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Simona

Joined March 2016

🙋🐶🐱📚 Carpe Librum https://www.goodreads.com/Anomis StoryGraph simonam
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The Hunter: A Novel | Tana French
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I‘m not ready to think about 2024, but I‘m looking forward for this book #BBGiveAway

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Pageboy: A Memoir | Elliot Page
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Painful, honest and extremely brave … Autobiography, which has structural deficiencies, but this is autobiography where content is much more important than form.

rockpools Hello lovely - so glad to see you! We‘ve missed you! 😘 17h
LeahBergen Hello again! I‘ve missed you. 🥰 14h
Simona Thank you @rockpools @LeahBergen I have missed you too ☺️ 44m
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Untitled | Unknown
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Two books from previous #weeklyforecast and one new audiobook … In this week I‘m expecting two finish audiobook Anna and ebook Here be Iceberg, The Ink Black Heart is in category wishful thinking …

Cinfhen I love your shelves!!!!! So calming 🥰 11mo
BarbaraBB I miss you! 6mo
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Body Kintsugi | Senka Maric
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October was good reading month, I even have one #bookspinbingo consisting 5 different books! My favourite is tagged book, which is also my #bookspin and #doublespin (I‘m playing one book=two squares), but the most fun I had with was R.Osman‘s The Bullet That Missed.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!! 11mo
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Mehso-so

I appreciate the historical research behind the story, I loved atmosphere in it, but I wasn‘t immersed in the way I would like to be …. I had the same feelings with the Hamnet, and I assume, that something in O‘Farrell‘s writing isn‘t working for me. Nice, rich story, but not for me. 🤷🏻‍♀️

BarbaraBB Ooh that is a pity. I am a fan of O‘Farrell but Hamnet was my least favorite. I have this one lined up for later this week and am curious to see where I‘ll end up! 11mo
Simona Looking forward to see your review @barbarabb That was my second book by her, and I will eventually get to her backlist, but I‘m not very eager … 11mo
Karisimo I feel the exact same way about Hamnet and this one! 11mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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My list for November #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo My reading time is still limited, so I‘m playing one book - two squares 🤷🏻‍♀️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
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The Marriage Portrait and The Country of Others are my books in progress, the rest of them are just ‘pile of possibilities‘ for the week … but I have two days off, so who knows 🤷🏻‍♀️
#weeklyforecast

Sleepswithbooks That looks awesome! 11mo
BarbaraBB I am about to start the O‘Farrell as well! 11mo
CaramelLunacy I read the Galbraith recently and it is very atmospheric for this time of year 11mo
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If you are interested in cults, than this book is for you. Church of Scientology is institution with horrifying practices, theirs Fair Gaming is upper level of abuse and harassment … you have to wonder how sick are the brains behind this … but, faith is blind sometimes …

DGRachel I‘ve watched the show he did with Lean Remini on Netflix and listened to her memoir earlier this year. It‘s horrifying. 11mo
BarbaraBB Intriguing! 11mo
Simona @DGRachel I wasn‘t watching the show, but I listen their podcast Fair Game and indeed, it‘s horrifying. 11mo
Simona @BarbaraBB If you use Scribd, the audiobook is there. 11mo
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Charming and entertaining as were previous books, and I can see that crime/mystery part is evolving with each book in more complicated story. Nice 👌

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In Search of Lost Time | Marcel Proust
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New on my shelves - I have been waiting for them all year! Reprinted edition with new covers, and I must say that they are gorgeous ♥️

Cinfhen Oh!!!!! They are GORGEOUS 😍🤩 11mo
AnneCecilie Beautiful 😍 11mo
batsy Aaaah 😍 11mo
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squirrelbrain Gorgeous! ❤️ 11mo
LeahBergen They‘re beautiful! 11mo
Aimeesue Wow, lovely! 11mo
rockpools 😍 Well worth the wait! 11mo
Ruthiella Beautiful! 😍 11mo
kspenmoll Gorgeous! 11mo
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Body Kintsugi | Senka Maric
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This is auto-fictional novel, intimate story of a woman who is struggling with breast cancer, it is the story about patching the body, soul and personal history, story about the moments when life begins to slip between your fingers. Deep, brutally honest, almost, poetic prose, fragmented story, told in second person feels remote, but this remoteness also allows the author to avoid pathetic and self pity.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kintsugi

IndoorDame Wow! I love the cover design! 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Great review!!! 11mo
Simona @IndoorDame It is the most perfect cover for this story. 11mo
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The Bullet That Missed is my current read, Leïla Slimani will be my audio-walks companion, and just in case if I manage to finish The Bullet, I have The Marriage Portrait. #weeklyforecast

Cinfhen I loved BOTH the bullet and 11mo
Simona @Cinfhen I‘m loving The Bullet (will finish it today), but I‘m not sure about Marriage Portrait, because I saw in one review - accidentally - how it ends … and I have the feeling that end like this can be ‘problematic‘, in the sense if it looks convincing or not. 11mo
Cinfhen Hmmmm, I enjoyed the story from start to finish and the ending didn‘t bother me. Ill be curious to hear your thoughts when you‘re done. 11mo
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gua Viva | Clarice Lispector, Benjamin Moser, Stefan Tobler
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Through few years that is my third unsuccessful attempt to read Clarice Lispector ….

BarbaraBB That‘s a pity. I enjoyed her 11mo
Simona @BarbaraBB Maybe next time, when my brain capacity will be more strong … I can see the beauty in her sentences, but I can‘t connect with them🤷🏻‍♀️ 11mo
BarbaraBB I wouldn‘t even try if I were you. You gave her a fair chance already 😘 So many books out there! 11mo
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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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I had no idea who Jennette is and what she represents in pop culture, but the praises of her book are everywhere and I, of course, have to read it too. Reviewing autobiography is always a problem to me, because readers are judging how/in what way someone has decided to share their private life with the world. I sympathise with Jennette, but … this autobiography feels like a exercise she had to do on therapy, and self-reflection and … 👇

Simona … personal/intimate commentary has been removed for publication. I appreciate brutal honesty without self-pity, but I need more in autobiography. 11mo
BarbaraBB I guess I‘ll pass on this one too 11mo
rockpools Hmm. Interesting. I might not. How are you doing, Simona? 11mo
Simona @BarbaraBB It‘s not bad book, but it is definitely lacking in something … 11mo
Simona @rockpools Thank you for asking 😘 I‘m still positive, but fortunately, without any simptoms🤞 11mo
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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Mehso-so

This story about fairytale world and classic fight between good and evil feels like YA adventure story. I was listening audiobook, it was fun experience … but I think that physical book would be DNF for me. Pick for the first part of the book, and pan for adventure part of the book.

Leftcoastzen I‘m about 100 pages of finishing and feeling the same way. 11mo
BarbaraBB I‘ll pass 11mo
Simona @Leftcoastzen I wasn‘t prepared for YA adventure, but as you said in your review - King is good storyteller. 11mo
Simona @BarbaraBB Maybe his next book will be more ‘suitable‘ for us😘 11mo
BarbaraBB I am not a fan, so I don‘t think I‘ll try! 11mo
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The Anomaly | Herv Le Tellier
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The way to treat yourself during the covid … I‘m only one chapter in, but already very intrigued.

batsy Hope you're doing OK and the symptoms are mild 💕💐 12mo
IuliaC Great book! Hope you get well soon! 12mo
rockpools Oh no! Get well soon Simona🌞 11mo
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BarbaraBB Wishing you the best! And I am very curious about this book!! 11mo
Anna40 Get well soon 11mo
Simona Thank you @batsy @IuliaC @rockpools @BarbaraBB @Anna40 I‘m on the lucky side with the coronavirus, I have very mild symptoms, I only feel tired. 11mo
Anna40 Glad you‘re ok 11mo
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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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My life is currently divided between a lack of time and a reading slump, and for that reason, my October #bookspinbingo is adapted to the current situation and I feel that is still too ambitious …
#bookspin #doublespin

BarbaraBB ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Sometimes you just have to take a little brain break from reading... the books are always ready when you are!!! 12mo
UwannaPublishme 🤗🤗🤗 12mo
rockpools ❤️❤️❤️ You have some VERY fun books on there, though! 12mo
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Enigma of Room 622 | Jol Dicker
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The tagged audiobook is in progress (so far interesting), the left one is Slovenian translation of Piranesi and the right one is by Slovenian author (autobiographical novel, my translation of the title - At the Creation of the World). I will finished the audiobook, but I don‘t expect to finish both of the ‘real‘ books. #weeklyforecast

Cinfhen Hope you enjoy your reads!! 12mo
BarbaraBB I hope your Piranesi experience will be as good as mine was! 12mo
Simona Thank you @Cinfhen and I‘m sure that your reading week will be productive as always 😘 12mo
Simona @BarbaraBB I‘m still not convinced that this is the book for me, but I‘m willing to try it … 12mo
BarbaraBB I know. I wasn‘t either but I thought it was su original and surprising! 12mo
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Ob nastanku sveta | Drago Jancar
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My plan for this cold and rainy evening is simple: knitting a simple shawl, reading the newest book from most beloved Slovenian author, enjoying in tea (black/almond) and dessert (grape pudding with whipped cream). Enjoy in your Saturday 😘

IuliaC Sounds perfect! 13mo
kspenmoll Love your cup- chocolate- have a wonderful day! 13mo
batsy Perfect plan! Love the Kahlo cup 😍 13mo
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BarbaraBB Enjoy! 12mo
Simona @IuliaC @kspenmoll @batsy @BarbaraBB At the end, I didn‘t read a single page, but I was listening audiobook book and I knitted 🤷🏻‍♀️ 12mo
IuliaC @Simona which is also wonderful! 12mo
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Body Kintsugi | Senka Maric
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I‘m planning to visit library tomorrow, but here is my #weeklyforecast Audio companion for the walks is in the progress (2 hours from 19) and I really like it so far, later today I‘m starting with tagged book by Bosnian author (autobiographical novel about her experience with breast cancer).

Cinfhen Beautiful photo and it sounds like you have 2 great reads in progress 💕 enjoy your library visit 😁 13mo
Simona Thank you @Cinfhen 13mo
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New in my library - beautiful collection, and first time translated into Slovenian language❣️ If I have to make the list of my favourite books, I always include Durrell‘s Alexandrian Quartet as one of them … but till now, I never thought to read his Avignon Quintet.

rockpools They are beautiful! He‘s not an author I‘ve ever considered… what should I start with? 13mo
batsy Oh my, the description on Litsy makes it sound so good! These editions are lovely. 13mo
wanderinglynn Lovely editions! 13mo
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erzascarletbookgasm So pretty 13mo
LeahBergen These are lovely! 13mo
Simona @rockpools I love Alexandrian Quartet and those are the only books by Durrell that I have read so far … sorry, but I can‘t help you with recommendations, and he was so prolific author that just looking at his opus is overwhelming experience 🤷🏻‍♀️ 13mo
Simona @batsy @wanderinglynn @erzascarletbookgasm @LeahBergen Just looking at them is very pleasant 😘 13mo
kspenmoll So pretty! 13mo
shawnmooney I loved most of the experience I had reading the complete Alexandria Quartet. Certainly the first two volumes knocked my socks off. I‘m not sure if I would ever read anything else he's written but I‘m gonna see how you get along with this other one. :) 12mo
Simona @shawnmooney This is my winter project! I know what you mean, his detailed descriptions quickly becomes tiresome and at some point repetitive. Well, at least my experience is like that … but why not torture myself, this time even with a more volumes? 12mo
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The Colony | Audrey Magee
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Although, I haven't been able to read the entire longlist this time, I can't to miss #BookerPrize2022 prediction party. I finished 8 books, After Sappho and Nightcrawling have the current status ‘in the progress‘, Case Study and Booth are on the waiting list, while for Glory - I‘m not sure if I'm going to read it at all. So here's my shortlist …

squirrelbrain Great choices! Looking forward to seeing the *actual* list! 13mo
BarbaraBB Glad you‘re sharing your favorites. Mine are quite similar though I haven‘t read Trust yet. I have high expectations though! And I‘m not interested in Glory either 🤷🏻‍♀️ 13mo
Simona I‘m quite excited for actual list too @squirrelbrain I absolutely loved Trust @BarbaraBB especially very interesting structure of the book. I‘m looking at my shortlist, and today I‘d switch Case Study with the Seven Moons … 13mo
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My current reads are ebook Death Comes for the Archbishop (will finish it today) and audiobook Insomnia. Everything else is pile of possibilities for next week. #weeklyforecast

Graywacke Hoping you enjoy the Cather. I think that one is my favorite by her. 1y
BarbaraBB We missed you at the Seven Days in June discussion! Hope all is well 🤍 1y
rockpools Hey Simona, hope you‘re doing well. Reserving your energy for Booker madness? x 1y
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Simona I‘m fine now @BarbaraBB @rockpools I just needed a break. Thank you for your kindness ☺️ 13mo
rockpools Lovely to see you back - we missed you 🤗 . Sometimes a break is very much needed. Hope you‘re doing well. 13mo
BarbaraBB Thanks for getting in touch, I hope you are feeling well and I am very happy you‘re back! 13mo
Simona @rockpools @BarbaraBB Thank you very much 😊 I feel good and I‘m almost back into full reading mood. 13mo
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Young Mungo | Douglas Stuart
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It's hard not to compare YM with SB because the basic story is the same - a dysfunctional family, a complicated relationship between an alcoholic mother and children, in this book - Mung's older brother, who is brutally violent, a sister who sees a way out to the better life - but this means giving up Mungo in a way, and ultimately Mungo himself - with his sexual identity and all the problems posed by homosexuality, queernes in a very toxic … 👇

Simona … and masculine environment.
The structure of the story is divided into two timelines - the past, where we learn about the relationships and dynamics of the family, then more broadly - social problems, the male-female relationship, and of course the relationship to homosexuality. 👇
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Simona The timeline that takes place in the present - is terrifying, shocking and brutally raw, but author succeeds in avoiding too melodramatic touches in the prose/scenes, and this is the component of his writing that makes his stories even more powerful. 1y
squirrelbrain Great review! I bought this the day it came out but still haven‘t got round to reading it; need to get to it soon. 1y
Simona Thank you @squirrelbrain If you liked Shuggie Bain, I am sure that you will like Young Mungo too … 1y
Megabooks Excellent review! I‘m trying to read lighter books this summer but am looking forward to this in the fall. 1y
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Defenestrate | Renee Branum
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Double review: One book by #Czech writer - set in France, and one by American author - set in Prague.
I‘m not Milan Kundera fan, although I find his books good, especially on the level of the individual sentences, but his overall writing style is too philosophical for me … and this book isn‘t exception. In this story he is playing with the idea of personal/intimate identity, the identity of partner/husband, how perception can reverse with the … 👇

Simona … doubts, and how the brain can creates its own reality. So-so for me 🤷🏻‍♀️
In Defenestrate we fallow twins (brother in sister) and their search for identity heavily burdened by a religious mother and by family legend(s) about the different ways of falling … the story slowly unravels through vignettes when at the end realisation hits hard. It was pick for me.
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Librarybelle Awesome! I have to start researching my reads for the 1980s…I don‘t have too many on my shelves from that decade 1y
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I can‘t … 15 hours was enough 😔
#AuthorAMonth

vivastory I love Highsmith's fiction, but I have heard that she herself was an unpleasant person 1y
EvieBee She‘s…A LOT! 1y
Soubhiville 15 hours is plenty! Good job getting through that much. Did you learn anything that made those hours worthwhile? 1y
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Simona @vivastory I don‘t know where I have read, that she was hard-core introvert and maybe because of that, she gave that impression. I reached the point where she was around her twenties, deciding what to do with the life and she was starting to explore her writing voice … and she was definitely a lot. @EvieBee Very free spirited, opinionated, but she was also very sharp observer and thinker. @Soubhiville I‘ve never read any of her books, but …👇 1y
Simona … I‘m hoping to change that soon. 1y
vivastory I think you would like Edith's Diary (a novel). I read it last year & I thought about it for months. I don't know if you listen to Backlisted Podcast, but they did an episode about it:
https://www.backlisted.fm/episodes/106-patricia-highsmith-ediths-diary
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Simona Thank you @vivastory for recommendation! I listen Backlisted, but I don‘t remember that episode, for sure that will be my bad story tonight. 1y
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I‘m playing for #BookSpinBingo #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin and I‘m quite pleased with my June selection.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1y
EvieBee Your handwriting is beautiful! 1y
Simona Thank you very much @EvieBee You're literally the first person who told me that. Everyone complains that my handwriting is difficult to read because the letters m,n,u are written the same. 1y
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May was good reading month for me, although no #BookSpinBingo but I did manage to finished #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin book. I DNF one book (P. Highsmith: Her Dairies and Notes), and my favourite was Maršalinja by Zora del Buono.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Great month!!! 1y
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A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth | Samantha Weinberg, Fourth Estate
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I never thought that I will like book about fish … but I did. Till 1938 scientists were convinced that Coelacanths were extinct. Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer was curator in the small museum, always in the hunt for unusual species, and as soon as she saw to her unknown fish, she contacted the ichthyologist JLB Smith… and the treasure hunt has begun. Surprisingly readable, even a tense story about the fish that is supposed to be a missed link 👇

Simona … between fish and humans, a fish that has possessed quite a few people and caused some international conflicts. 1y
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Librarybelle Your review really makes me want to read this! 1y
Simona @Librarybelle It was the only book that I could find for Comoros and I wasn‘t interested in it at all, but what a surprise. Well research, well written and not at all boring. 1y
rockpools *in very small letters* I think I read about 3 pages of my Comoros Book. I‘m doing REALLY badly at this! Glad you enjoyed this one though - always nice to get a good surprise! 1y
BarbaraBB I remember @Hooked_on_books enjoying this book too. I am definitely reading it for Comoros as well! 1y
Simona @rockpools I feel you … although, I already finished book for Czech Republic, and now I only have to read for Solomon Islands and I‘m back on track 😁 Are you saving your power for Booker Prize marathon? 😘 1y
Simona @BarbaraBB If you need it, I can send you the book. It is used book with yellow edges, but still in ok condition. 1y
Hooked_on_books Yes, this one took me by surprise, too! What a great story! 1y
rockpools @Simona Definitely not! The reason I get through the IBP is because translated books are so nice and short…. 🤔… Oh, wait…! No, seriously, one prize list a year is enough. I‘m going to do #campLitsy though. And true to form, haven‘t even started Saturday‘s reading yet! 1y
BarbaraBB That is such a kind offer but I ordered a secondhand copy already. Thank you so much 🤍 1y
Kitta Ooh I love fish and fish science, this seems right up my alley. 🐟 1y
Simona @rockpools You still have enough time 😘 1y
Simona @Kitta Oh, than you definitely need to read it. 1y
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Catherine of Siena | Sigrid Undset
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P. Highsmith, Her Diaries and Notebooks is audiobook for #AuthorAMonth , Death Comes For the Archbishop by W. Cather is from Jenny‘s GR to-review shelf #rememberingJenny , How High We Go in the Dark is my current read (and I love it) #campLitsy , and Katarina Sienska isn‘t for any challenges, but just because …. #weeklyforecast

squirrelbrain Glad you‘re loving How High! I also really liked the Cather. 1y
Cinfhen Some lovely reads 🧡 1y
BarbaraBB I wanted to type the exact same message @squirrelbrain did! 1y
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Simona @Cinfhen I'm not even halfway through Highsmith's book and I'm tired already … and I don't know if I've already mentioned that I'm listening to audiobooks at normal speed 🙄 1y
Simona @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB I didn‘t know anything about the How High We Go in the Dark, so the main theme is really surprise for me, a little bit uncomfortable to read, but I think that is also a little bit prophetic …. 1y
Cinfhen I bailed on my Highsmith and I‘m also listening to audios at a lower speed late,y!! I‘m not sure why 🤷🏼‍♀️I hope this week‘s books surprise you in a good way xx 1y
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Defenestrate | Renee Branum
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My Saturday afternoon - ebook and cherry pie with vanilla sauce. The main theme in my current read is family legacy through stories and its effects … sad story, but perfect for rainy day. #weekendReading

Andrew65 A perfect way to spend an afternoon. 1y
UwannaPublishme Yum! Love cherry pie! 1y
batsy That pie looks delicious! 1y
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CaramelLunacy Pie looks so nice! 1y
youneverarrived The pie looks so good! 1y
Tamra So summery! 😋 1y
Simona @UwannaPublishme @batsy @CaramelLunacy @youneverarrived Cherry pitting is time consuming, but worthy for delicious homemade pie. 1y
Simona @Tamra Very summery pie, but unfortunately we have rained weekend … 1y
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I Am a Girl from Africa | Elizabeth Nyamayaro
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The author describes in these memories, both her growing up in Zimbabwe, as well as traditions, believes and the problems/obstacles that she had to overcome to achieve her goal - work for the UN and to create changes in society/world. This book is a perfect example of strong will, determination and what it means to live with purpose. #ReadingAfrica2022 #Zimbabwe
#NonFiction2022 #Survivor

Leftcoastzen 🐶 1y
LeahBergen The daisy! 🌸 1y
Librarybelle I have this stacked from @Texreader ‘s review…it sounds really good! 1y
Texreader It‘s such a good book and inspiring too! 1y
Simona @Librarybelle @Texreader It‘s a sad story, but very uplifting. 1y
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Justin Alexander Shetler was restless soul, determinant to find deeper meaning of existence through nature and eastern philosophy. He went to India, Parvati Valley, where numerous adventures went missing … and that's what happened to Jastin too. Very detailed, well written, compelling story about young man on the way to live differently.
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Simona … My only complaint is - nonlinear timeline … for sure - that makes the book more tense/interesting, but in this case, that is also a very manipulative element which gives the story a whole different subtones. 1y
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Cinfhen I love an exploration/ adventure story but it‘s hard when the author jumps around. Still, Sounds good! 1y
LeahBergen I love your photo. 🐕 1y
Simona Thank you @LeahBergen My wild beast in wilderness. That is my favourite part of the hiking trail where I go almost every weekend. 1y
Simona @Cinfhen I usually like that, but I think that in this case chronological timeline would be better and the end result would be more profound. But that is just me being meticulous. It is good story. 1y
Leftcoastzen 🐶awwwww! 1y
UwannaPublishme Great photo! 🐶❤️ 1y
Simona @UwannaPublishme Thank you 😊 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Gorgeous pictures you‘re posting lately, are the all near where you live? And if so where is that, I need to visit there someday 😉 1y
Simona @Riveted_Reader_Melissa My home is 5 minutes away from the hiking trail. I live in the suburbs of Maribor, the name of the place where I live is Limbuš, and state is Slovenija. You are very welcome 😘 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Simona well it is gorgeous, just beautiful. 1y
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From today perspective - that was really interesting look at homicide ‘traditions‘ in Ancient Rome, very interesting look at what they treated as plain murder, and what was justified violent death. Serious topic, but author managed to lighten things up with some humorous comments. #NonFiction2022 #RuleBreaker

Dragon Love those golden chain flowers ( laburnum) 💛🐉 1y
Simona @Dragon Me too, it‘s very beautiful tree with those vibrant yellow flowers. 1y
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Defenestrate | Renee Branum
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My current read while I‘m waiting for my dog (she is in dog grooming salon). I was intrigued by the title, and now when I‘m few pages in - the content and the writing style are promising. Defenestration is a new word for me 🤷🏻‍♀️ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defenestration

Tamra Wow, me too. Who knew there was a word for that act!?! 1y
ravenlee @Simona @Tamra it‘s not just an interesting word, it‘s got historic significance: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defenestrations_of_Prague Apparently they decided to make something of a tradition out of it! (edited) 1y
BookwormM It is one if my favourite words along with borborygmus 1y
Simona @BookwormM Ooo … another new to me word! 1y
Simona @tamra @ravenlee What was also interesting to me is - that I was in Prague for three times (two times on guided tours), but I have never heard for defenestration before … 1y
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Oblivion | Sergei Lebedev
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My #weeklyforecast S.Lebedev - Oblivion, D.Pešut - Father‘s Boy, S.Undset - Catherine of Siena, and for the rest of the month, 42 hours long audiobook by P. Highsmit - Dairies and Notebooks.

Cinfhen 42 hours!!!! OMG 😱 I could never commit to that - I‘m awed 1y
Smrloomis I‘m with @Cinfhen. I just finished 16 hours and felt it was too long… granted it wasn‘t my favorite book so maybe it just depends? 1y
BarbaraBB They all sound pretty heavy! Buy you are reading along with fluffy Seven Days in June right?! 1y
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Simona @Cinfhen @Smrloomis I‘m also sceptical about length, but after 6 hours I can say that diary entries are still interesting. She was really the person with very rich inner life … but we will see after 20 hours, if I‘m going to be still intrigued by her life 😅 1y
Simona @BarbaraBB Yes, and actually, I‘m looking forward to read it! 1y
Cinfhen Yay!! Good to know book is holding your interest and super excited you‘re joking us for #SummerHeat 😁 1y
Smrloomis @Simona 😂 Yes I will be interested to hear your final verdict after you get 20+ hours into it! 1y
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Untitled | Anonymous
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My May bingo card is composed with books for different challenges (I‘m playing catch-up for few April‘s challenges), and books that I find interesting at the moment. #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo

SRWCF Cool picture! 1y
BarbaraBB Which Kundera and Adichie are you planning to read? 1y
Simona Thanks @SRWCF 🙏 1y
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Simona @BarbaraBB Kundera isn‘t “my” author, but synopsis of this book sounds interesting, so I thought that I could try this one and maybe even like it 🤞 and I picked Adichie because her book was published recently in Slovenian translation as the part of Fabula festival - book festival here in Slovenija https://festival-fabula.org/2022/en/ 1y
BarbaraBB What an interesting festival! Rijneveld is an extremely nice person, will he be there? And Kawakami and Adichie, wow. That book sounds hard but no doubt she can write about grief like no other. 1y
BarbaraBB I used to love Kundera, but that was in the 90s. I did read Identity much later but don‘t remember much 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
Simona @BarbaraBB Majority of the events was just virtual, because in the time of events in April, we were still under strict rules due to the covid. 1y
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Untitled | Anonymous
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I finished 13 books in April, #bookspin and #doublespin but I didn‘t get #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Great month!!! 1y
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A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth | Samantha Weinberg, Fourth Estate
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I have only two short books and two audiobooks in this #weeklyforecast because my week is going to be, mostly, filled with long-working-hours …
Happy reading week♥️

Cathythoughts Lovely picture 💫 1y
BarbaraBB I have planned to read the tagged book soon too! 1y
Simona @Cathythoughts Thank you 😊 1y
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Simona @BarbaraBB Surprisingly, but it is interesting! 1y
BarbaraBB That‘s encouraging. I bought it based on @Hooked_on_books review for #readingafrica2022. 1y
Hooked_on_books @Simona @BarbaraBB I was impressed at how engaging this one was. I hope you both enjoy it! 1y
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A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth | Samantha Weinberg, Fourth Estate
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I‘m playing catch-up with reading challenges … so, here is my March book for #ReadAroundTheWorld and #ReadingAfrica
#weekendreading

Andrew65 Looks a great read. 1y
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The Books of Jacob | Olga Tokarczuk
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I finished #InternationalBookerPrize2022 longlist and here is my shortlist selection/prediction. It is interesting, thematically diverse longlist, with surprisingly number of short stories collections. Reading longlist was exhausting, but at the same time - it is rewarding experience.

LeahBergen Wow! Nicely done. 👏👏 1y
rockpools Oh, interesting! I swapped out Paradais for Tomb of Sand, and Book of Mother for Phenotypes. I haven‘t read BoM, Phenotypes or More than I Love My Life yet - one of them is bound to be on the list! 1y
Simona @rockpools This is my selection based only on the books that I really liked, without any combinations/calculations around political correctness, diversity … I highly doubt that the jury will pick three books from Fitzcarraldo Editions … and I agree with you - I also expect to see on official shortlist Tomb of Sand and Phenotypes. Can you imagine shortlist without Books of Jacob? Shocking thoughts 😱😘 1y
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Simona @LeahBergen Thank you 😊 It was fun race against time ⏱⏰🕰⏳⌛️ 1y
BarbaraBB So impressive that you managed to read them all again. Looking forward to the shortlist. I have bought a few books that I haven‘t read yet so I hope they‘ll make the shortlist (Paradais and Mother) 1y
Simona @BarbaraBB Both of them are good, so even if they aren‘t on the shortlist, they are worth to reading. My only “regret” is, that I didn‘t have enough time to read first and second Septology book … 1y
batsy Well done, you! 🙌🏽 Also, intriguing shortlist. I would love to see Elena and Bunny on the actual list but I feel like I'm hoping for too much! 1y
Simona @batsy Your hopes have been heard😘 1y
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Tomb of Sand | SHREE
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A story where the narrative style is almost fairytale-like and playful, takes place in India. We follow an 80-year-old grandmother who falls into depression after her husband's death, and while taking care of her, we meet her family ... their daily chores, life, relationships, thoughts. Throughout the story, I had a feeling that the author wanted to say something, make a statement, and we only get to the point in the last part (the book is … 👇

Simona … divided into three parts), and the whole time I was wondering about what I'm reading, what is the point. In general, the main theme is the border - between people, between countries, in relationships, gender ... Very readable, with gut-wrenching last few chapters, but at least 200 pages too long. 1y
Simona The main point of the story has a strong (sensitive) historic background, and since I think that the details around this are a big spoiler, I advise caution in reading the reviews. 🧐 #internationalbookerprize2022 1y
BarbaraBB Thanks for this review. Maybe one day, after finishing 1y
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Leftcoastzen @BarbaraBB how‘s that going ? I‘m interested but not sure I‘m up to a chunkster since I can‘t seem to finish the skinny ones. 1y
Simona @BarbaraBB @Leftcoastzen It‘s surprisingly quick read. The paper is thick, some chapters are only a half page long, the new chapters always begins in right side of the book, so there is a lot empty pages … and writing style, prose is really easy to read. So don‘t be afraid, it isn‘t such a chunkster as it looks. 1y
BarbaraBB That‘s reassuring 😘 1y
BarbaraBB @Leftcoastzen It is difficult. I am about 200 pages in. Lots of names and jumping in style and time. I should give it my utmost concentration but I can‘t just read only this book, so I keep reading others in between - which doesn‘t help. Not giving up though! 1y
Cathythoughts Lovely picture 💫 1y
Simona Thanks @Cathythoughts Its very lovely cover. 1y
batsy I'm looking forward to reading this! I read an interview with the author where she said when you write a book you just have to follow where it goes and sounds like she did 🙂 1y
Simona @batsy That is exact description of the narrative arc in this book! 1y
shawnmooney This one sounds so amazing! I have no idea when I will be able to get to it but I am so looking forward! 1y
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Happy Stories, Mostly | Norman Erikson Pasaribu
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Another short stories collection in this year #InternationalBookerPrize2022 and this one was mixed bag for me. While I didn‘t like short short stories, the longer are pure enjoyment to read. Stories are smart, some are sad, some are ironic, but all have common thread in yearning for acceptance. I have the strong feeling that Pasaribu form to write/express in fullness is longer format than short stories.

Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍 1y
Simona @Cathythoughts Stories in the longer form are really good and thoughtful, and I absolutely see myself reading them again and again … just for pure fun and pleasure. 1y
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The main character is older, successful painter Asle and we follow his thoughts about his younger years, while in the present, he ponders about his doppelgänger Asle (yes, the same name, and to make things even more confusing - he is also painter). Although this is the third book in the series, and because I didn‘t read the previous two, a lot of this story didn‘t have sense for me … but I love Fosse‘s execution of the stream of … ?

Simona … consciousness, slow prose, connections between art and religion, contemplations about small decisions … I loved it, and in the near future I‘m definitely going to read the two previous books. #InternationalBookerPrize2022 1y
vivastory What is your favorite international booker so far this year? 1y
Simona @vivastory I‘m the strongest advocate for Books of Jacob. In Slovenian translation we already have it for three, four years and I was waiting for English translation with patience and eagerness. So, Books of Jacob is the winner, but The Book of Mother is something special - not the perfect style, but very touching, and I have the strong feeling that Septology (as trilogy) is magnificent and very strong, memorable story. 1y
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BarbaraBB Like @vivastory I can‘t wait to see your verdict! 1y
BarbaraBB I‘m having The Book of Mother lined up too. Good to know you loved it! (edited) 1y
Leftcoastzen I read the first , have the second in the stack but haven‘t read it yet. 1y
Simona @BarbaraBB You know the winner 😘 1y
Simona @Leftcoastzen After reading whole longlist, I feel a little tired, but I‘m definitely going to read Septology from cover to cover after two or three lighter books. 1y
rockpools …and here is where we disagree! I think I‘m just too impatient and shallow for stream-of-consciousness slow prose and, yes, thoughts - I found it extremely annoying! A big part of me thinks this‘ll win 😁! 1y
Simona @rockpools Yes, I can see/understand what you found extremely annoying, but I have soft spot for such a narrative method, especially in this particular book, I think it‘s done impeccable … especially transitions between past and present. 1y
BarbaraBB @Simona I know 😇 I just keep hoping you change your mind 😘 1y
BarbaraBB @rockpools Which book is your favorite? 1y
rockpools @BarbaraBB I have to agree with Simona (sorry!) The Books of Jacob has been my reading experience of the year so far. I‘m also really enjoying Tomb of Sand, though I‘m only half way through. 1y
BarbaraBB @rockpools That is good to know and encouraging to keep on reading! 1y
batsy I loved the first one and want to read the rest of the series. (sorry to spam your comments, I'm loving your reviews 😁) 1y
Simona I‘m glad to read your comments, so no need to apologise. I wasn‘t interested in it, but how wrong I was! 1y
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Love in the Big City | Sang Young Park
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Seoul‘s queer scene, finding love in the big city, finding place in the world, taking care of sick mother … those are all big and small problems of Park Young, narrator of the story. He tells us his story in the light mood, humour, but always with the hint of some darker undertones. Interesting and charming.
#InternationalBookerPrize2022

Leftcoastzen Like the cover! 1y
sarahbarnes Great review. This one‘s on my library pile at the moment. 1y
BarbaraBB A so-so because of its comparison to the other nominees? 1y
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batsy Nice review! It's a pick for me; I found the end very moving. 1y
Cathythoughts Great review 👍 I have it stacked. (edited) 1y
Simona @BarbaraBB I should write a little disclaimer, shouldn‘t I? 😘 Yes, the same reason … because of that I like to read complete longlist before writing reviews, so that I can compare them, and in the comparison with the others, this one is lacking some strength @batsy 1y
BarbaraBB I can see that. It‘s not the winner indeed. But it‘s good in its own way! 1y
Simona @BarbaraBB It is, yes. 😊 1y
batsy @Simona @BarbaraBB Yeah, I totally get what you mean. It likely won't make the shortlist and I understand why; it's not very Booker-y. But I hope that it gains a wider readership 💜 1y
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After the Sun | Jonas Eika
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Four short stories (one is in two parts) and I didn‘t like any of them … polite thing to say in this case would be - that this book wasn‘t for me 🤷🏻‍♀️
#InternationalBookerPrize2022

BarbaraBB Agree! 1y
batsy Nicely put 😁 1y
rockpools Not even the 🦐?! 😳Very odd! 1y
Simona @rockpools Nope … I have very strong disliking feelings about this book 🤷🏻‍♀️It didn‘t work for me on any level. I disliked the writing style, prose and content. 1y
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Paradais / Paradise | Fernanda Melchor
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Written in quite simple prose and straightforward narration this is the story about two completely different (in every sense) teenagers who find a common point in dissatisfaction with life, and in beliefs/desires what belongs to them or what they deserve. This brutally raw and furious story is excellent comment on social stratification and based on this stratification - different reasons for violence. Unpleasant read, but incredibly powerful.

BarbaraBB Great review. Looking forward to it 1y
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batsy I'm looking forward to this and to Hurricane Season, also hopefully soon! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
Simona @BarbaraBB @batsy I saw very mixed reviews for this one, so maybe worth to check out, before blaming me for misleading 😘 1y
Simona @rockpools Have you already read this one? I think that this is this year The War of the Poor 😘 1y
rockpools @Simona I have. I was dreading this one - I never did make it through Hurricane Season. And this was truly horrible. But I kind of felt for the boys, and how they ended up where they did. That was quite some clever storytelling - I thought it was powerful. (WotP - not so much 😉) 1y
Simona @rockpools I wasn‘t interested in Hurricane Season before, but now I have it very high on my TBR list … and I still think that War of Poor is powerful 😘 1y
batsy Yes, it seems like a dark read. I read the first page and kind of understand what to expect with her style, but I need to be in a proper frame of mind for it 🙂 1y
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Skin in the Game | Paulo Scott
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Frederico has a lighter complexion than the rest of his black family, he is treated differently and in many ways privileged, while in others he is a victim of teasing and exclusion, and lives a completely different life than his darker brother Laurenco. Frederico becomes a member of the Brazilian committee, where they are debating about the development of the software that is supposed to determine race/skin color to fulfill the prescribed … 👇

Simona … quotas. The work of this committee as Frederico personal life are starting point for many questions - microracism within the race, social acceptability of skin tone, how colorism works within the family, injustice, rage ... a complex story where the author tries too hard to make a point and forgets to connect characters and some events into a comprehensive novelistic narrative ... a strong message, not so strong execution. (edited) 2y
BarbaraBB The subject sounds interesting, too bad of the execution. Will you manage to read the longlist before the shortlist is announced?? 1y
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Simona @BarbaraBB I‘m just in the middle of my last book … so I guess I will be finished with the longlist tomorrow 1y
BarbaraBB Incredible! Will you share your prediction for the shortlist?? 1y
Simona @BarbaraBB Yes, of course! I still have to ponder a little bit about two books (A New Name:Septology and Tomb of Sand). 1y
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The story revolves around a family, three generations of women, each in their own way facing the pain caused by the generation before her. It all starts with Vera Novak, a Yugoslav Jew (who escaped to the Israel after she survived imprisonment in Goli otok - political prison in former Yugoslavia), and her dramatic decision that marks future generations. The main narrator is Gili, Vera‘s granddaughter, a filmmaker who documents the family's … 👇

Simona … journey - the actual trip to Serbia and Croatia, as well as their emotional healing. The story is based on real events, a real person (Eva Panić Nahir) who was successfully portrayed by the author as sparkling, unbreakable, dramatic, insightful, complex person ... 👇 2y
Simona … and this characterization, at least for me, is also the strongest point of this book. Time jumps give the story more dynamic structure, but those time switches are also distracting, as well as author‘s ‘obsession‘ with unnecessary details that eventually become repetitive and boring. 2y
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BarbaraBB Sorry to hear this, I love this writer! But I haven‘t read this one yet. 2y
Simona @barbarabb It is a good story, but with soooo boring details about recording/filmmaking, didn‘t add anything to the atmosphere or characterisation or storyline … I have only read by him A Horse Walks into a Bar and I really liked it. If you plan to read the book, I recommending to watch (after reading) the film about Eva Panić (with English subtitles) on YT. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Erw-lDi93-Y 2y
BarbaraBB Thanks for the YouTube link. If you didn‘t like the details about film making (you‘re in the same kind of work!) then I highly doubt I‘ll like them! 1y
Simona @BarbaraBB Maybe that is the reason 😘 1y
batsy Thanks for your thoughtful review. For some reason I'm not really drawn to this one, and since I can't read the entire longlist at this point, I'm hoping it's not shortlisted so I can skip it 🙈 1y
Simona @BarbaraBB @batsy If I‘m totally fair - if the book wasn't on the list, I'd probably have made a different decision and I would probably choose pick, but because it is long-listed my reviews are more meticulous🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
BarbaraBB That is awesome I think 👏 and now I will give it a try too I think! 1y
Simona @BarbaraBB But absolutely watch YT after reading‼️ 1y
BarbaraBB I will!! 1y
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The Book of Mother: A Novel | Violaine Huisman
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The story of children's unconditional love for their mother, the cycle of abuse repeated from generation to generation, how to break this cycle, psychological problems/illnesses, the role of a woman/mother ... are some topics from this intimate story of a daughter (and her sister), whose task is to keep the mother alive and happy. Genre-wise, the story is autofiction, and I understood it as an attempt to reshape the past, give meaning to … 👇

Simona … maternal love, and give the voice to a woman who has battled demons for all her life. Well constructed story, where the second part (narrated by Maman) is weaker than first and third part, in an otherwise excellent, emotional narrative, but it is also true that with this narrative turn the author constructively forms a divided story into a rounded whole. 2y
kspenmoll Fantastic review! 2y
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Simona Thank you @kspenmoll ☺️ 2y
Suet624 Having read the book myself I can only say that this is the best review for the book I‘ve read. so far. Wish I‘d been able to write it. 😊 (edited) 1y
Simona ☺️Thank you @Suet624 I often feel that way, especially while reading reviews from @batsy and @nathandrake1997 and I often wish that my written English would be more expressive🤷🏻‍♀️ I read and listen English language without problems, but express my thoughts, well that is more complicated 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
batsy Thank you for your kind words Simona and I think you express yourself beautifully in English. I always look forward to your reviews 💜 I agree about @nathandrake1997 crafting book reviews with care and thought 🤩 1y
nathandrake1997 @Simona Thank you so much ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Your reviews are exquisite ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1y
nathandrake1997 @batsy Honestly, this is a total fanboy moment for me ❤️❤️❤️❤️ You are my favourite on this platform and you praising my work means the world to me ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1y
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