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Dodi

Dodi

Joined November 2021

https://dodireads.com/ On Goodreads: dondodi “A book in your hand is like holding magic“ (M. Haysom)
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The Food Of Love | Anthony Capella
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Flat writing style, unforgivable abundance of Italian spelling mistakes, exaggeration of Italian stereotypes, unnecessary use of Italian swear words, ridiculous sexual scenes, characters lacking any depth, oversexualized female characters, unsatisfying end.
Engaging food description and this is the reason I have added an additional star to the one I initially thought it deserved.
I feel like I've wasted my time so I would not recommend this book.

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Mudlarking | Lara Maiklem
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The tagged one is my favourite so far.

“The Midnight Library“ and “The Food of Love“ are at the bottom of my list and I don't recommend them. The former is written well but it's fantasy so not my kind of book and the latter one is written badly and it's not engaging at all, quite the opposite!

#19822022 @Librarybelle

Librarybelle Yay! Great progress! 10mo
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Mudlarking | Lara Maiklem
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I fell in love with this book. The author Lara Maiklem is so passionate that it feels like you're walking with her along the river while together you find treasures from the past. I was reading it very slowly because I didn't want it to finish but I didn't only read it, I felt it.
#2019 #19822022 @Librarybelle a book in your "wheelhouse" ?

Librarybelle Haha…now you have a new term to remember! 😂 This sounds fantastic, and I am so glad you enjoyed it! 10mo
julesG Mudlarking is fun. And I'm wondering why I took this book off my TBR 🤔 10mo
Dodi @Librarybelle Yes and I'm looking forward to learning many more! 😁 @julesG The important thing is that it's now back in it! 😅 10mo
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julieclair This book sounds fascinating! Added to my TBR stack. 10mo
julieclair @julesG Sounds like you may have actually done some mudlarking? I have never even heard the term before. 10mo
julesG Yes, took my kids down to the Thames one time we were in London. We didn't find treasures. Part of a clay pipe. 10mo
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To keep track of my #19822022 challenge, I've created a little virtual space - https://dodireads.com
This also helps me practice my writing in English as this is not my native language.
Thanks @Librarybelle for creating this challenge, I'm loving it! ❤️

The tag is my favourite 2021 non-fiction book! 🤗

Librarybelle So glad you‘re enjoying the challenge! 10mo
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He did it again! This book is even better than his first one.

Just genial, rich of British humour and clever wit.

Relationships and dialogues between the characters are well developed. For me, the plot is not much realistic but it's well put together.

Definitely worth reading it!

#2021 #19822022 @Librarybelle

Librarybelle I still need to read Thursday Murder Club!! 10mo
Dodi @Librarybelle Yes, I'd highly recommend you begin with Thursday Murder Club first, where there's an introduction to the characters... who you then get to know much more in the second one. 10mo
BooknerdsLife Have this one on my TBR. I've read that this one is better than the first book? 🙂 10mo
Dodi @BooknerdsLife Yes, I loved it more than the first one! Be prepared for lots of fun! 10mo
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Magpie | Elizabeth Day
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ For publishing year #2021 I chose this book that here in the UK was on top of many to-read lists last year. It was very engaging and gripping. The topics are mental health issues, women's infertility and motherhood. I liked the author' style of writing so I'll want to read other books written by her. I didn't like the end but I still recommend reading it! #19822022 @Librarybelle

Librarybelle The cover is very intriguing! 10mo
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Just finished reading a book published in #1991 and ready to start one written in #2021, 30 years later.

The "wisdom of no escape" was easy to read but I feel I haven't learned much from it. Also, there's too much religion (Buddhism) in it which I think should have been stated on the cover. Overall, it made me feel calm when I was reading it so it's been a pleasant enough read.

#19822022 @Librarybelle

Librarybelle Feeling calm while reading it is good! 11mo
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Mudlarking | Lara Maiklem
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6am Sunday morning... LOVING this book 😍

#mudlarking #19822022 #2019

Magpiegem I love this book too!! Do you mudlark? X 12mo
Dodi @Magpiegem Sadly, not. I've always lived near the river in London and hadn't heard about this until only a few weeks ago. Where I live now the river foreshore is inaccessible unfortunately. It's all so fascinating! Do you live closeby to a place where larking is possible? x 12mo
Magpiegem I‘m from London and I think my fascination started because my dad (a builder) used to come home with pottery and prehistoric sharks teeth when he was digging up foundations on what used to be the bank of the Thames hundreds or thousands of years ago. I live in Brighton now and there are rivers near by to lark. But I‘m a treasure hunter where ever I go, shore lines, Victorian dumps… I love an old bottle 😄 xx 12mo
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Librarybelle This sounds fascinating! I‘m in the US, but books like these are in my wheelhouse! 12mo
Dodi @Magpiegem Ahh, it sounds so cool! What are the Victorian dumps? 😅 Is it easy to find things on the beach in Brighton? When I was young I was encouraged to throw away everything that was old but now I'm starting to be attracted by all of this!! 😍 12mo
Dodi @Librarybelle What's a “wheelhouse“? 🤓 This book is triggering lots of emotions for me...😊 12mo
Dodi @Magpiegem If you happen to be in London let me know and we can have a coffee together near the Thames! 🙂 xx 12mo
Magpiegem @Dodi “in your wheelhouse” means it‘s your cup of tea 😊 12mo
Dodi @Magpiegem Ahhhhh, hahah, thank you so much, I had looked on Google what “wheelhouse“ meant but I was confused. 😅 x 12mo
Magpiegem @Dodi that would be lovely, thank you 😊 there are old dumps all over the place. You often find small ones on country walks on the other side of the path from old cottages, you‘ll see an old bottle or something else sticking out of the mud. People used to dump there glass rubbish etc in one spot and now I think it‘s treasure 😂 we stayed in a cottage on a river in Devon last summer and on the riverbank I found tons of old jars and bottles xx 12mo
Dodi @Magpiegem How interesting, it sounds like travelling back in time! For free! 😂 xx 12mo
Librarybelle Thanks for helping out @Magpiegem ! Sorry, @Dodi …I‘m interested in these types of books! 😁 12mo
Dodi @Librarybelle No need to apologise ☺️ in fact, I love to learn English sayings... I was picturing a house with wheels 🤣 🤣 12mo
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It wasn't love at the first sight but the more I got into it, the more I felt this was the right book for me, at just the right moment.
While reading it, I had lots of ‘aha‘ moments - I've learned more about emotional life and I'm sure I'm going to be consulting it again in the future "on-demand".

#19822022 #2015 @Librarybelle

Longer review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4496865926

Librarybelle Awesome! 12mo
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Thinking of the #19822022 challenge hosted by @Librarybelle (I'll start it the first day after my 39th birthday which is on the 29th of Dec) I might pick this book as the first one...

Librarybelle Looks like a great choice! 14mo
Dodi @Librarybelle Thanks! I must admit it took a while to choose as I don't know any of the books of that period, this is why this challenge is so much fun! ? I Googled "books published in 1982". How will you choose yours? 14mo
Librarybelle Probably the same way as you did! Especially for those published in the 1980s and the 1990s. I have a lot of books on my shelves from the 2000s up to this year, so I think that‘ll be easier to just pull from what I have for the more recent years. 14mo
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Dodi @Librarybelle Yes, that makes sense! 14mo
kspenmoll I read your choice ages ago! This is going to be a fun challenge! 13mo
Dodi @kspenmoll hope you liked it, it's very difficult to choose for the 1980s - 1990s, after that too much choice instead 😂 yes, I think this is going to be so much fun! (edited) 13mo
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Panpan

I like the author's style because I follow his blog, but unfortunately, this was a disappointment. The information is valuable but it's exactly the same as his blog posts and for a book, it felt dry.

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Prendila con filosofia. Manuale di fioritura personale | Maura Gancitano, Andrea Colamedici
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At the end of the day, focusing our energy on things we can change and accepting the things we can't change... is the secret to happiness... Easy peasy, isn't it? 😅

Cathythoughts Lovely quote 💫 14mo
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The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living | Dalai Lama XIV Bstan-?dzin-rgya-mtsho, Howard C. Cutler
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The image above shows how I feel after having read this inspiring book.

The Dalai Lama believes that the purpose of life is to seek happiness. To achieve this you need to do only one thing: train your mind. Because that's what happiness is, a mental state.

Full review on GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4376350562

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If a problem is such that it can be remedied, then there's no need to worry about it. It's more sensible to spend the energy focusing on the solution rather than worrying about the problem. Alternatively, if there's no solution, then there's also no point in being worried about it, because you can't do anything about it anyway. In that case, the sooner you accept this fact, the easier it will be on you.

Dodi Dealing with #anxiety 14mo
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1) I am a human being. 2) I want to be happy and I don't want to suffer. 3) Other human beings, like myself, also want to be happy and don't want to suffer.

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I had high expectations about this book, but having now read it, am left with somewhat mixed feelings. I did mostly enjoy it and certainly gained from reading it.
I didn't particularly enjoy the frequent use of long quotations from other people in the book, because I found them distracting, although I did enjoy his personal experiences as practical examples because it made it easier to understand the message he wanted to convey.

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What is most important is to develop a mind that clings to nothing.

Gissy Yes!! 🙌 11mo
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An impressive and smart novel, it made me feel like it was a memoir of a real person. Very easy to read, I couldn't wait to finish the book but at the same time, I didn't want it to finish. I was so emotionally invested in the characters that I felt I cared for them and I even cried hard at one point.
It covers important topics such as sexuality and sexism; also female inner power and the power of love. I can't recommend it enough!

fredthemoose If you haven‘t already, check out Malibu Rising and Daisy Jones & The Six by the same author—I thought they were all great! 1y
Dodi Thank you very much for the suggestion, I'm definitely going to add them to my TBR stack! :-) 1y
BooknerdsLife This is definitely one of my favorite books!!💚💚 My first TJR book and she's now one of my auto buy authors! Love Daisy Jones and the Six too ... the others are OK too. Just love the way she writes her characters, made you feel like they are real person instead of someone from a fiction. 10mo
Dodi @BooknerdsLife Yes, I agree, how many times have I wanted to go on google and check her name, like she was a real person! I've only read this one by this author but I will read the others, I already have Daisy Jones and the Six in my library too and can't wait to start it! 10mo
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"It's not wrong", Celia said. "It shouldn't be wrong, to love you. How can it be wrong?“
“It's not wrong, sweetheart. It's not", I said. "THEY'RE wrong".

AkashaVampie 💜💜💜💜💜💜 1y
BooknerdsLife ❤️💛💚💙💜 10mo
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When you realise you can tell someone your truth, when you can show yourself to them, when you stand in front of them bare and their response is "You're safe with me" - that's intimacy.

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There are people who see a beautiful flower and rush over to pick it. They want to hold it in their hands, they want to own it. They want the flower's beauty be theirs, to be within their possession, their control. Don wasn't like that. At least, not at first. Don was happy to be near the flower, to look at the flower, to appreciate the flower simply being.

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We: New Edition | Yevgeny Zamyatin
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"And happiness... what is it, after all? Desires are a torment, aren't they? And it's clear that happiness is when there are no longer any desires, not even one...".

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We: New Edition | Yevgeny Zamyatin
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3/5

A thought-stimulating book.

In this totalitarian state, where individuality is oppressed to the point that there's no "I", only "We", freedom and happiness are incompatible.

If you conform to others you're not free, but does this make you happy? In other words, can you be happy if you're not free to live your own individuality? Isn't it freedom that makes you happy? Happiness is freedom - freedom to chose to be happy.

Worth reading.

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We: New Edition | Yevgeny Zamyatin
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"The stone-house age" ?

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