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Joined March 2016

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Just spending some time with Joan...

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All Passion Spent | Vita Sackville-West
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This is a lovely, lovely book. There‘s an extended mediation on how marriage differs for men and women: for women, marriage culminates in a loss and how it‘s an addition for men. Deborah unapologetically reflects on what she lost by marrying, though the man she married was good: she‘s lost her name, her independence, the right to pursue her passion. This is a novel that‘s concerned with the lack of control women have over their own lives.

Emilymdxn What a beautiful edition! I need to bump this up my tbr 3mo
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These stories are terrifying; they‘ve faced so much death and abuse - watching as their families are ripped from their arms, shot and buried alive right in front of them. They were sexually abused and tortured and reading their stories sobering. But there is also inspiration: that these women survived is awe inspiring. And to read of the work of those who helped these women is an important reminder that, there is some good in this world.

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Flights | Olga Tokarczuk
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In Flights, we‘re not just exploring what it means to be a traveler in the conventional sense, but in all the ways travel can occur - throughout time, life, even an actual body. The stories are all of differing lengths- some go on for numerous pages & some are as short as a few sentences. What I found most fascinating is how some connect - characters in a story later pop up in another story, told from a new point of few hundreds of pages later.

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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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10 books that have been on my TBR for at least 2 years:

Poems by Edgar Allen Poe
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan
The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
The Door by Magda Szabo
Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
A Parisian Affair by Guy de Maupassant


Notafraidofwords Wives and Daughters is so good. 3mo
atla The Door is so fantastic on audio. 3mo
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Terribly late because I always am:

1. This Love by Maroon 5
2. Cancer
3. There are many but I suppose I‘ll just say one: JK Rowling. Essentially darn near everyone my age loved those books, but it‘s about more than just the books for me. I met two dear, dear friends because of the Potter series and those gals are my sisters from another mister.
4. I feel like it‘s probably too late to ta!

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Milkman | Anna Burns
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This is somewhere between so-so and a pick for me. Burns is talented, but she want able to make me really care about the events of the novel or the characters. I hated that characters had no names and were called things like Third Sister and Somebody McSomebody, but I think it was a stylistic choice that added to the atmosphere rather than being a pretentious affectation.

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The Waves | Virginia Woolf

I have literally just started this - as in, I‘m on page 10 - and it‘s already doing me in 😕

Weaponxgirl I‘ve tried this a couple of times and have just forgotten to carry on. I find Virginia Woolf fiction so hard to read which always disappoints me as she sounds like the sort of author I would normally love. 6mo
enidkeaner This is the third Woolf I‘ve read and think she‘s probably going to be an author I want to love but don‘t. I did like Mrs. Dalloway but everything else has been rough. 6mo
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The more I read Maggie O‘Farrell‘s work, the more I like her and the more I want to read her work.
One reason I enjoy O‘Farrell‘s work so much is because her prose is so simple and yet, so incredibly evocative. Her prose is so clear and still so beautiful. Unlike so many writers, there‘s no pretension in the way she writes. There‘s an honesty in her work - there‘s no tricks or bells and whistles. Just good, clean, and clear writing.

merelybookish I don't like that cover but I trust your judgement so stacked. ,🙂 6mo
enidkeaner @merelybookish I actually don‘t like the cover either but I really enjoy the author so I had to read it. It‘s not her best, but I liked it all the same. I hope you enjoy! 6mo
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Shafak also has a lot going on here - secularism vs. Islamicism in modern Turkey, the roles of women, the fall out of 9/11, faith and religion, etc. I‘m not sure any of the topics really get their due.

I did enjoy “Three Daughters of Eve”, however, I just think there‘s something missing.

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Zitkala-Sa‘s work raisesthe question of the reconciliation of Native and white cultures. Zitkala-Sa was raised on a Sioux reservation and educated at white run boarding schools which emphasizes assimilation. Rather than forget her culture, Zitkala-Sa fought for the rights of Native Americans. Many of the stories are somewhat autobiographical. For me, it‘s the non-fiction works that pack the most punch.

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This book is exhilarating, illuminating and, quite frankly, needs to be required reading for every single American. In these essays, Coates doesn‘t just discuss the feelings of being black in America, but the hard, stone cold facts of the subjugation of blacks in this country. Coates tracks how we got to the point we are now: to the presidency of a man Coates refers to as ‘the first white president‘ and our own American tragedy.

Notafraidofwords This book is excellent 6mo
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Friday Black | NANA KWAME. ADJEI-BRENYAH
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Why do I keep reading short story collection? I know that, on the whole, short stories do not work for me. And then I went and read a sci-fi/fantasy collection, knowing that don‘t care for those genres. Adjei-Brenyah is super talented and these stories are well written. I still didn‘t enjoy this read. But I rate this as a pick because I liked a few stories and he really, really is talented.

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White Teeth | Zadie Smith
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This is deliciously, gloriously zany, organized chaos with delightfully hilarious characters. As much as I enjoyed White Teeth, it‘s not a 4 star read or a favorite. Had it been my first experience with Zadie, it would have been. White Teeth is nearly 20 years old and for me, I find that Zadie‘s subsequent novels really don‘t live up to White Teeth. It‘s like all that delightfulness went...somewhere.

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The Dew Breaker | Edwidge Danticat
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The Dew Breaker is a series of short stories which can also function as a complete novel - the collection centers on a man, a “dew breaker” originally from Haiti where he commuted monstrous acts in support of the government. The stories aren‘t just about him, but are told from the point of view of others around him - family members, victims, the loved ones of his victims, etc.

The dexterity here is truly amazing and it is unputdownable.

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Brittney Cooper is my spirit animal, for real. This book needs to be read and savored. She drops so much truth.

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Family Monopoly night is not going well for a few folks 😂
We actually started playing on Sunday and after playing for 2.5 hours, put it on hold til today. We‘ve been playing for 2 hours today!

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The Possessions | Sara Flannery Murphy
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This book renews my commitment to DNFing. Worst book I‘ve had the displeasure of reading in since Red Queen back in 2017.

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Go, Went, Gone | Jenny Erpenbeck
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This book is truly, incandescently wonderful. Despite not being the main character, the refugees were all strong and true with stories and pasts and voices of their own. Also, the lack of quotation marks didn‘t make me want to hurl the book across the room as it usually does, so this must be true literary love.

#readtheworld - #germany
#mountTBR

candority I picked this up at a library book sale, despite knowing nothing about it. I‘m glad to hear that you enjoyed it! 7mo
enidkeaner @candority I hope you love it as much as I did! 7mo
BarbaraBB I loved this book. One of my few five star reads last year! 7mo
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Red Queen | Victoria Aveyard

Someone mentioned this today, and I swear I had a flashback to this reading experience - hands down one of the most awful books I have ever had the displeasure of reading

Kboltz Couldn‘t finish it! 6mo
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Kitchen | Banana Yoshimoto
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Kitchen is about a young woman who, after her grandmother‘s death, moves into an apartment belonging to a friend and his mother. Both Kitchen and Moonlight Serenade, the companion story, are both about the aftermath of loss. They‘re both beautifully melancholy and a little strange, though I think I liked Moonlight Serenade more.

#MountTBR

Emilymdxn This is one of my favourite novels ever! 8mo
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I didn‘t love it as much as The Gentleman‘s Guide, but it was still tons of fun!

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Y‘all, this is why I love Tana French, even though I don‘t really like crime fiction. She crafts passages like that, while crafting really well thought out mysteries.

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I just couldn‘t get into it at first and couldn‘t bail as I was using it for a grad school paper, but like 200 pages from the end, I really started to enjoy this! It was delightful 😁

merelybookish I read it years ago (also for grad school). I don't remember a thing although I liked it. I remember thinking she deserved to be a bit more known and that you could see how she might have influenced Austen. 8mo
enidkeaner @merelybookish I felt the same way! I hate how many female authors seem to be lost to history. 8mo
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This didn‘t work for me. I found it utterly boring and it makes me actively not want to read anything else Desai writes/has written.

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Roxane did a great job of curating this collection as the folks represented here are varied - white and non white, straight and queer, men and women, trans and cisgendered. It‘s well crafted and the essays are well written. It‘s just so rage inducing and sort of makes me want to go on a murderous rampage. This is a very important read. The truly heartbreaking thing is that it‘s unlikely to be read by those who need to read it the most.

Weaponxgirl I‘ve had this book for a while now. I love Roxane gay and know that it will be an important read but I just haven‘t been able to bring myself to read it yet as I know I‘ll be an angry emotional mess at the end. 8mo
enidkeaner @Weaponxgirl it‘s a great collection but it‘s draining. You‘ll definitely be angry but I remember feeling so proud of each writer for coming through the trauma. 8mo
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The Possessions | Sara Flannery Murphy

So far, I‘m not enjoying this and I‘m like halfway through...

enidkeaner @BookishMarginalia I probably should but I hate bailing, especially on books I actually own! I‘ve had a couple of experiences where I ended up enjoying a book by the end and I‘m always afraid of possibly missing that. 8mo
BookishMarginalia True. Skim? 8mo
enidkeaner That‘s my plan! 😁 8mo
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This was “eh” to me and a disappointment. It‘s a fine book. It‘s fine. But it was incredibly underwhelming. The buzz this had was insane and made me think it was going to be amazing. It‘s not as clever as everyone says either and kind of reminded me of a YA novel, which it‘s not. Reminder number 492928 not to listen to hype.

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Artemis | Andy Weir
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I didn‘t hate it & didn‘t feel like it was a waste of my time, which, when it comes to sci-fi, is about all I can ask. Yes, Jazz feels exactly like a female character written by a man to be a “Not Like The Girls” female character and Weir ought to be taken to task for that, but again, I didn‘t feel like it was a waste of my life, so I‘m calling it a halfway win.

#MountTBR

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I really loved this book and it was a total 4 star read for me. It‘s so lovely that even the flaws aren‘t that bad. It could have been about 100 or so page shorter - I didn‘t care. I liked this book so much that I handwaved all the things that would usually knock a book down in my estimation. This is also, I think, one of the only books where I want a book about every side character. This book was that good.

#MountTBR

AmyG Hahahaha. I didn‘t think it was long enough! 9mo
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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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Vox is my most disappointing read of the year. I‘m not bothered by the portrayal of Christians - if we get here, the Religious Right‘s taking us there. I‘m bothered by how neatly things progress in the world of the novel, how thinly the characters are drawn and how the showdown is over so very, very quickly. There‘s no subtlety. It also irritates me beyond belief that a novel as feminist as this wants to be has a guy save the day and the heroine.

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#friyayinto
@howjessreads

1. Visit Iceland! But first, I‘d need to renew my passport...
2. Finally going to the movies to see Widows, cleaning, reading and being lazy. Maybe do the laundry?
3. Sugar cookies! I love those awful things 😁
4. Not That Bad. It‘s horrifying.
5. @Emilymdxn

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Sanshiro | Natsume Soseki
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I‘m still trucking along (slowly) on my Read The World challenge. I read this for Japan.

I finished Shanshiro ages ago - like, back in July ages ago. While the events concern his navigation of the university and his studies, other students, and love, it‘s really a novel about cultural change and commentary on Meiji-era Japanese society.

As with most books I enjoy, Shanshiro makes me want to read more of Natsume‘s work.

#MountTBR
#Japan

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My hundredth book of the year!
My #MountTBR challenge is also complete for the year. I wanted to read 36 books that I owned on 12/31 of 2017 and I did. Didn‘t really help as I just purchased a bunch of new books but oh well...

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Rashomon and Other Stories | Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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In general, I‘m not a short story person. I always end up feeling like I‘m not actually invested in what‘s happening.

Here, I felt completely satisfied with each story, sort of like when you have a bite of some supremely good cake that‘s so amazing, you really don‘t even feel the need for another bite. My favorite stories were In a Grove (which is actually the story the film Rashomon is based on), The Martyr and The Dragon.

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Power | Naomi Alderman
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This struck me oddly. It‘s not that didn‘t like it. I do, but I kept would women really do this? It was hard for me to think that women would so easily turn into tormentors. But then - What is effect of centuries of misuse, abuse, and disdain when one group suddenly gets the ability to equalize their situations? Would it go the way it does in here with the men feeling they need protection from women? Would we become monsters?

#MountTBR

Cinfhen Nice review! 10mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s so thought provoking isn‘t it? That‘s what I loved about it. And that ending was so great! 10mo
enidkeaner @Cinfhen thank you! 10mo
enidkeaner @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I feel like I could talk about it for ages. At first, I wasn‘t sure about the framing device but the more I think about it, I think it might be necessary 10mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @enidkeaner Yes, I felt the same way. In the beginning you are a bit confused by what‘s going on, and the initial set-up, but after thinking about it for awhile afterward, I can see why she did it that way. Even when they opt to reset the whole time frame, so there isn‘t that revenge feeling for the woman, it‘s interesting to reread the ending & beginning to see how things might have developed on the flip side if woman had always been “in charge” 10mo
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This book is everything and is a 5 star read for me. It traces the history of Brazil from 1500 to 2001 through a family‘s women. It‘s not a particularly long read - it‘s just a bit over 300 pages - and it‘s a breeze to get through, but it‘s stunning. I already know that I consider it to be one of the best books I‘ve ever read, period.

#readtheworld - #Brazil

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The novel is really a collection of short stories about the Garcias and, for me, at least they don‘t really make a satisfying whole. That‘s not to say that the novel isn‘t good - it is and Alvarez is really, really good at drawing her characters. But some stories don‘t go on for long enough, some aren‘t as interesting as the others. The ones that sing really, really really do sing and the Garcia family is seriously wonderful.

Meglet I definitely relate to this assessment! I‘ve read novels like this, where in isolated parts, they‘re beautiful, which almost makes the inconsistent whole more disappointing. 10mo
enidkeaner @Meglet exactly! It makes me wonder how wonderful it could have been if the novel was more connected. 10mo
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I‘m actually 32! I assume choosing the Harry Potter book set is responsible for this 😂

Emilymdxn I got 32 and I‘m 22! We‘re opposites! I think I chose mostly quite neutral, age-stereotype free things so I‘m interested in what it thought of me. I don‘t have a lot of age related stereotypes for white shelves and Tolkien...? 10mo
enidkeaner @Emilymdxn that‘s so funny! I actually also chose the white shelves and though it would get me some what close to my actual age. And now that I think about it - I‘m not sure if the Potter books are what made them think I‘m younger than I am - I was 11 when the first one was released and they were such a huge part of my adolescence il that I‘ll never let them go no matter how old I get! Thank m just so curious as to how these questions decided! 10mo
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Faith Fox | Jane Gardam
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This book begins and ends in Faith‘s infancy and is more about the motley crew around her than it is about her. This is really a book about people who reach a crossroads and are having to make decisions about who they really are and what they really want. Faith‘s birth (and her mother‘s death) is simply the fork in those roads. It‘s a classic English farce and it‘s a glory and I want to read everything Jane Gardam has written.

#192019 - #1996

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The Dud Avocado | Elaine Dundy
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This book isn‘t plot heavy - if you read this for a tightly plotted story, you will be incredibly disappointed. It‘s is more a loosely constructed series of scenarios about a young woman living it up in Paris at the end of the 1950s with absolutely no concerns for the future, consequences or anything else. The writing is clever, droll, and sparkling - it doesn‘t even matter at things get a little too crazy to be believed!

#192019 - #1958

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It‘s a story of misery, the death of hope and uncertainty. It‘s a young woman‘s (Macabéa) story told through lense of the narration of a man. The book is all of 80 pages long, including the introduction and the translator‘s note and it made my head hurt, to be perfectly honest. Here, Lispector is dizzying and bewildering. But I suppose it‘s a good thing, because I‘m intrigued.

Notafraidofwords I wrote an entire college paper on this book. It‘s in my house somewhere. 11mo
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Burmese Days | George Orwell
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Yes, this was just a tad unsubtle but a white guy, in the 1930s, who understood imperialism was harmful and actively wrote against it? I‘m in love.

#192019 - #1934

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Reading challenge complete and this was the 85th book. I wanted to love this so, so much more than I did.

britt_brooke Congratulations on meeting - and exceeding - your goal! 12mo
enidkeaner @britt_brooke thank you! 12mo
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Young Once | Patrick Modiano
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I enjoyed the book in general - it‘s a slow, kind of haunting mediation on the randomness of life events and how we get to become what and who we are. It‘s feels quite languid. I usually like my languid works to have a bit of a dreamy quality to them and this does not. It feels a bit harsh and melancholy. Young Once is still a 3 star read for me - there‘s something here to appreciate.

#readtheworld - #france
#192019 - #1981

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This totally did not work for me. I wanted to enjoy it - I really enjoyed Han Kang‘s Human Acts. I really, really didn‘t enjoy this. It‘s pretty short but it was a slog for me. I found it strange and odd, but not in the way that makes me want to keep going and find out more. It was off putting. That and I just really didn‘t care what was happening. I found it boring, which, considering what happens in the novel, was odd.

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I wanted so badly to like this but it just did not work for me at all

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Fever Dream | Samanta Schweblin
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I‘m still chugging in my challenge to the read the word. For Argentina, I decided to read Fever Dream. It‘s quite a short little novel and title is apt as a fever dream is exactly what this novel feels like. It‘s discomforting, weird and kind of foreboding; it‘s trippy and strange and urgent and I‘m not sure if I liked it, but I know I admire it.

#readtheworld - #argentina

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Iza's Ballad | Magda Szabo
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Magda Szabo‘s “Iza‘s Ballad” was my Hungarian pick for my Read the World challenge. The novel concerns the relationship between Iza and her mother, whom Iza brings to live with her in the city following her father‘s death. It‘s not only the push-pull between mother and daughter explored but also that between urban/rural, young/old and modernity/stagnation. Szabo is absolutely a writer I‘ll return to.

#192019 - #1963 - #Hungary #readtheworld

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Homage to Catalonia | George Orwell
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On July 4th, probably because I spent the day despairing what my country has become, I decided I will read at least one book by an author from every country in the world. I kicked this off with Homage to Catalonia as my UK entry.

I‘m not going backwards and using books I‘ve already read to complete this. My plan is to sort of take my time with this and weave it in and out of my “normal” reading and TBR list. I think that will make me savor it.