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An Unnecessary Woman
An Unnecessary Woman | Rabih Alameddine
One of the Middle Easts most celebrated voices, Rabih Alameddine follows his international bestseller, The Hakawati, with an enchanting story of a book-loving, obsessive, seventy-two-year-old unnecessary woman.Aaliya Saleh lives alone in her Beirut apartment, surrounded by stockpiles of books. Godless, fatherless, childless, and divorced, Aaliya is her familys unnecessary appendage. Every year, she translates a new favorite book into Arabic, then stows it away. The thirty-seven books that Aaliya has translated over her lifetime have never been readby anyone.In this breathtaking portrait of a reclusive womans late-life crisis, readers follow Aaliyas digressive mind as it ricochets across visions of past and present Beirut. Colorful musings on literature, philosophy, and art are invaded by memories of the Lebanese Civil War and Aaliyas own volatile past. As she tries to overcome her aging body and spontaneous emotional upwellings, Aaliya is faced with an unthinkable disaster that threatens to shatter the little life she has left.A love letter to literature and its power to define who we are, the prodigiously gifted Rabih Alameddine has given us a nuanced rendering of one woman's life in the Middle East.
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vivastory
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Book: Unnecessary Woman*Universal Harvester*Underwater Welder*Underground Railroad*Uncommon Reader*Under the Skin*Unbury Carol*Unspeakable Acts (ed Sarah Weinman)
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Movie: Untouchables*Under the Skin (very different from the book, but incredible)
Singer/Band: I got nothing...
Song: In honor of Modest Mouse drummer Jeremiah Green's sudden passing yesterday from stage 4 cancer at the age of 45 (!), I am only going to (cont)

TheBookHippie So sad about Modest Mouse. 1mo
vivastory mention favorites by MM (note: MM has no U titles): Stars Are Projectors*Heart Cooks Brain*Interstate 8*Parting of the Sensory*Missed the Boat.
MM has been a fave for 25 yrs. I have seen MM live 3x. The first 2 times were technically back-to-back concerts that they played in Fayetteville, My BF at the time & I drove from KC to Fayetteville, attended both concerts & then drove back to KC the same day. Ah, youth. Thanks for the memories, Jeremiah.
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vivastory @TheBookHippie It really is. 45, I had no idea he was basically the same age as me. I have been following the band for a long time now. Just absolutely terrible. 1mo
CBee @vivastory holy wow, he was my age too. This is horrible news 🙁🙁 1mo
TheBookHippie @vivastory so so young. My daughter is just devastated texted me this morning. 1mo
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JoeMo
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This was a lovely book…I felt like I was having a private conversation with a friend where I learned about her life story. This is a simpler, quieter novel than Alameddine‘s The Hakawati, but it‘s a solid book in its own right. This will appeal especially to introverted literature lovers!

Props to @vivastory who have me the extra motivation to finally read this.

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

vivastory I'm glad that this worked for you! It's been far too long since I've read Alameddine. I recently placed a hold on 5mo
jlhammar Such a wonderful book! Loved this one. 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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Ruthiella
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My last book for #Booked2021 for the Spring season (set in country w/ UN Peacekeepers) and my first completion for #JoysofJune.

I really liked this love letter to literature and to Beirut, narrated by a misanthropic old lady who translates books no one will ever read as a way to mark the time. Alienated from her family and neighbors, sorely missing the one friend she had and let slip away. It was touching, sometimes funny and provocative.

Cinfhen This has been on my TBR for a long time!! Must read?congrats on completing #Spring #Booked2021 Here‘s the link to be eligible for second quarter drawing ...You have until midnight, **July 3** to fill out the second quarter form? ?
https://bit.ly/3b7rK1E
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BarbaraBB It sounds good! 2y
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks! I just completed the form. 😀 2y
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Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I liked it a lot. Like @Cinfhen , it‘s been on my TBR for ages! 2y
vivastory I think you'd love this book @barbarabb 2y
BarbaraBB @vivastory I think so too! Thanks for putting it on my radar @Ruthiella 2y
Cathythoughts Sounds good. I have it stacked & nearly picked it up the other day … I might go back 👍🏻😁 (edited) 2y
Cinfhen ❣️🙌🏻❣️ 2y
rwmg I've had the same author's The Angel of History on my virtual TBR shelf for 3 years. Maybe I should read it soon 2y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2y
BiblioLitten I have had my eye on this since forever! 2y
Ruthiella @BiblioLitten Me too! I finally got ‘round to it! 😂 2y
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Jess861
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Panpan

While I enjoyed the last 50 or so pages of the book the rest didn't come through for me. We were jumping all over the place so the story didn't have a good flow. It was written well in the sense that I felt like I was in a 70 year olds head and reading the ramblings that go on within. It seemed there were only a few pages that actually talked about the Lebanese Civil Wars and I didn't really see how it had shaped the main character.

rockpools I think that‘s fair. I keep meaning to go back and try again with this one - didn‘t get through it on first attempt for the reasons you mention. 2y
Jess861 @rockpools Someone mentioned that they liked the audio version so maybe it is better in audio form. Definitely didn't do it for me in written form. Glad I'm not way out in left field with my thoughts. 2y
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BarbaraBB Too bad. It is such an interesting subject. 2y
Jess861 @BarbaraBB I agree - I would have loved to read more about the history. 2y
Librarybelle That‘s a shame! 2y
TheAromaofBooks At least it's off the list!! 2y
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Jess861
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It is an on and off rainy day here so I've setup the little guy with a movie, baby girl is napping and I'm going to enjoy a little bit of reading with some pumpkin tea. Perfect way to spend a Saturday morning. Although I can't say that I'm loving this book.

#morningreading #rainyday #tea

EvieBee Something about this book on audio really did it for me. I‘m wondering if you might feel the same way. 2y
Jess861 @EvieBee I can picture how it might be better as an audio book. It really isn't working for me in written form. 2y
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Jess861
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Started reading this book on another lovely day for outside reading. I'm having some trouble getting into it. It just seems like the main character is rambling and glossing over some of the interesting history (although sometimes tough) of Beirut. But I'm not many pages in yet so we'll see where it goes.

#Fiction #CurrentlyReading #OutsideReading

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TheKidUpstairs
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I came across this quote from Samuel Johnson's The Vanity of Human Wishes while reading the tagged book. It seems like it could have been written for or current times.

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Kristin_Reads
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This was my #DoubleSpin pick and I really wanted to like it, but I just don‘t have enough focus right now. It‘s been on my TBR shelf for 4 years and it‘s time to move it to my give-away pile for someone else.

TheAromaofBooks Always sad when a book isn't for you, but it's also nice to get one off the shelf!! 2y
Kristin_Reads @TheAromaofBooks It‘s my goal to clear a whole shelf this year. I‘ve already made some good progress thanks to your #bookspin challenge! 2y
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TheKidUpstairs
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Hey #LMPBC #GroupX ladies! Can we just have a quick check in? I haven't yet received the tagged, which I think was sent a while ago? Katie, have you received The Water Dancer from me? I sent it just before the New Year...

@Read-y_Picker @KatieB @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego

TheKidUpstairs (Gratuitous home library shelfie - hubby built new bookshelves!) 2y
Read-y_Picker Megan I just checked and it‘s supposed to arrive by end of day tomorrow. Unbelievably it‘s been sitting at my post office, it seems like! This is unreal. I‘m sorry I didn‘t follow it more closely. Thanks for the check-in! 2y
Read-y_Picker Also those shelves are a thing of beauty! So unique and rustic! Lucky lady... did the planks come from anywhere of note? (edited) 2y
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TheKidUpstairs @Read-y_Picker awesome! I think there's been a lot of postal delays, so frustrating, eh? Just wanted to see where everyone was and make sure everyone knew the situation! Thanks for checking on that, I'll let you know when I receive it 😁 (and thank you! I've now got a little library corner, it makes me smile) 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Read-y_Picker My tracking says your book should arrive today! I wish I could blame Canada Post, but I was just behind in reading it. Lol. 📖✒ 2y
TheKidUpstairs @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego if looks like everyone is going to be a bit behind, so I think it works out well! 2y
Read-y_Picker @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego no worries. I have no shortage of things to read while I wait lol. Really enjoying NK Jemisin month! And I spent most of the night trying to finish Wizard‘s First Rule. So few pages left, so many plot insinuations to wrap up! 2y
TheKidUpstairs @Read-y_Picker ooh, which of Jemisin's have you read? I love her! 2y
Read-y_Picker I‘m ashamed to say I‘ve had her in my library for years but kept procrastinating. I‘ve finished How Long Til Black Future Month and The City We Became, once I‘ve done with Goodkind I‘ll dive into the Broken Earth Trilogy. 2y
Read-y_Picker @TheKidUpstairs Do you have a Favorite to recommend? Not too late for my to switch up the plan lol 2y
TheKidUpstairs @Read-y_Picker The City We Became is my favorite that I've read so far, but I also LOVED The Broken Earth trilogy (it took me a bit to get into the first one, but then I was hooked!) 2y
Read-y_Picker @TheKidUpstairs I just checked your tracking info and the book is finally on the move, though still in Montreal. Don't know what happened with my post office I'll try a different one next time. Then there's the next book... I need to let you know that we're in quarantine so I'm not even going to open Danielle's package until I'm cleared on February 6. I'll be sure to read and send it off to you ASAP after then. So sorry - safety first! 2y
TheKidUpstairs @Read-y_Picker thanks for the update, and no worries, I think everyone's a bit behind right now. There are postal delays all over. I hope you're healthy, and the quarantine is precautionary? 2y
Read-y_Picker @TheKidUpstairs unfortunately the boyfriend tested positive this weekend. But thankfully his symptoms were very minor and he‘s all but recovered. It‘s hardest keeping him in the bedroom until his confinement is up, especially now that he feels better. I tested negative 👍🏻 but that also adds an extra 10 days to my quarantine period. One day at a time... 2y
TheKidUpstairs @Read-y_Picker ugh, the quarantine is so hard, I wish you luck. I'm glad to hear his symptoms were only minor and that he's getting better so quickly (and that you were negative!). 2y
KatieB I have 2 books (not sure how that happened!). The housekeeper and the professor which I think I‘m supposed to send on next month and the water dancer which I think is the one after that. I can‘t remember who is before me in the group but they are on it!!!😄 2y
KatieB Correct me if I‘m wrong on the timing of those 2y
TheKidUpstairs @KatieB hey Katie, housekeeper was my Nov read, so that one was supposed to be your Dec read, and Water Dancer would have been January's read. But there have s 2y
TheKidUpstairs @KatieB sorry, but send too early...but there have been so many postal delays and life delays so I think everyone is a bit behind, no worries 😁 2y
KatieB Eek! I thought it was 2 months for each book! I‘m so sorry @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I‘ll get these forwarded on to you ASAP! 2y
KatieB I‘ll never be allowed to participate in LMPBC again! 🤦‍♀️ 2y
TheKidUpstairs @KatieB no worries! Like I said, everyone's delayed, it's all good. As long as all the books are accounted for, we are all good 1😁 2y
Read-y_Picker @TheKidUpstairs Your package has FINALLY made it to Mississauga! They haven't updated the delivery date though. I hope you get it soon! 2y
TheKidUpstairs @Read-y_Picker thanks for the updates! 2y
TheKidUpstairs @Read-y_Picker it's HERE!!!! Woo Hoo! 2y
Read-y_Picker @TheKidUpstairs Oh yay finally!! Geez... I hope you really REALLY enjoy it! 2y
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Read-y_Picker
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@StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Just finished your #LMPBC pick this morning, in time to open the rest of your care package 🎁. Yes I waited and it was so lovely! Thanks for all the goodies. Also had to show off your Christmas wax stamp. So cute!
@TheKidUpstairs This book will be on its way to you shortly. Get your google machine ready. So many great references to dive into in this one!
#MerryChristmas #HappyHolidays #Festivusfortherestofus #GroupX

Read-y_Picker @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I just realized the cherry bookmark is a scratch‘n‘sniff lol 💕 Nice touch!🍒 2y
TheKidUpstairs Oooh, so excited! I love when a book sends you off down an internet rabbit hole if research!!! 2y
Read-y_Picker @TheKidUpstairs Yeah I‘ve got some stuff to investigate now even before I pick up another book 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Glad you like your treats. Merry Christmas ❤🎅🏼💚🎄 2y
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Read-y_Picker
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1. Tagged, A Christmas Carol, The Ice Princess
2. The Luminaries, Dante‘s Inferno and New Moon (which I‘m quite sure I never bought for myself. It seems a requisite fact that most libraries should contain more than one copy. )
3. Though the reflection in the pool
Often swims before your eyes:
Know the image.

#weekendreads

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Jess861
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I ordered myself a few books for my birthday (because - why not?!) and they arrived today. I will hopefully find some time in 2021 to read these as they will represent 3 countries for #readingasia2021. My maternity leave is up in January so I doubt I'll get much reading done in 2021 but one can always dream 🙂.

The Rent Collector - Cambodia
Dear Leader - North Korea
An Unnecessary Woman - Jordan (where the author was born)

Lauram Happy Birthday 🎂 2y
Jess861 @Lauram Thank you :) 2y
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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BookwormM I really enjoyed this 2y
KatieB Oh I‘m so excited you picked this! 2y
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Rachel.Rencher
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It is FREEZING in southern Idaho right now. We got so much snow last night that I was hoping for a snow day today, but nope. It almost almost melted by the morning. 😭

I'm starting this book today. I picked it up at a library sale a long time ago because of the cover, but I know nothing else about it. I'm excited to jump in. 🤓

charl08 Oh this one is special! Look forward to hearing what you make of it. 3y
Lcsmcat Such a good book! Enjoy! 3y
fleeting I love love love this one! 3y
vivastory I really liked this one 3y
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Parvez
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Pickpick

Loved the writing.

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Sapphire
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This is the first book I have taken advantage of free Kindle through Amazon Prime. I just started it, but am completely hooked. It‘s so funny. The narrator‘s voice sounds how I want to be at 72( and is nearly how I sound now). That alternating mix of optimism and cynicism; of caring and not. I love it and I don‘t know anything yet but blue hair and red wine!

MicheleinPhilly Blue hair and red wine! 😂👍🏼 3y
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Parvez
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There are two kinds of people in this world: people who want to be desired, and people who want to be desired so much that they pretend they don‘t.”

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Parvez
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we are constantly explaining and excusing ourselves; life itself, that inexplicable complex of being and feeling, demands explanations of us, those around us demand explanations, and in the end we ourselves demand explanations of ourselves, until in the end we succeed in annihilating everything around us, ourselves included, or in other words explain ourselves to death.

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Parvez
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I long ago abandoned myself to a blind lust for the written word. Literature is my sandbox. In it I play, build my forts and castles, spend glorious time. It is the world outside that box that gives me trouble. I have adapted tamely, though not conventionally, to this visible world so I can retreat without much inconvenience into my inner world of books.

readordierachel That's lovely. 3y
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Parvez
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Currently reading

BookwormM Brilliant book 3y
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Zoes_Human
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The Kindle edition of this excellent book is on sale for $1.99 right now.

https://smile.amazon.com/Unnecessary-Woman-Novel-Rabih-Alameddine-ebook/dp/B00ET...

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Ncostell
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I‘m so glad that I picked up this book that gives a glimpse into the life of a well read woman looking back on her life in Beirut. Aaliya spends most of her time alone, translating great works of literature into Arabic. Although she has a quite solitary existence, her inner life is so rich that it really brings this quiet story to life. I highly recommend this, it was a great read and my U book for #LitsyAtoZ2019.

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Lcsmcat
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Pickpick

Aaliyah will stay with me for a long time. Although I read it quickly, this is not a “page-turner” kind of book. It‘s meditative and funny by turns, full of quotes and infinitely quotable, and a paean to literature. I highly recommend it!

Crazeedi This one is on my tbr list, sounds really good 4y
Lcsmcat @Crazeedi You should bump it up! I had it more than a year before I read it, and I‘m so sorry I waited! 4y
ValerieAndBooks This is a good one! Have you read this other one by him? 4y
Lcsmcat @ValerieAndBooks No, I haven‘t. This was my first by him. 4y
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Lcsmcat
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“She began circling the top of narcissistic Everest at an early age, and later, after her husband died and her children grew, she floated above the entire Himalayas.”

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Lcsmcat
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“dancing the Beiruti Hustle to the other side.” 😆

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Lcsmcat
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@SharonGoforth Book synchronicity! “With this essential reliability, are Germans bored? Does that explain The Magic Mountain?” 🤣

SharonGoforth I really don‘t see The Magic Mountain as boring, although who knows, maybe his readers did? 4y
Lcsmcat @SharonGoforth I don‘t think she meant the book was boring. I read it as Germans are bored so they invent reasons to stay in sanitariums, etc. Like Hans, wandering and with no focus. 4y
SharonGoforth @Lcsmcat Oh! Well, hmmmm. Good question! Although there were sanitoriums in the US, too. Maybe it was the era and the lack of scientific knowledge that we have now. 4y
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Lcsmcat
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“The hospital had to hire an in-house toilet calibrator.” 😂

AbigailDays That might be the single best job description I've ever heard! 4y
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Lcsmcat
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I always seem to start a new book on the last day of the month. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Enjoying a thinner volume after the chunkster I just finished!

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BookwormM
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#ReadAroundtheWorld #Lebanon

Thank you @RachelO for putting this book on my radar I really enjoyed spending time with Aaliya in her apartment in Beruit.

This book is infinitely quotable, highly amusing and touching all at the same time.

I also really enjoyed the positive female friendships where the women supported each other with no hidden agendas.

Highly recommend this

PS rhubarb crumble sundae was amazing

mabell That sounds rich and delicious!! 4y
rockpools I‘m so glad you enjoyed this one! It was a good month 😊. Do you remember where we‘re off to next? 4y
BookwormM @RachelO we are off to Cyprus next I will be reading 4y
rockpools @BookwormM Thank you! I‘d better get a move on! 4y
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BookwormM
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#ReadAroundtheWorld #Lebanon

This book is full of great quotes and insights.

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BookwormM
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#ReadAroundtheWorld #Lebanon

Bookworm issues the struggle is real

Suet624 Hahaha. Sometimes that works. Yup. 4y
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BookwormM
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#ReadAroundTheWorld #Lebanon

I suspect hard core littens can relate to this

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BookwormM
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#ReadAroundtjeWorld #Lebanon

Up next. I am blaming @RachelO for this one as her quotes made me want to read it 🤣🤣

Cathythoughts I have this stacked- looks really good ♥️👍🏻 4y
rockpools Blame away!! 🤣😂🤣I was really enjoying this, but I‘ve ground to a bit of a halt on everything at the mo, so you‘ll probably finish before me. (Probably as in, you definitely will!) 4y
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TorieStorieS
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This was my #ReadAroundTheWorld challenge book for July - #Lebanon. It‘s a book lover‘s book, that‘s for sure- full of references across literature and a main character who comes fully to life here. The book is more of a character study in a lot of ways and I think would be perfect for book clubs or other discussion groups looking for a fresh voice. The audio version was great, too! The format worked really well- and not just for #AudioColoring!

britt_brooke Pretty! 😍 4y
TorieStorieS Thanks, @britt_brooke !! 😊😊😊 4y
Megabooks Lovely! 4y
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TorieStorieS Thanks, @Megabooks!! ☺️☺️☺️ 4y
BooknerdsLife So pretty! 😍 4y
TorieStorieS @BooknerdsLife Thanks!!! 🤗🤗🤗 4y
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rockpools
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Started this one last night for #readaroundtheworld #lebanon - think I‘m going to enjoy this story of an older lady living alone with her books. Opening line:

“You could say I was thinking of other things when I shampooed my hair blue, and two glasses of red wine didn‘t help my concentration”

TorieStorieS I just got the audio version to listen to in July! 4y
Theaelizabet This sounds really good! 4y
Nute You reminded me that I had a high interest in this book. Keep me posted on your thoughts.🙂 4y
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BookwormM Love that quote it actually reminds me of a friend may have to see if I can get hold of this as well 👍😃 4y
Blaire This has been on my list for a while. 4y
rockpools @TorieStorieS I can‘t wait to see what you think! 4y
rockpools @Nute I‘ll try and remember to tag you when I finish 😊 4y
rockpools @Theaelizabet @blaire I‘m really enjoying it so far. 4y
rockpools @BookwormM Think this might be a good month! 4y
TorieStorieS I definitely will!! I have had good luck with the countries/books this year! 4y
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mrssousou
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Of foreign literature and translation. Discover Aaliya's life, between books, war in Beirut, and her family.

#foreignliterature #rabihalameddine #lebaneseauthors

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sailu112
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Mehso-so

This book isn't a bad book. I enjoyed so many things about this book. I enjoyed the character and her literary ability. At many points I felt this was an unnecessary book. But there was a lot of wisdom she has which was great to read. This book doesn't have a strong plot which I guess is given, and couldn't hold my attention for a greater period of time. It's a lazy book and wasn't particularly engaging at any instance

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Amyegia
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Mehso-so

I liked a lot about this book! It brought me to a world I‘m not at all familiar with, the voice is great, and it‘s filled with literary references— deep cuts too. All of which make it a lot of fun. But the plot is lacking for me... major points felt schmaltzy and the plot lacked urgency. I‘m glad I read it, but I think it needs a reader who is in a brooding mood, who wants to pick up a million allusions and mull them over.

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peacegypsy
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Reading this as well. Happy to be learning more about Lebanon and this account of a deep love for books.

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tricours
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Pickpick

This book took me very long to read, but then I don't really think it's the kind of book you rush through. Absolutely beautifully written. #passportlitsy

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GatheringBooks
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#FriyayIntro
🧚🏼‍♀️sunny yellow
🧚🏼‍♀️La Mante, the French crime series on Netflix. Loved it.
🧚🏼‍♀️tagged book has made me google soo many titles- full review just posted today here: https://gatheringbooks.org/2018/06/09/saturday-reads-40/
🧚🏼‍♀️ mayo, sometimes thousand island
🧚🏼‍♀️ read, blog, and watch two movies for the mexican film fest here in singapore tomorrow

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#QuotsyJune18 Day 6: Here is what #Drive(s) the passion of Aaliya, the main character in the story, who translated favourite, obscure, award-winning international classics into Arabic. To have this kind of #Drive and passion for what one does is truly a gift, a sacred one. I lifted my self-imposed book-buying ban to purchase the books she mentioned here: Pessoa, Yourcenar, Lampedusa, Nooteboom, Molina, Duras, Javier Marias among others.

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tricours
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Anna40 :) 5y
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GatheringBooks
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#AdelesMayMashUp Day 22: There is a #TakeItAll vibe to this quote that is pure surrender to art, when one is emptied out of one‘s self, as one pours one‘s self into simply being - there divinity is found. I feel sad that my book club members did not take to this as much as I did, except for one or two, but clearly this isn‘t a book for everyone. The voice remains masculine for me as if Alameddine was speaking thru Aaliya, but as a whole, I 💙 it.

vkois88 Wow ❤❤ 5y
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#QuotsyMay18 Day 21: Very #Sage -like observations/ insights about people and the decisions we make/unmake/did not make - along the way.

LikelyLibrarian Ooo...nice! 5y
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An Unnecessary Woman | Rabih Alameddine
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72-year old Aaliya is looking back on a life lived through literature. After a failed marriage she has workshop in a bookshop, read, read, read and every year translated another work into Arabic. Now she faces a crisis and in book-filled flat in Beirut.
The story is well-told and the many book references are a joy to read.

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#ReadingResolutions Day 16: I have just finished reading this exquisite novel, hence my #CurrentBookQuote. My TBR has just exploded exponentially, thanks to Alameddine. I have created a list of titles which I will be sharing in GatheringBooks a month from now.

BookishMe Excited for that list! Hey, I have been working on Saturdays and couldn't reschedule the delayed raincheck ;(( after this Saturday? 5y
BarbaraJean This book sounds amazing! 5y
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An Unnecessary Woman | Rabih Alameddine
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I‘m finally back to reading this one! And a very early summer came upon us. REAL summer. I‘m sure it‘s the only one we‘ll get this year.

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Sadly, most of my book club ppl didn‘t care much for this novel, they said they couldn‘t get the references and felt stuck. I totally get it since it‘s seemingly without plot, ruminative-to-a-fault, with a mastery in artful digressions. But there is something self-effacing yet sharp, vulnerable yet strong, sardonic and profoundly sad in the voice that spoke to me deeply. Plus, there is such book love that invites rather than excludes the reader.💙

Cathythoughts This quote is breaking my heart ❤️ 5y
Graywacke It‘s a nice quote. This book sounds terrific. 5y
youneverarrived Love everything about this 💛 great review! 5y
asiriusreader This quote speaks to me. 💗 5y
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An Unnecessary Woman | Rabih Alameddine
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Still on my TBR but a good Kindle deal at 1.99 USD 🎉

charl08 Such a great book! 5y
Smrloomis @charl08 Great to hear! I really liked his Hakawati so hopefully I‘ll get to this one soon. 5y
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