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The little tour: Andorra, Monaco, Liechtenstein, San Marino | Constantine FitzGibbon, Giles Playfair
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Look what I found in the library at lunchtime! 😁 It covers 4 of the 5 micro states (only Vatican City not included).

I decided to get it out whilst I had it on my radar, as this library loans books for 12 weeks, so it doesn‘t need to go back until 2nd March!


Librarybelle Awesome!! 1d
RachelO That‘s neat! And, as a hopeless slow-coach, I‘m madly jealous of your 12-wk loans 😁 1d
squirrelbrain And you can get 30 books out at the same time @RachelO 📚📚📚📚 23h
BarbaraBB Perfect!!! 👌 22h
youneverarrived You‘ll have to let us know if it‘s good 😊 20h
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Go, Went, Gone | Jenny Erpenbeck
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A belated #readaroundtheworld #Germany - it‘s slow & thoughtful, but I loved it.

When Richard retires from academia, a few years after his wife‘s death, he‘s at a loss. Looking for a new ‘research project‘, he starts visiting a home for refugees, asking questions and above all listening. And his world shifts a little.

There‘s no preaching, it‘s very subtle, but Erpenbeck packs a huge amount into a short book. An important story beautifully told.

squirrelbrain Sounds like a good one! ❤️ 1d
BarbaraBB I loved this one. @squirrelbrain you should really read this one! Maybe for #ReadingEurope2020 😉? (edited) 1d
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squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB @RachelO - I have the Book Thief in already for Germany- decisions decisions! 1d
RachelO @squirrelbrain I really need to read that one day! 1d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain This one is much better - in my opinion 😊. Choices choices indeed! 22h
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Challenges | Ben Bova
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I don‘t know who I thought I was kidding when I said I would only do 3 challenges in 2020. 🙄😂

The illustrious @BarbaraTheBibliophage came up with this fun bingo card for memoirs and mysteries that doesn‘t look overly complicated, and I think I can find books on my tbr to fit them all. I‘m in!

#mandmchallenge2020 #memoirsmysteries

vivastory I'm joining too 👍 1d
vivastory What are your planned challenges for 2020? 1d
sprainedbrain @vivastory I am doing #ReadingWomen2020, #Booked2020, #ReadingEurope2020, and now this one. 😬 (edited) 1d
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vivastory Yikes! I'm doing this one & #Booked2020 & co-hosting #nyrbbookclub which probably will continue until at least fall 2020 1d
vivastory But you can definitely pull it off 👍 1d
sprainedbrain @vivastory this is actually quite a bit less than I‘ve done in 2019. I think I‘m going to finish all of them this year! 1d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @sprainedbrain Thank you so much for sharing this! I‘m excited you and @vivastory are joining in the fun! 1d
gradcat @BarbaraTheBibliophage Okay, so I finally found this page again—yay! I‘d like to join in...is there anything I need to do? 16h
BarbaraBB @vivastory At least! I hope it‘ll last a lot longer 😉 10h
vivastory @BarbaraBB 😄 I think there will be enough people interested in signing up again once the first round is over 10h
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Broken April | Ismail Kadare
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For anyone making plans for #ReadingEurope2020 here are some books that I enjoyed and may come in handy for you.

🔸Poland: This way for the gas, ladies and gentlemen
🔸Norway: The Birds
🔸Iceland: Heaven and hell
🔸Greece: Fugitive Pieces
🔸Finland: The Summer Book
🔸Czech Republic: Unbearable Lightness of Being
🔸Bosnia: The Little Red Chairs
🔸Belgium: The Angel Maker
🔸Armenia: Rise the Euphrates
🔸Albania: Broken April

Librarybelle Very nice! I plan to craft my list over the holidays. I love seeing everyone‘s thoughts for next year! 2d
Cathythoughts 👍🏻👍🏻 2d
Cinfhen I‘ve taken a screenshot xx thanks 2d
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batsy Thank you! 2d
Marina_h Thanks! I've saved it as a note. 👍 2d
squirrelbrain Great ideas! I have 3 of those already on my list but will check out the others as I‘m sure my plans will change numerous times! 2d
Megabooks I‘ve screenshotted as well! Thank you! 2d
youneverarrived Thanks for posting 💛 I might use that book for Poland as I own it already. 2d
Kalalalatja Thanks for posting ❤️ 2d
BarbaraBB @youneverarrived It‘s a hard read. But one I keep thinking about. 2d
erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! I‘ve screenshot this! 😘 2d
arubabookwoman I have read This Way For The Gas, Fugitive Pieces, The Angel Maker, Broken April, and The Unbearable Lightness of Being—all excellent, except I am not a fan of Kundera. I have The Birds and The Summer Book on my shelf, so perhaps I will finally get to them for this challenge. 2d
BarbaraBB I hope you will, they are both really good. I see what you mean about Kundera, I loved this book but I was very young when I read it, it felt like he opened a new world for me at the time. I would probably read it differently nowadays. @arubabookwoman (edited) 2d
CarolynM Very helpful. Thank you.😘 1d
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Untitled | Unknown
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squirrelbrain That‘s a great resource! Lots on there that I didn‘t come across whilst writing my list. *Runs off to review spreadsheet* 2d
Librarybelle Oh! Thank you for sharing this! 2d
BarbaraBB This is fantastic, thank you so much! 2d
erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! 2d
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Northern Lights | Philip Pullman
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Cinfhen Ohhh, good to know!! I‘ve been wanting to try this series. What‘s new, Jenny??? 2d
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen not much. Passed my annual heart check-up, we're still having our kitchen extended, having my next infusion of Crohn's medicine on Friday, going to Prague next Sunday... you?! 2d
BarbaraBB You‘ve started already. I envy you, I have to finish #Reading USA2019 first! 2d
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jenniferw88 @BarbaraBB to be fair, I'm only on the planning stage... they are susceptible to change! 🤣 2d
BarbaraBB Haha I know what you mean. I am making plans too, will share them later 💕 2d
Cinfhen That sounds like lots going on!!! How long will you be in Prague for? Not much going on here. My friends daughter gave birth to triplets in September and the babies all came home last week so they are throwing a big bash on Monday. 💙💙💙 2d
Librarybelle Looks like a great collection! 2d
StayCurious Haha awesome way to do the prompt. +2! 2d
erinachu Northern Lights is great!! 2d
4thhouseontheleft I‘ve been meaning to reread this series! 2d
TheEllieMo I have both those penguin series 😁 2d
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The Mystery of Julia Episcopa | John I Rigoli, Diane Cummings
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No idea if this is any good, but it‘s cheap on Kindle today and would do nicely for #vaticancity for #readingeurope2020...

Librarybelle Nice! 3d
BarbaraBB Are you going to include the micro states as well? That is ambitious! 3d
squirrelbrain I‘m going to give the micro-states a go @barbarabb - I already have one for Vatican City 3d
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The Withered Arm | Thomas Hardy
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Latest charity shop purchases... I may use the tagged book for @mabell - he's one of the best well-known authors in my home county! #readinthenewyearswap @Chrissyreadit @MeganAnn

Also Girl with a Pearl Earring for #netherlands #readingeurope2020 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

4 🌟 for these 2 short stories, the second being a #holidayread #readnosedreindeer #wintergames @Clwojick @StayCurious - takes place Christmas Eve!

veritysalter Excellent find. The Girl with the Pearl Earring is very good and you can‘t go wrong with Thomas Hardy, I love the Penguin Little Black Books. 3d
Chrissyreadit Perfect! 3d
BarbaraBB I loved The Girl with the Pearl Earring too! 3d
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Librarybelle I‘ll add my voice to how good The Girl With the Pearl Earring is! 3d
StayCurious Oh Excellent! +21 2d
mabell I don‘t know that I‘ve ever read Thomas Hardy 😳 1d
jenniferw88 @mabell 🧐 might make your parcel local items to me then... Thanks for the email - will reply later as have thought of more questions lol. Could easily get carried away with this swap! 1d
mabell I agree! So fun! I received your email, too, and I will reply when I get a chance! Thanks! 21h
jenniferw88 @mabell have since found the a-z picture book, yeah baby and middle grade prompts for #bbrc so you won't need to type those out lol! 😂😂😂 21h
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The Priest of Evil | David Hackston, Matti Yrjn Joensuu
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#readingeurope2020 @squirrelbrain & other UK littens only (sorry!)

These are the books on my shelves that I have planned for this challenge - do we match on any and are any of them ones you need to get? I'd also be willing to send on after I've read it.

@BarbaraBB @Librarybelle

Librarybelle That‘s so nice of you! It looks like good titles to read for the challenge, too! 4d
squirrelbrain Ha! This spreadsheet thing is catching! None match mine at the moment, but I can always change my mind 😁 Loved loved loved Hedgehog! Thanks for the card and bookmark too! 😘 4d
jenniferw88 @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle photo above is updated as I found more books on my shelves! 😂😂😂 4d
BarbaraBB I need to screenshot this! And I‘ll take a picture of my list as well! 3d
youneverarrived I might read The Bear & the Nightingale as I‘ve had that for a while. 3d
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Look at me, feeling all smugalicious, having identified *all* of my books for #readingeurope2020!

14 I already own, 24 from the library, 1 from #mummysquirrel and 12 to buy. 30 fiction and 21 NF.

Would anyone by interested in sharing books by post? For example, the tagged book is one I need to buy but happy to send it around after I‘ve read it. (I‘ll let you decide if you use it for all seven countries!😁) Happy to send outside of the UK too.

jenniferw88 Damn! Now I want to do this! 😂😂😂 I ❤ spreadsheets! Off to laptop I go... 4d
erzascarletbookgasm Woah! You‘re on top of your game! 👍 4d
squirrelbrain Spreadsheets are my favourite things! @jenniferw88 4d
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Librarybelle Amazing! Incredible list, and now I‘m wondering if I should put my spreadsheet together now rather than later... ❤️ 4d
jenniferw88 I have Burial Rites on my shelf... I could send on to you after if you like? 4d
squirrelbrain That would be lovely @jenniferw88! 4d
squirrelbrain Let me know if you want me to email you my full list @librarybelle ! 4d
Librarybelle I‘d love to see it! Thank you for offering! My email address is my Litsy username AT gmail DOT com. 😁 BTW...The Book Thief is so good! Heartbreaking, but good! 4d
squirrelbrain I‘ll send it to you soon @Librarybelle - The Book Thief has been on my TBR for aaaages! 4d
eraderneely Loooved Burial Rites! Haven‘t heard of most of these. Looking forward to your reviews! 4d
Nute You should be feeling SMUGALICIOUS I‘m so happy that I got to use that word in a sentence!😆 That spreadsheet is very impressive! 4d
BarbaraBB This is incredible! For most of the countries I have no book yet. I must copy some of your ideas! 4d
youneverarrived Ahh I love this Helen. I might have to steal your idea 😂 3d
youneverarrived And happy to send books on too. 3d
squirrelbrain I can send you the spreadsheet if you want Katie @youneverarrived ! Sounds like we can have a great little #readingeurope2020 book club! 3d
youneverarrived That would be fab if you could 😁 3d
squirrelbrain Just sent you an email @youneverarrived 😘 3d
jenniferw88 @squirrelbrain brilliant! No idea when I'll read it yet but will send on when I do! 🤣😘 2d
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