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Patca is on the run, seeking refuge with her uncle. Unfortunately, when she gets to Bucharest, she finds her uncle murdered, her family book of magical recipes missing, & a city in chaos.

Patca was such a plucky protagonist. She's only 14 years old, but immediately takes charge of her own life. & the magic! I loved the magic of the recipes!

The style took some getting used to, I definitely had to reread some sections in the beginning. 🌕🌕🌕🌗🌑

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Then she gathered the strawberries, and as she set out on her way home she said, “As the hazel-bush has been my protection this time, it shall in future protect others also.” Therefore, from the most remote times, a green hazel-branch has been the safest protection against adders, snakes, and everything else which creeps on the earth.
#GrimmsCompleteFairyTales #Classics #Fantasy #Fiction #FairyTales #ShortStories #Childrens #Mythology #Literature

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#Farm 🐴🐷🐶 #StorySettings 🐝🌷🎣🏕️🌳

#BookNerd 🤓📚💙

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 😍 2h
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Roman de Silence | Sarah Roche-Mahdi, Heldris (de Cornulle.)
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Romance written in the 12-13th cent.
Silence is a girl brought up disguised as a boy so she could be her parents' heir. Of course, they are the most valiant, accomplished & virtuous person ever 😁
The King of England likes & values them, but after they reject the Queen's advances, she turns against them & tribulations start.
I thought their gender of birth would be uncovered in battle, as per trope, but no: something stranger & funnier happens 👏

Dilara It's short and not without humour, and very much inspired by Le roman de la rose and Arthurian lore. Just like in Le roman de la rose, there is a lot of casual of misogyny & reflections on the Nature vs Culture debate.
The original is in Old French octosyllabic verse; the version I read is in modern French prose that still retains a medieval flavour.

Picture is a miniature of Joan of Arc, so a couple of centuries later than the book
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Graywacke Fantastic! I thoroughly enjoyed the English prose translation. But the misogyny was striking. 5h
Dilara @Graywacke I enjoyed it too! The misogyny was inevitable, given the date of writing, but at least, we weren't repeatedly hit over the head with it like we were in Le roman de la rose 😁 3h
Graywacke @Dilara ha! True. Have you read the Lais of Mary of France? Similar style (in English prose translation) 2h
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The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
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Eggs Perfect 👍🏼 6h
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤💔🖤 2h
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“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”



Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 😍 16h
dabbe Oh, is this a good book. Not so futuristic, though, these day. 💙🩵💙 15h
willaful The more things change, the more they stay the same. 14h
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Eggs @dabbe True 6h
Eggs @willaful Also true 6h
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Shakespeare: The Man Who Pays the Rent | Judi Dench, Brendan O'Hea
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Absolutely delightful. If you are a Shakespeare fan, a theatre fan, and/or a Judi Dench fan, this is an absolutely marvelous listen/read. Apparently the original conversations spanned 120 hours of footage, and I honestly feel like I could have listened to all of it. Joyful.

peaKnit I love Judi and could listen to her beautiful voice all day🥰 18h
Graywacke I‘ve been thinking about this one 18h
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Whatever | Michel Houellebecq
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I was complaining to my grandson that all he did was play games on his iPad instead of playing cards or board games or sports with me. He told me that reading was special to me but all it was was staring at a dead tree and hallucinating. I haven‘t stopped laughing since he told me that.

CaliforniaCay 🤣🤣 22h
TheBookgeekFrau Sounds like you've got a little writer Grand. I love his line! 😂 21h
Tamra Bahahaha terrific! Love his hair! 20h
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Suet624 @TheBookgeekFrau He just told me he read that line in a meme. It still cracks me up. He clearly knew the audience to deliver the line to. 18h
Suet624 @Tamra electric, right? Even brighter in person. 😍 18h
Tamra @Suet624 I appreciate it bc I like to add pop to my .🌈 Too boring otherwise! Right now I have some purple. 18h
TheBookgeekFrau @Suet624 Ok, so not original; but he delivered it exactly right so 👏🏼 bravo! 😁 17h
Deblovestoread 😂😂😂 17h
dabbe 🤩😂🤩 15h
Reggie Lololol 9h
LeahBergen 🤣🤣 47m
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Housekeeping: A Novel | Marilynne Robinson
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It feels a bit daft bailing at 71% and it‘s such a slim novel too but I really don‘t care about the characters anymore or how it ends 🤷‍♀️ I thought the portrayal of the characters loneliness was done well and the atmosphere of it but I wasn‘t a fan of the writing or the (lack of) story. #readyourkindle

Ruthiella Robinson is so revered as a writer, but she does nothing for me. 1d
youneverarrived @Ruthiella I was fully expecting to like this but can‘t see myself reading any more of hers. 1d
CBee On to better books 🙌🏻 1d
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LeahBergen Baby fingers! 🥰 24h
youneverarrived @LeahBergen 🥰 every time I go for a coffee she has to have a babyccino 😆 22h
youneverarrived @CBee exactly 😁 22h
Cathythoughts Babyccino 💕💕💕 12h
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