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Joined June 2018

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The Third Hotel: A Novel | Laura van den Berg
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The new #indiespensable box is here!!!! #indiebuddyreads #powells

mklong I.e your $50 coaster 😂 Hopefully next time they will send books you don‘t already own! 1y
MeikeReads @mklong Haha, I'm telling you, it's gonna be "Friday Black", which I am currently reading as an arc! :-) 1y
mklong You may be okay. I think that one is being released on paperback, so they would have to do a special edition. It looks great though! 1y
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MeikeReads @mklong I hope you're right!! :-) 1y
BarbaraBB This box looks great. Are its contents always this good? 1y
MeikeReads @BarbaraBB This is only my second box, so I don't have much experience yet, but you can check out the Powell's website and look at many previous boxes- the books are consistently well-chosen, the quality of the other goodies varies from cool mugs to slightly odd tea towels (or, in this case, a coaster)... 1y
BarbaraBB Thank you, I will! 1y
catiewithac @BarbaraBB my favorite part is always the exclusive author interview! 1y
Redheadrambles @MeikeReads 😢😢😢😢😢 not fair !!! 1y
MeikeReads @Redheadrambles Poor kiwis!!! :-( 1y
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Yes, it's here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #subutex #frenchlit

Redwritinghood Ah! I haven‘t even read the first one yet! So much to read, so little time! 1y
MeikeReads @Redwritinghood Oh, but you have to read Subutex, it's so, so good!! :-) 1y
Redwritinghood @MeikeReads Maybe when I‘m finally done with Booker reading. And then NBA reading . . . 1y
MeikeReads @Redwritinghood Hahaha!!! :-) 1y
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Why do people believe in God? That's the central question of Kwon's debut novel which centers on two college students in emotional turmoil. Not without flaws, but very well done.

batsy Interesting! I feel like I should read this once I'm done with Dostoyevsky's Karamazov, which asks the same question... 1y
MeikeReads @batsy After Dostoyevsky, this might seem like a major let-down though! :-) 1y
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Das Teemnnchen | Heinz Strunk
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It's a scandal that none of Heinz Strunk's books has been translated into English yet - this guy went from being the darling of the Hamburg underground to winning major literary awards, and no one walks the line between tragedy and comedy like him. His new short story collection "The Little Tea Man" is just wonderful.

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I GOT THE NEW BOOK BY SJÓN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so excited - I love Iceland, and I love Sjón's wild imagination. #iceland #favorite #sjon

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Stephen Florida | Gabe Habash
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How can a book about a misfit amateur wrestler in North Dakota be so compelling and fascinating? Seriously, how??? Gabe Habash, what a talent - and this is only his debut novel!

Redheadrambles I know right ! Very talented and such a singular interesting character he created there with Stephen 1y
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Did Olivia Laing just invent the "biographical pastiche"? In #Crudo, she cross-fades her bio with that of punk poet and feminist icon #KathyAcker, thus offering an equally innovative and disturbing look at our current state of affairs. This might well get nominated for the next #Goldsmiths or #WomensPrize.

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German newspaper #DieZeit celebrates #RonanFarrow's #WarOnPeace as "brilliant" - and it is! #dogsoflitsy #politics

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Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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Ondaatje's Warlight is everywhere these days! #hype #manbooker2018 #mbp2018 #finestfiction #indiebuddyreads

Redheadrambles That‘s a nice photo of him - for a moment I thought he was in the shop there larger than life signing books 1y
MeikeReads @Redheadrambles Oh, that would have been fun!! :-) And I agree, I also think that's a very nice book poster! 1y
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This book is not included in the Litsy database yet - it's the brand new Lucia Berlin short story collection with 22 additional texts, out in November. Funny and sad, authentic and imagined - I wish the author was still alive to witness her success! #LuciaBerlin #EveningInParadise #Netgalley #arc #fsgbooks

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Audiobook narrators usually don't get the praise that they deserve, so let me say that Cassandra Campbell does a terrific job reading this one. I listened to the book because people keep comparing it to #TheMarsRoom, but while I command Kerman for her activism regarding prison reform, I have to say that this book is not particularly well-written. #RachelKushner plays in another league! #indiebuddyreads

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This book will win this year's Booker prize - cutting-edge fiction, fresh, poetic and current. Gunaratne talks about the sources of and connections between hate and fear, and while the story is set in modern-day London, its wisdom expands way beyond the city limits . #manbooker2018 #mbp2018 #finestfiction #indiebuddyreads

Redwritinghood Dying to get my copy. Come on Book Depository! 1y
MeikeReads @Redwritinghood What, it's still not been delivered?! Damn!! 1y
Redwritinghood @MeikeReads lol - Right after I sent this, my husband came in with the mail and 3 books from BD were in there, including this one. Just waiting for The Water Cure now. 1y
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MeikeReads @Redwritinghood Hahaha- I guess our conversation now counts as mail voodoo! :-) 1y
BarbaraBB Wow! Still need to read this one! 1y
MeikeReads @BarbaraBB I hope you'll enjoy it!! :-) 1y
Redheadrambles @MeikeReads A bold assertion! This one is up next for me. 1y
batsy Fabulous review!! I love how this one is bringing out all of the enthusiasm in readers ❤️ (Most of the other longlist books have been inviting tepid reactions 😉) 1y
MeikeReads @batsy I have to say that Mars Room, Long Take and Everything Under are superb as well! :-) 1y
batsy 👍🏽😁 1y
Redheadrambles Yesss halfway and I love it ! I think it‘s moving to top of my league table 1y
MeikeReads @Redheadrambles Yaaaaaaaaay!!!!! 1y
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What a beautiful, atmospheric book! A soldier returns from WWII and tries to build a life for himself in LA. Although he finds new meaning in his work as a reporter, often covering social justice issues, his trauma and his disappointment with American society threaten to destroy him. The writing is highly poetic and pays tribute to film noir and jazz. #manbooker2018 #mbp2018 #indiebuddyreads #finestfiction

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Native American author Sherman Alexie writes about the tragic destiny of his mother and the hard life of his parents on the Spokane Indian rez in Washington. Everybody should read Alexie, #TommyOrange and #LouiseErdrich.

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Milkman | Anna Burns
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This book clearly has its strengths, especially when the author talks about how The ﹰTroubles in Northern Ireland have disrupted communities, but the excessive ruminations of the protagonist really tested my patience. #manbooker2018 #finestfiction #indiebuddyreads #mbp2018 #indiebuddyreads

ClairesReads Love your sandals!! 1y
MeikeReads @ClairesReads Thanks!!!! :-) 1y
ClairesReads @MeikeReads I love sandals- I hate winter so much because I have to wear proper shoes. 1y
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MeikeReads @ClairesReads Oh, I love snow though! :-) 1y
ClairesReads @MeikeReads I think that‘s why I hate winter- we don‘t get snow here, so it‘s just rain and misery. 1y
MeikeReads @ClairesReads :-( :-( :-( 1y
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The Water Cure | Sophie Mackintosh
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Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book to sell it, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia though. In fact I'm wondering what it is about this book that is supposed to be feminist, or whether it has any merit beyond the actual story it tells. #indiebuddyreads #dogsoflitsy #dogs #manbooker2018 #finestfiction #indiebuddyreads #mbp2018

Redheadrambles Haha cute ! Plus bonus points for salt :) 1y
MeikeReads @Redheadrambles Thanks!! :-) 1y
mklong It‘s a funny old world now when calling it “feminist dystopia” actually helps you sell a book! And Elvis is so cute! He and my Sandy look like they could be cousins. 1y
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MeikeReads @mklong Haha, so true!!! :-) And we need a #dogclub in addition to the book club! :-) 1y
Redwritinghood Oh no - is it worse than Snap? 1y
MeikeReads @Redwritinghood Oh, that's a difficult question! As a Booker pick, I'd say it's not, but Snap was clearly written as pure entertainment, while Mackintosh seems to be serious about this - so from this angle, The Water Cure is worse! :-) 1y
MaGoose Love the dog!! 1y
MeikeReads @MaGoose Thanks!! He really is the best dog ever! :-) 1y
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Brazil: A Biography | Lilia M. Schwarcz, Heloisa M. Starling
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I just love the beautiful, vibrant and contradictory place that is #Brazil! Over a whopping 800 Pages, the authors of this impressive non-fiction book give a broad overview of historical and societal developments that have shaped their country - and they prove that social science can be both objective and passionate. #netgalley #arc #BrazilABiography #fsg

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Donal Ryan writes about three very different men, about their losses and regrets - and woooow, this author really shows some deep understanding of the human soul. There are beautiful, interesting and pristine sentences aplenty. Another year with outstanding Irish contributions to the Booker list, it seems. #manbooker2018 #finestfiction #indiebuddyreads #mbp2018 #indiebuddyreads

Redheadrambles Yes ! Such a good match there to the wallpaper and one of my top Booker books so far as you know :) 1y
MeikeReads @Redheadrambles Agreed - the book is wonderful!! (The background is my shower curtain :-)) 1y
Redheadrambles @MeikeReads ah yes that makes more sense now otherwise it‘s a very wavy wall haha ! 1y
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AceOnRoam Shower curtain hahahahaha, that's a Litsy first! 1y
MeikeReads @AceOnRoam It takes me 3 hours to get to the sea, so the curtain must do as a background! :-) 1y
AceOnRoam It's worth the drive! 1y
MeikeReads @AceOnRoam You know what? You're so right! :-) 1y
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Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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This book is the epitomy of Ondaatje's style: Polished and controlled, the language flows nicely, evenly, perfectly. This author is undoubtedly a master of his craft and there is also no doubt that his meditations on how the past continues to influence us have tremendous merit; still, this is not for me: I like my stories wilder and weirder. #manbooker2018 #finestfiction #indiebuddyreads #mbp2018

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Sabrina | Nick Drnaso
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Ta-da: The first #GraphicNovel ever to be nominated for the #Booker! #Sabrina talks about loneliness, conspiracy theories, the news cycle and the destructive power of the media - a very interesting addition to this year's longlist. #manbooker2018 #finestfiction #indiebuddyreads

Redwritinghood This one seems very timely. 1y
MeikeReads @Redwritinghood Yes, it definitely is! 1y
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Everything Under | Daisy Johnson
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This is the reworking of a Greek tragedy, a horror/ghost story, and a family drama - Daisy Johnson knows how to write exciting experimental fiction, and this is a worthy Booker nominee! #manbooker2018 #mbp2018 #finestfiction #indiebuddyreads

batsy That's great! I'm excited to read this :) 1y
MeikeReads @batsy I think you would enjoy this book as well, Batsy! :-) 1y
ns510reads Can‘t wait to read it!! Hehe I‘m saving all you guys‘ reviews to read for when I‘m done :) 1y
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MeikeReads @ns510reads As long as we then get a review from you in return! ;-) 1y
BarbaraBB Great review. You are right, it is quite original. Maybe I judged it too harsh. 1y
MeikeReads @BarbaraBB Thank you! :-) I guess this book is very particular, and quite a few of my GR friends had issues with it - so I see why this might not appeal to everybody!! 1y
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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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In #WashingtonBlack, Edugyan writes about slavery, race, and identity, but in the form of an adventure novel. A very accessible read for a #Booker nominee, but also intelligent story with some depth. #mbp2018 #manbooker2018 #finestfiction #indiebuddyreads #netgalley #arc

JenniferP I‘m not planning to read the whole Booker list but this is one that sounds intriguing to me. I don‘t think it‘s published in the US yet. 1y
MeikeReads @JenniferP They pushed the pub date forward due to its Booker nom - maybe you should check again to be sure, see whether it's available via kindle or apply for an ARC at Netgalley! :-) 1y
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Snap | Belinda Bauer
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It's not a bad book for what it is, but this should never have made the #Booker longlist. The world is going nuts and there are tons of books out there telling relevant stories about our times, with urgent narrative voices and interesting aesthetic concepts - and the Booker judges nominate escapist entertainment with kitsch elements instead of #TimWinton or #TommyOrange. Very upsetting. #indiebuddyreads #manbooker2018 #mbp2018 #finestfiction

arubabookwoman I find that every year there‘s a book or two on the long list that raises this question. 1y
MeikeReads @arubabookwoman You're right!! I'm just so upset that they ignored literature from three continents and now feel all progressive and edgy for adding this! :-( 1y
Redwritinghood Oh no - we‘re not off to a good start. I hope the others are better. 1y
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BarbaraBB Oh no - not again... each year there are some books that make me think WTF are they doing on the longlist... 1y
MeikeReads @Redwritinghood At least we have Kushner, Mad and Furious City and Powers! But still... 1y
MeikeReads @BarbaraBB Absolutely, but this is a particularly absurd case, unfortunately! 1y
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Tommy Orange portrays the lives of several Native Americans in modern-day #California, thus shining a light on the Native experience today. If you don't read this, it's clearly your loss - the book is fantastic. #indiebuddyreads #indiespensable #oakland #nativeamerican #firstnations

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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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Kushner tackles mass incaceration and the prison-industrial complex by telling the stories of several inmates in a women's prison - what a great book!! #dogsoflitsy

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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mklong Can‘t wait to see how many we guessed! Thanks for pulling this all together! 1y
MeikeReads @mklong This was so much fun!!! 1y
Redheadrambles @MeikeReads it‘s a cool wee list ! 1y
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Redwritinghood We will have to see our accuracy. 🤞🏻🤞🏻 1y
ns510reads Ooh!! Looking good! This makes me feel all kinds of excited 😁👏🏼 1y
Neale Glad to see Winton on top! 😊 1y
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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...this book starts out with a quote by Brecht?! Interesting! #StoriesUnite #BertiBrecht

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The Outsider | Stephen King
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Yes, that's his extra scary Stephen-King-has-a-new-novel-face!!! Cool, right? :-) #dogsoflitsy #KingIsKing #StephenKing #suspense #finderskeepers4

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The Dead: A Novel | Christian Kracht
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Guys, Kracht's "Die Toten" was just published in translation as "The Dead". This author means so much to me, I hope many people will read this as well as his other translated works!! #SwissLit #ChristianKracht #favorites

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#Yanagihara is such a brilliant, brilliant writer! Norton, a gifted scientist, discovers a turtle that might hold the secret to eternal life - he wins the Nobel for that, but the consequences for the turtle's habitat in Micronesia are devastating: Companies exploit nature, the indigenous culture dies. Then Norton goes to prison for sexually abusing native children. How could all of that happen? A thought-provoking read, highly recommended.

arubabookwoman Did you know that Norton was based on a real person? (Love the turtle). (edited) 1y
MeikeReads @arubabookwoman Yes, I read that in the Guardian - I have not checked what exactly Yanagihara invented and what she didn't invent though (Selene syndrome doesn't exist, obviously). Did you dive into that puzzle? 1y
MeikeReads Thanks re the turtle!!! :-) Curiously, it's from Luxemburg! :-) 1y
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arubabookwoman @MeikeReads I googled a bit. The real person‘s (forget his name) area of research was prion disease, which is quite interesting, so I wondered why the author invented Selene syndrome. The child abuse was quite real. 1y
MeikeReads @arubabookwoman Oh God, how terrible! 1y
Redheadrambles That is so cute !!! I have been totally fascinated by prions since I did a research paper on them way back in the late 90s when “Mad cow disease” was a thing. Anyway this one is on my 2019 reading plans I think 1y
MeikeReads @Redheadrambles It's such a good book - very dark, but excellent!! Ha, I had to do a presentation on the political repercussions of Mad Cow Disease in the early 2000's! :-) 1y
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Certainly not the most subtle book ever written, but I was fascinated how #Bradbury depicted the aspect of human complacency: In this #dystopia, society is in favor of abolishing books, because they might contain challenging ideas as well as unpleasant truths and provoke negative emotions like sadness. The consequence: A dehumanized society. The people of Litsy certainly won't let that happen!! :-)

Slajaunie Absolutely not! We will be up in arms, or books, and fight tooth and nail! 📚📖 1y
MeikeReads @Slajaunie Yessss!!! We want all of it: The challenging ideas, the emotional rollercoaster rides, the difficult philosophy - we're not afraid. Bring it on, books! :-) 1y
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Redwritinghood 🎉🎉 1y
MeikeReads @Redwritinghood 😁🦄🎈🤸‍♀️ 1y
irre It‘s such a great book. 😍😍 1y
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MeikeReads @irre I hope I'll manage to read it soon!! 1y
irre Start it when you have a lot of time to read. It‘s a book you want to read in as few sittings as possible. 1y
AceOnRoam Yessss! That was a long wait, but a happy ending 😍 1y
MeikeReads Thanks @irre , I'll do that - and I want a pool like the one at which you read the book!! :-) 1y
MeikeReads @AceOnRoam Yes, and now we know that there's a mystical connection between shipments to NZ and to Germany!! :-) 1y
AceOnRoam I know, that was quite bizarre lol... 1y
Redheadrambles The epic story of thee arrival of the tea towels is finally at an end - woohoo 🎉😀 1y
MeikeReads @Redheadrambles But next time, we want proper extras! No mobs, screwdrivers or washing powder, please! :-) 1y
Neale Yayyyy! 😊 1y
ClairesReads Yay!!! 1y
ns510reads Yayy!! Hehe and yes it seems some strange connection exists between Germany and Nz! Maybe there is a portal we don‘t know about... 1y
mklong Finally!! And yes, the next box better have extra books and Powell‘s swag. I have all the towels that I require. 1y
MeikeReads @mklong Hahahaha, ooooh yes!!!!! :-) 1y
Redheadrambles @MeikeReads and now I am late night stalking the Powell‘s page waiting to find out the next volume.... 1y
MeikeReads @Redheadrambles Haha, I also already stalked them today! What will it be?! #booknerds 1y
Redheadrambles @MeikeReads I really have no idea actually! If I just looked at what was coming out in August I would be hoping for maybe Ohio ?? 1y
MeikeReads @Redheadrambles Oh, that would be cool!! I thought maybe The Incendiaries? 1y
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In "Destroy All Monsters: The Last Rock Novel", Jackson discusses mass shootings in concert venues and what they might say about our state of affairs, and he does it in a narrative which feels like an explosion that produces fragments over fragments- good idea, but the execution is lacking. (No, my dog does not really drink canned beer, no worries! :-)) #music #arc #netgalley #dogsoflitsy #dogs

Neale Cool shoes! 😎 1y
MeikeReads @Neale Thanks!! I bought them when I was a teenager with blue hair! :-) (True story!!) 1y
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Kudos: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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Today, Cusk's new book got a huge article in one of Germany's major newspapers, Die Zeit - and rightly so! Its protagonist Faye, a writer and divorced mother of two, takes us into Europe's literary circles, and the whole story is told from Cusk's trademark "annihilated perspective". Will #Kudos convince the #Booker judges? It certainly made the #indiebuddyreads prediction list!

BarbaraBB And it‘s one of the books for the Rooster Summer Reading Challenge! 1y
MeikeReads @BarbaraBB That's great, I hope many people will read it! 1y
Redheadrambles @Meikereads Yeah for the prediction list ! I better go on this one then ? 1y
MeikeReads @Redheadrambles There's no way around it: You got to read it!! :-) 1y
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Arthur Less, the semi-successful writer in the blue suit, is shattered: His boyfriend of 9 years who recently broke up with him is getting married, and Arthur really doesn't want to attend this event. To have an excuse, he decides to accept all the invitations to half-baked literary events that are currently in his inbox. Arthur travels around the globe in search for his lost past and unknown future - what a wonderful, kind and intelligent book!

batsy Love the pic! 1y
Redheadrambles That‘s a fun picture. I need to read this one I think 1y
MeikeReads @batsy @Redheadrambles Thanks so much, guys!! I am trying to get a little creative with those pics! :-) 1y
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Ha, look what I am currently reading while sitting on my balcony in Germany and trying to learn more about German author Rainer Maria #Rilke - those Aussies and Kiwis just know stuff! :-) @Neale @Redheadrambles @AceOnRoam @ClairesReads #indiebuddyreads

MeikeReads Thanks, @AceOnRoam , I hadn't added @Marchpane yet, but I surely did now!! :-) 1y
MeikeReads ...added as a Litsy friend, I mean! 1y
AceOnRoam Oh, cool, I thought you just forgot!! 😀 so many Aussies now 1y
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The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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The real protagonists of this book are #trees - living, thinking, communicating, hard-working trees! Okay, there are also people, but they are on a quest to learn what the trees already know. Experimental #ecofiction for people who love #nature! #environment #indiebuddyreads #manbooker2018 #finestfiction

readingjedi I absolutely loved this book! 🌳🌳🌳🌳 1y
MeikeReads @readingjedi It's really good- I definitely need to read more Richard Powers!!! I think I will tackle "The Time of Our Singing" next! 1y
arubabookwoman This is my favorite read of the year so far. The Time of Our Singing is very good too! 1y
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Census | Jesse Ball
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@Neale Elvis says he's sorry, but he would only fly if he was allowed in the cabin with me, plus he has this important job of cleaning up the forest - who will store away all these random pieces of wood and dig holes if he was in AUS? #dogswithjobs #thisisMYterritory #terrierpower #dogsoflitsy
Chloe is so cute!!

Redwritinghood Cute pup! 1y
ClairesReads Omg so cute 1y
batsy 🐶😍 1y
MeikeReads @Redwritinghood @ClairesReads @batsy Thaaanks!! Unfortunately, he exactly knows how cute he is! :-) 1y
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The Order of the Day | ric Vuillard
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Vuillard received the most important Prize for French literature for his book on the rise of Hitler. By highlighting singular instances and describing little vignettes, he dissects a major catastrophe into a multitude of failures which add up to WWII and the holocaust. Still, I was a little underwhelmed, maybe because the last novel about the Nazis that won the Goncourt, Binet's "HHhH", was much more daring and intense.

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This short story collection contains 18 texts by writers from Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and the Faroe Islands - and it's edited by Sjón. Sjón!!! Which of course means you have to read it. #captainobvious

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Vernon Subutex 1 | Virginie Despentes
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How cool is my #Subutex tee?!?! I love it, and I love this book about a former record store owner who turns into a very special kind of philosopher - read it, people, now!!!!! #whoisvernonsubutex

Redwritinghood Awesome shirt! I have a copy of this but have yet to read it. 1y
MeikeReads @Redwritinghood Thanks!!! The book is fantastic, @Redheadrambles is a fan as well! :-) 1y
Neale @MeikeReads That is one cool shirt. Hopefully my copy of the book will turn up this week. 😊 1y
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batsy Oh, that is so cool! I love the shirt! Now to actually read the book 😁 1y
Redheadrambles Oh yes I am such a fan hopefully get to Book 2 later this year 😀 1y
MeikeReads @Neale and @batsy Yes, please read it!! :-) 1y
MeikeReads @Redheadrambles ...and I need to get my hands on Vol. 3! 1y
ClairesReads This Tee is amazing! 1y
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Yan Lianke deconstructs Xi Jinping's concept of the "Chinese Dream" - turns out there's only a thin line between a dream and a nightmare...#netgalley #arc #thedaythesundied #belgium #china #travelitsy

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In this book, some of the most famous German-language writers, among them Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth, spend one last summer together in their Belgian exile before they get scattered all over the world and WWII destroys the continent (including Ostend). Many of those brilliant minds later killed themselves because they had lost faith in humanity. This is such a timely read, it makes my stomach turn. #belgium #ostend #travelitsy

AceOnRoam 😢😢😢 1y
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Thanks for the tag, @Redwritinghood ! :-)
1. The Town Musicians of Bremen
2. Neither - no animated movies for me, please!
3. 9:34 p.m.
4. Ham
5. @batsy @Redheadrambles
#friyayintro

batsy Thank you for the tag! I love a ham sandwich 😁 1y
Redheadrambles I am so bad at these Meike ! But I do like your choice of Fairy Tale - have you seen Shaun Tan‘s book of sculptures based on Grimm ? 1y
MeikeReads @batsy Ham- iiiieeeehhhh!!!!! :-) 1y
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MeikeReads @Redheadrambles No, I hadn't heard of it, but I just googled the book and it looks fascinating! I am not an expert on fairy tales, but my mother read Hauff and Grimm to me when I was a child. BTW: The most famous sight in Bremen (the real city) is a bronze sculpture of the Town Musicians! :-) 1y
Redheadrambles @MeikeReads I had never read Grimm really until last year when I got this illustrated book and the read Phillip Pullman‘s versions and it was great ! I loved the Bremen town musicians one. 1y
MeikeReads @Redheadrambles I guess it's a cultural thing, just about every kid here knows these stories, I even remember that we discussed fables and fairy tales in school - the Brothers Grimm were really important when it comes to developing a common standard for the German language (Hochdeutsch / "High German", which is like our "Oxford English"). Their dictionary is still cited today. And I think the best fairy tales are those with animals! :-) 1y
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Census | Jesse Ball
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Jesse Ball's brother Abram who suffered from Down syndrome was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he would one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is a story about a father who has a son with trisomy 21 to better mirror the relationship they might have had in the future. The census in this book is all about human relationships - a moving and puzzling story.

Redwritinghood Just in time! I‘m way behind. (edited) 1y
MeikeReads @Redwritinghood I hope you'll like it!! :-) 1y
Redheadrambles @Redwritinghood not way behind, Meike is just waaaay in front ;) I am starting this one next week ready for a #indiebuddyreads chat next weekend;) ! 1y
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Neale I‘m going to do the same. 😊 1y
Redwritinghood @Redheadrambles Oh, good. I‘m about half way now, but I‘m not loving it. 1y
Redheadrambles @Redwritinghood yeah I sense this is a tough one to love ? There is plenty of discussion going on already but I am trying to go in with an open mind so have not read any group reviews really 1y
MeikeReads @Redwritinghood @Redheadrambles @Neale I am so curious to hear your opinions! This book certainly requires a high tolerance for experimental writing. :-) 1y
mklong Ooh, I have a very high tolerance for experimental writing so 🤞🏼 1y
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The Future of Power | Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
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Just read a neswaper article by the acclaimed historian Herfried Münkler who refers back to Joseph Nye's politics of soft power (read Nye!!), and his conclusion is grim: The more successful Trump is, the more America's soft power will dissolve, a process that cannot be reversed. The outcome, says Münkler, will be the end of "the West" that has once been created by the US. The American Century: 1917 (the US enters WWI) - 2017?

Redwritinghood A lot of us see this happening, but the division he has helped create makes it hard to change the course. So frustrating! 1y
MeikeReads @Redwritinghood I have not yet abandoned all hope- I know that the US is so much more than Trump and full of wonderful people. I hope this insanity will end soon! 1y
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Walking towards Ostende while listening to Weidermann's "Ostende 1936"...#belgium #ostende #travelitsy #audiobook

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Buying new #comics in style at "De Striep", #Bruges, #Belgium!

asiriusreader Welcome to Litsy!! 1y
MeikeReads Thank you, @asiriusreader !! :-) 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 👍📚 1y
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My current reading environment! #litsyonthego #beachreads #belgium #travel #europe

Bronte_Chintz Welcome to Litsy! Hope you love it here! 1y
Bookspirit Hi, Welcome to Litsy and Congrats on becoming a Litten☺👏 1y
ClairesReads Beautiful! I love the beach 1y
MeikeReads Thanks so much, @Bookspirit and @Bronte_Chintz !! 1y
MeikeReads @ClairesReads , it's so beautiful here right now, I really don't want to go back home next week! 1y
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Christian Kracht revisited: Irritation und Rezeption | Matthias N. Lorenz, Christine Riniker
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If you like Christian Kracht, you will LOVE this book! #christiankracht #dogs #bookishdog #booksndogs #swisslit #dogsoflitsy

mklong Welcome to Litsy Meike! And Elvis is so cute!! 2y
MeikeReads Thank you!!! :-) 2y
Redwritinghood Welcome! Hope you like it here. 2y
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Neale Howdy there. G‘day mate. 😊😊😊 2y
MeikeReads @Redwritinghood @Neale Thanks, guys! So good to see you here! 2y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 1y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻😊 1y
MeikeReads Thank you so much, @Wife and @Eggs! 1y
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