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Spin | Robert Charles Wilson
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My choices for December. The month of finishing challenges, starting new ones, do some buddyreading and read thrillers by the Christmas tree 🎄

Sarah, I‘m in for #bookspin, #doublespin and #bookspinbingo. Thanks 😘

Singout Are we starting Africa in December? I‘m ready! 2h
BarbaraBB @Singout I think I will start in December… there are so many African countries! So please join me in December if you want! now
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Intimacies | Katie Kitamura
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I enjoyed this quiet novel quite a lot. The narrator has moved temporarily to the Netherlands to work as an interpreter for the International Court of Justice. She has met a few very different people and the story tells about her connection to them and the ethical implications of her job. She wants to belong, to the Court and The Hague, the city she now lives in, but can she? #ToBLonglist

Ruthiella I really like Kitamura‘s understated style. I liked this a lot too as well as 18h
Cinfhen It‘s one I‘m interested in reading no matter it‘s making the shortlist. Do you think it will? Does it deserve to? I still want to read her first book as well @Ruthiella (thanks for the reminder) 😘😘 17h
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I liked this one much more than A Separation but now I want to read that one again. I‘m not sure if it deserves to make the shortlist @Cinfhen. So many strong contenders and this one is quite straightforward 🤷🏻‍♀️ 16h
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squirrelbrain Great review Barbara! Everyone is doing so well at reading off the longlist; I need to get a wriggle on! I‘m struggling through Harlem Shuffle at the moment…. @Cinfhen @Ruthiella @Megabooks 16h
Cinfhen Hmmmm, interesting. I‘ll have to pick it up sooner than later. I didn‘t care for Harlem Shuffle @squirrelbrain 😞Have fun this weekend, Helen!!! 15h
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Is it good? I was underwhelmed by The Nickel Boys and even The Underground Railroad so I am in no hurry to read this one 🤷🏻‍♀️ 13h
squirrelbrain Thanks @cinfhen - setting off very shortly! 13h
squirrelbrain I‘m not loving it so far Barbara. I liked The Nickel Boys, but wasn‘t keen on The Underground Railroad. I‘d give it a miss unless it makes the shortlist…. 13h
Megabooks I love almost everything this publisher puts out so I should probably pick this up. Great review! 11h
EvieBee I really enjoyed this one. It was very…Dutch, lol! 6h
Brimful Just finished the first chapter on my train journey home. Feels very promising. 2h
BarbaraBB @EvieBee Right?! 🇳🇱 now
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I‘d wait if it makes the shortlist (which is not improbable)! So many better books! now
BarbaraBB @Brimful If you liked the first chapter, you‘ll like the whole book I think. I know I did! now
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Infinite Country: A Novel | Patricia Engel
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What a surprise! Dear Liz, I‘m ridiculously happy with this book! It‘s longlisted for the ToB, it‘s about Colombia and it‘s a beautiful edition! Thank you so much for your friendship and kindness! Please tell me when is your birthday 🙏 (I don‘t think you‘re on the Litsy calendar)!
PS how clever to order it via a Dutch bookstore!

sarahbarnes It‘s a wonderful book! ❤️ 1d
squirrelbrain What a lovely gift! This one is on Scribd, so let me know if you‘d like to do a #buddyread. 1d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I‘d like that! How about the end of December? I ‘ll be buddyreading the tagged one with @mklong and @monalyisha second week of December and it‘s kind of a #chunkster! 1d
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squirrelbrain Sounds good to me Barbara! I loved Fresh Water and hope you do too! 1d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain looking forward to this buddyread with you 🤍 1d
Megabooks This book was 5⭐️ for me so I hope you enjoy it too! 23h
monalyisha @BarbaraBB @mklong IS it a chunkster? I didn‘t even notice. 😅 Good to know! 22h
BarbaraBB @monalyisha @mklong I‘m exaggerating, I thought it was, but the blurb says 400 pages 😅 19h
Liz_M I'm glad it arrived! It was definitely one of the most interesting books on your Tob tbr list. 😁 8h
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Is it? I have no idea since I haven‘t read any of them. Any suggestions are welcome. But I am very glad with this one!!! 8h
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Birthday?!?!?!?! 8h
BkClubCare I loved this book and is on my hope for the shortlist. So glad to be introduced to this author. 5h
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Still Life | Sarah Winman
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#UnpopularOpinion Unfortunately I did not enjoy this book as much as I expected to. While I mostly enjoy character-driven novels, I do want some sort of plot too. Considering how many decades this story spans, I was expecting a bit more of that. Instead I was sidetracked by keeping track of all characters and all dialogues - without quotation marks. So I am afraid I didn‘t get as much out of the book as I had hoped, based on all reviews I read.

TrishB Aww, that‘s a shame! I loved it, but that‘s the way of books. (edited) 1d
Jas16 I was so excited about this book but didn‘t love it either. 1d
squirrelbrain Oh dear, I loved it too, like @TrishB but the world would be a boring place if we all liked the same books! 1d
catebutler Most of my book group had the same opinion. They really hated the format. I had to re-read about 100 pages at the beginning. And switch from an ebook to a physical book. For some reason, the second I did this, it just clicked. And I actually really enjoyed it. I do think I dug deeper and went down a few rabbits holes, when everyone else in my book club didn‘t. But the polarised discussion we had was so intriguing! Thank you for tagging me above! 1d
Cinfhen I started the audio a few weeks ago and bailed!! 🤷🏼‍♀️ 11h
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The Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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I think I received your gift Jessie and I am SO happy with it! I love Sarah Waters and I‘ve heard the best things about this specific one. Thank you so much!! ❤️❤️

AmyG It‘s a good book. I love all the books I have read of hers. 2d
erzascarletbookgasm I hope you‘ll love it, it‘s such a good read. 💕 I hope to watch the adaptation. 2d
batsy I just read this and loved it 🖤 Hope you enjoy it too! 1d
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My Life in Doha: Between Dream and Reality | Rachel Hajar, Rachel Hajar M D
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The author and her Arab Muslim husband move to #Qatar. She came from the Philippines, raised Catholic, and met him in the US where they both attended med school. It is fascinating how she found her way in this conservative country, staying true to her beliefs. She even works as a cardiologist while raising 5 kids. I just wish she would be a bit more critical about what definitely is not the most correct country on earth.

#ReadingAsia2021 🇶🇦

Librarybelle You have to be close to finishing this year‘s challenge! 3d
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Just one more! 3d
Librarybelle Yay!!!!! 3d
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Still Life | Sarah Winman
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#weeklyforecast 47/21

I started Still Life and the beginning is gooood! I am also starting My Life in Doha for #ReadingAsia2021 and will be trying to read a book from the #ToB22 longlist each week until the shortlist is announced. Looking forward to all of these!

Cinfhen Ohhh, good idea regarding #ToB 💕💕 5d
TrishB Enjoy ♥️ 5d
squirrelbrain I thought the beginning of Still Life was a bit slow, then suddenly I was captivated so it‘s only going to get better! 5d
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emmaturi I enjoyed Still Life very much 5d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @emmaturi Looking forward to It! 5d
Vansa I absolutely loved Still Life.Beautiful and moving, and so heart warming 5d
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Real Life: A Novel | Brandon Taylor
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Why do people hurt eachother so much? And themselves? Why being so hard on yourself and one another? This book is real life. Not mine, but it feels so real. Wallace does and my heart goes out to him. The loneliness of the black gay boy trying to fit in the the white Midwest. Hiding in science. All that anger and the feeling of not being worthy of love. All the misunderstandings but also the tenderness. The book touched me deeply. #bookspin #pop21

Megabooks This was fantastic! Glad you enjoyed it, too! 5d
Cinfhen I need to try again with this book! I started the audio last summer but I wasn‘t feeling it 5d
4thhouseontheleft 2020 was such a cluster**** that I'm only now learning which book one the Booker Prize! Which prompt did you fill for this one? 5d
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BarbaraBB @4thhouseontheleft I forgot to mention: dark academia. I didn‘t realize it was shortlisted for the Booker in 2020 either! But it‘s worth it. Very good! 5d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It‘s fantastic. You must really try again! 5d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks So happy you nudged me in reading it. I had it sitting in my shelves for over a year, but man it‘s good. Very emotional 😭 🖤 5d
4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraBB oh, now I see the tiny print that says shortlisted! And I'm off to look up who won. 😃 5d
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 5d
BarbaraBB @4thhouseontheleft I think Shuggie Bain but I‘m not even sure. This one is better though 🙃 5d
KarenUK Lovely review. I recently read this one and loved it…. 5d
BarbaraBB @KarenUK I was thinking about that one. Is it as good? And did you receive my parcel yet? 5d
KarenUK Really liked the linked stories…. I believe I have…. Hubby has been hiding parcels!!!! @BarbaraBB 5d
BarbaraBB @KarenUK I hope so 🤞🏽🤞🏽😘 5d
CarolynM Lovely review, Barbara. This book was hard on my heart too💔 5d
Reggie You can go back on all the reviews and see me ask this but where do you see Wallace in 10 years? Great review, btw. I just wanted to hug Wallace all through the book. 5d
Hooked_on_books I LOVED this one! 5d
BarbaraBB @Reggie I wanted that too! Huggin Wallace! I was told that Brandon Taylor now lives a happy life in NYC and I think Wallace must have been autobiographical don‘t you think? 4d
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School for Love | Olivia Manning
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#BookReport 46/21

Tagged is my favorite book of the week. Both others were okay. I am so glad I‘m reading again and enjoying it!

squirrelbrain I‘m glad too that you‘re reading again and enjoying it! 😁 6d
TrishB Such a relief! 6d
sarahbarnes Glad to hear you liked the Manning - I am starting it today. 6d
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Cinfhen I‘ve been curious about this one because of the setting 6d
Cinfhen And yay that you‘re back to reading xx 6d
Megabooks Yay!! 🎉🎉 6d
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He Started It | Samantha Downing
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This book pulled me right in. I loved My Lovely Wife and had high expectations. Three siblings go on a road trip through the US to bury their grandfather‘s ashes by which they will earn their inheritance. I soon discovered they are all unreliability and have their secrets. The tension builds up fine but in the end I felt let down. Between a pick and a so-so.

TrishB Great pic ♥️ 1w
BarbaraBB @TrishB Cheesy Amsterdam in Winter 😀 1w
TrishB Wonderful Amsterdam! 1w
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Megabooks Sounds interesting. I‘ll see if I can borrow it. 👍🏻 7d
Libby1 Maggere brug? (I hope I remembered the correct spelling!) 7d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks it‘s definitely a #borrowdontbuy. Audio is good too (I partly listened to it). 7d
BarbaraBB @Libby1 it‘s a replica of the Magere Brug (correct!) over a skating rink across from the Rijksmuseum! 7d
Cathythoughts Sounds good ! Borrowdontbuy sounds like good advice … I‘ll get the kindle version 👍🏻 7d
Cinfhen Love the photo!! I‘ve seen lots of mixed reviews for this one. Disappointing because I really loved 6d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Me too but this one is not as goof unfortunately although it is enjoyable. 6d
Cinfhen I‘ll look to #BorrowNotBuy 😍 6d
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Booked | Kwame Alexander
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#Booked2022 My #Autumn choices:

19 dark academia: In the Freud archives
20 a coming out story: At swim, two boys
21 hopepunk: The Anthropocene reviewed
22 mythology retelling: A thousand ships
23 adapted for small screen: Vanity Fair
24 MC living with aids: Splendor

Singout Wow, you plan ahead! 1w
DGRachel I loved A Thousand Ships! 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Well planned 👏 1w
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squirrelbrain Ooh, I have At Swim, Two Boys and hadn‘t planned that prompt yet… thank you! 😁 1w
BarbaraBB @Singout Just what I know think I can read based on my unread books. By the time it‘s autumn all probably will have changed 😉 1w
BarbaraBB @DGRachel That is good to know, I found this a hard prompt to select a book for! 1w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I have had it for ages and am glad I finally found a reason to read it! (edited) 1w
TrishB Good choices 👍🏻 1w
Singout At Swim, Two Boys is excellent. 1w
Cinfhen Yay!!! I‘m loving your suggestions 7d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Thanks to you 💜 7d
Cinfhen 😘😘 7d
BarbaraTheBibliophage What a wonderful year of #Booked2021 you‘ve got planned! Thanks for sharing with us. 😍 5d
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Booked | Kwame Alexander
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#Booked2022 My #Summer choices:

13 includes a recipe: Green fried tomatoes at the…
14 set in Canada: The tenderness of wolves
15 involves an exploration: An African in Greenland
16 about sisters: The Makioka sisters
17 new in 2022: The trees
18 set in a hotel: The diver‘s clothes lie empty

EvieBee Looks like a great summer line up! 1w
Billypar I really liked The Diver's Clothes... - I'm looking forward to trying her latest at some point. 1w
Cathythoughts I have & really want to read the Makioka Sisters 👍🏻❤️ 1w
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erzascarletbookgasm So many good titles lined up! 👏👏👏👏 1w
erzascarletbookgasm That‘s a gorgeous cover for Makioka Sisters btw 1w
squirrelbrain I loved the only Vida book I‘ve read, so I might try this one too… 1w
BarbaraBB @Billypar @squirrelbrain I read about the latest book by this author but somehow this book appealed to me more. I have high hopes! 1w
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm I have wanted to read The Makioka sisters for a long time and I couldn‘t resist buying this edition 😍 1w
TrishB Great planning 👍🏻 1w
Ruthiella Great idea about The Diver‘s Clothes! That‘s on my TBR already! 😀 7d
Cinfhen I‘m excited for these titles and I needed a book for the #exploration prompt…so I‘m gonna go with (edited) 7d
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella According to the blurb it fits the prompt 🤞🏽 7d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I‘ve heard good things! 7d
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Booked | Kwame Alexander
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#Booked2022 My #Spring choices:

7 about a royal: She would be king
8 written by a journalist: Blood river
9 author born in Africa: We need new names
10 own prompt (Dutch): Dit is mijn hof
11 nautical: And the sea will tell
12 murder mystery: The Aosawa murders

erzascarletbookgasm 9 and 12 on my tbr too.. 1w
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm 9 is for #ReadingAsia2022, 12 I REALLY want to read! 1w
Megabooks 7 I have planned for reading Africa. Thanks for the cross prompt awareness! (edited) 7d
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Cinfhen That‘s a good idea #7 although I‘m not sure this is a book I‘d enjoy…I‘ll wait for reviews 7d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I was thinking either that one or 7d
Cinfhen I started Shadow King earlier this year, it wasn‘t an easy read and the audio was VERY long. I might go back but I have lots of options for that prompt. I just like the #DoubleDip or #TriplePlay 7d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I need as much #TriplePlays as I can get since Africa is really big 🤓 7d
Cinfhen #TRUTH & #AMEN ♥️🙌🏻 🙏🏻sista!!! 7d
BarbaraTheBibliophage Awesome ideas! 5d
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Booked | Kwame Alexander
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I‘ve finally come up with my plans for #Booked2022. They will no doubt change completely but I think it‘s fair to assume a lot of them will be used for #ReadingAfrica2022 as well.

Here are my #Winter choices:

1 about religion: Matrix
2 title repeats itself: What is the What
3 set in China: Land of Big Numbers
4 weather term in title: Empire of the Sun
5 black-owned publisher: Baho!
6 eco-feminist: Wij zijn licht (Dutch)

sarahbarnes This is some impressive planning! 😍 1w
Suet624 I wish I could plan ahead like you do. I‘m such a contrarian that I refuse to do anything I “require” myself to do. 7d
Megabooks 1 & 3 👍🏻👍🏻 7d
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BarbaraBB @Suet624 haha, that‘s cool! I enjoy the planning but much less the execution. I am such a restless person, I can‘t stand the predictable so I definitely won‘t go with my own plan 🤦🏻‍♀️😀 7d
Cinfhen I love all the crossover ideas…I‘m still EAGERLY awaiting #PoP22 7d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Me too! I‘ve been visiting their page for days now! 7d
Suet624 Ah, so you are familiar with my way of being. 💕 6d
BarbaraTheBibliophage Can‘t wait to see your reviews on these! (Or whatever you ultimately read …) 5d
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School for Love | Olivia Manning
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During the closing stages of WWII recently orphaned young Felix arrives in Jerusalem at the boarding house of a sort-of-relative, the hilarious Miss Bohun.
She is taking as much money as she can from her houseguests, while also pretending to be self-sacrificing and motivated entirely by kindness.
At first the reader picks up on much more of this drama than Felix does but then a new boarder arrives, the young widow Mrs. Ellis. ⬇️

BarbaraBB ⬆️⬆️ While she keeps Felix at arm‘s length, she does share her thoughts on Miss Bohun and the world with him. A poignant story about the loss of innocence. (edited) 1w
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 1w
BarbaraBB @TrishB Thank you Trish ❤️ 1w
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CarolynM I've had a copy of this on the shelf for years. Sounds like I should actually read it😆 Great review 1w
Leftcoastzen I‘ve read a couple of chapters, liking it so far! 1w
Megabooks Fantastic review! 1w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM You should! I think you‘d enjoy it as much as I did. 1w
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Doctor Zhivago | Boris Pasternak
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Our #DecemberChill #buddyread is nearing and while #DrZ turns out to be a bit of a challenge, let‘s take a cue from our theme & chill 😉

Dec 3: 🎧what music do you relax to during these chilly days? Is it jazz, acoustic or blues? Holiday music? Let‘s hear it 🎶

Dec 4: 📸 Share some chill photos! A beach stroll with your dog, having coffee with a friend, sitting on your couch?! Anything goes!

Dec 5: 📚 A very basic bookish discussion of DrZ 🤓

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Megabooks Are we also allowed to share chilly photos of snow, etc? 1w
squirrelbrain I don‘t think I‘ll be reading #drz, judging by others‘ comments 😜 but I‘ll join in the rest! 1w
jenniferw88 I've started it but not getting very far. Think I'll read the Wikipedia entry and this book instead! 1w
LeahBergen Yeah, I‘m with @squirrelbrain on this one , too. 😆 1w
batsy I won't be participating this time but I'll enjoy looking at posts and the discussion! 1w
Hooked_on_books My hold hasn‘t come in! I really thought it would arrive last week, but for whatever reason it isn‘t in. So I don‘t know how much luck I‘ll have given what I‘m seeing everyone saying. But I do like your style, @jenniferw88 ! 😂 1w
Crazeedi I need to get busy on this! I hope I can borrow! 1w
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m not reading the book, but I look forward to seeing all the posts! 1w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Of course!! I‘d love to see some snow!! 1w
Bookwormjillk I need to get started soon! I am camping with my son‘s scout troop that weekend so I will be surely fulfilling the chill component of this buddy read! 1w
Librarybelle I plan to start it soon! My initial thought was to begin it right at the beginning of December, so I had it fresh in mind for the discussion, but since it sounds like the typical Russian literature genre, I‘ll probably start it towards the end of next week, when I have the start of my time off from work. Strangely, the comments I‘m reading make me think this will be the book for me - I tend to read the hard to read classics. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick My hold isn't in yet. I'll play along with the chill portion, but might not be able to answer questions about the book. 1w
Kdgordon88 I‘m heading toward a bail on Dr. Z…feel bad since I voted for it. But looking forward to everyone‘s posts! 1w
TheBookHippie I‘ve been playing Christmas music since November first !!! Lots of Jazz and old holiday classics! 1w
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Rooster | Don Trembath
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If I had all the time and money I needed, this would be my TBR based on the #ToB22 longlist.
I have not, however, and I have three others on my shelves that I am looking forward to and will read first. By then the shortlist will probably be announced and my TBR will be set!

Thanks for the inspiration @Well-ReadNeck

TrishB Not read any yet- but quite a few on my horizon hopefully! 2w
Ruthiella Nice! 😍 2w
Well-ReadNeck 🙌🏼👏🏼👊🏼 1w
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vivastory I'll be very curious to see what makes the shortlist. Several of these are on my TBR as well! 1w
Mindyrecycles I‘m listening to The Prophets. 👍🏼 1w
BarbaraBB @Mindyrecycles Is it good? 1w
Mindyrecycles Yes very good thus far. I never have much luck with the long list though. Whatever I read from it never makes the short list! 7d
Chelsea.Poole Great picks! I have read some here and have Afterparties next up! 7d
BarbaraBB @Mindyrecycles I know!! I have that too 🤣 7d
BarbaraBB @Chelsea.Poole I love the cover of 7d
BarbaraBB @Chelsea.Poole and do you have any favorites? 7d
Chelsea.Poole I‘ve read Prophets, We Run the Tides, Milk Fed and Infinite Country. Of these, which are very different, I was most moved by (edited) 6d
Chelsea.Poole Yes!! Afterparties has a great cover! Just started it this morning. Short stories aren‘t always for me but the ones I‘ve read so far are strong! Plan on reading oh William, Echo Wife and People Typing also. 6d
BarbaraBB @Chelsea.Poole So many! I will definitely read that one, @Mindyrecycles recommends it too! 6d
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Wittgenstein's Mistress | David Markson
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In this very experimental book Kate muses about life and art. She seems to have travelled the world, even lived in museums. But I can‘t be sure, her thoughts are so chaotic it was hard to follow. Some wonderful insights though, like this one: “One of the things people generally admired about Van Gogh, even though they were not always aware of it, was the way he could make even a chair seem to have anxiety in it. Or a pair of boots”. #1001books

Graywacke Sounds kind of fascinating 2w
BarbaraBB @Graywacke I think you‘d appreciate it more than I did! 2w
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Wittgenstein's Mistress | David Markson
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#WeeklyForecast 46/21 (more of a #restoftheyearforecast actually!)

Okay, here‘s the plan. On the left are the books I need to read to finish #Booked2021, #ReadingAsia2021, #pop21, #52booksin21 and keep up with the #NYRBbookclub.
On the right are the books I want to read (longlist #ToB22), birthday presents etc.

It seems doable I think. Now I just have to start them. Oh and the tagged book is the one I am currently reading 🤦🏻‍♀️🤣

KristiAhlers I just started Still Life. I‘ve read the Matrix. Happy reading! 2w
Cinfhen It‘s a solid plan 🥰you can do it 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Great you‘ve got it all planned. 👍💪 2w
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TrishB You‘ve got this 👍🏻❤️ 2w
squirrelbrain That‘s a big forecast, but you can do it! 2w
Suet624 Good Lord! That‘s some heavy lifting. Good luck! (edited) 2w
Megabooks Quite a few books, but I know you can do it!!! 💜👍🏻 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @TrishB @squirrelbrain @Suet624 @Megabooks It‘s two books a week, that is normally no problem for me. Times just aren‘t normal unfortunately 🤷🏻‍♀️. We‘ll see! 2w
Chelsea.Poole Looks like some good reading ahead of you!I‘m interested in Still Life…the cover is 😍 (edited) 2w
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On the Road | Jack Kerouac
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#BookReport 45/21

I haven‘t read any book of my forecast, not one book for the challenges or the buddyreads. Just these 200 pages 🤦🏻‍♀️

TrishB Some weeks are just like that. ♥️ 2w
Megabooks Everyone has off weeks. 💜 2w
Cinfhen Your book looks kind of lonely 🙃hopefully your new birthday books will inspire you xx 2w
erzascarletbookgasm It‘s okay, it‘s your birthday week! 💕 2w
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Birthdays Happen | Herbert Kavet
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Look at this! Thank you lovely friends for your wonderful birthday gifts and thoughts! I haven‘t read any of them 💃 and feel spoiled!! ❤️❤️❤️

KarenUK Happy Birthday, lovely friend! 💕 2w
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! Those are amazing!!! Good thing I didn‘t send the Franzen 💚💚💚Enjoy🎊📚🎉 2w
Bookwormjillk Happy birthday 🎊🎂🎉🎈🎁 2w
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squirrelbrain 😘 Happy Birthday - enjoy your day! ❤️ 2w
TrishB Happy birthday, have a fab day 🎉🎉 2w
AmyG Happy Birthday 🎂🎁🎈 2w
IuliaC Happy birthday! Best wishes! 💐🥳📚 2w
MaureenMc Happy birthday! 🎈 2w
Kangaj1 Happy birthday! I loved Rewind. 2w
Megabooks Happy birthday dear friend and sister!! Have a wonderful day!! 💜🥳🎉 2w
MicheleinPhilly Happy Birthday, lovely! 2w
Ruthiella Happy Birthday! 🥳🥳🥳 2w
Gissy Happy Birthday!🥳🎉🎊🎂🎈🎁 📚📚📚 2w
BarbaraBB @KarenUK I did send you a book too but it has been send directly from the publisher - so I hope it‘ll be there in time (I expect so!) 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I was thinking of that! I‘m glad too you didn‘t yet! Have you read it already? 2w
BarbaraBB @Bookwormjillk @IuliaC @Kangaj1 @MicheleinPhilly @Ruthiella @Gissy Thank you so much, you‘re making my day with all the well wishes 🤍 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Dear Sister, I LOVE your choices! Both of them seem made for me! I enjoyed two other Howard‘s very much so can‘t wait to read Rewind. Glad to hear another shout out for it @Kangaj1 ❤️ 2w
CarolynM What a lovely lot of gifts! Happy birthday again. There is a little something on its way from me, but it will take another week or two to reach you😘 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB fantastic!! 🎉😁 I picked ones I enjoyed that I thought you would love too! Rewind was even better than 56 Days imo, however both were great. The Chen I‘ve read twice and loved it both times, and I thought you‘d enjoy it, too. 😘🥳 Happiest of birthdays big sis! 2w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM That is so kind of you! Thank you so much, I‘ll be looking forward to it 💃❤️ 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Very thoughtful gifts and I do remember your reviews so I have no doubt I‘ll love them 🤍 2w
BarbaraBB @KarenUK I think I may cheat a bit on #pop21 and use that wonderful book about foot for the restaurant prompt 🤍🤍 2w
KarenUK Perfect! 💕 @BarbaraBB 2w
Cinfhen No, I haven‘t read it yet. I was saving it for #Booked2022 but I think I might read it now and pick a different book. LMK if you decide to read it / maybe we can buddyread!??! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely gifts. 💝 Happy Birthday Barbara! 😘A little something is on the way to you, sorry it‘s late. 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I will start it soon I think though I never know these days. Will keep you posted 😘 2w
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm Never mind! Thank you so much Jessie for thinking of me ❤️❤️ 2w
Suet624 Happy birthday! 2w
vivastory I somehow missed your post!! Happy belated birthday, Barbara 🎉👏🎂📚 I hope it was special 💙 1w
erzascarletbookgasm BD sent me an email about the book I ordered for you but I can‘t understand it. Can you drop me an email I‘ll forward it to you? issejchoo@yahoo.com 4d
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm Of course! I just emailed you! 😘 4d
erzascarletbookgasm Done! I hope it‘s not a problem 😣 4d
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm It says the book will now be shipped and you‘ll get the tracking information soon! So it is good news and I am looking forward to that ship 😃😃😘 4d
erzascarletbookgasm Oh, thank goodness! It‘s weird though. They already notified me 6 days ago the book is on its way to you. And BD doesn‘t use tracking 🤔 3d
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Thanks @Ruthiella for spreading the longlist of the #ToB22. I ❤️ this tournament!
I read 10 of them and I‘d like to read some more before the shortlist will be announced in a few weeks. So I could do with some recommendations by you guys!

Here‘s the longlist: https://themorningnews.org/article/the-year-in-fiction-2021

LeahBergen Happy Birthday, my book-loving friend! 😘😘😘 2w
Simona Happy birthday❣️🥂🍾💐 2w
batsy Happy birthday! Have a fabulous day 🎂💐❤️📚 2w
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Lizpixie Happy birthday lovely!🎉🎈🎁🎂 2w
squirrelbrain I‘ve probably read nearly the same books as you. Two of my favourites were Crossroads (!) and Cloud Cuckoo Land. 2w
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen @Simona @batsy @Lizpixie Thank you dear friends 🤍🤍 2w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I am so happy with the Franzen!!! And I‘ll check out Cloud Cuckoo Land, thanks, I hadn‘t heard of it! (edited) 2w
Suet624 I love the list of books this year. They all sounds so interesting. 2w
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On the Road | Jack Kerouac
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I liked this book more than I expected. I had been dreading it for years but I actually had a good time on the road with Sal and his crazy friends! The book is a tribute to America. The country, the scenery and the people. A bit cliché at times but still enjoyable. #1001books

squirrelbrain I read this as a teenager and didn‘t really ‘get‘ it. I ought to try again but I just can‘t seem to get round to it. 2w
Cinfhen Awesome photo 😍 2w
Lcsmcat I‘m like you. I feel like I should read it, but kind of dread it being too “irresponsible young white men make ‘discovery‘ that everyone already knows.” Maybe I‘ll get to it sooner based on your recommendation. 2w
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rachaich O read it aged 16, then again about 8 years ago. I found it very different, both in terms of style and my thoughts and reaction to it. 2w
BarbaraBB @rachaich Did you enjoy it? 2w
rachaich @BarbaraBB first time I wanted to eminate his journey. Second read I expected his choices but was shocked by the social poverty and discrimination against groups. I also watched the film after that read... I'm quite a fan 😊😊😊 2w
BarbaraBB @rachaich That‘s interesting! I was shocked by the social poverty as well. It‘s not really the American dream! I must watch the movie! 1w
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Doctor Zhivago | Boris Pasternak
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Look at this oldie. I got this old edition from my grandfather and read it in 1990. For 31 years it has been sitting on my shelves and now I‘m picking it up again for #DecemberChill. Let‘s see….

Cinfhen that‘s so cool 🥰good luck 💚 3w
Cathythoughts From your grandfather ❤️ 3w
batsy That is so nice 💜 A treasured copy. 3w
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Simona I‘m reading it for the first time and don‘t enjoy …. and nothing could convince me to reread it! I bow down to you 😘 3w
Megabooks How special! You read a lot of classic novels, and I love reading your reviews of them. 💜 3w
TrishB Wonderful copy ❤️ reading it again is brave. Struggling…. 2w
BarbaraBB @Simona @TrishB I am struggling too. Hard! 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Thanks Meg! I do read them a lot. A little less since I know you 😉but many of them are classics for a reason I think 🤍 (edited) 2w
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Real Life: A Novel | Brandon Taylor
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#WeeklyForecast 45/21

Today I finished the 2 books I was reading and now I‘m unsure what to pick up. I‘m thinking of the tagged one but I also have to start The Diviners for the #manawakans buddyread as well as School for Love for the #NYRBbookClub. And now that I‘m writing this I realize I forgot to add #DrZ for #DecemberChill, which I really must start too. So much required reading makes me unmotivated and escaping in a podcast 🤫😇

TrishB Yep 😁 3w
Cinfhen I hear ya!!! 3w
LeahBergen I know! I have to quit with the “required reading” for a while. 😆 3w
Cathythoughts I hear you too 👍🏻👍🏻😬 3w
Suet624 Required reading is a bit of a showstopper. 2w
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An Untouched House | Willem Frederik Hermans
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In the last months of WWII a partisan enters an abandoned villa in a luxury seaside resort, somewhere in Central Europe. Initially it is a peaceful place to stay. When a German regiment arrives for quartering, he pretends he is the owner of the house and leaves the ground floor to the Germans. Then the real owner returns unexpectedly.

This is a novella of a deceptive simplicity, behind which lies a particularly complex constructed story.

Megabooks Great review! 3w
batsy Lovely review. I really liked this one in translation, as well. Just really well done in how it melds memory and imagery within the scope of language. 3w
BarbaraBB @batsy I remember your review and have meant to read the book ever since. 3w
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And then this happened today! Yay! My next goal is to reach the same amount of books (186!!) I read last year, the year of staying at home 🦠

Cinfhen Congrats 🎊🎈🍾 3w
TrishB I like that- the year of staying home ❤️ 3w
squirrelbrain Well done! 🎉 3w
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Librarybelle Congratulations! 3w
TiredLibrarian Hooray! ❤🎉 3w
Jas16 🙌🏽 3w
Kdgordon88 Congrats!! 🎉 3w
vivastory Congrats 👏🎉📚 3w
IuliaC Wow, congrats! 🎈 3w
BittersweetBooks Congrats, 150 is amazing! (edited) 3w
Megabooks 🤩🤩🎉🎉🎉 great job! 3w
Kimberlone I also hit mine last night! 3w
Gissy Congratulations 📚📚📚📚🎉🎉🎉🎈🎈🎈 3w
Reggie Yayy!!! Way to go!!! 3w
Simona Congratulations❣️🥂🍾 3w
Cathythoughts Well done 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
fredamans Congrats!! 3w
KarenUK Brilliant! 💕 3w
Tera66 Yay! Congratulations!👏👏👏 3w
Suet624 Barbara! That‘s amazing. 2w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 🙏 thank you 2w
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Een goede moeder | Jan van Mersbergen
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This book is written by a Dutch author whose kids went to school with mine. ‘A Good Mother‘ is the story of his ex, the mother of their kids. Set in our neighborhood, I recognize almost everything and anyone but I never knew that living has been so hard for the mother.⬇️⬇️

(Pic: Isle of Skye, Scotland)

BarbaraBB ⬆️⬆️ Her struggle with life, with doing all the things that come natural to most of us but to her are just too much. She just wants to lay down and rest. And be a mother. This book breaks my heart. 3w
DivineDiana Is it a memoir? 3w
BarbaraBB @DivineDiana I think you can call it that. He writes in his afterword it is fiction but I know it isn‘t. I hope it will be translated in English like his other books. I‘d highly recommend it. 3w
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squirrelbrain Sounds like a fab book. And the picture is just ❤️ 3w
Simona I feel dizzy just looking at the picture … Be careful‼️ 3w
DivineDiana Thank you! Amazing story and photograph! 3w
Megabooks Wow. Sounds heavy. I‘d love to read it if it were translated. Let me know if you hear about it. 💜 Glad you‘re enjoying your vacation! Just breathtaking! 🤩 3w
Suet624 Awww, life is hard in so many ways. 2w
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At Nights End | Nir Baram
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#BookReport 44/21

Three completely different books. All good, but my favorite was Pillars of Salt.

Lsmoore43 I liked No Exit. 3w
TrishB Good week 👍🏻 3w
squirrelbrain Good to read 3 ‘different‘ books! 👍😁 3w
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Two woman confined in a mental hospital in #Jordan share their life stories. One is a Bedouin, one a woman from the city. At first glance they seem different, but soon they discover that they have so much in common: life was hard for women no matter what.

#ReadingAsia2021 🇯🇴 #pop21 #bookwitmineralintitle

Cinfhen Sounds great 😊 3w
squirrelbrain Sounds really interesting! 3w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen I‘ve had some disappointed reads during #ReadingAsia2021 but I am glad I found this book! 3w
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Librarybelle This does sound good! 3w
SqueakyChu I agree. This book sounds very interesting. Stacked!! 3w
TrishB Hi- there will be an Amazon package delivered today for your birthday! It‘s slightly early so you can hide until then 😘 3w
BarbaraBB @TrishB Ooh exciting! I am in Scotland at the moment but I‘ll ask Robin to look out for it. Thank you so much 😊 3w
TrishB Oh that‘s exciting too! Enjoy 😁 3w
BarbaraBB @TrishB I‘m back and did receive your package. Have asked the bf to hide it! Thank you so much!! ❤️❤️ 3w
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 keeping my fingers crossed you haven‘t got ❤️ 3w
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The Promise | Damon Galgut
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And here‘s the winner of the #Booker prize. I am not really surprised, I can understand why it won. Congratulations to Galgut 🎈
I enjoyed reading this book but I rooted for either Bewilderment or No One is Talking About This!

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
squirrelbrain I was rooting for the Lockwood too, but this was my second favourite. 3w
Cinfhen I was also rooting for the Lockwood but I‘m looking forward to reading this one! 3w
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sarahbarnes I really loved this one, too. But agree with you on the other ones you thought were wonderful. 3w
EvieBee Yay! I haven‘t read this but I adore him. This is my favorite of his (edited) 3w
Librarybelle I just bought a copy of this through Book Depository! And, I noticed it also works for #ReadingAfrica2022 ! 😉 3w
BarbaraBB @EvieBee That one sounds intense, thanks for the recommendation! 3w
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Absolutely! I felt sorry when I read it that I hadn‘t waited until 2022 😉 3w
Suet624 Awww, bummer for Lockwood but now I‘m running to put this book on hold from the library. 3w
AnneCecilie I was hoping for either Bewilderment or Great Circle (edited) 3w
Simona I‘m extremely pleased with the winning book 😘 3w
BarbaraBB @Simona You predicted it from the start! 👌🏽 3w
BarbaraBB @AnneCecilie I haven‘t read Great Circle. I should probably! 3w
Simona 🤓🤗 3w
Graywacke I think you were pulling against the CR grain. 🙂 I haven‘t read any of those three titles yet, but I‘m about to start this. Have my audio copy downloaded. 3w
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At Nights End | Nir Baram
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Jonatan wakes up in a messy hotel room in Mexico to discover that he has told everyone that his best friend Joël is dead. However, Joël is still alive. We follow Jonatan‘s chaotic thoughts and jumps in time to learn about their friendship growing up in Jerusalem, and their current, troubled relationship.⬇️⬇️

BarbaraBB ⬆️⬆️ Both are looking for security and desperately try to hang on to their shared past but can‘t seem to find one another any longer. Hence the existential crisis that both are going through, far apart from each other. 4w
BarbaraBB @TheAromaofBooks Just before you announced the numbers I finished this book, which turns out to be my #doublespin for November 👌🏽 3w
TheAromaofBooks Nice!!! 3w
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No Exit: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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This fast moving thriller reads like a movie. A woman gets stuck in a highway rest stop during a blizzard in the Rocky Mountains. She discovers one of the people she is stuck with, has abducted a child and is determined to save that child. Entertaining yet forgettable! Between a so-so and a pick.

TrishB Yes I definitely played it as a film in my head, I‘m surprised it hasn‘t been made into one. 4w
BarbaraBB @TrishB Me too, I can visualize the whole setting! 4w
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October, October | Katya Balen
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#OctoberStats #OctoberWrapUp #bookspinbingo #bookspin

The Woman in the Purple Skirt
The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
The Nothing Man

Beautiful World Where Are You
The Promise

The Leavers
A Bird in the House
Never Fall Down
The Woman Upstairs


TrishB Good month 👍🏻 4w
rmaclean4 Great reading month! 4w
Megabooks Fantastic month! 4w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fabulous month!!! 3w
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Africa | David Petersen
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We are delighted to announce #ReadingAfrica2022! Join @Librarybelle and me on a year long challenge to read books set in each African country or by an African author. Track your reading by signing up for the challenge using the link below. Post throughout the year with #ReadingAfrica2022 and tag us! Tagged are people who have been involved or interested in #ReadingAsia2021 but the challenge is open to anyone!


BarbaraBB (Graphic: Google) 4w
MoonWitch94 Ohhhh fun! What a great choice! 4w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa This sounds great! I‘m in! 4w
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DGRachel 5 books a month is doable, right? 😂 I‘m in! 4w
Librarybelle I am so happy we have officially announced this!! Thanks for being the best co-host, Barbara!! 4w
Susanita Has there been a year to read the Americas? Did I miss it? 4w
Bookwormjillk Yay! So excited 👏👏 4w
Laughterhp I always sign up for these challenges and never get many books read! But I‘ll try again! 4w
BarbaraBB @Susanita We did the USA in 2019, we haven‘t done Latin America yet! 4w
ferskner I will join and fail like I have all your other challenges! 🤣 4w
Dilara I've just joined! Looking forward to this 😁 4w
Hooked_on_books Woohoo! I‘m so excited! 🥳 4w
Soubhiville Can I get in your tag list? This may take me longer than a year to complete, but I‘m excited to join in! 4w
jenniferw88 Thanks for the tag! I've (obviously) signed up! 4w
BarbaraBB @Soubhiville Of course, you‘re very welcome!! Just fill in the Google form. You‘ll find a list of the countries there as well! 4w
BarbaraBB @MoonWitch94 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Bookwormjillk @DGRachel @Laughterhp @ferskner @Dilara @Hooked_on_books @jenniferw88 @Soubhiville Very happy to get on this journey with all of you. Some veterans some newbies, it‘ll be fun, let‘s see where we‘ll end up! 🤍🤍 4w
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 I just got back to the fantastic list you already made. I started planning too! 🤍 4w
Megabooks I‘ve already been gathering books!! 😁😁 4w
Megabooks Are you going to have it on the StoryGraph again? 4w
jenniferw88 @Megabooks I think I put #readingasia2021 on there. Happy to do it again for you @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle 4w
Jess861 I'll be joining and am very excited! Again - my goal will just be to read a few countries as I don't have a ton of time to read. Thanks for hosting this fun challenge! 4w
Librarybelle @MoonWitch94 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Bookwormjillk @DGRachel @Laughterhp @ferskner @Dilara @Hooked_on_books @jenniferw88 @Soubhiville @Megabooks Thank you for the enthusiasm! I am so excited to see what everyone reads, and I know several of you have already started gathering titles! 4w
Librarybelle @jenniferw88 If you would like to, go ahead! I downloaded StoryGraph for #BBRC , but I don‘t really use it. I know there is a community of Littens who do, though! 4w
DGRachel @jenniferw88 It would be awesome if you would put #ReadingAfrica2022 into StoryGraph. I‘ve loved having #ReadingAsia2021 in there! 💖 4w
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 @Megabooks I agree The Storygraph is the best for keeping track of challenges. Last year @Hestapleton put it there, so kind, but if you are willing to do it this year Jennifer, that would be wonderful. Thank you ❤️ 4w
Megabooks Thank you @jenniferw88 ! That would be great!! 4w
galueth28 Joining, and I'm already looking at African authors . 4w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks @galueth28 happy to have you both joining too. Let‘s share ideas soon ❤️ 4w
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 💯❤️💃 I joined! 4w
Daisey I never make it through near all the counties, but I do love following the posts and trying to read more broadly than I would otherwise. Looking forward to this! 4w
Soubhiville @jenniferw88 looks like Niger is on there twice, is one meant to be Nigeria? 4w
Velvetfur Oohh I like the look of this, thank you for the tag! I'm very tempted....how many countries is it in total? So I can do some planning to see how it might go.... 😊 4w
jenniferw88 @Soubhiville yes! I'll try to edit it! 4w
Soubhiville @jenniferw88 thank you for entering it! I love StoryGraph for the challenges! 4w
jenniferw88 @Soubhiville edited - thanks for notifying me! 4w
DGRachel @jenniferw88 Thank you! 4w
Velvetfur @jenniferw88 oh....okay....some careful planning required....is there a deadline by which to sign up for it...? 4w
Velvetfur @jenniferw88 cool, thanks 😊 4w
AceOnRoam Thanks @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle looking forward to the journey. 4w
rockpools 🎉🎉🎉 Very happy to be joining you again - I‘ve loved doing #ReadingAsia2021. I‘m aiming for a more relaxed reading year though, so for starters I‘m going to be setting a goal of 15 countries from Southern Africa - and we‘ll see what happens after that! 4w
BarbaraBB @Daisey @Velvetfur @rockpools Great to have you going along with us. 54 sounds like a lot to me too, too many maybe, but reading them all is not obliged of course 😅 4w
CaitZ I always join these with great intentions and then slack off, but I always learn new things about a few countries. I'm ready to try again. 4w
Crazeedi I just signed up. I hope this broadens my reading! Will I get a copy so I can print?? Thanks so much 4w
Crazeedi Please tag me 💗 4w
Q84 Signed up. Now I need to actually plan it out so I get to reading them. 4w
BarbaraBB @Crazeedi Glad to have you! You‘ll receive a copy of your Google form automatically. Please check your spam if you didn‘t receive it - I had to rescue my copy out of my spam mailbox too! 4w
BarbaraBB @CaitZ @Q84 happy you both are joining! 🤍 4w
Crazeedi @BarbaraBB thank you I have it, woohoo! 3w
Nute Signed up. Eager to participate! 3w
BarbaraBB @Nute Very happy to have you joining us! 3w
Cinfhen How did I miss this?????? 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I was sure I tagged you but I can‘t find your name above so something must have gone wrong. So sorry! 3w
Cinfhen No worries xxxx can‘t wait to join you and @Librarybelle will fill out the form 🥰 3w
Librarybelle So glad you‘re joining us, @Cinfhen ! 3w
Tove_Reads I hadn‘t seen this! I‘ve read a book from every single African country except São Tomé and Principe. Haven‘t gotten my hands on a book from there yet - can only be found in Portuguese. I have all the books I‘ve read in my blog https://theworldisourstoread.wordpress.com/ 1w
BarbaraBB @Tove_Reads That is wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing this. @Librarybelle 1w
Librarybelle Thank you so much for sharing this, @Tove_Reads ! 1w
Singout I sent you a Google form on Nov 3 in which all the titles were blank because I hadn't done my research yet. Do I just tag you and #ReadingAfrica2022 in the reviews as I go along, or is more info in the Google form important at some point? 1w
BarbaraBB @Singout you can use the googleform to keep track if you like (not obliged!). Tagging us and use the hashtag when you‘ve read a book is nice for all participants, because we can inspire each other with books we read for the challenge! 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage I may join later in the year for an abbreviated challenge. I‘m still finishing the books I picked from Asia and since I own them, I‘m just going to keep on with the 2021 into 2022. 😘 5d
BarbaraBB @BarbaraTheBibliophage That is perfect of course, that you‘re continuing Asia next year! 5d
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No Exit: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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#WeeklyForecast 44/21

In progress: the tagged one, which is entertaining, and At Night‘s End. Next will be one for #ReadingAsia2021, and a Dutch one, written by a successful Dutch author who I happen to know.

Cinfhen That‘s cool that you know the author!! 4w
squirrelbrain Looks like a great upcoming week! 4w
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The Promise | Damon Galgut
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#BookReport 43/21

It‘s been a pretty good week. I enjoyed The Promise and The Nothing Man, two completely different books, but bailed on Beloved. Too confusing 🤷🏻‍♀️

Cinfhen Glad you enjoyed your reads!! When do you even find the time???? 4w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I just don‘t function if I don‘t read (have time for myself) so I always make sure I make some time. Unfortunately I too often spend that time on my phone 😬 4w
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The Nothing Man | Catherine Ryan Howard
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I had a great time with this book about a serial killer who is addressed by the one girl who survived and has written a book about it twenty years later. I will find you, she promises. Quite the pageturner!

vivastory I loved this one. Have you read Rewind? 1mo
LeahBergen I flew through this one! 👍🏻 4w
BarbaraBB @vivastory No I haven‘t (just 56 days) but I want more Howard! Is that one good? 4w
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vivastory It's my fave one of the 3 that I've read by her 4w
Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻 I‘m going to read this soon , I have it on kindle 4w
BarbaraBB @vivastory That is good to know. I see that I stacked it already! Which is the third you read? (edited) 4w
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts it‘s one to fly through, like @LeahBergen says! And it‘s set in Cork! 4w
vivastory 56 Days. I go back & forth if I liked it or Rewind more, but now that more time has passed since I read it I would say that Rewind is my fave 4w
BarbaraBB @vivastory Wow, I liked 56 Days a lot too. So you‘re making quite a recommendation 👌🏽 4w
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Reading Asia: New Research in Asian Studies | Frans Husken Huskin, Dick van der Meij
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Slowly but surely the end is approaching. I read two more books for #ReadingAsia2021 and have two more months to read the final three!

October‘s choices were:
🍀 Tajikistan: Sovietistan
🍀 Cambodia: Never Fall Down

squirrelbrain Yay! You‘ll easily finish it - do you have books planned? 1mo
Bookwormjillk Amazing 🤩 1mo
Librarybelle Woohoo!! 1mo
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BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Yes! I‘m all set! 😘 1mo
Megabooks Very impressed!! 1mo
LeahBergen Wow! 👏🏻👏🏻 4w
Cathythoughts Very impressive 👍🏻 4w
Crazeedi You're killing it, big congrats!👏👏 4w
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Spin | Robert Charles Wilson
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Hi Sarah, I‘m in for another round of #bookspin, #doublespin and #bookspinbingo!

Many books to finish my challenges and fortunately some books I‘d actually want to read too 😅😉

Megabooks I‘ve only read 16, and a lot of these I‘ve never heard of. Excited to read more about them through the month! 1mo
marleed I‘m so envious - you stacked Dr Zhivago. I‘ll get to this one, I swear I will! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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BarbaraBB @Megabooks You read Real Life, didn‘t you? And what did you think of ? 1mo
BarbaraBB @marleed You should join us for the buddyread #DecemberChills! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Doctor Zhivago is also a #1001Books… I have two translations of that book in my TBR 😂 1mo
BarbaraBB @ValerieAndBooks Does that mean you‘re joining the Buddyread #decemberChill too? I hope so 🤞🏽🤍 And I forgot to add 1001 indeed! I can change the post 😃 (edited) 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraBB well maybe I‘ll get started on Dr Z but probably not actively participate that weekend, my hubby‘s birthday is December 5 😊. 4w
BarbaraBB @ValerieAndBooks That‘s a good enough reason ❤️ 4w
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Dr. Zhivago | Boris Pasternak
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Now that everyone is thinking about November and their bookspin for that month: it may be time to add Dr. Zhivago! We‘re having our #DecemberChill weekend first weekend of December including the #Buddyread of this chunkster. So here‘s a reminder for all who expressed interest and everyone else who wants to join @Cinfhen and me in a weekend filled with music, pictures, memories and fun! If you‘re not tagged yet and want to join, let us know below!

Cathythoughts Thanks Barbara for the reminder … I‘m a slow reader , so I better start thinking about starting this 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
LapReader Me please 1mo
LeahBergen Oh, right! I had forgotten about this group read! Thanks for the reminder. 👍 1mo
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Cinfhen Woohoo!!!! Can‘t wait ❄️ 1mo
MatchlessMarie Add me! A couple months ago I was watching Must Love Dogs which mentions this book and I was like I need to read that sometime 😂 1mo
Hooked_on_books Time to put in my library hold! 1mo
Lizpixie I‘m in. Pretty sure I have this somewhere🤔 1mo
I.be.Stef Woohoo! I can‘t wait to dive in! 💯🙌🏽 1mo
CarolynM I might sit this one out. But I'll look forward to seeing everyone's photos etc🙂 1mo
Bookwormjillk I‘m camping with my son‘s scouts that weekend so a literal chill. I‘m looking forward to having a good book along. 1mo
TheBookHippie I‘m so excited!! 1mo
Librarybelle Hooray! I‘m looking forward to reading this one! 1mo
TrishB Thanks for reminder ??just got on kindle for Q9.99 1mo
Crazeedi Omg, I'm going to reread a book??? I say the answer is yes! Read this as a teenager!! 1mo
britt_brooke Thanks for the tag! 💚 I‘m going to pass, but looking forward to seeing y‘all‘s posts. 1mo
Suet624 I think I‘m going to have to pass on this one, sadly. Work commitments are kicking my butt. June (and the summer off from work for the first time in a decade) can‘t come soon enough. 1mo
Megabooks I‘ll have to see if my library has it. Otherwise, I may just do the pictures and music. 💜 1mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks I won‘t be able to read it in one weekend (kids. Haha), but will still read it in December! 1mo
BarbaraBB @MatchlessMarie @LapReader @Lizpixie Happy to have you join us 🤍💃 1mo
Kdgordon88 Started it yesterday on audio. I have a print version for back up. So excited to finally read this one! 1mo
BookwormAHN I have a feeling that I'll be starting it in late November so I'll be ready for the 5th. 1mo
peaknit I just bought my copy reasonably on Amazon for kindle. Looking forward to it! Soon! 1mo
Simona I‘m prepared - I have paper book and ebook! I‘m going today on mini vacation, and I will probably started it today😁 1mo
Centique Looking forward to it. I have a copy on my shelf ready to go 😀 1mo
mjdowens Just got my copy today in the mail. I have wanted to read this one for a while 4w
BarbaraBB @mjdowens Happy to have you join us! 4w
emilyhaldi Fun! I‘ll try to join 😊 4w
Q84 I will try to join in. Please add me to tag list. Thanks 3w
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi @Q84 we‘ll keep you posted! 🤍🤍 3w
BarbaraBB @DGRachel Here‘s all info for our illustre buddyread of DrZ! 3w
DGRachel @BarbaraBB Thanks! I‘ve already pulled my copy off the shelf! 🥳 3w
coffeewithbooks Let me know when you pick book for #decemberchills @BarbaraBB 3w
BarbaraBB @coffeewithbooks We already did! We‘ll be reading the tagged book and discuss it on Sunday 5 December. We hope you‘ll join! 3w
coffeewithbooks @BarbaraBB okay cool thanks (: 3w
BarbaraBB @AWildMandaPanda Hi! Here‘s all information. We‘ll tag you in our updates! 2w
AWildMandaPanda @BarbaraBB thank you! 😊 I can‘t wait!! 2w
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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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Me and Toni Morrison, we‘ve never been a good match. I know it‘s an unpopular opinion but this was the fourth of her books I tried and again it didn‘t work. Beloved asks too much from me. I can‘t seem to follow along and all time jumping and magical realism feels forced to me. Maybe some other time… #1001books

EvieBee She‘s not for me, either lol! 1mo
BarbaraBB @EvieBee I am honestly glad to hear that. She is such an important writer, I feel like I should love her 🤷🏻‍♀️😉 1mo
EvieBee In high school, I was in an advanced English class that didn‘t really exist. My teacher would just give me books to read and I would. Fell in love with Hardy, Austen, the Brontes and others but not Morrison. Couldn‘t do it, lol! 1mo
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vivastory It's interesting what writers we connect with. Song of Solomon floored me. It's one of my favorites of all time. Yet it's the only Morrison I've read 😬 1mo
vivastory In #1001 news, did you see a new edition is being released? 1mo
Leftcoastzen Did you ever try 1mo
AnneCecilie I‘m so happy I‘m not the only one who doesn‘t love her. I‘ve read three of her books. 1mo
vlwelser I hated this particular book. You are not alone. 1mo
IndoorDame I‘ve always had the same opinion. She‘s so iconic that I feel like I should try again, and it has been a while since I read one of hers, but I don‘t exactly have high hopes…🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
TheLudicReader You are not alone. 1mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory I read that one a long time ago and don‘t remember much. And I did hear good things about The Bluest Eye indeed @Leftcoastzen , so maybe I should give her one more try! 1mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory I didn‘t know about the new edition! Did you, @Liz_M ? I‘ll check it out immediately! 1mo
BarbaraBB @TheLudicReader @IndoorDame @vlwelser @EvieBee @AnneCecilie I hardly dared admit it but now I know I am in good company! 🤍 1mo
Ruthiella I love Morrison but there are plenty of other lauded authors who just aren‘t for me. Personally I find it kind of freeing, because accepting this removes a number of books from my TBR list! 😅 1mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella Names please 😃 1mo
Graywacke I think four books counts as a solid effort. I‘m a huge Morrison fan, but if she‘s not working for you, forget her. Self torture not required. This one, by the way, is really confusing. I think i knew the plot going in…and I think that helped me a lot. 1mo
Ruthiella Off the top of my head: D. H. Lawrence and Isabelle Allende. I‘ve read 3 books from each. Not my cup of tea! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Graywacke It is so confusing indeed and it makes me impatient and irritated. That‘s my state of mind at the moment, I realize, so I keep in mind that people like you are fan of her and might try again when I feel calmer. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella 😃 I stopped reading both of them too after reading 3 books by each but I did like the ones I read. It was enough though! 1mo
CarolynM I admired this book more than liking it. It didn't make me want to read more of her work. I'm with @Ruthiella on Lawrence and Allende - both too weird (in their own ways) for me. I would add Gabriel Garcia Marquez to the list too. 1mo
BarbaraBB @CarolynM @Ruthiella I was thinking of him too. I wouldn‘t read him anymore but read a lot of his books. What about Kundera, Roth or even McEwan? Sometimes it‘s just enough. 1mo
Reggie I‘ve only read 2 of hers but have loved them so much. She has paragraphs that come back to me at times. Also, @Ruthiella and @CarolynM I think Lawrence is the only author I dnf‘ed after 275 pages, I think it was The Rainbow and I just felt like the main character walked from the house to the gate in that time. Lol 1mo
BarbaraBB @Reggie That is one I still “need” to read because it‘s on the list of #1001books… there are 5 of him on there 😱 1mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory I can‘t find the news about the new edition… do you remember where you read it? 1mo
Cinfhen Same 🤫🙁 1mo
Ruthiella @Reggie @CarolynM @BarbaraBB OMG, that‘s totally what drives me bananas about D. H. Lawrence, all the description. He spends so much time trying to capture the inner life of his characters... 1mo
Centique @CarolynM @Ruthiella @Reggie it‘s funny because those weird ones are my favourites! Love a little unreality creeping in. But I agree there‘s always an author or two that you just don‘t gel with. For me it‘s Jodi Picoult. 🙄 I also haven‘t got to grips with Joyce or Dostoevsky yet. But I‘m hopeful 🤞Reggie your comment about Lawrence is hilarious. I want to read that now just to experience that myself! 🤣 4w
Ruthiella @Centique One of my good friend IRL who also reads loves Lawrence. There‘s no accounting for taste! 😜 I‘ve only read one Picoult book and found it so so. To many contrived metaphors and maybe a little heavy handed... 4w
Reggie @Centique Lol I was in my teens so you have to take that into account. I think about trying him again just to see if I would think differently but I can‘t bring myself to do it. Also, I‘ve only read 2 by Picoult and she always picks up the hot topics of the moment and gives you the all around view. One was about a shooting at school and the other was about abortion which I loved because of some of the characters in there. 4w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Thanks! And good luck with those busy times at work. Happy these times are back for the arts 🤍🤍 4w
BarbaraBB @Centique I have read one Picoult and enjoyed it but I‘ve never felt tempted to pick up another. I do love Dostoevsky though. Joyce always goes way over my head 😃 4w
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The Promise | Damon Galgut
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I did enjoy this story of a white family in South Africa. I liked the style, the many points of view. The atmosphere felt raw at times, magical at other times. A book well worth the #BookerPrize but somehow it didn‘t touch me as much as I expected.

Megabooks Those handlebars look so much more comfortable than US ones! Glad you enjoyed the book. R looks great. 💜 1mo
Megabooks Also, I saw that you got my BD package. 🥳 Your package to me should be delivered today too. We get our mail kinda late. Will let you know. Thanks! 💕 (edited) 1mo
squirrelbrain Fab pic! Sorry the book wasn‘t *quite* as good as you hoped. 1mo
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BarbaraBB @Megabooks It‘s what we call an ‘oma‘ (granny) bike. Quite old fashioned but back into fashion for years now. 👵🏼 🤍 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I am excited for your package and also that mine reached you so fast! 1mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I‘m sorry too. It‘s me, I can‘t connect to a lot of books lately 🤷🏻‍♀️😘 1mo
Cathythoughts Great pic ! I‘m nearing the end of this one .. it is certainly holding my attention .. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts I am glad to hear that. I was engaged too for the whole time but think I was waiting for some more ‘wow‘ 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
batsy Creative photography! 😁 I've read only one Damon Galgut book but found it extremely tedious 😬 1mo
BarbaraBB @batsy I am glad to hear that. I thought everyone loved him! 1mo
Cinfhen Cute photo 😍 1mo
BarbaraBB Thanks 😘 1mo
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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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#WeeklyForecast 43/21

In progress are The Promise (which I am enjoying a lot) and Beloved. Toni Morrison and I are not a good match - again. But I‘ll stick with it a bit longer.
I still have The Nothing Man lined up and am adding a translation of At Night‘s End, an Israelian book quite popular here at the moment.

Cinfhen I definitely want to read 1mo
Cinfhen And it‘s funny, I haven‘t heard about this book until you mentioned it to me… super curious 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yay, you‘re on Instagram 🤍 1mo
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squirrelbrain I quite liked Beloved (read it very recently as we‘re studying it on my course). I have the exact same edition as you! 😁 1mo
Cinfhen I‘ve been “on” IG for awhile but I NEVER post and hardly ever scroll @BarbaraBB but I‘m trying to broaden my horizons 1mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I find it a very hard read and I am confused by all changes in time. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I am not that active either but it‘s fun to get glimpses on each other‘s lives! (edited) 1mo
TrishB Nice pic ♥️ good plans 1mo
Vansa I really did not like Beloved.It has a very profound, harrowing story but I just could not for the life of me get her style of writing.I didn't get the need for many scenes! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Vansa I‘m glad it‘s not just me! 1mo
Cathythoughts Im enjoying The Promice too 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
Graywacke Worried how you will take to Beloved. I found it so intense from the opening. Morrison seemed to put so much into it. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Graywacke I feel ashamed but I bailed. I posted my review. 😌 1mo
Graywacke @BarbaraBB going to check. Better to bail than push through and not enjoy it. 1mo
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#BookReport 42/21

I managed to finish a few books that had taken me wat too long. This weeks absolute favorite is the tagged one!

Cinfhen I really LOVED Church Ladies too!!! It was FABULOUS on audio 🥰Great reading week xx 1mo
TrishB You had a good week 😁 1mo
tricours What did you think of Fatland‘s book? 1mo
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BarbaraBB @tricours I learned a lot about countries I have always been fascinated by and I enjoyed Erika Fatland‘s writing style and attitude. Very down to earth and not overly dramatic. A pick for me! What did you think? 1mo
squirrelbrain I need to get to Church Ladies sometime soon…. 1mo
TrishB Thank you for the parcel that arrived today 😁😘 I‘m saving it until Tuesday! 1mo
Megabooks Great week!! Sovietstan was so interesting. I didn‘t love Church Ladies as much as most people did. (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB I‘m happy it arrived in time. I hope you‘ll have a wonderful birthday with lots of love and books ❤️❤️ 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks You didn‘t? I‘m surprised. It seems so in your wheelhouse ❤️ 1mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I hope you will. I‘m sure you‘ll love it too 😘 1mo
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There's so much more than the church in the lives of the women in the nine stories that form this little gem of a book. I enjoyed all nine of them and felt strangely proud of these women, their strength, their choices, their fears and their passion. A great read!

Graywacke I‘m intrigued, but also love how you just quietly give us this beautiful background in your photo. 1mo
vlwelser We're reading this for my IRL book club in December. I'm definitely looking forward to it. I also love your picture. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Graywacke @vlwelser Thank you. It‘s a book worth reading. The backdrop is a canal I walk by on my way to work. It‘s a beauty, no?! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly I loved this book oh so much. 1mo
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly It is fantastic. A tribute to women 💪🏽 1mo
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“The Stans are at a crossroads. Should they forge closer links with Russia or China, or look to the West? Which interpretation of their own history should they trust?”

#Turkmenistan #Kazakhstan #Tajikistan #Kyrgyzstan #Uzbekistan

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Squid Game keeps distracting me but I did finally finish this book 🦑

Lack of democracy, struggling economies, suppressed ethnic conflicts: there are similarities between the Central Asian ‘Stan‘ countries but many differences too. Fatland shares her experiences while traveling through them along with historical information. I will definitely read it again if I ever go there myself.

I use this book for #Tajikistan in #ReadingAsia2021 🇹🇯

LeahBergen Squid Games distracted me from pretty much everything until I had binge-watched all the episodes. 😆 1mo
EvieBee I binged it in one day and a half without sleep. I felt liked a useless, traumatized sock puppet lol! 1mo
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen @EvieBee It‘s incredible! I am loving it despite all violence! 1mo
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Reggie Have you made it to the marbles episode? 😭😭😭 1mo
BarbaraBB @Reggie No not yet. 3 episodes so far. Honeycomb! 1mo
batsy @Reggie That episode 😭 1mo
batsy @BarbaraBB Omg the honeycomb 😫 1mo
Librarybelle I‘m looking forward to reading this one! (edited) 1mo
Megabooks I loved this too. Am I missing out not watching Squid Game? My tv is having trouble with Netflix!! 😩😩 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks you are😉. It is very good I think, visual as well as plot. 1mo
Reggie @batsy gganbu!!! 1mo
BarbaraBB @TheAromaofBooks I forgot to mention this is my #bookspin for October 💃 1mo
BarbaraBB @TheAromaofBooks And now I notice it ‘s your birthday! Make it a good one 🎈 ❤️ 1mo
batsy @Reggie 👀 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress & thank you for the birthday wishes!!! 1mo
BarbaraBB @batsy @Reggie Just watched it 😥 gganbu ❤️ 1mo
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The Woman Upstairs | Claire Messud
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Nora is 37, single, a teacher who wanted to be an artist. She often feels unworthy. ‘The woman upstairs‘, for all to see and judge. But she mostly judges herself. Until the Shahid‘s enter her life. Father, mother, 8 year old son. They make her feel like a friend, an artist, a woman and a mother. Before long she depends on them for her happiness and self esteem.

The book began and ended with a bang, but dragged a bit in the middle.

BarbaraBB You sent me this one a long time ago Cindy, if you remember at all. It was an enjoyable read! Thank you again ❤️ @Cinfhen (edited) 1mo
Suet624 I have been avoiding this book and now I have an idea why. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I did enjoy it, but it‘s not too special and no need for you to read it! 1mo
Suet624 I‘ve been reading a few of those types of books lately. 🙂🤨 1mo
Cinfhen Completely agree with your review! It had its highs & lows 1mo
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Never Fall Down: A Novel | Patricia McCormick
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I know about the horrors in #Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge. And everyone should hear the awful truth of child soldiers like Arn‘s, who now lives in the US. I just wonder why the whole book had to be written in pidgin English… because it‘s YA? Because McCormick thinks it adds an extra layer? The National Book Award jury apparently didn‘t mind but I found it annoying and it only distracted me from Arn‘s important story.

#ReadingAsia2021 🇰🇭

Megabooks I hate it when books largely rely on pidgin. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks So unnecessary 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Librarybelle That‘s disappointing! 1mo
Suet624 That‘s a bummer. 1mo
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