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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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Alles ist mglich | Elizabeth Strout
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Mehso-so

I liked it.
Not as much as I liked the other books I read by her, those with Olive Kitteridge being the protagonist, but all in all it was an okay read. Maybe I wasn't so enthusiastic about this story because I already knew how it was done. Loosely linking different lives, characters and events to form a mosaic was nothing new for me.
Moreover, I was not moved by the overall arc. I would have liked to see less “flat” connecting elements.

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Alles ist mglich | Elizabeth Strout
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“It seemed to him that the older he got (and he was getting really old), the more clearly he saw how little he understood this confusing argument between good and evil, and perhaps people were simply not made to understand things here on earth.” Page 17)

The protagonist‘s wife will be getting 82 soon, so I guess, he‘s about her age. But Littens, I am scarcely half her age and I‘m already feeling exactly how he does. 🤷🏽‍♀️

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Ein Bild von dir | Jojo Moyes
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Pickpick

I only borrowed this because I didn‘t fancy any other audiobook.

But, Littens, I ❤️ it. I wasn‘t hooked at first but latest when the lawsuit began I was reluctant to stop listening. The story brought back good memories of my own time at university and I rooted for both, Sophie and Liv. I even refreshed my knowledge about stolen goods‼️

Recommend because it‘s interesting far beyond the expectable love story.

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Mehso-so

Already a while ago that I finished it.

It was an okay read. The denouement didn‘t convince me and the ending was too obvious. So nothing for today‘s adult me, but I know I would have loved it in the first half of my “-teen”-years.

Sounds like a suspenseful series for the target group that I personally will skip.

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Same procedure as every year: I regularly forget about it, but, wow, 5 years‼️🤩😍

BkClubCare We congratulations 🎉 3mo
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Ruthiella Happy Litsyversary! 🥳 3mo
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So far I alike it.

A fluent story about a teenage boy whose detective-parents die in an accident.
But: What is that man with the secret camera doing at the funeral and why does the detective agency get ravaged? And why the heck does the insurance send someone who isn‘t who he says he is. ?

Okay, there‘s cliché and exaggeration here and there (a group of 6 agents fails to catch a 13-year-old ?), but I like the setting. And grandpa Delaney. ?

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Bailedbailed

Who am I fooling? I quit.

I don‘t like it. I don‘t like most of the writing style. I don‘t like the narration. I don‘t like the personnel.

I can‘t relate.

I‘m narrow-minded and spoilt. 🤷🏽‍♀️

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Can you believe it❓
A big supporter cuts his financial support to zero and that‘s why all of a sudden I find myself activating my network because it might happen they close down my local library by the end of 2022. 😢

Today there‘s a meeting at the town hall to discuss possibilities to keep the library open. But I can‘t attend, I‘m still fighting the beginning of a cold.

All you Littens, keep your fingers crossed.

Ruthiella 😱 Is the library not public and supported by tax revenue? 4mo
Moony Ist die Bibliothek nicht städtisch? Kenne ich so gar nicht. Oft gibt es nur keine ausgelernten Angestellte mehr bzw. sie werden ehrenamtlich geführt. Wo ist die Bib denn? 4mo
Buechersuechtling @Moony Die heißt zwar Stadtbücherei, aber ein Drittel der Kosten wird durch einen Zuschuss der katholischen Kirche finanziert. Und Der wird 2022 zum letzten Mal gezahlt. Deswegen müssen wir jetzt darum kämpfen, dass die Bücherei bleibt. Dass die Stadt also auch das letzte Kostendrittel übernimmt oder vielleicht ein kleines jährliches Nutzungsentgelt erhoben wird. Keine Ahnung. Details wird hoffentlich die Zeit zeigen. 3mo
Buechersuechtling @Ruthiella It‘s a municipal library, but a third of the costs is financed by a grant from the Catholic Church. And in 2022 that will be paid for the last time. That's why we have to fight now to keep the library. Maybe the city also takes over the last third of the costs or perhaps a small annual user fee is charged. I don't know. Hopefully time will tell. 3mo
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Pickpick

In between volume 2 and 3 of Kai Meyer‘s “Wellenläufer”, Thomas Hettche‘s brand new (audio)book dropped in for me. ?

Even though the scenes in “present” bogged me, I loved hearing about marionette play and how Germany‘s most famous puppet theatre came to life.

Recommendation for all fans of „Augsburger Puppenkiste“. ?

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Die Wasserweber | Kai Meyer
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My favorite cover in this series.
There we are. The great final. With what I thought would be the showdown right after 100 minutes.

Interesting.

But still that “Mahlstrom” and it‘s motives are unclear to me. 🤷🏽‍♀️

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Die Muschelmagier | Kai Meyer
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Mehso-so

The beginning of this audiobook really put me off. But I fought through. Then it was a typical middle book. I often didn‘t feel the weird ideas since they in my eyes often weren‘t necessary for the story (that “Jonah-and-the-Whale” thing 🙄). They only dragged things.

But then, 40 minutes before the end, I met the “Water-weaving” ladies – and there I was, hooked again.

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Die Wellenlufer | Kai Meyer
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Pickpick

I liked it enough to start volume 2 right away.
I was curious to hopefully understand something about the “Mahlstrom” and the “Mare Tenebrosum”.

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Tod und Teufel | Frank Schatzing
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Turns out, I feel like he‘s waffling. At first, I liked Jaspar‘s approach but now I have about 200 pages to go – and it‘s all boooring.

Haven‘t touched this for 2 weeks.

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Tod und Teufel | Frank Schatzing
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Closing time, book and balcony.

I never wanted to read this one. I think, it was his breakthrough novel but nothing draw me to it. I was more “The Swarm”-type of reader, I guess.
Then I “audiobooked” one of his criminal novels („🇩🇪 Lautlos“) – and hadn‘t quite completely finished it and was like 🎶 “Gimme more, gimme more, it was love at first sight!” 🎶 😂

Lucky me. I remembered, I had bought a copy of this one at a thrift, a few years ago.

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Tod und Teufel | Frank Schatzing
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Actually, I wanted to start my new book.
Then I stopped by at my mum‘s home.

Now it‘s 🎶 “Ebony and balcony …” 🎶 ☺️

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Addiction:

I ❤️ the (German) title.
It says “Just right”. And that‘s what the title is – just right.

The various meanings of this are mirrored in the text. And I like that❣️

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Mehso-so

An okay, rather short read that didn‘t impress me as much as I thought at first. Even though it‘s short, there are passages that feel “unready”. Some things are too sketched others didn‘t really raise my interest. I wanted to know how it ends but I didn‘t really root for the protagonist.

But I like the trick the side-characters apply on the protagonist in the end.

Summary: Obviously no more fan-girling for Mr. Gaarder from my side. 🤷🏽‍♀️

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“Living focused on the future inevitably means a certain indecisiveness, a wandering gaze; otherwise it is easy to lose sight of important opportunities and possibilities. You therefore look around in all directions and have to make improvised decisions again and again and again.

With hindsight, it's different. The gaze isn‘t wandering there. The memories only roam along the path of life as it has developed.” (page 19)

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“We are so immeasurable, so inexhaustibly rich in life impressions, in insights, memories and mutual bonds. And when we have to leave, everything dissolves and disappears, is forgotten.

The world has wounds, it bleeds and now it's my turn. This day had to come one day. It came like a slap in the face. Or like a brutal blow to the nose.“

⬆️⬆️⬆️ Page 10, and I already get an idea what drew me to this book.

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I can hardly believe it, I stumbled across the brand-new Jostein-Gaarder-novel at my online library. 😯

In my late teens, early 20s, I was huge Gaarder-reader, but then suddenly with 🇩🇪 „Die Frau mit dem roten Tuch“ and 🇩🇪 „Maya“, he lost me. And he did in a way that from those books on, I didn‘t touch his new releases and only re-read “Vita brevis” a decade ago.

But now I am very curious to learn about “a short story of a long night”.

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Die Wellenlufer | Kai Meyer
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So far, I like everything about it. The world building (teenagers that can walk on water in a pirate setting) and the characters (the teenagers are adult enough to not be annoying, and there‘s a sorcerer with two ravens inspired by Hugin and Munin who is acting nicely shady. 😃).

And the audio is wonderful. The narrator is fitting and the audio-play-like pieces sound pieces that appear from time to time create real atmosphere. 🌊🏴‍☠️💙

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Die Wellenlufer | Kai Meyer
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I‘m really surprised to learn that I‘m obviously the first to post about this book here on Litsy.

For years, I am now beating around this trilogy by a well-known German author like a cat is beating around the bush. In general, I like Kai Meyer, even though, I often do have issues with the endings of his stories. But with this one especially, I feared, that it would feel too much middle-grade for me. But it doesn‘t. 😄

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Eine Insel: Roman | Terry Pratchett
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Bailedbailed

There were plot passages I found interesting but in the end I needed to bail. From the moment the “enemies” entered the story instantly fell boring for me. I just couldn‘t bring myself to read the last 100 pages to finish this.

I skipped large parts and read the last few pages of the last chapter. And I did take nothing out of either the ending nor the plot.

I liked some philosophical bits, yes, but that doesn‘t carry the whole book.

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Eine perfekte Lge | Lucie Whitehouse
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Mehso-so

A solid “So-So”. Yes, you somehow can put your finger on what is being “wrong” in this story because the title is “A perfect Lie” but then still, somewhere in the middle, tiny doubts on your “safe forecast” arise. 😉 The end was a bit too weak for me and I didn‘t believe how fast some convictions are changed but I felt the authenticity of Hannah‘s professional situation. Maybe because I‘m a long-distance-relationship soulmate.

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Eine Insel: Roman | Terry Pratchett
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Huge balcony-reading love. 😎
☀️❤️

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Eine Insel: Roman | Terry Pratchett
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I started this last Sunday and after 65 pages I was reluctant to pick it back up because I felt the plot wasn‘t really moving. You know, I had understood quite well that Mau‘s world has drowned but wasn‘t too keen on observing everything he does after returning “home”.

I moved on 70 more pages today (👏🏼) and it seems, finally a story I might like evolves.

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Liebe unter Fischen | Ren Freund
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Pickpick

Finished this quickly. Just forgot to review it. 🙈
I liked it. It had an unexpected twist at the end. And I liked the characters. It was light entertainment in the best way this phrase can be used.

Nothing to stay in my mind for too long but a lovely pass-time for chores and as a bedtime story. 🎣

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Liebe unter Fischen | Ren Freund
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One of the narrators is the same who narrated the audiobook of 🇬🇧 “Britt-Marie was here”. And you can tell that. Also because both story-tunes are similar. It fits well.

Being half through, I like this more than I expected. I can relate to Fred being not the best himself in the beginning. I perfectly feel how he ended up being an “eremite”. And I love the slightly manipulative character of his agent. 🙂

Finding gem-sentences here and there.

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Broken Dolls | James Carol
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Pickpick

The ending was a bit of both: surprising and lame. But catching, generally.

I like Jefferson Winter, even if he is a bit of a know-it-all. Looking forward to the next volumes, even though the story is very brutal at times. Even though all that brutality is taking place in one‘s mind. Might be my age, but it was the first time, that telling myself it‘s fiction didn‘t work properly.

P.S.: I'm proud, I started a series at volume 1. 😉

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Gun Love | Jennifer Clement
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Pickpick

„Gun Love is about the magic between mother and daughter in the midst of madness. In radiant images, Jennifer Clement tells a story in which love and hate, fantasy and reality collapse into one another. The literary mood of an entire nation.“

That‘s what the blurb says about this book and I have little to add. @ReadingOver50 makes a good point in concerning Pearl‼️

I admit, at first I was reluctant towards the novel but I ended loving the story.

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88 Namen: Roman | Matt Ruff
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Mehso-so

Many people moaned about the ending, so I wasn‘t expecting too much. Especially because I wasn‘t too hooked by the whole thing. But I liked the idea of the ending. That doesn‘t make up either for the issues mentioned in my former blurb nor for that deus-ex-machina-mother but it helps me to become reconciled with this book.

Not my favorite but solid with a good idea to think about at the end.

All in all not too bad, I mean I read it in 2 days.

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88 Namen: Roman | Matt Ruff
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I was soo much looking forward to to this but after scarcely two third I must admit that the book doesn‘t meet my expectations. I can‘t exactly tell what Ruff does wrong. Technically it‘s nicely made. You don‘t even really realise that the whole plot is taking place in VR.

But …
I think it‘s his characters. That Darla-plotline is annoying and his effort for diversity feels like Ruff is toadying to the zeitgeist. 🤷🏽‍♀️

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88 Namen: Roman | Matt Ruff
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👆🏼 What a nice way of telling you that there is an annex. And, yeah, here come the drums 🥁, you are told this _before_ you reach the end of the story. 🤩

At. The. Beginning.‼️🙌🏼

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88 Namen: Roman | Matt Ruff
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I did not yet really bail on “On the Road” – but I decided to turn to the next possible gem 💎.

Let me dive in.

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I‘m on the brink of bailing. I just can‘t figure out which of my traits is the problem. Am I too old❓Too stuffy❓ Jack hardly left Denver – and I‘m so annoyed. 🙄 They stray around, drinking and screwing things up (like drunk teens usually do) and in between the reader finds a “gem-ish” sentence.

And that‘s all❓ For the next 300 pages❓ For me, that‘s not “the road” or “awakening”, it‘s the story of a time only those involved find life changing.

Jari-chan Yep, that's basically all they're doing 😅 5mo
Buechersuechtling @Jari-chan Ouch. This hurts me. A dear friend of mine recommended this book to me as a must-read and now I feel like a dead-loss. Like I‘m too stupid to get the insights of this. Is it me❓ It is, isn‘t it❓ I mean, if “everybody” loves it and if it‘s kind of one of “those” books, it must be, mustn‘t it❓🤔 5mo
Jari-chan @Buechersuechtling Don't worry, it wasn't my cup of tea either. Not every book is made for everyone 5mo
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Buechersuechtling @Jari-chan I just imagine myself texting to my friend: “I am sorry but I bailed on your so beloved book. After at first _loving_ the narrative tune, I ended up hating it because I‘m too sensible.” – Pleeaaaase. What does _this_ tell about my character❓😢 5mo
Buechersuechtling @Jari-chan 😃 How far into it did you get❓ 😃 I offer (🙃) page 87❓ 5mo
Jari-chan @Buechersuechtling Just be kind snd honest. I was in the exact same situation, told my friend what I liked, said "but I'm sorry, it really wasn't book for me, because of this and that, but I get it why you like it." and I read the whole thing... 5mo
vivastory I loved it when I was a teenager, I suspect I'd feel differently now 5mo
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A friend recommended this to me after I asked him for some all time favourites.

I‘m not sure if I‘m prepared for this. I expect something like “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” – which _absolutely_ wasn‘t my cup of tea. (We only watched the movie, but still. “Needless and a waste of money” was what I said during the closing titles. 🤷🏽‍♀️)

I hope this one will be different. Lighter. Less dark.

So, let‘s go. I won‘t know, if I don‘t start.

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Littens, I‘m proud. Found no time to read and audiobook these last 3 weeks – and saw yesterday that this one will expire in 24 hours. And I made it. 380 pages are done.

During my Litsy-absence I was on staycation. My friend and I did a brilliant job tidying and cleaning up. 🧼✨ Then lazy, cosy days with my significant other. 🧡

Then came the flood. 🌊 😱 Me and my loved ones are fine. None of my belongings is ruined – but I had exhaustive days.

Lindy Sorry to hear about the hard times with the flooding; happy to hear you are safe. ❤️ 6mo
Buechersuechtling @Lindy Thank you. It was scary to experience how fragile the achievements of modern life and “civilisation” are. I had water in the streets of my neighbourhood and slept in clothes and with packed bags because there was a chance we would be evacuated. And I tell you, this felt so much more awkward than I had expected. 6mo
Lindy @Buechersuechtling I can only imagine the stress. Floods and fires in the Yukon and BC, where I‘ve been travelling to visit family, have displaced people here too. Fortunately for us, we aren‘t too close to those areas. 6mo
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Mehso-so

I am a bit indecisive. Sometimes really genre-typical, sometimes nicely different and almost believably authentic.

It‘s about Rahel who catches a complication leading to a coma. She survives only scarcely. Most part of the novel tells how she fights her way back to life. Her emotional rollercoaster is described spot on. The rest of the plot mostly is average.

A „So-So“ with a „Pick“-tendency.

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Page 60:

It‘s a bit hard to translate but that‘s not really standing there⁉️ In a shower there are no “holders for the handicapped”, there are “handholds” for them, so that one can hold oneself. 😡

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Einfach so: Roman | Lily Brett
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Bailedbailed

Weird, how moods change. After about 40 pages I was bored by everything in this book and decided to read the last 50 pages. It felt like I didn‘t even skip 200 pages.

It was a typical Brett. So I knew what I would get but the pattern of her stories this time simply didn‘t pick me up, if you know what I mean.

On to the next book …

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Einfach so: Roman | Lily Brett
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Decided for this one. I wanted something I would like. Something I would have a reasonable chance to fall into. I recalled I wasn‘t too overwhelmed by my last Brett but I don‘t know. She has that something. By reading my own last post about this book, I recalled, it‘s fiction. That was a bit disappointing because I was already looking forward to some autobiographical stuff.

But be it. Let‘s go.

I should go to bed but I rather am reading.

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For a long time I couldn‘t bring myself to check the sound because I knew it wouldn‘t why are you on my mobile device but just now, while I was downloading e-books on my e-reader I decided to see if it would run on my computer. And what shall I say❓It does. I already listened to the first letter. Queen Elizabeth II writing her omelette-recipe down for Dwight Eisenhower. 🙂 A funny little introduction.

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Kamers antikamers | Nina Weijers
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Bailedbailed

Quick bail. 🤷🏽‍♀️
I‘m reading for pleasure, not to work in order to get an idea of what pleasure the author might have intended to offer me.

Additionally, I realise that at the moment I don‘t have the attention span and/or concentration to really read highbrow texts. I tend to scan them and think: “Boooooring.”

So it‘s probably me, not the book but it‘s too artsy-fartsy for my current state of mind. Therefore, on to the next.

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Madame Missou rumt auf | Madame Missou
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Mehso-so

A nice little beginner‘s guide. Nothing more – but also nothing less.

I for my part already knew most of the suggestions presented therein. So for me it was okay but definitely nothing to remember too long.

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Madame Missou rumt auf | Madame Missou
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“Little exercise:

Make a list: I could clean out these things”

⬆️⬆️⬆️ ✅✅✅ I already did so because I _really_ want to clean out and I can say, that as far as I am concerned, I felt, this really helps.

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Madame Missou rumt auf | Madame Missou
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🇬🇧 „But how can new things people and experiences find new space in our lives if every corner in our apartment and in our heart is crammed?“ (p. 18)

⬆️⬆️⬆️ Simple but catchy – and probably so true. 🙂

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Madame Missou rumt auf | Madame Missou
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Honestly, I‘m not expecting too much of those 120 pages about cleaning out. Especially not after I just saw that it is “presented” (since when do books need to be presented? 🤔) by a German women‘s magazine. No cheesy one, but still. 🙈

I hope for a quick and easy read that maybe offers me some tips and pushes me back into the right “cleaning-out”-mood.

Let the reading begin. 🙂

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Kamers antikamers | Nina Weijers
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(2/2) I had already fallen for this book before I knew something about its content.

The first thing that caught my eye was the cover (“Never judge a book …”, you know. 😉) and then there was the German title sounding so interesting: “Me. Her. The woman”

I put it on hold and then forgot about it completely. A few days ago, it turned out to be my turn now – and now I am as excited as I was when I first spotted it. ☺️

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Kamers antikamers | Nina Weijers
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(1/2) “A young Dutch writer lives in a childless, fulfilled relationship with her partner and writes her second novel. But must that be all? She could have a little son and live in divorce. Or meet a female writer at a festival and fall in love. She could have died in a ski accident in her friend‘s novel, or have a dog. … Which of these lives would be the right, the authentic one? And how well do you have to know yourself to answer this question?”

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Mehso-so

Oh Littens, I‘m indecisive. Yepp, considering the fact that it was not quite what I expected, it kept me on the edge of my seat. First because it‘s solidly written thriller – and then because I learned things I didn‘t know. But I really don‘t know if current references are sufficient to make an up-to-date story.

I‘m afraid the book will only be average if you take away the contemporary background.

But I might be too critical.