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sisilia

Joined May 2016

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Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
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5⭐️ This is the best memoir I‘ve ever read. Zweig grew up in the glorious golden age of Vienna, and he had to experience the horror of both world wars 😰 It is another version of War and Peace, an important book that must be read by everyone; a good reminder about our lost world, and the forces behind it

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5⭐️ This novel looks super intimidating given its size, but it‘s worth the effort. I like the war part better, especially the battle of Borodino. The peace part is interesting as Tolstoy shares a glimpse of the life of Russian aristocrats. It‘s the one book that I‘d bring with me if I were to be alone on an island. I can see myself rereading this again and again 🤘🏻

batsy Well done and nice photo! I'm hoping to tackle this next year 🤞🏾 2w
sisilia @batsy Yay! Get the Anthony Briggs translation. It‘s great! 2w
batsy @sisilia Thanks for the rec; I've seen quite a lot of praise for the Briggs version! 2w
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Cathythoughts Well done & what a great result.. you make me want to read it 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
sisilia @Cathythoughts Go for it, Cathy! 😆 It‘s tedious but it‘s just like reading 4 books one after another 😬 2w
Cathythoughts Thanks for the encouragement! I have the book , not sure I have the stamina .. one day 😁🤞🏻 2w
IuliaC Nice review and photo of this great classic! 👍 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Congratulations! 👏 Agree with @IuliaC ! 👌 2w
arubabookwoman I've read War & Peace twice. The 1st time as a teenager, I liked the peace (love) parts better, and (probably) skimmed some of the war parts. I reread it 4 or 5 years ago & liked the war parts better. No question it's a masterpiece! (And now I want to reread Anna Karelian, long overdue. Maybe 2023...) 2w
sisilia @arubabookwoman It‘s interesting how we like different thing from the same book, depending on when at our lifestage we read it. I was telling my bookclub yesterday that I would have certainly hated WP if I were to read it when I was a teenager 1w
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batsy 😂😂 3w
JessClark78 😂 3w
LeahBergen 😆😆 3w
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Divorcing | Susan Taubes
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2.5⭐️ I dislike experimental story where dream overlaps with reality. It‘s so confusing! Susan Taubes covers the theme of divorcing in pretty much everything in the protagonist Sophie Blind: a divorce from her husband, her parents‘ divorce, a divorce from her home country, a divorce from life! The bookcub didn‘t like it, either. Avg 2.7⭐️ The only consolation is that Taubes changed to the conventional story-telling in the second half of the novel

Lindy Silver lining: book group to commiserate over a disappointing book 😊 4w
sisilia @Lindy It‘s the best part about a bookclub 😃 I always look forward to the discussion (edited) 4w
Lindy @sisilia Me too 4w
Reggie And yet, you have somehow convinced me to stack this. 3w
sisilia Hahaha maybe you‘ll love it @Reggie 3w
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Divorcing | Susan Taubes
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I have about 50 more pages to the end! Must finish this for my IRL bookclub meeting this afternoon 🥴 Too modern for me; it‘s in the same group as Renata Adler and Elizabeth Hardwick

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Progress report. Out of the battle of Borodino, I‘m now inside the abandoned Moscow.

I just passed the 1000 page mark, and I think it‘s amazing that I have not encountered one boring part in this novel. This is the best $22 I‘ve spent on a book!

EvieBee Yay! Congrats. 1mo
TrishB Wow 😯 1mo
Cathythoughts That is amazing 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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LeeRHarry Great effort! 😊 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👏💪 1mo
TheSpineView Wow! That is one I have not attempted. Kudos to you! 1mo
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I‘m inside the Battle of Borodino now 🙀 I can literally hear the poof poof and the boom boom of the cannons. God bless us all, let there be no more wars on this earth!

BookishTrish I got to go to a reenactment of this battle once when I was in Borodino! 1mo
sisilia @BookishTrish Wow, that‘s awesome 😃 Tolstoy told it really well, it felt like I was in the middle of it 1mo
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I saw this game on Facebook. If any of my favorite authors replied me, I‘d freak out. Most (maybe all?) of them are deceased ⚰️🕊

merelybookish Hearing from a deceased author would definitely freak me out. 😁 1mo
Tera0707 Yes! Lars Kepler responded to my comment on Instagram. I definitely turned into a fangirl for about ten seconds lol 1mo
Reggie Lol 1mo
TrishB 😂😂 1mo
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Cuteness alert! I just uploaded this cute series on my online store.. soooo bookish, so introvert 🥳 The link is here: https://philosophia.sg/collections/watashi-biyori

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How to even pronounce this?! 😆

Branwen I'd just go with Mr. Z. 🤣😂🤣😂 1mo
marleed Zee Doctor Zee Hinsky :) 1mo
Crazeedi Very interesting, I knew people with last names similar 1mo
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sisilia @Branwen Yes, I formed a Z in mind and that‘s it hahaha 1mo
sisilia @marleed Bwahahahaha 1mo
sisilia @Crazeedi Packed with consonants 🤪 1mo
Hooked_on_books I‘ve always joked that the vowel fairy tripped and fell over Hawaii and had no vowels left for Eastern Europe. 😬 1mo
sisilia @Hooked_on_books Hahaha that‘s a good one! 😅 1mo
julesG @marleed 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
julesG I don't speak Polish. I had a bit of Russian though. Anyway. I'd probably go with something like "Sh-drrr-shinsky". And I'm well aware that that might be utterly wrong. 1mo
sisilia @julesG 😆 1mo
julesG And I only now realised it's War and Peace and therefore a Russian name and not a Polish one. It looked Polish to me. 😬 1mo
Cathythoughts What a tongue twister 😬 .. and yet slips off the Russian tongue … 1mo
Simona In my language pronunciation is Zdržinski 😘 1mo
LeahBergen Happy, happy birthday!! ❤️📚❤️📚 1mo
batsy Happy birthday! 🎂📚💕 1mo
sisilia Thank you @LeahBergen @batsy 😘🥰 1mo
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Just finished Volume II 🥳

Leftcoastzen Crap , war & peace is as long as war & peace!😀 1mo
sisilia @Leftcoastzen 😅 It‘s so looonggggg 1mo
Leftcoastzen This one about killed me but ultimately loved it .I had to go to page minimum per day to finish 1mo
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Reggie I am in awe of you! 1mo
Cathythoughts You are doing brilliantly 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Wow. Well done. 🥂 1mo
Gissy You are so brave! You can do it, you can finish that beast (book) ☺️💪 (edited) 1mo
batsy 💪🏽 1mo
slategreyskies Wow! I‘ve been meaning to read this! Keep going! You‘re doing great!! :) 1mo
sisilia @Leftcoastzen I couldn‘t get into Anna Karenina. I will probably give it a try again🤞🏻War and Peace is definitely more enjoyable than AK 1mo
sisilia @Reggie @Cathythoughts @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Gissy @batsy Thank you! It feels like reading 4 books one after another 😆 1mo
sisilia @slategreyskies Ooohh, dont let the chonkiness discourage you, it‘s super readable 😃I recommend the Anthony Briggs translation💕 1mo
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South Riding | Winifred Holtby
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Two titles, the same cover art 🤩 I hope to read South Riding next year 🤞🏻

LeahBergen Yes, I‘ve had it on my shelves for a couple of years. 😬 1mo
sisilia @LeahBergen 😬😬😬 1mo
Cathythoughts I have this one too … it‘s very long , one of these days 🤞🏻 1mo
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sisilia Oohh good to hear @Cathythoughts I love chunky books 😅 1mo
batsy I loved both! But love SR a wee bit more. 1mo
sisilia @batsy Wow, now I‘m super intrigued haha.. 1mo
quietjenn It's been years since I read it, but I remember loving South Riding so much. 1mo
rabbitprincess Loooove South Riding, although I think at least part of my affection comes from David Morrissey playing the male lead in the miniseries 😂🥰 1mo
sisilia @quietjenn @rabbitprincess 🥰 I‘m so looking forward to this, and I will definitely check out the miniseries 1mo
DivineDiana Well, that is unimaginative! 🤔 1mo
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wanderinglynn 😆😆😆 2mo
BiblioLitten 😄😄😄 2mo
julesG 😂😂😂 2mo
batsy 🤣 2mo
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Slow progress 🐌🐌🐌

Dilara You've read the first third: that's good! 👍 2mo
Amiable Slow and steady wins the race … and finishes the book! 😀 2mo
Cathythoughts It‘s not a sprint , it‘s a marathon… ( my husband‘s fave saying ) ….. Well done 👏🏻 👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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JacqMac I‘m working my way through this one, too. It‘s going very slowly. lol 2mo
kplovesbooks It took me like 6 months to read that one. I couldn't go straight through without taking some breaks and reading other stuff. 🤷😂 2mo
Suet624 I‘m sooo impressed. Good for you. 2mo
sisilia @Dilara I didn‘t realize that 😅 It‘s very encouraging to see it that way 2mo
sisilia @Amiable Indeed! 🐢 W&P is best to be read slowly, I think, especially when it gets philosophical 2mo
sisilia @Cathythoughts Your husband‘s right 😃 2mo
sisilia @JacqMac Are you doing it for a buddy-read? I think there‘s a buddy-read going on somewhere. I‘m reading this for my book club meeting next month. Fingers crossed I can finish it by then 2mo
sisilia @kplovesbooks That‘s great, though! Did you like it? 2mo
sisilia Thank you @Suet624 It feels like reading 4 books, one after another 😅 2mo
JacqMac I‘m reading it on my own. I was hoping to finish by the end of the year, but it isn‘t looking likely. lol 2mo
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I‘m enjoying the battle scene in War and Peace. I can now understand why Stalingrad/Life and Fate are the modern version of War and Peace 🥰 Tolstoy and Grossman are both excellent writers. I‘m so happy that I get to read their works 💕

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🤣 OK, I‘m dedicating the rest of October solely for War and Peace. I‘m actually enjoying it now

julesG You are a hero! I could not finish this. It was just sooooo looooong. And all those Russian names. 😩😩 2mo
sisilia @julesG It requires patience, indeed. I wrote down all the names so that I keep referring back, and that helps 😁 I thought I would be overwhelmed but Tolstoy did a good job engaging all the characters 2mo
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A month ago I signed up for a course on psychotherapy and counselling, and these are my immediate TBR 🤣

A major disruption to my existing reading projects 😅

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Frasier: Screenplay | Chris Unger
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Enjoying my favorite show 😄 Any fans here?

Catsandbooks Great show! 2mo
slategreyskies Ah, I used to love this show! I haven‘t seen it in years. I loved Niles. 💕 2mo
sisilia @slategreyskies He‘s my favorite character. Frasier is a rare gem; excellent writing, brilliant acting 2mo
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Cathythoughts Absolutely a fan 👍🏻❤️ must watch again sometime 2mo
CarolynM Yep, absolutely love it, especially the episodes written by Joe Keenan. 2mo
batsy Yep! Probably the only TV show that my dad and the rest of us could agree on (he was super picky about his TV 😆) 2mo
sisilia @CarolynM The Ski Lodge is one of my favorite episodes. Smart and funny! 2mo
sisilia @Cathythoughts Yes 😃 It‘s so fun to watch 2mo
sisilia @batsy Haha my Dad doesn‘t usually watch American sitcoms but I remember he waited for each episode with anticipation 2mo
CarolynM Yes that's a favourite, along with Agents in America Part 3 (I love Bebe) and Dad Loves Sherry, the Boys Just Whine 2mo
sisilia @CarolynM 🤣 and Ham Radio! I got myself a “Nightmare Inn” tshirt and I love it! Here‘s the link https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/listing/686360135/witty-1990s-90s-tv-comedy-frasier (edited) 2mo
Jadams1776 Love it! 2mo
Tamra So witty! 2mo
LibrarianRyan There has been rumors of it coming back. 2mo
mrsmarch One of my guilty pleasures! 2mo
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"A" is for Alibi | Sue Grafton
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Unbelievable!!! This was posted by Sue Grafton‘s daughter on her Facebook page. Sue was vehemently against this.

“I will never sell [Kinsey] to Hollywood,” the outspoken Grafton said in a 1997 interview. “And, I have made my children promise not to sell her. We‘ve taken a blood oath, and if they do so I will come back from the grave: which they know I can do.👇🏻

sisilia They‘re going to have to pass the word on to my grandchildren: we do not sell out our grandma. I just will not let them touch her. I‘ve trashed other writers, I‘m not gonna let them have a crack at me.” (edited) 2mo
sisilia Her daughter also acknowledged this after her death. And now they are doing this. Sue‘s husband is the executive producer! 🤦🏻‍♀️ Wow!!! 🤯 2mo
vivastory I saw this & I had the same thought. It's pretty disheartening. She couldn't have possibly been any more adamant in her opposition to this. 2mo
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sisilia @vivastory It‘s very sad. It also shows how $$$ can move mountain 😑 2mo
vivastory Unfortunately. As though the family already didn't have enough money from her estate🙄 2mo
Bookwormjillk Ugh. But at least they‘re not writing a ‘Z‘ book. 2mo
sisilia @Bookwormjillk I‘m so glad they didn‘t hire a ghostwriter 2mo
Hooked_on_books That‘s so upsetting! Interesting that the family talked themselves into directly thwarting her wishes. 2mo
sisilia @Hooked_on_books Indeed. The fans are mostly upset with this direction 2mo
Susanita I have very mixed feelings! 2mo
Bookzombie I‘m late to this convo, but I was disappointed to hear this, especially since she was so adamant about it. 2mo
sisilia @Bookzombie Yeah, the fans are more protective of her wishes. I don‘t want to watch the TV series; I‘d like to preserve my imagination of Kinsey and the vintage set up of the alphabet series 2mo
Bookzombie I feel the same way! 2mo
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I believe in this, too 🥰

Leftcoastzen Nice line. 2mo
IuliaC Me too, such a good line 2mo
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I need to read for school, but Zweig‘s also calling me 😪

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Happy weekend, all! 🥳

Liz_M Lovely painting! 2mo
Suet624 She needs a pillow or two. 2mo
Libby1 Beautiful! 2mo
Gissy 😍❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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Beware of Pity | Stefan Zweig, Trevor Blewitt
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Zweig appreciation post 🥰 “In the 1920s and 1930s Stefan Zweig was an immensely popular writer, a man who had to barricade himself in his house in Salzburg in order to avoid the fans lurking around his property in the hope of waylaying him. According to his publisher, he was the most widely translated author in the world. Today, while he is still read in Germany and also in France, his name is barely known to the average Anglophone reader.” 💕

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Beware of Pity | Stefan Zweig, Trevor Blewitt
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5⭐️ An absolute perfection from Zweig! I call this novel “the book of emotional conflicts” 😅 as Zweig shares his insights into human nature through the depiction of pity. I love how he describes the thoughts and feelings of the characters (especially Hofmiller) so comprehensibly. I wonder if he had a lively discussion with Freud on this topic 🥸

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Fortnight in September | R C Sherriff
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4⭐️ I really appreciate this novel for giving me the chance to go for a holiday with the Stevenses. I like how we are not just being presented with a typical holiday story; we get to know each member of the family, too. The anxiety, the unhappiness (and happiness), the solitude, the loneliness, etc — pretty much all the familiar emotions. This makes the novel very relatable to those with mundane, normal lives

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Just finished Beware of Pity, and I want to read another Zweig

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Storm | George R. Stewart
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Just arrived. Thank you so much @BarbaraBB 🥰💕

BarbaraBB That was so fast!! I hope you‘ll enjoy it! 🤍 2mo
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Our set up for today‘s meetup

kspenmoll Love the cover! 2mo
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Reading date with Jen. We are together in the Chunkster Book Club, and we are reading War and Peace

Cathythoughts Lovely pic 💕 2mo
merelybookish Great pic and I love the Woodstock bag. 🙂 2mo
Tamra So fun! 2mo
Nute Lovely photo! Wonderful to see reading friends!💕 2mo
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Beware of Pity | Stefan Zweig, Trevor Blewitt
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Taking a break from War and Peace, and started this book. I love Zweig 💕 and I‘m eager to find out what this book is all about. The title itself is intriguing

Cathythoughts The title is indeed intriguing 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
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Another one that caught my attention. Has anyone read this? Is it any good?

DivineDiana No, but it looks like a fun read! 3mo
sisilia @DivineDiana Indeed 😄 I‘ll save it for Christmas (hoping for no lockdown this Christmas🤞🏻) 3mo
DivineDiana Aren‘t we all! 🤞🏻 3mo
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Avanders No but I enjoy the Hannah Swenson mysteries — even the Hallmark channel version! 3mo
Cathythoughts Great cover 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 3mo
sisilia @Avanders Good to know that 😃 Now am getting more curious haha 3mo
sisilia @Cathythoughts It‘s cute, isn‘t it? This will be that book that I picked because of the cover alone 😛 3mo
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Saw this at the library today. I didn‘t know that he writes 😆

Suet624 I enjoyed one of his a lot - 3mo
sisilia @Suet624 Oohh and it‘s about sports! Intriguing 😍 3mo
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Not book related. I just want to share this to all the anxious souls out there. You will be fine 💕

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Just started this super chonky book 🦾 It‘s surprisingly easy to read! I think I picked the right translation for me (Anthony Briggs)

EvieBee Good to know! Makes me feel like it‘s doable. 3mo
Cathythoughts Well done !! You are up & running 👍🏻❤️ Every time I see this book I feel guilty.. it was my chunkster challenge this year.. all my challenges have gone by the wayside 🙄 3mo
EvieBee @Cathythoughts Same for me for the last 4 years lol! The only ones I actually conquered were Middlemarch and Anna Karenina. Loved both! 3mo
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Cathythoughts @EvieBee That‘s good going 👏🏻👏🏻😁 3mo
melissajayne Once I got going, it was a super easy read, as the book really only concentrate on a few characters; it‘s the secondary characters that are the annoyance. I also found watching the Lily James/Paul Dano miniseries really helpful in understanding the book. 3mo
sisilia @melissajayne Oh thank you for the tips. I have that BBC series; i‘m thinking of keeping it for after I finish reading 🥰 3mo
sisilia @EvieBee @Cathythoughts I just finished Volume I and I want to read more. This translation is so readable… phew!! I think it‘s much much better than Anna Karenina (I tried Anna 3x but nope, I kept DNF-ing) 3mo
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Fortnight in September | R C Sherriff
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Really enjoying this book 🥰 With just a fortnight left in September, I urge you to read this lovely novel, spending quality time with the Stevenses

LeslieO Sounds lovely. And what a beautiful cover! 3mo
sisilia @LeslieO I keep looking at it 😆 3mo
LeslieO @sisilia I just started Florence Adler Swims Forever and it has a similar cover. Features a women in a red suit and swim cap! 3mo
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sisilia @LeslieO I just googled it. How interesting 😍 3mo
LeslieO @sisilia So since I have Amazon point so I just bought it! Thanks for the recommendation! 3mo
sisilia @LeslieO Lovely! I hope you‘ll enjoy it as much as I do 🥰 3mo
Tamra I just ordered it! ☺️ 3mo
EvieBee Me too! 3mo
BarbaraBB This book has just been “rediscovered” in my country thanks to a Dutch translation. So I bought a copy. Looking forward to it! 3mo
sisilia @BarbaraBB That‘s great! I want to see the cover design 😍 3mo
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Basti | Inti??r ?usain
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1.5⭐️ I read this for the IRL NYRB Bookclub in Singapore. The historical background (partition of India) was what enticed me to pick this, but oh boy, it was a chore to finish this book. I have so many problems with it: 1. Random character drops and not developed properly 2. Mixing first person and third person POV 3. Bad translation that makes the narration wonky 😫 I‘m just glad that it was over

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Fortnight in September | R C Sherriff
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Just arrived! I waited for this edition because of the cover 😍 Simply gorgeous!

DivineDiana And the perfect time to read it! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 3mo
MidnightBookGirl Love that cover! 3mo
batsy I've heard so many good things about this! 3mo
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Tamra That is a fantastic cover! 3mo
AlaMich Just put this beauty in my cart! 3mo
quietjenn Yep! I started reading the ebook I got awhile ago and pretty much decided to wait and buy this edition (although I liked what I read of it). 3mo
LeahBergen I adored this book! ❤️❤️ 3mo
sisilia @DivineDiana Yes, arrived in time for this month‘s read 🥰 3mo
sisilia @MidnightBookGirl @batsy @Tamra @AlaMich @quietjenn @LeahBergen I‘m enjoying the story so far, and of course I keep looking at the cover 😅 It makes me miss Bali soooo much 3mo
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Swallowing Mercury | Wioletta Greg, Eliza Marciniak
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3⭐️ A collection of short stories about Wioletta‘s childhood in 1980s Poland. It‘s dark and quirky, with a dash of sexual tension. Totally different from my childhood, I must say.

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Madame Bovary | Gustave Flaubert
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This made me LOL 😂 I love how witty (and sometimes mad!) the writing of this darling sitcom

Lindy 😂 3mo
CoveredInRust Omg i just got the whole series and have been rewatching it! It's so great! 😃😃 3mo
TheSpineView 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
sisilia @CoveredInRust 🙌🏻 I‘m watching Season 5 now. It‘s super entertaining 💕 3mo
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When reading slump hits….

Credit: Pinterest

Cathythoughts I hope reading slump disappears as fast as it came 👍🏻❤️ 3mo
sisilia Thank you @Cathythoughts I haven‘t read anything for one full week 😑 3mo
MicheleinPhilly I‘m in the same position. It‘s very disheartening. 😕 3mo
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Leftcoastzen I‘m in a slump too. A patchy slump. 3mo
sisilia @MicheleinPhilly @Leftcoastzen It‘s the stars alignment!! 3mo
Megabooks I‘m sorry. ☹️ 3mo
merelybookish Boo! No fun. 3mo
MaureenMc 💗 3mo
Leftcoastzen I know things break when Mercury in retrograde, is there a stars alignment that hampers reading? 3mo
sisilia @Leftcoastzen I‘m not sure, actually 🤪 3mo
LeeRHarry Here‘s hoping the slump goes away soon 🤞 3mo
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The Bridge of Beyond | Jamaica Kincaid, Barbara Bray, Simone Schwarz-Bart
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Buddy-read with @shawnmooney 💕

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Free Day | Ins Cagnati
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4⭐️ Oh Galla, I want to give you a hug! ? She is an outsider at school and at her own home. I love Galla‘s voice as a child‘s perspective of rural poverty, solitude, violence and cruelty. Inès Cagnati disclosed enough to invoke the pain but didn‘t go that far to smash the nerves; and with that, I‘m left here in agony, thinking about Galla

shawnmooney I'm intrigued! 4mo
sisilia @shawnmooney Perfect for WIT month 4mo
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Marrow and Bone | Walter Kempowski
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We had an amazing bookclub session earlier today. Average rating of 2.95⭐️ but we spent 1.5 hours discussing war guilt, how Germany dealt with it vs Japan; women‘s role in the 80s; etc.

I recommend reading the tagged book as a follow up to Kempowski‘s “All For Nothing.”

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Marrow and Bone | Walter Kempowski
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3⭐️ The year is 1988 and three West Germans go touring to East Prussia. The novel is a historical memory, with the protagonist looking back at the paths and the damages of the WWII. “… the suffering of all creatures, the flesh lashed to the stake, the calf he had seen bound and gagged, the torture chamber in the Marienburg, the shuffling procession of mankind beneath the condemning sky. It‘s all for nothing…. And: Who‘s to blame?” 👇🏻

sisilia This is an excellent follow up to Kempowski‘s major work “All for Nothing” (also an NYRB Classics), which told a gripping story when the Soviets started the offensive to East Prussia 4mo
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Free Day | Ins Cagnati
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I just read the first two chapters, and am intrigued. What is Galla trying to tell me? #nyrbbookclub

vivastory I'm looking forward to reading this one. Planning on starting it this weekend. 4mo
sisilia @vivastory I loved it! 💕 4mo
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I‘m watching this now on Netflix. Has anyone read the book? Is it good?

Cathythoughts I havnt read the book .. but I‘ll be looking for something to watch tonight .. I hope I can get this here on Netflix 👍🏻 4mo
sisilia @Cathythoughts 🙌🏻 4mo
MartinaLove Was it a good movie? 4mo
sisilia @MartinaLove I‘m not a fan of love / affair story, so I found it quite flat 😅 4mo
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Voyage of the Beagle | Charles Darwin
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Penguin Classics is celebrating 75th anniversary, so I got myself the tagged book and Michel De Montaigne‘s Complete Essays. Kinokuniya has a promo: buy 2 and get a free tote bag. I found a bookmark and a postcard inside the bag. Yay!

charl08 Ooh, nice! 😍 4mo
Tamra So beautiful! 4mo
vivastory What a great tote bag! 4mo
LeahBergen I love that tote! 🐧 4mo
Leftcoastzen I miss that store! I used to go to SF and LA locations. 4mo
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A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens
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Frasier reads the tagged book to the Cheers patrons 😄

https://youtu.be/qA9nRB_8aFw

Cathythoughts Frasier ❤️… this takes me back 4mo
sisilia I‘m currently watching Frasier season 1 @Cathythoughts I love how funny and entertaining 90s sitcoms are 4mo
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A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens
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Next: my second Dickens

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Temptation | Jnos Szkely
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4⭐️ Bela is one tough kid. He is a fighter, and one has to fight hard to survive the poverty in inter-war Hungary. The story is sad and depressing, but Szekely delivers the social criticism that is the crux of the matter. We still see it today: the poor struggle for survival, the middle class act rich, and the rich get richer 🤷🏻‍♀️