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Time Regained by Marcel Proust
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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I loved Swimming Lessons and had been looking forward to another novel by Claire Fuller. Unfortunately Bitter Orange is promising in its set-up, scenery and characters, but in the end it didn‘t deliver.
It's the story about a complicated friendship between three people (a couple and a single woman) taking care of an old mansion. Add a vicar, some ghosts, some lies, a few timelines and you have the ingredients of an amusing read, no more no less.

TrishB Pretty much what I thought! 1d
Kalalalatja Agreed! 21h
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The Long Goodbye | Raymond Chandler
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merelybookish Perfect! 1d
Cinfhen Agreed @merelybookish 👌🏽 1d
Cathythoughts I‘d like to b read this again 👍🏻❤️ 1d
batsy Well played! 1d
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The Good Son: A Novel | You-Jeong Jeong
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This is such a surprise! Birthday mail all the way from Malaysia. Thank you so much Jessie, for thinking of me 💕. I have been eyeing this book for months and am really happy with it! 😘

squirrelbrain How lovely! 💕 2d
erzascarletbookgasm Sorry it did not arrive on time. I look forward to hear your thoughts when you get to it. 🤗❤️ 1d
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Tin Man | Sarah Winman
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Some of you may know that I‘ve worked many years for the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Though his Sunflowers started boring me after some time, my admiration for the artist grew with the years.
Today however, I bring them up one more time, because, no matter what I think, they are a #Masterpiece, as is the tagged book, which is a bit about Van Gogh and his flowers as well 🌻🌻#MOvember

Cinfhen Beautiful post🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻 2d
Cathythoughts 👍🏻💛 2d
Librarybelle That is so incredible! 💛💛💛 2d
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Reviewsbylola I read a good novel based on him years ago. 2d
Bookwormjillk I didn‘t know that! Very cool! 2d
ju.ca.no 😍😍 2d
BarbaraBB @Reviewsbylola Thanks! Sounds good!! 🌻 2d
britt_brooke I didn‘t know that and I‘m insanely envious!! Love this post. 2d
TheBookStacker That‘s one of my favorite museums ever! Dream job! My favorite painting is wheatfield with crows. 2d
BarbaraBB @TheBookStacker Yes that is a great one. Mine is (at the moment) The Sower! 2d
youneverarrived I didn‘t know! That‘s like a dream job 💛 2d
JennyM 🌻 I love this book and I want your job! 😘 2d
Kalalalatja Good pick for today 💛💛 2d
ValerieAndBooks I didn‘t know! Do you still work there?! 12h
BarbaraBB @ValerieAndBooks I have a communications agency and we still do some projects for them but not as many as before. 6h
Megabooks Awesome! I did not know that. 🤯🤯🤩 I was one class away from a minor in art history in college and was a member of their honors society. I miss being near large museums and try to visit whatever is available when I travel. That is really neat!! 5h
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Here it is: The longlist for the #ToB2020. So many good books. And so much to read. A lot of them I have never heard of. One of the things I love about this Tournament 💙❤️🐓

MicheleinPhilly I always love how many new to me books appear on this list. 3d
BkClubCare Ugh - I have only read two. And where is Bowlaway?! Darn 3d
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare They haven‘t included all summer reads this time. That‘s new isn‘t it? 3d
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BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly Me too! The same goes for that list you posted about lately. I love that! 3d
MicheleinPhilly YES! I have that Real Simple list bookmarked because they update it every month. 3d
Megabooks I just posted six new ones I‘m looking at reading. So many that just slipped through this year. (But admittedly not the best year for me personally. 😉) Anyway, excites to get started! 2d
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After a shipwreck Edward lands on an island in the Indian Ocean. Here he meets Dr. Moreau, a brilliant but controversial biologist who fled England because he had conducted prohibited experiments on animals. On the island he and his assistant Montgomery experiment with vivisection on animals.
It may be an interesting premise but not for me. The ending is the best part of the book I think.
So, only 1 #LuckyStar for me! ⭐️

#MOvember #1001books

Cinfhen Ha!! Fabulous review and AWESOME pic 😘😘😘 3d
batsy Love the pic and review! 3d
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AmyG Ha! And so creepy. 3d
Suet624 Great photo! 3d
Eggs ❤️❤️ the bookface 3d
Reviewsbylola At least you got a great picture from it!! 3d
youneverarrived Great photo though! 😆 3d
JennyM I love the bookface though!!! 3d
Graywacke Supercool picture 3d
Hooked_on_books Oooo, good bookface! 3d
Kalalalatja Perfect bookface 🙌 3d
Librarybelle Love the pic! 3d
readordierachel Awesome photo! 3d
emilyhaldi Love this!! 2d
vivastory Great bookface 👏🙌 2d
CarolynM 😍😍 2d
britt_brooke Nice book face! 💚 2d
Megabooks Love this picture!! It was adapted to a movie in the 90s, and I remember falling asleep several times during it, which made it all the more trippy. 2d
LeeRHarry Great photo! 😆 2d
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With a picture of her aunt and the Sacred Heart watching over her from opposite sides of the room, Judith Hearne tries to keep in control of life and her inner demons. She‘s a spinster, living in a furnished room in a Catholic boarding house. When she meets Mr Madden, she feels he is her last chance to ‘get off the shelf‘, as she describes it herself at the end of the book.
It‘s a bittersweet read and another great #NYRBBookclub choice.

batsy Lovely photo! And now I'm even more excited to read it. 4d
TheLudicReader That‘s a beautiful cover. 4d
vivastory Fantastic review! I can't wait to read it. 4d
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emilyhaldi Yay! Another great #NYRBbookclub pick 🤗 I‘m hoping to start this week.. 4d
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review and what gorgeous cover! Stacked. 4d
Tamra Picture perfect! 4d
Jee_HookedOnBookz Love this pic! 4d
lele1432 Beautiful! 4d
LeeRHarry Glad you enjoyed it - lovely photo 😊 4d
youneverarrived I‘m looking forward to reading this, just waiting on it being delivered. Glad you enjoyed it 👍 3d
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#WeeklyForecast 47/19

I‘m almost finished with The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, our #NYRBBookclub choice, and loving it.

Next will be Bitter Orange For #ATY2019, where this week‘s prompt is ‘a book related to food‘.

If there‘s time left, I‘ll start Missoula for #ReadingUSA2019. Krakauer is such a good non-fiction writer.

In between, there‘s still Doctor Moreau. It‘s less than 200 pages but it takes forever to finish them.

Cinfhen Missoula was very good and Bitter Orange was very meh 😬😂 although Missoula was a dense read 4d
BarbaraBB I loved Swimming Lessons, that‘s why I bought this one, but I remember your so-so review indeed. I hope I‘ll like it! 4d
Kalalalatja I found Missoula so interesting! 4d
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja I‘m really looking forward to that one. Krakauer is such a good writer. I was fascinated by his 4d
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So Much Blue: A Novel | Percival Everett
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Kevin Pace, a 56-year-old painter, works on an enormous canvas that he will permit no one, not even his wife or his best friend, to see. The painting is dominated by #TrueBlue, a color with which Kevin is not comfortable and which he hardly ever used. “I could never control it,” he says. “Regardless that blue was so likable, a color that so many loved or liked — no one hated blue — I could not use it.”

I loved this book. #MOvember

Cinfhen I love that passage. Super intrigued 4d
squirrelbrain Sounds great - stacked! 4d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain I can definitely recommend this book! 4d
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batsy Loved this too 💙 4d
lele1432 I'm so glad to see someone else post about him! I love what I've read from him so far. I've got to read this book! 4d
BarbaraBB @lele1432 This is the only book I read by him but I‘d love to read more. Any suggestions where to start? 4d
lele1432 I have this tagged collection of short stories. I haven't read through them all because I wanted to really savor each one so I set it down when things got too busy. I need to pick it back up! A piece in it titled "The Appropriation of Cultures" is the most perfect piece of satire. 4d
BarbaraBB @lele1432 Great, thanks, I‘ll look it up! 4d
merelybookish Yes! One of those authors I never would have read if not for #tob! 4d
BarbaraBB @merelybookish That goes for me too! I am so looking forward to Tuesday!! 4d
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We Are Called to Rise | Laura McBride
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#BookReport 46/19

This week I finished two great books: We are Called to Rise and Too Much Lip.
I also managed to make a start with this month‘s choice for the #NYRBBookclub.
And I am still reading the Wells. I am not enjoying it at all and just able to read it in very small portions.

Cinfhen Kudos for sticking with Wells 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Oh man it‘s hard working 😅 5d
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I love it when a first sentence pulls me right in! #NYRBBookclub

LeeRHarry This is in my top ten books - hope you enjoy it 😊 5d
Simona I can‘t remember if you had read North Water, but this book have unforgettable first paragraph. 5d
batsy I can't wait to start! 5d
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BarbaraBB @Simona I still need to, I have a copy and have been wanting to read it for years. I really don‘t know why I don‘t! 5d
BarbaraBB @LeeRHarry That‘s quite a recommendation! I am 50 pages in and really enjoying it a lot! @batsy Hope you‘ll have your copy soon! 5d
batsy My copy is here! I just need the time 🤣 Stretched myself a bit thin with a few buddy reads 😳 5d
BarbaraBB @batsy I know what you mean. The stress of reading, such a lovely problem 😀😍 5d
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The House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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"All we do, mija, is love. Love is the answer. Nothing stops it. Not borders. Not death." 

One of my favorite books this year tells what it means to be the first generation to live two lives across one #borderline. #MOvember

Cinfhen Wonderful \ still trying to get my IRL bookclub to read this one 🤓 5d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I hope you‘ll succeed! 5d
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The Twin | Gerbrand Bakker
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Following @Kalalalatja @julesG and @Simona I‘ll post a few local authors for some Dutch inspiration for the ones participating in #ReadingEurope2020. 🇱🇺🇱🇺

Below I‘ll tag some favorites, but of course there‘s always Herman Koch too 😀

BarbaraBB This is a quiet book about Dutch rural areas where a father and son live together on a small farm 6d
BarbaraBB Another about fathers and sons but this time set in Amsterdam and with a lot of twists. 6d
BarbaraBB One about an old Dutch man who emigrated to Canada year‘s before. His memories get lost because of Altzeimer‘s. Heartbreaking. An all-time favorite 6d
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BarbaraBB All Hermans‘ books are excellent. This one is my favorite and set in WWII 6d
BarbaraBB Arnon Grunberg is very popular. I‘m not much of a fan but this one is good. (edited) 6d
BarbaraBB A classic. About WWII and Indonesia, a Dutch colony at the time. Very poignant. You can‘t go wrong with Brouwers either. 6d
BarbaraBB This one may be my favorite ever. It‘s the story of a woman who knows what she wants in 19th century The Hague. It reminded me of Wharton, Austen and Dickens. 6d
BarbaraBB Anna Enquist writes stories like poetry. I hope her sentences are as good when translated. Great plot too. 6d
AceOnRoam This is excellent, thanks @BarbaraBB 6d
BarbaraBB @AceOnRoam I hope you will join next year‘s challenge! 😘 6d
lele1432 Oooh I took a screenshot of this! These titles sound interesting! 6d
BarbaraBB @lele1432 Does that mean you‘re joining too? I hope so! 💕 6d
Kalalalatja Eline Vere sounds perfect! Thanks for putting it on my radar 👏 6d
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja It was originally published as a feuilleton in the newspaper, so it consists of short chapters all with a sort of cliffhanger. It‘s soooo good! 6d
Librarybelle Awesome! 5d
LeeRHarry Thanks ! I think I have Herman Koch‘s The Dinner somewhere so I may read that one 😊 5d
lele1432 Yes I‘d love to join! 5d
batsy This great! Thank you all for the suggestions @Kalalalatja @julesG @Simona (And now I really wish Litsy has a way for us to save certain posts...) 5d
batsy @BarbaraBB Glad to hear there's a book about twins that's quiet and calm, very different from twins we've encountered via NYRB... 😂 5d
Freespirit Wow this is such a great post! Thank you I shall look out for some of these books😊 5d
erzascarletbookgasm @batsy I hear you! Meanwhile we have to be content with screenshots! And 😂 on the twins! 5d
BarbaraBB @lele1432 Thanks for signing up! Very happy to have you! 5d
BarbaraBB @batsy @erzascarletbookgasm I had to think about that immediately too 😉 5d
BarbaraBB @Freespirit You‘re very welcome. I hope they‘ll be easily available! 🤞 5d
CarolynM Thank you, that will be helpful.😘 5d
jveezer I really liked the Twin! First Dutch author I read, off the top of my head. 5d
AnneCecilie Thanks for the tips. I might read one of these. 5d
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Too Much Lip | Melissa Lucashenko
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It took some time getting into this novel, mainly because of the use of local slang. But then it took off and I was drawn hard into the fast-paced plot about an Aboriginal family. They all have developed their own ways to cope with Australian society and their position within it. Addiction, criminal activities, lethargy, avoidance: it is each for their own, within society and within the family. 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 #ozfiction

BarbaraBB A potential threat of losing their land, and the shared determination to protect it, does change things however. It‘s a gritty yet loving and respectful novel and as a ‘dugai‘ I have learned a lot 😀 . Thank you so much for sending it to me, Carolyn! 💕 (edited) 6d
squirrelbrain Sounds really interesting! 6d
Megabooks This is on my TBR! Great review! 6d
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LeeRHarry Great review! I have it in my library pile to read, it‘s been bumped up that pile now 😊 hopefully I‘ll get to it before it has to go back! 5d
Freespirit Great review! 5d
CarolynM I'm so glad you enjoyed it. It's so hard to know how much use of language and references rely on our particular cultural knowledge and how much is more widely understood. I'm reminded of the old joke about the English and the Americans being separated by a common language 😂 I think the thing I loved most about it was that it didn't shy away from the bad stuff but it's tone was fundamentally positive. The characters were strong and resilient. 5d
BarbaraBB I am sure I didn‘t understand all but I really loved Kerry and how she stood up for things that mattered to her. And I loved the rawness about it all. While typing this I realize I may romanticize that aspect a bit 😊 @CarolynM (edited) 5d
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We‘re taking a trip through Europe in 2020! Join @Librarybelle and me on a year long challenge to read books set in an European country or by an author from an European country. Track your reading by signing up for the challenge using the below link. Post throughout the year with #ReadingEurope2020 and remember to tag us!


Librarybelle Hooray!! 6d
CarolynM I'm hopeless at challenges but I want to give this a go. It will take me a while to work out which book for which category though! 6d
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jenniferw88 Just signed up for this! 6d
BarbaraBB @CarolynM You are joining? Wow! It should be just fun, trying to read as many books set in different countries and/or by authors from different countries. We can give eachother recommendations. The hashtag turned out to be a good starting point for finding good books in this years #ReadingUSA2019! 6d
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 Super nice! Let‘s do this! ❤️ 6d
Sace I just signed up. I couldn't resist. I haven't figured out what I'll read though. 6d
Cinfhen Thanks for tagging me!!! Going to sign up right now ❤️ 6d
Cathythoughts I‘m diving in ! Signed up 👍🏻❤️thanks for the tag !! (edited) 6d
LeeRHarry I‘m going to give this a go too - like @CarolynM I‘m not the best with challenges 😏 - sounds like fun! 😊 Still including the UK ? 🤪 (edited) 6d
Cinfhen It‘s Like Eurovision for books!!! Let‘s see how far I get xx can‘t wait to start seeing everyone‘s ideas 6d
BarbaraBB @Sace So happy to have you! This will be fun! ❤️ 6d
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts So nice that you‘re joining! Thanks! 💕 6d
batsy Thanks for the tag! I'm going to peruse and have a think ❤️ and most likely will be persuaded 😁 6d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yay! Let‘s do this! ReadingUSA has been so much fun! 6d
BarbaraBB @LeeRHarry Really great to have you joining! We‘ll share ideas and see how far we‘ll get! UK will always be Europe- with or without EU 😉❤️ 6d
BarbaraBB @batsy Give me an SO if you need any convincing 😂 6d
JennyM I‘ve enjoyed my first challenge this year so I‘ve just signed up! Let‘s see how I go...eek! Thanks for hosting guys 😘 @Librarybelle and @BarbaraBB 6d
Emilymdxn Yes so excited! Let‘s do this! Very excited to become even more European and until I‘m the ultimate Nigel Farage-angering machine 💙💛💙💛 6d
LittleBug Signed up! Let‘s see how far my TBR stack gets me☺️ 6d
CarolynM Yes, I've just signed up. I'll definitely need your recommendations for some of the countries. Don't let the Brexiteers hear you - they've never believed the UK is part of Europe. I plan to read the last of Ali Smith's quartet for that one - seems appropriate @LeeRHarry 6d
batsy Ok, I signed up! 😆🎉 6d
saresmoore Sara, a few days ago: “I‘m not going to do any reading challenges next year. I always fail at them.” Sara, this morning upon seeing this post: “Oh oh oh! I‘m definitely doing this reading challenge!” 😆🤷‍♀️🥳 6d
LeeRHarry @CarolynM Sounds like a good choice! 😊 6d
squirrelbrain @Emilymdxn 🤣🤣🤣 6d
mklong I‘m in! Sounds like fun!! 6d
andrew61 I've signed up, which now makes my second challenge for next year but as @CarolynM has alluded to the deaded B word this is my way of embracing the joy of Europe. Although i haven't got a clue how i do the Google list, is it as i go along, may just post here as go along. Thanks for organising ☺ 6d
BarbaraBB @JennyM @Emilymdxn @LittleBug @CarolynM @batsy @saresmoore @mklong @andrew61 Wow, coming out of a meeting and you all have signed up! This is going to be great! ❤️👍🏼 6d
BookNAround I‘m terrible at challenges and have a way of getting seriously distracted (plus once my reading for my job ramps up Feb-Aug, I don‘t have a ton of flexibility) but I think I‘m going to sign up and see where I get. 6d
BarbaraBB @BookNAround Please do! I think it will be very hard to actually finish it. Let‘s just see where it goes and discover some new writers! That‘s how I think of it as well! 6d
Liz_M I'm in! (Using all 1001 books, of course 😉) I won't get very far, but hope to read at least one per month. 6d
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Great! I have a lot of 1001 books on my shelves coming from various European countries too! 6d
Kalalalatja I‘m so excited! I‘ll have to start planning this and #Booked2020 soon 😄 6d
Simona I just signed up, and I think that I'm gonna enjoy in this challenge very much❣️ Thank you @BarbaraBB and @Librarybelle for your effort😘 6d
youneverarrived I‘ve just signed up. Thanks for putting it together ♥️ 6d
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja @Simona Great! Are you going to share some great Danish and Slovenian books with us? 6d
BarbaraBB @youneverarrived I was hoping you would join too! (edited) 6d
Kalalalatja Good idea! But I‘ll have to brush up on my Danish lit, it isn‘t really what I read the most 😅 6d
Simona It‘s the same with me☺️ @Kalalalatja ...and there is also problem with the translations. Slovenian books translated into a English are rarity @BarbaraBB 6d
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja @Simona The same goes for me. I don‘t read that many Dutch authors either. For Slovenia, I was thinking of 6d
Simona Yes, I would recommend it, but with the slightest reservation ... I would also recommend anything by Drago Jančar, my favorite by him is 6d
Simona and also translated in English is Brina Svit 6d
julesG I'm still on the fence re: signing up, but I'll put together a few German authors translated into English. 6d
BarbaraBB @julesG That would be so nice! Translated German authors as well as you signing up 😉. Thanks! 💕 6d
julesG I caved. But I'm not promising to do all the states. 6d
BarbaraBB @julesG I honestly doubt if it‘s possible to read them all. I‘m happy to try. Thanks for caving 😀 6d
AceOnRoam I'll join in thanks for all the effort you've put into this, it's much appreciated 💕 6d
BarbaraBB @AceOnRoam You‘re very welcome and most of the work has been done by @Librarybelle - she made the Google form! 6d
AceOnRoam Great, thanks, I have just thanked her on her own post too. 6d
AceOnRoam @AnneFindsJoy you maybe interested? 6d
AnneFindsJoy @AceOnRoam thanks for tagging me, interested for sure :) thanks to the organizers!!! 5d
Texreader Signed up! 5d
lele1432 I signed up! 😄 5d
arubabookwoman Great idea! I signed up, but not sure if I did it right because I didn't fill in the books yet. Was I supposed to? (edited) 5d
BarbaraBB @AnneFindsJoy Let‘s make this as inspiring as this year‘s #ReadingUSA2019! 5d
BarbaraBB @Texreader @lele1432 @arubabookwoman Thanks for signing up! This will be such fun! 💃 Deborah, you don‘t need to fill in your books yet, you can do that during the year, to keep track. 5d
Texreader @BarbaraBB Thanks for doing this! I think it will be lots of fun! 5d
JazzFeathers I'm a disaster with challenges, but this is too good to pass on. 5d
BarbaraBB @JazzFeathers I hope you‘ll sign up, there‘s no failing in this challenge! It‘ll be fun to discover some new authors. I don‘t think many will actually complete it 😉 5d
JazzFeathers @BarbaraBB Just signed up 😁 5d
BarbaraBB @JazzFeathers I saw! I‘m glad you did! 5d
Linsy Yay!!! 5d
erzascarletbookgasm Oh well, what‘s another reading challenge?! 😆 Thanks for doing this. I‘m sure my reading journey will be enriched. Perhaps I should do one Reading Asia 2021! 😉 4d
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm Yes, happy you‘re joining too! @Librarybelle do you hear that? #ReadingAsia2021 😀🤛🏼 4d
ValerieAndBooks Looks fun. I just signed up! I don‘t know how many I‘ll get to, though 😅 4d
BarbaraBB @ValerieAndBooks I was hoping you would! It will be fun just exploring some new places and authors! 😘 4d
Megabooks Just joined! I have no idea what I‘m reading yet, but I‘m going to try and complete this! 5h
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I love that your joining too! This will be fun, we‘re with more than 70 Littens already! 3h
Megabooks @BarbaraBB yay! Congratulations! 🎉🎉📚 Was I supposed to get an email back? What is the best way to bookmark the form so I can keep track well? Thanks! 3h
BarbaraBB If you fill in the form you should receive the Google Form in your email. You can keep track of the countries in that form. After adding a new book you can submit and will receive a new email / the updated Google Form. Am I right @Librarybelle ? But you don‘t need to fill in the form, just keep track the way that‘s easiest for you! 2h
Megabooks I didn‘t receive the email back. Can you double check my email? Booksandcooks.litsy at gmail dot com. Hmmm... Thanks! @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle (edited) 2h
Librarybelle @megabooks - I‘m not sure why you did not receive the form back. Your email looks right, and I tested just now with my own registration (I had not registered yet!) and got the form back. Did it go into the Spam folder by accident? @BarbaraBB is right - you can keep track the easiest way for you! You don‘t have to fill out this form; some Littens like this. We used this too so we know who is interested. So sorry! 1h
Megabooks @Librarybelle it was in my spam folder along with a lovely letter from @JenReadsAlot that I didn‘t see. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Jennifer, I finally returned your email, thank you! Jess, thank you for reminding me of the basic rules of email because I forgot!! This is a multiple facepalm post! 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 1h
Librarybelle @Megabooks So glad you found it! 1h
BarbaraBB @Megabooks haha! I am happy you found it! Thanks for helping out, @Librarybelle now
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Orlando: A Biography | Virginia Woolf
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“Near London Bridge, a wrecked wherry boat was plainly visible, lying on the bed of the river where it had sunk last autumn. The old bumboat woman, who was carrying her fruit to market on the Surrey side, sat there in her plaids and farthingales with her lap full of apples, for all the world as if she were about to serve a customer, though a certain blueness about the lips hinted the truth."

The #Frozen Thames described by Woolf. ?❄️ #MOvember

Cinfhen Lovely images 6d
JennyM Bumboat woman - what a description ❄️ 6d
batsy Love this quote and image! 6d
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BarbaraBB @JennyM @batsy I‘ll never forget Woolf‘s descriptions of the frozen Thames. So vivid ❤️ 6d
Billypar One of my all -time favorites, and I love the frozen Thames part! 6d
KarenUK Love this 😍💕 6d
merelybookish Beautiful! I'm hoping to re-read this before the month ends! 6d
BarbaraBB @Billypar It‘s unforgettable 💙 6d
youneverarrived This scene is so vivid 💙 6d
Severnmeadows A very beautiful picture! 6d
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The Great Book Swap | Alan Mitchell
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I couldn‘t resist this one again. It‘s just books and chocolat and I loved it last year. Thank for organizing @MaleficentBookDragon ! Check Chelle‘s post for all details, you can still enter! #Jolabokaflodswap

MaleficentBookDragon THANK YOU FOR SHARING! 1w
LiteraryinLititz I signed up! ☺️ 1w
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The Pisces: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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@robinb @squirrelbrain Today I was finally allowed to open your parcels and postcards. You sending me this from across the North Sea and the Atlantic means so much to me. I am so happy to have you in my life 💕! And Helen, the book does seem weird, I agree, but I‘ve seen so many good reviews! I‘ll keep you posted! Thanks again!

squirrelbrain I hope you‘ll enjoy it! 🤞Hope you had a lovely birthday! 😘 1w
youneverarrived Intrigued what you‘ll make of this one 😆 7d
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Case Histories: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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Check @Cinfhen ‘s post about #BelowZer00s. In January it is party time again 💃🕺I am co-hosting Cindy in the #buddyread of Case Histories and in sharing our memories (Music🎶! Food🍿! Drinks🍷! Hair💇🏽‍♀️! Outfits👗!) of the zero‘s. We will be celebrating here the weekend from 10-12 January. So get your copy and get ready! All Littens are welcome to join of course. Tagged are some people who have indicated that they wanna join. Share the word!

bookandcat Yes I want to read this it's been sitting on my shelf for ages!!! Thanks for remembering me 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Yes!! 👍 1w
nomadreader This has been on my TBR forever! Would love to join. Thanks for tagging me, @BarbaraTheBibliophage ! 1w
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Megabooks 🎉🎉 I‘m going to party like it‘s 2005! Thanks for reminding me! 1w
BookwormAHN Looking forward to it 😸 1w
Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 1w
jenniferw88 I'm interested! 1w
Cinfhen What a fun group!!! It‘s gonna be a great way to start 2020 @bookandcat @erzascarletbookgasm @nomadreader @Megabooks @BookwormAHN @jenniferw88 🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳 1w
Kalalalatja I had completely forgotten about this, but I‘m so excited! Can‘t wait to party with you all 🙌 1w
thereadingowlvina Yay! Can't wait! 😊 1w
JennyM Count me in for the party 🥳 @cinfhen @BarbaraBB 1w
BarbaraBB @Redwritinghood Thank You 😘 1w
CarolynM Thanks for the tag. I'll be there.🙂 1w
gradcat Thanks for the reminder! I have already read the book, so I might just lurk, but maybe I‘ll be in for a reread. We‘ll see. Right now I‘m reading the latest in the series, 1w
BarbaraBB @gradcat You don‘t need to reread to join the party with your memories and pictures of the 00s 😘😊 1w
gradcat @BarbaraBB Oh, okay then—I‘m in!! Thanks for letting me know! 1w
Mdargusch Fun! I had forgotten about this. I‘m so excited to join in the fun! 1w
Crazeedi I'm game, not sure of what all to do, but in going to look for the book!! 1w
vivastory I'm ridiculously excited to read this!! I have the sneaky suspicion that this might become a new favorite series 🙌 6d
BarbaraBB @vivastory So happy you‘ll be there! 🕺💃 6d
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In my father's garden | Jan Siebelink
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This is the heartbreaking story of the gradual but unstoppable slipping of a wounded man, who flees into the darkest Calvinism and the pain this causes in his immediate environment. It‘s also the story of the love between a man who lives for the hereafter, and a woman who wants to live now.

This is one of my favorite Dutch novels and I can recommend it for #ReadingEurope2020 (soon to be announced by @Librarybelle and me‼️)

erzascarletbookgasm ReadingEurope2020? Sounds exciting! 1w
Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Can‘t wait for #ReadingEurope2020 and HAPPY BIRTHDAY 🎉🎈🎂🎁 💋🍷 1w
Hooked_on_books Hooray for ReadingEurope2020! I shall be signing up. I‘ve already started to comb through some of my books and reshelve them so I can find some options more easily when the time comes. 👏🏼 1w
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JennyM Happy birthday lovely! Hope you have a wonderful day x 😘 1w
Kalalalatja #ReadingEurope2020 sounds just like something that could motivate me to read more! 👏 1w
TrishB Happy birthday 🎉🎉 enjoy your day. 1w
Cathythoughts Happy Birthday 👍🏻❤️🎁. 1w
batsy Happy birthday, friend! Have a fantastic day ❤️🎉📚📚📚 1w
Cathythoughts #ReadingEurope2020 sounds really interesting... Id like to give it a try .... will watch out for your announcements 👍🏻❤️ 1w
LauraBrook Happy birthday!!! Have a wonderful day! ❤️ 1w
Simona Happy birthday❣️🍾🥂 1w
youneverarrived Happy Birthday. Hope you have a lovely day 🍷😘😘 1w
Librarybelle Hooray! Great recommendation for next year. Happy Birthday!! I got your email and will make the changes later on today. 😁 1w
saresmoore Happy birthday, friend! 🥳 1w
LauraBeth Happy Birthday! 😘🎉🎉🎉 1w
JulAnna Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day! 🎉😊 1w
merelybookish Happy Birthday Barbara! Hope the day is lovely! 🎉🎁🎂🎈📚 1w
Kdgordon88 Happy, happy Birthday! 🎂 1w
MaureenMc Happy birthday!🎈 1w
MicheleinPhilly Happy Birthday!!! I hope you are having a fabulous day! 1w
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We Are Called to Rise | Laura McBride
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Las Vegas, city of opposites, where glamour and wealth seem never far away from poverty and harshness.
A refugee boy, a lonely wife, a war veteran with PTSD, another veteran in rehab, and a social worker. I‘d like to read more about each of them.
But this book is about the tragedy that interweaves their storylines. A tragedy that represents the major themes of current times. It is sad with a glimpse of hope. I loved it.

#ReadingUSA2019 #Nevada

Kalalalatja Great review! 👏 1w
JennyM Fantastic review - and sounds totally my type of read. Thanks for sharing #stacked 😘 1w
MicheleinPhilly I just went to stack this and then thought, “This sounds familiar.” On Kindle. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1w
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Librarybelle Great review! 1w
Cinfhen Beautiful review! So glad it was a pick❣️I‘m always a little worried when I recommend a book. You‘re almost there 🙌🏻 1w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Most of the time we‘re in sync 💕 1w
Cinfhen True @BarbaraBB 👯‍♀️ 1w
Jee_HookedOnBookz I love this cover! But I think I saw a different one in BN. Great review! ❤️ 1w
BarbaraBB @Jee_HookedOnBookz Thanks! It‘s the UK edition I think. I bought it from BookDepository. 1w
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly I hope you‘ll get to it soon! 1w
Reggie This sounds great. Stacked! 1w
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Too Much Lip | Melissa Lucashenko
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#WeeklyReport 46/19

I started We are Called to Rise today and am absolutely LOVING it so far. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Cindy. Next will be Too Much Lip, which I am so happy was gifted to me by @CarolynM Her review was so good. I‘ll read this one for #ATY2019.
In between I‘ll continue reading the Wells, both in hardcopy and on #SerialRead.
Lovely week ahead, don‘t you think?!

emilyhaldi We are Called does sound really good!!! Adding to my tbr 🤗 2w
Cinfhen I‘m so glad you‘re loving it, barbara!!! It‘s really good ~ don‘t want to say too much so I look forward to reading next week‘s #BookReport 😁 2w
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Kalalalatja It sounds like you are in for a great week! ☺️ and your birthday is this week, right? 2w
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja Yes! Just like yours 😉😘 2w
Kalalalatja It can only be a great week, then 😉 2w
CarolynM Hope you enjoy Too Much Lip. Don't forget the glossary and you can ask me anything and I'll try to answer - I may need help from @MrsMalaprop 🙂 1w
MrsMalaprop @CarolynM 👏👏👏 So excited to see this being read widely. Have you read ? 1w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM @MrsMalaprop Thanks! I know how to find you 😘 1w
CarolynM @MrsMalaprop My book group has just chosen The Yield for our summer read. Looking forward to it. 1w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM do you know where I can find a glossary? I just started and it would come in handy 😀 1w
CarolynM @BarbaraBB I thought there was one in the back of the book but I've just checked and found it was in her earlier book Mullumbimby. My memory is getting worse and worse. I'm going to try to scan in that one and email it to you. (edited) 1w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM That would be so nice. Maybe there‘s one online as well. I‘ll have a look! 1w
CarolynM @BarbaraBB I've just emailed you a PDF of the Glossary from Mullumbimby from my westgarthwoman account. Hope you can access it! 1w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM perfect, I have received it and have already found some words that I was wondering about! 😘 1w
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#BookReport 45/19

According to plan I finished Beware of Pity (4*) and The Glass Bees (3*). Also I made a start with The Island of Doctor Moreau for the #1001books list. I am looking forward to an easy book to read alongside this one.

Megabooks I‘ve thought about reading The Island of Dr Moreau. Interested to read your thoughts!! 😊💜 (edited) 2w
Cinfhen Pretty photo!!! Impressed, you‘re staying true to your #WeeklyForecast 2w
arubabookwoman I have The Glass Bees on my Kindle, but have been putting off reading it because somehow I thought it was massive. It looks fairly short though. 2w
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BarbaraBB @arubabookwoman It‘s really short. And it‘s worth reading! 2w
vivastory I really hope you like Dr Moreau. It might be my favorite Wells. 2w
BarbaraBB @vivastory I hope too. I‘m not a fan of Wells 🤞 2w
Liz_M @arubabookwoman Don't confuse it with the tagged 1001 book, which is much longer. 😆😆😆 2w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M @arubabookwoman Lots of glass in the #1001books, there‘s also 2w
arubabookwoman You know, it was The Glass Bead Game I was thinking of. Have either of you read it? @Liz_M @BarbaraBB 2w
BarbaraBB I bailed on it decades ago. I haven‘t tried again since. @Liz_M will probably have read it! 2w
Liz_M @arubabookwoman @BarbaraBB I bailed on the audio book, but own a paper copy and will get to it......eventually. 😁 2w
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The Glass Bees | Ernst Jnger
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I‘m the first to review this book on Litsy. That hardly happens anymore!

This is a disturbing story of a jobless former soldier who feels lost in an overmechanized world symbolized by artificial bees. He has an unusual job interview at Zapparoni Works.
The narrative blends his depiction of this interview, flashbacks to his childhood and his days as a soldier, and reflection on the themes of technology and morality.

#NYRB #1001books

Texreader Great review 2w
BarbaraBB @Texreader Thank You! 2w
Megabooks Fantastic review! 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Thank You 😊 2w
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Beware of Pity | Stefan Zweig, Trevor Blewitt
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A young Austrian officer befriends a local millionaire and his family, but in particular the man's crippled daughter, Edith, for whom he feels sorry. The consequences are terrible.
But there is so much more to the story. As always, Zweigs‘ plot unfolds through things left unsaid, situations misread.
The only possible downside to this book is that it would be even more powerful if he‘d written it as a novella.

#Booked2019 #SoldiersStory

Cinfhen Oh, didn‘t realize this was for #Booked2019 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yes! Two more to go for this year! 2w
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I too have started planning my books for the winter prompts of #Booked2020. I am now thinking of these six but can‘t promise that it won‘t change completely.
But I love the planning, it‘s so much fun!

Cinfhen Ohhhh!!! I‘m excited by your choices!!! I ♥️your #CoverCrush it‘s swoon-y 2w
TrishB Look great 👍🏻 2w
Megabooks I loved Made for Love and Woman No 17! 2w
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4thhouseontheleft Great picks! 🙌🏽💜 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks That is good to know! 2w
UnidragonFrag I've gotten as far as writing the prompts in my bujo and two books that I want to read as they're bookclub books, but not sure yet where they'll fit in lol 2w
BarbaraBB @UnidragonFrag Just computing them in a bujo is great, isn‘t it?! 😊 2w
Kalalalatja I have only heard of two of these, so I‘ll be excited to hear your thought if/when you get to them all! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm 👍 I‘ve only heard of the Jacobson book. I‘d better start planning too! 2w
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Beware of Pity | Stefan Zweig, Trevor Blewitt
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He feels #sorry for her but is that a good starting point for a relationship? That‘s what this book is about and I don‘t know where it will lead yet, but it‘s great. Zweig‘s style is addictive. It‘s just that Chelsea-Ajax is on tv and that is distracting! #MOvember

Freespirit Another one for the list! 2w
TrishB Was at Liverpool match and this score kept getting updated!! 2w
BarbaraBB @TrishB Such a crazy match! Liverpool did great again I think? 2w
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Cinfhen My two favorite #FootieGirls plus @arlenefinnigan she‘s a fav too!!! @TrishB @BarbaraBB so 3 #FootieGirls ⚽️⚽️⚽️ 2w
TrishB @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen we are on a lucky streak - the top players not at their best but others stepping up! 2w
arlenefinnigan We were watching the Liverpool game in the pub with a Man Who Doesn't Know Anything About Football Talking Very Loudly About Football. "is that Mané diving again?" - probably not seeing as he's not on the pitch. "well when Celtic won the European Cup in 1968" - they won it in 1967, Manchester United won it in 1968, famously, 10 years after the Munich disaster. Ugh. Men. 2w
BarbaraBB @arlenefinnigan @TrishB @Cinfhen I agree. Nothing worse than people who don‘t know anything about football talking about it! Happy that Liverpool won! Ajax felt screwed by the arbiter 😡😉 (edited) 2w
TrishB @arlenefinnigan how many of them are there!! 2w
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Voting for the #GoodreadsChoiceAwards is open now. I‘m disappointed again by the nominated books. They are so middle of the road, so predictable and uninspired. I know it‘s based on added and reviewed books on the platform itself, so I shouldn‘t be surprised, yet I do think these Awards do add nothing to what we already know without voting. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

Kalalalatja I feel you. I haven‘t even looked at the nominated books yet, and I already know, I won‘t be surprised.. 2w
Cinfhen I agree; these awards are usually uninspiring!!! I haven‘t looked but I guarantee Testaments and Crawdad‘s are going to win 🙄 2w
Cinfhen I guess Crawdad‘s was on the list last year🤷🏼‍♀️did it win??? 2w
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It must have been on the list last year, it‘s one of those predictable nominees indeed. Give me the #ToB longlist over this one any time! 💕 (edited) 2w
LeahBergen These lists are always so “meh” for me, too. 😐 2w
Reggie What‘s a book you would like to see win some award? 2w
BarbaraBB @Reggie I‘m not sure if they were all published in this timeframe but I loved 2w
BarbaraBB To name a few! 2w
Reggie I haven‘t read any of them, booooo, I‘ll have to change that. 2w
Birdsong28 You can add your own suggestion 2w
batsy Agreed! Because it's based on GR data it'll inevitably be the most hyped books that end up there. 2w
Ms_T Litsy should do a Best Books of 2019, the list would contain a much greater variety of literature. 2w
Amiable I agree. I‘m usually uninspired by the choices. 2w
BarbaraBB @Ms_T Litsy does! I think it‘s organized by @LibrarianRyan (edited) 2w
LibrarianRyan @BarbaraBB @Ms_T yep. Nominations for the #LitsyAwards will start Dec 1. I have the form ready and everything. Click through the hashtag to see the last two years worth of awards. 2w
Ms_T @LibrarianRyan @BarbaraBB Great, I‘ll check it out! 2w
MicheleinPhilly I completely agree. These “awards” are just silly. I have this list bookmarked as they update it every month. It‘s fantastic: https://www.realsimple.com/work-life/entertainment/best-books-2019 2w
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly Wow, that is a fantastic site. I know what I‘m gonna go tonight 😎😜 2w
lele1432 Yeah, I'm writing in a YA book I'm almost finished with that's not listed sadly, due to not enough hype, but it's fantastic! I'm excited for the #LitsyAwards! 2w
BarbaraBB @lele1432 That one sounds good! I do have a weak spot for everything related to Haïti ?? 2w
BarbaraBB @LibrarianRyan Thanks! Looking forward to it! 2w
lele1432 I thought it was so good! I hadn't read anything related to Haiti before. 😊 2w
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Beware of Pity | Stefan Zweig, Trevor Blewitt
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#WeeklyForecast 45/19

A new month means another 50 pages of Proust - like I‘ve been doing since 2017. This is the last book in the series but it‘ll take months to finish it.
I just started the tagged book. Zweig is becoming a favorite author.
Next will be a shorty for the #1001books list, The Glass Bees.
I guess that will be it for this week but just in case, I added the next one for the #ReadingUSA2019 challenge, We are Called to Rise.

Cinfhen I‘m guessing that‘s your Nevada pick 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yes! Weren‘t you the one who suggested it? 3w
Cinfhen I think so 😬🤞🏼🤞🏼 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Its premise looks great! I hope I‘ll get to it this wel but that may be a bit too ambitious 😉 3w
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True Grit | Charles Portis
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An old school western, this book. Raving reviews everywhere but I wasn‘t pulled in for one minute. I couldn‘t connect to the plot, the setting or the characters. Well, at least I can tick off #Arkansas for the #ReadingUSA2019 challenge!

Graywacke Think I‘ll pass on this (ok, it wasn‘t on the list anyway...) 3w
ValerieAndBooks I really liked this one! But I know sometimes one doesn‘t always like what “everyone” likes 😉 3w
sprainedbrain I‘m taking this off of my tbr... I‘ve been hesitant to read it for years and you just helped me decide. 😃 3w
jillrhudy I loved it too! 3w
Librarybelle Yes - at least another one ticked off the list! 3w
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#BookReport week 44/19

The Man who Saw Everything was a quick read and everything I hoped for.
The Princess of Cleves, a kind of 18th century soap, I had to bail on. I used it for the public domain prompt for #Booked2019 though.
The Lowland had been on my shelves since 2014. I finally read it because it is set in Rhode Island, a state I still needed for #ReadingUSA2019. I enjoyed it much more than I anticipated.

So I had a good reading week!

squirrelbrain 😁👍 Great week! 3w
Cinfhen Nice week!!! I had a bail too!!!! 3w
Lcsmcat I‘ve got The Lowland on my shelf. Maybe I should bump it up. 3w
Centique What @Lcsmcat said ☝️exactly the same here. 😊 3w
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Melkboer met de blues | Huub van der Lubbe
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Sometimes I wish you all would speak Dutch. Then I could share this book with you. It contains the lyrics of my favorite Dutch band, called De Dijk.
I grew up with their #music (a mix of rock and blues), and their lyrics are pure poetry; they touch my heart again and again ❤️

ljuliel What does the title say in English ? 3w
BarbaraBB @ljuliel Milkman with the blues! 3w
Chrissyreadit I absolutely wish I could speak Dutch... 3w
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ljuliel That‘s strange that the word blues is the same ! I‘m not much of a language expert. I took Latin, but that was back when mini skirts were still in style. 3w
emilyhaldi If only!!! 3w
BarbaraBB @ljuliel We just don‘t translate it. It‘s a bit of an untranslatable word, ‘the blues‘. Literally we translate blue into ‘blauw‘. 3w
BarbaraBB @Chrissyreadit It‘s no use for you English speaking people, almost no one speaks it outside my little country 😀 3w
Chrissyreadit Ironically my daughter has to help a little girl speak a few lines in Dutch for the play A Miracle On 34 Street 3w
BarbaraBB @Chrissyreadit That is such a coincidence! 3w
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The Lowland | Jhumpa Lahiri
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I liked this book more than I expected. It is a family saga set in turbulent Calcutta and quiet Rhode Island. It‘s about brothers and wives, mothers and daughters. Above all it is about people making choices for themselves and the consequences of those choices for others. Lahiri is a thoughtful storyteller with a lot to tell.

#ReadingUSA2019 #RhodeIsland

Librarybelle Awesome! 3w
vivastory I love Lahiri's stories, I need to read this one 3w
Blaire One of my go-to authors! 3w
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I just received the #Persephone Biannually, always a pleasant surprise. But in it I read that they consider to stop publishing if/when Brexit continues. That would be such a shame!

emilyhaldi What?!?! 😱 3w
MicheleinPhilly Oh no! Quick @emilyhaldi - make sure your sister doesn‘t see/hear this! 3w
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A classic from the #1001books list. Really short but I didn't manage to finish it. I think it is supposed to be a kind of classic soap novel but I really couldn't keep track of all the character. Sometimes it seemed as if in every other sentence a new character was introduced or mentioned. Not for me!

#Booked2019 #PublicDomain

Cathythoughts I‘m useless with loads of characters ... can‘t keep track at all 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3w
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts Neither do I 🙈 3w
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Sea Prayer | Khaled Hosseini
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#octoberstats #octoberwrapup

In October I read 14 books, a pretty good amount for me. Among those 14 my favorite was the tagged little book, more of a poem actually but so heartbreaking. That was a 5 star read for me, but I also had 9 (!) 4 star reads so I had a very satisfactory month!

Cinfhen That‘s a great reading month!!!! 3w
Megabooks Awesome!! 👍🏻👍🏻 3w
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Simona 14 is a big number, definitely very good reading month❣️ 3w
jillrhudy Me too! But I think Lonesome Dove should count three times! 3w
BarbaraBB @jillrhudy absolutely! 3w
youneverarrived Great month! 3w
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USA Activity Book | Heather Alexander
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Almost there! With another 4 reads in October I have only 7 states left to read my way through for the #ReadingUSA2019 challenge. And I do have a title for these 7, so I think I‘ll be able to finish before the end of the year!

The 4 books I read this month are:
🍀 Indiana: The Fault in our Stars
🍀 South Dakota: The Work of Wolves
🍀 Connecticut: On Earth we‘re Briefly Gorgeous
🍀 South Carolina: The Secret Life of Bees

Cinfhen Woohoo 🎉 are you and @Librarybelle working on a European challenge???? 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yes we are!! 3w
ljuliel You‘re doing terrific ✨✨✨✨✨✨ 3w
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BarbaraBB @ljuliel Thank you😊 3w
Cinfhen Can‘t wait!! 3w
Kimzey Such a great reading challenge! 3w
BarbaraBB @Kimzey Definitely. Are you participating too? In any case, next year will be #ReadingEurope2020 if your interested! (edited) 3w
squirrelbrain Yay! Looking forward to the Europe challenge! 😘 3w
Hooked_on_books Nice job! And I like the Europe idea—I‘ll definitely have to join that. 3w
Librarybelle You‘re almost done! And, it looks like we have a lot of interest in #ReadingEurope2020 ...hooray! 3w
Simona #ReadingEurope2020 ⁉️⁉️ I‘m definitely interested .... 3w
BarbaraBB @Simona I was hoping you would be! I‘ll keep you posted! 😘 3w
Simona Yes, please and thank you 😘 3w
jenniferw88 I'm interested in this too. I'm already planning a capital cities challenge for 2020 so I know I have some European countries covered! 1w
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 We‘ll be launching the challenge one of these days and I‘ll make sure to tag you. I am so happy you want to join! 💕 1w
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It‘s that time of the year again, the one in which to decide what reading challenges to participate in and what books to choose for each prompt. It‘s almost as good as the reading itself 😍

#ATY2020, Goodreads‘ Around The Year Challenge, is the first I saw and it‘s looking great. It won‘t be the same doing this challenge without @Rachel_nyc 💔but I am tempted to participate again.

merelybookish The planning is the best part! And I'm still thinking about Rachel. I didn't know her well, but the loss of a virtual friend is still a loss. 3w
BarbaraBB @merelybookish The planning is so exciting for us book nerds! And I am surprised how touched I am by the loss of a virtual friend. 3w
marleed Thank you for letting us know about Rachel. I found her public FB page yesterday and thought of her all day and still today. It breaks my IRL heart. 3w
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BarbaraBB @marleed I feel the same. Life can be rude. 3w
batsy I've been thinking about Rachel ever since you shared the news, too. I didn't know her well but I enjoyed her posts and her comments in discussion. I still can't wrap my mind around it 😔 3w
BarbaraBB @batsy It feels unreal. And it feels close even if we didn‘t know her well 😒 3w
Suet624 I‘m with you all in the news about Rachel too. It has really affected me. 3w
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Saul Adler, the main character in this book, is not a very likeable character, but the way Levy places him in the middle of the turbulent second half of Europe‘s 20th century is brilliant.

I can‘t say much without spoiling things, but be prepared that even the smallest details recur, reform, and return with new significance and meaning in Saul‘s struggle to bring order to his life and story.

(Pic: Dutch skies)

JamieArc I read about all the symbolism Levy places in this after I read it, and I missed so much! Would have been helpful to know more Beetles references too. I think I need to reread it at some point. 3w
BarbaraBB @JamieArc I read an article afterwards too and you‘re right, there so much that I missed! Such a clever use of language! 3w
Kalalalatja Stunning picture 👌 3w
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja Thank you 😀 3w
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I am at loss for words but I just found out and feel I need to inform you that my dear Litsy friend Rachel_nyc passed away.

I didn‘t know her personally but through our shared passion for books, it feels as if I‘ve lost a real friend.
I feel so sorry for your family and loved ones, dear Rachel. You were way too young to die. Way too full of life and plans

I will miss you here and I‘m sure many more of us will❤️💔❤️ (tagging the #nyrbbookclub)

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm so sorry to hear that. 💔 3w
suvata So sad 💔 3w
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merelybookish Oh my gosh! Heartbreaking! 3w
sprainedbrain Oh no. This is so sad. 💔 3w
marleed Ohh. I am so sad. 3w
thebluestocking Thank you for letting us all know. I really enjoyed Rachel here on Litsy. 3w
batsy This is so sad. I'm so sorry to hear this 😔 3w
Cinfhen Thank you dear sweet Barbara for sharing this heartbreaking news with our community. Sending condolences to Rachel‘s friends and family. You‘ll be missed, Rachel 💔 (edited) 3w
squirrelbrain Such sad news to hear - sending love and condolences to Rachel‘s family and friends. Know that Rachel was very loved here in our Litsy community. 3w
GatheringBooks oh my goodness. heart breaking news. :( how very sad, indeed. prayers and warm thoughts to Rachel‘s family. 3w
vivastory Thank you for posting this Barbara. I didn't know Rachel very well, but she always had great insight into the monthly NYRB selections & I always looked forward to her chiming in on the monthly discussion. She'll be missed by friends & family. 3w
youneverarrived Oh my gosh that‘s so sad 💔 my heart goes out to her family and friends and she will certainly be missed by us all on here. 3w
mklong Thank you for letting us know. This is so terribly sad. 3w
Balibee146 So sorry to read this 💔 3w
Cathythoughts I‘m very sorry to hear this 💔 3w
Kalalalatja I‘m so sorry to hear 💔 3w
AmyG I am so very sorry. 😪 3w
MicheleinPhilly Oh god. What absolutely horrible news. I am so sorry to hear this. 😞 3w
Come-read-with-me @BarbaraBB This is such a sad loss. I am truly sorry. 😞 3w
Leftcoastzen @BarbaraBB way too young . So sorry to hear this.Heartbreaking loss. 3w
ValerieAndBooks That is sad news. My heart goes out to her loved ones. 3w
BookNAround So very sad. Peace for everyone whose life she touched. 3w
erzascarletbookgasm So sorry to hear this. 😔 I remember seeing her post a few weeks ago. 3w
TheBookHippie Oh 😭. So very heartbreaking . Sending love to all who knew her. 3w
Jas16 I am sorry to hear this. Such sad news. 3w
LeahBergen Oh, my goodness. This is so heartbreakingly sad. 💔💔 She was such a delight here on Litsy. 😢 3w
Suet624 I have been so sad about this after hearing from you. I am so sorry for her family and friends. She will be missed on Litsy. 3w
sisilia Omg! I‘m so sorry to hear this 💔 3w
JoScho I‘m so sorry 😔 3w
CarolynM Such sad news. I'm very sorry to hear this. 3w
saresmoore Oh, how terrible! I‘m so sorry to hear this. 3w
Reviewsbylola Omg that‘s so awful. 💔 3w
Bklover Awful news! Thank you for letting us know. So very sad. I‘m so sorry. 3w
emilyhaldi How awful 💔💔💔 so sorry to hear this 3w
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Such a great new idea from @Cinfhen , to do a #weeklyforecast on Sunday followed by a#Bookreport on Saturday!

I started the tagged book today and when it‘s as good as other Levy‘s, I‘ll finish it soon. Then I will start The Lowland for the #ReadingUSA2019 challenge, a book I have been dreading for years, I don‘t know why. On @SerialReader and hardcopy I started The Princess of Cleves, a #1001read. This will take a while I think.

Cinfhen Super curious about your tagged book!!!! It sounds SO STRANGE from the synopsis but I‘ve seen good reviews. And I was also dreading the Lahiri but it was way better than I expected. We had really good #bookclub discussion 4w
Cinfhen Thanks for joining in 🥰 4w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen That‘s good to know about the Lahiri! And of course I‘m joining! 😘 4w
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KarenUK I‘m dying to read the Deborah Levy.... 4w
CarolynM I look forward to your thoughts on the Levy. I loved it. 4w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM @KarenUK @Cinfhen Just 20 pages in but loving it so far! 4w
lele1432 Those look really good! 3w
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The Secret Life of Bees | Sue Monk Kidd
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Such a lovely read about a young girl learning what love is all about among a group of women and bees. A feel good book with a touch of YA but a perfect read for a lazy weekend and I am glad I finally read it!

#ReadingUSA2019 #SouthCarolina

JennyM Cool pic 😎 4w
Librarybelle I really liked this one! Great picture! I‘ve been thinking about next year‘s challenge and will be in touch soon about it. 🙂 4w
Eggs Great book! 4w
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Yay! Looking forward to it! I have made a list of European countries as well - which turned out to be not as easy as you‘d think 😂 4w
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Sea Prayer | Khaled Hosseini
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“Because all I can think tonight is how deep the sea is. How powerless I am to protect you from it.
You are the most precious cargo there ever was.
I pray the sea knows this. Inshallah.”

What a heartbreaking book, inspired by the story of Alan Kurdi, the 3-year old Syrian refugee who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach safety in Europe in 2015. 😢💔

The Dumb House | John Burnside
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This book reminded me of The Collector and The Wasp Factory. Books with main characters who are cold and ruthless in an intelligent and argumentative way. I don‘t know what it says about me 🙈 but I did enjoy this freaky read about a man using his own kids to create a ‘Dumb House‘ experiment.

Thanks for sharing @Cinfhen 💕 and for putting it on my radar @Kalalalatja 😘

(Pic: Drents Museum, Assen, NL)

LeahBergen Well, now I KNOW I‘ll like it. 😆😆 4w
Kalalalatja I‘m glad you liked it! And I‘m a fan of the dark and twisty MCs, too 😅 4w
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen I think so too. And it‘s about twins again, so I can see a pattern 😂 4w
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BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja You should read this one too 4w
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Is it?? 😆 👏🏻👏🏻 4w
Cinfhen Cool photo 💓What does it say about me when all my besties are so dark & twisted???!!?! @Kalalalatja @LeahBergen @BarbaraBB 😉 4w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It makes you the sweet innocence 😂 4w
Cinfhen Thanks 😘😇my lovely 😈 4w
Kalalalatja Thanks for the rec Barbara, it sounds great! And @Cinfhen you could always join us on the dark side 😄😈 4w
Cinfhen Trust me @Kalalalatja I‘ve taken the walk 🤪🖤 4w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen 😂😂 4w
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Antonio Mancini: con cinquantasei tavole | Virgilio Guzzi, Antonio Mancini
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For work I visited the exhibition Sprezzatura in Assen, the Netherlands. It‘s about Italian artists from the 19th century. Look at this painting by Antonio Mancini, of a boy reading. Love it! #art

tpixie 😍😍😍 1mo
Libby1 It‘s wonderful. ❤️ 1mo
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Give Me Your Hand | Megan Abbott
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Disappointing. Two ambitious women, chasing a career in science (which is not really relevant for the plot), know about eachother‘s secret. This results in a strange balance between them, waiting to be disturbed.
Megan Abbott wants to put so much in this thriller but in the end it‘s all rather far-fetched.

LeeRHarry Totally agree with your review - I picked it up because I‘m a scientist myself and found that side of it unrealistic. 1mo
Redwritinghood Agree. I think this was based on real events, but I agree she didn‘t really make the characters or events plausible. 1mo
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The Book of Mormon: The Only Book That Matters | Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone
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I went to this musical tonight because my sister had an extra ticket. I don‘t like musicals at all, I thought. But I was wrong. I had such a good time! Such great actors, fantastic choreography, and such terrible political incorrect songs 😂 Loved it!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego This musical is amazing! 1mo
Amiable I laughed so hard during this I was afraid I‘d wet myself. 😄 1mo
kspenmoll I was lucky enough to see this on Broadway with the original cast- 😂😂😂 1mo
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jveezer As someone (an outsider) who went to the University of Utah, I especially enjoyed that show. 😜 1mo
BarbaraBB @Amiable @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego It is hilarious and I loved the self-mockery (If that is a correct English word)! 1mo
BarbaraBB @kspenmoll I think I saw it with the original cast too (not sure). It was an American cast, doing the show for the first time in a non-English speaking country. 1mo
BarbaraBB @jveezer I visited Utah this summer and read a lot about Mormonism, that made it extra nice!! How did you feel at the University of Utah? I had the idea people from all over the country come to SLC to live there but I might be wrong of course. 1mo
jveezer @BarbaraBB Back in the ‘80s it was like landing on a different planet where separation of church and state didn‘t exist. Felt like a betrayal of my ideal of my country. 1mo
BarbaraBB @jveezer That sounds weird! 1mo
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At Dusk | Hwang Sok-Yong
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Park Minwoo is a Korean architect who is part of Seoul‘s rapid urban development. The traditional slums are fast being removed and replaced by modern buildings. But with it, Minwoo realizes his own roots and that of his country are disappearing. A slow, sad read. Very good!

(Pic: Amsterdam marathon)

Kalalalatja I love that you brought a book to a Marathon 😂 1mo
LeahBergen Another great photo!! 😍 1mo
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja Yeah well... no excuse I think 😂 1mo
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The Other | Thomas Tryon
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For me this book was too crowded. Too many people, too many rooms and corners in the house, too many words. All of this made it hard for me to concentrate on what was happening. Still it was a scary read with smart twists. The horror was real and I am looking forward to discussing this one with the #NYRBBookClub!

(Pic: My son in his usual pose 😂)

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 made me feel claustrophobic! 1mo
Cathythoughts Lovely picture ♥️ 1mo
batsy Nice review! Thanks for the reminder that I should read this soon 😆 I keep thinking October lasts forever! 1mo
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Bookwormjillk Ha! Looks like my son 😜 1mo
Suet624 I was just wondering how folks were faring with this book. I chose to skip this one because I don‘t like being scared. 😁 1mo
mklong Great review! And @batsy Same! I guess it doesn‘t last forever just bc I want it to. 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy @mklong Me, too! I better get cracking on this one as it‘s my pick. 😆😆 1mo
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Night | Elie Wiesel
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Somehow I never read this one. I now did. In one breath. To imagine that what Wiesel went through happened here, in Europe, just 75 years ago! It‘s incredible and good to always be reminded of. This can never happen again and yet, when I read the news and realize that I know just a fraction of what is happening right now in Syria, in Central Africa, in Haiti, to name just a few. It‘s incomprehensible what people are able to do to one another 💔

Kalalalatja It truly is heartbreaking 💔 1mo
Chrissyreadit Yes- good perspective- I feel like we are standing by while genocide has happened in this century already- Syria and Rohyngia to begin with. 1mo
Amiable Elie Wiesel was a professor at my university when I was in college. He was equally as impressive a speaker as he was a writer. He would be speaking loudly and forcefully about what it going on in Syria today. 1mo
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JenniferP I somehow haven‘t read this yet, either! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Chrissyreadit Rohyngia indeed, how awful I forgot about them already 🤭 (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB @Amiable It must have been so special to have him as your professor. 1mo
BarbaraBB @JenniferP It‘s a must-read I think, in line with Primo Levi and Jorge Semprun! 1mo
Chrissyreadit @Amiable what an amazing opportunity!!! 1mo
lele1432 I have never read this either. Bought it on audio a few months ago. I really need to get to it! Still kind of blows my mind it happened less than 100 years ago... 1mo
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