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LaLecture

LaLecture

Joined July 2017

21 • student • reading in 🇩🇪and 🇬🇧in several genres • Instagram.com/meetingjaneandharry
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Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
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Mehso-so

I read this for university and I don‘t think I would‘ve understood anything without our discussions in class. It‘s a fun read if you‘re interested in meta drama, theatre of the absurd, etc. and a good example for discussing these subgenres if drama. I also imagine it‘s really funny if seen on stage. Reading it I had some difficulties as there are so many stage directions and it was just not as funny if read instead of seen.

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The lifetime reading plan | Clifton Fadiman
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I have quite an ambitious #apriltbr stack due to #bookbuddyathon and several book clubs and buddy reads. I‘m pretty sure I won‘t manage to read them all but I‘ll try anyway 😅.

Have you read any of these?
What are you planning to read in April? Or do you prefer to just go with the flow and read whatever you feel like reading?

Johanna414 I‘m trying to focus on finishing a bunch of books I am halfway through this month. I tend to pick things up, read a few chapters and then forget about them... 7mo
Moony My bookpile looks the same. I also have much buddyreads and so on. But we can go for it! 7mo
LaLecture @Johanna414 I do that way too often! Especially when I come across buddyreads and challenges and “have” to read other books first. I did that with some of the books on this pile too. Finishing those books sounds like a good idea! Good luck with your April reading :)! 7mo
LaLecture @Moony Yes, we will do that 😄! 7mo
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Booked | Kwame Alexander
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I have to admit, I totally forgot about #booked2019 in the first quarter as I was happy to have read anything at all 😅. Still, some of the books I read match some of the prompts:

6. New to me author: “The Left Hand of Darkness”

14. #muslimauthor: “Exit West” (as far as I know. It‘s also strongly implied the MCs are muslim)

15. #booktomovie: “Matilda”

17. Book gifted to me: “Emma”
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LaLecture 19. #bookaboutaddiction: “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” 23. #publicdomain: “Mansfield Park” (I have a print copy but finished the last bit on @SerialReader) 24. Political intrigue: “The Tropic of the Serpents” (quite a stretch as it‘s fantasy but politics play an important role as Isabella happens to uncover some not-so-nice political plans) (edited) 7mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! I personally think fantasy books often have a lot of political intrigue. 7mo
Cinfhen Fantastic🙌🏻without even trying #ReadingRockStar 7mo
4thhouseontheleft I‘ll be using a fantasy book for the political intrigue as well. Great job on covering a wide variety of the prompts! 🎉🙌🏽📚 7mo
LaLecture @Cinfhen I was honestly surprised I could check off that many prompts 😅. But I‘m glad I could :). 7mo
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I know this is supposed to be funny because Eleanor knows nothing about the real world, but I kind of agree with her 😂

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“At the office, there was that palpable sense of Friday joy, everyone colluding with the lie that somehow the weekend would be amazing and that, next week, work would be different, better. They never learn.”

Wow, Eleanor, thank you for being such a joyful protagonist...
I‘m actually not sure if I like her. She is pretty arrogant (although I feel like this is just her way of building a wall between her and other people).

Buechersuechtling Oh, I loved that about her. Her dry realism. I often thought that basically she‘s completely right. 7mo
LaLecture @Buechersuechtling Sometimes she‘s really funny, that‘s right. She has a really realistic view on some things that are actually ridiculous but seem totally normal to us “normal” people. But sometimes she shows that she obviously has some kind of social disorder. She is extremely rude to other people but always thinks they are the ones who are rude because she doesn‘t bother to understand social conventions. 7mo
Buechersuechtling @LaLecture Of course you‘re totally right. (If I had to make a guess I‘d say she has Asperger‘s …) But it‘s that open/“brutal” rudeness I applaud her for. She doesn‘t mind social norms/behaviour etc. – and when I think of all the times I am nice and behave socially accepted although I just think: “You have no clue so just get lost!” I just love her for not giving a damn. 🤷🏽‍♀️ 7mo
LaLecture @Buechersuechtling Actually I don‘t think she does that because she chose to ignore social norms, she just doesn‘t know and understand the social norms 🙈. And I‘ve been wondering if she is born with that (she would if she had Asperger) or if it‘s because of her traumatic upbringing. But you‘re right, sometimes I wish I was brave enough to just ignore social norms and tell a person when they‘re acting like an a***ole 😂. 7mo
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„What is it that you think is causing your back pain, Miss Oliphant?”
“I think it‘s my breasts, Doctor,” I told him.
“Your breasts?”
“Yes,” I said. “You see, I‘ve weighed them, and they‘re almost half a stone [...].”
He stared at me, then cleared his throat.
“How... how did you...?”
“Kitchen scales,” I said, nodding. “I just sort of... placed one on top.”

Eleanor is hilarious 😂😂.

Buechersuechtling 🥰 Oh, I so really loved this book. All because of Eleanor. 😃 7mo
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Taking a bath with Eleanor Oliphant

Have you read it 😊?

This will mark the start of #8intwo for me, a reading goal that is probably more achievable than #24B4Monday 😅.

CouronneDhiver It‘s a fun one 👍🏽 7mo
Ashley_Nicoletto I Really enjoyed this one! 7mo
Buechersuechtling So did I. 🧡 7mo
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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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Went on a 6-day-trip to England and came back with 8 new books.
What am I doing wrong 🤔?

Have you read any of these?

thebookishtype15 I liked Vox. It was well done but also could've used a little more action with it. But overall a nice read. 7mo
LaLecture @thebookishtype15 The premise sounds really interesting so I‘m excited to read it! 7mo
Samplergal I liked Vox and Elinor, and loved A Room of One‘s Own. I haven‘t read the others. Enjoy. I went for nine days last October and only bought two books. I was so impressed with myself! 😂. 7mo
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Buechersuechtling You‘re doing nothing wrong. You‘re simply getting priorities in correct order. – Happy reading❣️ 7mo
LaLecture @Samplergal Thanks :)! We discussed “A Room Of One‘s Own” in university and I was intrigued. Haven‘t read anything bei Virginia Woolf so far. That is indeed impressive! 7mo
LaLecture @Buechersuechtling Haha, thank you :D! 7mo
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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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Another edition to my Jane Austen collection 💙

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I once hated a mole on my face so much that [...] I took a toothbrush to it and tried to scrub it off. But the problem was never the mole. The problem was that I was viewing my own face through the prism of my insecurity. [...]
If we are feeling bad about our looks, sometimes the thing we need to address is the feeling, not our actual physical appearance.

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All that catastrophising is irrational, but it has an emotional power. And it isn‘t just folk with anxiety who know this.
Advertisers know it.
Insurance sales people know it.
Politicians know it.
News editors know it.
[...]
Sex isn‘t really what sells. What sells is fear.

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I sometimes feel like my head is a computer with too many windows open. To much clutter on the desktop [...]. And if I only could find a way to switch off some of the frames, if only I could drag some of the clutter into the trash, then I would be fine. But which frame would I choose, when they all seem so essential? How can I stop my mind being overloaded when the world is overloaded?

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Mansfield Park | Jane Austen
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New baby for my Austen collection 💙
Also #currentlyreading

It‘s a reread and so far I enjoy it much more than the first time. It was my least favourite Austen so far 😅.

Linsy Love that cover! 💛 7mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I actually forgot it was Friday already until I saw the #24B4Monday announcements 😄.
(I work this weekend and it‘s semester break at uni so weekend doesn‘t really mean anything to me 😅.)

I gotta finish two book club books so I‘ll try to join the fun. Even though I never reach 24h this challenge always motivates me to read more 😊.

Unfortunately I won‘t be reading any books related to black history as I need to finish my two Austen rereads.

Andrew65 Good luck with the challenge, and happy whatever you‘re reading. 😊👍. 8mo
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Though not as moving and insightful as “Reasons to Stay Alive” this book has made me think a lot, especially about the way I use social media, my priorities in life and what makes me feel angry or exhausted sometimes. Just as in RtSA Haig doesn‘t cover the topic from a scientific point of view (so don‘t expect many facts and figures) but gives examples from his own life and has some really great thoughts.

Moony That sounds great. *stack* And your planner looks like a bulletjournal, isn't it? 8mo
LaLecture @Moony Yes, it is :). I love the BuJo concept, although I‘m one of those people who use a more practical and less artsy approach 😅😂. 8mo
Moony @LaLecture Yes! I'm also use it for the work and it isn't artsy ;) 8mo
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But while choice is infinite, our lives have time spans. We can‘t live every life. We can‘t watch every film or read every book or visit every single place on this sweet earth. Rather than being blocked by it, we need to edit the choice in front of us. We need to find out what is good for us, and leave the rest. We don‘t need another world. Everything we need is here, if we give up thinking we need everything.

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I am keenly aware that the oft-used approach of pointing out a list of advantage of modern life [...] does not help. It is like a wagging finger telling a depressed person to count her blessings because no one has died. [...]
If the modern world is making us feel bad, then it doesn‘t matter what else we have going for us, because feeling bad sucks. And feeling bad when we are told there is no reason to, well, that sucks even more.

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„Da, wo ich herkomme, verstehen die Leute vielleicht was von der Holzwirtschaft [...]. Von der Liebe verstehen sie rein gar nichts.“
„Das ist nichts Außergewöhnliches. Von der Liebe versteht nämlich niemand irgendetwas.“
[...] „Aber warum verlieben sich dann alle Leute ständig und überall?“
„Junger Mann“, sagte Freud und hielt an. „Man muss das Wasser nicht verstehen, um kopfvoran hineinzuspringen!“

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“Es ist nur so laut in der Stadt. Und es stinkt ein bisserl. Vom Kanal her wahrscheinlich.“
Die kleine Dame reckte ihm ihren Zeigefinger wie ein dürres Ästchen entgegen.
„Das ist nicht der Kanal, der da stinkt“, sagte sie. „Das sind die Zeiten. Faulige Zeiten sind das nämlich. Faulig, verdorben und verkommen.“

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Slump | Kevin Waltman

I‘ve been in a huge reading slump in January and have only read one book with 150 pages - my worst reading month in nearly two years! (In February 2017 I didn‘t read anything 😅) That‘s why I became really inactive on Litsy.

Now that February has started I‘ve already read 5 books. I don‘t really understand myself 🤷‍♀️. But I‘m glad I‘m out of my reading slump.

Do you have times when you read very little or very much too?

Hestapleton YES! I read like 28 books in January and I‘ve only read two this month so far. I‘m not sure what happened! 8mo
wanderinglynn Yes! I finished 1 book in January and that was one I started in December. I‘ve been in a terrible slump, mainly because of other life stress. But then the fact that I‘m behind on reading makes me more stressed. 🤷🏼‍♀️ What do you do? 8mo
AmyG I go through phases. If I am very life stressed or sick...I can‘t read. 8mo
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CouronneDhiver Try not to worry about it... stuff happens. 👍🏽 8mo
LaLecture @Hestapleton 28? Wow, that‘s impressive! At this pace I‘m sure you‘re gonna catch up with your reading goal (if you have one) soon ☺️. 8mo
LaLecture @wanderinglynn Glad I‘m not the only one. For me the reason is other stress too. I don‘t really do anything about a reading slump because I can‘t force myself to read. Then I won‘t like the books I‘m reading, simply because I‘m forced to read them, and that would be a pity. But this time I had to force myself to finish a book because I needed to pass it on and miraculously it got me out of my reading slump 😄. 8mo
LaLecture @wanderinglynn I feel like I‘m behind on reading too because I have challenges and book clubs to participate in but then again I‘d like to enjoy reading and I won‘t if I stress myself about it. So I try just to accept the phases in which I don‘t read much. It doesn‘t always work though 😅. Hope your life will be less stressful soon :)! (edited) 8mo
LaLecture @AmyG I guess sometimes there are just more important things to do - like getting stuff some or getting well again 😄. I‘m working on accepting that (for myself) :). 8mo
LaLecture @CouronneDhiver I‘m working on learning to accept it 😅 8mo
wanderinglynn Thank you. 😘 8mo
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I didn‘t like this one as much as the first two books but it‘s still a very enjoyable Christmas read. We learn more about the Elves and their life and the story is the most complex so far with an interesting new villain. The Easter bunny was hilarious 😂. However Amelia annoyed me sometimes and the book was less funny than the first two and sometimes frustrating.

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Great sequel to “A Boy Named Christmas”. We get to know Elfheim better and learn that Christmas is in danger but we also get to know young and fierce Amelia, another likeable protagonist who has many similarities with Nikolas from the first novel. There is more than one perspective this time which makes the book more suspenseful and there is sort of an “Elf-Troll-crime-story” 😄. There are also some fun jokes for adults (Queen Victoria & India xD)

LaLecture Fun Fact: When I just googled the English names for the magical beings I realised that in German, the pixies are called “Elfen” (elves) while the Elves are called “Wichtel”. Really confusing 😂. (edited) 9mo
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Wow, das war wirklich eine positive Überraschung! Seethaler schreibt sehr bildlich und anschaulich und dennoch kein bisschen langatmig sondern sehr mitreißend. Ich habe das Buch an einem Tag verschlungen. Besonders gut gefallen hat mir, dass der politische Teil der Geschichte im Hintergrund vonstatten geht, während es vordergründig die authentische Geschichte eines Teenagers ist, der seinen Platz im Leben sucht.

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Untitled | Unknown
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I haven‘t done this in a while but I think I‘m gonna try reading plans in 2019. I hope this will help me keep track of my challenges and to stay motivated. So here‘s my plan for January:

🔲 “Waiting for Godot”, Samuel Beckett (for university)
🔲 “The Left Hand of Darkness”, Ursula K. Le Guin (for #12Littens12Books)
🔲 “Emma”, Jane Austen (for the Austen book club on Instagram)
🔲 “The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches”, Alan Bradley (#booked2019)
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LaLecture 🔲”The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes”, Anna McPartlin (#booked2019 - new to me author) 🔲“The Mysterious Affair at Styles”, Agatha Christie (for a Christie buddy read on Instagram) (edited) 10mo
Buechersuechtling Oh, “Waiting for Godot” is one of the classics that I am tempted to read voluntarily now and then. That‘s why I‘d appreciate if you post your thoughts and impressions about it. 10mo
LaLecture @Buechersuechtling I was planning to read it voluntarily too which is why I was happy when I heard we would read it at university :). I will! 10mo
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Reading Challenge | Casey Malarcher, Andre Janzen
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After surpassing my goal of 50 books for the goodreads #ReadingChallenge by 100% I decided to set myself a higher goal this year. I think 5-6 books each month is realistic 😊.

I will also participate in #booked2019 and do an Agatha Christie challenge on Instagram. As always one of my goals is also to reduce my tbr pile at home. I just updated my spreadsheet and it seems I‘ve got 204 unread books at home 🙈.

What are your 2019 #readinggoals?

ju.ca.no My goodreads goal is 85 and I am also trying to reduce my TBR - which means bookbuying ban as well - i habe about 260 books on my pile, my goal is to get that number below 200 🙈🙈🙈 10mo
LaLecture @ju.ca.no Book buying bans are so hard 😩. I need to have one too, even though I don‘t believe I‘ll manage to buy no books at all. I think I need to make a deal with myself to read a few books off my tbr before buying a new book. And to only buy books I‘m planning to read soon. I wish you the best of luck with your reading plans 😊! 10mo
ju.ca.no @LaLecture I‘m allowing myself a new book a month plus a few books I already knew in the last year, because I can‘t go without buying books at all😂 good luck to you too! 10mo
Cinfhen Hi welcome to #booked2019!!! 9mo
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Reading Challenge | Casey Malarcher, Andre Janzen
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Yaaaay 😄😍!

The past few years I never managed to read 50 books (I think I read 36 in 2016 and 42 in 2017 or something like this) and now I surpassed my goal by 100% 😍.
I know many of you read much more than 100 books easily but for me this number is incredible. The last year I read this much was 2013, I think 🤔, and that was when I was in 10th grade, didn‘t have a job and didn‘t really need to study.

#ReadingChallenge #Goodreads

jillannjohn That‘s awesome! 10mo
GripLitGrl 🎉🎉🎉 10mo
JoScho 🥳💜🥳💜🥳 10mo
Buechersuechtling Wow. Congratulations. Well done. 🤝 If you set reading goals for 2019 be sure it‘s one you can manage. I wish you a bookish year full of lovely, gripping, heart-warming books that make your hard days lighter and your wonderful days more enjoyable. 10mo
LaLecture @Buechersuechtling Thank you :). I‘ve been thinking a lot about my 2019 reading goal. I won‘t set it to 100 even though I reached that one in 2018 because I can‘t be sure I will have that much time and that much luck with my choice of books in 2019. I think I will make it 5 or 6 books a month, so 60 or 72. Thanks for your kind wishes ☺️. I wish you a wonderful year, bookish and otherwise, too ☺️. 10mo
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It‘s official: I‘m the worst at readathons when it‘s time, not pages, that counts 🙈.
I‘m deeply impressed by all of you who are able to invest so many hours in reading. I realised I‘m so bad at focussing and doing one thing for several hours instead of getting distracted by the internet or food (in that order 😂).

So far I finished the tagged book and one other children‘s book though and am currently reading my 100th book of 2018.

#24B42019

DGRachel I‘m terrible at readathons, too. 😂 10mo
LaLecture @DGRachel That‘s good to hear 😅. There are so many extremely successful readathon readers here on Litsy that I sometimes wonder if I‘m doing something wrong 😂. 10mo
Moony Oh I'm a terrible reade, too!Hole yesterday I watched series on Netflix instead of reading. I couldn't change a book and opening. But it's ok. 8 hours are wonderful! 10mo
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A rather fascinating but equally shocking report on the disastrous hygienic situation in (British) hospitals in the first half of the 19th century. The book is extremely graphic (meaning gross, in the eyes of probably most people) but you can sense the author‘s passion for the topic in every description of hers. It‘s really interesting how Joseph Lister developed his antiseptic system and how long it took until it was accepted. ⬇️

LaLecture Sometimes I couldn‘t help thinking though that the book could‘ve been about 70 pages shorter if the author had refrained from telling the story of the life of every single person she ever mentions in the book 😅😂. 10mo
vivastory I have been meaning to read this one. Bumping up my NF TBR! 👍 10mo
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Really enjoyed this fun and heartwarming story about how Father Christmas became Father Christmas (a name that sadly didn‘t make much sense in the German translation as Father Christmas is “Weihnachtsmann”/“Christmas man” in German 😂). I enjoyed Haig‘s funny style of writing and the Christmas messages of hope and being a good person that you‘d expect from a book like that. Some parts were rather sad or violent though.

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Eine Zusammenstellung von Weihnachtsgeschichten von Klassiker-Autoren - klang verlockend, doch leider konnte ich mit den meisten Geschichten überhaupt nichts anfangen. Entweder fehlte mir die weihnachtliche Aussage oder sie wirkten am Ende abgehackt oder waren - wie z.B. beim Ausschnitt aus den Buddenbrooks, unverständlich, wenn man den Roman nicht kannte.

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Technically it‘s already Saturday in my time zone but I‘m one of those people who refuse to accept it‘s the next day until they went to sleep and got up again 🤣.

So anyway, here‘s my current read for #Friyayintro.
It‘s my 99th book in 2018. My goal was actually 50 but now that I‘ve come so far I wanna make it 100 ^^.

howjessreads Nice! So close! 10mo
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Started #24B42019 and already finished my first book 😬.
(I know, I know, it‘s a children‘s book and I had started it before the readathon - but anyway ^^)

Andrew65 Still finished it. 👏👏👏 10mo
Buechersuechtling Is this (kind of) Volume 2 of “A Boy Called Christmas”❓🤔 10mo
LaLecture @Buechersuechtling It is. All three books are loosely based on each other (the girl in book 2 ist the one Father Christmas visits at the end of book 1) but can be read separately too. “Father Christmas and Me” is book 3. 10mo
Buechersuechtling @LaLecture Oh, I didn‘t know that and forwarded this info right away to my friend who just read book 1 shortly before Christmas. 10mo
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The Valkyries | Paulo Coelho
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Read this for #12Littens12Books. Had I known what it is about I probably wouldn‘t have started it in the first place as I really struggle with spiritual topics. It‘s about a spiritual/religious/whatever journey Coelho undertook with his wife. His beliefs were hard to understand for me and hardly ever explained for people not familiar with them. What you can take from this book probably really depends on your own spirituality.

Moony Such a wonderful picture! 10mo
LaLecture @Moony Danke ?. Ich war da grad in der Wohnung einer Bekannten und hab Ihre Engelsfigur einfach mal für das Foto missbraucht :D. 10mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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What better time could there be for another 24h readathon attempt than #24B42019 - with five whole days during my holidays?

I don‘t know yet which books I‘m gonna read as I‘m planning to finish my current ones today but I‘m rather optimistic this time 😂😊.

This readathon comes at a very good time as I‘m trying to reach 100 books in my goodreads reading challenge this year. I‘m currently at 96.

TheReadingMermaid No worries, you got this!!! 👍🏻 10mo
Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid Good luck with the Readathon and finishing those 4 books. 👍😊 10mo
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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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One of my favourite Austen novels and an underrated one imo. I think this story about “the one who got away” is rather romantic. The reader knows Anne and Wentworth are in love but they don‘t yet - and still it‘s not one of those “🙄 how can you be so blind and dumb, girrrrrl”-books 😂. The letter at the end is just💙💙💙. And of course this novel contains the typical Austen humour too, especially when she describes characters in her honest way 😂

DGRachel My absolute favorite Austen! 10mo
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This was a fun and surprisingly quick read. If you already know a lot about Greek mythology you might not learn much new but Stephen Fry‘s way of telling the myths is still fun, especially when he‘s imagining dialogues 😄. I especially enjoyed all the background stories for many words coming from Greek that we still use today. The only thing I really would‘ve wished for is an index to keep up with all the names and relations.

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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 | Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo
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Still love the concept of this project and the fact that they pay attention to diversity (women of colour and many different cultures and disabled women are included). I think these books can be recommended to any person, regardless of their age or gender. They are stories about believing in yourself and fighting for your dreams.

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Als Erfahrungsbericht über die Gefühle, das Outing und die Transition eines Transmannes ein wirklich interessantes, emotionales und lehrreiches Buch. Allerdings hat mich gestört, in welch engen und konservativen Rollenbildern der Autor spricht. Neurobiologische Fakten und Theorien über andere, nicht-binäre Konzepte von Gender werden nicht erwähnt, wodurch das Buch keine gute Informationsquelle als allgemeinen Einstieg in das Thema ist.

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I do love psychology, especially forensic psychology, and popular science books so I needed to buy this one 🤔. Shaw challenges popular concepts of “evil”, especially the belief that some people and some actions are pure evil. She shows how many of us do things others would probably call evil, why we might do or think “evil” things and what makes these things evil to us. Very interesting topic and arguments!

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I‘m awfully behind on my Litsy reviews and monthly wrap-ups. I read this one last month for #12Littens12Books. It wasn‘t my first Gaiman but probably the one I liked best so far. It‘s short and fast-paced and I think Gaiman managed pretty well to make the young narrator authentic. I like that many mysterious things happen that are never really explained. Gives the novel mysterious vibes 😬.

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After I posted 9 quotes from this book you might‘ve guessed it - I loved it 😄. It was actually a reread and I still think Haig has so many important things to say. The book give a great insight in how a person suffering from depression might feel. It also makes a good point about the unjust stigma against mental health issues that is still very present in our society. And, most importantly, it shows you that you‘re not alone ❤️.

julesG Bought it the other day. Haven't read it yet. I feel like, when I do, I cannot go back to reading it for the first time. Weird! 10mo
LaLecture @julesG Well that‘s certainly true :D. But you will also have read a wonderful book for the first time :). Looking forward to hearing what you think about it. 10mo
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”@ AlRedboots
The hole you‘d leave is bigger than the pain you suffer by being #reasonstostayalive

Can‘t decide if this is encouraging or really sad 🤔

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Depression is also...
smaller than you.
Always, it is smaller than you, even when it feels vast. It operates within you, you do not operate within it. It may be a dark cloud passing across the sky, but - if that is the metaphor - you are the sky.
You were there before it. And the cloud can‘t exist without the sky but the sky can exist without the cloud. (p. 175)

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I‘m not talking about all that What Doesn‘t Kill You Makes You Stronger stuff. No. That‘s simply not true. What doesn‘t kill you very often makes you weaker. What doesn‘t kill you can leave you limping for the rest of your days. What doesn‘t kill you can make you scared to leave your house, or even your bedroom, and have you trembling, or mumbling incoherently, [...] wishing you could return to the time before the thing that didn‘t kill you. (126)

LaLecture Not the most positive quote from the book 😄 but I agree with him that “What doesn‘t kill you makes you stronger” is not a helpful thing to say, especially not to someone suffering from depression. 10mo
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Where possible, don‘t make the depressive feel weirder than they already feel. Three days on the sofa? Haven‘t opened the curtains? Crying over difficult decisions like which pair of socks to wear? So what. No biggie. There is no standard normal. Normal is subjective. There are seven billion versions of normal on this planet. (p. 121)

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If, as Schopenhauer said, “we forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people”, then love - at its best - is a way to reclaim those lost parts of ourselves. That freedom we lost somewhere quite early in childhood. Maybe love is just about finding the person you can be your weird self with. (p. 116)

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Your mind is a galaxy. More dark than light. But the light makes it worthwhile. Which is to say, don‘t kill yourself. Even when the darkness is total. Always know that life is not still. Time is space. You are moving through that galaxy. Wait for the stars.

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Minds have their own weather system. You are in a hurricane. Hurricanes run out of energy eventually. Hold on. [...]

Nothing lasts for ever. This pain won‘t last. The pain tells you it will last. Pain lies. Ignore it. Pain is a debt paid off with time.

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Things you think during your first panic attack
1. I am going to die. [...]
8. No one has felt his way before. Ever. In the whole of human history. [...]
10. I will never get over this.

Things you think during your 1000th panic attack [...]
2. I‘ve been here before. [...]
5. I‘m not going to die. [...]
10. I will get over this.

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A brain is not a toaster. It is complex. It may only weigh a little over a kilo, but it is a kilo that contains a whole lifetime of memories.
[...] It is - like all else - made out of atoms which themselves came into being in stars millions of years ago. Yet more is known about those faraway stars than the processes of our brain, the one item in the whole universe that can think about, well, the universe. [S. 73]