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Mamalala13

Mamalala13

Joined September 2016

"Once you learn to read, you will be free forever." - Frederick Douglass
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The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
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[...] you can't fart without changing the balance in the universe.

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A month already since I Iast posted on here. The last weeks were truly wild. I moved and a lot of problems came along with it. However, on the bright side: I finally have my very own bookshelves! Aaaand they aren't full yet. Great excuse to buy more books :)

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The Road | Cormac McCarthy
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I finished it just now. I'm overwhelmed by the feelings it evoked in me.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I finished this a couple of days ago - same reaction! 2y
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The Frenchwoman | Barbara Paul
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Hello all!
I'd like to refresh my French by reading in French. My level used to be C1 3 years ago and I think that I still understand quite a lot. Does anyone have any recommendations what I could read to get back on track with my former French skills?

scripturient Maybe start with Le petit prince. That‘s what helped me get back into the language. :) 2y
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Reading Challenge | Casey Malarcher, Andre Janzen
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It seems like all my friends on goodreads are surpassing their reading goals for this year. I set myself a goal of 37 books in the beginning, now I set it down to 26 and I still think that I won't manage that number... However I read more pages than last year. That's something, isn't it?
Next year my goal will be quite low. Don't want to feel that disappointed again. 🙄

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RebelReader Reading should be fun and if setting goals takes the fun out of it, don't set any for 2018 and just read. 😍😍 2y
Mamalala13 @RebelReader Well, I have fun reading and the challenge motivated me to read more but my life got so busy that I couldn't hold up the pace :D but thanks, my goal next year will probably be 10 - sure thing I will be able to surpass that number 2y
TheBookAddict I agree with @RebelReader and you're not the only one. I had my challenge goal set to 65 and had to change it to 50, but it seems like i have to change it again to 45 instead 2y
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The Recommendation | Jonathan Caren
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Help!
I want to get a book for my mother-in-law to be for Christmas. She is a non native speaker and wants to get better at English. She loves crime novels and "light" thrillers. I thought of a collection of short crime fiction maybe. Anyone any recommendations? :) (So far she hasn't really read in English)

jenniferw88 I would try Arthur Conan Doyle - perhaps The Study in Scarlet, the tagged book or maybe even both - the books are thin and probably available in dual language editions (although I don't know this for certain!) 2y
jenniferw88 Or if you want more modern English I cannot recommend this book enough! 2y
Mamalala13 Thank you so much @jenniferw88 :) 2y
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scripturient @Sarah83 Can you help? You‘re the expert on crime fiction. 😊 2y
Sarah83 @scripturient 😉 maybe a book fitting for Christmas? 2y
Sarah83 That one I liked pretty much last year. 2y
Mamalala13 @scripturient @Sarah83 thank you very much :) 2y
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Uni is cancelled today. So I take the time for me to spend the morning in bed reading :)

scripturient 😊👍🏻 2y
Mamalala13 @scripturient get well soon! 🤒 2y
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Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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I really wanted to read that book and did so now. The eloquent writing was pleasant at the beginning but throughout the book it kinda drove me up the wall. (Maybe bc I'm not a native speaker) The constant usage of French and the "name dropping" of famous works annoyed me. But! I really liked the story and was curios til the end what's gonna happen to H.H.

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Alone on the Wall | Alex Honnold
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Perfect evening! Mindblowing book paired with self-made Tiramisù. Well deserved after 47km of cycling and 3 hours climbing :)

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Wow! That was a fast read (for my standards). I realised how much I missed Harry & Co. Even though the plot is quite thin and at times like fan fiction, I really enjoyed reading the play and learning about the lives of Albus Potter & Co. :) Would definitely recommend :)

scripturient I‘ll be seeing the play in March. 😊 2y
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Started this one on the train this morning and am already halfway through it. So far I really enjoy it because I always wanted to know how Harry's children would be. I don't really see why so many people around me don't like it..

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The Silence of the Lambs | Thomas Harris
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As I wrote on here earlier, I accidentally started with the second book of the Lecter series... But now I've read Red Dragon (1st) and then the Silence of the Lambs and I must say that you should've read Red Dragon first in order to get deep chills during the Lecter-chapters! Love the character (how it's build up) and can't wait for reading the next book! (Btw Anthony Hopkins is the best Lecter imaginable!)

Maike Those books are great! 2y
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Knots And Crosses | Ian Rankin
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My #bookhaul from Edinburgh:
Ian Rankin - Knots and Crosses
Alex Honnold - Alone on the Wall
Jon Krakauer - Eiger Dreams
H.G. Wells - The Time Machine
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
Vladimir Nabokov - Lolita
Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale

Call me luggage-master. I travelled to Edinburgh with one backpack for a week (38L) and was able to buy 7 books :D (& the Potter Pilgrimage Map tote bag)

cajunsyd I just got back from Edinburgh! I returned with three books!!! 2y
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Knots And Crosses | Ian Rankin
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Reading Rankin in front of Edinburgh Castle. Life couldn't be better. Thanks @scripturient for recommending Starbucks' view on the castle :)

TrishB Cool pic 👍 2y
scripturient Glad that you like it. 😊 Let me know if you need more recommendations. 😊 2y
Sarah83 Looks really gorgeous. Hope you're having a great time. 2y
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Mamalala13 @TrishB thanks! @Sarah83 yes, I have! So many things to see and discover. I'm so lucky that I'm able to do this trip with one of my courses from Uni and a very passionate professor. @scripturient thanks for the offer, but I think that I won't have enough time to even try your recommendations under my last post. I definitely have to come back, soon! Then I'll ask again :) 2y
scripturient @Mamalala13 So what has MrH been showing you? 2y
Mamalala13 @scripturient basically everything literary :D the old town (churches, famous closes and courts, grassmarket, greyfriars), Edinburgh Castle, university of Edinburgh, the National Museum of scotland (exhibition about the Jacobites and three selected tings in the museum), walk down the Royal Mile to the parliament, with canongate churchyard, writers museum, Scott's monument, Princes st gardens... 2y
Mamalala13 @scripturient then, water of Leith, structure of the New Town, a Georgian House (the musuem at Charlotte Square), and today we'll go to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (exhibition about the beginnings of photography) after that a walk through the eastern part of new town and up to Calton Hill. My brain hurts but I'm really enjoying my time! 2y
Libby1 I‘ve been in that exact spot! It looks like you enjoyed your visit to Edinburgh. It‘s a wonderful city. 2y
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Thank you all very much for your recommendations. Today we checked out Waterstones, Blackwell, Edinburgh Books and Southside Books and I only bought two books (so far). It's quite hard for me to leave all the books in the shops but I'm only travelling with hand luggage 😥

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Bookhunter | Jason Shiga
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Hello lovely littens!
I'm in Edinburgh right now and ask for your advice. Are there any bookshops/ restaurants/ cafés that I have to check out?

Tanisha_A Now that's a pretty window! 2y
TrishB My fav restaurant is Hendersons because its vegetarian and I can have anything on the menu!! As opposed to the usual choice of two. 2y
Sarah83 @scripturient maybe you can help? 2y
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scripturient My dear Frauke, You've come to the right place. 😁 My recommendations: Mary's Milk Bar on Grasmarket, Armchair Books, Edinburgh Books, Mother India's Cafe. And of course the Oxford Bar (Ian Rankin's pub in the Rebus novels). (edited) 2y
scripturient Starbucks on Princes Street has a wonderful view of the castle when you go to the upstairs shop. Waterstones on Princes Street I don't need to mention, I think. For good burgers (also lots of veggie options): Gourmet Burger on George Street! And if you want a typical 90s experience: the Hard Rock Cafe (their veggie burger is awesome). Another beautiful pub: Cafe Royal. 2y
scripturient Sorry for the lack of order. This just came to me in a kind of stream of consciousnessy way. 😂 2y
drokka If you've read Outlander, The World's End is on the Royal Mile (closer to Holyrood) close to a great cheese makers. (If still there, I haven't been to Scotland in a dozen years) 2y
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Red Dragon | Thomas Harris
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Vegan Bolognese Sauce with Spaghetti and Thomas Harris :)

MrsMalaprop Wow 😲, that's an interesting book pairing 😉. 2y
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Red Dragon | Thomas Harris
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Alright, here I am. It's 9 am in Germany and I just picked up the first book of the Hannibal series after I read 100 pages of the second book. I allow myself one day without studying and hope that I get a decent number of pages in today! :)

suvata Great book. Enjoy! 2y
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Questionable Content | Jeph Jacques

What do you do when you realize that you started the second book of a series instead of the first and are already on page 100? It kinda freaks me out that that happened to me... :D Reading the first next and then the third? Or laying the second book aside and start with the first? Internal struggle!

julesG I'd probably stop now and skim through the first book. Then go on with two and three. 2y
drokka I guess it depends on the book and how germane the first one is in relation to it. For example, if it were a cozy I'd keep reading, but a PNR, or a short series (4 books or less in total) I'd stop and pick up the first. 2y
TrishB Me too. Would have to go back to the first. 2y
Mamalala13 It's the Hannibal series... I thought silence of the lambs was the first 🙄 2y
Sarah83 I would handle it like @julesG . If you don't know, how much information is missing because of the first book parts of the second book can be confusing. 2y
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I also finished this one a few days ago. First, I thought I wouldn't be able to get through it because it is deeply philosophical at times. However, once I got used to those deep passages, I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt like I was studying philosophy again. Kinda miss those constant "brain pains" while reading texts :D
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Finished the audiobook yesterday on my bus ride home from Leipzig and it really warmed my heart. A must-read for all cat lovers out there :)
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Penpal | Dathan Auerbach
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@elkeo your letter has finally arrived! I'm so excited that we finally manage to exchange postal goodies :)

elkeo_TheBookDragon I am glad it got to you! (finally 😳) 2y
Mamalala13 @elkeo Well, it took about a week. From the US to Germany, I think that's pretty fast. Some postcards take a few months to arrive ;) 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon The 'finally' is because I took so long to write it! That is quick travel-time though - my mom has had mail take quite a long time to get to Germany. 2y
Mamalala13 @elkeo No reason to feel sorry about it - time flies by too quickly ;) 2y
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I had an extremely stressful week and couldn't read a single page. I spent about 13 hours at uni each day. I hope that I'll be able to read again next week. Today I'll allow my brain a break from everything. (Tomorrow I'll be again at uni for "only" 8 hours)... But I can see better times coming!

julesG Fingers crossed for next week. 2y
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hello! hello! | Matthew Cordell
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Alright, I'll also join #asidefrombooks :)

Fave hobby: rock climbing
Fave drink: Green Goblin Cider (mostly because of the name :D)
Fave food: over-night oats with banana, apple, honey and cinnamon
Fave colour: green
Fave city: Edinburgh
Location dream house: somewhere in Bavaria near the Alps
Fave accesory: my climber necklace/ my automatic watch
Fave TV Show: Modern Family, Grace & Frankie
Currently Reading: the unbearable lightness of being

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American Gods | Neil Gaiman
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Wow! What a plot! Usually, I'm not a big fan of thick books but this one really needed that many pages. Third book by Gaiman that I've read and I think we'll still have many more hours of reading to come. Great author!

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American Gods | Neil Gaiman
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Reading on my way back home :)

julesG German train? 😉 2y
julesG Wanted to add "save travels"! 2y
Mamalala13 @julesG yes, the infamous deutsche Bahn :D 2y
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julesG Fingers crossed for your train being on time. 2y
Mamalala13 @julesG my trains arrived and left on time - should mark it in my calender :D 2y
julesG Definitely! When I go to the airport, I always take the train an hour earlier than I need to, just to be on the safe side. It's better to have an hour more to roam the airport book store than to see your plane taking off without you. 😉 #ThingsYouveLearnedTheHardWay 2y
Mamalala13 @julesG that sounds horrible! I've been taking the train on a daily basis to uni for 4 years now and am quite happy with it being almost always on time. Maybe that's because I rarely have to take the Deutsche Bahn but rather trains from the private company Eurobahn. 2y
julesG Eurobahn is great - always on time. Always leaving Hamm station on time, which means, whenever I try to catch this connecting train my train from Dusseldorf is late. 😁 Now I wonder where you travel with Eurobahn. 😁 2y
Mamalala13 @julesG I take it in Dortmund-Mengede to Altenessen :D 2y
julesG Are you, by any chance, interested in joining us for the Litsy-Meetup in Cologne on September 30th? (Did I get the date right, @scripturient ?) 2y
Mamalala13 @julesG I am, but unfortunately I'm still in Edinburgh on that day 😢 2y
julesG Well, there are worse things than being in Edinburgh. 😉 I'm sure there'll be another meet-up. 2y
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This is a comic in one of my readers at uni :D

Jess7 This is cute and funny! 2y
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Pen Pal | Francesca Forrest
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I just signed up :) #litsypenpals
@steverogers

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Hyperion | Dan Simmons
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Litsy nearly cropped the bookmark. Thank you so much @DuckOfDoom for these lovely gifts. Actually, I wrote sci-fi as a preferred genre because I wanted to know if it's a genre for me. Now I have two sci fi stories and one fantasy to find out :D #summersantagoespostal
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DuckOfDoom I really hope you will enjoy them 😊😊 2y
Mamalala13 @DuckOfDoom I'll post about them on here ;) 2y
hlgreenfield I have Earthsea and Hyperion on my tbr and have heard great things about both! 😃 2y
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Mamalala13 @hlgreenfield I've actually never heard of them but hyperion definitely looks promising. Hope I like sci-fi :D 2y
hlgreenfield Earthsea is by Ursula leGuin who is one of the best sci-fi writers out there. I've read a lot of her books and so far have loved them all. Still haven't got to the Earthsea ones but everyone says they are great. Sci-fi isn't for everyone, but I think it's an amazing genre! If you find out you do like sci-fi check out some Asimov or Philip K Dick - some of the best in my opinion 😃 2y
scripturient Earthsea! ❤️ Gaiman actually says Rowling stole her HP idea from this one. Not sure I agree but it's a good book. 👍🏻 2y
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Waste of Space | Gina Damico
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That's me right now. I have to read an extremely boring book for uni 'cause I have to write a critique on it and it takes me aaaaages to finish it. Not only am I stuck in that one book, it also hinders me on reading other books because I can't read more than one book at once. I'm grumpy!

scripturient Oh no! Which one is it? 2y
Mamalala13 @scripturient It's "Der Krieg im Garten des Königs der Toten" by Sascha Macht. It only has 268 pages and I'm on page 140.. that progress took me two weeks. It's just frustrating. I don't really get what he tries to tell me with his book. Maybe that I should move on and read another one... 2y
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I'm Watching You | Mary Burton
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Woho! My #SummerSantaGoesPostal parcel has arrived! I can't wait to open it!
@BookishMarginalia thanks again dir organizing all this :)

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Do Not Disturb | Carsen Taite
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Exactly my face! Found on Facebook.
"If you have to speak to me while I'm reading​, do it fast!"

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Sometimes I need months to finish a book but still I don't want to bail it. #slowreaderproblems

I-read-and-eat Same here! 3y
slategreyskies Me too! 2y
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Drei Kameraden : Roman | Erich Maria Remarque
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Yay! Managed to read 200 pages today and only took a 1 1/2 hour nap 🙈 still 250 pages to go. I hope to finish it in the next three days. 🤓

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Tired! | Joseph K. Kagimu
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Just a general question: I always get extremely tired when I want to read for a longer period. Do you also get tired whilst reading? And what do you do against it? I have the impression that you all read so many pages a day and I just can't stay awake 😐 I need help! There are so many books I want to read and I'm just too slow.

Cartoon by the awkward Yeti 😊

I-read-and-eat I get that too! Especially in the evening. Sometimes it help if I go for a walk first, in the evening when it has cooled down. Or I can go somewhere else to read, like a local café or the parc. And sometimes I get lucky and don't get sleept reading at home. Hope some if this helps! I know it sucks. ... 3y
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The Mysteries of Udolpho | Ann Radcliffe
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Emily Jonathan St. Aubert is definitely my #dramaqueen!

#characters2017
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LibrarianRyan Love the cartoon 🤓👍🏻💗 3y
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Say Hello! | Rachel Isadora
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#MeetTheLittens @maich great idea!

1. Germany
2. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
3. Harry Potter
4. Forrest Gump
5. Modern Family
6. Amon Amarth
7. Green
8. Classic / Travel lit.
9. Universität Duisburg-Essen, I study British Literature M.A.
10. Unfortunately not :(

britt_brooke I LOVED Into Thin Air. 3y
Mamalala13 @britt_brooke me too! My childhood dream was climbing Mt Everest now I don't think that that's a realistic thing to dream of :D 3y
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My #secretsantagoespostal #summersantagoespostal package is ready to be taken to the post office. I hope that my match will enjoy the gifts and that it arrives on time :)
@BookishMarginalia thank you for organizing all this :)

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Birthday | Koji Suzuki
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Today's​ my birthday and I got an e-Book reader as a present. Bookworm is very happy 😊

TrishB Happy birthday 🎉🎂 3y
Mamalala13 Thank you @TrishB :) 3y
scripturient Happy belated birthday! 😊 3y
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Mamalala13 Thank you @scripturient 😊 3y
hlgreenfield Happy belated birthday!! Congrats and that's an awesome gift! 3y
Mamalala13 Thank you @hlgreenfield - it truly is, my faithful companion on my way on the train to university :) 3y
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Finished it just now, loved it and now I'm in desperate need of a sequel! I want to know how Nobody Owens' life continues!

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Neverwhere | Neil Gaiman
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Preparing for the upcoming semester but unsure which book I should read next. Have to read all of them for a Gaiman seminar that I'm going to attend from next week til the end of summer :)

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My photo skills aren't the best today but: I just finished Blackout! What a ride. It took me some time to dive into the story but what can I say? What a book! The research behind it is amazing and astonishing! At the beginning, I didn't think that I would finish it and now I can recommend it to anyone who's interested in learning sth about electricity and its consequences once it is gone.

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I'm so excited!! My first ever postal event ! Can't wait to go shopping!! 😍🤗 #SummerSantaGoesPostal

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AchtNacht: Thriller | Sebastian Fitzek
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Photo is quite bad, but anyway: AchtNacht was a very quick read and it didn't really work for me. The twist in the end was very obvious for me, because it's so "fitzek-like". However, I found it great that characters from previous books appeared again :) now on with Black Out!

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New in 🌌 and I absolutely adore the cover ❤ #bookhaul

hlgreenfield That is such a cool cover. Much nicer than mine tbh 3y
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A bit late - my reading list from 2016. The book titles that I've written in red are the ones I had to read for my seminars at uni. 25 books, 8,509 pages - 1 year and a Bachelor degree 🤗🎉

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Almost done with this gem 📖❤

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Giving Stephen King another chance to convince me that he's worth being read. So far I wasn't blown away by his stories

TrishB This wouldn't be my first pick and I'm a big fan! 3y
Mamalala13 Dang! Which one would you recommend then? @TrishB 3y
TrishB Depending on what you like: horror - 'Salem's Lot, The Stand, The Shining. Timetravel - 11/22/63. Fantasy/magic - The Green Mile, The Dark Tower series.Thriller/ mystery- Mr Mercedes 😀 3y
Mamalala13 Thanks for providing such a great choice. I think I'll try one of them next year :) @TrishB 3y
TrishB I'm a firm believer there is a King book for everyone 😄 3y
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On to the next book 😍

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aaaand almost done with this one.I just can't stop reading! 😍