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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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Less than 30 minutes in and already a lump in my throat.

It‘s not new to me but at the moment I am very surprised how much a story depends on the perspective of the one who tells it.

Apart from that, this might not be appropriate reading stuff for tonight. I ran from pillar to post today and feel so exhausted. 😩

Glad it‘s Tuesday tomorrow and hoping that this Monday will not be repeated anytime soon.

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Mehso-so

This is a light read, yes, but it wasn‘t satisfying. I liked that the author tried to deal with serious topics that aren‘t usually found in that kind of book. But you know, in the end all was too neat for me, too “and they live happily ever after” because as reader you were introduced to the problems largely and then the complex conflicts were solved in a way that everybody is satisfied within a half sentence. This is giving away potential. Sad.

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In case I really finish my “chick litty” audiobook tonight I have already picked another audiobook. It‘s non-fictional and shall tell about the roots of the conflict in Syria 🇸🇾. It‘s mostly said that Mr Assad has a big share of being a guilty party but this audiobook shall also demonstrate that the “good” Western countries are not as innocent as public opinion‘s common sense mostly indicates.

Looking forward to this‼️

Come-read-with-me @Buechersuechtling Sounds like an interesting and very timely next read. Looking forward to your review! 1d
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Accidentally almost through with this one because of finishing chores. One last hour to go and I still can‘t decide what to think about the story.

Not boring, no, but also not as entertaining and resonating as it in my opinion could be. The plot tries to implement some important issues that are seldom met in light entertainment books but it fails to deal with those issues trustworthily. It‘s too much stuck in genre limitations, I think. 🤷🏽‍♀️

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(📷: https://bit.ly/35oCDqK)

Chick-lit at its best I‘d say:

“On the outside, the sisters Heike and Nele get along very well. For years, they have been writing women‘s novels together under a pseudonym.
But appearances are deceptive: the truth is, the sisters can‘t stand each other and avoid contact. Until a disaster throws them out of their daily lives and nothing is as it was before …”

It‘s okay so far. Light. Entertaining. Doesn‘t hurt.

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Hand Full of Stars | Rafik Schami
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The blurb claims that, in addition to the dangers of the surveillance apparatus, there is also a lot of beautiful, funny and poetic to discover in Grandpa‘s Syria.

For me the audio play could not keep this promise. There was no real depth. Not in the plot, not in the characters, nowhere.

Maybe the original book is better than its audio play adaption. More precisely, I hope so because compared with the blurb this was disappointing.

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Hand Full of Stars | Rafik Schami
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Sorry folks, I forgot to tell you about the audiobook‘s content:

“Damascus today: Bombs are falling. The 10-year-old Salima sits in the bomb shelter with her grandparents. Salima asks her grandfather to read from his old diary, which is how they get to Syria before the war.”

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Next audiobook. I‘d rather be reading (not kidding) but audiobooks fit better to the long, opulent Saturday breakfast I‘m just planning to have.

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Hand Full of Stars | Rafik Schami
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Mehso-so

Heard it as audiobook. It was a cute fast read.

It was also my first book by Rafik Schami and although I could see it‘s a rather short story (50 minutes) I expected something more adult from him. It was no bad story but very predictable so that it, together with being a radio play, felt more like a being a book for children.

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Pickpick

Not easy to rate. 🤷🏽‍♀️ Maybe I did too much chores while listening but I doubt that I memorised much of what she explains. Maybe because she‘s entertaining but I felt like she often runs off the track. It took me quite a long while to get used to that.

It‘s a “Pick” for me because I like the author. Her tune and how she reads her book.

But when it comes to really long-term learning something it‘s only a “So-So” for me. But I‘m sure it‘s me.

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I‘m three hours into this audiobook and at the moment it‘s getting complicated. Maybe only because I cooked while listening – but I have a strong feeling that I need to rewind a few chapters to retrieve connection with what she explains.

Sadly I‘m feeling a bit ill.
No, I don‘t want no flu … 😟

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Pickpick

I believe this is one of the books that chooses its reader – not vice versa.

I‘m sure it‘s because of some strenuous events at work that I am susceptible for most of the encouraging words I heard over the past days. (I now wish to have my private Obama to give me the feeling of not floundering in vain. Yes, maybe I‘m fangirling.☺️) I just like this dialogue so much, the idea that politics are not just administrative but care for their citizens.

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Maybe it‘s not quite the right adjective but this at the moment is exactly the kind of warming read I need after this day. It‘s positive. Human. Sometimes a bit overblown (”Defender of the Western World“ 🙄 I mean, really❓ All the other nations are just rank and file, or what❓)

If my week continues like that day today, away with it. 😫

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Pickpick

It‘s a love story. And I love it. I liked it much better than the second volume. Of course, it‘s not free from foreseeable turns and cliche-like developments (Agnes, Sam, Margot) but I loved Lou‘s New York too much to let this mess my reading experience and entertainment. The bits of life wisdom on top made my heart melt.

Plus: My alarm clock ⏰ will ring in about three hours. 😱 Who writes an excuse note for me❓

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Between lunch and my next appointment I could squeeze in 50 pages of reading.

That they feel like only 20 surely is a sign how diverting I find the story. 😁

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When you know you should sleep – but you can‘t. Because you feel so snugly.
And you don‘t want this feeling to end – what it inevitably will when you open your eyes the next morning.

That‘s why I will continue at least a few minutes with this audiobook. I admit I have a crush on it. It might be it‘s intention to pull you on the Obama-side. But for me it works. I like to peek behind the scenes and to think that John Doe _can_ influence politics.

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Almost page 200.
Almost halfway through. 🤥

Okay, through with a bit more than one third.
But I like it, it‘s quick, easy and entertaining in a good way. Not as lengthy as volume two.

But *sigh*, yes, I know that there are genre-regularities to “obey”, but, you know, the plot is set in the Internet Age. So, why not use the possibilities this offers instead of artificially forcing exactly that kind of conflict every 5-year-old can guess. 🤐

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Huge amount of Sunday-evening-happiness.

Thanks to a cosy read and CampariO.

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Littens, I don‘t know, if it‘s worth it to be rich. (Most of the time I think, no.)

But having a personal assistant, my own personal assistant, only at my side for _me_ and me only, seems veeeery tempting, doesn‘t it❓

Or is it just me and my snobby self❓

Anyone like-minded❓

(It reads easy. More fluent and entertaining than my last book.)

Caroline2 I would love a PA! And a nanny, cleaner and chef to come and cook dinner every evening! 😊 1w
Buechersuechtling @Caroline2 🙋🏽‍♀️ A soulmate‼️ I will never understand why life implemented that most of the nice, wonderful things one can do throughout the day turn into grey, annoying, weighing a ton burdens as soon as they lose their spontaneousness but _must_ be done, instead. 1w
Come-read-with-me @Buechersuechtling A personal assistant would be wonderful! If I could get one who would cook, clean, shop, and do errands it would give me so much more time to read!! 📚📚📚 1w
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A link for my German followers. Just in case that someone finds her- or himself in similar situation to the one I am in at the moment:

Needless to say that the link offers spoilers, I think.

🇩🇪 https://querleserin.blogspot.com/2015/10/jojo-moyes-ein-ganzes-neues-leben.html?...

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I think I need something un-thrilling now.

But as I said before, I think it‘s really wise to do a bit of research about how the second volume ended. I completely forgot that. Or is anyone online who in that test can help me out quickly❓

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Liebes Kind: Thriller | Romy Hausmann
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From the beginning the plot reminded me of “Room”. And maybe it‘s that association that left me so prejudiced.

I must admit that I haven‘t read “Room” after I heard someone disturbing things about it. I only saw the film they made – and this couldn‘t convince me, either. Don‘t know. 🤷🏽‍♀️ I‘m sure it‘s me.

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Liebes Kind: Thriller | Romy Hausmann
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Mehso-so

I‘m too demanding, I think. Yes, I read it in two sittings – but most of the last 100 pages I scanned only. The setting should be scary and horrible. But to me it wasn‘t. Am I too hardened❓ Right from the beginning I couldn‘t establish a connection to the characters. Hannah was just an annoying smart-aleck. And the father … I‘m out of words for such a typical “My-little-girl“-dude. 🙄

Not too bad but I‘ll have it forgotten soon.

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Liebes Kind: Thriller | Romy Hausmann
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A recommendation by my sister. Since she gave it to me every time I now see her she asks excitedly: “Have you read it⁉️ Have you read it⁉️” I know she doesn‘t mean to … but: That‘s _a_bit_ annoying. 😉

So: Let me peek in to at least be able to say: “I started.” next time I meet her.

Might also be a good distraction from my worries with the audiobooks from my library that this week don‘t want to download properly. 😢

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This book is only five or six letters old – and I‘m already impressed

Obama‘s answers don‘t seem random and exchangeable – and I‘m at this early stage already surprised that, even if I think that what the letter-writer writes is bollocks she or he makes crystal clear that her or his views are for real. They address their concern without making a joke figure of themselves.

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I hope @LizzieChantree will forgive me that I copied this photo from her feed – seems it‘s a perfect day for asking for forgiveness for doing so, I assume this rings a bell with @Melissa_J – but I found this quotation too wonderful to not show it around.

Lizzie, do you or any Litten else know who said it, so that I can hang a proper quote of it on my office wall❓

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@Come-read-with-me Thanks for adding “Edges of Eternity” to your sub. It still feels weird to me when that happens because often 452 letters are scarcely enough to catch my thoughts on a book I just finished.

Have you already read the previous two❓

I hope you don‘t feel spoiled but: It‘s clear that I now need to listen to “Letters to Obama” after “Edges of Eternity” ends with his inauguration, isn‘t it❓😀

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Distorting to rate this one immediately after finishing it. I mean, the fall of the Berlin Wall _is_ moving.

I very much liked how Follett showed the different parties. I didn‘t have much history in school, so I found the Soviet part especially interesting. Same for the US history.

I was puzzled but impressed how Follett showed that (lack of) money played an important role in German Unification.

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How come that I didn‘t have the idea of combining this cover with the mosaic overlay to create the impression of a wall that Mr Gorbachev later in this audiobook surely will be addressed to tear down❓😉 *)

Am I the only one who feels that after a long period of dealing with the 60s the part where are forwards describes 1984-87 is a bit rushed❓ During the last 10-15 minutes keeping step with what he describes got harder.

*) And that today. 🤭

Texreader I didn‘t care for the third book. 2w
Buechersuechtling @Texreader I felt like that towards the second book. But in here I like the spotlight on the civil rights movement in the US and the Soviet view of the events. 2w
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🎈 How cool‼️😃😍

I didn‘t know that.

I mean, I did know that somewhere in October it would be my third year here on Litsy but I really didn‘t remember that I set up my account on Germany‘s Unification Day 🎂. 😂

Thank you for congratulating and reminding me of that, @HappyLitsyversary ‼️

I‘m glad I‘m here, I love the community, the positiveness and support. Time to say thank you for introducing the app to me @Papiergefluester ‼️

DaveGreen7777 Happy LitsyVersary! 😀🎉🍾 2w
Buechersuechtling @DaveGreen7777 🤗 Thank you so much‼️ I am absolutely thrilled to bits‼️🥂 Come, sit down, friend, have a cake 🍰 with me‼️😃 2w
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I hope @Melissa_J will forgive me that I copied her photo. I accidentally stumbled across it. I fell for her mug 🧡 that perfectly fits my mood today where I take the public holiday as a good opportunity to recharge my batteries.

Melissa_J Ha ha! No problem 😊 The mug was a gift from @FantasyChick 2w
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What the heck is Ken Follett doing to Walli❓🤔😱

💉

He‘s one of my favourite characters.

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Feels ironic that I research about the relationship between Bobby Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, thus US-American history 🇺🇸, on German Unification Day 🇩🇪.
I‘m celebrating all by myself with recouping.

Here, the weather isn‘t very festive but I wish all my German fellow Littens a wonderful day!🎈I‘m glad that the Wall is gone. But I‘d be even more happier if we all (➕ our politicians) would remember common values instead of differences.

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I found out that I am less lost concerning Follet‘s who is who than I thought.

How do I know❓🤔
I found a family tree: https://ken-follett.com/bibliography/edge_of_eternity/family_trees.html

The only one who surprised me was Lenny.

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It‘s a popular science book.

“Chemistry is all - what we do around us, what we feel, everything has to do with chemistry, don‘t you think? The young scientist and journalist Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim appears in this exciting pop-science book the cheerful proof and decomposes everyday phenomena into their chemical elements.” (Marketing blurb)

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The app telling me my next hold will not be available before the end of November is where my #BooknerdProblems begin.

Because: Look, what I could download today because it was available to me.

Yes, I‘m happy because I waited quite long for this one to be my turn. But I also feel a bit rushed 😶 because I now need to get two and a half audiobooks done in a little more than two weeks.

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Littens, it‘s time for #BooknerdProblems.
Yesterday, I was browsing my library instead of sleeping and thought I could take this one with me because I am halfway through volume 3, “Edges of Eternity”, the final volume of Ken Follett‘a “Titans”-saga.

Before I did borrow Mr Obama, I purposely checked my holds and the app told me my next hold will not be available for me before the end of November.

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Here I can do what I before couldn‘t. I can (try to) fit my parents‘ and my grandparents‘ memories and stories of that time into what Follet tells.

After volume one I had high hopes I could do so already in volume two but I couldn‘t.

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After having been so disappointed of volume two, “Winter of the World”, I am really surprised how much I like this final one. Not that there are considerably fewer erotical scenes and I additionally slowly reach the stadium where I begin to lose overview over some characters – but I like it. I have a more seamless impression of it than I already at that point (3,5 hours) had of volume two.

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My expectations towards this final volume are understandably a bit subdued.

After I after the first volume was very happy about how appropriate each book title is I here certainly know very well what will happen.

Let‘s see how Follett does “his job” if I have my own memories I can consult about the presented piece of history.

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I think my main problem with this novel was that in this volume it seems that Follet had check boxes he ticked off. To me, it didn‘t feel like his protagonists neatly and authentically dovetailed into the world events – it was more like there were so many important sights that Follet had problems finding personnel he could send to be an authentic part of the world‘s history. It often felt like: “How convenient”.

Do you understand what I mean❓🤔

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Maybe Follet wanted to write a different kind of novel about this issue because almost everything about it has already been said and written. If so, is he in my eyes failed completely because he can only recreate the magic and the understanding for the big issues he arose so well in the first volume in this volume in very few places.

Having my high hopes disappointed leaves me kind of sad because I really believed Follet would do it again.

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I have been looking forward to this so much because I have really been surprised by the first volume, “Fall of Titans”. I learned so much from this and felt that Follet explained the coherences so well, he really joined the dots for me. Compared to this, this second volume disappointed me deeply. Over a long period it‘s more a soap opera than a novel explaining WWII and fascism.

The last 4 to 5 hours redeemed me – but still. 😟

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About three and a half hours left of “Winter of the World”. So I‘m not sure how long that second audiobook will last. And that‘s why I once again took advantage of my significant other‘s brilliant internet connection to download the third volume of the “Titans”-saga. If I finish the second volume fast tomorrow, I will have something to continue. 😃

I‘m not completely convinced by “Winter of the World” but wanna find out if the final is worth it.

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Making good progress with this.
I am thankful that it‘s not as oppressive anymore as it started.

But it‘s so complicated. I thought this, too, as I had begun listening to “Fall of Titans” but it turned out that Follet explained the correlations well. Or that I understood them better … But in here all the parallel developments of the fascist regimes, the fights, the rebels, it makes me sometimes feel dizzy 😵 and stupid.

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As many of you know – and as everybody can see in my profile – I am German 🇩🇪. I‘m now scarcely an hour in that audiobook. And I already feel bad and bitter.

Even more if I think of and about the German AfD-party. Many think something like the Nazi dictatorship nowadays can‘t happen again. If I envision how it all developed in 1933 … It all went so unbelievably smoothly. 😢 I feel nauseated. 🤢

Texreader This one was so good but so so sad. I remember starting this one and just sinking into horror. 2w
Buechersuechtling @Texreader Yes, that‘s exactly how it feels. 😱 2w
JacqMac It sounds like a great yet horrible read. 2w
Buechersuechtling @JacqMac I will holler when I get to the “great”-section. At the moment I‘m still in where it‘s horrible. 2w
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I am once more thankful for my significant other‘s fat internet connection this second part of Ken Follet‘s “Titans”-saga download properly on my device in less than 5 minutes‼️🙌🏼 My connection would have needed about five times as long, at least, plus constant monitoring.

I am very much looking forward to to this because I was so surprised and impressed by the first book.

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Wenn du dich traust | Kira Gembri
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Mehso-so

Due to an error in the last file of this audiobook I couldn‘t finish it. I missed out the last hour. But I heard enough to have an opinion. I very much liked the realistic depiction of living with an obsessive-compulsive disorder. It was even better than in “Turtles all the Way down”. But the love story between the protagonists is only average, too much YA. I turned it over in my mind but because of that it‘s no “Pick” for me, only a “So-So”.

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Witwe fr ein Jahr | John Irving
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Normally I like books where I “watch people living” but this one is too much for me. It‘s that meandering that annoyed me immensely. As I said before, maybe I should and could have known that Irving does that – but it seems so aimless to me. I couldn‘t figure out what he wants to tell me. Obviously nothing about Ruth although the marketing blurb indicates that …

Sorry, I couldn‘t persist this. 🤷🏽‍♀️

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Witwe fr ein Jahr | John Irving
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Bailedbailed

At audiobook chapter 100 I gave in. That‘s at the beginning of Part 2 which is set in the 90‘s. Still Ruth isn‘t what you‘d name a protagonist and Eddie is downgraded to a moron. 🙄 As if that‘s not enough Irving keeps going off track and blowing up characters you have already forgotten about as if they will have any further relevance – which I‘m sure they won‘t have.

Maybe I could/should have known about Irving‘s style before but – no …‼️