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Simona

Joined March 2016

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Motherhood | Sheila Heti
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I modified my goals in week 2 - Friday is my rest day, I also tried to slightly increase my walking distance.
Bookish goals: 2 books - I finished two books, but I‘m still behind for one printed book, because of the doorstopper from week 1. Fitness goals: 21km ➡️ 26,9 km, workouts for 3 hours ➡️ 2h30 min, and I couldn‘t went to yoga class this week, because of the working schedule. Not hugely successful week, but I‘m still glad with my progress 😊

wanderinglynn You‘re making great progress! Way to go! 🙌🏻 1h
Simona @wanderinglynn Thank you 😊 60m
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 50m
Read4life You did great! Keep it up. 🤓💙 35m
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This complex, stylistic and content-rich historical novel takes place in the second half of the 18th century, when a group of Jews led by Jacob Frank, decided for religious conversion into Catholicism. A story, based on real events and persons, is a picturesque display of social, especially religious flows that shaped the European continent, incredibly subtle and thoughtful look at the dark side of the history - antisemitism. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

batsy This sounds amazing. Nice review ❤️ 17h
Simona It‘s amazing! My favorite from this year (so far) and definitely on the all time favorite list. English translation will be published in September 2020 and my prediction is that this book will win Booker International Prize in 2021. It is comparable with the Mantel‘s first Cromwell book. Same richness and density in cast of characters, story and language, but more diverse in narration technique. @batsy (edited) 1h
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Motherhood | Sheila Heti
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Audio companion for next #BFC week, thought provoking book on gloomy day 🌥☔️

BookwormAHN So cute 💙 6d
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Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir | Cinelle Barnes
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I almost completed all of my goals, but my most important achievement is that I was active for every single day in the past week.
Fitness goals: walking 21 km ➡️ 24,4 km, workout at home for 5 hour ➡️ 3,40 and 2 hours long yoga class. Bookish goals - 1 audiobook and 1 paper book: I finished audiobook in tag, but I didn‘t finished the paper one, because it is 900+ pages long book (but I‘m in the finished line🤓)

Leftcoastzen 👍👏👏👏👏 7d
wanderinglynn Way to go! Great first week! 🙌🏻 7d
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BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 7d
4thhouseontheleft Great job!! 7d
Ash.on.the.line Great job! 7d
Caterina Yay fantastic job! 👏 Good luck with this week! 7d
guinsgirlreads Wonderful!! 👏🏻 7d
Megabooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻 7d
BarbaraJean Great job!! 👏🏼🎉 7d
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Smooth transition from the hectic workdays to the relaxing weekend ...

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Trial of Lizzie Borden | Cara Robertson
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Pickpick

Pillar of this book is a comprehensive research, and author didn‘t just dissect the trial into day to day events, but she also gave them the frame in interesting social study of this era. If you are looking for something more in true crime books, then this book is for you!

My today‘s first walk for #BFC After few days of ☔️ we have finally some ☀️.

BarbaraBB I have yet to read this, I promised myself after reading 2w
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Kaye 💚 2w
Bookwormjillk Great job! Enjoy the ☀️ 2w
guinsgirlreads Yay! Looks gorgeous out! ☀️ 2w
batsy A gorgeous day out with your fluffy friend, enjoy 💛 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That sounds very good! Stacked! 2w
4thhouseontheleft Enjoy the nicer weather! ☀️ 🚶🏻‍♀️ 🐕 2w
nu-bibliophile Beautiful view 2w
Simona @BarbaraBB I was curious about See What I Have Done when was published, but then I somehow forgot about it ... it‘s back on my radar 😘 2w
Simona @Bookwormjillk Thank you 😊 2w
Simona @guinsgirlreads It is, I was so desperate because of the cold and rainy weather. 2w
Simona Thank you @batsy My fluffy friend adores walking around, but she is so inpatient with posing. 2w
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 2w
Simona @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I liked it, and combining true crime, women‘s status in society and law could easily be too much ... but not in this book. A healthy dose of everything. 2w
Simona @4thhouseontheleft Thank you ☺️ 2w
Simona @nu-bibliophile My favorite route for mornings walks❣️ 2w
Simona @wanderinglynn I‘m not a morning person, but I always enjoy in walks when the weather is nice. 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s sounds like just the right mix for me and a great one for this story! 2w
jillannjohn Looks beautiful! Love your walking companion. 2w
TheSpineView What a great place to get some steps in! 2w
Clwojick This book likes sooo good! 💙💜 2w
kspenmoll Thanks for the review- your day looks beautiful! 2w
Caterina Beautiful weather and pup! This books sounds good, thanks for the review! 2w
dariazeoli Sunny days with furry friends. Perfect! 👏🏻 2w
Simona @TheSpineView It is, I‘m very fortunate that I live in the place with many nice walking trails. 2w
Simona @kspenmoll @Caterina I liked it very much, because it isn‘t ‘just‘ the true crime story. 2w
Simona @dariazeoli Days like that are always perfect 😘 2w
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I‘m very interested in Olga Tokarczuk works, despite that I didn‘t liked her previous books (Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead and Flights) I do think that she is a very innovative, extremely observant, good writer and good storyteller. So, here I am ... my first pick for #BookFitnessChallenge #BFC building my upper arms muscles with this heavy 960 pages long book ...

Emilymdxn Do you know what the English title of this one is? I‘d like to read more by her 2w
wanderinglynn 🙌🏻 2w
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4thhouseontheleft Never thought to use books for weight training. 😉 2w
dariazeoli Love it! Book strength training! 💪 2w
Simona @wanderinglynn Yes, I was good, good girl today ... I reached all of my fitness goals for today and my reward is reading❣️ 2w
Simona @4thhouseontheleft @dariazeoli This isn‘t a joke. Book‘s weight is 1.4 kg and for me that is in a category of heavy weight lifting 🏋️‍♀️ 😘 2w
Kaye 💖 2w
Chrissyreadit Wow! That is a chunkster! 2w
Wife 🌹 2w
Caterina Wow! Do you think you'll finish it during the challenge? Good luck! ❤ 2w
Simona @Chrissyreadit It‘s, proper doorstopper😘 2w
Simona @Caterina Absolutely, I think I will finish it the next Sunday.🤓 (edited) 2w
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Old Drift | Namwali Serpell
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Story about Zambian history, covering period from early 20th century to the near future, is intertwined with the story about three families over few generations. What makes this story so interesting is, besides an abundance of characters and subplots stories, author‘s sharp, observant, sometimes witty remarks about colonialism and development of Zambia. Impressive story, brilliant structure and satisfying read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

AlaMich Adorable reading buddies! 😻🐶❤️ 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds fascinating! 👏🏻♥️📚 2w
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Cinfhen I almost picked this up the other day 2w
LeahBergen I‘ve missed seeing these two! 💕💕 2w
Simona @AlaMich Very dedicated reading buddies 😘 2w
Simona @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen It‘s a huge book with, but worth the time and the patience ...🤓 2w
Simona @LeahBergen Both of them are still my shadow😘 2w
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Nostalgic, tender and almost idyllic reminiscence on the childhood, heavily autobiographical and presented in short chapters - vignettes about nature, mother, father, old house ... Recommended, if you are craving for simple, but beautiful, heartwarming prose and story.

#Booked2019 #PublicDomain @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
#ReadingWomenChallenge #aTranslatedBookPublishedBefore1945

BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice review and pick for this prompt! 2w
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Untitled | Unknown
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I like this idea and I just signed up for this #audiobookfitnesschallenge #bookfitnesschallenge
Goals: - 12 books (6 audio and 6 paper books)
- 3 km long walk every day
- 45 minutes workout at home every day
- 2 hours long yoga class once a week

Thank you @wanderinglynn for organizing❣️

wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing & welcome aboard! Great goals! 🙌🏻 2w
hilded Great goals 🙌🏻 2w
Simona @wanderinglynn Thank YOU 😊 🙏 2w
Simona @hilded Thanks☺️The book side of the challenge won‘t be a problem, but I‘m not so sure about workout every day ... 2w
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Flight Behaviour | Barbara Kingsolver
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I‘m done with spring, I‘m definitely ready for hot summer days and my favorite in this quarter was Flight Behavior. The rest of the books was just so-so ...

#Booked2019 #spring @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 🎉🎉Bring on Summer 🏖🎡🏄🏻‍♀️ 3w
4thhouseontheleft 🎉🎉🎉 3w
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Alice in Wonderland | Lewis Carroll
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... just browsing through piles ...

goodbyefrancie 😲😍📚 3w
4thhouseontheleft Wow! That is certainly a lot of book piles. That's the kind of bookstore that usually triggers my dust mite and mold allergies, but I bet there are some treasures in there waiting to be found! 3w
Tanisha_A WHOA! 3w
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julesG 😍😍😍 3w
lover.of.the.classics WoW! Where on Earth is THAT?!?! I NEED to go!!!😂 3w
sisilia Omg! That‘s paradise! 😍 3w
Simona @4thhouseontheleft It is dangerous place for people with allergies, but yes, I can always find something interesting and in very good condition, usually some classics. 3w
Simona @Tanisha_A Exactly! To much of everything 😘 3w
Simona @lover.of.the.classics Just let me know when you will be in Slovenia 😘 3w
Simona @sisilia Borges‘ kind of paradise ... before cleaning and dusting 😘 3w
batsy Oh that looks like heaven and hell (the latter being damages to my finances 😭😂) 3w
Zelma I love how different we all are. For some, this is paradise. But it give me anxiety just looking at it. 😆 3w
LeahBergen Ohhhhh! 😍😍😍 3w
Simona @batsy I donated three big bags of books and left with five free books ... so the visit (this time) wasn‘t hellish 😘 3w
Simona @Zelma It can be very overwhelming place, if you don‘t know what you want ... but definitely heaven for books collectors @LeahBergen a lot of first editions in good condition 😘 3w
UwannaPublishme I could get happily lost in that store! 😍 3w
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Breathing Into Marble | Laura Sintija Cerniauskaite
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Mehso-so

Woman with the depression, living isolated life with the family in a lonely house, and when she decides to adopt an orphan boy her troubles becomes more deeper and serious. What I liked in this book is atmosphere. Vivid, calming descriptions of landscape in the contrast with the turmoil in the Isabel soul. I do think that the story is interesting, prose is good, the structure is dynamic, but I also think that the author is not a good storyteller.

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Spring | Ali Smith
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I ♥️ Mondays and I ♥️ cake for breakfast.

scripturient Looks perfect! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this book. I loved it. :) 1mo
CarolynM I loved it too 1mo
Simona @scripturient @CarolynM I was a little bit worried, because I didn‘t like Winter ... I think I will finished Spring today and so far -I like it 👍 1mo
ephemeralwaltz Doing it right! 1mo
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Mehso-so

The crime side of the story is interesting, but I wasn‘t convinced by author‘s narration style. Short sentences and some parts of the story in short fragments are not my thing. I suppose that effect should be to build the tension, but the effect on me was just the opposite. Very dark novel about crimes, corruption and with the little glimpse into society in 70‘s.

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Yes @Cinfhen my TBR is quite accurate, and is almost needless to say - I really looking forward to read them all♥️ and that I always read with burning candle, taking notes. Thank you, thank you, thank you❣️ I was overwhelmed when I received your package, and now seeing all this bookish goodies, I‘m beyond overwhelmed. You are truly exceptional generous, warm and thoughtful Litten, and I really hope to meet you IRL someday. 🙏

BarbaraBB Wow 😍 1mo
Simona @BarbaraBB Exactly❣️😍 1mo
Cinfhen Yay!! Hope to meet you one day, too!!! I love this Litsy community for bringing us all together ❤️ 1mo
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LeahBergen How lovely! ❤️❤️ 1mo
Simona @Cinfhen Littens are the best‼️ 1mo
Simona @LeahBergen Indeed, very lovely 😘 1mo
Cinfhen It‘s true... and you‘re a perfect example 😘 1mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Cindy, WTF? I will be at home on Friday, but my niece send me this picture and she is sure that the package was from Israel ... I don‘t know anyone from Israel, except you ... or am I wrong? I don‘t think so, because only Littens are so generous ♥️

Cinfhen Yes, it‘s me!!! And I‘m so excited to repay the kindness 😘😘😘 1mo
Cinfhen And tell your niece her photo skills are fantastic❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️ 1mo
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 1mo
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Simona She takes care of my dog while I'm gone, and my instructions was very precise how to take the picture ... I even wanted from her to create a account on Litsy so that she could look at what my photos looked like, but after a few trials she succeed ... Thank you @Cinfhen I can‘t wait for Friday to see your gifts 😘♥️😘 1mo
Kalalalatja I love you directed your niece on how to take the photo 😂 that is true Litsy dedication 🙌 1mo
Cinfhen That‘s hilarious!!! You taught her well 1mo
BarbaraBB She‘s the best! Something to look forward to! 💕 1mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 I love that you gave your niece photography direction! 1mo
Crazeedi Awesome!!! @Cinfhen is the best! 1mo
squirrelbrain Amazing! What pretty packages! 1mo
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Spring | Ali Smith
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My reward ‘cause I like to read 🤓
Thank you ladies for your time, effort and generosity 🙏🥰
#booked2019

Cinfhen Yay!!!! So glad the book arrived xx It pays to read!!!! (edited) 1mo
batsy Pretty photo 🌸🌼🏵️🌷 1mo
Simona @batsy Thank you 😊 1mo
Simona @Cinfhen Always 😘 1mo
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The Library at Night | Alberto Manguel
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Mehso-so

Essays about the power of the books/libraries from the author‘s intimate point of view, from his personal library to the broader aspect and meaning of the libraries through the history. Interesting topic, very informative, but some parts are too dry ...

#Booked2019 #NightOrientedTitle @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

#Nonfiction2019 #SomethingWithPictures @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

4thhouseontheleft Aww, that‘s too bad it wasn‘t a solid 👍. 1mo
Cinfhen You always find such interesting books 😍 1mo
Simona @Cinfhen Interesting and boring ... hmmm 🤔 1mo
Simona @4thhouseontheleft But thanks to him - his book was my inspiration for clean up my shelves 😁 1mo
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The Shape of the Ruins | Juan Gabriel Vásquez
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My personal shortlist for #MBIP2019 #ManBookerInternationalPrize
My opinion - interesting and diverse longlist, but unfortunately very weak. Worthy candidates for shortlist are only three books (Shape of the Ruins, Four Soldiers and The Years) ... the other three are interesting, worth reading, but not strong enough to be shortlisted.

BookwormM I loved Ruins and 2 of your short list I haven‘t read 2mo
Simona @BookwormM The Years and At Dusk? I think that is interesting that The Shape of Ruins is the only ‘classic‘ novel on the longlist and I would be very surprised if it won‘t be on the shortlist... 2mo
BarbaraBB Interesting to see your choices. I haven‘t read any of them. Will the shortlist be announced tomorrow? 2mo
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Simona @BarbaraBB Yes, tomorrow is the big day, and I‘m really curious about announcement! 2mo
BookwormM At Dusk and Four Soldiers I also predict Years will go through 2mo
Simona @BookwormM I just looked at your blog post and our predictions couldn‘t be more different 😁 1mo
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Old Drift | Namwali Serpell
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vivastory Looking forward to your thoughts on this one 2mo
Annl Cute kitty! 2mo
Leftcoastzen Cutie pie!😻 2mo
Simona @vivastory First few chapters are quite promising 🤞 2mo
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Breathing Into Marble | Laura Sintija Cerniauskaite
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Tanisha_A 😍 So neat and colourful! 2mo
Kalalalatja Pretty! 2mo
batsy 😍😍 2mo
Zelma Looks great! 2mo
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Breathing Into Marble | Laura Sintija Cerniauskaite
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I‘m already one hour behind, but here it is, my stuck for #readathon #DeweyApril

1. I‘m from Slovenia.
2. Really looking forward for Old Drift.
3. Chocolate.
4. I don‘t have any others hobbies than reading.
5. Absolutely nothing.

TheLibrarian I don‘t have hobbies other than reading too. Glad I‘m not the only one. 2mo
Simona @TheLibrarian It is the best possible hobby to have 😘 2mo
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Breathing Into Marble | Laura Sintija Cerniauskaite
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JennyM Sounds like a perfect plan! Enjoy 😊 2mo
Kalalalatja Enjoy! 2mo
CoffeeK8 What a beautiful cover! 2mo
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Simona @JennyM @Kalalalatja Thank you 😊 2mo
Simona @CoffeeK8 Work by visual artist Zora Stančič. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful!! 2mo
vkois88 Pretty photo 1mo
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Mehso-so

I can‘t tell you why my rating is so-so, because I can‘t figure it out why and what doesn‘t work for me in this story about 2nd generation of migrants - for the first time in Morocco and on the way back to Netherlands experiencing some bad things. The narrator‘s view point on the subject is interesting and quite fresh, but I‘m not sure of everything else ... ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #MBIP2019 #ManBookerInternationalPrize

Cinfhen The premise sounds great and the writing looks good. Was it the (lack of) length? 2mo
Cinfhen Was the subject matter to uncomfortable?? 2mo
Simona @Cinfhen The subject is tough, but I don‘t feel uncomfortable about it. I have the feeling that this was originally a short story, prolonged into novella. 2mo
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BookwormM I didn‘t enjoy this one. The blurb promised me one kind of book and then gave me something completely different. I think I would have appreciated it if the girls had actually grown up and taken responsibility for their actions 2mo
BarbaraBB @BookwormM @Simona @cinfhen I did enjoy it because it is very recognizable for me: the story of 2nd generation Morrocans in the Netherlands. But I also felt like that should be what the story was about - now there was a lot more and not all of it worked well. (edited) 2mo
Simona @BookwormM @BarbaraBB I don‘t think that it was bad, I was between pick and so-so, and I‘m almost sure that this one is going to be on my shortlist, but unfortunately it was also very unsatisfying read for me... 2mo
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Four Soldiers: A Novel | Hubert Mingarelli
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Beautiful captured moments between a group of soldiers who are waiting for the next battle. While the story is plotless, chapters and sentences are short, written in simple prose, the final effect is the opposite of this modesty. Rich in emotions, but without sentimentality, and while this story is set in wartime it is (almost) without battlefield. Elegant and absorbing. #MBIP2019 #ManBookerInternationalPrize ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Jokes for the Gunmen | Mazen Maarouf
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Mehso-so

Another short story collection from this year #MBIP2019 and another one for which I feel that the stories, as a collection, are too weak for shortlist. Main thread through them is how to make sense from incomprehensible events. In most of the stories the narrator is child, living a life in a war/conflict zone (we don‘t get information about where and when, except in one story) dealing with devastation, violence, desperation ... All stories are 👇

Simona ... permeated with a sense of tragedy through the narrator‘s naivety, as well as with irony, bizarre and strange situations. Readable, interesting, peculiar and recommended for fans of black humor. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #ManBookerInternationalPrize 2mo
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At Dusk | Hwang Sok-Yong
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A quite novel about the changing world is set in Seoul, told through alternating chapters between young woman struggling with everyday life, while following her dreams, and architect who grew up in the slum, and now, after successful career he wonders about his responsibilities - to the society and decisions made in his personal life. Interesting concept, and I assume, that this is also very accurate look at life in Seoul now and in the past⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Old Drift | Namwali Serpell
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I‘m ready to read some family sagas 😁

merelybookish Oooh will be interested in your take on The Old Drift! It's getting lots of buzz. 2mo
Simona @merelybookish Buzz always makes me nervous, but I heard about this book in podcast, I think that was The Guardian, and I was too much intrigued ... and I have to buy it🤷‍♀️ 2mo
ephemeralwaltz I'm so excited about The Old Drift! 2mo
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Simona @ephemeralwaltz Me too, and I hope that my expectations aren‘t too high 😬 2mo
merelybookish @Simona Yeah, buzz can be burdonsome. Still, I was extra intrigued when I saw Salman Rushdie reviewed it for the NY Times! 2mo
Rachel_nyc Really looking forward to The Old Drift! I love multi generational sagas! 2mo
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Mouthful of Birds: Stories | Samanta Schweblin
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Dark and disturbing short story collection - some are excellent and some aren‘t so good. I liked unusual, eerie elements in them, but sometimes they felt too strange, just in purpose to unsettling the reader and to shocked them. While I do think that this is an interesting collection, with very intense, and at same time very calming prose, I don‘t think that this collection is award winning material ... but I recommend it 👇

Simona ... if you want to read something unusual. #MBIP2019 #ManBookerInternationalPrize 2mo
BookwormM Have you read Fever Dream? How would this compare if you have? 2mo
batsy Great review 😘 I loved Fever Dream so I'm interested to read this. 2mo
Simona @batsy Thank you ☺️I think, that you will enjoy 😘 2mo
Simona @BookwormM Yes, I have, but I like this short stories more. The writing style is comparable, I think that she is strongest at creating the atmosphere and she is successful with this even in the very short stories, but her lack is in the making of some point/statement, to make some conclusions, what I felt as the weakest point in Fever Dream. 2mo
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The Pine Islands | Marion Poschmann
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Mehso-so

Gilbert is convinced that his wife has cheated on him,he flees to the Tokyo where he becomes a ‘friend‘ with the young man who wants to commit suicide.Together they explore suitable places, following the path of the poet and traveler Bosho. I‘m in very conflicted situation with this book. Story is in many points, well, pointless and messy ... and if I compare it with the others from longlist - quite weak, but I did enjoyed in prose and its oddity.

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I don‘t know if those were the worst breakups in history, but definitely they ended very badly. Author takes us through the time, from Nero (he was the worst) to the modern times with the Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. This book is a nice combination of some facts from history, interesting personalities, few gossips and witty remarks. Perfect audiobook for boring households chores.

#Nonfiction2019 #SomethingThatTurnedOutUnexpectedly

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The Remainder | Alia Trabucco Zerán
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Story is set in the Chile after the fall of Pinochet‘s regime and the focus isn‘t on the direct victims of the dictatorship, but on the second generation, children of those who fought against the repression. I think that this was great idea, to tell the story how dark parts of the history doesn‘t end with a single generation. Story is told through two main characters, which are diametrically opposed to each other in perceiving events around ... 👇

Simona ... them. The author perfectly succeeds in showing this contrast through the prose (two extremely different types of narration), but unfortunately the chapters quite quick becomes very repetitive. While I do think that the prose is beautiful, premise of the story very intriguing and that characters are interesting ... 👇 2mo
Simona ... but I also think that the execution is weak, lacking of something more deeper and constructive, and especially hallucinogenic end spoils the whole story. #MBIP2019 #ManBookerInternationalPrize 2mo
BookwormM I enjoyed this one 2mo
Simona Definitely it was not bad, but I call ending like this - lazy, and ends like this absolutely spoils my previous enjoyment. I‘m unmerciful with such ends ... 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
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Mehso-so

This is the story about Valerie Solanas, intelligent, witty feminist and author of the SCUM Manifesto, but she became famous for shooting at Andy Warhol. The narrative takes place in various timelines and in various narrative techniques, some of the chapters are written even only in dialogues which gives a feeling that you are reading the play or script. Focus is on some of the most important events in Valerie‘s life that brought her to the ... 👇

Simona ... self-destructive behavior and the author connects this intimate events with the destructive events that took place in this period around the world. Complex? Definitely! Effective? Only if the experimental writing is your cup of tea. Unfortunately, it wasn‘t mine ... #MBIP2019 #ManBookerInternationalPrize 2mo
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Celestial Bodies | Johka Alharthi
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Main thread, in this multigenerational family story in Oman, is marriage, and through this theme run the story about deeper changes in society - from traditional to modern. While focus is on younger generation - three sisters with different experiences, expectations from life, love and marriage, the narration is told through many characters in short chapters. And this form is at the same time good and bad thing. Good - because of the dynamic ...👇

Simona ... narration, and different POV, and bad - because weaker characterization. Solid 3⭐️ #ManBookerInternationalPrize #MBIP2019 2mo
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TrishB Great review ❤️ 2mo
Naj Lovely review. 2mo
Simona @TrishB @Naj Thank you ☺️ 2mo
4thhouseontheleft Great review! 2mo
Simona @4thhouseontheleft Thank you 😊 2mo
Cinfhen I was all for this book until you got to the bad...weak characterization is a reader‘s no-no 😔😖😡 2mo
Tanisha_A Think I'd want to read it. Nice review! 👌🏽☺️ 2mo
Simona @Cinfhen You ‘should‘ read it despite that. It is not bad, just a little bit lost among all of the characters 😘 2mo
Simona @Tanisha_A Thank you 😊It is interesting story with some shocking elements, well at least shocking for me ... 2mo
Cinfhen I need your address, please! My phone died a few months ago and I lost all my contacts and emails. 2mo
Simona @Cinfhen I left you a message on your Goodreads mailbox 😘 2mo
BarbaraBB Your review is very balanced as usual, thank you! ❤️ 3d
Simona @BarbaraBB I‘m always a little bit confused about/with my reviews when I think that the book is good and worth the attention, but it is not for me/personal reading taste... Definitely it isn‘t my winner 🤷‍♀️, but still, it‘s interesting story 😘 2d
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Library at Night | Alberto Manguel
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Inspired by the tagged book I decided to bring some order on my chaotic shelves ... I‘m half a way through my books and I already regretting my decision ...🤯

Abailliekaras Ha ha I can relate! 😬 2mo
batsy I feel your pain! But you can do it! 😅💪🏽 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm The result will be satisfying..keep calm and carry on! 😅👏 2mo
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sprainedbrain Always such a huge task! Good luck. 💜 2mo
Leftcoastzen I need to do some of this myself.Wish I had the enthusiasm and energy I had for such projects that I had years ago. 2mo
Crazeedi Oh my...I don't know if I'd have the courage! Good for you 2mo
Simona @Abailliekaras @batsy @erzascarletbookgasm @sprainedbrain @Leftcoastzen @Crazeedi I‘m almost finished with the sorting ... but this was mistake. I was way more pleased with the chaos on my shelves 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
Crazeedi @Simona Yes that is true 2mo
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Panpan

It‘s a surrealistic plotless story about love and loneliness, full of dreams, magic realism, bizarre dialogues/situations, ghosts, told through more or less connected, but deeply lonely, characters, which are in constant search for love, exploration of their roots and meaning of the life. I didn‘t like it... it‘s just too much experimental (to the point of senseless) for me. The only positive thing that I can say is - some passages are humorous.

Redwritinghood Oh no! Just got a copy of this but haven‘t started it yet. 2mo
Simona @Redwritinghood If you like experimental style, you will like it ... but for me was just too much of everything.🤷‍♀️ 2mo
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The Shape of the Ruins | Juan Gabriel Vásquez
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Pickpick

The narrator of the story is the author himself, and who is very successful in weaving together Colombian socio-political situation from the past, with his personal, intimate moments from the present. Throughout the story runs several themes (parenthood, writing, violence...), which are background for one large topic - conspiracy theories. Interesting story, dynamic structure, but unfortunately in the middle parts the story starts to lose ... 👇

Simona ... its narrative power because of slow pacing. More heavy-handed editing, and that would be 5 ⭐️ book. #ManBookerInternationalPrize #MBIP2019 (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen This book sounds great but #pagecountphobia and slow pacing are definitely #RedFlag for me🚩🚩🚩 2mo
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RachelO You‘re flying though these! 2mo
Simona @Cinfhen ... and despite that it‘s still a very readable story 😘 2mo
Simona @RachelO I started on the announcement day ... and I had weekend without any obligations, and I want to finished before the announcement of the shortlist (with the exception of the one book which will be published two days after shortlist) 🤓😘 2mo
wordzie 💝 2mo
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The Years | Annie Ernaux
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Autobiographical novel with interesting POV (with which I had some big problems) is told in snippets, from postwar years till present time. In the foreground is development, progress in the society combined with author‘s personal experiences and thoughts, impact of the society on individual and vice versa. Very well written and very interesting, structured look at one life. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#ManBookerInternationalPrize #MBIP2019

BookwormM Are you sure I can‘t tempt to you to join the panel 🤣🤣 2mo
Simona @BookwormM Sorry, but I‘m very sure 😔 2mo
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My Dearest Father | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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#SpellMarchWithBookTitles ... and I have only read the book in the tag ...

#LiteraryLuck

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty photo 📚 🍎 2mo
Simona @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you 😊 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👏🖤 2mo
wordzie 😎 ❤ 2mo
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Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Mehso-so

Frances, a dying woman, reflects on her past - one summer that forever change her life. What I like about this novel is a very vivid setting. Old house with its own story, excessive easy-breezy life on a bright, hot summer in the countryside when dark past/secrets starts slowly creeping to the surface ... While I liked atmosphere, some parts of the story, and especially one character, felt very unconvincing and unnecessary plot device. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cinfhen Great photo and your review leaves me feeling curious....think I want to read it 🧡 2mo
Simona @Cinfhen If you want to read it, I can send you my copy. 2mo
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Cinfhen Yes, please!!! 😘😘 2mo
Simona @Cinfhen I was at post office today and the book is on its way. Expected delivery time is from 10 to 14 days 😘 2mo
Cinfhen You‘re so sweet xx thank you!! I‘m bring Dope Sick back for you ❤️ 2mo
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This is the story about Percy Fawcett, explorer who was obsessed with mythological city - El Dorado, and who eventually disappeared in the jungle (in 1925). It‘s also the story about author - David Grann and his obsession with the Fawcett, and his expedition to find Fawcett. Although I liked some parts, especially parts from Fawcett‘s diary, I find the story as whole rather boring. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cinfhen I was really drawn to this story. I was totally fascinated. Although I heard the movie was terrible. 2mo
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MaleficentBookDragon @Cinfhen the movie was horrible. 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds intriguing, sorry it didn‘t live up to the hype for you. 2mo
Bookzombie @Cinfhen I felt the same way about this one. 🙂 2mo
Cinfhen My hubby is quite the movie critic and he had NOTHING nice to say about the film @MaleficentBookDragon which goes to prove @Bookzombie #TheBookIsAlwaysBetter 2mo
MaleficentBookDragon @Cinfhen I was angry after watching it. Angry at the movie and angry at myself for sticking around for the whole thing. 😕 2mo
Cinfhen That‘s the worst @MaleficentBookDragon and I‘m surprised because I felt this book WOULD make a good movie 🍿 😜 2mo
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I agree with all of these arguments, and I don‘t have any doubts that the author knows exactly what he is talking about ... but this book is written very poorly, in the manner of instant self-help manuals, and because of that he is very unconvincing. Unfortunately, I can‘t take seriously the author, who in his work warns me from notorious advertisements and algorithms on social media and at the same time use his book for self-promotion ...

Cinfhen I think you just made the BEST argument 👊🏼🙌🏻💋 2mo
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4thhouseontheleft I don‘t think I‘ve seen any good reviews of this one. 2mo
Simona @4thhouseontheleft I‘m always trying to avoid the reviews of books that I intend to read ... for this book, this was the wrong tactic. 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
Simona @Cinfhen I was quite pissed off with this book 😠 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Funny, as someone who has deleted some social media at times, none of these were in my top 10 reasons for doing it. 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
Simona @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m using Litsy and Goodreads and I‘m perfectly fine if some machines detect my reading habits ... 2mo
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Flight Behavior | Barbara Kingsolver
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Interesting combination of the personal, intimate story of a young mum in a small town, and the bigger story, related to all of us - climate changes, which are reflected in the unusual behavior of the butterflies. Although the author‘s view on climate changes is absolutely clear, in the story she keeps the distance, and final judgment leaves to the reader. A beautiful written, nicely rounded story, but with to much hurried ending ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cinfhen Gorgeous photo, beautiful review and delicious looking lunch 💞😘 2mo
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Simona Food: Falafels baked in oven, arugula with yogurt/garlic dressing. 2mo
Simona @Cinfhen Thank you, thank you and thank you😘 2mo
maich Sounds interesting😊 The picture is so pretty and yummy😍 2mo
Simona @maich Brez lažne skromnosti - res je, skuhala sem odlično, okusno kosilo 😘 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I absolutely loved this book! Glad you could use it for both prompts! 2mo
Simona @BarbaraTheBibliophage Sometimes are novels with the hot topics to pedagogic/moralistic for my taste, and authors often forget about the story just to make the point. In this book the point is made through the story which is the main reason why I like this book. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Simona Perfectly said. Unfortunately some reviewers feel her most recent novel, Unsheltered, fell victim to that problem. I still liked it, though. 2mo
Simona @BarbaraTheBibliophage I wasn‘t interested in her works, but after reading this book, she is definitely on my list of authors to explore more. 2mo
Graywacke @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Simona - seems this conversation comes up a lot with Kingsolver. 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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I‘m in an impatient anticipation ... anyone else?

RachelO I‘m excited to see what you recommend this year! 2mo
BookwormM Me can‘t wait to find out 2mo
Simona @BookwormM Do you plan to read the longlist? 2mo
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Simona @RachelO Yay, a little bit of excitement😘 2mo
RachelO @Simona 😊 I‘ve finally resigned myself to the fact that reading longlists is just never going to happen. But if I did, this would be the one I‘d want to read. Maybe I‘ll try the shortlist! 2mo
Simona @RachelO MB International is my favorite literary prize ... I immensely enjoy in compiling my personal shortlist, but for this - I need to read all of them ... 2mo
BookwormM I always plan to read the long list whether or not it happens is another matter 🤣🤣last year I managed about half before the winner was announced. 2mo
Simona @BookwormM Half is still good 😘 (edited) 2mo
BookwormM This year is looking bad my library system only has 1 of these books 2mo
Simona @BookwormM My library has two, I found four on the Scribd, one I ordered from Book Depository and the rest I bought/pre-ordered) from iBooks (one from Kobo) as ebooks. Quite expensive hobby ... 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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My new chair for the more comfortable reading ... The kitty is convinced that this is her new chair for the more comfortable sleeping ...

#catsoflitsy #petsoflitsy

julesG 😍😸 Just like my cats, who both think that the large reading chair is theirs to litter with hair, sleep on, fight on and most importantly scratch their claws on. 🙈 2mo
Simona @julesG I like cats attitude that everything (and everyone) is there for their comfortable life. 😻 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 When you think about it, why shouldn‘t they believe that? If I were a cat, and it was my home, I would seek out the most comfortable space too. And I would assume that whatever the humans were using, I would be able to use too. Except the shower. The toilet, of course is for drinking. Lol 2mo
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Simona @JanuarieTimewalker13 I agree, that‘s their home too😘 2mo
RachelO It does look incredibly cosy! Hope you get to read on it sometime 😉 2mo
Simona @RachelO ... this is also my wish 😘 2mo
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Mehso-so

Dense, fierce, brutal, furious story about the Tracker who is on mission to find the lost boy. Story is packed with the characters, mythology, cruel events, but also with love, friendships and very vivid descriptions of the nature. Vary fast pacing story for the book of a such length and I do recommend it, if you like fantasy genre. My rating is based only on my reading taste - to much of everything (especially action after action) makes me ...👇

Simona nervous and uncomfortable, but I was intrigued enough with the story to looking forward for the next two. For now only ⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me, we'll have to wait for the next installments, so that we would see if the author has managed to connect all the characters and storylines in the comprehensive trilogy. I wish that the narrator in the second book would be Leopard and in the third Lost Boy.... 3mo
hermyknee Great review! I‘ve been wondering if I should read this one, so based on your review I may wait until the others are out. 3mo
Simona @hermyknee Thank you ☺️ The story doesn‘t end with the cliffhanger, and is quite nice rounded, but I still miss something in it ... My advice would be - to borrow the first book from the library😘 3mo
TieDyeDude Good review. I think this will be right up my alley. However, my hold came in for this book, and after sitting with it for 5 minutes, I realized I wasn't able to give it my full attention at the time. Returned it and put it back on hold... 2mo
Simona @TieDyeDude Thank you ☺️ I understand you, because it really is a very colorful, dense story that requires a focused reader. 2mo
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Yes, I read it and I like it ... despite all the drama around the author ...

BarbaraBB I‘m going to read it too ☺️ 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm I still need to read this, especially curious after all the drama! 3mo
Simona @BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm Curiosity was my driving force too 🤷‍♀️😘I‘m sure that both of you have read a better book from this genre ... it‘s a good suspenseful story, a little bit predictable, but still interesting. 3mo
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Pickpick

When child is a soldier then something is very wrong with our world ... Emmanuel‘s childhood was constant battle of survival. Growing up with many scars in his soul, he managed to escape, to control his anger/hate, and find his voice in music. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

#ReadAroundTheWorld #SouthSudan @BookwormM
#booked2019 #soldiersStory @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
#Nonfiction2019 #WrittenByApoc @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Cinfhen Well played👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
Simona Thanks @Cinfhen 😊 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds heartbreaking, but such an important read! Stacking! 3mo
Simona @Riveted_Reader_Melissa It is not the best written book in the world, but his message is important... 3mo
wordzie ❤❤ 3mo
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9 years old child, driven by hate and trained to be a soldier ...

RachelO So sad. 3mo
Simona @RachelO Sad, but important to hear/read it ... 3mo
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