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Buechersuechtling

Buechersuechtling

Joined October 2016

🇩🇪 Ein lese-loser Tag macht mir schlechte Laune. An einem Tag zu wenig zu lesen auch. – Aber wann liest man schon je genug❓😊
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Pickpick

I had no big expectations towards this because I couldn‘t understand the entrancement about the “Mockingbird”. Especially after I once again realized that it is considered as a a “raw” or “early” version of it.

But I liked it a lot better. For me it‘s not so overloaded with expectations of a special topic. It‘s a coming-of-age in the best meaning – but if you ask me _only_ when you know/have read the “Mockingbird” before.
Strong recommendation.

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This weekend we are invited to welcome our friends‘ new baby. 👶🏼🍼 So I went to the book store to buy a picture-book for the now „big brother“. (Yeah, I really found a cute one, thanks to the shop assistant. 🙇🏽‍♀️)

But look what accidentally came my way and badly begged to be taken home. 😃
Finally‼️
I wanted to read it since it was published – and now I am so happy to have scavenged a paperback‼️‼️😍😃

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We could be heroes | Laura Kuhn
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How funny. Seems like great minds really think alike, two years ago @Buchmagie also chose this book to fight a reading slump. Quite the same I do right now.

It‘s a teenage romance. Lou moves with her family to the country and fancy with her quite well because after she kissed her best girlfriend and was rejected she doesn‘t know what to do but then at the new school she meets beautiful and mysterious Ella who shakes her world.

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I learned that there has been made a film of this book (“Young Man with a Horn“), too, and maybe this is the better medium for me concerning this topic.

I might watch it one day when I stumble across it.

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Bailedbailed

Littens, I seriously begin to think I‘m in a reading slump. (Does it count if audiobooks work relatively well?)

Another bail. I don‘t say this book isn‘t interesting but for me it isn‘t. Probably because the prologue spoiled the story – plus: I‘m no musician. I like to listen to music but I‘m no good at imagining sound that is only described. Everything beyond “booming bass” gives me nothing.

And what I read wasn‘t told intriguingly, either.

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Littens, you are clever. Maybe you are cleverer than I am.
Does any of you have an idea why one should want to write a novel, a fictional book,and then in the book‘s prologue already reveal key moments of the plot one has thought up❓

I hope that the development of the story and the writing are nice. If not I am, sorry, once again inclined to bail. 🤷🏽‍♀️

ladyonequestion Madness, I hate editors who do that too, I get you want to appear erudite and reveal all your thoughts about a book, but the least you could do is warn me about spoilers! 2d
Buechersuechtling @ladyonequestion 👍🏼 Or put the waffle to the end. Works and is named „epilogue“. 🙄 2d
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I needed five or six tries until this one finally let me open it on my e-reader. 🙄

But here I go now.

A story about a guy who is a talented jazz musician, about his life, his profession, his family life and his friends.

I like the atmosphere the cover transports so let‘s see what the inside is like.

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Radio Hearts: Roman | Florentine Krieger
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A cosy romance. In the beginning, it was a “So-So” because I felt the characters were a bit broad brushed and the story a bit too foreseeable for my taste – even if I take the genre into account. But then came a turn that really surprised me. And from there on the simple love story had a quite realistic touch here and there.

I liked it. It‘s not sophisticated. But it‘s entertaining and locks every day life out, which sometimes is all you need.

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Radio Hearts: Roman | Florentine Krieger
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When it comes to books I feel that at the moment I don‘t have the Midas touch. So I wanted to have something light-hearted to lift me up. But all books of that kind that had yesterday still been available are borrowed today. Pheeeewwwww.

That one is the only one of that kind that was available on my wish list today. So let‘s start this tomorrow.

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Bailedbailed

A “Not-love”-story I rushed through. I scanned it largely. For me, the ending was as predictable as I had expected from the first chapters.

It‘s no bad book. I really like the idea of the story and I‘m convinced that many teenage girls will love it. At that age, I definitely would have …

It‘s not the author‘s fault that my life experience made me see it all coming. But it is her fault that I felt no empathy for Viola and very few for Leon.

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Maybe I jump to the conclusion that I could like this one better (than the mature work that after being rejected several times in this form turned out to be the “Mockingbird”) but I‘m really impressed by the notion that drinking in company in Maycomb means to be no member of the refined society (approximately hour 1:17) and of course everybody thinks to be a “good” member of that refined society in an exemplary manner. So only alcoholics drink.

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You might call me crazy but I only listened to “To kill a Mockingbird” because I afterwards wanted to know what all that talk about the “demolition” of Atticus is about. And for that knowing the starry-eyed idealist first was precondition.

Until now I can only say that Scout grew up a great deal. It still has to be proven how far or how much this improves the plot.

But: The plotline around Jem is cheap …
(Even if this one was written earlier.)

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Mehso-so

I can‘t see that masterpiece everybody else does. Maybe it‘s a disadvantage that it often is summarised with “plea against racism”. Yeah, it can be read like that. But it‘s also a portrait of a small village and a childhood.

Overall I‘m disappointed. I expected more without being able to say what that “more” should have been.

I liked the second part much better than the leading, sometimes dragging, first part which is a too long introduction.

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I just learned that this one must also be published just recently because my online library had sorted it into the “accessions”-shelf, too.

I have no idea what it‘s all about but I liked the cover and the German title: “So that‘s how it looks when a firefly dies”. 🤷🏽‍♀️

I will start reading tomorrow. (Assuming that I will ever manage to go to bed and sleep out of sheer excitement about having found “Fuchsteufelsstill”.)

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To un-confuse … Someone was faster than I. So I “only” put it on hold. But because it will be available from 3rd or 4th June putting on hold is as good as borrowing. 😃

Oh Littens‼️ I‘m so excited. 🤩

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I freak-out +++ I freak-out +++ I freak-out +++ I freak-out +++ I freak-out +++ I freak-out +++ I freak-out +++ I freak-out +++ I freak-out +++ I freak-out +++ I freak-out +++ I freak-out +++ I freak-out +++

I.
So much.
Wanted to read that book.
When it came out in 2017.
But it was in stock nowhere. Every book store I went to needed to order it. 😩

And as I just browsed my online library‘s accessions.
Ta-dah. 🎉
Libraries rule‼️ I‘m. So happy.

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Pickpick

Strangely this one hovers between a “Pick” and a “So-So”. It‘s starts strong but then suddenly it gets bulky. For me that destroyed the magic a bit and made it seem lengthy (that fan fiction waffle 🙄).

But I love it for the truth and the wisdom that is scattered throughout the story. It‘s no smooth feel-good novel but it‘s different from YA going off pat. That makes it unforgettable. Which is worth a “Pick”. And a recommendation.

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I think I figured something else out about this.

Namely why I posted earlier that I cannot relate to the time its plot is set in. Well, I couldn‘t because most of the events and things Scout told absolutely didn‘t feel like in the 1960‘s. And meanwhile where after eight of twelve hours playing time I finally reached _the_ trial Atticus says it‘s 1935.

That misunderstanding definitely is caused by Harper Lee. 🙄

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Metro 2034 | Dmitry Glukhovsky
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And the more I think about it the more I think it was a clever choice.

I have the first part on my shelf (read) and the third on my significant other‘s shelf (unread).

Erofan Compared with the first book (2033), I found this one not so exciting, but still it is interesting! 5d
Buechersuechtling @Erofan Oh no‼️🤦🏽‍♀️ I read the first one five years ago (or so) and in my memory it ended with a kind of cliffhanger. 5d
Erofan @Buechersuechtling I'm afraid to tell you anything. What if I make a spoiler! When you read 2034, start 2035 immediately and you will know everything! 😉 5d
Buechersuechtling @Erofan I very much appreciate that. 🙇🏽‍♀️ You surely will notice here on Litsy when I start with part 2. 5d
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Metro 2034 | Dmitry Glukhovsky
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Look, what I just ordered.
Needed some other incidentals and decided my shopping cart 🛒 had space for a “tiny” book. 😊

To be honest, the second part of the “Metro”-series was not my first choice. I wanted “Nicht weg und nicht da” more. But that‘s only available as Kindle ebook 🙄 or as hardcover. And as I like paperbacks better because they‘re handier a different choice was a must.

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Why is it always “Party on Friday evening”❓🤔

School, homework, a project, two working shifts a week in a local shop on weekdays, singing lessons as a hobby (plus 4 hours transit time) each Saturday morning – how do literary characters manage that❓

I never had such a schedule at Highschool – and I never would have had the time to have it.

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Uh, I think this read I chose recently turns out to be a “one-more-chapter”-book. 😍

And I just love that feeling.
I know it would be dull if every book you pick up would be a “one-more-chapter”-book but if every second or every third of your picks is one – ah, endorphin glut‼️🥰😃

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While I wrote the blurb about “Not only a love story” I had an idea why I kind of struggle with the “Mockingbird”. Maybe it‘s because everybody at least knows the title and that it‘s a plea against racism. It might be that “It‘s-a-classic-and-teaches-us-important-things”-thing.

But to me it teaches nothing. I already know that racism is utter rubbish and so I don‘t need a half a book long introduction to the start of the plot.

Outdated. *yawn*

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After about two hours of audiobooking in bed I now continue this one.

I like the tune it is written in. Easy to read without being flat. Also the plot doesn‘t seem to be predictable until now.

JennyM That sounds a perfect way to start the weekend. And the book sounds good 😘 6d
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Hey @Sarah83 – just wanted to hear how your first working week was. 🤗

It was my first complete working week after our vacation, too, and it floored me. I worked about 50 % more than I need to but when being in meetings each day meanwhile no tasks can be done … So I stayed longer just for me. Just that _I_ have the feeling of having gotten something done …

And now I am exhausted.
Unable to read.
So it‘s audiobooking myself to sleep.

Sarah83 No that good. Everyone seems to loose his mind 1w
Buechersuechtling @Sarah83 I‘m so sorry to hear that but I feel you. (If that helps in any kind.) Have a cosy weekend. 6d
Sarah83 I try to. Thank you 6d
Buechersuechtling @Sarah83 So do I. (Until now not very successfully.) 6d
Sarah83 That's also my problem 6d
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Halfway through. Can‘t yet see why everybody is so excited about it. Apart from that it‘s a classic. 🤷🏽‍♀️
For my taste the often childish point of view doesn‘t really fit. Also, the siblings are so well behaving. Even if Lee makes them act “naughtily”.

Plus: I can‘t really relate to the time the story is set in …

I mean, pardon me, upright children getting rifles as Christmas presents⁉️🤔

But seems I‘m pretty much alone with my attitude.

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Sorry folks, I need to revise.

“Not only a love story“, Germany‘s new “3:30 in the afternoon” sweet plus black beer is as contend and as cosy as today gets.

Sarah83 Die sind lecker ne? 🤩 1w
Buechersuechtling @Sarah83 Ja, ziemlich. Erst war ich mir nicht sicher. Aber dann … Und ich bin dankbar, dass die so mächtig sind. Auf diese Weise, selbst ich nicht in Versuchung innerhalb von einer Viertelstunde fünf Stück zu essen. (Also, können könnte ich das schon, aber danach würde ich mich wahrscheinlich drei Stunden darüber beschweren, dass ich zu viel gegessen und jetzt Bauchweh habe.) 1w
Sarah83 Dieses Gefühl kenne ich zu gut... Da kauft man z.b. die kleinen Twix, Mars oder sonstige, weil die ja nicht so groß sind und futtert dann doch die halbe Tüte, weil sie ja soooo lecker sind. 🤣🤣🤣 1w
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“Not only a love story” and black beer (brewed by Störtebeker).

As close to contend and cosy as today can get. ?

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I like the ornament each chapter begins with. 💋 Crumbs, sometimes I‘m such a girl‼️ 😉

Sarah83 I love them also 🎉 1w
ju.ca.no Oh pretty! 1w
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Look, @Sarah83 – New book. New luck. New Königskind.

“17-year-old Sloane never thought that she finds friends so quickly after moving from New York to Florida - but as she meets glamorous Vera and her twin brother, Sloane begins to open herself gradually. And learns how much life is filled with love and how much love she, herself, keeps inside ...”

Yes, caught in the act ?, it was this last sentence of the blurb that made me borrow the book.

Sarah83 Sounds nice😍 1w
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Dem Glück so nah: Roman | Louise Walters
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Sorry, another quick bail for me. The story is told in two plots having different timelines but I really have trouble with the second one obviously set shortly before World War II. I can‘t relate to Dorothy.
Roberta is quite likeable but the two plots don‘t intertwine well.
Already after 40 pages I‘m confused because the changes in time are so harsh and so few about the late 1930‘s is really explained

Good idea, poorly worked out. 🤷🏽‍♀️

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Dem Glück so nah: Roman | Louise Walters
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Surprising how prejudiced I seemingly am although, had you asked me five minutes ago I would have denied it heavily.

A woman alludes being pregnant but drinks two Gin Tonic in one go. All I can think of is “How can she⁉️“ 😠 and then, half a page later it turns out that she is going to have an abortion just the next day.
I am okay with abortions but that simply isn‘t the first thing coming to my mind when I hear of a pregnancy. Is that education❓

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And again: Yes I know it is set in the 1930s But regardless of that I sometimes can only shake my head in disbelief.

Teens that are brought to trial just for hanging around, teachers who don‘t know their pupils and have no ability to empathise.

So outdated that it is very hard for me to find it credible. Additionally, it seems that all is too obviously constructed – just to come to a satisfying point/statement at the end of the story.

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Oh dear. This will get difficult.
I know it‘s a classic and I know its plot plays 90 years ago but it‘s a bit black and white isn‘t it (Pun unintended)❓

A smart, good-hearted tomboy, her “I-try-to-know-it-better” brother.
The kind-hearted father, a lawyer. Seems a bit too much cliche for my taste. 🤷🏽‍♀️

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I remember I once tried to read this classic as physical book. But I bailed because I found the plot development too slow.

Now, let‘s see if the audiobook suits me better.

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Dem Glück so nah: Roman | Louise Walters
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Folks‼️

I just cleared out some of the books on my online library‘s wish list. Felt pretty good.

julesG liberating, right?! 1w
Buechersuechtling @julesG Yepp. I don‘t know where that feeling of “Oh,-I-put-that-on-my-wish-list-about-four-years-ago-but-meanwhile-I-don‘t-think-that-it‘s-interesting-anymore-but,-no,-I-can‘t-cross-it-from my-list-because-maybe-I-choose it-next-time.” comes from. 🙄 It‘s codswallop. So: Yeah. You don‘t know how much. 😂🤷🏽‍♀️ (edited) 1w
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Bailedbailed

Uhm, no thanks. 🙅🏽‍♀️
Pretty soon I knew in which direction this would go. Maybe I‘m naive but from what I read about it at my library I thought the worst she would do is steal …

No, that kind of genre isn‘t for me. I thought I might bite me through and find it entertaining somewhere because it‘s read out loud to me.

But no, I don‘t want to engage with this.
(Additionally, it‘s a series … 🙄)

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Mehso-so

The stuff about the different animals is absolutely interesting and many of Foster‘s (philosophical) parenthesis are worth reading because he is a witty and humorous contemporary.

But … I also feel a bit betrayed. Maybe because of my own expectations. I thought Foster would tell way more about his respective efforts of transformation and not drift into philosophy so much.

If you put this approach of mine aside the book can even be a “Pick”.

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Dem Glück so nah: Roman | Louise Walters
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Next Read.

About a girl/young women who lovees to find things other people forget in books or use as bookmarks. One day she looks through old books that belong to her grandmother and finds one of the love letters her grandfather wrote her. But the letter is written at a date where her grandfather should already have been dead …

I hope for a nice family-/love-story.

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Bailedbailed

After 4-5 days of not-reading in this book I could not find back in.
There were too many plots and people I could not recall properly, so I decided to put it away.

Before, I tried to find out the denouement – but due to its matter that was a bit tricky. From what I know of the story the ending does absolutely not satisfy me.
Additionally, I felt the book wants to deal with too much issues and too much “outsiders” to overall be credible. Sorry.

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I just began the otters chapter. i‘m not very far in but I need to admit that I already grinned a lot because Foster does not hide that he does not like otters very much. Taking this into account I honour that he describes them as factual as he can – this is interesting enough. But the paragraphs where he compares them to equity traders at the stock exchange is really funny. I like his humour. Which should be no surprise, he is British, I think.

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I‘m through with the badger chapter. I like the book until now. It‘s okay once you got used to the philosophical parenthesis.

What he tells is interesting because he mainly describes how the respective animal (badger) sees his environment. Which at the same is a bit disappointing because I thought he would tell more about his own very experiences and not just the “experimental set-up”.

But I could re-in act his cultural shock as he returned.

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Can you believe⁉️
I was able to stand a whole weekend without my book. 😯

On Friday evening I was a bit in a hurry because I did not want our dinner to turn cold so I didn‘t take all of my luggage with me and then it turned out that I didn‘t have my book on me.

I mean, I knew where it was but because we were busy the whole weekend through I finally decided it wouldn‘t be worth to go and get it because I knew I wouldn‘t be able to read one word.

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Alex, Approximately | Jenn Bennett
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@Sarah83 Yes, I did, of course. But I didn‘t really have the time to answer since we suddenly decided to become very busy yesterday. Yesterday afternoon I searched for this book but none of my libraries has it. I just now found it on „Tauschticket“ and am tempted to order it … On the one hand. On the other hand I am afraid I could find the story too childish since it‘s recommended for people aged around 13. 🤔 Have you already read your copy❓

Sarah83 Since yesterday? 😂😂😂 No I haven't. I just read the first page, it doesn't sound like a real teen- novel. But I can tell you, when I read it. 2w
Buechersuechtling @Sarah83 Sometimes you are a fast reader. 😉 2w
Sarah83 @Buechersuechtling what do you mean? 2w
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Buechersuechtling @Sarah83 Well, that I have the impression that you read many books in quite a short time. Sometimes in the time when I read one book you have read two to three books. P.S.: I wish you a good start in this week and at the office. 🤗 2w
Sarah83 @Buechersuechtling hehe. That's quite possible. I don't watch TV at this time. so there is much reading time. 😍 Thank you. I really don't want to go. 😪 2w
Buechersuechtling @Sarah83 I understand that. Try to take it slow. 🤗 2w
Sarah83 @Buechersuechtling and what happened? Directly I can look for keys, since nobody knows where they a 2w
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I am really not very far in, 20 minutes or so, but one definitely needs to accept some of Foster‘s thesis to not bail. I‘m curious about his experiment and experiences but even though it might scientifically be proven I myself cannot see the human desire to be animal-like that, according to Foster, is shown in cave paintings or in the fact that a child goes to bed with a plush toy or is read stories with personified animals as good night stories.

Sarah83 Did you see my post about Königskinder? 😁 2w
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My next audiobook. 😃

I think, this one I found because of @Moony – thanks for that.

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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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Oh, I liked this one. Couldn‘t put it down. After I got used to it, I loved how the puzzle was set together.

One of the twists I identified quite from the beginning but for the solution of other I needed to follow the plot.

I loved the different perspectives (Nicky rules‼️). Not just those of the narrators but also how one thing/event can be interpreted differently by different people.

I‘m really impressed how the story is plotted and told.

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Seems, I tapped into a typical trap. I started a new audiobook (“Into the Water”) this morning and this is why I now feel more like listening than like reading.

I am only a few pages (under 30) into this (physical book). But I know this won‘t change until I continue reading. So let‘s squeeze a few more pages in until my stomach screams for dinner unignorably.

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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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The cover seems to fit perfectly.

As “Girl on a Train” was gripping I looked forward to this and was surprised I read so many mixed ratings.

There‘s many personnel in there and I am not sure if I‘m already able to distinguish them. Even though I like how it‘s read some female characters sound alike. So it‘s necessary to “always” be attentive.

Some might think witches and local superstition are used in a plot too often but so far I like it.

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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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Accidentally found “Into the Water” as audiobook at my online library and now borrowed it since my vacation with my significant other is over and I have to fight the hangover this fact causes.
I‘m really sad and feel lonely.

“Girl on a Train” got me hooked – so I‘m curious.

Above you see the Ratatouille me and my significant other cooked today. It was my wish to have one-pot-food the day he leaves so I‘d have something to warm tomorrow.

rather_be_reading oh my yum!! 2w
kspenmoll Looks delicious. Understand your sadness. 2w
Buechersuechtling @rather_be_reading @kspenmoll Yes, it‘s really good. But strangely enough it‘s a meal we only cook when we‘re together. It‘s nothing I‘d prepare for myself – which is silly because the most difficult thing is to clean the bell peppers. I mean really, it‘s so easy that even I can‘t mess it up. 🤷🏽‍♀️ 2w
Buechersuechtling @kspenmoll Thanks for your kind words. It‘s the typical fate of a long distance relationship. I know that. But every time we separate after having had more time together then 3 or 4 days it astonishes me how much more uncomplicated, easier to organise and lighter every day life is when you‘re two. 2w
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