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Sparkin

Sparkin

Joined May 2016

Love quirky reads. Fave is 'Arch of Triumph'
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Adjustment Day | Chuck Palahniuk
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In the nation for white people as described in this novel, all food is white too. Saw this and thought of it.

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Every time I come to a zoo I think of this book and feel shame. At Ueno Zoo, Tokyo, today

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Sweet Bean Paste | Durian Sukegawa
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Reading this for bookclub in Yokohama. I enjoy Japanese sweets and reading this has enabled me (through the magic of google images) to match eaten sweets with their names.

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Sitting in the Archiship cafe, Yokohama, wondering what books they might have about the Czech Republic

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The Dispossessed | Ursula K. LeGuin
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Read this for my new bookclub in Japan. I‘m smiling because I had nearly finished it.

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Snow Falling on Cedars | David Guterson
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Walking among the ancient cedars in Hakone, Japan, I am reminded of this great novel that I last read in 1998 - 20years ago!

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Was excited to be going on a long(ish) train ride yesterday to #Tokyo so that I could read some more of my book. Unfortunately, I‘d come to a sad bit and was blubbing. Being on a Japanese train, it would be rude to blow my nose, so I sat there sniffing and dabbing my eyes with a handkerchief until I got off the train and grabbed a coffee.

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This was a really interesting read, written with a sense of humour and obviously thoroughly researched. It's an examination of flavour and the food industry. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone with an interest in food.

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So, am reading The Dorito effect, and the author explains how food manufacturers research consumers' 'need states'- "Today there are chemicals for every need state". This line made me think of 'Chemical World' by #Blur. #Indie #food #foodwriting #foodjournalism #eatrealfood #music

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What was missing from our lives? Macaroni cheese flavoured Pringles! Of course. We munched through this tub this evening and I pick up 'The Dorito Effect'. A connection? You be the judge. 😕

geodynamical Did the book talk about MSG and excitotoxins?? 2y
Sparkin It did talk about MSG and also toxins but au don't think he used the term excitoxins. 2y
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Mehso-so

Not sure if the cold climate refers to England (as opposed to India or Sicily), or Polly's family or Fanny's broken parentage. A fairly interesting read, especially having read 'The Bolter' recently, but I wasn't smitten and more than once wondered why I should care about the characters. A rather rushed ending. Read for my library bookclub.

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Really enjoyed reading this book - a happier bedfellow to Orhan Pamuk's 'Snow' - both novels work on the premise of extreme weather isolating a community. Both works of translation. Both great.

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The Drowned World | J. G. Ballard
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This 1970s Okinawa hotel has been given a modern facelift through the planting of these trailing vines. Which, in turn, remind me of the tropical setting and luscious vegetation of 'The Drowned World'.

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This exhibit, which is part of the #Yokohama Museum of Art, (and based on currents in the Mediterranean), reminded me of this charming book which I was reading at the time. I'd picked up a copy at a #Macmillan book sale in #Egremont, #Cumbria. #translation #French #Canadian

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The Blind Assassin: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Love the line about #bidets

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The Donor | Helen FitzGerald
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Despite the depressing blurb and cover this book is actually quite funny and uplifting perhaps farcical even

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The Carhullan Army | Sarah Hall
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Wonderful book. Loved it. #Cumbria #postapocalyptic

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Mehso-so

So, is this fiction or non-fiction? Fairly intriguing. Preferred first section of book. Horrified by the way young women were treated by the #Catholic Church. Annoyed by a) the repetition of the phrase 'shoo-in' and b) what the weather was doing.

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Fatal Reckoning | Ruth Sutton
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Began reading this today. Great opening few pages.

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The Motel Life: A Novel | Willy Vlautin
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I really like that I read most of this book on 29th December. #Synchronicity

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An interesting read: was in tears at the end.
Not expertly written at the start, the tale of Idina Sackville's life is intriguing and beguiling.

What strikes me is how fickle these people are, not only in their affections with paramours but also between what seem firm friendships and siblings too.

I really felt sad for Idina toward the end of the book, and feel compelled to be a better friend and family-bod as a result.

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Barbie is such a heartless cow.

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My wonderful Great-Uncle was similarly kept in England doing short courses in Swahili at Oxford. He is too modest to admit that this was because he is very clever, and as such his card was marked, but I suspect that was the case.

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This book is littered with unusual Christian names. Reminds me of chavvy names today. But perhaps I am just displaying how terribly middle class I am.

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And Euan had abandoned them for a year too. Neither was an exemplar.

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This is all about illness in a time before #antibiotics. I hold my breath, fearing the worst. But they survive. I'm also amazed that with all the bed-hopping there aren't more STDs.

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I'm disappointed that Idina's sister let Euan go feral and didn't look out for her sister, especially when she was ill.

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This quote has been mentioned already. I've found another point/quite being repeated unnecessarily and it's bugging me. P105

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#Morphine has been mentioned a couple of times so far. Again, didn't realise there wasn't this #drug culture in #Edwardian #England.

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There is so much detail in this book. It does make me wonder what her sources are.

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"Ninety years on, electricity still fizzes from the portrait" I don't think I agree with this sentiment...

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Didn't know this about Belgian refugees in 1914

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The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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More lovely language

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The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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Lovely phrases - gang of tears and Hans had her by one hand etc

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The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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Love the way he describes everyday experiences.

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Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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Sometimes I forget who the narrator is. And it brings me back down to earth with a thump. And this is a re-read! P78

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Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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I read this book back in 2006 I reckon. Now reading it again for a #Bookclub. I remember loving the writing ten years ago and it's still fresh now.

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I'm 79 % in and the machinations in the alternate historical fiction are finally mashing my brain. I've been loving every twist and turn and thinking of #selffulfillingprophecy a la #Macbeth and how anti-Zionism is and can be construed as and can so easily develop into anti-Semitism.

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I've got the opening song from #Hamilton as an ear worm, reading #Roth's great book about the #election of a fascist #president. Can't help thinking about #Trump and #Clinton.

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It took a while to charm me, but charm me it did. #Cumbria

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Here's the plane that Lindbergh flies in this great book I'm reading. #Washington #Roth #SpiritofStLouis #alternatehistory #USElections

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#booktober Day11 - #memorablememoirs this is what I'm currently reading. #sheepwrecked #Cumbria #Monbiot #farming #sheep

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One of the best/worst #bookmarks discovered in an old #book. #discoveredbookmark. As an aside, the boys are loving the #adventure story and I am wincing through the #racist bits. #booktober

LeahBergen OhmyGod!!!! 😂😂 3y
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So having read 'Feral' and being persuaded by Monbiot's stance on sheep farming, I thought now would be a good time to read this.

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Gioconda | Lucille Turner
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A frustrating end to an otherwise interesting and educational book about Leonado da Vinci

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Gioconda | Lucille Turner
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Read the first section of this last night and am enjoying it. Deadline to finish reading it- Monday #bookclub

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Whispering Shadows: A Novel | Jan-Philipp Sendker
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Despite a promising start, this book was disappointing. The novelty of the setting wore off quickly, and the characters were largely two dimensional.

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Whispering Shadows: A Novel | Jan-Philipp Sendker
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#Fridayreads - a really enjoyable read.

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Good Dog Lion | Alexander McCall Smith
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We all went foraging and on the same day the boys read this book about a boy who goes foraging! Would love to say it was carefully planned but no. #Autumn #kids books #childrensliterature #foraging #Africa #HomeEd

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Reminds me of the film 'Interstellar'.