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charl08

charl08

Joined October 2016

"Then practice losing farther, losing faster..." Lost without a book. ❤ penguins both ??
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Brotherless Night: A Novel | V. V. Ganeshananthan
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Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma | Claire Dederer
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Biography used to be something you sought out, yearned for, actively pursued. Now it falls on your head all day long.

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Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma | Claire Dederer
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I mentioned this difficulty on social media, this problem of watching Manhattan in the Trump moment...

"Manhattan is a work of genius! I am done with you, Claire!" responded a writer (older, white, male) I didn't know personally. This was a person who had remained silent in the face of many of my more outrageous social media pronouncements some of which involved my desire to chop up the male half of the species...

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The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi | Shannon Chakraborty
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"By God, what is this world coming to when such dogs manhandle grandmothers on the street! I bet none of you are even local! A fine thing, for our foreign overlords to import men to harass honest Adenis! Is this what we pay taxes to support?"

I have not, in the entirety of my life, ever paid taxes. Or customs fees. Or fines of any sort (I do pay my zakat and give sadaqah, of course, for the Divine Authority is the only one I respect).

Karisa 😂 I loved this book! 2d
charl08 I am really enjoying it 😍 2d
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The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi | Shannon Chakraborty
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Next up...

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In the library, we waited an eternity for the giant monitor to wake up. I kept clicking and pounding the mouse, trying to speed up the damn thing as it chugged.
"Sounds like the Hadron Collider," said Riveaux.
"What's that?" I asked.
"Particle collider looking for the Higgs boson-the God particle."
"Joke's on Higgs boson. God's in everything."

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Confrontations | Simone Atangana Bekono
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We enter the library and it's quiet, in that lovely way I remember from the past, when Miriam and I went on Saturdays with Mum, and eventually on my own. First the reading desks and magazine racks, then the rows and rows of books. Children's books, thrillers, archaeology, translated books, English. I don't even know which titles I want to pick up.

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Confrontations | Simone Atangana Bekono
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Striking novel set in a young offenders' institution (equivalent) in the Netherlands.

kspenmoll Beautiful photo! 1w
BarbaraBB What @kspenmoll says 🧡 1w
charl08 @kspenmoll @BarbaraBB the poppies are so lovely right now 😍 7d
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The Execution of Justice | Friedrich Drrenmatt
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Inter library loan came in!

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Books I didn't buy in Waterstones Manchester.

squirrelbrain Loved Honeybees! ❤️❤️ 1w
Liz_M 😂 It was easier to picture what you didn't buy because the other 10643364 titles in stock came home with you? (edited) 1w
Libby1 All Your Children, Scattered is stunning. 4d
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James: A Novel | Percival Everett
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"Heating and cooling it like that will harden the steel," Easter said.
"Metaphor," I said.
"That's nearly all we have," Easter said.
I reached into my pocket and pulled out the pencil, showed it to Easter.
"Well, I'll be damned," he said.
"Young George stole it for me," I said.
"You can write." It was not a question or an accusation, more a discovery, perhaps a call to duty.
"I can write," I said.
"Then you had best write."
"I will," I said.

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Tempting.
(Can't believe it's been ten years since he won the Booker!)

Ruthiella If you can go, I would. I listened to his podcast back when he was still doing it and he is so charming and funny. You wouldn‘t think he could write such violence. 2w
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Brothers and Ghosts | KHUE. PHAM
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A (fictionalised) look at an affluent Saigon family during and after the war. Translated from German, the story hinges on the split between the eldest child, a medic trained in Berlin, and the rest of his siblings who make their own way to the US. As often with dual narratives, the flashback scenes seemed a lot more gripping/ interesting than the near contemporary character.

#Vietnam #Migration #Berlin

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To survive this, to get what she wants, she must be a thief, a cleaner, a navigator, a fighter, a cook, a whore; she must be a sufferer of blisters and loneliness and pain, she must be a hard worker, she must be tough and determined and unbreakable, she must not be an idiot, and now she must be humble.

charl08 New poppy just opened in the garden. 2w
humouress 💕 🌹 2w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag This book looks so good! 2w
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Book mail! (And some foxgloves)

mcctrish Two of my favourite things ( I just planted 2 new foxgloves and now I want more, more and more) 2w
TheBookHippie Oh I love foxgloves!!! 2w
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On the third night, we pull in to rest at Reading, the horses muddy and weary, and all of us battered half to death. A blotchy and rather cross-looking king creaks in the wind overhead. Another King's Head. How many heads can one king have, I wonder to Molly, who rolls her eyes as if I have said something silly.

Picture: https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/thomas-gainsborough-the-painters-da...

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Such a cute picture book.

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Stone Yard Devotional | CHARLOTTE. WOOD

Simone saw me at the tall glass-fronted 'library' in the sitting room, looked at the book in my hand and snorted. 'You know there are good books in those shelves, don't you?' I did know. Dorothy Lee, Edith Stein, Joan Chittister, Simone Weil, Ariel Burger. Arendt, Nussbaum, Hitchens, Robinson, Merton. But Simone had caught me engrossed in Stories of the Saints...

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Stone Yard Devotional | CHARLOTTE. WOOD
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.... at every step of my every attempt I have only worsened the destruction. Every email, meeting, press release, conference, protest. Every minuscule action after waking means slurping up resources, expelling waste, destroying habitat, causing ruptures of some other kind. Whereas staying still, suspended in time like these women, does the opposite. They are doing no harm.
On the other hand, 'evil flourishes...'

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Recent research however, shows that Al tools get the law wrong between 69 and 88 per cent of the time, producing legal hallucinations when asked 'specific, verifiable questions about random federal court Cases.

A human lawyer or judge with that kind of error rate would undermine public faith in justice.

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Finding this book terrifying.

TrishB Someone in work doing a massive amount of work on this. It is frightening. 3w
charl08 @TrishB reason for my reading was how much it comes up at work. Reading the book makes me realise why! 3w
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I don't want ever to be wholly relaxed, wholly at home, in a world of flowing fresh water built on the parched pain of others. The world itches, and so it should.

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Enjoying lazy day with this.

Cathythoughts Enjoy ❤️ 3w
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The Russian Detective | Carol Adlam
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Love the presentation of these acknowledgements

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The Russian Detective | Carol Adlam
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Charlie Fox reports to her boss....

Beautifully illustrated GN.

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Display at my library.
I would just like some kudos as they didn't all come home with me.

rockpools All of our libraries got a set too! The ONE year I didn‘t commit to reading them, and the whole shortlist shows up in front of me at work! Admittedly only a week before the finalist was announced, but still - I WILL get to them eventually. 3w
charl08 @rockpools I was hoping they would say "please take them" but they didn't.... 3w
rockpools @charl08 Hmm. I‘m going into work tomorrow, and will re-label all the displays shelves with ‘please take me‘. We need the issues! (We had actually been talking about this yesterday…) Have you read any so far? 3w
charl08 @rockpools that sounds good. I had some time so went back and picked up the Korean novel (as I had been eyeing it up in the bookshop too!) 3w
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Funny Story | Emily Henry
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Sometimes at night, from the other room, he texts me live updates as he listens to the audiobook of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, things like i want to live w the beavers and wat is turkish delight and edmund needs 2 chill.

ClairesReads This is actually so fantastic 3w
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The famous red-and-white-striped lighthouse had been demolished, only last year. It had stood on the edge of the Ness since 1792. But by 2013, the sea had doggedly eaten its way too far inland, and the lighthouse was decommissioned. Waves lapped at the base of the building. It was time to level it....

Why hadn't the lighthouse simply been left to rot with the other ruins on the Ness...?

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James Wright... who has spent years studying Japan's fixation with care robots, found that government enthusiasm was not met with real- world appetite. In a 2019 study of 9,000 care homes, 10 per cent reported having used care robots...

Wright noted that even those care homes that had invested in care robots only used them for a short time before retiring them. The range of robotic landfill is astonishing.

Bookwomble It's almost as if human beings prefer and respond better to being cared for by other human beings rather than by corporate money-saving tech solutions! Go figure! 🫠 3w
charl08 @Bookwomble according to the author the robots can't safely do the care - she gives an eg of one robot that despite lots of publicity was never even cleared to leave the lab! 3w
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That serpent-tongued hunchback might be able to convince the King the ballad could be suppressed, but whatever orders governments and kings issued, they could not prevent a wind from blowing or a fart from stinking. Even if they rounded up every copy of the broadside in Spain, the ballad would still be sung wherever anyone had memorised the words. Banning it would only make it taste sweeter in the mouth, like smuggled wine.

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So much has been written on polyamory recently...
From a collected review by Miranda France of:
THE END OF LOVE Sex and desire in the twenty-first century by Tamara Tenenbaum
SIX IN A BED The future of love – from sex dolls and avatars to polyamory by Roanne van Voorst
MORE A memoir of open marriage by Molly Roden Winter
Link in comments.

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Some fizz with my book.

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If you lift your head from the eye- watering amounts of money being pumped into AI innovation, you can see that there is already meaningful harm caused by the use of AI and related technology.

Maybe the people profiting from it are not the right people to identify the problems or to ask for solutions.

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... why don‘t you start on that project...? It would be so interesting, like that Windrush thing they did some time ago on television, about the first immigrants to this country. I‘m sure you must have a story to tell. Why not start to get it down? I‘ve just spoken to Dr Raines and also to Rhoda from occupational therapy and they think it‘s a great idea....‘ Not sure if I want my life looked into like a Third World museum.

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Two word review? Very Swedish.
Young people have undiagnosed mental health problems whilst not having to worry too much about £. Or rather, kroner. Lovely turn of phrase though, and a definite fit for the books about books trend too.

BarbaraBB Very Swedish indeed 1mo
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Everyone I know remembers the time right before the turn of the millennium with a certain embarrassment since the excitement seemed so disproportionate after the fact, so headless; silly, in a way. It was a collective impulse, like a global popular movement, but nobody could give it a more profound explanation than 'the passing of time'. The numbers felt magical, and they were magical, but only in the way that numbers are.

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#InternationalBooker Shortlist 2024

WildAlaskaBibliophile Beautiful flowers! What are they? 1mo
charl08 @WildAlaskaBibliophile foxgloves (from a mixed bunch of "dalmation" plugs). Hoping they will self seed for next year. 1mo
WildAlaskaBibliophile @charl08 🌸Thank you! 1mo
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Diary of an Invasion | Andrey Kurkov
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A real dog, named Patron, is the most famous animal in Ukraine... he helps Ukrainian sappers find Russian landmines.... Ukrainian children all know his story, love him and want to have their own fluffy version of this canine hero. Children also follow Patron on Instagram (at ua.patron), where he teaches children how to take care of themselves should they chance upon any explosive objects.

jen_the_scribe Mind blowing that this is the reality of our world… that an adorable pup needs to help find explosives and that children need to learn what to do if they find one. My heart goes out to everyone over there and every war torn country… 💔 1mo
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Diary of an Invasion | Andrey Kurkov
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In Berehove on the Hungarian border, Alena, and her new refugee friends attend Hungarian language courses. Each lesson lasts three hours and those who have signed up for the course take it as seriously as if they were preparing for an exam.
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Alena has a favourite phrase in Hungarian: Jó reggelt kivanok! - "Good morning!" This sounds a little funny to Ukrainians because it reminds us of the Ukrainian words for "hedgehog under the sofa".

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Diary of an Invasion | Andrey Kurkov
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I do know that bees have also been its victims, along with books, as well as books about bees, such as my latest novel. You cannot buy it in Ukraine now.... the publishers cannot reprint it and bookshops as such no longer exist. In Mariupol and cities in other cities in the south and east they were destroyed along with the books; in cities elsewhere in Ukraine, they simply shut down as a result of the war.

rockpools 💔 Is this nonfiction? I‘ve only read his Jimi Hendrix one, which I did enjoy, but was very definitely ‘Before…‘ 1mo
charl08 @rockpools sorry misspost there. It is non-fiction. Short columns I think he wrote as for a newspaper, from before the war through invasion. Published last year I think. 1mo
rockpools @charl08 Thank you. I think I‘ll try and find a copy! 1mo
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Thirty Days of Darkness | Jenny Lund Madsen
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She was once invited to a private viewing of the work of an Icelandic artist... she turned out to be the only Dane present. She spent the entire afternoon at a party where the only language used was Icelandic, even though everyone was practically fluent in both English and Danish. It wasn't hostile, the party - there were smiles and nods, acknowledging her presence, and in her silence, rare for Hannah, she had felt social for once.

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Diary of an Invasion | Andrey Kurkov
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All the Ukrainians who have left their homes will wait for the moment when it will be safe to return. Just as I am waiting.

I am waiting for the opportunity not just to return to a peaceful Kyiv but to return to my library, to my desk, to the archives was using to write my latest novel, to my plans for the future, to the world that I have been creating around me for decades, a world that made me happy.

Suet624 I so wish that for all Ukrainians. 1mo
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Diary of an Invasion | Andrey Kurkov
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In recent weeks, many Ukrainians have become military experts. Me too. I already know that an advancing army loses manpower in the ratio of 10 to 1. That is, the losses of those defending territory are one tenth that of those who are advancing.

wanderinglynn That is a sad thing to know. 😔 1mo
Suet624 Certainly in Ukraine I can imagine that‘s true. 1mo
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The Lover of No Fixed Abode | Franco Lucentini
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A rather long-winded (for my money) account of an unlikely whirlwind romance. Is David a spy, a conman, or something far more strange?

Lots of detail about Venice for those who love books with a strong sense of place.

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Fnac Santa Catarina | Porto, Porto, Portugal (Bookstore)
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Just some of the options... #Porto #CityofBooks

Central image is of the library at the art gallery 'Serralves'.

tpixie Fun collage!! I‘m heading to Portugal in September!! I need to start on my itinerary. I know nothing about Portugal 🇵🇹 1mo
charl08 @tpixie hope you have a lovely time. I'm hoping to go back and explore some more. 1mo
tpixie @charl08 wish we had more travel time in our lives!! 1mo
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Lunakay They do have amazing bookshops, including of course, Dumbledore's office🧙🏻‍♂️🤩 1mo
Lunakay Enjoy your trip😊 1mo
charl08 @Lunakay yes, it was quite funny, all three tour guides mentioned that JKR had completely rejected all links to her book and Porto... 1mo
Lunakay Interesting, I thought her time there was officially used as inspiration😅 1mo
charl08 @Lunakay well noone seemed to have told the 100s of people in the queues either... 1mo
Lunakay 🤭🤭🤭 1mo
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This was part of the window display in an antiquarian second hand bookshop. #Porto

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Thought this looked good...
#GraphicNovel #Portuguese

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Loved this little second hand place, with a nice line in bookmarks.

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Un Amor | Sara Mesa
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A lovely vinho verde to go with my book.

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This looked good (but I have no idea if it's available in translation).

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I was tempted by these bookish bags...
#Bertrand #Porto