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Simona

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🙋🐶🐱📚 Carpe Librum https://www.goodreads.com/Anomis StoryGraph simonam
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I'm not a big fan of her books, but I admire her way of writing - how sincerely she manages to capture all the dark feelings/thoughts that intertwines in human relationships. This story of two friends also speaks of this relationship and eternal dissatisfaction with what we (don‘t) have or what we have (didn‘t) achieved.

maich Sem prebrala Normalni ljudje pa me ni preveč pritegnila. Je ta boljša? 9h
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Happy Weekend | Immanuel Mifsud
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Erik is a very successful Maltese actor who lives a fairly bohemian life. He travels to East Berlin in the 80s where he spends one night with Jutta … His personal desires are intertwined with a background story - complex political developments and changes in the country. A dynamically structured story with an interesting twist. #Malta #ReadAroundTheWorld

The book isn‘t in the Litsy base, so I tagged the only book available by this author.

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Eva Luna | Isabel Allende
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This #weeklyforecast is in the direction of wrapping up challenges. Eva Luna is for #authoramonth and Jutta Heim by Immanuel Mifsud is for #Readaroundtheworld . Barack Obama isn‘t for any reading challenge, but just for a good company on long winter nights.

Cinfhen Lovely photo and looks like a wonderful week ahead ❤️ 4d
Liz_M Are you joining the #ObamaBuddyRead? I think it's happening now? 3d
Simona @Liz_M No, but maybe I will! Thank you 🙏 3d
Simona Thanks @Cinfhen I wish you too a wonderful week 😘 3d
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Untitled | Unknown
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View from my favourite reading/chilling spot when the #decemberchill strikes …

merelybookish What a sweet face. 😍 4d
Cinfhen Sweetness 😘 4d
LeahBergen Ohhhh, I love her! 🥰🥰 4d
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BarbaraBB Such a cute face! And I love that I can spot 4d
Simona @BarbaraBB That is my Booker winner shelf, and Luminaries is still unread 🤫 4d
BarbaraBB Nooo! It‘s one of my all time favorites! If you have some time off in December, I hope you‘ll give it a go! 4d
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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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While waiting for my doggo (she is at pet grooming salon), I can do some undisturbed reading in the coffee shop … Right?

Emilymdxn Absolutely! Looks like a gorgeous cafe 1w
batsy Yes! ☕📖 1w
rmaclean4 Such a great book! 1w
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Simona @rmaclean4 It‘s a very praised book, so I hope that my expectations aren‘t too high 🤞 1w
Simona @Emilymdxn @batsy It‘s incredible … I forgot how good it‘s to be outside, in the public place and just read. 1w
AmyG Loved this book. 1w
LeahBergen That coffee set-up looks delicious! 1w
LapReader That book caught me by surprise. I loved it. 1w
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Lean Fall Stand | Jon McGregor
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The story begins in Antarctica, with beautiful descriptions of the landscape, the unpredictability of nature, fragility of human life, and continues in the very different direction - with the focus on the difficulties of caregiving, importance of communication, storytelling, language, different kinds of expression … solid 3⭐️

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Human Traces | Sebastian Faulks
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The main thread of this story is the early exploration of mental illnesses and the development of psychology as medical science. Great premise, but very chaotic execution … although very well researched.

Crazeedi Too bad because this is an interesting topic 3w
Simona Very interesting, but the author was trying too hard to put his research into the story, but I will give him another chance with the sequel, just because the topic is interesting @Crazeedi (edited) 1w
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Snow Country | Sebastian Faulks
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After bailing on Doctor Zhivago I feel free and eager to read everything! #weeklyforecast

Cinfhen Hehehehe!!! I know that feeling 🥰 4w
erzascarletbookgasm I love locked-room mystery stories. Enjoy! 3w
Simona @erzascarletbookgasm Me too! Thanks, I will 😘 3w
BarbaraBB I missed that you bailed but I don‘t blame you!! 3w
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Doctor Zhivago | Boris Pasternak
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Sorry @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB but I can‘t … too much struggle with #DrZ😔
#decemberchill #buddyread

TrishB Currently up to 10% but struggling….. 4w
Cinfhen Thanks for trying 😘😘 4w
Simona @TrishB This book was a rock around my neck … 4w
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Simona @Cinfhen I did try … really hard, but it was like a very unpleasant chore 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4w
Cinfhen Let it go!!! A book should never be a chore 4w
MatchlessMarie I‘m at 9% and I‘m just like yep I am definitely reading a book. I‘m hoping the more I read the more it will make sense 🤣 3w
BarbaraBB Now I read this! You are so right. We‘ll have a weekend partying without Russian heaviness 💃💃 @Cinfhen 3w
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Sleep of Memory | Patrick Modiano
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I rarely splurge on such an excessive book haul, but yesterday was the right day to do something like that❣️

batsy Fantastic 😍 4w
Caroline2 Awesome book haul. 😉 4w
rockpools Ooh. 😍 4w
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TrishB Cool 👍🏻 4w
IuliaC Lovely haul and titles! 👍 4w
AmyG Some wonderful books!!! 4w
LeahBergen Wonderful! 👏🏻👏🏻 4w
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The Lying Life of Adults | Elena Ferrante
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In this story, with self-explanatory title, we observe adults through the eyes of a teen girl. Interesting story, but Ferrante isn‘t author for me, and maybe with her next book I‘m going to figure it out, what exactly I don‘t like in her writing … 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Unraveling Oliver | Liz Nugent
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Oliver is successful writer of children‘s books, and his story begins with the end - aggressive outburst. Through different peoples from his past we slowly start to unraveling what Oliver hides and why is he an insensitive jerk. Good for passing the time, or - when you can‘t decide what to read next …

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Dr. Zhivago | Boris Pasternak
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My #weeklyforecast is more November project than just one week forecast … My plan for this third and last attempt to read Dr. Zhivago is - that when I will feel tired of Russian complexity, I'll read mystery story … just to distract my mind with something else😬

Cinfhen I feel ya xxx 1mo
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Crossroads: A Novel | Jonathan Franzen
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We follow five members of the Hildebrandt family, their internal struggles, fears, secrets - all on the background of the 70‘s. Maybe Franzen is a moron, but his family portraits are colourful, gentle and accurately drawn. Recommended - if you like family saga where you can observe changes in the family members and their relations through some important questions about morality, faith, marriage, illness …

BarbaraBB Looking forward to this one! I only hear good things about it! 1mo
Cinfhen Agreed @BarbaraBB xx and I love your thoughts on Franzen, @Simona 😂😘 1mo
Megabooks Still thinking about this one. 1mo
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Simona @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @Megabooks Another family saga, which I loved more than Crossroads is … a biographical novel about Thomas Mann family by Colm Toibin 1mo
Cinfhen That‘s on my list too!! The Toibin 1mo
BarbaraBB That is good to know, I always love Toibin! 1mo
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Unraveling Oliver | Liz Nugent
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Very intriguing beginning 🤨 #FirstLineFridays

BarbaraBB What you say 😱 1mo
rockpools Huh. That‘s some start. 1mo
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Dr. Zhivago | Boris Pasternak
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I've already started #BuddyRead #DecemberChill book - twice in English translation, but the story doesn't pull me in, and, to be completely honest, it seems pretty boring, at least the beginning. The Slovenian translation is my third and final attempt to read this classic, for which I have the feeling that the drama around it is more interesting than the final product …

Cinfhen Yikes!! Not very promising 🥺 1mo
Cinfhen Were u happy with the Booker winner??? 1mo
BarbaraBB I read it a long time ago and enjoyed it more than I expected. But I‘m not really looking forward to reread it! 1mo
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Simona @Cinfhen I‘m slightly burnout, so I guess that the problem is in me and not in the Dr. Zhivago … I‘m more than happy with the winner!!! That book is really tremendously thought provoking in every sense. 1mo
Simona @BarbaraBB I saw the film, decades ago… I wasn‘t impressed … I think that this book isn‘t material for the reread, and I feel kind of sorry that I voted for it 🤗 1mo
Cinfhen I really enjoyed The Secrets We Kept which prompted me to read #DrZ but I‘m definitely having second thoughts about tackling a Russian classic. I agree, I think the story surrounding the book is probably going to be better than the actual book. 1mo
Simona I usually enjoy in reading Russian‘s classics, but apparently not this time 🤷🏻‍♀️ My back story book - which has leads me to enthusiastic voting for#DrZ was 1mo
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It is cold and rainy day in my part of the world, and the only right way to spend Sunday is on cozy spot with blanket, book and reading buddy. 😚

BarbaraBB Seems perfect to me! 2mo
Leftcoastzen Awww ! 🐶 2mo
IuliaC Perfection 👍 2mo
Cathythoughts Cosey 🥰 2mo
LeahBergen Perfect! 2mo
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The Masterpiece | Ana Schnabl
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What makes this classic story of adultery between a book editor and a professor/writer different, or at least more interesting, is the story that takes place in the background. The story is set in #Slovenia in the mid-80s, when frictions between the republics of the former Yugoslavia had already begun, and this political changes puts the main characters on different shores. What makes this love story also different is the complex inner … 👇

Simona … inner world of the main character, expressed in complex prose, which forces the reader to think about individual sentences … and with great surprise at the very end. 👊 2mo
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Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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I do like the basic story/idea, some passages are just simple beautiful, but the story about the grieving father with the very/over-sensitive son living in the world where wild animals are disappearing every day, quickly becomes didactic and preachy. Powers is trying too hard to make the statement/message and to provoke reader‘s emotions about our f….up world, for my taste. 🤷🏻‍♀️ While I really didn‘t liked overall sentiment of the story … 👇

Simona … I still think that this could be the winner of the #BookerPrize2021 2mo
BookwormM To me this was the only book on the Longlist that read like a Booker book and I loved it 🤣🤣although I did say it was a bit too preachy 2mo
BarbaraBB I just started it and it‘s hard to stay focused 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2mo
Simona @BarbaraBB Despite my issues with it, I still think it is worth to stick to the end. 2mo
Simona @BookwormM Unfortunately ‘preachy‘ is strong turnoff for me and inexcusable 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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The Baby Is Mine: Quick Reads | Oyinkan Braithwaite
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The story about some serious themes (motherhood, misogyny, Covid 19) are dealt in a lighter, humorous style, similar to that in her previous book My Sister the Serial Killer. The narrator is unlikeable (but still in some ways kind-hearted) Bambi, who finds himself trapped in a house with a baby and 2 women, each claiming that the baby is hers. Fine, entertaining story set in #Nigeria was OK companion for shorter hike.

BarbaraBB I didn‘t know she had a new book out! Good to know. And your doggie is so cute 🥰 2mo
Simona @BarbaraBB It was published for the Quick Read Project https://readingagency.org.uk/adults/quick-guides/quick-reads/ On behalf of Fiona - thank you 😘 She is cute mischievous energetic little bomb 😁 2mo
shawnmooney Simona! I keep missing your posts - because of the time difference, probably. Glad I‘ve just looked you up to catch up. I‘d love to have you on my Bite-sized Book Chats series (https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU-61cZp1pQdBH5V0Zb9q-2ujl4PY8nhf) to talk about this book. What do you think? 💕 1mo
Simona @shawnmooney I'm very honored, but I have to say no. I am very camera-shy, my speaking English is not fluent, and in situations like this, I find it hard to collect and express my thoughts … but I am enjoying your content - constantly raising bar on the BookTube, and I must say that you are very excellent interviewer. If I change my mind, I‘ll let you know 🤗 1mo
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The Masterpiece | Ana Schnabl
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I like autumn, but unfortunately, that also means less opportunities to read outside … but today is a very nice, warm, sunny day in my part of the world ☀️ and I‘m very happy because of that 😁

MicheleinPhilly I‘m the opposite - once autumn weather sets in I‘m like “Let‘s go OUTSIDE!” I hate the heat. ☺️ 2mo
jimfields3 The book sounds interesting, and there are no Litsy reviews so far. I‘ll be curious to see what you think, @Simona 2mo
LeahBergen I‘m exactly the same, @MicheleinPhilly ! 2mo
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Simona @MicheleinPhilly @LeahBergen I don‘t like melting heat, but otherwise - summer is my time to bloom 😘 2mo
Simona @jimfield3 Schnabl is a Slovenian author of the younger generation, the book was published last year and I must say that I am quite surprised that there is already a translation. The story is interesting, but I am afraid that much will be lost with the translation, especially if you are not familiar with political events in recent Slovenian history, because the tragedy of the described love story stems from political events, which aren't so ... 2mo
Simona @jimfield3 ... comprehensible if you do not know political background. And this book/story definitely isn't a political thriller as is stated in the description. 🙄 2mo
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The Promise | Damon Galgut
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Reading the longlist was interesting journey whose motto could be - something for every taste. From Booker nominees I expect challenging, exceptional, different, thought provoking stories, and some on this list are and some are just average. I have on my #BookerPrize2021 shortlist only five books, because Bewilderment by R.Powers has not yet been published, however, I expect to like it 🤞🤷🏻‍♀️

BarbaraBB You predicted 4 out of 6, impressive! 3mo
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Great Circle | Maggie Shipstead
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The historical novel has two timelines - part of the story is set in the 20th century where Marian and the early days of aviation are at the forefront, and part of the story is from the present, where the main character is Hadley - a famous film actress. Of course, those two stories, Mariana and Hadley are connected. And that, I think, is also the weakest point of the story. In places, these connections work, but most of the time, they‘re just …👇

Simona … how to move the story forward. There is also such big difference in the characterization of the two main characters that Hadley's story is almost disturbing and eventually becomes uninteresting, although - in a larger frame - necessary to close the circle. Historically very rich, incredibly deeply researched, an interesting look at social expectations regarding gender/femininity, yet - too many cumbersome parts … 👇 3mo
Simona … too many unnecessary twists, and my personal biggest problem - too sweet prose. Enchanting literary adventure. #BookerPrize2021 3mo
BookwormM I think the Hadley timeline was unnecessary and the whole Hollywood idea could have been dropped there were other characters who could close the circle IMO 3mo
BarbaraBB I‘m in no hurry to read this. 3mo
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An Island | Karen Jennings
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In the span of four days, we get to know the claustrophobic world of Samuel, who works as a lighthouse keeper in an unnamed African country on an unnamed island, where he finds a corpse every now and then ... until one day he finds a barely alive refugee on the shore and that triggers in Samuel various memories from his past. The basic thread of the story is the legacy of colonialism, where the now ‘free‘ state is falling from one extreme … 👇

Simona … to the other. Nothing experimental in the structure, simple/clean prose without any metaphors, scarcely in dialogues, but the story of the lonely old man on the island is very powerful, effective and interesting view on the race/racism, freedom, solitude and inner demons. Uncomplicated, quite story on the surface, but with strong undertow. #BookerPrize2021 3mo
merelybookish Great review, especially last sentence! 3mo
sarahbarnes Great review! I haven‘t been able to get ahold of a copy of this one yet. 3mo
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BarbaraBB Wonderful review! How are you doing with the longlist? 3mo
Megabooks Fantastic review! 3mo
batsy Great review, Simona. I also saw a very positive review of this on Goodreads today and I'm super keen to read this! 3mo
Simona Thanks @BarbaraBB I finished the longlist two weeks ago (well, except Bewilderment), but I didn‘t posted reviews primarily because I was too lazy, and secondly because I was pondering about few books with which I couldn‘t figure it out what to do with them - I literally didn‘t have nothing to say about them.Those were China Room,The Sweetnesses of Water,No One is Talking About This and Klara and the Sun. Finally I decided to not review them🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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The Fortune Men | Nadifa Mohamed
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Mahmood is a Somali seaman who lives in Wales, he is married to a white woman, has three children, struggles through racial prejudice, tries to provide for his family, lives his life as best he can ... until he is convicted of a murder. Most remarkable in this book is depiction of Mahmood's naivety, his trust in the judiciary - the truth always wins, and the strongest point of this narrative, seems to me, is clash between Mahmood as he … 👇

Simona … is seen by the world, as opposed to his inner world. Very good characterisation. #BookerPrize2021 3mo
BarbaraBB This one sounds so good too. 3mo
Nag1 I really recommend this 3mo
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A Town Called Solace | Mary Lawson
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A story about growing up, dying, family, regrets ... in short, a story about life and correcting mistakes. Readable, gentle, simple and, unfortunately, unremarkable. 🤷🏻‍♀️ #BookerPrize2021

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The Promise | Damon Galgut
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A book where the complexity of the story (in the foreground is the white family in South Africa, in the background all the political and social changes in the country) is extremely enriched with a very thoughtful and dynamic structure, sometimes unusual narration (jumps from first to third person) and comprehensive characterization with a full spectrum of people from outspoken racists to white savior, it is a book/story with an extremely … 👇

Simona … strong message that offers the reader discomfort (justifiably) and a lot of thoughts about our whiteness and broken promises ... Superb! #BookerPrize2021 3mo
vivastory Wow, what a review!! 3mo
Simona @vivastory I still have to read Bewilderment by R.Powers, but I think that The Promise is the winning book. The structure of the story is really backbone of the narration and so incredibly synchronous with the story itself. Very strong narration in all senses, on micro and macro level, and that is rare achievement IMO. 3mo
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vivastory Has Bewilderment been published where you live? It won't be released here until next wk. I believe. I've heard great things about it, but I keep hearing rave reviews for Galgut's. I have been meaning to read Galgut for awhile now. I will be very curious to see what makes the shortlist tomorrow. 3mo
Simona You are right, it wasn‘t published yet and the big date is next Tuesday. I'll be very disappointed if this book doesn't come on the shortlist. That was my first book by Galgut and absolutely not the last. I‘m going to compile my shortlist tomorrow before the announcement of the official release and I‘m saving free spot for Powers, just because I loved The Overstory 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
BarbaraBB Wow, this sounds wonderful and I can‘t wait to see your shortlist!!! 3mo
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Incantation | Alice Hoffman
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#weeklyforecast Two books for reading challenge, and two books just because. We have incredible beautiful weather, perfect for hikes, so this could be also my next week forecast 🤷🏻‍♀️

vivastory I haven't read any Banville yet. I've been meaning to 3mo
rockpools Have a fab week, Simona! 3mo
Simona @vivastory I have read only one his book … and it was okeyish 3mo
Simona @rockpools A little late, but … nice weekend to you too 😘 3mo
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A Passage North: A Novel | Anuk Arudpragasam
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It's a book I have very mixed feelings and thoughts. While the basic story is simple - Krishan is on a train, going north to attend his grandmother's caregiver funeral. When he observes landscape, his thoughts are in the past, he thinks about love, losses, desire, death, politics, war, violence, trauma - the execution is a little more complex. The first person narration is coloured very philosophically and with its long sentences … 👇

Simona … it's becoming increasingly difficult to read it, which is usually not a problem for me, but not this time. I don‘t know why, but this stream of conscious was for me tedious and hard to read, and yet, I do think that this book was good and beautiful written in some places. #SriLanka #BookerPrize2021 3mo
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My September reading list is compilation of books for different challenges and ‘leftovers‘ from previous months. I can‘t find book for #SanMarino and number 13 is reserved for that book. #bookspin #doublespin #bookbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Second Place: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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No #bookbingo in August, but nevertheless, it was good reading month with many interesting stories. #bookspin #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fantastic month!!! 3mo
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Second Place: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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The perception of the individual is what shapes our personal/intimate reality and, of course, the problem arises when our reality/expectations do not match the perception of another individual. For me, this clash/relation between expectations is the main thread, which author spread out to the various spheres of life - partnership relations, maternity, and, above all, art and creativity. The whole story is based on the self-reflection of the … 👇

Simona … main character who feels invisible/ignored and criticised (criticism is another important thread), which requires a concentrated reader, but the final result/message of this layered story is simply magnificent. #BookerPrize2021 #doublespin 3mo
BarbaraBB Wow that‘s a raving review. I assume this is your favorite? 3mo
charl08 This was a big ol' "No.thank you" from me. I have been glad since to see others liked it, as it made me feel less guilty! 3mo
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TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 3mo
Simona I have two strong favourites this year The Promise by Galgut and yes, Second place 😁 @BarbaraBB 3mo
Simona @charl08 I saw reviews here on Litsy, and it seems that this is a book that doesn‘t allow a middle ground - whether you like it or not at all. I like seeing so different reactions and interpretations of the story. 3mo
batsy Nice review! I really need to get around to Cusk soon. 3mo
Simona Thank you @batsy That was my first Cusk and I‘m totally smitten by her complicated prose 😘 3mo
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Light Perpetual: A Novel | Francis Spufford
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What I liked the most in this story, where the premise is “what might have been”, is the structure - we follow lives of the five children (all five dies in the first chapter) in alternating chapters and each chapter begins 15 years later. I found this as a very interesting decision, which also allows to cover all the big changes/shifts in the society from the 1944 until 2009 … The characters are well portrayed, excellent first chapter … 👇

Simona … but story as a whole was very unsatisfied read for me, especially the last chapter was disappointment. I miss something in the execution to rate this #BookerPrize2021 as a pick, but if it wasn't on the longlist, I would have given it 3⭐️ #doublespin 3mo
squirrelbrain Great review! The more books I‘ve read from the longlist, the more this has slipped further down the list for me. 3mo
Simona @squirrelbrain Thank you 😊 I finished the longlist, well except for R.Powers book, and this one is definitely the weakest on the list. Readable, but not rememberable 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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squirrelbrain Are you going to post your shortlist? I‘m just finishing Great Circle and The Sweetness of Water then I‘ve read them all. (Except Powers and I can‘t get a copy of the Jennings yet either) 3mo
Simona @squirrelbrain I will first post my review 3mo
Simona @squirrelbrain sorry I hit the send button too early … *reviews and then shortlist, day or two before shortlist. Am I wrong - or are you from Germany? (edited) 3mo
Simona …. I have An Island, and if you live in Eu, I can send you a book. @squirrelbrain 3mo
squirrelbrain I‘m in England Simona - it‘s very kind of you to offer to send it, but I can actually get hold of it for Qc.99 on Kindle (the only place - I can‘t get it from the library). I don‘t like paying that much for a Kindle book and I‘m just not sure if it will be worth it - did you like it? 3mo
squirrelbrain It‘s very difficult to pick a shortlist -the list of my favourites is very different to those that I think will make the shortlist…. 3mo
Simona @squirrelbrain At the end my shortlist is always mixture of the books that I liked and of those that I don‘t like, but I think that are prize worthy. I like An Island very much - it is on my shortlist… for know. It‘s quite simple book, actually it is the simplest book from longlist. 3mo
Simona @squirrelbrain Here is the preview from my review - “Nothing experimental in the structure, simple/clean prose without any metaphors,scarcely in dialogues, but the story of the lonely old man on the island is very powerful, effective and interesting view on the freedom, solitude and inner demons.” I would say buy it, if you like uncomplicated, quite stories. 3mo
squirrelbrain I do like those kind of stories Simona so I think I might go for it. Thanks for your input! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 3mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
BarbaraBB Hi, you‘re quiet! Busy with work or hopefully the Booker longlist?! 😘 4mo
rockpools Hi Simona! 3mo
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Simona Hi @rockpools ☺️ I was unusual busy with work, life and Booker. Everything is under control for now, but thank you @BarbaraBB and @rockpools for check up on me❣️ 3mo
BarbaraBB 🤍 3mo
rockpools Yay, you‘re back! 3mo
Simona @rockpools I‘m back …again 😘 3mo
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The Tenth Gift | Jane Johnson
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We are following the fate of two women linked by the book of embroidery patterns. The story runs in the 17th century and in a modern times, and is set in the Cornwall and #Morocco This novel was just too sweet for me, all I liked in it was some historical facts of which I didn‘t know nothing, like Barbary slave trade https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbary_slave_trade #FoodAndLit

Cinfhen What do you think of the long list??? Im intrigued by MANY titles!!!! 4mo
Simona I think that is the most readable longlist since I follow the Booker Prize, the only more heavy/intellectual book is by R.Cusk. I listened it, and the prose sounds beautiful, but I had the feeling that I missed a lot and I will read it again in print. Her audiobook is on Scribd. I‘m not sure about R.Powers‘ novel, summarisation didn‘t grab me, but I loved his previous novel The Overstory… I think that Ishiguro‘s and Lockwood‘s novels aren‘t … 4mo
Simona … prize worthy, but I must admit that they are very topical, so … if that is the literary merit 🤷🏻‍♀️ Shipstead novel was already in my July bingo list, but I didn‘t manage to read it, so I‘m glad that is longlisted. The Promise and the China Room were already on my radar and the rest of the authors are new to me. Overall, I‘m quite glad with the longlist, the premises sounds good, but we will see about the execution. What caught your eye @Cinfhen 4mo
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Cinfhen I actually LOVE the Lockwood and I‘m EXCITED it made the longlist. I didn‘t care for Klara, I don‘t think it should continue. I‘m tagging the books I‘m looking forward to reading below: (edited) 4mo
Cinfhen Most books are still very expensive so I‘m gonna see what I can borrow / I may wait until shortlist before I purchase any 4mo
Texreader I‘m way behind but about to start this one for #foodandlit #Morroco. Hope I have better luck with it. 4mo
Simona @Cinfhen I‘m prepared for financial side of the Booker Prize and I have special budget for that … I bought ebooks, which are slightly cheaper than print books, but still expensive 🤷🏻‍♀️ I‘m the most excited for the The Promise, China Town and Great Circle - which I‘m going start later today after I will finished …. usually I drop everything and start with the longlist, but I can‘t put this book down, because the story is so intriguing. 4mo
Simona @Texreader I hope that you will 🤞It‘s a quick, easy read, but unfortunately, it wasn‘t my cup of tea… 4mo
BarbaraBB That is so cool, that you saving up budget for the Bookers. I am looking forward to following your reads again. I'll wait for the reviews to decide which ones I'm going to read I think. 4mo
Cinfhen I read A Burning… it was a little too much satire for me but I can see why you‘re gripped…keep me posted on your Booker reading, I‘m curious about the 3 books you mentioned!!!! so impressive that you budget ahead 🙌🏻♥️😘 4mo
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Popisho: A Novel | Leone Ross
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This very imaginative story is set on fictional island Popisho where magic is normal and everyone poses some special gift. The novel falls between magical realism and fantasy and is the enjoyable read, but it is also all over the place. Too many themes (political corruption, homophobia, addictions …) are clustered together just to move the story forward … but still, as I said - very enjoyable and very vibrant story.

Simona UK title is This One Sky Day and the US title is Popisho. 4mo
vivastory This sounds interesting! They're announcing the Man Booker long list in a few hours. I'm curious to see what will make it 4mo
Simona @vivastory It is a strange, interesting and fascinating story, with flaws, but I have to say it again - very fun to read. I‘m actively waiting for the announcement, I‘m excited and I don‘t know why, but I‘m also nervous 🤷🏻‍♀️ Planning to read the longlist? 4mo
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vivastory I'm a bit nervous, too. I honestly have no idea what to expect! I hope to read the long list. It'll depend on availability of titles & call it a bias but I refuse to read any nonfiction for either the MB International or the MB. I think of both as strictly fiction prizes. Are you going to read the long list? 4mo
Simona @vivastory Yes! For me this is the best part - reading longlist, compile my shortlist and then be 😡🤬🥵 angry at the judges. I don‘t follow new/eligible releases, so I don‘t know what to expect too, and for me that is also part of the fun. I can understand your point about NF books, but I don‘t feel so strong as you about that, because nominated NF books, so far, were more literary than NF books usual are. 4mo
vivastory @Simona That's a great point about NF books. I will say that a lot of them do sound interesting & I'm not opposed to reading them. I just don't think they nec belong on the list, although with the rise of autofiction the line between the two is becoming tenuous. Well, I have my wine ready & I've watched a few prediction videos so we'll see! 4mo
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Unsettled Ground | Claire Fuller
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As with her previous works, I did like atmosphere in the story and captivating prose, but I wasn‘t seduced by the story. Too many eyes rolling moments in it, for my taste …

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Assembly | Natasha Brown
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Race, micro-aggressions and British colonisation are the main themes in this short novel, which is written in a very spare, precise prose and detached, fragmented style, but with heavy punch and a lot of thoughts to think about it. Humiliate, assimilate, eradicate …

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome photo! 4mo
Simona Thank you @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks to the ☀️ 4mo
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This One Sky Day | Leone Ross
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My #weeklyforecast is simple: I‘m currently reading Popisho by Leone Ross (in the tag is UK title) and A Burning by Megha Majumdar. Two books till Tuesday and since Tuesday, when Booker Longlist will be announced, my reading will depend on the jury and their reading taste.

Cinfhen Ohhhhh, you must be excited!! Any long list predictions?? Or hopefuls?!?? 4mo
Cathythoughts Booker Longlist ! I can‘t believe a year has passed again 4mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts that‘s just what I was thinking! 4mo
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Nute It‘s incredible that it is already time for the announcement of the Booker Longlist! 4mo
BarbaraBB Looking forward to Tuesday too! 4mo
Simona @Cinfhen I‘m very excited indeed! I don‘t have any predictions, because I usually read too few new published books, but I see over and over again on different sites praising reviews for … story about racism (I will post my review later today or tomorrow) and The Magician by Colm Toibin, fictional portrait of Thomas Mann. 4mo
Simona @Nute @TrishB @Cathythoughts I‘m glad for new longlist, but I‘m not happy to see how times flies. 4mo
Simona @BarbaraBB Planning to read the longlist? 4mo
BarbaraBB I don‘t think so, a selection probably. 4mo
Cinfhen I‘ll be reading and following your Booker journey xxx 4mo
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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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The core of the story is mental illness and through the lens of main protagonist Martha we can see her battle with the darkness and effects on the family. Sad story, but surprisingly - at the same time quite entertaining with sarcastic remarks, and still remains sensitive and respectful.

TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 5mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I started this , and then had to detour for Irl book read. Looking forward to getting back to it 5mo
BarbaraBB I hope you had some wonderful weeks off work! 5mo
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Simona @TrishB It is good combination of seriousness and wittiness. 4mo
Simona @Cathythoughts Thank you 😊 I finished it in one day, because I couldn‘t put it down. 4mo
TrishB Yes exactly! 4mo
Simona @BarbaraBB I did, thanks! I‘m going back to work on Friday and I already feel a little bit anxious 😬 4mo
BarbaraBB I understand! Enjoy your last week. Starting on Friday is clever, you‘ll have a weekend again right after? 4mo
Simona Yes @BarbaraBB Friday will be my acclimation day 😘 4mo
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Flanagan touches quite a few topics in this story - climate change, disappearing animal species, our distraction by virtual world/social media, while the main thread of the story is a slow and painful dying of 86 years old Francie. The story is narrated by her daughter Annie, who is also facing a slow vanishing … The strongest parts of the novel are captivated prose and interesting thoughts on morality of prolonging life, but unfortunately … 👇

Simona … the story falls apart when Flanagan use some elements of magical realism to make the point. 5mo
BookwormM I will probably enjoy the magical realism 🤣🤣 5mo
Simona @BookwormM I like magical realism when is ‘seamless‘, I actually very liked the story till the last two, three chapters when everything became just too much … 4mo
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Faceless | Amma Darko
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The main threat of the story is 14 years old girl Fofo. She is a street child, living in the slum with the name Sodom and Gomorrah. The novel is social commentary about abandoned children, poverty, prostitution, discrimination against women … sad and important story, but simplicity of the language, narration techniques and some satirical/comical situations almost override the complexity of the story. #Ghana #ReadAroundTheWorld

rockpools 😔 It sounds really heavy. If you want another round (cos I know you‘ve got nothing else to read 😉), I am RAVING about this one - it‘s fab! 5mo
Simona @rockpools Thanks for recommendation 🙏 Because you‘re RAVING about this one, I‘m willing to sacrifice one free spot from July bingo card. 😂😘 (edited) 5mo
rockpools Hello Simona! I‘m imagining you‘re taking a break after the Asia books - or maybe reading ALL of the potential Booker books 😁. Hope things are good 😘 5mo
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Simona Thank you @rockpools for check in on me, but I‘m more than perfect! I have vacation, I was on Croatian coast for more than two weeks without internet, and I‘m going to work next Friday. I came home yesterday, and yes, I‘m starting today …. which is mentioned in all prediction Booker longlists. You know me well 😘 5mo
rockpools @Simona Oh how wonderful. I think Croatia is the most beautiful place I‘ve ever been (obviously I‘ve never been to Slovenia 😉)- sounds fab. Enjoy your Bookers! 5mo
Simona @rockpools Than you should visit Slovenia too, although, our coast can‘t be compared with the Croatian … So, no change of mind about Booker longlist? This year timeline is very friendly for the readers - month and the half … 5mo
rockpools @Simona One day🌸! And, ha! No! Even with SUCH a friendly timeline 🤔. Staying firm on this one. I *really* want to finish Reading Asia this year, so I‘m abandoning (almost) anything else! 5mo
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Burmese Days | George Orwell
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#ReadingAsia2021 was fun challenge, a lot of so-so books, but interesting countries to explore through literature. The biggest positive surprised for me was Orwell‘s Burmese Days, and my two favourite books from this challenge: family saga The Eight Life by N. Haratischvili, and light cozy mystery Aunty Lee‘s Chilled Revenge by Ovidia Yu. My book for Tibet was Child of Tibet by Soname Yangchen, but unfortunately, the country isn‘t on the map.

Librarybelle Congratulations! Amazing job! Thanks for joining us this year! 5mo
BarbaraBB You‘re this years first to accomplish the challenge, congratulations! I screenshot your choices and hope you‘ll join us for #ReadingAfrica2022 as well! 5mo
Liz_M Impressive! 5mo
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Simona @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB Thanks 😊 and thank you for organising this challenge❣️ And of course I‘m going to join you for Reading Africa 🤓 It‘s too soon to already make the list? 😘😂 5mo
Simona @Liz_M Thanks 🙏 It was interesting and fun challenge! 5mo
ReadingEnvy I love love love The Eighth Life. 5mo
BarbaraBB Not at all, you‘re not the only one. 5mo
Simona Me too @ReadingEnvy It‘s so rich in history and personal stories of those women are so smoothly intertwined through it. 5mo
Simona @BarbaraBB Hmmm …. some countries could be tricky, that‘s true, but I‘m going to leave the pleasure to compile the list for the end of the year. 5mo
BarbaraBB Me too! It‘s always something to look forward to! 5mo
jenniferw88 @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle haha! I may have already been buying books ready for Africa! 🤣🤣🤣 5mo
Librarybelle @jenniferw88 😂 I am starting to note some books for next year too! @BarbaraBB 5mo
jenniferw88 @Librarybelle i have books for 20 countries out of 54 (not including territories/dependents)! Only pencilling in for now. @BarbaraBB 5mo
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 That is amazing! I‘d be very curious to see what you‘ve got! @Librarybelle 5mo
jenniferw88 @BarbaraBB I may have just bought a couple more! @Librarybelle 5mo
Librarybelle So prepared…I love it, @jenniferw88 ! @BarbaraBB 5mo
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#NonFicton2021 challenge is ✅ My favourite book from this list is Nothing to Envy, and the biggest disappointment was The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.

RaeLovesToRead I agree, Nothing to envy was excellent! 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Wow! Great job! 5mo
Simona @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thank you ☺️ 5mo
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Simona @RaeLovesToRead Some things are really disturbing and shocking, and beyond of the imagination … 5mo
RaeLovesToRead @Simona I really hope things change for North Korea. Its heartbreaking. 5mo
Simona @RaeLovesToRead The saddest part is that the world countries aren‘t interested in opening up North Korea, because they are afraid of massive emigration … 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa You‘re very welcome! 5mo
BarbaraBB Another challenge finished. You‘re on a roll! 5mo
Simona @BarbaraBB I had to make up for last year 😘 5mo
BarbaraBB I‘m glad you did! 5mo
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The Tenth Gift | Jane Johnson
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This #weeklyforecast is actually two weeks pile of possibilities - I will be for two weeks on the area where internet isn‘t reliable. Two books are for #ctob one for #foodandlit and the rest of them are those that have recently piqued my interest.

Cinfhen Looking GOOD 🤩🤩🤩enjoy 5mo
Simona @Cinfhen Thank you 😊 5mo
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Sad and painful story about racism, and at the same time very tender story about young love/lovers and the meaning of community. Prose is excellent, but the saddest part of this story is how relevant still is … #AuthorAMonth

DivineDiana The movie was excellent. 5mo
Simona @DivineDiana I keep seeing good reviews for the movie too. 5mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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I‘m ready for July and I‘m ready to play #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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#bookspin was Who is Maud Dixon, #doublespin Hong Kong Noir, few #bookspinbingo and my favourite book in June was The Eighth Life.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fabulous month!! 5mo
Gissy Great!📚📚📚📚👏👏👏 5mo
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Francis Toribiong is the father of scuba diving and the tourism on the #Palau He is very energetic man, devoted to the island, nature, traditions, but also with the sense to prosper. No doubt - his life was exciting, but this book is amateurish written biography of a interesting man. #ReadAroundTheWorld

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Man Booker Prize | Frederic P Miller, Agnes F Vandome, John McBrewster
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Finally‼️ The key dates were announced. @rockpools are you ready for another round? 😘

rockpools 🤣🤣🤣 No?! Let‘s see if I‘ve caught up with Reading Asia before I commit to anything else - I‘m only 6 books behind! So if I get through 10 this month…. 5mo
Simona @rockpools I‘m extremely glad that they chose longer span between long and short list. That is very encouragin. 5mo
rockpools @Simona Is the longlist 13 (or 12) for this one? 5mo
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Simona @rockpools Officially 12, but usually 13.🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
rockpools @Simona Hmmm 🤔 I think I‘m going to give myself a break, and not even attempt it! I‘ll cheer you on though, and read the Simona-approved titles at the end 😘 5mo
BarbaraBB Thanks for sharing the dates, I had been looking for them. Can‘t wait to see the longlist! 5mo
BarbaraBB Hmm. No date yet for announcing the winner? 5mo
Simona @BarbaraBB No, no date yet, but my guess is late October/early November. 5mo
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