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BarbaraBB

Joined June 2017

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The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
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My favorite spot to chill (which is reading for me 🙃) is in the corner of this couch with a lot of cushions and my tbr shelves nearby calling out to me! #DecemberChill

Texreader Yea I can see that being the perfect reading spot! 9m
Cinfhen Love the whole chill vibe you got going there 💓💓💓💓💓 now
AmyG Looks perfect! now
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Cupcake12 Thus looks lush 😍 now
erzascarletbookgasm Very comfy and cosy 👌 now
Cathythoughts Very nice spot 👍🏻❤️ now
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Day 2 of #DecemberChill!

📸 let‘s see some chill photos!!! Do you live in a snowy climate? Maybe you ski? Perhaps, chillin is a beach stroll with your 4 legged friends? Browsing a bookshop or sipping a beverage in a cozy spot? Feel free to share your snaps and let us enjoy the moments with you😍

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I know what I‘ll be doing for the upcoming months! Hunting the rooster! I‘ve read five so far and have Matrix on my shelves. I voted for The Trees as my zombie. I love the Tournament of Books! #tob22

https://themorningnews.org/article/the-2022-tournament-of-books-shortlist-and-ju...

BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I know you‘ll want to read the shortlist too and just before you start hunting those books: I‘ve send you one for Christmas. Let me know if you want me to tell you which one! 😘 15h
Ruthiella I just downloaded The Echo Wife and The Confessions of Copeland Cane from the library and put most of the others on hold. Looks like I‘ll have to buy two or three...#ToB2022 (edited) 13h
Karkar This years list is almost totally made up of books I want to read. Such a hard choice on the zombie. 13h
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BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I found four cheap copies online. The others I‘ll probably end up buying too but for now I have controlled myself! 9h
BarbaraBB @Karkar it‘s a great list, I think so too. A mix op popular ones and books I‘ve never heard of! 9h
Cinfhen It really is a solid list where I can see several books winning and I‘d be happy. I just don‘t want the Rooney or Ishiguro to win. I‘m still rooting for Lockwood!!!!! But I have 11 books to still read. 9h
BarbaraBB Now I hope you haven‘t read the one I just sent you 🤞🏽 @Cinfhen 8h
Cinfhen Thank you xx 😘 8h
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Surprised | Julie Murray
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Yay! My #jolabokaflodswap parcel arrived already. I can‘t see who to thank for it without opening it, which I won‘t do until Christmas Eve, but know that it arrived safely! Thank you so much ❤️❤️

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Doo-WopCentrism: The Top 2000 Songs | Anthony Gribin, Matthew Schiff
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Where I live there is a so called ‘Top 2000‘ on the radio from December 26-31. It‘s always something to look forward to. Everyone can vote for up to 35 favorite songs and for me it‘s the ultimate #DecemberChill. We‘re listening day and night and it brings back so many memories. Pictured are the songs I voted for, last year‘s Top 2000 you find here:

https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/37i9dQZF1DWTmvXBN4DgpA?si=CdmARxQ...

Cinfhen Yay !! This is going right into my playlist rotation 🤟🏽✌🏽🙌🏻 1d
Suet624 On my playlist now too. 24h
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m loving all these playlist! 24h
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Megabooks This is a great playlist! (edited) 23h
KarenUK This is so fun 💕 22h
Suet624 I‘ve been listening to this playlist today. What a fascinating collection of songs. 17h
BarbaraBB @Suet624 That‘s so cool, that you‘ve been listening to it! It‘s last year‘s Dutch collective memory I guess! 🤍 16h
Billypar Great picks! Neneh Cherry is someone I discovered more recently - she's had such an interesting career. This sounds like a fun annual tradition. 11h
BarbaraBB @Billypar I have discovered Neneh Cherry recently too. She‘s much more interesting than I thought. And Woman is a real powerful song 🎶 9h
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The fun is about to begin! #DecemberChill has started 💃🕺💃🕺

🎼what music do you relax to during these chilly days? Is it jazz, acoustic or coffeehouse blues? Maybe colder days means Holiday music? Whatever you prefer, we want to hear it! Share your playlist with us! 🎧🎶♥️

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Mitch Oh no! My relaxation soundtrack is silence! I can just about love the crack from the logs on the fire but if not I want it pin droppingly quiet! 🤣 1d
TheBookHippie I‘ve been listening to Norah Jones I Dream Of Christmas and Jazz Christmas music 🎶🎶🎶🎶 1d
Megabooks I‘m with you @Mitch ! I don‘t usually reach for music when I want to chill. Although I like having a white noise machine or app. Snuggling with my dog is a bonus. 😁 1d
Librarybelle Totally agree, @Mitch and @Megabooks ! Silence is my perfect relaxing soundtrack. Though, I‘ll put on some classical music if I want some background ambience. I love Mozart, so he‘s my usual go to in those situations. 1d
Centique @TheBookHippie I love Norah Jones too. So very chill 😍 8h
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Spindrift | V.C. Andrews
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My December plans. Lots of books I‘ve been excited about. Some #ToBlonglist books, a couple of buddyreading books, the last one for Asia and the first ones for Africa. For example Out of Africa, which is my #bookspin as well. The #Doublespin is The Dead Girls‘ Class Trip.

TheLudicReader I liked The Current, but not as much as Descent. That‘s a great selection of books. 2d
BarbaraBB @TheLudicReader I‘ve never read him. Will look out for Descent! X 2d
TheLudicReader Descent is un-put-down-able, @BarbaraBB 2d
BarbaraBB @TheLudicReader Thanks, I stacked that one! 1d
Megabooks Great board! 1d
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Once There Were Wolves | Charlotte McConaghy
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My favorite-author-of-2021 posted on Instagram about her nomination on Goodreads and when I commented on that, she LIKED it! Haha, it‘s silly I know, but it feels cool to see her name appear on my feed!

Megabooks Awesome!! 3d
Ruthiella That‘s so cool! It would tickle me too. 3d
Cathythoughts Nice 😁 I just got tagged book. I havnt read anything of hers yet 2d
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LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 3d
KarenUK Me for sure! 💕 3d
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BarbaraBB I see some nice similarities with #Booked21 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft 3d
Clwojick YES!!!! I‘ve been stalking their page. Thanks for posting! I‘m going to start working on my #bulletjournal now. 3d
BarbaraBB @Clwojick I have been stalking their page too! So glad it‘s finally there! 3d
Megabooks I‘m not thinking about 2022 yet. I use December to reflect on my past year of reading, but you know I‘ll be in on January 1!! 3d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I know and I am looking forward to your reflections on 2021! 🤍 3d
Cinfhen Woohoo!!!!!! I‘m SOOOOOOO excited 🥳 3d
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Dr. Zhivago | Boris Pasternak
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Our #DecemberChill #buddyread is this weekend and it‘s time to prepare!

Friday Dec 3: 🎧what music do you relax to during these chilly days? Is it jazz, acoustic or blues? Holiday music? Let‘s hear it 🎶

Saturday Dec 4: 📸 Share some chill photos! A beach stroll with your dog, having coffee with a friend, building a snowman?? Anything goes!

Sunday Dec 5: 📚 #DrZ. Discussion starts here at 2 PM EST, 7 PM GMT, 8 PM CET

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#Novemberstats #Novemberwrapup #bookspin #doublespin

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Een goede moeder (Dutch)

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Real Life

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Pillars of Salt
School for Love
Intimacies
The Trees

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At Night‘s End

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No Exit
An Untouched House
On the Road
He Started It
My Life in Doha

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Wittgenstein‘s Mistress

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fabulous month!!! 4d
Daisey Looks like an overall great month! 4d
Suet624 Real Life. 💕💕💕 4d
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BarbaraBB @Daisey It was and indeed @Suet624 Real Life is unforgettable ❤️ 3d
Gissy Wow!!! 🤩📚📚📚📚👏👏👏 3d
BarbaraBB @Gissy Thanks!! (edited) 3d
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The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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This is a book about retribution for all the black people that have been lynched in the US. White men are being killed and mutilated. First in Mississippi, but soon all over the country.

Special agents come investigating what is happening. Everett‘s dialogues are sharp and funny, as always. The plot is extremely violent. A challenging and brutal pageturner. #ToBLonglist

(Pic: First snow of the year!)

Ruthiella This is another one that I will for sure read - shortlist or no. Still, nothing I‘ve read from Everett has been as great as the first book I tried 4d
squirrelbrain I haven‘t read anything by this author. It‘s one I can‘t get hold of, yet, but I will keep trying. 4d
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella It‘s a must read then for you. It‘s so good. I loved So Much Blue too, but Telephone as well. This one is completely different again! 4d
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BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain If you haven‘t read him I should start with 4d
Megabooks I wonder if he‘ll make the shortlist two years in a row?? I enjoyed telephone, but I‘m not sure about this one. 4d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I doubt he will make it two times in a row indeed but I woud hope so. It is however really really brutal. And yet hilarious at times. I think Everett is king of unique. 4d
Ruthiella @Megabooks That‘s the question, right? Will it make the shortlist... 4d
Cinfhen I really liked Telephone, it was quirky but solid/ I think I‘ll try this one regardless if it goes through to the next round. 3d
batsy I have my eye on this one! Glad it was a pick for you. 3d
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Reading Asia: New Research in Asian Studies | Frans Husken Huskin, Dick van der Meij
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With #Jordan (Pillars of Salt) and #Qatar (My Life in Doha) finished in November, I have now just the Philippines left to finish #ReadingAsia2021. I saved this one for December to combine my read with #FoodAndLit.

I hope to start and finish my chosen book (America is not the Heart) soon, so I can maybe make an early start with #ReadingAfrica2022!

TrishB Nearly there! 4d
LeahBergen Woohoo! 4d
erzascarletbookgasm Wow! 👏 4d
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Cathythoughts Nice work ! 4d
Addison_Reads Great job! 4d
Texreader That‘s so awesome!! 4d
Hooked_on_books Woohoo! Awesome! 🥳 4d
DGRachel Yay! So close!! 4d
Bookwormjillk Wow! 👏👏👏🎉 4d
squirrelbrain Nearly there! 🎉 4d
jenniferw88 Yeah, I'm not going to be able to finish this challenge (just like i haven't completed Europe, & I'm doubtful I'll finish Africa! 😂) 4d
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 I am very doubtful about Africa too 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4d
Librarybelle So close!! 4d
Simona You already see the finish line 👍🍾🥂 4d
Megabooks Congratulations!! You‘ve got it in your sights! 4d
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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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#WeeklyForecast 48/21

Two more books from the #ToBLonglist and one to finish #Booked2021, #ReadingAsia2021 and #FoodAndLit. Let‘s do this!

Cinfhen Ohhhhh, TREES!!! Curious to hear your thoughts 5d
Cinfhen That one did not work for me, at all!!! 5d
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Cinfhen Your other one sounds great 5d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen The Trees is great (I'm 50 pages in), I always enjoy Everett so much. I also am liking The Other Black Girl although the details are driving me crazy; at times I want to shout 'get to the point girl'!😂 5d
Cinfhen I was enjoying TOBG too until it entered crazy town 😉 5d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I haven‘t reached that point yet I think. 5d
arubabookwoman Trees just arrived in my library Libby account. I have 21 days to read it. 5d
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The Master Key | Masako Togawa
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You absolutely didn‘t need to do this Vansa but I‘m thrilled with these early Christmas 🎄 presents! I love your choices! The Tokyo noir seems right up my alley but I also am curious of the Indian book you chose for me. Thank you so much 💚💚

Vansa I really hope you like the books!! 😍😍😍 4d
BarbaraBB @Vansa I‘m sure I will. You are too kind 💚 4d
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Real Life: A Novel | Brandon Taylor
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#BookReport 47/21

I had a good week! Loved the tagged one and also Intimacies. Doha and the Winman were okay reads for me.

EmilyM I just finished Still Life and liked it but felt like it dragged in places. I'm not sure the last part about Forester was even necessary, or maybe I missed something? 7d
Megabooks Just broke down and ordered the kitmura! 7d
Cinfhen I don‘t think Winman is for me, I bailed on still life and I didn‘t love Tin Man the way others on Litsy did 🤷🏼‍♀️ 6d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I LOVED Tin Man but didn‘t care much for 6d
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Spin | Robert Charles Wilson
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My choices for December. The month of finishing challenges, starting new ones, do some buddyreading and read thrillers by the Christmas tree 🎄

Sarah, I‘m in for #bookspin, #doublespin and #bookspinbingo. Thanks 😘

Singout Are we starting Africa in December? I‘m ready! 1w
BarbaraBB @Singout I think I will start in December… there are so many African countries! So please join me in December if you want! 1w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1w
Megabooks I might join you with some Africa too. 1w
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Intimacies | Katie Kitamura
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I enjoyed this quiet novel quite a lot. The narrator has moved temporarily to the Netherlands to work as an interpreter for the International Court of Justice. She has met a few very different people and the story tells about her connection to them and the ethical implications of her job. She wants to belong, to the Court and The Hague, the city she now lives in, but can she? #ToBLonglist

Ruthiella I really like Kitamura‘s understated style. I liked this a lot too as well as 1w
Cinfhen It‘s one I‘m interested in reading no matter it‘s making the shortlist. Do you think it will? Does it deserve to? I still want to read her first book as well @Ruthiella (thanks for the reminder) 😘😘 1w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I liked this one much more than A Separation but now I want to read that one again. I‘m not sure if it deserves to make the shortlist @Cinfhen. So many strong contenders and this one is quite straightforward 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1w
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squirrelbrain Great review Barbara! Everyone is doing so well at reading off the longlist; I need to get a wriggle on! I‘m struggling through Harlem Shuffle at the moment…. @Cinfhen @Ruthiella @Megabooks 1w
Cinfhen Hmmmm, interesting. I‘ll have to pick it up sooner than later. I didn‘t care for Harlem Shuffle @squirrelbrain 😞Have fun this weekend, Helen!!! 1w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Is it good? I was underwhelmed by The Nickel Boys and even The Underground Railroad so I am in no hurry to read this one 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1w
squirrelbrain Thanks @cinfhen - setting off very shortly! 1w
squirrelbrain I‘m not loving it so far Barbara. I liked The Nickel Boys, but wasn‘t keen on The Underground Railroad. I‘d give it a miss unless it makes the shortlist…. 1w
Megabooks I love almost everything this publisher puts out so I should probably pick this up. Great review! 1w
EvieBee I really enjoyed this one. It was very…Dutch, lol! 1w
Brimful Just finished the first chapter on my train journey home. Feels very promising. 1w
BarbaraBB @EvieBee Right?! 🇳🇱 1w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I‘d wait if it makes the shortlist (which is not improbable)! So many better books! 1w
BarbaraBB @Brimful If you liked the first chapter, you‘ll like the whole book I think. I know I did! 1w
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Infinite Country: A Novel | Patricia Engel
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What a surprise! Dear Liz, I‘m ridiculously happy with this book! It‘s longlisted for the ToB, it‘s about Colombia and it‘s a beautiful edition! Thank you so much for your friendship and kindness! Please tell me when is your birthday 🙏 (I don‘t think you‘re on the Litsy calendar)!
PS how clever to order it via a Dutch bookstore!
😘😘

sarahbarnes It‘s a wonderful book! ❤️ 1w
squirrelbrain What a lovely gift! This one is on Scribd, so let me know if you‘d like to do a #buddyread. 1w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I‘d like that! How about the end of December? I ‘ll be buddyreading the tagged one with @mklong and @monalyisha second week of December and it‘s kind of a #chunkster! 1w
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squirrelbrain Sounds good to me Barbara! I loved Fresh Water and hope you do too! 1w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain looking forward to this buddyread with you 🤍 1w
Megabooks This book was 5⭐️ for me so I hope you enjoy it too! 1w
monalyisha @BarbaraBB @mklong IS it a chunkster? I didn‘t even notice. 😅 Good to know! 1w
BarbaraBB @monalyisha @mklong I‘m exaggerating, I thought it was, but the blurb says 400 pages 😅 1w
Liz_M I'm glad it arrived! It was definitely one of the most interesting books on your Tob tbr list. 😁 1w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Is it? I have no idea since I haven‘t read any of them. Any suggestions are welcome. But I am very glad with this one!!! 1w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Birthday?!?!?!?! 1w
BkClubCare I loved this book and is on my hope for the shortlist. So glad to be introduced to this author. 1w
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Still Life | Sarah Winman
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#UnpopularOpinion Unfortunately I did not enjoy this book as much as I expected to. While I mostly enjoy character-driven novels, I do want some sort of plot too. Considering how many decades this story spans, I was expecting a bit more of that. Instead I was sidetracked by keeping track of all characters and all dialogues - without quotation marks. So I am afraid I didn‘t get as much out of the book as I had hoped, based on all reviews I read.

TrishB Aww, that‘s a shame! I loved it, but that‘s the way of books. (edited) 1w
Jas16 I was so excited about this book but didn‘t love it either. 1w
squirrelbrain Oh dear, I loved it too, like @TrishB but the world would be a boring place if we all liked the same books! 1w
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catebutler Most of my book group had the same opinion. They really hated the format. I had to re-read about 100 pages at the beginning. And switch from an ebook to a physical book. For some reason, the second I did this, it just clicked. And I actually really enjoyed it. I do think I dug deeper and went down a few rabbits holes, when everyone else in my book club didn‘t. But the polarised discussion we had was so intriguing! Thank you for tagging me above! 1w
Cinfhen I started the audio a few weeks ago and bailed!! 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1w
rmaclean4 Such a shame, I loved this one. 3d
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The Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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I think I received your gift Jessie and I am SO happy with it! I love Sarah Waters and I‘ve heard the best things about this specific one. Thank you so much!! ❤️❤️

AmyG It‘s a good book. I love all the books I have read of hers. 1w
erzascarletbookgasm I hope you‘ll love it, it‘s such a good read. 💕 I hope to watch the adaptation. 1w
batsy I just read this and loved it 🖤 Hope you enjoy it too! 1w
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My Life in Doha: Between Dream and Reality | Rachel Hajar, Rachel Hajar M D
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The author and her Arab Muslim husband move to #Qatar. She came from the Philippines, raised Catholic, and met him in the US where they both attended med school. It is fascinating how she found her way in this conservative country, staying true to her beliefs. She even works as a cardiologist while raising 5 kids. I just wish she would be a bit more critical about what definitely is not the most correct country on earth.

#ReadingAsia2021 🇶🇦

Librarybelle You have to be close to finishing this year‘s challenge! 2w
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Just one more! 2w
Librarybelle Yay!!!!! 2w
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Still Life | Sarah Winman
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#weeklyforecast 47/21

I started Still Life and the beginning is gooood! I am also starting My Life in Doha for #ReadingAsia2021 and will be trying to read a book from the #ToB22 longlist each week until the shortlist is announced. Looking forward to all of these!

Cinfhen Ohhh, good idea regarding #ToB 💕💕 2w
TrishB Enjoy ♥️ 2w
squirrelbrain I thought the beginning of Still Life was a bit slow, then suddenly I was captivated so it‘s only going to get better! 2w
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emmaturi I enjoyed Still Life very much 2w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @emmaturi Looking forward to It! 2w
Vansa I absolutely loved Still Life.Beautiful and moving, and so heart warming 2w
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Real Life: A Novel | Brandon Taylor
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Why do people hurt eachother so much? And themselves? Why being so hard on yourself and one another? This book is real life. Not mine, but it feels so real. Wallace does and my heart goes out to him. The loneliness of the black gay boy trying to fit in the the white Midwest. Hiding in science. All that anger and the feeling of not being worthy of love. All the misunderstandings but also the tenderness. The book touched me deeply. #bookspin #pop21

Megabooks This was fantastic! Glad you enjoyed it, too! 2w
Cinfhen I need to try again with this book! I started the audio last summer but I wasn‘t feeling it 2w
4thhouseontheleft 2020 was such a cluster**** that I'm only now learning which book one the Booker Prize! Which prompt did you fill for this one? 2w
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BarbaraBB @4thhouseontheleft I forgot to mention: dark academia. I didn‘t realize it was shortlisted for the Booker in 2020 either! But it‘s worth it. Very good! 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It‘s fantastic. You must really try again! 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks So happy you nudged me in reading it. I had it sitting in my shelves for over a year, but man it‘s good. Very emotional 😭 🖤 2w
4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraBB oh, now I see the tiny print that says shortlisted! And I'm off to look up who won. 😃 2w
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2w
BarbaraBB @4thhouseontheleft I think Shuggie Bain but I‘m not even sure. This one is better though 🙃 2w
KarenUK Lovely review. I recently read this one and loved it…. 2w
BarbaraBB @KarenUK I was thinking about that one. Is it as good? And did you receive my parcel yet? 2w
KarenUK Really liked the linked stories…. I believe I have…. Hubby has been hiding parcels!!!! @BarbaraBB 2w
BarbaraBB @KarenUK I hope so 🤞🏽🤞🏽😘 2w
CarolynM Lovely review, Barbara. This book was hard on my heart too💔 2w
Reggie You can go back on all the reviews and see me ask this but where do you see Wallace in 10 years? Great review, btw. I just wanted to hug Wallace all through the book. 2w
Hooked_on_books I LOVED this one! 2w
BarbaraBB @Reggie I wanted that too! Huggin Wallace! I was told that Brandon Taylor now lives a happy life in NYC and I think Wallace must have been autobiographical don‘t you think? 2w
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School for Love | Olivia Manning
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#BookReport 46/21

Tagged is my favorite book of the week. Both others were okay. I am so glad I‘m reading again and enjoying it!

squirrelbrain I‘m glad too that you‘re reading again and enjoying it! 😁 2w
TrishB Such a relief! 2w
sarahbarnes Glad to hear you liked the Manning - I am starting it today. 2w
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Cinfhen I‘ve been curious about this one because of the setting 2w
Cinfhen And yay that you‘re back to reading xx 2w
Megabooks Yay!! 🎉🎉 2w
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He Started It | Samantha Downing
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This book pulled me right in. I loved My Lovely Wife and had high expectations. Three siblings go on a road trip through the US to bury their grandfather‘s ashes by which they will earn their inheritance. I soon discovered they are all unreliability and have their secrets. The tension builds up fine but in the end I felt let down. Between a pick and a so-so.

TrishB Great pic ♥️ 2w
BarbaraBB @TrishB Cheesy Amsterdam in Winter 😀 2w
TrishB Wonderful Amsterdam! 2w
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Megabooks Sounds interesting. I‘ll see if I can borrow it. 👍🏻 2w
Libby1 Maggere brug? (I hope I remembered the correct spelling!) 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks it‘s definitely a #borrowdontbuy. Audio is good too (I partly listened to it). 2w
BarbaraBB @Libby1 it‘s a replica of the Magere Brug (correct!) over a skating rink across from the Rijksmuseum! 2w
Cathythoughts Sounds good ! Borrowdontbuy sounds like good advice … I‘ll get the kindle version 👍🏻 2w
Cinfhen Love the photo!! I‘ve seen lots of mixed reviews for this one. Disappointing because I really loved 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Me too but this one is not as goof unfortunately although it is enjoyable. 2w
Cinfhen I‘ll look to #BorrowNotBuy 😍 2w
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Booked | Kwame Alexander
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#Booked2022 My #Autumn choices:

19 dark academia: In the Freud archives
20 a coming out story: At swim, two boys
21 hopepunk: The Anthropocene reviewed
22 mythology retelling: A thousand ships
23 adapted for small screen: Vanity Fair
24 MC living with aids: Splendor

Singout Wow, you plan ahead! 2w
DGRachel I loved A Thousand Ships! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Well planned 👏 2w
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squirrelbrain Ooh, I have At Swim, Two Boys and hadn‘t planned that prompt yet… thank you! 😁 2w
BarbaraBB @Singout Just what I know think I can read based on my unread books. By the time it‘s autumn all probably will have changed 😉 2w
BarbaraBB @DGRachel That is good to know, I found this a hard prompt to select a book for! 2w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I have had it for ages and am glad I finally found a reason to read it! (edited) 2w
TrishB Good choices 👍🏻 2w
Singout At Swim, Two Boys is excellent. 2w
Cinfhen Yay!!! I‘m loving your suggestions 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Thanks to you 💜 2w
Cinfhen 😘😘 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage What a wonderful year of #Booked2021 you‘ve got planned! Thanks for sharing with us. 😍 2w
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Booked | Kwame Alexander
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#Booked2022 My #Summer choices:

13 includes a recipe: Green fried tomatoes at the…
14 set in Canada: The tenderness of wolves
15 involves an exploration: An African in Greenland
16 about sisters: The Makioka sisters
17 new in 2022: The trees
18 set in a hotel: The diver‘s clothes lie empty

EvieBee Looks like a great summer line up! 2w
Billypar I really liked The Diver's Clothes... - I'm looking forward to trying her latest at some point. 2w
Cathythoughts I have & really want to read the Makioka Sisters 👍🏻❤️ 2w
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erzascarletbookgasm So many good titles lined up! 👏👏👏👏 2w
erzascarletbookgasm That‘s a gorgeous cover for Makioka Sisters btw 2w
squirrelbrain I loved the only Vida book I‘ve read, so I might try this one too… 2w
BarbaraBB @Billypar @squirrelbrain I read about the latest book by this author but somehow this book appealed to me more. I have high hopes! 2w
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm I have wanted to read The Makioka sisters for a long time and I couldn‘t resist buying this edition 😍 2w
TrishB Great planning 👍🏻 2w
Ruthiella Great idea about The Diver‘s Clothes! That‘s on my TBR already! 😀 2w
Cinfhen I‘m excited for these titles and I needed a book for the #exploration prompt…so I‘m gonna go with (edited) 2w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella According to the blurb it fits the prompt 🤞🏽 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I‘ve heard good things! 2w
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Booked | Kwame Alexander
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#Booked2022 My #Spring choices:

7 about a royal: She would be king
8 written by a journalist: Blood river
9 author born in Africa: We need new names
10 own prompt (Dutch): Dit is mijn hof
11 nautical: And the sea will tell
12 murder mystery: The Aosawa murders

erzascarletbookgasm 9 and 12 on my tbr too.. 2w
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm 9 is for #ReadingAsia2022, 12 I REALLY want to read! 2w
Megabooks 7 I have planned for reading Africa. Thanks for the cross prompt awareness! (edited) 2w
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Cinfhen That‘s a good idea #7 although I‘m not sure this is a book I‘d enjoy…I‘ll wait for reviews 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I was thinking either that one or 2w
Cinfhen I started Shadow King earlier this year, it wasn‘t an easy read and the audio was VERY long. I might go back but I have lots of options for that prompt. I just like the #DoubleDip or #TriplePlay 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I need as much #TriplePlays as I can get since Africa is really big 🤓 2w
Cinfhen #TRUTH & #AMEN ♥️🙌🏻 🙏🏻sista!!! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Awesome ideas! 2w
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Booked | Kwame Alexander
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I‘ve finally come up with my plans for #Booked2022. They will no doubt change completely but I think it‘s fair to assume a lot of them will be used for #ReadingAfrica2022 as well.

Here are my #Winter choices:

1 about religion: Matrix
2 title repeats itself: What is the What
3 set in China: Land of Big Numbers
4 weather term in title: Empire of the Sun
5 black-owned publisher: Baho!
6 eco-feminist: Wij zijn licht (Dutch)

sarahbarnes This is some impressive planning! 😍 2w
Suet624 I wish I could plan ahead like you do. I‘m such a contrarian that I refuse to do anything I “require” myself to do. 2w
Megabooks 1 & 3 👍🏻👍🏻 2w
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BarbaraBB @Suet624 haha, that‘s cool! I enjoy the planning but much less the execution. I am such a restless person, I can‘t stand the predictable so I definitely won‘t go with my own plan 🤦🏻‍♀️😀 2w
Cinfhen I love all the crossover ideas…I‘m still EAGERLY awaiting #PoP22 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Me too! I‘ve been visiting their page for days now! 2w
Suet624 Ah, so you are familiar with my way of being. 💕 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Can‘t wait to see your reviews on these! (Or whatever you ultimately read …) 2w
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School for Love | Olivia Manning
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#NYRBBookClub

During the closing stages of WWII recently orphaned young Felix arrives in Jerusalem at the boarding house of a sort-of-relative, the hilarious Miss Bohun.
She is taking as much money as she can from her houseguests, while also pretending to be self-sacrificing and motivated entirely by kindness.
At first the reader picks up on much more of this drama than Felix does but then a new boarder arrives, the young widow Mrs. Ellis. ⬇️

BarbaraBB ⬆️⬆️ While she keeps Felix at arm‘s length, she does share her thoughts on Miss Bohun and the world with him. A poignant story about the loss of innocence. (edited) 2w
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 2w
BarbaraBB @TrishB Thank you Trish ❤️ 2w
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CarolynM I've had a copy of this on the shelf for years. Sounds like I should actually read it😆 Great review 2w
Leftcoastzen I‘ve read a couple of chapters, liking it so far! 2w
Megabooks Fantastic review! 2w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM You should! I think you‘d enjoy it as much as I did. 2w
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Wittgenstein's Mistress | David Markson
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In this very experimental book Kate muses about life and art. She seems to have travelled the world, even lived in museums. But I can‘t be sure, her thoughts are so chaotic it was hard to follow. Some wonderful insights though, like this one: “One of the things people generally admired about Van Gogh, even though they were not always aware of it, was the way he could make even a chair seem to have anxiety in it. Or a pair of boots”. #1001books

Graywacke Sounds kind of fascinating 3w
BarbaraBB @Graywacke I think you‘d appreciate it more than I did! 3w
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Wittgenstein's Mistress | David Markson
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#WeeklyForecast 46/21 (more of a #restoftheyearforecast actually!)

Okay, here‘s the plan. On the left are the books I need to read to finish #Booked2021, #ReadingAsia2021, #pop21, #52booksin21 and keep up with the #NYRBbookclub.
On the right are the books I want to read (longlist #ToB22), birthday presents etc.

It seems doable I think. Now I just have to start them. Oh and the tagged book is the one I am currently reading 🤦🏻‍♀️🤣

KristiAhlers I just started Still Life. I‘ve read the Matrix. Happy reading! 3w
Cinfhen It‘s a solid plan 🥰you can do it 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Great you‘ve got it all planned. 👍💪 3w
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TrishB You‘ve got this 👍🏻❤️ 3w
squirrelbrain That‘s a big forecast, but you can do it! 3w
Suet624 Good Lord! That‘s some heavy lifting. Good luck! (edited) 3w
Megabooks Quite a few books, but I know you can do it!!! 💜👍🏻 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @TrishB @squirrelbrain @Suet624 @Megabooks It‘s two books a week, that is normally no problem for me. Times just aren‘t normal unfortunately 🤷🏻‍♀️. We‘ll see! 3w
Chelsea.Poole Looks like some good reading ahead of you!I‘m interested in Still Life…the cover is 😍 (edited) 3w
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On the Road | Jack Kerouac
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#BookReport 45/21

I haven‘t read any book of my forecast, not one book for the challenges or the buddyreads. Just these 200 pages 🤦🏻‍♀️

TrishB Some weeks are just like that. ♥️ 3w
Megabooks Everyone has off weeks. 💜 3w
Cinfhen Your book looks kind of lonely 🙃hopefully your new birthday books will inspire you xx 3w
erzascarletbookgasm It‘s okay, it‘s your birthday week! 💕 3w
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Birthdays Happen | Herbert Kavet
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Look at this! Thank you lovely friends for your wonderful birthday gifts and thoughts! I haven‘t read any of them 💃 and feel spoiled!! ❤️❤️❤️

KarenUK Happy Birthday, lovely friend! 💕 3w
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! Those are amazing!!! Good thing I didn‘t send the Franzen 💚💚💚Enjoy🎊📚🎉 3w
Bookwormjillk Happy birthday 🎊🎂🎉🎈🎁 3w
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squirrelbrain 😘 Happy Birthday - enjoy your day! ❤️ 3w
TrishB Happy birthday, have a fab day 🎉🎉 3w
AmyG Happy Birthday 🎂🎁🎈 3w
IuliaC Happy birthday! Best wishes! 💐🥳📚 3w
MaureenMc Happy birthday! 🎈 3w
Kangaj1 Happy birthday! I loved Rewind. 3w
Megabooks Happy birthday dear friend and sister!! Have a wonderful day!! 💜🥳🎉 3w
MicheleinPhilly Happy Birthday, lovely! 3w
Ruthiella Happy Birthday! 🥳🥳🥳 3w
Gissy Happy Birthday!🥳🎉🎊🎂🎈🎁 📚📚📚 3w
BarbaraBB @KarenUK I did send you a book too but it has been send directly from the publisher - so I hope it‘ll be there in time (I expect so!) 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I was thinking of that! I‘m glad too you didn‘t yet! Have you read it already? 3w
BarbaraBB @Bookwormjillk @IuliaC @Kangaj1 @MicheleinPhilly @Ruthiella @Gissy Thank you so much, you‘re making my day with all the well wishes 🤍 3w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Dear Sister, I LOVE your choices! Both of them seem made for me! I enjoyed two other Howard‘s very much so can‘t wait to read Rewind. Glad to hear another shout out for it @Kangaj1 ❤️ 3w
CarolynM What a lovely lot of gifts! Happy birthday again. There is a little something on its way from me, but it will take another week or two to reach you😘 3w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB fantastic!! 🎉😁 I picked ones I enjoyed that I thought you would love too! Rewind was even better than 56 Days imo, however both were great. The Chen I‘ve read twice and loved it both times, and I thought you‘d enjoy it, too. 😘🥳 Happiest of birthdays big sis! 3w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM That is so kind of you! Thank you so much, I‘ll be looking forward to it 💃❤️ 3w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Very thoughtful gifts and I do remember your reviews so I have no doubt I‘ll love them 🤍 3w
BarbaraBB @KarenUK I think I may cheat a bit on #pop21 and use that wonderful book about foot for the restaurant prompt 🤍🤍 3w
KarenUK Perfect! 💕 @BarbaraBB 3w
Cinfhen No, I haven‘t read it yet. I was saving it for #Booked2022 but I think I might read it now and pick a different book. LMK if you decide to read it / maybe we can buddyread!??! 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely gifts. 💝 Happy Birthday Barbara! 😘A little something is on the way to you, sorry it‘s late. 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I will start it soon I think though I never know these days. Will keep you posted 😘 3w
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm Never mind! Thank you so much Jessie for thinking of me ❤️❤️ 3w
Suet624 Happy birthday! 3w
vivastory I somehow missed your post!! Happy belated birthday, Barbara 🎉👏🎂📚 I hope it was special 💙 2w
erzascarletbookgasm BD sent me an email about the book I ordered for you but I can‘t understand it. Can you drop me an email I‘ll forward it to you? issejchoo@yahoo.com 2w
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm Of course! I just emailed you! 😘 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Done! I hope it‘s not a problem 😣 2w
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm It says the book will now be shipped and you‘ll get the tracking information soon! So it is good news and I am looking forward to that ship 😃😃😘 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Oh, thank goodness! It‘s weird though. They already notified me 6 days ago the book is on its way to you. And BD doesn‘t use tracking 🤔 2w
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Thanks @Ruthiella for spreading the longlist of the #ToB22. I ❤️ this tournament!
I read 10 of them and I‘d like to read some more before the shortlist will be announced in a few weeks. So I could do with some recommendations by you guys!

Here‘s the longlist: https://themorningnews.org/article/the-year-in-fiction-2021

LeahBergen Happy Birthday, my book-loving friend! 😘😘😘 3w
Simona Happy birthday❣️🥂🍾💐 3w
batsy Happy birthday! Have a fabulous day 🎂💐❤️📚 3w
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Lizpixie Happy birthday lovely!🎉🎈🎁🎂 3w
squirrelbrain I‘ve probably read nearly the same books as you. Two of my favourites were Crossroads (!) and Cloud Cuckoo Land. 3w
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen @Simona @batsy @Lizpixie Thank you dear friends 🤍🤍 3w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I am so happy with the Franzen!!! And I‘ll check out Cloud Cuckoo Land, thanks, I hadn‘t heard of it! (edited) 3w
Suet624 I love the list of books this year. They all sounds so interesting. 3w
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On the Road | Jack Kerouac
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I liked this book more than I expected. I had been dreading it for years but I actually had a good time on the road with Sal and his crazy friends! The book is a tribute to America. The country, the scenery and the people. A bit cliché at times but still enjoyable. #1001books

squirrelbrain I read this as a teenager and didn‘t really ‘get‘ it. I ought to try again but I just can‘t seem to get round to it. 3w
Cinfhen Awesome photo 😍 3w
Lcsmcat I‘m like you. I feel like I should read it, but kind of dread it being too “irresponsible young white men make ‘discovery‘ that everyone already knows.” Maybe I‘ll get to it sooner based on your recommendation. 3w
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rachaich O read it aged 16, then again about 8 years ago. I found it very different, both in terms of style and my thoughts and reaction to it. 3w
BarbaraBB @rachaich Did you enjoy it? 3w
rachaich @BarbaraBB first time I wanted to eminate his journey. Second read I expected his choices but was shocked by the social poverty and discrimination against groups. I also watched the film after that read... I'm quite a fan 😊😊😊 3w
BarbaraBB @rachaich That‘s interesting! I was shocked by the social poverty as well. It‘s not really the American dream! I must watch the movie! 3w
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Doctor Zhivago | Boris Pasternak
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Look at this oldie. I got this old edition from my grandfather and read it in 1990. For 31 years it has been sitting on my shelves and now I‘m picking it up again for #DecemberChill. Let‘s see….

Cinfhen that‘s so cool 🥰good luck 💚 4w
Cathythoughts From your grandfather ❤️ 4w
batsy That is so nice 💜 A treasured copy. 4w
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Simona I‘m reading it for the first time and don‘t enjoy …. and nothing could convince me to reread it! I bow down to you 😘 4w
Megabooks How special! You read a lot of classic novels, and I love reading your reviews of them. 💜 4w
TrishB Wonderful copy ❤️ reading it again is brave. Struggling…. 3w
BarbaraBB @Simona @TrishB I am struggling too. Hard! 3w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Thanks Meg! I do read them a lot. A little less since I know you 😉but many of them are classics for a reason I think 🤍 (edited) 3w
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Real Life: A Novel | Brandon Taylor
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#WeeklyForecast 45/21

Today I finished the 2 books I was reading and now I‘m unsure what to pick up. I‘m thinking of the tagged one but I also have to start The Diviners for the #manawakans buddyread as well as School for Love for the #NYRBbookClub. And now that I‘m writing this I realize I forgot to add #DrZ for #DecemberChill, which I really must start too. So much required reading makes me unmotivated and escaping in a podcast 🤫😇

TrishB Yep 😁 4w
Cinfhen I hear ya!!! 4w
LeahBergen I know! I have to quit with the “required reading” for a while. 😆 4w
Cathythoughts I hear you too 👍🏻👍🏻😬 4w
Suet624 Required reading is a bit of a showstopper. 3w
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An Untouched House | Willem Frederik Hermans
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In the last months of WWII a partisan enters an abandoned villa in a luxury seaside resort, somewhere in Central Europe. Initially it is a peaceful place to stay. When a German regiment arrives for quartering, he pretends he is the owner of the house and leaves the ground floor to the Germans. Then the real owner returns unexpectedly.

This is a novella of a deceptive simplicity, behind which lies a particularly complex constructed story.

Megabooks Great review! 4w
batsy Lovely review. I really liked this one in translation, as well. Just really well done in how it melds memory and imagery within the scope of language. 4w
BarbaraBB @batsy I remember your review and have meant to read the book ever since. 4w
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And then this happened today! Yay! My next goal is to reach the same amount of books (186!!) I read last year, the year of staying at home 🦠

Cinfhen Congrats 🎊🎈🍾 4w
TrishB I like that- the year of staying home ❤️ 4w
squirrelbrain Well done! 🎉 4w
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Librarybelle Congratulations! 4w
TiredLibrarian Hooray! ❤🎉 4w
Jas16 🙌🏽 4w
Kdgordon88 Congrats!! 🎉 4w
vivastory Congrats 👏🎉📚 4w
IuliaC Wow, congrats! 🎈 4w
BittersweetBooks Congrats, 150 is amazing! (edited) 4w
Megabooks 🤩🤩🎉🎉🎉 great job! 4w
Kimberlone I also hit mine last night! 4w
Gissy Congratulations 📚📚📚📚🎉🎉🎉🎈🎈🎈 4w
Reggie Yayy!!! Way to go!!! 4w
Simona Congratulations❣️🥂🍾 4w
Cathythoughts Well done 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4w
fredamans Congrats!! 4w
KarenUK Brilliant! 💕 4w
Tera66 Yay! Congratulations!👏👏👏 4w
Suet624 Barbara! That‘s amazing. 3w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 🙏 thank you 3w
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Een goede moeder | Jan van Mersbergen
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This book is written by a Dutch author whose kids went to school with mine. ‘A Good Mother‘ is the story of his ex, the mother of their kids. Set in our neighborhood, I recognize almost everything and anyone but I never knew that living has been so hard for the mother.⬇️⬇️

(Pic: Isle of Skye, Scotland)

BarbaraBB ⬆️⬆️ Her struggle with life, with doing all the things that come natural to most of us but to her are just too much. She just wants to lay down and rest. And be a mother. This book breaks my heart. 4w
DivineDiana Is it a memoir? 4w
BarbaraBB @DivineDiana I think you can call it that. He writes in his afterword it is fiction but I know it isn‘t. I hope it will be translated in English like his other books. I‘d highly recommend it. 4w
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squirrelbrain Sounds like a fab book. And the picture is just ❤️ 4w
Simona I feel dizzy just looking at the picture … Be careful‼️ 4w
DivineDiana Thank you! Amazing story and photograph! 4w
Megabooks Wow. Sounds heavy. I‘d love to read it if it were translated. Let me know if you hear about it. 💜 Glad you‘re enjoying your vacation! Just breathtaking! 🤩 4w
Suet624 Awww, life is hard in so many ways. 3w
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At Nights End | Nir Baram
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#BookReport 44/21

Three completely different books. All good, but my favorite was Pillars of Salt.

Lsmoore43 I liked No Exit. 1mo
TrishB Good week 👍🏻 1mo
squirrelbrain Good to read 3 ‘different‘ books! 👍😁 1mo
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Two woman confined in a mental hospital in #Jordan share their life stories. One is a Bedouin, one a woman from the city. At first glance they seem different, but soon they discover that they have so much in common: life was hard for women no matter what.

#ReadingAsia2021 🇯🇴 #pop21 #bookwitmineralintitle

Cinfhen Sounds great 😊 1mo
squirrelbrain Sounds really interesting! 1mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen I‘ve had some disappointed reads during #ReadingAsia2021 but I am glad I found this book! 1mo
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Librarybelle This does sound good! 1mo
SqueakyChu I agree. This book sounds very interesting. Stacked!! 1mo
TrishB Hi- there will be an Amazon package delivered today for your birthday! It‘s slightly early so you can hide until then 😘 1mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB Ooh exciting! I am in Scotland at the moment but I‘ll ask Robin to look out for it. Thank you so much 😊 1mo
TrishB Oh that‘s exciting too! Enjoy 😁 1mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB I‘m back and did receive your package. Have asked the bf to hide it! Thank you so much!! ❤️❤️ 4w
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 keeping my fingers crossed you haven‘t got ❤️ 4w
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The Promise | Damon Galgut
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And here‘s the winner of the #Booker prize. I am not really surprised, I can understand why it won. Congratulations to Galgut 🎈
I enjoyed reading this book but I rooted for either Bewilderment or No One is Talking About This!

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
squirrelbrain I was rooting for the Lockwood too, but this was my second favourite. 1mo
Cinfhen I was also rooting for the Lockwood but I‘m looking forward to reading this one! 1mo
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sarahbarnes I really loved this one, too. But agree with you on the other ones you thought were wonderful. 1mo
EvieBee Yay! I haven‘t read this but I adore him. This is my favorite of his (edited) 1mo
Librarybelle I just bought a copy of this through Book Depository! And, I noticed it also works for #ReadingAfrica2022 ! 😉 1mo
BarbaraBB @EvieBee That one sounds intense, thanks for the recommendation! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Absolutely! I felt sorry when I read it that I hadn‘t waited until 2022 😉 1mo
Suet624 Awww, bummer for Lockwood but now I‘m running to put this book on hold from the library. 1mo
AnneCecilie I was hoping for either Bewilderment or Great Circle (edited) 1mo
Simona I‘m extremely pleased with the winning book 😘 1mo
BarbaraBB @Simona You predicted it from the start! 👌🏽 1mo
BarbaraBB @AnneCecilie I haven‘t read Great Circle. I should probably! 1mo
Simona 🤓🤗 1mo
Graywacke I think you were pulling against the CR grain. 🙂 I haven‘t read any of those three titles yet, but I‘m about to start this. Have my audio copy downloaded. 4w
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At Nights End | Nir Baram
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Jonatan wakes up in a messy hotel room in Mexico to discover that he has told everyone that his best friend Joël is dead. However, Joël is still alive. We follow Jonatan‘s chaotic thoughts and jumps in time to learn about their friendship growing up in Jerusalem, and their current, troubled relationship.⬇️⬇️

BarbaraBB ⬆️⬆️ Both are looking for security and desperately try to hang on to their shared past but can‘t seem to find one another any longer. Hence the existential crisis that both are going through, far apart from each other. 1mo
BarbaraBB @TheAromaofBooks Just before you announced the numbers I finished this book, which turns out to be my #doublespin for November 👌🏽 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Nice!!! 1mo
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No Exit: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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This fast moving thriller reads like a movie. A woman gets stuck in a highway rest stop during a blizzard in the Rocky Mountains. She discovers one of the people she is stuck with, has abducted a child and is determined to save that child. Entertaining yet forgettable! Between a so-so and a pick.

TrishB Yes I definitely played it as a film in my head, I‘m surprised it hasn‘t been made into one. 1mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB Me too, I can visualize the whole setting! 1mo
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October, October | Katya Balen
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#OctoberStats #OctoberWrapUp #bookspinbingo #bookspin

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Woman in the Purple Skirt
Bewilderment
Summerwater
The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
The Nothing Man

⭐️⭐️⭐️✨
Beautiful World Where Are You
Sovietistan
The Promise

⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Leavers
A Bird in the House
Never Fall Down
The Woman Upstairs

DNF
Beloved

TrishB Good month 👍🏻 1mo
rmaclean4 Great reading month! 1mo
Megabooks Fantastic month! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fabulous month!!! 1mo
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Africa | David Petersen
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We are delighted to announce #ReadingAfrica2022! Join @Librarybelle and me on a year long challenge to read books set in each African country or by an African author. Track your reading by signing up for the challenge using the link below. Post throughout the year with #ReadingAfrica2022 and tag us! Tagged are people who have been involved or interested in #ReadingAsia2021 but the challenge is open to anyone!

https://forms.gle/tKdCCsxttXxcex6p9

BarbaraBB (Graphic: Google) 1mo
MoonWitch94 Ohhhh fun! What a great choice! 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa This sounds great! I‘m in! 1mo
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DGRachel 5 books a month is doable, right? 😂 I‘m in! 1mo
Librarybelle I am so happy we have officially announced this!! Thanks for being the best co-host, Barbara!! 1mo
Susanita Has there been a year to read the Americas? Did I miss it? 1mo
Bookwormjillk Yay! So excited 👏👏 1mo
Laughterhp I always sign up for these challenges and never get many books read! But I‘ll try again! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Susanita We did the USA in 2019, we haven‘t done Latin America yet! 1mo
ferskner I will join and fail like I have all your other challenges! 🤣 1mo
Dilara I've just joined! Looking forward to this 😁 1mo
Hooked_on_books Woohoo! I‘m so excited! 🥳 1mo
Soubhiville Can I get in your tag list? This may take me longer than a year to complete, but I‘m excited to join in! 1mo
jenniferw88 Thanks for the tag! I've (obviously) signed up! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Soubhiville Of course, you‘re very welcome!! Just fill in the Google form. You‘ll find a list of the countries there as well! 1mo
BarbaraBB @MoonWitch94 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Bookwormjillk @DGRachel @Laughterhp @ferskner @Dilara @Hooked_on_books @jenniferw88 @Soubhiville Very happy to get on this journey with all of you. Some veterans some newbies, it‘ll be fun, let‘s see where we‘ll end up! 🤍🤍 1mo
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 I just got back to the fantastic list you already made. I started planning too! 🤍 1mo
Megabooks I‘ve already been gathering books!! 😁😁 1mo
Megabooks Are you going to have it on the StoryGraph again? 1mo
jenniferw88 @Megabooks I think I put #readingasia2021 on there. Happy to do it again for you @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle 1mo
Jess861 I'll be joining and am very excited! Again - my goal will just be to read a few countries as I don't have a ton of time to read. Thanks for hosting this fun challenge! 1mo
Librarybelle @MoonWitch94 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Bookwormjillk @DGRachel @Laughterhp @ferskner @Dilara @Hooked_on_books @jenniferw88 @Soubhiville @Megabooks Thank you for the enthusiasm! I am so excited to see what everyone reads, and I know several of you have already started gathering titles! 1mo
Librarybelle @jenniferw88 If you would like to, go ahead! I downloaded StoryGraph for #BBRC , but I don‘t really use it. I know there is a community of Littens who do, though! 1mo
DGRachel @jenniferw88 It would be awesome if you would put #ReadingAfrica2022 into StoryGraph. I‘ve loved having #ReadingAsia2021 in there! 💖 1mo
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 @Megabooks I agree The Storygraph is the best for keeping track of challenges. Last year @Hestapleton put it there, so kind, but if you are willing to do it this year Jennifer, that would be wonderful. Thank you ❤️ 1mo
Megabooks Thank you @jenniferw88 ! That would be great!! 1mo
galueth28 Joining, and I'm already looking at African authors . 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks @galueth28 happy to have you both joining too. Let‘s share ideas soon ❤️ 1mo
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 💯❤️💃 I joined! 1mo
Daisey I never make it through near all the counties, but I do love following the posts and trying to read more broadly than I would otherwise. Looking forward to this! 1mo
Soubhiville @jenniferw88 looks like Niger is on there twice, is one meant to be Nigeria? 1mo
Velvetfur Oohh I like the look of this, thank you for the tag! I'm very tempted....how many countries is it in total? So I can do some planning to see how it might go.... 😊 1mo
jenniferw88 @Soubhiville yes! I'll try to edit it! 1mo
Soubhiville @jenniferw88 thank you for entering it! I love StoryGraph for the challenges! 1mo
jenniferw88 @Soubhiville edited - thanks for notifying me! 1mo
DGRachel @jenniferw88 Thank you! 1mo
Velvetfur @jenniferw88 oh....okay....some careful planning required....is there a deadline by which to sign up for it...? 1mo
Velvetfur @jenniferw88 cool, thanks 😊 1mo
AceOnRoam Thanks @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle looking forward to the journey. 1mo
rockpools 🎉🎉🎉 Very happy to be joining you again - I‘ve loved doing #ReadingAsia2021. I‘m aiming for a more relaxed reading year though, so for starters I‘m going to be setting a goal of 15 countries from Southern Africa - and we‘ll see what happens after that! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Daisey @Velvetfur @rockpools Great to have you going along with us. 54 sounds like a lot to me too, too many maybe, but reading them all is not obliged of course 😅 1mo
CaitZ I always join these with great intentions and then slack off, but I always learn new things about a few countries. I'm ready to try again. 1mo
Crazeedi I just signed up. I hope this broadens my reading! Will I get a copy so I can print?? Thanks so much 1mo
Crazeedi Please tag me 💗 1mo
Q84 Signed up. Now I need to actually plan it out so I get to reading them. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Crazeedi Glad to have you! You‘ll receive a copy of your Google form automatically. Please check your spam if you didn‘t receive it - I had to rescue my copy out of my spam mailbox too! 1mo
BarbaraBB @CaitZ @Q84 happy you both are joining! 🤍 1mo
Crazeedi @BarbaraBB thank you I have it, woohoo! 1mo
Nute Signed up. Eager to participate! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Nute Very happy to have you joining us! 1mo
Cinfhen How did I miss this?????? 4w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I was sure I tagged you but I can‘t find your name above so something must have gone wrong. So sorry! 4w
Cinfhen No worries xxxx can‘t wait to join you and @Librarybelle will fill out the form 🥰 4w
Librarybelle So glad you‘re joining us, @Cinfhen ! 4w
Tove_Reads I hadn‘t seen this! I‘ve read a book from every single African country except São Tomé and Principe. Haven‘t gotten my hands on a book from there yet - can only be found in Portuguese. I have all the books I‘ve read in my blog https://theworldisourstoread.wordpress.com/ 2w
BarbaraBB @Tove_Reads That is wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing this. @Librarybelle 2w
Librarybelle Thank you so much for sharing this, @Tove_Reads ! 2w
Singout I sent you a Google form on Nov 3 in which all the titles were blank because I hadn't done my research yet. Do I just tag you and #ReadingAfrica2022 in the reviews as I go along, or is more info in the Google form important at some point? 2w
BarbaraBB @Singout you can use the googleform to keep track if you like (not obliged!). Tagging us and use the hashtag when you‘ve read a book is nice for all participants, because we can inspire each other with books we read for the challenge! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage I may join later in the year for an abbreviated challenge. I‘m still finishing the books I picked from Asia and since I own them, I‘m just going to keep on with the 2021 into 2022. 😘 2w
BarbaraBB @BarbaraTheBibliophage That is perfect of course, that you‘re continuing Asia next year! 2w
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#WeeklyForecast 44/21

In progress: the tagged one, which is entertaining, and At Night‘s End. Next will be one for #ReadingAsia2021, and a Dutch one, written by a successful Dutch author who I happen to know.

Cinfhen That‘s cool that you know the author!! 1mo
squirrelbrain Looks like a great upcoming week! 1mo
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