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Violetta

Joined April 2018

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The Recognitions | William Gaddis
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Finally got these beauties in my collection
❤️🧡🖤 #bookhaul #homelibrary

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Mycelium: Jantarov o?i | Vilma Kadle?kov
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Mehso-so

Fast read with interesting plot twists. I wasn't too impressed with setting and sci-fi ideas, aliens weren't alien at all, featuring human ambitions. Characters are well-written, but bounded by prejudices expected rather from sci-fi of the golden age than from 27th century by a modern author in 2013. Can't get rid of the feeling that I expected something stranger and more brain-breaking from SF about aliens, religion and mushrooms #readin2023

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V. | Thomas Pynchon
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Starting 2023 with Thomas Pynchon 📕
#readin2023 #homelibrary #whatacover

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The Good Son: A Novel | You-Jeong Jeong
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This book is disturbing. I couldn't put it away - it goes from fascinating thriller to deeply thought-out reflection on sociopathy, difficult family relationships, crime and responsibility for actions. Or the absence of it. It was not easy to read, and it left behind a feeling of wrongness, but it gave a lot to think about. And the bloody fit cover was made by Russian publishers 😖 #SouthKorea #thriller #psychological

DarkMina Good book. Definitely disturbing! 1y
Dilara 18+ for a book? It must really be disturbing then, or are 18+ warnings common practice in Russia? 1y
Violetta @Dilara We have a strange policy of marking in Russia🤷🏻‍♀️ One obscene expression or one mention of lgbt people already leads to the marking of 18+ and the book is packed in a plastic film. Also there might be mention of suicide or deliberate violence. You never know, actually, whether the book is mostly innocent or absolute psycho, they both can be marked identically 😅 1y
Violetta @Dilara The Good Son is disturbing mostly in a psychological way, though there are detailed murder scenes, which could be unpleasant to read 1y
Dilara @Violetta I see. Thanks for the explanations! It takes me back to the nineties, when film ratings were just a number or letter, without any content advisories to help us decide... 1y
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Unknown Book 7535597 | Unknown Unknown
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A small #nonfiction #bookhaul from my favourite St.-Peterburg publisher Ivan Limbakh 😍❤️📚

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The Count of Monte-Cristo | Alexandre Dumas
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Starting a reread 💙💚🖤
#classics #beautifulcovers #Dumas

BookishMarginalia Lovely edition! 2y
IuliaC What a lovely edition of a very beautiful novel! 2y
Violetta @IuliaC I love it too! ☺️ 2y
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Life, a User's Manual | Georges Perec, David Bellos
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Life by Georges Perec got two editions in russian, and those were nowhere to be found. I fell in love with the author immediately after I read A Void, and now I am finally holding this third edition in my hands! Oh that wonderful feeling 🤩 One of the best birthday presents from my favourite publisher! 💛 Reading time!🥳

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Joe the Barbarian | Grant Morrison, Sean Murphy
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Wow! I loved it soooo much! 💛🧡💛 The drawing is so detailed I couldn't stop scrutinizing each frame, the fantasy part is a perfect depiction of 13-year-old's flow of imagination (as I can remember it😁) - somewhat erratic and wild, but lively (and oh those allusions 😍). The 'reallife' part got me on the edge of my seat, worryed terribly about the main character. Overall, it's an exciting and magnificently drawn story!✨

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Dangerous Liaisons | Choderlos De Laclos
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This book is amazing! It makes me laugh so hard and at the same time I'm getting so into the characters - they are all impossibly cute, even when they are supposed to be repulsive or stupid! 😍
The 1988th movie is gorgeous, the cast is perfect. Malkovich and Glenn Close have so much chemistry between them ❤️ Keanu Reeves and Uma Thurman are so young and lovely 💔

MySharonaK Unrelated but I love your nails! 2y
Violetta @MySharonaK Thanks! ☺️ 2y
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Finally got to rereading #LOTR, such an amazing story! 💛 So many details I didn't remember! Absolute delight 😍

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The Buried Giant: A novel | Kazuo Ishiguro
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5⭐It's an intricate retelling of the Arthurian legend - with medieval setting, mythological creatures and the Britons against the Saxons conflict, though Arthur himself is long gone. It's also an insightful story about memory, asking important questions whether it's better to remember old sorrows and grudges, letting the vicious circle of hatred and grief spin further, or resort to oblivion and forget what you once have been...Beautiful writing 💜

Cinfhen Sounds great!! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I had no idea Ishiguro did an Arthurian retelling. Fascinating! 💙👊🏻📚 2y
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I knew nothing about eels and looked forward to some new and interesting info. And I got what I wanted! First half of the book seemed a bit boring because of personal stories, repetitive and insufficient facts. But the more Svensson focused on the eels and their amazing nature, the more I got into it. Eels are awesome creatures, seriously! And the book is a 4⭐ #Booked2020 #LiveAndLearn @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Cool choice for this prompt 👍🏻 2y
Violetta @Cinfhen Thanks! ☺️ 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Very unique! 📚💙👊🏻 2y
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Antkind: A Novel | Charlie Kaufman
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Tonton Whoa! All of them on my TBR❣️ 2y
Violetta @Tonton Yay! 🙌 Great reading to both of us! 😊 2y
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Dead Souls | Nikolai Gogol
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To the door of an inn in the provincial town of N. there drew up a smart britchka—a light spring-carriage of the sort affected by bachelors, retired lieutenant-colonels, staff-captains, land-owners possessed of about a hundred souls, and, in short, all persons who rank as gentlemen of the intermediate category. 🐎 #FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Untitled | Unknown
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These are my #top6reads of 2020 so far - 4,5 and 5⭐ reads. Thanks for the tag, @Erofan, yours is much more colorful 😁

Erofan Super! 😍 Great list 👍 3y
Palimpsest I loved Possession 3y
Violetta @Palimpsest Yes! It's a wonderful book! 3y
Tanisha_A I loved Milkman too! 3y
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Possession | A. S. Byatt
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Nothing better than a bit of outdoor reading ☀️🌳🌼 And what a gorgeous cover! 💚 #Byatt #bookclubreads

Soubhiville Oooo, yes, I love the cover. 3y
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Beauty Is a Wound | Eka Kurniawan
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Mehso-so

I did like this book and really got into it, but after a short while I need to struggle to remember anything apart from an opening scene and a few other moments. Atmosphere and setting are great, characters are enigmatic, and there is an interesting bit of Indonesian culture. But it's overwhelming with all the happenings, and to the end turns into a blur 🙄 #Booked2020 #PanAsianAuthor @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen I read this a few years ago and I recall the same experience. Stunning edition😍 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Great edition! I bailed on this book. 😕 3y
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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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This certainly was a #CoverCrush! I knew I need physical version of The Starless Sea the moment I first saw its magnificent cover. And I wasn't disappointed - the story is beautiful and engaging, perfect 5🌟💙💛🖤 #Booked2020 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen 💯‼️it‘s magical ✨💫✨ 3y
hannah-leeloo Thank you for the follow 😊 1y
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4 3 2 1 | Paul Auster
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Started this beauty today. Such a wonderful writing! ❤️ #PaulAuster #currentread

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A Little Hatred | Joe Abercrombie
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Funny pick for #Booked2020 #HeadCoveringOnCover 😁 As for the book, I like Abercrombie's series, but it seems that his every other novel differs very little from previous ones. There are new heroes in A Little Hatred, but they are just like his old characters, and old ones are the same as before. The world is evolving though, scenes of social upheavals are the most interesting moments of the book. @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen This is by far my favorite prompt so far!! I‘ve enjoyed seeing all the different book covers 🥳 3y
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Starfish | Peter Watts
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The abyss should shut you up.

Quite gloomy, but the book is a hard sci-fi about modified people living and working at the station at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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This is a wonderful little book! Why didn't I get to read it when I was little? Most of my friends criticize its simplicity and obviousness, but I think it's perfectly OK when children's book presents its ideas clearly. And those ideas aren't childish at all. My ebook had beautiful photos of seagulls, and I spent a lovely evening with it! 🕊️ #booked2020 #finishinaday @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Howard_L It seemed everyone was reading this when I was in grade school, everyone but me. Although I did get around to it years later. (edited) 3y
Violetta @Howard_L Same here 🙂 3y
Cinfhen Lovely 😊 3y
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The Bromance Book Club | Lyssa Kay Adams
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I haven't read romances in a while, and I totally ❤️ this one. It's hilarious (I laughed out loud) and uplifting. The story is a page-turner, and it raises important questions, though the author gives simple and light-hearted answers. I was annoyed with the characters at first, but I got into their personalities to the end of the book. This is a perfect spring read🌺#booked2020 #makesyoulol @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Great review/ sounds fun 3y
Violetta @Cinfhen Thanks! 😊 3y
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Tales from Earthsea | Ursula K. Le Guin
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#7days7covers Thanks for a tag, @Erofan, though I'm a bit slow 😉 When I think about books that have had an enduring impact on my life, #Earthsea comes to mind immediately. I didn't have a chance to read it during my childhood, but when I finally did - it was such a fulfilling book! With an exciting plot, deep sense of human nature, and perfectly beautiful 😍 I've reread it countless times ever since...

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Cruel Candy | Mildred Abbott
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I was tagged by @Erofan to spy for a corgi cover, so here it is! 🐶 I bought this one for my mother, because she loves both detectives and corgies, and she liked the book!✨ I haven't read it yet, but I'm looking forward to ☺️
#ispy #corgicover
Thanks for a tag, @Erofan 😘

Erofan So cute cover 🐶♥️ 3y
Violetta @Erofan If you want, I can give it to you 🤗 3y
Erofan @Violetta Well, why not? 😁😘 3y
Violetta @Erofan OK, deal 😉 3y
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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The book was disturbing, because I couldn't feel for its characters, except for their school days. And it was really captivating, with Sally Rooney's perfect ability to describe different emotional states. The language is beautiful, and Normal People was the gread read for this rainy and gray winter. #Booked2020 #MillenialAuthor @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Nice review / even though I didn‘t love this book it has stayed with me ( which is a sign of a good book) because I generally forget half the books I read😉 She does have a way of creating “real” characters 3y
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I loved this book! 💕 It was such a hilarious and deeply touching read. It seemed unrealistic sometimes, but I felt so empathic for Eleanor and how she deals with her everyday life, that I didn't have any problems with it

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Finally got to choose my fall #booked2019 books😎
🍁About addiction - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
🍂Soldier's story - Birdsong
🍁New in 2019 - Ninth House
🍂PoC MC Paranormal - Three Parts Dead
🍁Public Domain - The Brothers Karamazov
🍂Political Intrigue - All the King's Men

And to catch up with previous seasons... 😅
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Nice lineup and extra special props for reading in two languages 🙌🏻😊 3y
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Starting this one for my #bookclub (another choice was Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, but it's really boring so far). The cover is epic 🌁 and there are some postmodernist peculiarities with the text layout, which I love. The book has been on my TBR for almost 8 years! 😅

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Book of Adria: A Diablo Bestiary | Matt Burns, Robert Brooks
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And last for today, but not the least - the Diablo III bestiary beautifully designed. As a longtime fan I couldn't pass by it 🥰 #diabloiii #artbook

Erofan 😍😍😍 3y
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A little #bookhaul that came with Providence:

another volume of Strugatsky brothers' collected works, sci-fi from my favorite fantasy writer #StevenErikson, Robert Young's stories and postmodernist Russian novel about Sakhalin Island. All #TBR

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Providence | Alan Moore, Jacen Burrows
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Oh, just look at this beauty! 💜💜💜 I was hesitant to buy it in Russian because we sometimes have problems with comics, but this is just a pick! They even made 'handwritten' text look like one 😍 Gorgeous! More than 500 pages of pure enjoyment! ❤️ #AlanMoore #comicbooks #graphicnovels #providence

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Tales of the Ghost Sword | Hideyuki Kikuchi
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I ❤️ this collection of short stories. Although there are ghosts, undead and quite a bit of brutal murders, the overall impression is rather melancholic. The atmosphere of medieval Japan is conveyed greatly. Just the perfect way to plunge into the world of noble samurais and mythical creatures, and try to solve each story's puzzle, which isn't always obvious 🎎

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Panpan

So disappointed that the book I'd picked as an October spooky read about an old house and some kind of a monster in it turned out to be one of lovecraftian stories that has one and only value -it's a fast read.🤦‍♀️
Otherwise it's just a clone of all those stories of Yog-Sothoth&Co trying to get back to Earth with an inept ecological context. It doesn't even add new details to the world Lovecraft created. I feel like I just wasted my time with it.

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A Memory Called Empire | Arkady Martine
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Bailedbailed

I've been trying to get along with this book for quite some time, but after dragging through half of it I just want to move on 😐 It's a mix of space opera, detective and political intrigues, which sounds really interesting and it is! But it uses lots of clichés, and all the promising ideas are deploying too slowly to get me into them. Maybe I'll give it another chance someday 🙄 #UnpopularOpinion

alleypat I couldnt read it either 3y
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I loved beautiful marsh descriptions and was deeply moved with the story. 💙 The atmosphere of the book is so immersive I just couldn't put it away before finishing. The main intrigue keeps the reader interested too, although since the second half began, the solution was kinda obvious. 4⭐(court scenes and finale weren't as elaborate as the rest of the book), but I enjoyed the story greatly, even if it broke my heart a little in the beginning!

Flaneurette love the PocketBook!
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Violetta @Flaneurette Thanks! ☺️ 3y
Brithomas17 Definitely agree with what you said. 3y
Violetta @Brithomas17 Great! 🙌 3y
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Gravity's Rainbow | Thomas Pynchon
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day7

@vanslibanan, would you like to join in and show your favorite covers without explanation for 7 days? 😁

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Moby Dick: bl velryba | Melville Herman
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day6

@Ncostell, would you like to show your favorite covers one in a day for 7 days without explanations? 😃

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Little, Big | John Crowley
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day5

@eri.reads, mind showing your favorite covers once a day for 7 days without explanation and tagging different Littens each time? 🌸

GatheringBooks so much dynamism in this cover 3y
eri.reads Yes sure! Thanks for the tag! 3y
eri.reads BTW I ♥️ this cover! Wow! 3y
Violetta @eri.reads 🤗 3y
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day4

@MeganMadsen, would you like to join in and show your favorite covers without explanations? 😊

Come-read-with-me @Violetta This cover is stunning! 😍 3y
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day3

@Ddzmini, would you like to join in and show your favorite covers?✨

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The Pope's Rhinoceros | Lawrence Norfolk
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day2

@dsfisher, would you like to join in and post your favorite covers? ☺️

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#7days7covers #covercrush Day1
@Erofan Thanks for a tag 😘
@KerriNTurner, would you like to join in and post you favorite bookcovers for 7 days without any explanation? You can tag a different person each day 😉

Erofan Gorgeous 😍 3y
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Enduring Love | Ian McEwan
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I could hardly imagine this novel becoming such an enthralling and creepy thriller about obsession. I love McEwan's writing style, when he gets from main character's reflections to the scenes full of suspense and then to scientific pieces, and all these become a cohesive story. I was impressed with the book and watched the movie immediately. Craig is 😍 and the adaptation is decent, though there are some changes from the original

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Oh, boy! | Marie-Aude Murail
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I don't like manipulative books, and this is definitely one of those. You can see clearly where the author wants you to laugh or cry your eyes out 😒 However, Oh, boy! is not so bad. It's a fast read with vivid characters, lots of comical situations and quite a load of social problems (though the solution to them is often dubious). In the pic - two Russian editions, and the right one has white cover to protect children from opening it. ⬇️

Violetta Our publishers made an excellent job in warding off the YA-book target audience. Again 🙄 3y
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Luna: Wolf Moon | Ian McDonald
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The first novel was good, but I never expected the second to be such a page-turner! 🤩 Two nights I've spent with this roller-coaster of intrigues, betrayals and epic disasters, unable to put the book away. I totally love McDonald's world, alien but at the same time so detailed it could be real. The only failure is wasted romantic line, the book would've been perfect without it. Can't wait to see how the trilogy ends!! #wolfmoon #McDonald

Exbrarian I have just started learning Russian and I was so pleased that I could (barely) read that cover! 3y
Violetta @Exbrarian 👍 Russian is a difficult language to learn, so I wish you good luck with it! 3y
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Luna: Wolf Moon | Ian McDonald
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Dubliners | Joyce James
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1. Done. Always thought I'm not that smart to understand Joyce's versatile talent, but I love these beautifully written stories 🧡
2. Only two classmates called me by nicknames: Zelenka (close to my last name and sounds like brilliant green in Russian) and Hamster. No one else ever tried 😏
3. Fries 🍟
4. Sleep, read and go shopping (can't believe it'll be that easy though)
5. Eng, Rus (Пятница!), Fr (C'est vendredi!)
@howjessreads #friyayintro

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The Anubis Gates | Tim Powers
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Up to #summer set of #booked2019☀️
🌴Genrebusting - The Anubis Gates by T.Powers
🌴Muslim author - A Mind at Peace by A.H.Tanpinar
🌴Book to movie - Good Omens by T.Pratchett and N.Gaiman
🌴Graphic novel - A.D.:After Death by S.Snyder
🌴Gift - Artificial Condition by M.Wells
🌴Diverse middle grade - To Night Owl From Dogfish by H.G.Sloan & M.Wolitzer

@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

BarbaraTheBibliophage Hope you enjoy all of them! 4y
Cinfhen Thanks for translating the covers!!! 4y
Cinfhen Are those in Russian??? 4y
Violetta @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks a lot! 🤗 4y
Violetta @Cinfhen Yep, they are! ✨ 4y
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... and the second part! 📚
#bookhaul #TBR