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#Turkmenistan
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GatheringBooks
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#SavvySettings Day 20: perfect for #Skyscraper

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty! 🏙 3mo
Eggs Lovely cover❤️💛💙 3mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Pickpick

Erika Fatland traveled through the Central Asian former Soviet Stans and relates here her travels, some history, and current events in the area. I thought this was fascinating. She did a good job of varying the information so it didn‘t get bogged down. This was a great book to wrap up #ReadingAsia2021. #Tajikistan

Librarybelle I‘m looking forward to this one - it‘s staring at me from my shelves! 7mo
BarbaraBB You finished the challenge! Fantastic! Congratulations 🎊! I have two countries left! 7mo
Hooked_on_books @Librarybelle I was deterred from it for a while because it sat there looking fat and dense. But it‘s not dense at all! I more or less read a country a day, so that took care of the fatness. 7mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Am I the only one who can only think of Spies Like Us when I see Dushanbe? 😂

CharismaRaven13 Love that movie! I can‘t believe someone actually remember this movie! Dan Akroyd and Chevy Chase were a match made in heaven for this one! 7mo
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BarbaraBB
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“The Stans are at a crossroads. Should they forge closer links with Russia or China, or look to the West? Which interpretation of their own history should they trust?”

#Turkmenistan #Kazakhstan #Tajikistan #Kyrgyzstan #Uzbekistan

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Bookwormjillk
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This was between a pick and a so-so. I really loved the first half but towards the end she stopped talking about the logistics of traveling in Central Asia and more about the politics and I lost some interest. Overall though it was an interesting introduction to several countries I knew nearly nothing about. #ReadingAsia2021

Librarybelle I‘m looking forward to reading this one! 9mo
BarbaraBB I have this one lined up for the coming weeks too. 9mo
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Texreader
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This would be a 5-star book if I didn‘t find it so depressing; it left me in a slump for months. So it gets 4-stars. I love this trilogy (this is book 2) about the author‘s walking the Silk Road. I feel like I‘ve learned so much about each country thanks to the people he meets and the sights he sees, and the gosh awful way he‘s treated by corrupt police or religious radicals—at 1 point I just couldn‘t take it anymore—I had to tell myself, “He ⬇️

Texreader survived to write the trilogy!” I look forward to reading the last book, hopeful that he‘s treated far better than in the first two legs of his journey.
#readingasia2021 #Iran #Turkmenistan #Uzbekistan @librarybelle @barbarabb
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Texreader Would you all give me the link again to record my books in the challenge? Now I‘m out of my slump, I‘ve lost it again! @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB 10mo
BarbaraBB I admire your perseverance and am hoping for a happy ending 😀. I hope @Librarybelle can send the GoogleDoc link - to be honest I don‘t use it and haven‘t got it any longer. 10mo
Librarybelle Try this: https://forms.gle/g4FgEbnDxdtkovDt8 …it should send you to the Google Form! 😁 10mo
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Texreader
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The author is well past the Iranian border as he walks the Silk Road and I haven‘t found much to like in #Turkmenistan until now.

#readingasia2021 #Turkmenistan @librarybelle @barbarabb

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The New Silk Roads | Peter Frankopan
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This is an interesting look at the shifting realities of our world, as China looks for interactions with other countries while the US and EU grow more isolationist. While it reads as a bit too much of a polemic about 45 (understandably, to a degree), it is nonetheless an important way of looking at our changing world, and a great read for #ReadingAsia2021. I‘m using this for #Turkmenistan, but it could be used for many countries.

Librarybelle Good choice! 10mo
Caroline2 Think I saw this for 99p on kindle today… 🤔 10mo
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rockpools
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This was fascinating! Journalist Erika Fatland travels through #Turkmenistan, #Kazakhstan, #Tajikistan #Kyrgyzstan and #Uzbekistan. We meet local people and learn bits of the history, geography and culture of each country. I found her an engaging and sympathetic writer and loved learning more about Central Asia, a region I knew SO little about.

Thanks for sending me this @squirrelbrain 😘! If anyone would like this next, pop a comment below and

rockpools I‘ll send it on.

I‘m actually going to use this for all 5 countries for #ReadingAsia2021, as you get to spend a decent amount of time in each of them. And, let‘s face it, I‘m not going to finish anyway! But it‘s whetted my apetite, and I‘m looking forward to reading more from the region in the future. @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB
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BarbaraBB I am so looking forward to this one too! 11mo
rockpools @BarbaraBB She covers such a range of topics - well worth the read! Hope your holiday‘s being wonderful and relaxing. 11mo
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Megabooks I loved this and am using it for all 5 as well! 11mo
rockpools @Megabooks I‘d been planning to read her other book too, but was put off by the library copy because it‘s HUGE! But I think I‘ll give it a go at some point 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve stacked this after @Megabooks Meg‘s review. I‘ll like to read it if you don‘t mind sending it internationally. If you don‘t want to send it outside US I‘ll understand. 😊 11mo
Librarybelle I‘m really looking forward to this one for this challenge! 11mo
squirrelbrain Yay! I‘m glad this one is making its way around the world! @erzascarletbookgasm @rockpools 11mo
hilded Look forward to reading this, glad you enjoyed it. She also published a new book last year about Himalaya, but I don‘t think it‘s translated from Norwegian yet- probably soon though🤞🏻 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm I have sent you an email, Rachel. Thank you so much ❤️ 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thank you for passing it on, @squirrelbrain @rockpools . Will forward it on.👌The book is creating a journey of its own. 😊 (edited) 11mo
rockpools @erzascarletbookgasm Got it - thank you 😊 I‘ll get it in the post next week. No idea how long things take to get to you from the UK… This book‘ll be much more well-travelled than i am! 11mo
rockpools @Librarybelle It‘s a good‘un 😊 11mo
rockpools @hilded Ooh, thank you - I‘ll keep an eye out. I‘d like to read more by her. Hope you enjoy it when you get to it ☺️ 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm Hahaha Rachel, thanks. Sorry, I thought you‘re in US 😅 11mo
rockpools @erzascarletbookgasm I tend to assume everyone‘s in the US here, unless I know otherwise 😉. Not sure I‘m that much nearer to you though! 🌏 11mo
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rockpools
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It‘s a good job I didn‘t do a #weeklyforecast for this week, because this definitely wouldn‘t have been on it! As it is, I‘m rattling though it! It‘s a really interesting, engaging read, and I‘d never realised just how little I knew about Turkmenistan until now (as in absolutely nothing).

charl08 I have this in a pile from the library. Need to pick it up! 12mo
rockpools @charl08 it‘s hugely readable! 12mo
squirrelbrain Oh I‘m glad you‘re liking it! 12mo
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rockpools @squirrelbrain I wasn‘t planning on starting it just yet 😁 I feel a Turkmenistan obsession coming on! 12mo
squirrelbrain Don‘t go all in on Turkmenistan just yet….there‘s 4 more where that came from! 12mo
TrishB I love it when that happens! 12mo
BarbaraBB I‘m sooo looking forward to this one! 12mo
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