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Emilymdxn
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Thanks so much everyone who sent good wishes and most importantly kept me company while I‘ve been sick - after 3 dr apps, 1 hospital trip for blood tests and 2 calls with nurses I‘m actually not sure what I had?? But I‘m feeling better now and I‘m going to work tomorrow. I missed my office! I love my work and I‘m excited to get back

Thanks to the 10 (10!) books I‘ve read. I‘d have run mad without them, and tagged is one of my new fave novels

Megabooks I am so glad you‘re feeling better!! 💕💕 3d
AmyK1 Glad you‘re feeling better! 3d
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Emilymdxn
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#jennyis30 @jenniferw88 LGBTQ+ romance

I‘m stretching it a bit to count this as a romance, but I‘m not much of a romance reader and I‘m trying to use tbr books for prompts to avoid buying new ones, but this is the story of a woman who‘s in love with another woman so... kinda? More of a Bildungsroman and not ‘romantic‘ by any stretch of the imagination... and they‘re never ‘together‘ but she was definitely in love and that shit was super queer so

jenniferw88 Works for me! 4d
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Emilymdxn
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16/15 #jumpstart2020 @Clwojick @Lizpixie

Had me thinking ‘this is why I love reading‘ every page. I already know it will be on my year end lists, this was a mindblowingly perfect novel. The story of a girl living a stifled life (‘senile childhood‘) in a boarding school in Switzerland, falling in love with another girl and not quite telling her, and thinking about her life. Every sentence dripped poetry, just perfect

#readeurope2020 Switzerland

Clwojick Killing it! 💥💥💥💥 4d
Lizpixie Nice work!👏👏👏 4d
Thismommareads Oh I may have to pick it up. We are visiting Switzerland in April. 4d
batsy So glad to hear this! I've yet to read it but this has become one of my favourite short story collections 4d
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myrtillius
Ties | Domenico Starnone
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Panpan

At first this feels but a poor rendering of Ferrante's excellent The Days of Abandonment but no, here we follow that one who abandons. I appreciated author's decision to turn the tide in the end and instead of recounting a memoir of an emotionally constipated whimpering elderly man, Starnone gives voice to man's children who are burdened with their parents' past and bad choices. But this definitely should've been the focus from the beginning.

Cathythoughts Oh , I really liked this one 1w
myrtillius @Cathythoughts there was something i liked too, the couple's cold dialogue that showed how toxic their relationship was but still somehow this book didn't hit me. but if you liked it i really recommend elena ferrante's days of abandonment! and atwood's edible woman has some similar themes too. 1w
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GatheringBooks
The Days of Abandonment | Elena Ferrante
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twohectobooks
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Mehso-so

I‘m having a hard time remembering exactly how I felt about this because I finished it a while ago. It‘s narrated by a girl who spent her youth in various boarding schools, and gets into the strange relationships of a bunch of girls living together in isolation. But it‘s very brief, and, as I often do with shorter works, I struggled to form attachments to the characters.

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janeycanuck
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Pickpick

I started this back in August and hit a wall about 125 pages in. I re-started it, slowed down around the 125-page mark again but powered through and then devoured it. Ferrante has woven such a beautiful story and Goldstein has done a tremendous job with the translation. Looking forward to the last book in the series.

Third book finished for #24b42020

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Freespirit
Troubling Love | Elena Ferrante
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Pickpick

This is an intense and well written short novel. But it‘s not particularly pleasant. A woman fresh from her mother‘s funeral, dealing with her past and the dynamics of her family. Happy New Year everyone. Here‘s to some fab books in 2020 #literaryfiction #lastbookoftheyear 🤗

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AlexGeorge
Little Virtues | Natalia Ginzburg
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“Our lives unfold according to ancient, unchangeable laws, according to an invariable and ancient rhythm. Our dreams are never realized and as soon as we see them betrayed we realize that the intensest joys of our life have nothing to do with reality. No sooner do we see them betrayed than we are consumed with regret for the time they glowed within us. And in this succession of hopes and regrets our life slips by.”

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Jari-chan
Numero Zero | Umberto Eco
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My last meeting with Umberto Eco ended in a DNF and afterwards I didn't touch a single one of his books, until this one came along. I had to check the authors name on the cover a couple of times because I just couldn't believe that I was reading an Eco. But I was and I was delighted. Sometimes the story gets a bit out of hand, but I loved how Eco shows us how conspiracy theories work.

Buechersuechtling Oh, thanks for your review. This really sounds interesting – especially because my last meeting with Umberto Eco ended exactly like yours. After I (years ago) listened to „Das Focault‘sche Pendel“ I wanted more and started „Die geheimnisvolle Flamme der Königin Loana“ only to quickly bail on it because I found it too weird. Afterwards I didn‘t touch one of his books again. 3w
Jari-chan @Buechersuechtling Interesting how you've had the same experiance as I did with different books from the same author. I wonder how you'll like this one. If you read it let me know :) 3w
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