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Joined January 2018

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It's a good book about attention economy and what you can do to free yourself from it. My only issue is with myself
Why I still have to read about it? Why can't I fix it once and for all? Sometimes I dream about just throwing away my phone and be done with it. It's so exhausting trying to manage all the distractions and failing at it again and again.

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This book was unexpectedly gentle and moving. I wouldn't picked it up if it wasn't for my book club. It's a memoir of a doctor who drove in ambulance for 7 years. He tells stories about what he witnessed without being overly dramatic. He has so much respect for everyone. It's a small book but worth reading more than once in a lifetime.

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Pawilon ma?ych ssakw | Patryk Pufelski
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It's a diary of a guy who works in a Zoo. Full of anecdotes (not only about animals). One reviewer called it 'an optimistic project' and it really is which is not so often in a diary. I really liked it. If I was to have a diary again I wish I could write it with such distance and sense of humor.

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4. New book is different genre from the last book

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'Dumbo Feather' used to be my favourite magazine but at some point I stopped reading it. Then I found it on Scribd and decided to give it another go. It is still as amazing and engaging as I remembered. I started with some back issue and will try to catch up with the newest one. My brain cells are very happy :)

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Paris Apartment | Lucy Foley
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It was my least favourite Lucy Foley's book. Something was off. But I really liked the twist near the ending and that changed my overall opinion about the book. I like the way she writes mystery novels with different points of view and unreliable narrators. This was not ideal but still I will pick the next one of hers

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Other People Manage | Ellen Hawley
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What a beautiful book. Such a unique look at a relationship. I think I'm gonna reread it a lot. It's a small book but full of life.

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3. New books title starts with the next letter in the alphabet as the first letter of the last book's title

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Icebreaker | A. L. Graziadei
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Once I started I couldn't put the book away. The depiction of struggles with depression was very good. I wish I could read a book like that as a teen. It so important to have stories that emphasise how necessary it is to talk with other people and ask for help. The only example I remember from my teenage years were characters who suffered in silence and were alone with their struggles (e.g. Holden Caulfield). So glad it is different now

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Funny book about pandemic? Apparently it's possible :) I'm not the perfect audience for post apocalyptic novels cause I often found them ubeliveble. And it would be nice to read a post apocalyptic book that is not set in US so everyone doesn't have a gun (any suggestions?).
Still this story was cute and engaging and it was fun to listen to.

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Aldrig aldrig aldrig | Linn Strmsborg
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#bookchain New book's colors are similar* to the last book
(*in original prompt I was supposed to pick complementary colors but I've remembered it wrong so let's leave it at that 😉)

It was an interesting read. It was a novel (though it read more like a memoir) about a woman who doesn't want to have children and how people around her react to that decision. It's a topic that is still rare in literature so I was glad to read it

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Fence (Fence, #1) | C.S. Pacat
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This was so entertaining. I've read all five volumes in two days and had so much fun :) hope there will be more soon

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Overstory | Richard Powers
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I can't believe I've waited 4 years to read it! Started it yesterday, I'm so excited :)

And this cover is so beautiful! I like it when polish publishers choose their own cover designs

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It's a feminist graphic memoir so I should have loved it. Yet something was off for me. It is still an important book especially for someone who's new to these issues but I found it at times a bit simplistic

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Two small children shouldn't be this hard. But I feel like I'm running on fumes. Maybe this book will give me something to hold on to

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Read a book with "The" in a title

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It wasn't exactly my cup of tea but still it was an enjoyable read.

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I'm rereading it for my book club after almost twenty years. Fortunately it's as good and as beautiful as I remember. I enjoy it so much I don't want to end! I definitely won't be waiting twenty years for another reread

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How to Do Nothing | Jenny Odell
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(This is a cover of polish edition of this book)

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It's a reread I've been waiting for :) But I'm trying something different this time. I noticed that I often speed up my reading the closer I am to the end of a book and don't pay enough attention to the last few chapters. So I decided to read this book... backwards. We'll see how it goes :)

jhod Love it! 3mo
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Knit Tight | Annabeth Albert
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After 8 hours long train ride with two little kids I was exhausted and wanted something nice and easy to read. Knit Tight was just like that. Looking at the cover (but not reading the blurb) I assumed it would be Christmas themed love story. More than halfway through I realized that wasn't the case :P but it was still cosy enough to help me unwind

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I scribbled my list for January when baby was napping. I'm curious about each of this book so can't wait to start :) I don't have much time for reading challenges this year but this one seems doable

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This book gave me a lot to think about. I've been trying to be more conscious about using screens for a few years now. I've listen to this book on audio (Johann Hari is great narrator) first and then read it on ebook to give myself more time to process everything. It was a very important read for me. I hope it will get translated so I could gift this book to friends and family.

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Anna and the Swallow Man | Gavriel Savit
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I love the first half of this book. The story feels like a grim fairytale. I'm from Poland and I really appreciated the way it was described. But near the end it stopped working for me. The twist and turns, the reality check - though maybe necessary - felt heavy handed. But I going to ignore the imperfections cause it was still a memorable read.

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How to Party with an Infant | Kaui Hart Hemmings
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Ok, so the title is misleading: there's not much partying and there are no infants, just toddlers. And there's not really a plot, just a bunch of separate stories tied up together. But still, I enjoyed it. It was really funny but not only that. There were moments of true vulnerability in these stories which weren't lessened by the humor and I appreciated that.

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How to Do Nothing | Jenny Odell
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I took time with this book. It is packed with ideas, some of which resonated with me more some I didn't care about that much, especially in the later part of the book. But it filled me with calm which I really appreciate. And her approach to deal with social media not with restraining yourself but with finding something different to focus on gave me a lot to think about. Of course it's easier said than done - but definitely something worth trying.

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I love this book! Gives me so much to think about. Now I'm nagging my husband to read it too, so we can talk it over. I even offered to read it to him :) There's so many interesting ideas I wish everyone knew about.

(on the picture polish edition of the book)

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Emily of New Moon | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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For my birthday I decided to treat myself with childhood favourite ❤️

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Dzieci z Bullerbyn | Astrid Lindgren
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This was the first book I've ever read on my own as a child so it holds special place in my heart. I decided to go back to it for some comfort and smiles. I still remember a lot of the stories and illustrations by Hanna Czajkowska. Can't wait to read it with my son!

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Mehso-so

I have mixed feelings on this one. It was a quiet story and the writing was beautiful sometimes. But my fishing vocabulary was not enough to appreciate some paragraphs. And the scene with Old Rawhide being chased and kicked followed by a line 'Suddenly, I developed a passion to kick a woman in the ass' was just awful.

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Unfamiliar Fishes | Sarah Vowell
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It's a lot of history told in a simple way. But the book doesn't have a clear structure, no distinct chapters and therefore I found it a bit confusing. And it took me ages to finish it even though it supposed to be a light read.

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Wolf Hollow | Lauren Wolk
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'Somewhere, excitement waited for me like an uncut cake' - this line made me smile. Although there is not much to smile about throughout the novel. It's beautifully written story but also a very sad one so be warned.

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The Descendants: A Novel | Kaui Hart Hemmings
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It was a surprisingly funny book! Haven't watched the movie yet but it seems that George Clooney is spot on for the main role. Definitely read this if you're planning to spend some time in Hawaii, there was a lot of nice details about the islands.

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I bought this beauty yesterday in a great bookshop Book Ends in Kailua, Oahu. It's perfect for beginners like me. Each page is dedicated to one specific bird so the photos are big and clear. Also the book is small enough to carry it in a backpack and use whenever necessary. I'm so happy to have it!

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Wolf Hollow | Lauren Wolk
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I heard recently that during anxious times reading middle grade books may bring comfort. Unfortunately the ones I picked are full of sadness and fear. But also beautiful, like this one.

(On the right - cover of polish edition)

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Man Tiger: A Novel | Eka Kurniawan
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After a week of many DNFs finnally this bookt kept my attention. Despite being short it is a slow read. But so rewarding! It has similar vibe as Marquez and beautiful langugage.
Beware of white tiger!
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This cover is so much better!

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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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First pick for my short but sweet winter holiday 😃 I've got mixed feelings. The premise of this book makes it a bit repetitive. But it seems like a quick read so I'm not giving up yet
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