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The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton
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Agnes Grey (UK) by Anne Bront
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Time Regained by Marcel Proust
Soviet Milk | Nora Ikstena
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A woman was born in a country when it was still #Latvia, her daughter is born there too but now it is the USSR. The mother isn‘t able to build a life without freedom and becomes depressed, the daughter is optimistic and takes care of her mother.

Perestrojka, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War are on their way but they don‘t know it.

A beautiful book. Thanks for recommending it, Helen!

#ReadingEurope2020 🇱🇻 #Tearjerker

Cuilin Love the picture and review. Book stacked. 1d
squirrelbrain Glad you loved it as much as I did! ❤️ 1d
Librarybelle I already stacked this, it looks like. Probably from @squirrelbrain ! ❤️ 1d
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The Rehearsal | Eleanor Catton
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#WeeklyForecast 09/20

Lots of books on the planning for the coming week because I have only two more days to work and afterwards will leave for a week long vacation with my son 🌴🌞

I am almost finished with the lovely Soviet Milk for #ReadingEurope2020. Another current read is Agnes Grey. Next will be The Rehearsal which I have high expectations of because Catton‘s The Luminaries is one of my all time favorites.

KarenUK Wishing you a fantastic trip.... And I always had #pagecountphobia for The Luminaires, but if my book twin loved it, then I should probably give it a go! 1d
erzascarletbookgasm How wonderful! Have a great trip and all these look fabulous! I‘ve only read Agnes Grey 👍 and I‘ve heard good reviews for Soviet Milk. Stacking it! 1d
BarbaraBB @KarenUK I had postponed reading it for years for the same reason. When I finally got to it, it grabbed me from the first page and I flew through! 👯‍♀️😘 (edited) 1d
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BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm Agnes Grey is a slow read so far. Did you like it Jessie? 1d
erzascarletbookgasm I felt that there are some parts Agnes was bitter or complaint on certain things, but overall I liked it. 1d
squirrelbrain I‘m going away in a week‘s time and taking this one with me too! 😁 1d
Kalalalatja Have a great trip! I didn‘t even know Catton had other books out, but The Luminaries is one of my faves, too. 👌 1d
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja This one is her debut I thought 🤞🏽 1d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Let‘s hope it‘ll make for a good vacation read! 1d
youneverarrived I read A Woman is No Man not long ago and thought it was good! Where are you off on vacation? 9h
BarbaraBB @youneverarrived Oman 🐫 🌞 8h
youneverarrived Oh wow! Have an amazing time ♥️ 8h
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Jenny | Jonas Gardell
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I am reading this sad book about a woman with depression (Soviet Milk) and am adding it to #JennyIs30 (chronic illness) to complete my first row! #BINGO

Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2d
squirrelbrain Loved Soviet Milk! ❤️ 2d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Me too, thanks for bringing it to my radar 😘 1d
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Optic Nerve | Maria Gainza
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#BookReport 08/20

I had a very productive reading week with Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead as an absolute favorite 💕.
Two more #ToB books (Mary Toft is one of a kind 🐰), two #1001books and two I could use for #ReadingEurope2020.
How satisfying multitasking is 😂😉

mollyrotondo I really want to read Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead. I don‘t know many people who have read it. Glad to hear good things 2d
Reviewsbylola So excited to read the Toft! 2d
BarbaraBB @mollyrotondo Do read it! It‘s soo good!! 2d
DGRachel I loved Drive Your Plow! It was one of my favorite and most memorable books from last year. 💖💖 2d
BarbaraBB @DGRachel I wouldn‘t be surprised if it turns out to be one of my favorites this year. 2d
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I loved everything about this book. Its setting in an isolated village in a bleak #Polish midwinter, the plot of hunters being murdered, the concerns about nature and the impact humans have on it, and above all the narrator. Tokarczuk is a fantastic portraitist and her prose is witty as well as melancholic. Highly recommended.

#ReadingEurope2020 🇵🇱
(Pic: My Saturday morning ritual)

squirrelbrain Great review! And a great morning ritual too! 3d
Hooked_on_books I liked this one, too. It was quirky in the best ways. You look so comfy! 3d
TrishB Great pic 😁 3d
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Megabooks Love the pic! I‘m coming back to the book soon. I love her style. 3d
Abailliekaras Stacked! 2d
MariettaSG Nice review 2d
Librarybelle Glad you liked this one! Great picture! 2d
Leftcoastzen I wondered about this , your review makes me want to read it. 2d
Tanisha_A Nice review! I found it everything, this book! Such a pot of elements. 2d
IuliaCG Lovely morning ritual! Great review, it's also on my to read list, I can't wait to get to it! 2d
Crazeedi Very neat photo, and the book sounds really unique 2d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Abailliekaras @Leftcoastzen @Iulia @Crazeedi Thanks friends. I hope you will read and enjoy the book. It deserves all the love 💕 2d
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Quirky is a good word to describe it. Pot of elements too, @Tanisha_A. I really love such out of the ordinary books. Now I wonder if I should read (edited) 2d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Her style is great. I love the MC, I want to be like her one day when I‘m old 😀 2d
BarbaraBB @TrishB @MariettaSG @Librarybelle Thanks, there is nothing like reading and reviewing books in bed in the morning 😉😘 2d
Redwritinghood Great picture! 2d
QuintusMarcus I‘ve been meaning to check this out! 2d
BarbaraBB @QuintusMarcus Please do, it is so worth reading! 2d
BarbaraBB @Redwritinghood Thanks! 😘 2d
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Agnes Grey (UK) | Anne Bront
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For the #classicschallenge2020 I started another @SerialReader . Anne is the only Brontë sister I haven‘t read yet so it‘s about time.

The House on the Borderland | William Hope Hodgson
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A book I should read before I die? Not at all. It may have had significance for literature development in the early 20th century but it has totally lost its relevance for today‘s readers. So as long as you‘re not interested in literature history, don‘t bother reading this ridiculous gothic book with its hallucinatory plot and swine-things 😱.

#1001books #classicschallenge2020 #serialreader

TrishB I definitely won‘t be reading! 6d
LittleBug Swine-things??? That almost gets me curious🤪 6d
Megabooks Yikes!! Not going on my TBR!! 😝 6d
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Bookwomble I love this book 😁📖💖 6d
LeahBergen Swine things! 😂 6d
BarbaraBB @LittleBug I shouldn‘t have mentioned it 😀 6d
BarbaraBB @Bookwomble Really? I am curious what I have missed but I am not a big horror/supernatural/SF fan anyway... 6d
LittleBug No worries, I‘m not a big fan of gothic and your review was clear enough about this one, in case I wanted to try something anyway😉 6d
Reviewsbylola That‘s a hard pass from me. 😂 5d
SpaceCowboyBooks I thought is was quite good and a huge influence on writers like Lovecraft, however his dense late romantic style isn't for everyone. 5d
Bookwomble @BarbaraBB I think @SpaceCowboyBooks sums it up rather well, and Hodgson does sometimes affect a rather arch style which isn't for everyone. On the other hand, he's a significant figure in the development of the Cosmic Horror genre. He was an interesting person in himself, having the honour of being the person who chained up Houdini for the longest time. If you're inclined to give him another go, his occult detective stories are more accessible 🙂 5d
BarbaraBB @Bookwomble @SpaceCowboyBooks Thank you both for explaining a bit more about Hodgson. It is fascinating that he knew Houdini and I am definitely glad that he was an example to Lovecraft, whose books I DO like. I can see what his influence was on cosmic horror. 5d
Kalalalatja Great review 😂😂😂 5d
DreesReads I saw you were reading this and kept quiet. I read it a few years ago because of 1001 and...ugh. Bad dated horror is one thing I like even less than horror. Shocking 🤣 4d
BarbaraBB @DreesReads And there is quite a few bad horror on the 1001 list 😳 4d
DreesReads @BarbaraBB yes, I have read several 🙁 4d
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Optic Nerve | Maria Gainza
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Between a pick and a so-so. This one didn‘t really work for me even though I am a sucker for books about art. Most of the stories felt a bit too aloof.

The stories I did like were the ones that felt more personal: Separate Ways, Lightning at Sea and the one about Rothko and the prostitute in the hospital. Those made me lose myself googling the artists and their works. I love it when that happens

#ATY2020 Set in Southern Hemisphere #ToB2020

TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 6d
UnabridgedPod Great thoughts! I think the word “aloof” is really appropriate for this one. (I do love that cover!!) 6d
BarbaraBB @UnabridgedPod Thank you. English is not my first language so I was not sure if it was the right word! 6d
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Cathythoughts Lovely clear pic 👍🏻✨ 6d
BarbaraBB @TrishB @Cathythoughts Thank you. A winter picture 🙂 6d
UnabridgedPod @BarbaraBB I wouldn‘t have guessed—it‘s perfect. ❤️ 6d
batsy This cover really jumps out at you! 💙 6d
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The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Congratulations Liz with your impressive achievement ❤️🎈
Thanks for lots of inspiring posts and this great #Lizpixies3x3giveaway ‼️

My three favourite genres are:
📍Literary fiction
📍Travel journalism

Above you can see a favorite book in each genre!

veritysalter I had to do Remains of the Day at school for my English Literature GCSE - it is the worst book to give to 15/16 year olds. I need to reread it now as an adult. 1w
BarbaraBB @veritysalter I wonder if you‘d like it now. I loved it as an adult because all of what was said between the lines but I can‘t imagine many 15/16 years old looking for meaning between the lines 😉 1w
veritysalter @BarbaraBB I remember there being an entire chapter about polishing silver. 1w
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BarbaraBB @veritysalter Really? I don‘t remember that! 1w
veritysalter Maybe I‘m mis-remembering, it was 25 years ago. Or I could be thinking of a bit from the film. 1w
BarbaraBB @veritysalter It could very well be true, it is the kind of scene that would perfectly fit the book indeed! 1w
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On the Edge of Reason | Miroslav Krleza
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This book takes place in a #Croatian town during the interbellum. The main character belongs to the local elite as a legal adviser. When he makes a “morally insane” at a party, it becomes clear to him how petty and horrible that elite really is. This discovery means the start of a lonely resistance. Despite a general boycott, he doesn‘t take back his statement. This leads ultimately inevitably to his downfall. #ReadingEurope2020 🇭🇷 #1001books

Librarybelle At least it also marks off a 1001 book! 1w
zezeki Miroslav Krleža is one of the most famous Croatian authors, we read him in high shcool, but I never got to this one. 1w
BarbaraBB @zezeki Are you Croatian? It was an interesting book I think, about Croatian/ Yugoslavian society after WWI. 1w
zezeki @BarbaraBB Yes, I am. My favourite one of his is 1w
BarbaraBB @zezeki That is good to know. That one is on the list of #1001books too! 1w
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On the Edge of Reason | Miroslav Krleza
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#WeeklyForecast 08/20

I have started The House on the Borderland on audio and am reading On the Edge of Reason for
#ReadingEurope2020. Next will be Optic Nerve (another #ToB read) and I hope to get to Drive Your Plow as well: reviews about it have made me very curious!

Librarybelle I‘m curious to see what you think of Drive Your Plow...I liked it, but it‘s a different sort of book! 1w
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Your post about it was one that intrigued me! 1w
Liz_M On the Edge of Reason -- that's the one about the judge? If so it's not bad. 1w
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Daisey I‘m very curious about Drive Your Plow . . . as well. It‘s on my list in a few months for a book club. 1w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M It‘s not about a judge, or at least not yet. 1w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M He is a juridical advisor though, of the Croatian upperclass. Until he says something unforgivable. 1w
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A book like this is why I love the #ToB so much. I never would have read this if it weren‘t for the tournament. And how glad I am I did. The tale of Mary, giving birth to rabbits, is storytelling at its best. I loved every page of it. It‘s mostly about (the ego‘s of) the surgeons and their apprentices surrounding her but in the end the story becomes hers.

#Booked2020 #Headcovering #ToB2020

CindyE09 I am excited for my library hold to come in on this one. The premise sounds really interesting. 1w
BarbaraBB @CindyE09 I hope your hold will come in soon. It really is great book. 1w
TrishB https://apple.news/Af9tm571VRj-ZC-_VLDwTcA this literally just came up in my news as I read your review! (edited) 1w
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BarbaraBB @TrishB Thanks! The reactions of Georgian Britain are indeed what make this story so interesting. Have you read it? 1w
TrishB No, I‘ve heard of the story but not read this yet. It‘s stupidly expensive here at the moment , so I‘ll wait for an offer! 1w
Megabooks Okay, now I want to read this! 1w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I think you‘ll like it. 1w
squirrelbrain Sounds intriguing - stacked! 1w
4thhouseontheleft Echoing @squirrelbrain - I‘m intrigued! 1w
Kalalalatja Stacked! It sounds really interesting 1w
Megabooks You‘re starting quite the trend, Barbara!! Yay!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😘 I‘ll see if my library orders it first. 1w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @4thhouseontheleft @Kalalalatja It‘s a fun read, based on a true story! 1w
rmaclean4 I have been on the fence about this one. I was going to wait and see how it did in the tournament, but you have convinced me to pick it up! 5d
BarbaraBB @rmaclean4 I hope you you will enjoy it, it is an easy read and highly entertaining! 5d
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American Spy: A Novel | Lauren Wilkinson
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#BookReport 07/20

I finished two books this week of which I loved the tagged one. Highly recommend it!

I had hoped to finish another #ToB finalist by now too (Mary Toft) but I am only in the middle of that one. Way too little time to read!

emilyhaldi Way too little time for me to read too! 👎🏻 1w
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi Are you making progress with 1w
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi I‘m haven‘t felt up to it since your post about it. I‘m not really in the mood for that kind of books when I have so little time to read! 1w
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Cinfhen Sorry you didn‘t enjoy Trust as much as I did. Seems to be a hit or miss book. I‘m currently reading a book I think you‘ll really like/ im sending it to you after im done 💞💞💞💞it‘s perfect for #ReadingEurope2020 1w
Megabooks Sorry you didn‘t have more time to read! I‘m going to see if my library has American Spy after I finish checking litsy. 1w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Thank you! You always send the best books so I‘m sure I‘ll like it 💕💕 1w
emilyhaldi I am feeling really torn about Irretrivable 🤔 it picked up again near the end, after a very slow middle... But it won't make it to my list of NYRB favorites. 1w
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American Spy: A Novel | Lauren Wilkinson
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Marie is a black American woman and a spy. In the 80s she got an assignment regarding Burkina Faso‘s leader Thomas Sankara. He brought the country much good but he was a communist and the US wanted him gone. The consequences of her time as a spy have a big impact on Marie‘s life today. Especially the part of the book regarding her past were very interesting, gripping and well written. Recommended!

#ATY2020 week 6 #pop20

Cinfhen This is fiction, right??? 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yes but it is based on actual historical facts. Sankara did exist for example. 2w
Cinfhen 👍🏻‼️stacked 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I think you‘ll like it. It reads partly like non fiction but with a cool personal storyline (fiction) as well 💕 2w
Megabooks Sounds fascinating!! I‘m going to keep it in my TBR. Great review!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
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American Spy: A Novel | Lauren Wilkinson
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I am really digging this one 🖤. I was born during the Cold War and was in university very much interested in US politics regarding communist leaders or groups in Latin America. I didn‘t know much about US politics in Africa so I am learning (and recognizing) a lot. Plus Wilkinson writes a gripping story!

@nomadreader I am reading this for #ATY2020 - book with a mode of transport on the cover. Which book have you chosen for this prompt?

Megabooks Have this stacked. Very much looking forward to your review!! 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I think you‘ll enjoy it too. Will tag you in my review 😘 2w
hilded Sounds good! I think I will read this one for the transportation on cover prompt (my edition has a vessel on the cover): 2w
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BarbaraBB @hilded That one is really good too! 2w
Singout I found "Something Fierce" by Carmen Aguirre totally compelling. Memoir of a woman whose family fled Chile when she was 5 because of the Pinochet coup, but then returned and lived underground in various countries as part of the far-left resistance. 2w
BarbaraBB @Singout Thanks, that is good to know. I am always interested in Latin America! 2w
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This is such a difficult book. I don‘t know what to think of it.
The first part is an adolescent love story with lots of drama, the second part is a metafictional commentary on the first. The main character regards the first part as a bad novel.

⬇️⬇️⬇️ #ToB2020

BarbaraBB That‘s quite a risk Choi takes: writing a bad first half to write the second part. I admire that but to hear yet again about those unlikable characters makes that I just didn‘t care much anymore. And then there‘s Claire. And #metoo.
The book leaves me a frustrated, with many questions. But that may be good. And exactly what Choi wants. Looking forward to your review @Cinfhen !
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britt_brooke Love this photo! 2w
Megabooks It‘s just such a bizarre book. And I agree with @britt_brooke 🤩 2w
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Hooked_on_books I thought this book was pointless. But what a great picture! 2w
Kalalalatja Great photo 👌 2w
Cinfhen Hmmmmm, I‘m assuming “Karen” is Claire ( I haven‘t gotten there yet) and the #MeToo comment makes more sense in the context of what im reading but haven‘t gotten there yet either. I think listening to this book in tandem with reading it is actually helping because I‘m “hearing” all the mindf%ck that‘s going on. @Hooked_on_books @Megabooks I really could relate to “Sarah”as the once IT girl who‘s slowly falling out & is becoming the outsider👇🏽 2w
Cinfhen Yet still pining for David and not understanding how she‘s fallen so far and hard both in love and with her peer group. Then when I got to part 2 I‘m like ohhhhh, that shit wasn‘t “real” I just like this not knowing of where this story is taking me. Reminds me in a small way of 2w
Cinfhen I do love the photo 💙💙💙And the book, too, so far😉 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I liked that not knowing where the story was going too and think Choi took a big risk by writing the Sarah part and later judging it as bad. That is what I liked and also the relationship between Sarah and David and the trust excercises but there was so much going on around them (Erin, Liam, Martin, the #metoo, Claire) and then we got the same from Karen‘s pov. For me it was a bit too much, but I see why you can love it. Keep me posted! 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen And I still need to read All this could be yours! I DO like unreliable narrators! 2w
Cinfhen Just finished/ still processing. Definitely a pick from me but not sure this deserved best fiction of the year. It does hit the current hot topic buttons, so I get wanting to recognize that. 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I am still processing too. That is something I really like, when that happens. Looking forward to your review! 2w
SamAnne I‘m on the list at the library for this. Looks interesting. I enjoyed her first novel. 2w
BarbaraBB @britt_brooke @Megabooks @Kalalalatja @Hooked_on_books Thanks. The color of the book reminded me so of that of my bike that I couldn‘t resist taking a picture 😇 2w
Megabooks Your bike color is super cute! I must admit to being a blue fanatic!! 💙💙💙 2w
Suet624 @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB my review of the book was a loud “ugh”. 2w
Cinfhen Oh no!! Need to check that out!! I ended up really liking it @Suet624 our book juju is off 😝🥺😳 2w
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#WeeklyForecast 07/20

I started the tagged book and have no idea what it is about or what Choi is trying to do. I hope you‘ll get to it soon, Cindy, so we can discuss wtf is happening!

Two more books I hope to get to this week are American Spy for #ATY2020 and Mary Toft for the #ToB2020.

Cinfhen I‘m picking it up today too!! Looking forward to discussing as we go along 💕💕💕 2w
Cinfhen Actually all 3 of your books look good 😁📚❤️ 2w
Megabooks I bailed on Trust. It was just too weird/metaphorical. 2w
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BarbaraBB @Megabooks I haven‘t even figured that out 😳 2w
Cinfhen I‘m really liking it so far!!! It‘s reading slightly YA but I‘m good with it 💖😁 2w
Suet624 I didn't like Trust Exercise and, in fact, was mad at Choi when I finished. :)
BarbaraBB @Suet624 @Cinfhen @Megabooks I am really curious where the story is leading towards. I feel like I may end up either hating it or loving it and have, with a 100 pages left, still no clue! 2w
Cinfhen Oh, you‘re wayyyyyy ahead of me!!!! 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen You will catch up soon, I only have print and I want to watch football in an hour ⚽️😃 2w
Cinfhen Hahahahaha! Tonight is American Football‘s biggest game ~ The SuperBowl 🏈Kickoff is 1:30 am for us. I won‘t be watching 2w
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An Armenian Sketchbook | Vasily Grossman
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#BookReport 06/20

I read two books this past week, one travel journal about Armenia for #ReadingEurope2020 and a #ToB2020 book. Nothing special.

Cinfhen 💗📚 2w
Suet624 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 2w
Nute Cool photo! 2w
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Ways to Hide in Winter | Sarah St. Vincent
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#JanuaryStats #JanuaryWrapUp

In January I read 15 books, which is very good for me. I made a good start with the challenges too.
One five stars read (the tagged one), two four stars.

All the others were 3,5 stars at the most, so here‘s to quality instead of quantity for February!

emilyhaldi Wow 15!!! 👏🏻👏🏻 2w
Bookwormjillk Nice! 2w
KarenUK 🤞🤞for February! 😊 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Great month 👏 2w
Megabooks Great job! 2w
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The subject of this book (the LA riots in the 90s and the damaging of Korean shops in its aftermath) is interesting and promising. The main characters in the story however feel a bit flat, and the plot lacks depth. I think Cha could have done better, I am interested though in what she will write next. #ToB2020

Cinfhen I gave this a so-so too!!! It felt YA and became stereotyped cliches 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yes, It felt YA indeed. I tried to explain but was looking for the right words! 3w
Cinfhen Pretty photo!!! Love the tulips 🌷 💕 3w
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Thanks! I just checked and my package has arrived in Israel. Let‘s hope it‘ll reach you soon now 🤞🏽💕 3w
Cinfhen Ohhhh!!!! 🤞🏼🤞🏼💋 3w
Hooked_on_books I think this benefitted from audio. I felt the main characters were well drawn and it helped that there were two different narrators. It didn‘t feel YA at all on audio (and I like some YA, so If it had, this wouldn‘t have been a problem for me). 3w
thebluestocking I‘m sorry you didn‘t enjoy this one. It really worked for me. Like @Hooked_on_books I listened to the audio and really loved the two narrators and the ways the stories wove together. 💙 3w
cathipink I think she actually has another series of mysteries, if you want to give her another try. 3w
BarbaraBB @cathipink You are right, she wrote her first book in 2013, so this was not her debut. I‘ll change that in my review! Did you read these series? 3w
cathipink I haven't yet but I'd like to. I didn't love Your House Will Pay but I like mysteries so I'm curious to try them 🙂 3w
Suet624 Shoot. I gave it a pick, but I know I felt the same way you did. I guess I was trying to be generous. 3w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I enjoyed it while reading but afterwards felt a bit let down 3w
Suet624 Yup,I completely understand. 3w
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In the first month of the year I think I made a pretty good start with #ReadingEurope2020.
These are the five countries I can tick off:

🍀 Russia - Dead Souls
🍀 UK - Case Histories
🍀 Estonia - Professor Martens‘ Departure
🍀 Armenia - An Armenian Sketchbook
🍀 Germany - Oval

Kalalalatja Well done 👏👏👏 3w
KarenUK Nice! 👍💕 3w
julesG 👏👏👏 impressive 3w
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Hooked_on_books Excellent start! 3w
Librarybelle Awesome! 😁 3w
sprainedbrain Impressive! 3w
Mdargusch Wow! That‘s a great start! 🤩 3w
saresmoore Brilliant! 3w
Megabooks Fantastic!! 👍🏻👍🏻 3w
Caroline2 Ohhh I‘ve been meaning to read Dead Souls for yearsss now. I have a lovely copy. Is it any good?? 3w
AnneCecilie That‘s a great start 👌😊 3w
batsy Nice! 👏🏽 3w
youneverarrived Fab 👍 3w
BarbaraBB @Caroline2 Its premise is good and interesting and it starts out strong but halfway through it started boring me to be honest. I guess it‘s just me 😊 3w
Cinfhen 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼saving for possible suggestions 2w
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Earlier today @AceOnRoam mentioned they would be announced this week and here they are, the brackets for the #TOB2020. Check out https://themorningnews.org/p/here-are-your-2020-tournament-of-books-brackets

Normal People vs Fleishman, Girl Woman Other vs Nothing to See Here, pfff! Exciting times ahead from March 6!

umbrellagirl I keep hearing good things about 3w
thebluestocking You beat me to this! I‘m particularly bummed about the Lost Children Archive/Mary Toft matchup. 3w
BarbaraBB @umbrellagirl I really liked it a lot. It‘s no Heavy Literature but so original and well written! 3w
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Suet624 Looks like we all got excited about the announcement. I‘m with @thebluestocking. Disappointed that LCA is up against Mary Toft. 3w
BarbaraBB @thebluestocking @Suet624 Both are favorites of you, right? I still need to read Mary Toft. I think Nothing to See Here won‘t make it against GWO and I would have loved to see it go further in the tournament. (edited) 3w
Suet624 I haven‘t even read Mary Toft. From looking at reviews, though, I think I‘m going to like it. 3w
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB Yep. I loved both. It‘s always hard to see good books go down early! 💙 3w
mklong I was hoping for a Booker face off, but Normal People and Lost Children Archive would both have to go out early for that to happen 3w
AceOnRoam Thanks for tagging me @BarbaraBB an interesting bracket. There's going to be a few upsets but I don't really feel very strongly about any of this years titles. I think the Atwood is only there to generate some potentially heated discussions in the commentariat!! 2w
BarbaraBB @AceOnRoam They couldn‘t ignore Atwood I think. So far there are no 5 star reads for me but I have enjoyed most of the ones I read except for (edited) 2w
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An Armenian Sketchbook | Vasily Grossman
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And now I want to visit #Armenia...! I found myself googling all the time when reading this ‘Armenian Sketchbook‘ which it really is. Vasily Grossman travels through the country and shares little details with us. About Armenian people, their culture, their food and their country, filled with stones and beauty. Fascinating.

#ReadingEurope2020 🇦🇲 #pop20

Librarybelle I should read this one for Armenia! It sounds like the type of book I want to read for this challenge, a nonfiction look at the country and people. 3w
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Yes I think this is what you had in mind before starting this challeng: learn a bit more about the parts of the world your ancestors came from. This is perfect then - and short! 😘 3w
Librarybelle Short is good! I have a couple short country books I plan to read this coming weekend during the #alternate24in48 . I‘ve yet to record a book for our challenge...haha! 3w
squirrelbrain I just asked on the other thread if you enjoyed it - doh! Should have checked here first.... 😁 Really looking forward to this one now..... 3w
BarbaraBB It learned me a lot about the country @squirrelbrain , I always like that. 3w
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#WeeklyForecast 06/20

I am still working my way to the #ToB shortlist, and hope to read another two this week.
My current read is for #ReadingEurope2020, it is obviously about Armenia and I am almost finished with it.

Cinfhen Ohhh, I have Trust Exercise on my Kindle....maybe I‘ll buddy read with you 🧡 3w
BarbaraBB That would be great! Second half of the week/ next weekend? @Cinfhen (edited) 3w
BkClubCare Just finished YHWP and starting Trust Exercise. (I swear I am not stalking you) 3w
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare 😂 I think I will stalk you since you are ahead of me. Happy to read you loved YHWP so much! 3w
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Ways to Hide in Winter | Sarah St. Vincent
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#BookReport 05/20

I finished Virginia Woolf this week, that I started a few weeks ago.
Furthermore I read and loved both Ways to Hide in Winter and Golden State this week.
The last one was Oval, a weird but enjoyable book.

Cinfhen Another solid week 💗🙌🏻 3w
Ruthiella I‘m reading Oval now - about 1/2 way through...jury is still out for me!😀 3w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella Looking forward to your verdict 😀 3w
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thebluestocking I was planning on not reading Oval or We Cast a Shadow, but I may need to at least keep an eye out for copies based on the reviews. 💙 3w
Ruthiella Okay, finished with Oval and “weird but enjoyable” works! The story moved way too slow for my tastes but the author did have many astute and sharp observations on Germany vs US culture, capitalism and consumerism and the like. 😀 3w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I thought so too. It was pretty intelligent, especially the dialogues I thought. 3w
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Oval | Elvia Wilk
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This book is a disaster story waiting to happen. Set in Berlin in a very near future, where people live their life and are suffering of FOMO, where companies pretend to be all focussed on an eco-friendly world. Where artists are consultants, where the streets are filled with the homeless. The Oval pill is just another innovation, another drug, another nothing. This is the story of Anja and it‘s a good one. #ToB2020

zezeki I've been seeing this book lately on Litsy, and I'm really liking this cover. 3w
BarbaraBB @zezeki It‘s an interesting cover indeed. The book is weird! 💕 3w
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Librarybelle I‘m seconding the interesting cover! 3w
MrBook Interesting! 😁 3w
Hooked_on_books I love a weird dystopia, so this might be perfect for me. And I also love the trippy cover. 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Unique pick! 3w
readordierachel I tried this a while back but it didn't grab me for some reason. Your review makes me want to pick it up again. 3w
Cinfhen Cool 😎 great review/ totally intrigued but don‘t think it‘s my type of book 🤷🏼‍♀️❣️ 3w
BarbaraBB @readordierachel We mostly agree on books but if it didn‘t grab you the first time, I wouldn‘t try again 🤓. Same goes for you @Cinfhen, I think you‘re right about it not being your type of book! 😘 3w
Megabooks I‘m going to finish this soon! I can‘t tell yet if it‘s a pick or so-so, but it‘s definitely interesting and unique!! 3w
batsy This one and Optic Nerve are definitely two of the TOB picks that intrigue me most! Glad you liked it; it's on my TBR. 3w
BarbaraBB @batsy Optic Nerve is eyeing me too! 3w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks That‘s why I decided for a pick in the end! 3w
4thhouseontheleft Great review! 3w
thebluestocking Okay. Okay. I might need to read this. You‘ve convinced me. 💙 3w
BarbaraBB @thebluestocking Fingers crossed that you‘ll like it. Although it‘s always good to read one more for the #ToB! 3w
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The Voyage Out | Virginia Woolf
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This stream-of-consciousness novel started out good, with the young Rachel on a boat to South America with her aunt and uncle. She meets many people (among whom Mrs. Dalloway!!) and has interesting conversations. When they arrive on a fictional South American island a new crew of people makes its entrance and with them more conversations and relations. A bit messy, this novel, Woolf‘s first one, but with the promise of what was yet to come. ⬇️

Cathythoughts Nice pic 👍🏻 4w
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy 💙 4w
Reviewsbylola I cannot do stream of consciousness. I just can‘t. So I‘ve stayed away from Woolf. 😬 (edited) 3w
Linsy I had a hard time getting into Woolf in college, but then was really satisfied with what I got out of Mrs. Dalloway. Good to know this one is not quite as satisfying. 3w
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Golden State | Ben Winters
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I enjoyed this book a lot. It‘s about a dystopian world where lying is the ultimate crime and a whole society is build on protecting the truth. Beside dystopian the book is a thriller in which two detectives (‘speculators‘) are hunting for the ultimate truth to protect their golden state.
The question is: what is true? I loved this premise and its execution despite it feeling a bit rushed in the end.

#ToB2020 #ATY20 week 4 #pop20

Hooked_on_books Yeah, I thought this one was cool. Really unique idea. 4w
thebluestocking I‘m glad you liked it! I really liked the set up and voice in this one. But the end kind of ruined it for me. 💙 4w
BarbaraBB @thebluestocking I can see why but for me it felt like the right ending with a lot of unanswered questions about thruth and lies. I kind of thought that fitting. 4w
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BkClubCare Thanks for letting me know you posted! I think we agree on reaction. It was a fun one to listen to. I guess I am still unsure who were the good guys/bad guys and what was the end goal. But fun questions to wonder abt. 4w
BarbaraBB I felt like the Golden State people were the good ones in the end, but by that time the reader (at least I) was completely in favor of Lazlo an the truth system which I think is a great accomplishment of Ben Winters! @BkClubCare (edited) 4w
vivastory His last policeman trilogy is excellent 4w
BarbaraBB @vivastory I am certainly in the mood for more by him (this was my first), so thanks 😊 4w
Hooked_on_books Random question on the Reading Europe challenge. I found a book centered on the Armenian genocide and refuges but that doesn‘t actually take place in Armenia. It‘s by an Armenian-American author (Litten Chris Bohjalian). Can I count that as an Armenia book? 4w
Suet624 It‘s funny because I gave this a so-so rating. But I keep thinking about it, so it definitely made an impact. His book Underground Airlines was really good. 4w
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books I think you can. The book should be set in the country or written by an author from that country. On this case both are partly true. Agree @Librarybelle ? 4w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I saw your review indeed and I understand why you rated it a so-so but it‘s always good indeed when you keep thinking of a book. So many I forget about within days! Thanks for the recommendation of the other book. I‘d like to read more by him! 4w
Hooked_on_books @Librarybelle Cool, thanks for the replies, you guys! 4w
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Ways to Hide in Winter | Sarah St. Vincent
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This book made me hold my breath from the first til the last page. I felt like I was there, in snowy Pennsylvania, with the two wounded people who are the main characters in this book. Because of what they both went through they are able to not judge but to listen to one another and give eachother space.
A beautiful and sad book 🤍🤍, highly recommended.

#Booked2020 finish in a day

thebluestocking Sounds lovely. 💙 1mo
Tamra I was completely engrossed by this story! 1mo
BarbaraBB @thebluestocking It‘s sooo good. 💔 1mo
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BarbaraBB @Tamra I know. I bought it because of your review! 1mo
Cinfhen Im very intrigued! 1mo
Cinfhen I also love your table!!! We had a gorgeous farm table in my old house and I miss it so much 😭😭😩😩 1mo
TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 will wait for an offer as expensive here at the moment! 1mo
Megabooks Fantastic review!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😘 1mo
Tamra @BarbaraBB even better! 😆 1mo
Kalalalatja Sounds great! #Stacked 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen The photo was taken in my parents‘ house. We were there yesterday to celebrate my father‘s 80th birthday! 1mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB I bought it for only 5 euro in an American bookstore here. No idea why it was that cheap, but I couldn‘t resist and I am glad I didn‘t! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks @Kalalalatja Thanks my friends, I hope you both will read it one day! 1mo
TrishB Both the kindle and paperback are over (c8, which I try not to pay! 1mo
Cinfhen Happy birthday to your dad 🎶I love the table 🖤🙌🏻 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Thanks 😊 😘 1mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB I understand. That is too much indeed, I wouldn‘t pay that either. Congrats with today‘s match by the way! ⚽️ 1mo
Cathythoughts Stacked 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
TrishB Thanks 😘 it‘s getting very exciting! ⚽️⚽️ 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Lovely photo and review! 1mo
RiverKScottWrites Sounds lovely. Stacked 2w
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We‘ve got a winner for the #MAYbeNoW #buddyread! From May 15-17 we will celebrate the 2010s in our signature party style with music, food, clothes etc. and we‘ll be discussing the tagged book on Sunday 17. Thank you for voting and please join @Cinfhen and me in May for the weekend and/or the #buddyread.

We‘re looking forward to it! 🍀💚🧚👒🐸🍏 #Readalong2020

Librarybelle Cool! I‘m putting this on my calendar right now! 1mo
Chab256 Loved this one! I am in for a re-read! 1mo
Cinfhen Woohoo 🥳 excited to FINALLY get this off Mt TBR. Glad you‘re joining us @Chab256 💚🐺 1mo
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Tamra Great book choice! 1mo
TrishB A reread for me- see if I love the sand second time around. 1mo
Megabooks Count me in friend!! It‘s a reread, but a fantastic book. 1mo
readordierachel Wonderful! Looking forward to rereading it! 1mo
batsy Nice! 💜 1mo
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle @Tamra @TrishB @Megabooks @readordierachel @batsy Looking forward to another weekend with all of you! Glad you‘re joining us @Chab256 💙 1mo
Kalalalatja This has been on my tbr for ages! Looking forward to it 👌 1mo
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja Mine too, ever since @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks has been raving about it 💙. I‘m happy we can finally catch up with her 😀 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BarbaraBB yay!!! This makes me happy!!! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I may read it again with you guys!! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks We‘d love you to! 1mo
bookandbedandtea Sounds great! I've been thinking about reading this for a while. 1mo
BarbaraBB @bookandbedandtea Great! Happy you‘ll be joining again 💚 1mo
CarolynM A re-read for me too. Looking forward to the party🙂 1mo
BarbaraBB @CarolynM Did you like the book? 1mo
CarolynM Yes, I did. I'll be interested to see what you and the others think of it. 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Ah nice! Need to reread! 👍 1mo
Mdargusch I‘ve already read this book so too will be interested to hear what others think. It‘s a good one! 4w
vivastory Haven't read this one, but it's on my TBR. Looking forward to it! 4w
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Golden State | Ben Winters
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#WeeklyForecast 05/20

I am currently reading and loving Ways to Hide in Winter. I‘ll finish it soon I guess, not able to do much more until I know how it ends.
Then it‘s on with the #ToB2020 shortlist, hoping to tick off some prompts for the challenges as well.

Megabooks I have Oval, but it got put down in “the great migraine bail” halfway finished. It is...odd. 1mo
Cinfhen Curious about Ben Winters novel / I own it but it‘s currently in Miami 😝 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Do you think you will pick it up again? 1mo
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It starts off really good - but I‘m a sucker for dystopia! 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB yes 👍🏻 1mo
Megabooks Okay, so I decided to pick Oval back up and skim the first 8 chapters I read before I put it down. I want to be able to talk to you about it. When you get to Louis and Anja meeting at the house party in the suburbs, let me know. 👍🏻📚😘 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I will! Looking forward to it already but it can take a while as I just started 1mo
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Kaddish.com | Nathan Englander
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#BookReport 04/20

I read and enjoyed Kaddish and The House and its Head. Unforgettable I couldn‘t keep track of what happened in Overthrow and I bailed on that one even though it is short for the #ToB2020.

Cinfhen Sorry that #ToB was a stinker 😆 1mo
thebluestocking Oh. That‘s sad about Overthrow. I have a copy coming my way this week. 💙 1mo
BarbaraBB @thebluestocking It just wasn‘t the right time - maybe. I was too impatient I think. I hope you will like it! 1mo
Suet624 Overthrow was one I decided not to buy. I‘m glad I made that decision! Let‘s hope it doesn‘t go far in the tournament. 4w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I certainly hope so. I can‘t wait for the brackets! 4w
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Overthrow: A Novel | Caleb Crain
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In continuation of my last post, in which I mentioned Felix Valloton, whose work is to be seen on the cover of Overthrow, I am sharing some of his gorgeous paintings of reading women. He is one of my favorite 19th century painters.

TrishB These are lovely ❤️ 1mo
KarenUK They really are gorgeous 😍 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Love these! 1mo
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Freespirit How lovely..thank you for sharing this 1mo
Megabooks Incredible! Thanks for sharing! 1mo
youneverarrived Ah wow these are gorgeous. 1mo
Soubhiville I love them! What great subject matter, and models who would love some more time to sit still! 1mo
Liz_M I bet my most recent (tagged) library book has some of his works! 1mo
batsy Love 😍 1mo
BarbaraBB @Soubhiville exactly, I didn‘t even think of that! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M I think they are indeed! So fitting! 1mo
LeahBergen Wow! 😍😍 1mo
merelybookish These are wonderful! 4w
Suet624 I wonder if there are notecards available. 4w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I‘d buy them immediately! 4w
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Overthrow: A Novel | Caleb Crain
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I bailed. I am really not in the mood for this struggle from page to page.
It is just not the right book at the right moment. I did like the writing style but found myself not interested in the plot.
Most of all I liked the cover, because I love the painter Valloton 💜. This is however one of his lesser works - I think. You should check him out, he has painted reading women in a fantastic way. Wait, I‘ll show you in my next post! #ToB2020

TrishB Sometimes you just have to bail 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
Megabooks Onward and upward! 1mo
merelybookish You are more generous than I was! But I understand the bail. 4w
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BarbaraBB @merelybookish You finished it, that‘s far more generous. I actually liked the way he wrote and was kind of interested in Matthew but not in what happened to him. 4w
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Spoiler: not much happens to him. Or anyone. 🙄 4w
BarbaraBB @merelybookish I had that feeling already 😂 4w
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A House and Its Head | Ivy Compton-Burnett
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Sometimes it seemed as if I was reading a Shakespeare play. The story largely consists of (often very funny and sarcastic) drawing room dialogues, in which a chorus of supporting roles comment on what‘s happening in the Edgeworth family.
And a lot IS happening in this family, where no one is what he appears to be. Except maybe for the father. Well done, but a hundred or so pages too long for me.

#NYRBBookClub #ATY2020 week 3

batsy Nice review! I'm properly intrigued now and can't wait to start, hopefully this weekend. 1mo
Megabooks Great review! 1mo
youneverarrived I was thinking the same. I feel like I‘m reading a play. 1mo
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LeahBergen Exactly what I was thinking last night as I read! It definitely has a Shakespearean feel to how the language flows. 1mo
Suet624 I‘m hoping to start this tonight. I can‘t tell if I‘m looking forward to it or not but I‘m glad you gave it a 👍🏼 1mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 Between a so-so and a pick to be honest! 1mo
Suet624 Yes, that‘s what I figured. 1mo
vivastory Wonderful review, as always. I'm going to start it next week. 1mo
saresmoore Great review! 1mo
BarbaraBB @saresmoore Thanks, I‘m glad you‘re enjoying it too! 1mo
mklong Couldn‘t agree more about it being about a hundred pages too long! 3w
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Case Histories: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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#BelowZer00s #buddyread, question 5/5

vivastory 😂😂 Probably a bulldog 1mo
Hooked_on_books Ha! Funny that you‘d ask this. I think I‘d be a mastiff. A bit lazy, generally healthy, affectionate with my family but a bit aloof around others. 1mo
JaclynW Fun question! I would be a king charles cavalier or cocker spaniel. According to Google, their temperament is: Fearless, Affectionate, Sweet Disposition, Sociable, Patient, Adaptable, Playful, and Intelligent. They can also suffer from separation anxiety and they best enjoy being in a household environment around people. This sums me up pretty good. (Although I'm not especially fearless, nor do I like hunting. So except for those 2 things...) 😊 1mo
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Billypar Chihuahua? Small, persistent, cold all the time in the winter.. 😅 1mo
readordierachel This question is awesome 😆 but I have no idea. Love your thoughtful answer @JaclynW ! 1mo
Mdargusch My best friend growing up always said I reminded her of my schnauzer- I do have quite a beard. 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
Bklover I‘d be a Maltese. I have two of them and they are the laziest dogs I‘ve ever seen. I also googled lazy dog breeds and there they were. They also like to eat and have their back scratched. Yep. 1mo
JaclynW @vivastory @Hooked_on_books @Billypar @readordierachel @Mdargusch @Bklover I'm loving everyone's answers! I feel like I need to go poll my family now.😄 1mo
readordierachel @Bklover 🤣🤣 I like the way you think 1mo
JennyM Probably a Labrador - loyal, family friendly but tends to eats too much 🤣 1mo
BookwormAHN I'd be Lhasa Apso. I've had so many of them that I think they've entered my DNA. 1mo
peaknit I‘m a Chow, I think. Fiercely loyal but content just standing by on the ready. And once I don‘t like someone, it‘s over. Takes a long time for me to get frustrated but once I am done I am done like a Chow, they can be a grumpy breed if they don‘t like you 😊 And fluffy, way too much hair, my short hair doesn‘t grow longer, it grows bigger😂 1mo
Andrew65 Not well enough up on my breeds of dog! Pretty one off character, so possibly a mix of the features of different dogs. Does that make me a mongrel. 🙄😔 1mo
Kalalalatja I‘m not sure about the breed, but something small, protective, a bit of a pleaser and with a temperament 🐶😄 1mo
AnneCecilie I have no idea, I‘m not that into different breeds. Something lazy who want to stay inside 1mo
Cinfhen Great answers everyone!!! Thanks for cozying up with us @AnneCecilie @Kalalalatja @Andrew65 @peaknit @BookwormAHN @JennyM @readordierachel @JaclynW @vivastory @Hooked_on_books @Billypar @Bklover @Mdargusch Hope you‘ll join us for #MAYbeNow #buddyread coming May 2020 featuring a book from the last decade (2010-2019) 🤓 1mo
Bklover @AnneCecilie you can be a Maltese like me. Laziest dogs ever! 1mo
SamAnne Border collie! A middle-aged border collie.... 1mo
CarolynM I'm a cat 1mo
Billypar You raise a good point @CarolynM - I think many of us on this site are closer to the cat spectrum 😸 1mo
Billypar Thanks @Cinfhen and @BarbaraBB for organizing this fun weekend! Loved the book discussion and trip back in time 👏👏👏 1mo
Cinfhen You‘re hilarious @CarolynM 😹😹😹😹😹 (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen So glad you were able to join us @Billypar ❤️ 1mo
JaclynW @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB Thanks for a fun 3 days and a new book introduction! 1mo
Mynameisacolour My daughter's are telling me that I would be a poodle🐩🤣 1mo
Crazeedi Labrador retriever!! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Haha! What a fun question and love all the answers! 😁 I don‘t know enough of breeds of dogs, but I guess something loyal and strong willed is close. Thanks for hosting a fun party and great discussion questions @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen (edited) 1mo
batsy Fun question that I'm not sure how to answer! I guess I'll be a mixed breed... Confused, not knowing from whence I came or where I'm heading, but with a lot of love and loyalty for all the good people in my life 😁 1mo
bookandbedandtea Is there a breed of dog which prefers to be solitary? I can't think of one. I think I'd be a cat, which is weird for me to think as I much prefer to interact with dogs than cats. 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
Simona Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Easy going, naturally quiet and pretty lazy. 1mo
DebinHawaii I think I lean to the cat side too personality wise but I do love dogs. I guess I would say a Basset Hound lazy, easygoing, people-oriented but would just as soon take a nap most of the time & also a bit stubborn.😉🐶 Big thanks to @Cinfhen & @BarbaraBB for hosting this fun #buddyread 😘 1mo
bookandcat Uhhhh I don't really do dogs! I'll ask my husband. Okay just asked and he says I'm a corgi. Idk why. 1mo
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Case Histories: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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#BelowZer00s #buddyread, question 4/5

JaclynW By the end of this book, yes, I felt invested. I am curious to get to know him more. I'm not always good though at finishing a series. I honestly didn't even know this book was a series until I was about halfway through it and I saw someone post something about not wanting to continue with the series. Also police life seems so foreign to me. Which can be a draw AND a turn off. 1mo
Hooked_on_books I really liked the book and the humor so I definitely plan to continue. I actually own book 3, so I just downloaded the audio of book 2 from the library. I find Jackson an interesting character, but I don‘t think he‘s fully fleshed out yet. I‘m guessing that a purposeful way to save some of his character development for later books. 1mo
vivastory I loved Jackson! I will definitely be reading future entries. Although she published it before Galbraith, I was reminded of Cormoran Strike. 1mo
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TrishB Already up to date in the series. I‘ve loved Jackson since this book and have read the books as they‘ve come out! 1mo
vivastory Again agree with @Hooked_on_books I think he'll be more fully realized in future books, but he definitely had enough presence in this one to really intrigue me 1mo
MicheleinPhilly For sure. I‘ve already read book 2 many moons ago and own 3 and 4. I‘m looking forward to them. 1mo
Billypar I thought Jackson was a little 'meh'. I liked his observations, but they didn't seem to coalesce into a fully fledged character as much as Amelia's did. I felt the same way about Caroline. 1mo
readordierachel #unpopularopinion but I didn't really like Jackson. He was quite bland and I could have done without his sexual assessments of all the female characters. Everyone was talking about what a good guy he is, but I didn't see that. Maybe Atkinson withheld a lot of depth to his character to get you to read on? Don't know if I will. I did like his interactions with his daughter though. 1mo
Mdargusch Yes! I would definitely read the next book in this series! 1mo
Bklover I‘ll be interested to learn more about him in the next book. He was interesting but certainly not the most interesting character in the book. 1mo
BarbaraBB @readordierachel I‘m with you and @Billypar. He seems to me quite realistic but I don‘t think I‘d much like him in real life. 1mo
JennyM Definitely! He‘s is a great character. 1mo
BookwormAHN I liked Jackson but not enough to continue. 1mo
Andrew65 Most definitely! I‘m waiting for a hold to come in on book 2. Feel like we just skimmed the surface with him so far. 1mo
Kalalalatja I‘m not planning on reading any of the other books, but I‘m not surprised by that. This just isn‘t my genre, and Jackson annoyed me to much to convince me otherwise 😅 1mo
AnneCecilie Yes, especially the tiny glimpses we got of his past. I will continue with the series in the hope of learning more about him. 1mo
jenniferw88 Definitely continuing! 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m with @Kalalalatja @BookwormAHN @ReadOrDie @Billypar @BarbaraBB I wasn‘t drawn to Jackson and I‘m not interested in continuing on with this series. This book just wasn‘t for me, but I‘m glad I got to read it with all of you. I happen to own book 2 and I‘m happy to send it to any of you @AnneCecilie @jenniferw88 @JennyM @Bklover @Mdargusch @vivastory @MicheleinPhilly @JaclynW First come first serve 🥳 1mo
Bklover I‘ll take it!!! 1mo
Bklover Hope the second one has the humor. I thought that the humor carried the book. Otherwise it would have been sort of blah. 1mo
SamAnne I will read the next in the series, but not immediately. I enjoyed the story and the characters but not so that I'm going to run out and get the next one. 1mo
CarolynM Absolutely! I think he's wonderful. Book 3 is my favourite @Hooked_on_books 🙂 1mo
JaclynW @readordierachel I'm in agreement with you about the sexual assessments. I found this in another book with the lead character being a male police officer. I was wondering...is this typical male? Typical police mentality? I still don't have the answer. 1mo
Mynameisacolour I found myself more interested in the cases and looking forward to the resolutions more so than the present day characters. I found both Amelia and Julia cringy and Jackson was meh 1mo
thereadingowlvina So far, he's an okay character. I would continue this series just to find out how his character develops. Plus, I really like the author's writing 😁 1mo
Crazeedi I wasn't necessarily drawn to him, but I would read a sequel 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I did not LOVE Jackson but like him enough to find out how his character develops in the series. I also happen to own book 2 and 3, so will continue. 1mo
BookNAround I liked Jackson well enough but I‘m not sure if I‘ll continue the series or not. So many books so little time! 1mo
batsy Short answer: No. Like @readordierachel he rubbed me the wrong way and for those reasons. If he is fleshed out and made more interesting in the later books, and less of a typical entitled straight man, I might consider reading more. 1mo
batsy @JaclynW @readordierachel Another male investigator character who annoyed me greatly in the same vein is Harry Hole from the Jo Nesbø books... Well I only read this one but it was enough 1mo
bookandbedandtea I liked Jackson quite a lot but I don't feel a pull to read more in this series. This book felt like a one- off to me and I think I'm happy to leave it that way. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Mynameisacolour I‘m with you on all characters! 1mo
Simona I am not interested at all. He was depicted so stereotypically, in very boring way.
@batsy Are you familiar with Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers from Inspektor Lynley series by Elizabeth Georg. I only read the first book, but the characterization is a little more complex and interesting.
Bklover I love the Lynley series (most of them) @Simona ! 1mo
DebinHawaii I liked Jackson & believe he has some hidden depths to uncover. I wouldn‘t be opposed to more of the series but I have a lot of books I would rather get to first. That being said, if they were ever really cheap Kindle deals, I‘d load ‘em up. 😉 1mo
bookandcat I'd try another book since I liked him well enough but this was a 3 star read for me. I am more attached to and invested in Murder Squad characters (see Tana French) but he was fine. 1mo
Simona @Bklover I've saved them for reading slump times 😊 1mo
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#BelowZer00s #buddyread, question 3/5

JaclynW I think it helped to lighten the traumatic events of the book 1mo
Hooked_on_books I don‘t think she necessarily intended suspense here. And I think the humor as well as the focus on character development shows that. Plus there are awful, dark things happening to people here, so the humor helps lift you away from those feelings. I think that‘s why she made the humor so off-color, to balance the violent components. I loved the humor! 1mo
JaclynW Oops. I hit send too soon. If it had been one traumatic thing after another, she may have lost readers because it may have gotten too heavy. 1mo
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JaclynW @Hooked_on_books I liked the humourous bits too. 1mo
TrishB It‘s very real to me to see humour in very dark situations. Whether it‘s a Brit thing I don‘t know 🤷‍♀️ but this felt very everyday. 1mo
vivastory I loved the humor. I felt it alleviated some of the grief, which would have been overwhelming at times, & added extra depth to the characters. It felt very true to life. 1mo
Billypar The humor was ultimately what sold me in the end. I agree that it acted as a counterweight to the more depressing parts. It also helped me enjoy the relative slowness in the investigations. Usually with mysteries I'm more ravenous when it comes to having new developments or twists, but I didn't mind the pace as much since she had me cracking up the whole way. 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB I agree. I‘ve always viewed it as something of a Scorpio defense mechanism. ☺️ 1mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly that‘s definitely it! The amount of times I‘ve made inappropriate comments and got the look from family members!! 1mo
TrishB @Billypar I think the mysteries in these is always secondary to the characters and the personalities and the humour. 1mo
readordierachel Agree with you @JaclynW and @Hooked_on_books that the humor balances out the violence and trauma. The humor was what I appreciated most. 1mo
Bklover I found the humor more prominent than the mysteries. Almost as if the mysteries were there to promote the humor. If that makes any sense. 1mo
Mdargusch The humor made the book more than a whodunit since it added another layer. I laughed out loud so many times during the chapters on Caroline! 1mo
JaclynW @Billypar Very true. 1mo
JaclynW @Mdargusch Yes! Layered is the perfect way to describe it. 1mo
BarbaraBB It can be a Scorpio thing indeed, I know I use it too 😉 @TrishB and @MicheleinPhilly. It didn‘t do so much for me in this novel though. I admit to laughing about the cat called ‘nigger‘ 🤭 but Julia and Amelia became a bit too grotesque for me and therefore a bit unrealistic. 1mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB I now can‘t admit to having any of these characters in my extended family can I!! I think Julia and Amelia are maybe a bit out dated now, but definitely existed.... 1mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly 😘😘 always being told to watch what people might be thinking 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ whatever that means!! 1mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB Haha, it‘s probably fun to have them in your extended family 😀 1mo
BookwormAHN I think the humor was definitely needed to lighten up the mood but the cat called "nigger" was too much ??‍♀️ 1mo
Andrew65 @BarbaraBB Another Scorpio here who uses it too! ♏️ Amazing How humour can get you through difficult situations and times! Also balances out nicely the dark points of the book. 1mo
Kalalalatja #TeamScorpio here, too! @BarbaraBB @TrishB @MicheleinPhilly @Andrew65 I use humor quite a lot in my therapy sessions with clients, as it helps to get through some of the tougher subjects, so it makes sense to me there is so much of it in the book 1mo
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja That is very plausible explanation, thanks 🙏 1mo
TrishB @BookwormAHN to me this was highlighting racism in older people very well in the U.K. (sadly). I could well have imagined my Nan doing that ☹️ 1mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB Oh really? To me it was so absurd that I found it funny 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB maybe it‘s a U.K. thing? A lot of my friends (and me!) have horror stories about racist grandparents? 1mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB I don‘t know, maybe everyone‘s grandparents here are racist too except mine because they were Indonesian 🤷🏻‍♀️😂 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB @BarbaraBB Sadly not limited to the UK. I could see some of my ancient neighbors doing that sort of thing TODAY. 😒 1mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB 😂😂 a good reason! My Nan was Irish but still profoundly racist against people coming into the country! 1mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly ☹️🤷‍♀️ we can only fight back! 1mo
Cinfhen I agree the “humor” was meant to lighten the otherwise dark stories but to me the humor seemed more slapstick and unnatural. It just didn‘t work for me @Hooked_on_books @JaclynW @TrishB @vivastory @Billypar @readordierachel @Bklover @Mdargusch @BarbaraBB @BookwormAHN @Kalalalatja I thought the humor sort of out dated the story / 1mo
Cinfhen There is no way naming a cat “nigger” in ANY book now (2020) would ever get published!!!!! I‘m still in shock over that 😱 1mo
TrishB @Cinfhen very true, thankfully, but sadly wouldn‘t stop it happening ☹️ 1mo
CarolynM I agree with @Hooked_on_books I don't think suspense was intended. I think she was using the "detective" format to write about a bunch of traumatised people. I think one of the things she does very well is to show violence and trauma are part of everyday life for some people and humour is also part of everyday life - from observation of the contradictions and absurdities. 1mo
BarbaraBB @CarolynM I wonder why she used the format, as a writer she has proven she doesn‘t need it and the murder cases were a bit predictable and for me detracting (is that the correct word?) from the overall story. 1mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB interesting question! Don‘t know the answer though. 1mo
CarolynM @TrishB I thought Binky (and to a lesser extent Caroline's husband and family) was hilarious but I am hugely amused by that stereotype of early 20th century British superiority (the novels of Dornford Yates and PC Wren for example). I think a lot of racism in the past came from a lack of understanding that other cultures were just as valid as (in yours and mine case) Anglo - Irish culture.👇 1mo
CarolynM 🖕My grandparents felt so sorry for their Italian and Greek neighbours for their ignorance and backwardness when all they were doing were things that were normal where they had come from. 1mo
CarolynM @BarbaraBB I don't know the answer either. Maybe because it provides a reason for her hero to encounter so many people who have been profoundly affected by violence? 1mo
TrishB @CarolynM such a good summary! Sadly I think now we‘ve reverted backwards to still thinking that‘s the superior culture (in the U.K. anyway and certainly stirred up by Brexit). 1mo
Crazeedi People use humor when uncomfortable with situations, so maybe that's why 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm For me, there‘s no suspense, and I went in thinking it‘s a traditional mystery story but found out soon enough the whodunnits are not the main things. I really liked the humour, like what @CarolynM said earlier, not lol but more of ‘smile moments‘. Agree with what others said about the humour as a balance to the dark parts. 1mo
batsy I love bleak, dark humour. The Russians especially used it to great effect in their literature. (shoutout to my man, Dostoyevsky! 😆) Sorry to be the party pooper again, but I didn't quite get on with Atkinson's brand of humour. I guess it's a subjective thing and maybe that's why I didn't quite enjoy the book. 1mo
BarbaraBB @batsy I‘d prefer Dostojevski any time. Or Nathan Englander, who I just finished a book by! 1mo
Simona Well @batsy I have to tag you again, I totally agree with you 😄 Bizarre, dark humor is my kind of humor, but it is ineffective in this story ... as @BarbaraBB said - with the exception of the black cat. 1mo
DebinHawaii I liked the humor & for me it is a natural place too go in uncomfortable situations too. (Am I a closet Scorpio? 🤔) i didn‘t think it too much to take away from the story & I liked how the dark sarcasm was a balm to some of the pain. Regarding the cat, sadly I have older relations long gone now that would have viewed it as normal. 🥺I think that was a bit for shock factor though but I did enjoy Jackson & then Howell‘s reaction to it. 1mo
bookandcat The humor was fine. I didn't find this book as suspenseful and taut as I would like (I am more of a Tana French fan). This felt more literary strolling through a PI's life for me. The resolutions of most of the cases did not feel too surprising for me. 1mo
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#BelowZer00s #buddyread, question 2/5

Hooked_on_books I had noticed this and wondered. I‘m guessing it was a way to unify what could have been disparate plots by giving them a common theme. 1mo
JaclynW @Hooked_on_books Good thoughts. I also thought it may be because many readers are parents and can relate to the fear of losing a child. 1mo
TrishB Good point, that fear of going something as a parent that put your child in danger is an easy topic to focus on I guess. Agree with @Hooked_on_books it was the thread holding the stories together. 1mo
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vivastory I agree with @Hooked_on_books I think that the sense of parents leaving something behind when they're gone was a unique way for Atkinson to tackle the cold cases 1mo
Mdargusch I hadn‘t thought about it but I like your idea @Hooked__on__books 1mo
Bklover I thought it illustrates how differently we can love our children. That “parental love” is not generic and can those differences can have profound effects. 1mo
BarbaraBB I agree with you too @Hooked_on_books but I also thought it was because that way we got to know Jackson better, since he was personally dealing with some major parenthood issues. The cases gave us insight in his way of thinking. (edited) 1mo
BookwormAHN Coming from someone without kids, it seems to me it was also about how directly our parent's crap affect who we are. 1mo
Andrew65 @TrishB @Hooked_on_books I agree too, felt like it was the thread holding the three different cases together, and provided a link into Jackson too. 1mo
Kalalalatja I like both your views @Hooked_on_books and @BarbaraBB - Atkinson needed a theme to tie the stories together, and tie them to Jackson‘s life and situation 1mo
Hooked_on_books That‘s definitely a good thought about giving us more access to Jackson. It definitely ties him in, too, along with his ex and her boyfriend. 1mo
AnneCecilie I hadn‘t really thought about that but agree with @Hooked__on__books @Bklover and @BookwormAHN 1mo
Cinfhen I definitely agree with all of you @Hooked_on_books @Bklover @BookwormAHN @JaclynW @BarbaraBB the theme of parenthood is universal enough and strong enough to bind these stories. And when it comes to fatherhood in particular we got very different perspectives the overprotective father ( Theo) the abusive father ( Victor) and the overworked/ single dad/ trying to figure it all out dad ( Jackson) 1mo
CarolynM For me it's not parenthood so much as family that is the theme. The sibling relationships, and the degree of responsibility they feel for one another, were just as central to the book as the parent - child relationships. 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen Excellent point. Also the loving but not terribly involved dad in Kevin, for his brief presence. 1mo
BarbaraBB @CarolynM You are right about that! 1mo
Cinfhen Yes!!!!!! @CarolynM definitely about family relationships 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm What @Hooked_on_books and @BarbaraBB said. I think the parenthood theme primarily tie the cases to Jackson. 1mo
Crazeedi Maybe because Jackson had issues to resolve with his daughter as in being divorced and not in her life etc 1mo
BookNAround And more than just parenthood but the issue of missing girls/disappeared daughters. The case highlight Jackson‘s fears for his daughter, the child who was a surprise in his marriage but the best surprise he could have found. 1mo
batsy I agree with the thoughtful answers above. It was a unifying theme and also a way to show the various forms of parenting, the good, the bad, the evil and the harmful, and the long-lasting ramifications it has on the psyche of the children. The scars we carry with us or the stuff that makes or breaks us, I think... 1mo
jhod Just to say Jackson's back story and how effected he was by his siblings makes me agree that its family relationships that's the unifying theme. (also caroline and shirley, amelia and julia) 1mo
DebinHawaii I agree that the parenting & the family relationships were the tie & as @BookNAround & @Crazeedi mention the emphasis on the dangers in the world for women/daughters/sisters as they related to Jackson‘s own worries for his daughter. 1mo
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#BelowZer00s #buddyread is starting right now. This is question 1 of 5!

I have tagged some people who were interested in the book, but of course all are welcome to participate.

jenniferw88 The Lands, and Jackson's back story. I kind of guessed what happened with Olivia, but liked the bit with Binti. (I probably identified most with her as well - I'll probably be a crazy cat lady when I'm older). And I like detectives with a past! 1mo
Hooked_on_books I was most interested to find out what happened to Laura, since she died in such an awful way, but I loved the sisters Amelia and Julia. They were just a riot! The contrast between them and their interactions were wildly entertaining to me. 1mo
JaclynW I was drawn to Amelia. I felt so sorry for her. I think she was so traumatized by her sister's disappearance. Julia was interesting. Theo was a sad case too. Michelle scared me. Maybe because I could identify with her in some ways. Jackson sometimes got of my nerves, sometimes I liked him. Binti was a quirky, old lady that I can to feel for. 1mo
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TrishB It‘s all about Jackson for me and his interactions with people, not really about the mysteries, though you‘re curious to see what happens obviously. 1mo
SamAnne A toss up between the Lands and Jackson's backstory, leaning to Jackson as well. I really liked the depth of the character development and stories, and plan to read the rest of the series. 1mo
vivastory From a purely "whodunnit" standpoint, I was most intrigued by Laura's case. It was the case with the most eyewitnesses & it seemed unimaginable that the perpetrator hadn't been caught. I was also initially a bit confused by the inclusion of Michelle's case, although it was cleared up. 1mo
Billypar I liked the Land and Wyre mysteries the best. @Hooked_on_books I agree about the banter between Amelia and Olivia- I looked forward to their scenes the most. And I liked how we saw Amelia's constant internal questions spiraling in between their back and forths. I also thought the portrayal of the grief Theo was going through was well-done. 1mo
readordierachel In terms of mysteries, I was most interested in finding out what happened to Olivia Land. I was also confused by Michelle's storyline @vivastory I suppose it was cleared up but I was left wondering why she included it in the first placeTheo's grief stood out to me too @Billypar He was the most sympathetic character imo. 1mo
Mdargusch Olivia‘s story tugged at my heartstrings and I was glad to read answers to her mystery. 1mo
Andrew65 Jackson, and his interactions with the cases. Although in terms of the mysteries, what happened to Olivia. Ultimate nightmare for a parent. (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB I had soon figured out what happened to Olivia so that storyline didn‘t do much for me. I agree with @Vivastory that Laura‘s case was the most interesting from a whodunnit point of view. And about Michelle, just like @JaclynW I can relate a bit to her and that‘s scary. I can see how the book is a completely different read when you‘re primarily focussed on Jackson, like @TrishB, @Andrew65 and @SamAnne ! (edited) 1mo
Bklover I was probably most interested in the Olivia Land mystery. I also loved Theo‘s version of his daughter- I think a lot of parents see their children that way. 1mo
Bklover @JaclynW @BarbaraBB I‘m definitely relieved that I‘m not the only one who related to Michelle. 😳 1mo
JaclynW @Bklover You aren't alone. I honestly think any human could get to that point. It's just a matter of what "ingredients" in that particular "recipe" would it take...know what I mean?? When the full story of what happened to Michelle was finally revealed, I have to admit I was stunned. Michelle was courageous in her reaction. I did wonder if she would have actually gone through with it had she been allowed to continue. What do you think? 1mo
JaclynW @Andrew65 Ultimate nightmare indeed. 1mo
JennyM I was most curious about Laura. But I‘m with @trishb @Andrew65 @SamAnne - it‘s more about Jackson for me. I really enjoyed it, especially the snarky humour! 😊 1mo
Bklover @JaclynW Well, I think Michelle definitely would have gone through with it. Or at least tried to. 1mo
BookwormAHN I was quite drawn to Amelia. I think her and her sister were really entertaining. I also thought Jackson was great. I did wonder about Lilly Rose and who she really was. 1mo
MicheleinPhilly I vaguely recall feeling like the Michelle/Caroline story stuck out like a sore thumb the first time but this time I couldn‘t stop picturing Fleabag and Hot Priest. 😂 1mo
Andrew65 @JennyM This was the second time I read the book (previously six years ago I think). The first tine I read the book I thought it was quite strange how it was written! In fact very surprised it was a series because it felt like a one off. This time I knew what to expect - even if I couldn‘t remember the resolution to the mysteries! Therefore o focused more on Jackson. Some great interactions during the book and humorous moments. @BarbaraBB @JaclynW (edited) 1mo
Kalalalatja I‘m definitely team Theo. Somehow the other characters felt a bit like caricatures, while Theo and his grief seemed like the most “real” thing in the book. 1mo
thereadingowlvina To be honest, I'm only halfway into this book! But I know that I like Theo. He seems to be the more sincere character among all. And I really like how this book is written. I love Atkinson's wtiting style ❤😁 1mo
CarolynM It's not the "mysteries" that were interesting to me, but the people and the ways they were affected by what had happened in their families. Because I'd already read the later books I was especially interested in Julia (she is an on-going character) and also the details of Jackson's back story. I found Theo's grief really moving and Shirley - wow, what a piece of work! 1mo
Cinfhen I totally agree @Kalalalatja It wasn‘t Laura‘s case as much as it was Theo‘s pain, guilt, trauma that resonated most with me. I guessed very early on what had happened to Olivia and I figured out who the homeless girl was the minute Shirley mentioned Tanya. So I was drawn to Theo and wanted to know how his story would be resolved. Was not happy with Lilly-Rose moving in with him- that became too sappy for me. (edited) 1mo
AnneCecilie I was most interested in Jackson and his interactions with the people in the cases. I felt that the ending was a little rushed and weird, one minute Jackson doesn‘t want to spend time with the Land sisters, and then suddenly he invites them to join him on his holiday. 1mo
Blaire @CarolynM I want to read more of this series. Interesting to learn that Julia continues to have a presence. I felt the most empathy toward Theo. His reaction and the way he continued on his life. I loved the way Julia and Amelia interacted. Lots of funny lines. 1mo
Mynameisacolour I was most interested In the Case of Olivia Land. I held out hope that she would be found 1mo
gradcat Really, for me Jackson embodies a sort of “Everyman” for our age: divorcing, kid custody issues, money issues, feeling like a man out of time, and having saddlebags of guilt & pain to carry around on his shoulders owing to issues with his family. I admit I read this many years ago, and to say much more would get into future books, but Jackson is really the main draw for me. Purely existential crises erupting almost constantly—what‘s not to love?♥️ 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Of the three cases, I liked the Land case. The Wyre case is intriguing as I had absolutely no clue ‘whodunnit‘. But what draws me in is mostly Jackson, who is the heart of the story, and the portrayal of grief/loss by the surviving family in each case. I also enjoyed the teasings between the two Land sisters. 1mo
Crazeedi I wondered about Michelle/ Caroline daughter, and I was most surprised that her sister was the one who killed her husband, and that she agreed to take the fall 1mo
CarolynM @gradcat Exactly❤️ 1mo
CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm I agree with what you say. Most detective stories are about untangling the events and psychology that led to the crime, I think Kate Atkinson is much more interested in exploring the aftermath of crime than the cause of it. 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Crazeedi I was surprised it was the sister too! 😄 1mo
BookNAround I was most interested in Jackson and his relationships with the people around him, family and clients. The mysteries were interesting and had different twists to them but like others have said, it was more about the impact on those left behind than the actual crime. I liked it a lot more than I expected to. 1mo
batsy I liked the sisters the most, Julia & Amelia. And Amelia was my favourite until I felt like Atkinson disappointed me with her characterisation. Like she just became the cardboard sad, desperate spinster figure without any redeeming inner qualities. 1mo
bookandbedandtea @erzascarletbookgasm @CarolynM I agree with both of you that the most interesting aspects were the ways in which the survivors of all these crimes were impacted. 1mo
bookandbedandtea I could have done with more of the Michelle/Caroline/Shirley story. Was truly surprised to find out what really happened that day! And, Jackson, of course. I feel that's inevitable as he ties everything together but I just truly *liked* him. 1mo
BarbaraBB @gradcat You are so right about the Everyman. I didn‘t think of that. But it might be the reason why I didn‘t like him much. Too much Everymen in fiction - or at least what I‘ve read lately. 1mo
BarbaraBB @batsy Exactly. Amelia (and Julia too) became grotesque, which I couldn‘t appreciate at all. 1mo
gradcat @BarbaraBB I can understand your opinion. I must like them, because I read so much Updike and Roth and Bellow, and Joyce, for that matter. See—why, they‘re all male! At least Atkinson is a woman. But the Everyman archetype is certainly overused, I suppose, especially when you consider other art forms, like movies.... And I guess novelists are not even bothering to name their Everyman narrators—several contemporary writers do that, I find...♥️♥️ 1mo
BarbaraBB @gradcat I was thinking of Roth and Updike too 😀. What contemporary writers are you thinking of? 1mo
bookandcat Am still finishing the book (whoops) so will plan to come back to the questions when I'm done! 1mo
BarbaraBB @bookandcat No hurry! I hope you‘re liking it! 1mo
DebinHawaii Late to the discussion but for characters I am on Team Jackson—I liked his reactions to everyone around him & his dark sarcasm. Story/case wise it was Laura & Theo that story kept me turning the pages to know what really happened & pulled at my heart. I actually kind of liked Lily-Rose moving in with Theo @Cinfhen to give him purpose but I lean to the sappy side sometimes.😉😆 1mo
bookandcat Definitely drawn to Jackson most. And also Theo. His chocolate of the month club broke my heart a bit. 1mo
gradcat @BarbaraBB Off the top of my head, maybe Paul Auster, Ben Metcalf, Cormac McCarthy—maybe these aren‘t considered contemporary? But they‘re not modern like the others we spoke about. And of course, a lot of dystopian and/or post-apocalyptic novels lend themselves to this sort of trope. I remember reading an article in “The New Yorker” about just this subject several years ago. It was really interesting, so I remember it fairly well. ♥️ 1mo
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Kaddish.com | Nathan Englander
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Jewish law requires to pray Kaddish for the 11 months following a parent‘s death, in order to elevate the deceased‘s soul. That‘s a problem for Larry, the secular son. Fortunately there is Kaddish.com, where you can hire someone else to perform Kaddish for you. Years later, Larry (now Reb Shuli) travels to Israel to meet the man who did Kaddish for him.

To be continued ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️

The book started out as a typical Englander novel (which I loved) but the second part can‘t live up to the premise and is in fact very predictable.

However, I am glad I‘ve read the book and thank you as always Cindy, for sending it to me ❤️😘 @Cinfhen
cariashley Great review. Out of curiosity where is the photo taken? 1mo
BarbaraBB @cariashley Thank you. It is the entrance of a market in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where I do my weekly shopping 🛍 😀 (edited) 1mo
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cariashley I saw a couple of street markets like this when I was there in August! Very cool 😊 1mo
BarbaraBB @cariashley Then you‘ve probably been here, this is Albert Cuyp market! 1mo
Cinfhen I thought this book was hilarious and so spot on in so many ways but I can see why you would think it turned predictable. Now I need to get myself to the Albert Cuyp market 😘😘😘 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I mostly think Englander is hilarious too, it was just the ending. I still am a fan of his and I am happy I got the chance to read this one! 💜 And yes, do come and visit Albert Cuyp ! I hope your meeting went well today. Your trip is getting closer! 😘 1mo
Cinfhen The docent was amazing/ she‘s obviously beyond knowledgeable and just her brief overview left me breathless and a little weepy. This is going to be a physically and mentally exhausting trip. 🥺 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It will be, I think so too. But also so very good to know your heritage and pass it on. I admire you for doing it. 💕 1mo
Cinfhen 😘😘😘 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Interesting premise though 👍 1mo
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Kaddish.com | Nathan Englander
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#WeeklyForecast 04/20

Lined up for this week are Kaddish.com (almost finished actually), followed by this month‘s #NYRBBookClub choice and the next one for the #ToB.

Let‘s hope this week brings a bit more time to read than last week did 🤞

Cinfhen Great photo!!! And 🤞🏼🤞🏼for more reading time😘😘also hoping u like 1mo
Megabooks Just put Kaddish.com on my library TBR!! Hadn‘t heard of it! Thanks! 1mo
DreesReads I read Kaddish.com last summer, it was one of the books not picked for the summer ToB. It was good, I learned a lot. There really is a Kaddish.com (I checked, of course lol). 1mo
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BarbaraBB @DreesReads I did too 😉. I can imagine they are not that happy with this book. 1mo
DreesReads @BarbaraBB I wondered about the legality/trademark/whatever. 1mo
BarbaraBB @DreesReads Exactly. I even wondered if Englander owned this site but it seems authentic. 1mo
DreesReads @BarbaraBB same all around. So weird. 1mo
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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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#BookReport 02/20

Back to work, back to reality. Case Histories was a pageturner which left me a bit disappointed, The Coffee was perfect for me and then I have been fighting with Professor Martens for the rest of the week. An okay result I think.

Lcsmcat Sounds interesting. Stacked. 1mo
Cinfhen 🎶 back to reality
Oh, there goes gravity🎶 just singing some Eminem ♥️ 😘
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Lots of Eminem earworming today ! Love it 🖤 🎶 Though I'm not the first king of controversy, I am the worst thing since Elvis Presley 🎶 (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen Hahahahaha 1mo
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Professor Martens was a member of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the second half of the 19th century. During a train journey from his home town of Pärnu in #Estonia to Russia he recalls many events of his life and meetings with important people.

Martens did in fact exist but I didn‘t know him before, nor his important friends. And to be honest, I didn‘t care.

#ReadingEurope2020 ?? #ATY2020 week 2 #1001books

Megabooks Get it out girl!! 1mo
Librarybelle Sorry it was a pan, but hooray for crossing off Estonia! 1mo
arubabookwoman Oh dear. I have that on my shelf to read for Estonia. I think it‘s also a 1001 book. 1mo
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BarbaraBB @arubabookwoman It is, therefore I chose it but it was really the wrong book at the wrong time. You might like it though, I hope so! 1mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB I dunno, I think there may not be a right time for that book. I didn't particularly care for it either. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M I am kind of relieved you say that. I felt a bit guilty for not liking it. 1mo
hilded Hmm, I was thinking of reading this one soon. Maybe I‘ll just postphone it a bit more 😆 2w
BarbaraBB @hilded I would 😉. 2w
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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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I love this typical Japanese way of writing, the sparce words, the need to read between the lines. This one is a little gem.
It‘s about a cafe where people can travel in time but when they come back, the present is unchanged. So what is the point of visiting the past? And yet it does make sense. Wow!

Thanks again Carolyn for sending me this one❤️. As promised it‘s coming your way now Cindy!

#pop20 #jennyis30

TrishB I got this one for Christmas 😁 looking forward to to it 👍🏻 1mo
mhillis I like this story too and there is also a movie! (edited) 1mo
Cathythoughts I see this one in the bookshop ... very drawn to it now 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
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BarbaraBB @TrishB I hope you will like it! 1mo
BarbaraBB @mhillis Is there? A Japanese one? 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts I think you might enjoy it too 💕 1mo
mhillis @BarbaraBB Yes! It has been subtitled in English. I watched it last month on the airplane! 1mo
BarbaraBB @mhillis That sounds great. I‘d really like to watch that too. I will check out If it is on view anywhere here! 1mo
Cinfhen Thank you lovely @BarbaraBB and my dear friend @CarolynM 💕💕I‘m happy to pass the book along to @Cathythoughts after I read it!! Seems appropriate to keep a time traveling book traveling 😜 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen That is a great idea, to keep it travelling ❤️! @Cathythoughts 1mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen Thanks! That‘s great Cindy , I‘d be delighted , & happy to send it on again. This is for the #armchairtravel prompt too , well we are working this prompt beautifully.. (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m curious to hear what @jenniferw88 says about the “cat” prompt 😂😂😂 1mo
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen it works! Basically anything goes! 1mo
Cinfhen Hahaha, that‘s awesome @jenniferw88 so I might just use this one then 1mo
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen yes. I'm either going to use The Silver Collar (there's a character called Kitty) or 1mo
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 Thanks for going easy! You‘re safed too now @Cinfhen 😂😘 1mo
Cinfhen Thanks Barbara for the suggestion/ I still might read this book @jenniferw88 1mo
CarolynM Glad you enjoyed it, Barbara🙂 @Cinfhen @Cathythoughts 😘😘 It will be a very well travelled book! 1mo
Cinfhen It‘ll be neat to see how many countries and continents this book will travel @CarolynM @BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts 🥰 1mo
KarenUK This one sounds lovely.... 💕 1mo
Cathythoughts @KarenUK yes, it does. Will you be next in line after me Karen ? 1mo
KarenUK @Cathythoughts oooh that would be lovely!! 💕 1mo
Cathythoughts @KarenUK oh great !! @Cinfhen hasn‘t even got her copy yet ... then me ... then I‘ll send it to you ! 👍🏻❤️this is fun ... We‘ll be in touch 😁 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts @KarenUK It takes forever to reach Israel but you‘re in for a treat when it finally reaches you 😀💚 1mo
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB @KarenUK @Cinfhen @CarolynM So , is it Melbourne - Amsterdam- Israel ( not sure of your city Cindy ) - Cork - Florida ( city ? ) .... woohooo we are some networkers 💪🏻 (edited) 1mo
Cathythoughts And that‘s only the beginning..... this book will be well read 📚😍 #LitsyLibrary (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen Love this xxxx so great to know it‘s eventually winging its way to you my dear friend @karenUk 💖🙌🏻 1mo
KarenUK @cinfhen this thread makes me so happy! Love a Littens so much! 💕 1mo
BarbaraBB @KarenUK @cinfhen @Cathythoughts @CarolynM This book really travels the world. Love it 😍 1mo
Megabooks Definitely stacking this one! Great review Barbara!! 1mo
BarbaraBB @KarenUK I think I have a next address for you for the book ⬆️ @Megabooks 😀 1mo
KarenUK @megabooks perfect! 👍😊💕 1mo
Megabooks @KarenUK thank you!! 1mo
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Case Histories: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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This was an enjoyable read and yet I am not sure what to think of it. Was it a thriller? Or the personal drama of a detective, with some ‘case histories‘ to spice up the story?
Or doesn‘t it matter what it is? Doesn‘t it matter that I guessed all outcomes long before they were explained, except for the one that came out of nowhere?

Can‘t wait to discuss this book during #BelowZer00s buddy read!

#JennyIs30 #detective
#ReadingEurope2020 #UK 🇬🇧

Librarybelle Yay! This will be a re-read for me; I plan to start it later this week. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Great, will you be joining the #buddyread? 😘 1mo
Cinfhen Yes to EVERYTHING you wrote, except I really didn‘t enjoy it that much 😂 1mo
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Librarybelle Yes, I will! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I wanted to read on and on because I was waiting for something - in vain. I had a good time however. Between a pick and a so-so I guess. I‘ll email you tomorrow about the weekend! 😘 1mo
Cinfhen Perfect!! 1mo
TrishB And such are all Atkinson‘s books 😁 looking forward to to discussing! 1mo
batsy I love this cover! 1mo
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#WeeklyForecast 02/20

My current reads are Case Histories for the #BelowZer00s buddy read next weekend and The Voyage Out. Both I am enjoying a lot.

Next will be Before the Coffee gets Cold, gifted by my dear friend @CarolynM 💕, and the tagged book, for #Estonia in #ReadingEurope2020.

Let‘s see how far I get this week, with work starting again tomorrow 🤦🏻‍♀️

Cinfhen Lots of Littens are facing the dreaded Monday Blues 😜 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I feel them coming already! Hope to finish Case Histories today 🤞 1mo
Moray_Reads I haven't read Professor Marten yet but I LOVED The Czar's Madman 1mo
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BarbaraBB @Moray_Reads That is so good to know since I really know nothing about this book or the author, except that it‘s on the #1001books list. Thx 😘 1mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB 😁I see you found (probably) the only representation of Estonia on 1001books 1mo
Kalalalatja I‘m going back to work tomorrow, too, so I‘m feeling you! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M It has been on my shelves forever. Now I finally have a good reason to read it! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja Good luck tomorrow. I am so not ready for it. Those past two weeks were heavenly 🤩 1mo
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The Voyage Out | Virginia Woolf
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Love this comparison 💕

#serialreader #1001books

Alora 💜 1mo
Velvetfur Fab description 😀 1mo
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Dead Souls | Nikolai Gogol
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#BookReport 1/20

Four books this week, so a solid kicking-off 2020.

I was a bit disappointed by The Water Dancer, but enjoyed Saudade (both for #ToB2020).

Modern Lovers was an easy read and perfect for a hungover January 1st.

Dead Souls I had been reading and listening to for a few weeks. I often like my Russians but this one didn‘t live up to my expectations.

Cinfhen Great week, indeed!! I didn‘t love this one either / was hoping for MORE 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Indeed, I kept waiting for more but in the end it didn‘t deliver. 1mo
emilyhaldi Oh no!! Sad to hear that Water Dancer was a letdown for you two @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I loved it!!! Cindy- I thought for sure you would like this one, but you always keep me on my toes 😂😂 1mo
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Cinfhen I think expectations were involved and it felt too similar but not as satisfying as Underground Railroad @emilyhaldi 1mo
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi @Cinfhen For me it was an okay read but I‘ve read a bit too much about slavery recently and turned a bit numb regarding the subject. I‘d probably liked it more if I‘d read it some other moment. 1mo
Reviewsbylola I love Emma Straub. Great week! 1mo
Suet624 @Cinfhen me too. 1mo
Cinfhen Of course you felt the same way as I did, my lovely crab 🦀 @Suet624 ♥️ 1mo
Suet624 @Cinfhen it always makes me chuckle when I see we have the same thoughts about a book. 1mo
Cinfhen 👯‍♀️ @Suet624 😘 1mo
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SAUDADE: A Novella | Suneeta Peres da Costa
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In short chapters a girl tells in a lyrical way about growing up in Angola while it still is a Portugese colony. The tension grows while she comes of age like any other girl; the Angolan population wants independence, her father is pro Portugal, her boyfriend a communist. In between all of this and all of them she feels saudade: “a lostness, a feeling of not having a place in the world.”

#ToB2020 #Booked2020 #LiveAndLearn #Pop20

Cinfhen Great review! I don‘t even recall this title from the #ToB2020 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It‘s shortlisted but I am indeed the first to review it on Litsy so it is a rather obscure one I think 😊 (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen Do u think it deserves to be on the list?? Do U want it to advance?? 1mo
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I‘m not sure yet, there are so many I still need to read. But I do think it‘s worth reading and it is very well written. Plus, it‘s a shortie 😉 1mo
Cinfhen Hurray for Shorties!!!!! I‘m a fan of less is more in storytelling 🤓 1mo
thebluestocking I‘ve been eying this one. Now I definitely need to obtain it! 💙 1mo
Kalalalatja Great review! I‘m definitely going to keep my eyes out for this 👀 1mo
BarbaraBB @thebluestocking You must, of course 😉 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I love reading books about time periods and places that are historical but new to me. 1mo
BarbaraBB @BarbaraTheBibliophage Me too, I love it when books learn me something about the world 1mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB that‘s so nice of you! I‘ll do that right now. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I received it, thank you 😘 1mo
Suet624 Barbara, After reading this, I have to say that your review was excellent. I‘m still trying to figure out what to say about it. @Cinfhen happy to pass this along to you if you‘d like it. Both Barbara and I are neat readers...there‘s not a wrinkle in the book. 😀 if you‘re interested, send your mailing address to me at my Litsy name at gmail. 2w
Cinfhen I would love that @Suet624 I‘m going to share my daughter‘s address in NY as I‘ll be there in March and I‘ll have better luck hopefully with US postal service xx Thank You!!! 2w
Cinfhen I still have not received your package, Barbara 😭😭hopefully soon!!!! 2w
Suet624 @Cinfhen So happy to pass it along to you. With many thanks to @BarbaraBB for starting the exchange. 2w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I am glad you read it and that you‘ll pass it on to @Cinfhen 💙. Cindy, my package has been cleared by Israelian immigration. It should reach you soon now! Probably when you‘re off to London and Poland! 2w
Cinfhen That‘ll be lovely 😊 Thanks @BarbaraBB @Suet624 ❤️❤️ 2w
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