburg‘s. 1y
BookwormM I really enjoyed this one 1y
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HeyT
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This was definitely an interesting story filled with elements that were slightly absurd and entertaining. There's definitely social commentary about Soviet Russia as well as the fantastic. I may be biased but I appreciate a book with a good cat character in it so this was definitely a good one in my eyes. This was also my #BookSpin #DoubleSpin for the month @TheAromaofBooks
#BuriedAliveChallenge

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1y
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HeyT
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I paused my reading for a bit because I was finding it funny how everyone kept saying the cat was “so classy” only to find out the stand was hiding a reading buddy that came to join me. Idk if I‘d call Sierra a classy cat but it‘s a good day when she deigns to sit with me.
#CatsOfLitsy

Leftcoastzen So cute!😻 1y
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HeyT
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I‘m trying out using a tablet stand to help me hold up my books and it seems to be working so far. I‘ve been using the thumb ring page holder but on bigger trade editions they‘re not as successful because the weight of the book is still an issue.

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HeyT
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#BookReport
I didn‘t finish anything at all this week so even though I‘ve made a dent in the two books I‘ve started it feels like I haven‘t accomplished anything. Bookly says both books are being read at half of my normal pace but the writing is a bit more dense than I‘m used to I guess.

#WeeklyForecast
My goal is to finish the tagged and get to at least 75% of The Terror

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HeyT
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I‘m trying to catch up with the schedule I made in order to finish the three books I want completed by the end of the year. Callie is offering me support while I read the tagged since it‘s the closest to being on schedule. Sorry The Terror you‘re falling even more behind because I want an easy win today. #CatsOfLitsy

CaroPi Perfect picture for one of my favorite books ever! 1y
sharread What a cute kitty! 😺 1y
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HeyT
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#BookReport
Managed to finish two books this week and enjoyed them both. They each ticked off a box for challenges I'm participating in which is nice.

#WeeklyForecast
My goal for the week is to finish at least one of either The Terror or Master and Margarita. Should I finish them I'll head into Prince of Thorns which will conclude all my challenge commitments for the month.

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"What would the earth look like if all the shadows disappeared? After all, shadows are cast by things and people. Here is the shadow of my sword. But shadows also come from trees and living beings. Do you want to strip the earth of all trees and living things just because of your fantasy of enjoying naked light? You're stupid."

aa_guer2021 My mom read this to me in the original ❤️ 1y
The_Penniless_Author @ruskigurl16 I wonder how it holds up in English. I've heard this translation (the one I photographed) is probably the best, but I always wonder what I'm missing. 1y
The_Penniless_Author @Milara I hear you. I have a pretty extensive list of books I should reread, only because I think I was too young to fully appreciate them the first time. 1y
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MilicaS
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😍

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'Manuscripts do not burn'

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Branwen
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#bannedbooksweek #bannedbooks

Day Four:

This book was banned in the 1940's by Stalin himself because of the political views the author expressed through the book. This has always been one of my favorite works of Russian literature and really just literature in general, because who doesn't love a character who is a talking cat that's fond of chess and vodka? 😂🤣

BookwormM I loved this one 2y
Branwen @BookwormM Me too! 💖 2y
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La_Cori
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#3books with animals on the cover
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

🐈 Il maestro e Margherita (The Master and Margarita) by Bulgakov
🐖 La fattoria degli animali (Animal Farm) by George Orwell
🐦 Il buio oltre la siepe (To Kill a Mockingbird) by Harper Lee

OriginalCyn620 I love that cover of TKAM! 2y
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Therewillbebooks
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The tongue may hide the truth but the eyes- never!

#wisdom #catsandbooks #bulgakov #therewillbebooks

wanderinglynn Aw, such a pretty kitty! ❤️🖤🐱 2y
BookDragonNotWorm I think that's the perfect portrait of a cat when a human's back is turned! 😂 2y
Therewillbebooks Ha! Yes, that's true. It's also true that neither of these cats can be trusted. 😉 2y
Viji Looks like my girl 😸 2y
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wanderer15
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A fever dream of a book - despite the grim premise (the devil comes to Moscow) it was more lighthearted (and funnier) than I expected. The footnotes gave important historical context that helped me understand the novel better, but it stands on its own just fine.

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Nereadah
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It feels a little odd to complete this dark absurdist Russian classic in the bright sunshine of a riverside park, but I can live with it.

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Nereadah
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I'm a novice in Russian literature, but getting real #TheSatanicVerses vibes from this classic.

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Palimpsest
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A few months ago I asked if someone recommended an English translation out of the 6, I think, that are available. Between the Glenny and the Ginsburg, I felt the Ginsberg sentences were clearer. And boy, what a book! Absolutely brilliant! There are chapters that go back in time that made me wish there was a novel just about that. I laughed out loud, but also felt bad about Stalin‘s regime. For fans of Good Omens. I loved this book so much! ♥️

vivastory One of my favorites of all time! I definitely need to reread it. 2y
Palimpsest @vivastory it was so good! I‘ll definitely be rereading this one in the future. 😊 2y
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“Twelve men conducted the investigation, gathering as on a knitting needle the accursed stitches of this complicated case scattered all over Moscow.”
Love the analogy! 🧶 reading and working on my blanket 💕

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viirastus
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#7days7books Day 5. Books that changed me or left a lasting impact on me.

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Faibka
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Been in a reading slump for months! :( but this wonderful read is getting me back on track
Happy readings everyone!

Lcsmcat Loved that book! 2y
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😽😽😽 2y
Abailliekaras This is on my shelf. I must get to it soon... 2y
robinb What a sweet pic! 😻 2y
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Cosmos_Moon
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Always hoping my book mail comes while my husband is at work so he doesn‘t fuss about more books 🤪 this just arrived while he left for 10 minutes to get takeout. How perfect was that!? 😂😅

HollyDollyMe I can appreciate that. I just got second hand copies of the Harry Potter series and the Game of Thrones series. Hubby intercepted that package and book shamed me. 2y
Cosmos_Moon lol! Yes, I was so lucky! Now if the other 5-6 books I ordered would come through incognito as well, that would be great! 2y
Cosmos_Moon It was seriously the most perfect timing! 2y
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#7Tage7Buecher
Wir zeigen hier 7 Bücher, die uns immer Kopf bleiben werden, weil sie uns so berührt haben, uns verändert haben.
Ohne weitere Kommentare!

#7days7books We present here 7 books that will always remain in our minds, because they touched us so much, changed us.
No further comments!

@BookwormAHN , do you want to join in? ☺️

BookwormAHN Sure 😺 2y
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Book #4: Phoebe Waller-Bridge recommended this book on her NYTimes By the Book interview so I picked up a copy. Coincidentally, right after I bought it, I watched Joe/Will gives a copy to Ellie in season 2 of YOU. Hoping to have some more free time during my Psych rotation to read!