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mmseiple

mmseiple

Joined June 2019

Spanish professor and official language nerd :) Lately my TBR pile is full of Italian books, so expect to see a lot of those!
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Il giardino dei mostri by Lorenza Pieri
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Poesie by Giovanni Pascoli, Luigi Baldacci
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Il giardino dei mostri | Lorenza Pieri
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Perfect Saturday evening for sitting outside with a book at dusk. Makes me wish there was a porch here, but the steps to my apartment building will do in a pinch!

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Poesie | Giovanni Pascoli, Luigi Baldacci
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I have the tendency to buy books of poetry and then set them aside because, well, 700 pages of 19th-century poetry is a lot. I have several such books sitting half-read on my shelf. But I‘m resolving now (not for the first time) that I will read a little of them every day to try and make some progress. Will it happen? We‘ll see.

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Not the most exotic view, but getting a little reading in between classes. I am liking this book. It is a novelized story of the author‘s family, and it really makes me want to go back in time and meet them!

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This book has been on my shelf for a while, and I‘m finally getting into it for real. I‘d picked it up and read a couple pages a few times, but I guess I needed the right moment. The title intrigued me (roughly: “family portrait with fat child”), and I love a good female-oriented family saga, so I‘m hoping it‘s good! I believe it has recently been translated into English as well, in case it piques anyone else‘s interest. : )

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Una brutta faccenda | Marco Vichi
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Taking a break on a walk to read a bit on the bridge. Love this spot, though it‘s a bit steamy out today! Prepping for classes has my brain a little overworked these days, so a good hike and a nice murder mystery are the antidote. : )

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For this literary trip to Florence, here‘s a picture from an actual trip there. : ) I liked this book. It‘s a mystery mostly interesting for its setting, 1960s Florence, and Bordelli often engages in the Florentines‘ favorite summer pastime: complaining about the heat and the mosquitoes. The other characters were perhaps more unique than the MC, especially the eccentric inventor working on ways to save rats from poison. I‘m eager to read more!

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I‘ve heard mixed reviews about this author, but I‘ve been curious about his books and they were on sale, so I figured I‘d give it a try. Plus a literary trip to 1960s Florence didn‘t sound bad. : )

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Divino amore | Stefania Bertola
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Stopping by the trail to read a bit... This is a funny, light read (I‘d call it chick lit that is in denial of the fact). Nice beach read for the middle of the woods. : )

brit91 Beautiful view! 2mo
mmseiple @brit91 It‘s a nice little spot. Last time I stopped there, there were a couple of deer hanging around nearby. : ) 1mo
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Il paese di calce | Bibi Tomasi
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Defying the weather reports that are basically saying that if you go outside today you‘ll instantly burst into flames. Hate the heat, but also hate having to stay inside all day.

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Rereading this book for the Italian Book Club I organized on #Duolingo - it‘s turning out to be a good pick! It‘s fun, but still very relevant, with lots of interesting things to talk about. Lakhous does a great job creating his characters.

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👏🏻🤗 2mo
mmseiple @Eggs Thanks! : ) 2mo
Insiberia Loved very much “Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana” when I was sixteen. Loved very much Piazza Vittorio when I lived in Rome. Thank you for the suggestion ;) 1mo
mmseiple @Insiberia Quer pasticciaccio... is great! Love the way Gadda plays with words. I just picked up L‘Adalgisa, hope it‘s good too! 1mo
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Fiori sopra l'inferno | Ilaria Tuti
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3.5/5
I feel like the concept of this book was better than the actual execution. The killer‘s story was really interesting, but the author just went overboard with the detective‘s personal drama (threat of Alzheimer‘s AND general aging woes AND a traumatic past AND etc.). The dialogue also seemed a little over the top at times. This is a debut novel, and it‘s not without promise, but it didn‘t quite do it for me.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 2mo
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Something in English for a change! : ) It‘s a little weird to read in my native language sometimes, because I forget how much faster I can read. Bought this on a whim last week, and it‘s a cute, quick read. The author does a great job capturing the narrator‘s voice - she reminded me a lot of my best friend in college. This is a sequel, and I haven‘t read the first one. It can be read alone, but beware there are definitely spoilers!

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Fiori sopra l'inferno | Ilaria Tuti
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At least the woman on the book cover looks like she‘s staying cool right now...

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ImperfectCJ Welcome to Litsy! I'm curious... what's the story behind your having many Italian books on your TBR? Do you particularly enjoy reading in Italian compared to reading in other languages? 2mo
mmseiple @ImperfectCJ I like reading in Italian! Also, it‘s a language that I don‘t get to practice in person a lot (not many Italian speakers around here), so reading is one of the ways I try to keep up with it. 2mo
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Lettere a Marina | Dacia Maraini
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“It‘s funny to realize after 40 years wearing the same shoes with the foolish disregard of one born in them that they‘re tight. They‘re a size too small and we didn‘t know it. [...] You try to take off the shoes and can no longer walk because that constriction had become part of your gait part of your style of your worldview. Likewise women with a culture made without them against them but that they still love cruelly as one loves one‘s tyrants.”

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Lettere a Marina | Dacia Maraini
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It‘s HOT back in Virginia, but it feels nice to be out walking outside (with a break for a book, obviously)!

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Lettere a Marina | Dacia Maraini
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Came back from visiting family to two new books in the mailbox! A very nice thing to discover after a loooong drive! : )

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Fiori sopra l'inferno | Ilaria Tuti
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And now for tough choices... Which book to read next? I‘m torn between the murder mystery on the left and the classic on the right. Hmm... (Had to edit because I apparently can‘t tell my left from my right. 🤦‍♀️)

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L'altra parte di me | Cristina Obber
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4/5
I wasn‘t convinced at first, but I ended up liking this book. It could‘ve been fleshed out a bit more, but it has a nice story and does a good job portraying the girls‘ struggle to find acceptance. Italian books with LGBT themes (YA or otherwise) are pretty scarse, but hopefully there will be more books like this in the future as attitudes slowly change.

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La logica della lampara | Cristina Cassar Scalia
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4/5 stars
I was a fan of this book in the end. The author is relatively new to mysteries, but has been getting a lot of attention in Italy. She‘s been compared to Camilleri, but the style seems more like Fred Vargas to me, but with a woman as the main character (yay!). Vanina Guarrasi is likeable and real, and I like that she has a backstory without it taking over the book. I look forward to the next one!

RaimeyGallant Nice review!
And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon
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mmseiple @RaimeyGallant Thank you! I appreciate the tips! : ) 3mo
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L'altra parte di me | Cristina Obber
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I‘ve been reading a lot of Italian LGBT fiction this year. Not sure what I think of this one yet, but the cat approves. :) #Italian #Italia #libri #LGBT #cats

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La logica della lampara | Cristina Cassar Scalia
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Trying out this Litsy thing... : )
Bought this book on a recent trip to Italy (in Bologna, home of the BEST bookstores). Not sure if it‘s as good as the first in the series (which was great), but it‘s still an entertaining read! #Italy #Italia #Sicilia #gialli #libri