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Joined October 2016

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Gilgamesh: Epos by Raoul Schrott, Robert Rollinger, Manfred Karl Schretter
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Naomi by Jun?ichir? Tanizaki
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Headhunters by Jo Nesbo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Arrivederci, Signor Camilleri. The world‘s a stage and your exit turns the world into a duller place.
I‘ve only read his historical fiction and whilst not a literary author, his writing showed a warmth, wit and love of his home that was a pleasure to read. Despite his age, he was a breath fresh of air in a genre obsessed with big events and people, and one can only hope that others will step forward and fill this void.
Today‘s a sad day.

Andrew65 Totally devastated about this sad news, and just posted about it. I love his Montalbano Series. 😢 3y
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Nearly through the book and my biggest point of criticism so far is that GRRM seems to have no idea what children at certain ages act and look like? The descriptions and the illustration of Daenaera in “Under the Regents - Cattle shows” make me think of a girl who is at least 9+ not a girl of 6. Iirc, some Targaryen siblings under the age of 10 are having verbal slap-fights more fitting to teenagers. It‘s pretty jarring to read.

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Lives of Fair and Gallant Ladies | Pierre de Bourdeille, seigneur de Brantme
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My June #bookhaul: On the upper left, ”The Lives of the Gallant Ladies”, a collection of juicy 17th century gossip about figures from world history written by the abbé de Brantôme. Next to it is an anthology with fiction about WWI from various authors. On the lower left is a collection of old children‘s games, rhymes & songs in the Rhineland. The brown leather volume is a complete edition of Caesar‘s works. Been eyeing it for half a year. :D

charl08 Looks good! Welcome back. 3y
HijackMe @charl08 Thanks! Litsy wouldn‘t load anymore on my old phone. I got a new one and will hopefully be back to posting regularly. 3y
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*blows dust off* I'm back! 🤗 I hope the last year has been good to you all! I hope I'll be able to post more, I need to, my english has turned rusty.

saresmoore Welcome back! 4y
Weaponxgirl Welcome back. 😀 4y
Andrew65 Great to have you back. 3y
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Bless the Bride | Rhys Bowen
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The mysteries in the Molly Murphy series won't blow your mind, but they take you on an interesting journey through 1900s NY. Each book since Vol. 7 is better than the last and it's the same with Vol. 10: Molly & Daniel bicker less, show more character-development and are finally allowed to marry, (hopefully) giving the series much needed breathing-room. Also kudos to Bowen for trying to earnestly portray anti-chinese attitudes of the era.

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More German historians are adapting a UK/US style of writing that is supposed to be less scholarly & dry (whil maintaining academic standards) and more accessible to the reader. Good, but Hilmes stepping into that direction seems like a set-back? Other works by him are longer & stuffed with sources but a breeze through to read. Still, a great retelling of the 1936 Olympics and what people experienced during them with special focus on Thomas Wolfe

HijackMe Just wish it had been longer. This book isn't available in English, but other works by Hilmes have been translated so it could happen. 5y
charl08 You were right: it did happen! 4y
HijackMe @charl08 Yes, I should have bet on that. 😉 (edited) 4y
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I'm on a WWII-history binge read right now and randomly picked this up in my local library two weeks ago. It's about Hitlers first day in power and how he "breaks the structures of Democracy and constitutional state, disempowers, persecutes and kills his enemies". I'm so glad everybody learned their lesson after this and made sure nothing like this could ever happen again.

Libby1 😩 5y
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Some sleepy puppies for all of you who are feeling down today. 🙃 I've seen some people offering puppy live-streams on Twitter to cheer others up and wish I could do the same but I lack the know-how. 😩

saresmoore Oh my goodness! 😍 5y
Mccall0113 Thanks for sharing!! 5y
LeahBergen 💗💗💗 5y
TrishB Awwww 💖💜 5y
Simona 😍😍😍 5y
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Beste Bilder 7: Die Cartoons des Jahres | Wolfgang Kleinert, Dieter Schwalm
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The text on the hearts say: "Let me go IS", "Don't shoot, please" & "I don't want to die yet". The title says: "New safety-concepts for Christmas-markets". This is a cartoon in a best of of German political cartoons of 2016 and must have been drawn before October 2016. I don't want to be too depressing, but I'll be damned if this isn't one of the eeriest things I've ever seen. ?

saresmoore Geez. 5y
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#readjanuary #thismonthstbr After nearly half a year on the waiting-list I finally got a copy of "My brilliant friend"! ☺️ Decided to read the German translation since reviews said it's better than the English one? Anyway, I decided to jump into #mounttbr and this will be a good start.

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Und du bist nicht zurckgekommen | Marceline Loridan-Ivens, Judith Perrignon
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The bleakness & horrors in Holocaust-memoirs can be daunting but anybody with even a tiny bit of interest in this era should try this one. It condenses not only Marcelines memories of her time in Birkenau into 100 pages but also its consequences: Trauma, grief, survivors guilt, the death of her family, the birth of a new will to live & build a better world & worries about the present. It's a lot, but made a surprisingly elegant and light read.

saresmoore It sounds fascinating. Great review! 5y
HijackMe It's also available in English. I have no idea if #overthis only covers the US and its problems but since politicians everywhere seem to think it's suddenly okay to talk about camps as a solution to everything, it seems more relevant than ever. (edited) 5y
saresmoore I agree. I also think that one country's issues cause global effects, now more than ever. This is a great addition to the #overthis subject. Thanks for tagging the English version! 5y
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#readJanuary #bookishresolutions Not sure about joining #LitsyAtoZ as long as my e-reader is still broken. I already had a list and I want to still use the books on it. 364 days left to make up my mind. 😉

Reviewsbylola I think I am 15 reviews behind, so I need to be better about that too. 😩 5y
HijackMe @Reviewsbylola I know your pain - Either I don't know what to say, or don't have the time or the word-limit is too short... 😅👍🏻 5y
Faibka So behind on reviews as well 😖 5y
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'Twixt Land and Sea | Joseph Conrad
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#topreadsof2016 #seasonsreadings2016 Low on the left is "The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson and the portrait of Giacomo Casanova stands for Vol. 2 of his collected works.

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#myyearinbooks #2016 #goodreads I have no idea what happened, in a normal year, I tend to finish 100-120 books? I can't imagine ever beating this score. 🤔🙃

PurpleyPumpkin This is great, congrats!🎉🎊🎉🎊 5y
LauraBeth Pretty amazing 😀⭐👏🎉 5y
KarenUK 🙌🙌💕 5y
Leniverse Your shortest book is 4 pages, so if you have a few more like that, that would help explain your numbers. 😉 Seriously though, that's a nice page count. Congrats! 5y
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#seasonsreadings2016 #bestofdecember The book about Goethe was a fun, philosophical look at stations of his life, I posted about "Mätressen" and my absolute favourite was Will Eisners stories about NY. I can't think of a single work by him I haven't loved so far. Great, emotional stories about "small" people without sentimentality or pathos. ??

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The Hanging Tree | Ben Aaronovitch
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#seasonsreadings2016 #2017mostanticipatedreads I'm not really aware of new releases until they're actually available and googling lists brought up nothing that excited me...so have some titles I really, really finally want to get around reading 2017.

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Watership Down | Richard Adams
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#Lastbookyoustacked #seasonsreadings2016 Watership Down has been on my #tbr forever, I actually own a copy but I somehow never got to it and now I feel a bit guilty. 🙈

Desha War and Peace and The Imitation of Christ are on my list too...Anna Karenina has been my favorite book for over ten years now. I gave away the copy of Imitation that I recently bought so soon I'll get another copy...I'd kind of like to get a special copy to keep! 📚❤️📚 5y
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Snow Country | Yasunari Kawabata
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#seasonsreadings2016 #bookishgifts I got some great books. 😍 The paperback (Anthology of works by Yasunari Kawabata) is from a friend, the best of 2016 cartoons is from my father, and the bundle of books is from my bf including: A French novella, Norwegian fairytales, the correspondence between Rilke and Hugo von Hofmannsthal and my first novel by Halldor Laxness. He first wanted me to choose a book for him to gift me but I slightly pulled out a

HijackMe few titles and told him to choose from that. I prefer being surprised and surprised I was, since I never expected more than one title. Amazing ☺️ 6y
Faibka Nice! Yasunari Kawabata 💕 5y
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Littens. I got a lot of lovely books and I hope you did too! 🎄🎉🎁

Kimzey Merry Christmas to you! Happy Reading! 🎅🏼📚🎄 6y
LeahBergen Happy Holidays to you! ❤💚 6y
Dragon Merry Christmas 🎄! 6y
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Through the dumbest set of circumstances known to mankind, I managed to break my e-reader after 2 1/2 years of good service. 🙈 Containing most of my english-language reads. Oh, 2016...😔😫😡💩

saresmoore The year is almost over! So sorry for your loss—seriously. 🙁 6y
Sarah83 oh no. Did you safe them? 6y
Simona I feel your pain... 6y
LeahBergen Oh, no!!! 😮 6y
HijackMe @Sarah83 I'm lucky to have backups 6y
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"Mätressen" by Walter Fellmann old, out of print, not available in English - but I still want to mention it here, since it deserves more readers. It presents the lives of 12 royal mistresses (17-20th cent.) that are not the usual french, but ladies from Germany, Sweden, Austria & Romania. What made it great is Fellmann showing empathy for his subjects without romanticising them or padding his text with endless raunchy hearsay - something I keep

HijackMe encountering. A good starting point to get to know a lot of interesting women at royal courts outside France. Also, the only work of it's kind I know of that looks at the relationship of a noble woman with a younger, middle-class man and their story was so interesting that I can't believe I've never seen anything on them anywhere else so far. I'm probably going to make a separate post about them. 6y
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"Time waits for nobody. Virtue is not enough. Fortuna is fickle and malevolence cannot be soothed by presents."
(I know optimism, idealism and many other -isms are important for kids/teenagers and a positive outlook on life supposedly helps with resilience...but sometimes I wish I had gotten advice more like this. Or maybe sentences like these only ring true with life-experience? ?)

Tsubame I think truly understanding a truth like this requires a certain amount of life experience, the ability to reflect upon oneself and having at least started to grow up. But maybe I'm wrong... I guess is hard to tell and up to the individual in the end. 6y
DeborahSmall @HijackMe @Tsubame I would have preferred sentiments like this as a teenager but definitely depends on your upbringing and experiences 6y
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I'm currently lurking, but not posting on Litsy since I'm having a bad phase in terms of health & mood, also a bit of a book-slump. 😐 Still, I hope all of you are having fun with your reads and the holidays approaching!

Dedebimp I have had a similar thing. Just waiting for my two week staycation at Christmas time. 6y
BookishMarginalia Take care of yourself. 💜 6y
Tsubame Hope you'll feel better again soon! 🌻 6y
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Seshat I'm sorry. Feel better soon! 6y
obviateit ❤️ Hope you feel better soon! Here's a random emoji list of nice things to look at.🌷🌼🐶🐱🐼🐙🐬🐢🦄🍪 6y
Sarah83 There will come better times and you will post more than you will believe in now. 🤗 6y
bmsddk Healing and bookish thoughts your way 📚🌻 6y
HijackMe @Tsubame @Seshat @bmsddk @Sarah83 @obviateit @BookishMarginalia @Dedebimp It's a bit late but thank you so much for your well wishes. It means a lot to me, it's a real light in the darkness. 💫 6y
BookishMarginalia 👍🏼💜💖 6y
obviateit @HijackMe ❤️❤️❤️ 6y
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This features people from all over the eastern bloc so it fits #setineasterneurope . It's a fascinating read, although it can really get to you- reading about the lady working in advertising talking endlessly about not needing anybody, how only the fit survive and money being the most important thing, immediately after a chapter about a girl whose mother committed suicide due to homelessness makes me want to punch something. #photoadaynov16

HijackMe My only issue so far is the question how much of this is non-fiction, and how much was edited by the author, but that is something I should make a separate post about another time. 🤔 6y
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My #libraryhaul of this week as a small #bookpyramid including: Books about the history of Christmas, the lives of several European courtesans, the French Revolution a comic on Machiavelli and his thinking and again only one work of fiction "The Terranauts" by T. C. Boyle. #photoadaynov16 #germany #deutsch

kspenmoll Nice #libraryhaul. Intrigued by Machiavelli book. 6y
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Mao: The Unknown Story | Jung Chang, Jon Halliday
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The Invisible Man | H.G. Wells
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Only this and "The Virgin Suicides" qualified for #headlesscovers #photoadaynov16

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Momo | Michael Ende
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One of my favourite books as a child and Momo belongs to the small group of #child protagonists that stayed with me. #photoadaynov16 .

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Romeo and Juliet | William Shakespeare
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The books from Reclams bilingual line all have #orangecovers . I used to love buying these, well edited and cheap, but they've switched from the traditional illustrations to a more modern design that is just a white block around the title. Still love the company but never bought anything after the switch, I think they're ugly. 😕 #photoadaynov16 #german #deutsch #reclam

Tsubame Hey cool, another German here 👋🏼😃 I read lots of Reclam books at school, but privately I was always more fond of fancier covers and editions, although the Reclam format is so convenient! 6y
HijackMe @Tsubame Yay for more Germans! 👍🏻 Yes, there is nothing better than a nice hardcover but those are expensive and imagine that something could happen to them while you're traveling! 😩😉 6y
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Finally starting to read this after nearly a decade on my #tbr and pushing it back for "a special time" though it's hard to define what "special" exactly means... ? ? #photoadaynov16 #booknerdproblems

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I like it when authors keep a bit of mystery, but I hope that Martin will also finish not only book 6 & 7, but also the planned novella about the Dance of the Dragons. I would love to see how the Tagaryens interacted with their dragons before they died out. #photoadaynov16 #herebedragons

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Regenbogenkind | Edith Schreiber-Wicke
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I got "Regenbogenkind" ("Rainbowchild") as a kid & this is how I first learned about down-syndrome. It's about a boy who'll soon have a new sibling & how he and his parents are dealing during the pregnancy with that. Parts also follow the babies "soul" & how she waits for the day of her birth. All of this may sound kitschy/esoteric, but it's done well & made the book a good primer for families in the same situation. #photoadaynov16 #disabilities

RealLifeReading Love this! 6y
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The Virgin Suicides | Jeffrey Eugenides
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Some books #publishedinthe1990s . "The Virgin Suicides" & "Clash of Kings" are well known, I guess. The other books are: A beloved book from my childhood, a biography of Friedrich II of Prussia and his brother and a title on brothels and prostitution around the time of the fin de siècle. #photoadaynov16

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RIP Ilse Aichinger. Born 1921 in Austria, survived the Holocaust, became one of the most important female authors in post-war German literature and was a member of the group 47. I have the impression she is mostly unknown in the English-speaking world, but I still wanted to post this. #deutsch #german

charl08 I've just looked at my library's catalogue - they don't have it. Should I start with this one? 6y
HijackMe @charl08 I'm ashamed to admit this, but Aichinger is still on my tbr-pile and I can't really make recommendations. I checked Amazon & Wikipedia, english translations seem to be mostly collections of her stories and prose and I think that's always the best starting point to see if you enjoy an author? Her only long novel "Herod's children" is also supposed to be great, but since it's about Jewish children in WWII Vienna expect it to be dark & heavy 6y
charl08 Thanks - the honesty appreciated as well as the info. 6y
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Graveyard Book | Neil Gaiman
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Cute and moving. My first and favourite Gaiman. I've read the first five Sandman volumes and the comic-version of Neverwhere and they're good but I can't really get into the hype. Though Gaiman himself seems like a nice guy from what I've seen on his tumblr? I also enjoy reading that one. #photoadaynov16 #favouriteneilgaiman

Donna_sBookMinute I haven't read this author yet. So I'll be reading everyone's posts today to see if one of his titles appeals to me. ❓📖😊 #photoadaynov16 #day10 #favouriteneilgaiman #newauthor #favoriteauthor 6y
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Tomorrow will potentially be horrible and I'm trying to keep anxiety down by taking valerian drops but as the day ends, I find it hard to do anything, even read. #photoadaynov16 #booksandbrew

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The Jungle | Upton Sinclair
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Good if you want to know more about the plight of workers around the turn of the century but it can be very emotionally draining? I can't believe that at the time people were apparently more shocked by the lack of food-safety than what was actually happening to the people involved. 😞 #politicalfiction #photoadaynov16

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A cook-book portraying cooks working/coming from extreme situations & their recipes: A chinese mail-order bride turned YouTube-star, a former Serbian soldier, cooks who worked for Idi Amin or Honecker, working on a dump in Nairobi, for death-row prisoners, political protests or refugee-camps. Celebrated cooks drunk on fame or completely disillusioned & those who only do it to survive. Excellent read. #cookbooklove #Photoadaynov16 #deutsch #german

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So when did we all collectively stumble into another dimension that is a Simpsons-episode?. The first thing I saw on TV this morning was a right-wing Russian nationalist celebrating & presenting oil-portraits of Putin, Trump & Marine Le Pen that are so over the top heroic, blond and blue-eyed that they look like what you would have called in 1930s Germany the "aryan ideal". ? Hugs to all Littens in the US - I seriously hope things won't turn bad.

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Spies | Michael Frayn
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Spies was the only YA-novel we #readinschool and we never really warmed up to it, since our other books were much better (Colour Purple, Kite Runner, Of Mice and Men, King Lear) and the characters were younger than we were then and that made connecting to them more difficult? I kind of felt sorry about that? 😅 It's still a good read with a nice twist at the end, but it probably would have worked better for GCSEs than A-levels #photoadaynov16

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Inferno: A Novel | Dan Brown
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#threwitacrosstheroom - I hate it. Many of my acquaintances/relatives had to deal with infertility, it's painful and life-changing (sometimes haunting one until their last breath).That's why I found the way, all characters just hand-wave the effects of the virus away, incredibly offensive. IIRC, the book also tried really hard to make you feel sorry for Sienna and that was also annoying. 🙄 #photoadaynov16

HijackMe I get that overpopulation is a problem and it's something that should be addressed in fiction- I just think Brown and his editors handled it very badly - especially since everybody knew this was going to be a multi-million bestseller. 6y
I-read-and-eat I had never thought of that tbh but now that you mention it he did not handle it well. I hated this book too, but for different reasons. Now I feel even more justified in my hate 😉 6y
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One of my favourite things about Stephen King novels: When they're #setinasmalltown and include the community. I love how he sets up so many different side-characters, their quirks, interests and relationships with each other...and how it derails once the supernatural hits. #photoadaynov16

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3096 Days | Natascha Kampusch
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Kampusch's story (not only her book but also interviews etc.) is always a good reminder to pull myself together if I'm being whiny or drowning in self-pity.I mean, she doesn't only have to deal with the memories of her captivity but also people wanting her to fit their categories of being a victim and nut job conspiracy-theorists, among other things. 🙈Reading this was a very humbling and inspiring experience. #photoadaynov16 #inspiring #memoirs

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Charlie the Choo-Choo | Beryl Evans
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I haven't read a lot of books about #planestrainsautomobiles but I really want to get this one - I have a weakness for tie-in merch. 😅 #photoadaynov16

BookHermit 😂😬 6y
Betty Beryl Evans is actually Stephen King! 6y
Betty Ended up pre-ordering this for grandson's Christmas 6y
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HijackMe How old is your grandson, @Betty ? I haven't had the chance to buy the book yet, and the way it's described in the Dark Tower made it sound pretty dark.... Just asking because I'm worried it could be too scary for him. 🤔 6y
Betty @HijackMe he is 7 1/2. If I think it is too dark, I'll give it to his parents; they're King fans. 6y
HijackMe @Betty That's going to be a really cool Christmas 😄👌🏻 6y
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Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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My #libraryhaul seems to be perfect for #NonfictionNovember. Topics include Israel, essays on the New Year's Eve sexual assaults in Germany, a history of the Restaurant, a memoir of a man re-visiting the lost (formerly Habsburg) eastern-european homelands of his ancestors and a global history of European expansion between 1500-1515. "Nutshell" being the only, lone fiction title. ? #novembertbr #photoadaynov16 #german #deutsch

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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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"The haunting of Hill House" was my favourite, really disturbing read. There are a lot of similarities between the thoughts and issues Eleanor has and I had as a teenager. It hit very close to home and I needed two days to recover from it. Nevertheless, it's a really good book that re-defined what "horrifying" means to me. #allhallowsread #scaryread #giveascarybook

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"Jede Gesellschaft ist geronnene Ungerechtigkeit." ("Every society is coagulated injustice" - This quote doesn't sound good as good in my translation, though. ?.) #deutsch #german

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An incredible book that I read nearly in one sitting. Brown explains with great style the plight of the Donner party without sensationalism & a lot of respect for his subjects. He supplements his narrative with excurses into history, frontier-life & other subjects, making actions of people & events involved much clearer. A model-example of how a good introductory book on history should be: Accessible and well sourced. #booktober #bestofoctober

HijackMe The girl in the photo is Sarah Graves, part of the Graves family that travelled with the Donners. Brown especially focuses on her. 6y
eva_lution Solid review... added to my to-reads. Thanks! 6y
rachelm Woah. Interesting! 6y
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Varney, the Vampyre | James Malcolm Rymer, J M Rymer
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I was so creeped out by the cover as a kid/young teen, that I would avoid looking at it when opening the book. 😅 #booktober #creepycovers #deutsch

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"Interestingly, men who have been castrated have been found to have a life expectancy 13.6 years longer than that of intact males." ? ...the unexpected things you learn about modern life in a book about the American Frontier. Thank you, Mr. Brown. ?

LeahBergen 🤔 6y
Smrloomis 😟 I loved Boys in the Boat but I'm going to have to skip this Donner party one probably ... #justtooscary 6y
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