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charl08

charl08

Joined October 2016

"Then practice losing farther, losing faster..." Lost without a book.
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The Years | Annie Ernaux
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I like the stuff about memory here...

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The Years | Annie Ernaux
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I liked the bits where she looks at photos of her past.

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The Years | Annie Ernaux
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Progress was the bright horizon of every existence. It signified well-being, healthy children, glowing houses, well-lit streets, and knowledge.... In reality cramped housing forced children and parents brothers and sisters to sleep in the same room.... The times, people said, are not the same for everyone.

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The Ghost Factory | Jenny McCartney
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Tanisha_A And yet, cheers to the men in books! 👏 2d
batsy I love that. I'm going to have to stack this! 2d
charl08 @tanisha_a @batsy an interesting read! 16h
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The Ghost Factory | Jenny McCartney
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The narrator has just fled "ceasefire" Belfast for London.

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The Pine Islands | Marion Poschmann
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Travelling to Japan with my book. I quite fancy a toilet with sound effects.

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Terrible pictures involving PowerPoint...

I'm sure the book event will be better than my photography skills.

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...Hernando's books contain within their covers...a map of his life.

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I have magic!

cathysaid Nice 👏 2w
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I have read a few prison memoirs by writers jailed for political reasons, but this feels more painful as he is still in jail.

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Lonely Planet Fast Talk German | Lonely Planet, Mario Kaiser, Birgit Jordan, Gunter Muehl
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Hoping this should cover most shopping needs.

Sarah83 Visiting Germany? 😁 2w
charl08 @Sarah83 Ja. Sadly at my school we either did French OR German, not both. And I love the idea of learning languages, but the reality has never quite matched up! 2w
Sarah83 German is a pretty difficult language. Where in Germany do you stay? 2w
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charl08 @Sarah83 Berlin! Hoping to get to the Literhaus and maybe a bookshop or two. 2w
Sarah83 You have to visit Dussmann. It's an incredible bookshop and has a huge section of English books 😍 2w
Slajaunie Loved Germany! I picked up the language pretty well after 2 weeks. My husband is basically fluent. 2w
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Love this cover! Looking forward to reading the book reviewed (tagged).

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...I feel sorry for anyone who can't live here.

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The Parisian | Isabella Hammad
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New in...

Clare_Riley This is my next read too!😊 3w
charl08 @Clare_Riley I'm enjoying it, but it's not exactly easy to travel with! 3w
Clare_Riley @charl08 does that mean it‘s a big book? Because I have it on kindle, so maybe I should be relieved about that! 😂 3w
charl08 @Clare_Riley it's a big book, but it's from the library, so I shouldn't complain! 3w
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Experience of Jewish people in the GDR.

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Ueno Station | Yu Miri
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How the hell is lighting a fire supposed to tell your ancestors that this is your house? You mean to tell me that someone who's reached enlightenment as a Buddha needs a fire to tell them where to come back to?

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Ueno Station | Yu Miri
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Reading with coffee.

RachelO 💖🌸🌧 3w
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I read this recently- very unusual. I liked it. 👍 3w
charl08 @RachelO @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled fascinating read. Made me wonder what had made the author focus on the homeless in Tokyo. 3w
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BOTTLED GOODS. | SOPHIE. VAN LLEWYN
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I really like how the author twists the 'traditional' in format and presentation.

youneverarrived Agree 🙂 3w
charl08 @youneverarrived hope she writes more "long" fiction. 3w
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BOTTLED GOODS. | SOPHIE. VAN LLEWYN
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I love little books like this, easy to fit in the hand.

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I was reading this in a bookshop, and had to put it down to catch a train.
Before I finished it.
Sadness.

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More holiday reading.

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Travelers: A Novel | Helon Habila

In our first couple of months in Berlin, Gina and I had walked these back streets that led away from Kurfürstendam and on and on and narrower and narrower to the front windows of artisans‘ workshops and soup kitchens and Blumen stores and family homes with children and parents seated at the table eating dinner.

charl08 Pre holiday reading! 4w
BarbaraBB Are you going to Berlin? In that case, you should read this one too, I think 😀 4w
charl08 @BarbaraBB love that book! Thanks. 4w
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Heroine goes looking for a runaway in off the grid desert communities.

Smrloomis Huh 🤨 This gets a low rating among Littens but it sounds pretty fantastic. Have you finished it? Would you recommend it? 4w
charl08 I like dark, off-beat narrators, this definitely worked for me - a quick read. 4w
charl08 @Smrloomis I always forget to retag! 4w
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Mr. Mac and Me | Esther Freud
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Last week I went to see this amazing exhibition of Rennie Mackintosh and collaborators (still on st the Walker, Liverpool). Just finished this great fictional look at the Mackintoshs' time in Suffolk during WW1.

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Ha!

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Ordinary People | Diana Evans
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Well, I wasn't expecting that.

#womensprize #shortlist

batsy Me too! 1mo
youneverarrived Me either 🤷‍♀️ 4w
RidgewayGirl It‘s certainly the first time that they chose mostly books I‘ve already read! 4w
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charl08 @batsy I never guess it. @youneverarrived 😫 4w
charl08 @ridgewaygirl one year I'm going to get past 3 books (without reading all of them) 4w
thebluestocking I was surprised too! I‘ve read and liked four of these. (I haven‘t read Ordinary People or Silence.) 3w
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New one for me!

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...but nothing about ex-servicemen.

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The Second Rider | Alex Beer
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...which made all the men reflexively duck...

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The Second Rider | Alex Beer
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#intranslation #eurocrime

Dark crime novel set in Vienna after WW1

Cathythoughts That cover ! Crime ! ! And set in Vienna !! Stacked 1mo
Tamra Looks intriguing! 1mo
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White Chrysanthemum | Mary Lynn Bracht
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Mehso-so

Deals with important themes but not a winner for me.

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I want all the books.
Love book ads.

Emilymdxn Those all look so interesting I want them all tooo 1mo
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Woman World | Aminder Dhaliwal
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Already glad I picked this up.

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Gorgeous exhibit: I bought the catalogue (but it's not on the system yet).

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I'm looking at a trip to Berlin. Any bookish suggestions?
#Holidayplans #helpwanted

Sarah83 If you are interested in historic Berlin 😁 1mo
charl08 Thanks @Sarah83 I'll have a look for it. 1mo
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Creepy crime: she sees dead people. Which is unfortunate for the criminals, given that she's the prosecutor.

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You Would Have Missed Me | Birgit Vanderbeke, Jamie Bulloch
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If you can read you can perform magic...

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"...it is easier for many of us to imagine the end of the world than it is for us to imagine the end of capitalism."

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Not the tagged book, but about the same impressive sounding bookshop. Wish I could just go for the day to exhibition at the U of Pennsylvania library!

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Spring | Ali Smith
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I loved Spring - almost as much as Autumn - this is from the review in the TLS (April 19)

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Enemy Women: A Novel | Paulette Jiles
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Thought this was a marvellous book. Adair's life is changed completely when a Union militia take her father prisoner. She faces terrible hardship but is never less than a compelling character in near apocalyptic times.

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I thought this quote summed up the book's main argument. Hard to believe that people got away with this for so long, including threatening those who were willing to speak out.

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"Unbeknownst to me, the lead investor was Rupert Murdoch..."

Dark reading about murky business practice: but I have been out and about enjoying the sunshine, so it balances out!

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Enemy Women: A Novel | Paulette Jiles
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This is only the second book by Jiles I've come across. I want to read everything she's written now...

LeahBergen I loved this book! 1mo
krismlars News of the World was soooo good! I don't know why I haven't looked for her other works. Thanks for the reminder! 1mo
charl08 @LeahBergen I've had it on the shelf for a while, knew it would be good and wanted to save it. @krismlars I think I'm going to be going online to look for her others: my library stock is sadly lacking. 1mo
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The board was full of influential figures: surely it couldn't be a scam?

MelissaSue81 It‘s crazy how many people fell for it! 1mo
charl08 @MelissaSue81 Yup. FOMO. 1mo
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This book is just bizarre. If it was fiction, I'd think it was improbable!

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Yikes, this reads like a thriller but it's an account of the Theramos start-up scandal.

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You Would Have Missed Me | Birgit Vanderbeke, Jamie Bulloch
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New book from #Pereine the amazing small translation publishers. Love book mail!

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Remembered | Yvonne Battle-Felton
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I don't envy the judges picking a shortlist for this years women's prize: another great read. Painful but gripping.

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Remembered | Yvonne Battle-Felton
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The preacher struggles to get his point across...