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Buechersuechtling

Buechersuechtling

Joined October 2016

🇩🇪 Ein lese-loser Tag macht mir schlechte Laune. An einem Tag zu wenig zu lesen auch. – Aber wann liest man schon je genug❓😊
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I‘m not quite sure if I didn‘t know or just forgot that the book is about Alan Turing.

I like it – the bits of his biography that you get. At first I wasn‘t sure if I would also like Leonard Corell, the police assistant dealing with Turing‘s case, but meanwhile I think we get along well.

Even though it‘s hard to follow the story with the flu 😷, cough and heavy headaches.

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I own this as physical copy as well but because I don‘t have the energy to concentrate on reading at the moment I am happy I found the audiobook.

The only book by Lagercrantz I know is the 4th volume of the “Millennium”-trilogy. I liked it – with this he did a good job 👏🏼, but I also wanted to know how his very own creations are.

Let the story begin …

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Pickpick

I can‘t judge the scientific side of this – which I am kind of thankful for – but I was really engrossed.

Sure, at a certain point it‘s quite clear where the story is going to but til then you‘re already hooked.

The technical/scientific part is very understandable and you get some “Wow!” moments.
Yeah, the characters are not all very elaborate but I didn‘t care because only two of them are really important.

Looking forward to the next book.

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Might be I‘m already glad it‘s an audio play.

The names are unfamiliar to me as they are Asian/Chinese – so I would be grateful if there was a table of characters on the internet.

Which there ain‘t. At least I found none.
That‘s why I‘ll keep on listening and hope that that way my confusion decreases.

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New audiobook.
My online library stated it would play only 2 minutes. I doubted but borrowed it for only 24 hours.

I now started listening, and what shall I say❓ I think it‘s definitely longer.

My research said it‘s about scarcely 5 hours long …

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Pickpick

This book consists of two parts. The first one describes typical situations encountered in working life where one is made/persuaded to accept tasks that usually result in longer working days and less home time, the second part offers practical tips to re-educate oneself so that overtime is rejected in the future.

The book is humorous (that‘s the “Pick”) but the advice section is a bit slim (more a “So-So”) even though every tip is appropriate.

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Pickpick

You were right @LoverOfLearning and @Come-read-with-me – it‘s a lovely book. Even though I didn‘t fall too much for the love story but for the goings-on in the circus 🎪.

I loved Rosie 🐘 (of course) and Kinko 🤹🏼‍♂️.

No outstanding book but good entertainment.

LoverOfLearning Okay good review! How did you enjoy the ending? It made me smile and feel almost relieved for him. 3d
Buechersuechtling @LoverOfLearning To be honest, I‘d love if my family, friends and maybe myself would be that gifted. Reach such a high age, being relatively autonomous and witty plus having such an opportunity. 😍 Yeah, I liked it‼️ (edited) 3d
LoverOfLearning @Buechersuechtling right! What a happy ending to a life of hard work. 3d
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@LoverOfLearning Look, what I chose after I “The Giver” doesn‘t play properly. 😊

I started yesterday. Thanks to a long car ride I am already about two of its seven hours in. And yes, I think it will be okay – although I was surprised after I understood the meaning of the title (or at least _think_ I did understand it. 😂)

Years ago, when it was made into a film I thought: “Boooring!” and didn‘t want to watch it or read the book it‘s based on.

Curiouser_and_curiouser I just bought this last week in an opshop book haul, under the high recommendation of a lady in the shop 5d
Curiouser_and_curiouser I'm looking forward to reading it. Enjoy!! 5d
ljuliel This book was so good ! 5d
LoverOfLearning This was one of my favorite books I read this year. Hope you end up enjoying it! 5d
Come-read-with-me @Buechersuechtling I loved this book - it‘s one of my favourites. Hope you enjoy the read! 5d
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I was so much looking forward to this – but then this error notification appeared.

I tried it over and over again but it won‘t download or play. *sigh*

I will wait until my period of loan ends and then try it again. I don‘t give up @TamTracy ‼️

JacqMac That‘s frustrating! 5d
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I saw the end coming but not the twist. Even though some people might consider it obvious.

I did not love everything about the book, in the middle I was a tiny bit bored, but guys – the description of a life with Alzheimer‘s. 😱 I have no experience but I believe every word the 28-year-old author wrote down.

A book that resonates. A book to remember.

Strong, strong recommendation‼️

Come-read-with-me @Buechersuechtling This is a great review and I am definitely going to check it out!! 1w
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Thank you @Come-read-with-me for the tag. 😃

1) Difficult … At the moment it‘s

• everything that makes me not feel cold.
• lying down, stretching, so my muscles relax.
• If I have enough energy left: a good book to read (because that‘s different to listening to audiobooks) with hot chocolate or dark and full red wine.

2) Blessings and a huge amount of relaxing energy to @Sarah83 @PickwickPlockPlock and @ReadingOverSleeping

#MoonReflections

PickwickPlockPlock Thank you, I can use that relaxing energy. I started a new job 2 weeks ago and at the moment it's overwhelming. 1w
ReadingOverSleeping Thank you! It's been a tough day and this put a sme on my face :) sending you lots of good vibes 💙 1w
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If I don‘t get to start “Rebecca” today, I decided to kind of reward myself with finishing this audiobook. There‘s not much left of it, an hour maybe.

I no longer feel like the story turned into a crime case. It found its way back to Maud.

Also, I don‘t share the impression that, at the end, the reader doesn‘t know anything valuable about where Elizabeth is. Well, it‘s not in detail said what happened but you clearly get some ideas.

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Rebecca (Special) | Daphne Du Maurier
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It‘s so sad, but in a way I see it coming again, that I still don‘t have the patience and the calmness to start this today.

I would love to, but … Do you also know this❓🤔 Shortly after you‘ve gone back to work after some days off your mind at home is still unconsciously busy with office things so that you don‘t find the ease of mind to start what you consider a “demanding” read.

ljuliel Makes sense to me. I don‘t work, but if I have something on my mind, such as a problem or something I need to figure out , I can‘t concentrate as much on reading. Sometimes I can read a simple book that doesn‘t take a lot of concentration. Other times, I can‘t read anything. Depends on the day. 1w
KBlackScan My grandmother (named Daphne Rebecca) was named after this book. I own her copy after she passed, but have yet to read. I can‘t wait. 1w
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I think, I already hit the halfway mark in this. I can‘t tell exactly because I did some audiocooking again, tonight.

Yes, I still like the story but at the moment I am a bit tired of the passages set in the past because the story told therein more and more develops into a crime story. And for a crime story it‘s, in my eyes, badly told, even though I can‘t say what exactly the badly told elements consist in.

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A bit more than an hour into this.
It‘s very well done. And that‘s the reason why it‘s good to stay turned on it. Walks down Maud‘s memory lane and her present are not knowable immediately. So you lose track when pausing too often.

I completely empathise with Maud. It must be really awful to lose one‘s memory and also the activities of one‘s daily life _and_ to sometimes know this. To kind of be a spectator of how one‘s abilities desert oneself.

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Rebecca (Special) | Daphne Du Maurier
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Please excuse this bad photo.

I found an edition of this classic where the line spacing seems less narrow. And of course I will give this classic another try.

(I know I have seen the film when I was in my late teen-years but not sure how much I remember.)

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Schwarze Oliven: Roman | Martha Tod Dudman
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The framework plot was implausible to me. People that leave their cars open during shopping, ex-girlfriends that sneak in. Really❓🙄 Anyone from Maine who can tell if the state is that small and trusty.

But all the rest❓🌟 I never have read a book that describes the process of separation and the pain thereafter as authentic and true as this one‼️

It‘s „That‘s life.“ in the best possible way.

(I‘m having a bit of a crush on the booksleeve. 😊)

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How cool is that‼️ Thanks to @TamTracy and her review I searched my library for it. And look, what I found: The audiobook.

I borrowed it right away and will listen to it when I finished my current one, “Elisabeth wird vermisst”.

Really looking forward to this trouvaille. 😃

TamTracy ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 2w
Buechersuechtling @TamTracy Thank you. 🙇🏽‍♀️ Ain‘t this another proof of Litsy‘s magic❓ And it‘s nice to see you happy about me being happy. 😄 2w
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⬆️⬆️⬆️ I gave it a quick listen up on few hours ago and already love, how Katharina Thalbach, a German actress, is reading it. Her pitch of voice fits so perfectly.

I‘m sure, this will be great company for my dinner now. #LitsyPartyOfOne

TheBookAddict Sounds like an interesting story. 😊 enjoy! 2w
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“How would you feel if no one believed you anymore? And if you‘re not sure if you can still believe yourself? That‘s how Maud feels, who suffers from Alzheimer‘s and who misses her girlfriend. In this fascinating novel, together with Maud, we embark on the search for the disappeared Elizabeth and experience at first hand how helpless and vulnerable Maud is facing herself and her environment.”

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Schwarze Oliven: Roman | Martha Tod Dudman
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“Nine months ago he had left her and now she sees him at the supermarket, right there were the olives are. Night after night she imagined what she would throw his way, how sure of herself she would be, how sharp the words would roll off her tongue.

But she can‘t face him. Not at all. Not here. Not today. Not yet.”

Please, reading gods, pretty please 🙏🏼, let that _finally_ be a book I like. Thank you. 🙇🏽‍♀️

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Drehtr: Roman | Katja Lange-Mller
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I was looking forward to a life story but got some less interesting anecdotes that were forced together by the setting of a turning door at an airport, but they don‘t tell anything about Asta, the protagonist. It‘s not fluent or interesting, it‘s just elitist.

The author knows how to dissect the German language but that‘s not enough to support a real plot.

⚠️ Warning: The backside of the book spoils the end of the story.

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Gone Girl | Gillian Flynn
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Mehso-so

It takes creativity and imagination to invent such characters and such a relationship. That‘s why it ended up as “So-So” for me.

Honestly, all the rest is just „Pan“. Mostly I saw it all coming. For me, there is too much of everything to be really entertaining. Soon, it‘s clear that Flynn does it all just done for the effect. I wanted to see how it ends (disappointing) but the way to there wasn‘t thrilling.

I like my books a bit more credible.

Come-read-with-me @Buechersuechtling Thanks for this review! I really liked the book but my husband had your reaction. That‘s what is so great about Litsy - you get to see what appeals/doesn‘t appeal to many readers. I thought this was her strongest book, but again my husband disagreed. Maybe you‘d like one of her other ones? Thanks for giving your honest review. 👍🏻 2w
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Gone Girl | Gillian Flynn
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Will there appear any not-messed-up, not-strange characters❓🤔

Don‘t get me wrong. It‘s not uninteresting. But it‘s not as gripping as I expected it to be from the title.

Maybe I‘m more a mainstream-girl than I thought. In a way this book is quite uncommon. I should like that but instead I‘m constantly asking myself why anyone would want, really _want_ to lead such a relationship.

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Drehtr: Roman | Katja Lange-Mller
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“»Turning Door« is the book of the moment. Who doesn‘t read it is beyond help.”, said Denis Scheck.

I know who this is, a pretty famous literature critic in Germany, but I just couldn‘t help but imagine that such praises are printed on book covers as quotes from ordinary people, bookworms like you and me. Really, I just imagined how it would be to read my own name under that sentence. ?

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Drehtr: Roman | Katja Lange-Mller
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It‘s not good to see in the picture above but now that I read a book with bigger line spacing (left), I remember how narrow the line spacing of “The Rabbi” (right) has been.

From time to time it came to my mind again because my eyes don‘t like narrow lines spaces anymore. Maybe that‘s one reason why I thought that “The Rabbi” is longer than 426 pages.

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Drehtr: Roman | Katja Lange-Mller
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New book, new luck.

“What‘s the next move?, nurse Asta wonders, after she‘s back from her last stint in Nicaragua. She has been in the service of international aid organisations for more than 20 years and is no longer needed. She stands beside a revolving door at Munich Airport and watches the travellers. Soon, she thinks she recognises the people she once knew in casual passers-by – and her entire adventurous life passes by her.”

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Gone Girl | Gillian Flynn
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Audiodinner.

I like it better now that, at approximately hour 3, not every second sentence tells about the disharmony in Amy‘s and Nick‘s relationship.

I think Nick describes her quite appropriate when he says that most things she did, she did for her own‘s sake, out of self-centered reasons.

But, honestly, he hisself is a pretty strange duck, too. He does everything to dig a hole for hisself and he knows this quite well.

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Der Rabbi: Roman | Noah Gordon
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I feel like I should/could have known earlier that Noah Gordon and me, we won‘t get friends. Nothing really dragged me to this book during the last few days.
I remember that I devoured “The Physician” and its successors in my teenage years. Couldn‘t put them down.

But this one❓ Lack of plot. Plus: It would definitely have benefited from a glossary.

I liked to refresh my knowledge of Judaism, that‘s all good I can say about this book.

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Der Rabbi: Roman | Noah Gordon
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I was inclined to rate “So-So”, but no, I decided, I can‘t. Usually, I like stories where you kind of “watch people living” but this one was boring to me. There was no element of suspense. (Which is wrong, there is one in the beginning but I forgot about it for ~380 pages. Which means, it doesn‘t serve as suspense element.)

After 60 % I wondered when the story will finally start. After 80 %, I realised there‘s nothing exciting to come.

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Der Rabbi: Roman | Noah Gordon
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I got up so, so early this morning, on purpose. And my plan was to finish my book today. So I yesterday imagined I would read all of today‘s morning.

Well, what I did was to finish paperwork I had assigned myself to do and finish paperwork that came in during the last past days. After having had my car tyres changed I ate a late lunch and now I have such a low.

Caffeine and book for the rescue‼️

(Found that autumn themed bookmark in my book.)

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Gone Girl | Gillian Flynn
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Started this audiobook yesterday and today was surprised how long it is: almost 13 hours.

I think I like it so far. The changes of perspective between him and her make it interesting but I cannot keep myself from thinking in what kind of dysfunctional, at last for me, relationship/marriage they both are living. I really couldn‘t do that, live together with someone I love and then (seemingly) quarrel constantly for the next five years.

Freespirit I found that annoying too....not a fan 2w
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Der Rabbi: Roman | Noah Gordon
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Slowly and told away from beaten paths, here and there with room for minor characters, but without meandering too much.

No exciting and action loaded plot, but rather calm. Interesting and perhaps therefore gripping.

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Der Rabbi: Roman | Noah Gordon
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I‘m glad I found an online dictionary to look things up in.

👉🏼 (🇩🇪) https://austria-forum.org/af/Wissenssammlungen/Symbole/Jiddisch

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Der Rabbi: Roman | Noah Gordon
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Oh dear.

There is a footnote with an explanation for „MIT“ – which is okay since, I‘ve already mentioned it, it‘s a rather old book, published 1965, – but _why_then_ don‘t they include a glossary for all the Yiddish expressions in there❓

😠

*sigh*

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I thought of that film when I bailed on Hape Kerkeling‘s book yesterday.

We watched it Saturday evening and I did like it. (Better than the book 😉) My significant other meant that many people sent one shouldn‘t hang expectations too high but, yes, I really like the film. Definitely would recommend it if you watched „Breaking Bad“.

And Littens, does it count as “getting up early” if I woke up at 6:40 a.m. but just got up at 8:30 a.m.❓🤔

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Der Rabbi: Roman | Noah Gordon
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I know it‘s a rather old book, published 1965, and that, at that time, electroshocks were state of the art in therapy of depression – but it still gives me goosebumps. 😢

I learned from Wikipedia that they are today used as therapy very, very seldom – and I say: for good reason‼️

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Der Rabbi: Roman | Noah Gordon
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Needed to think about this after I first saw it at @thebluestocking – saw it again at @annamatopoetry and found her answer to no. 2 so fitting that I join in.

1) Tagged.

2) I normally don‘t do that because I don‘t read short enough books and don‘t have enough time but the last one was just recently: “Light on Snow” by Anita Shreve.

3) Coming back in from outside. The colours of the leaves. The noise of walking through dry leaves.

#WeekendReads

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Der Rabbi: Roman | Noah Gordon
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Did you know, that the Internet rocks❓
I just found out that the two books by Noah Gordon I found in my pile earlier this evening are “The Rabbi“ and “The Death Committee”. None of those belongs to the trilogy about the physician.

And additionally, I found a copy of “The Bodega” (published 2008!) , given to me by the “in-laws” still welded in. 😯

Starting „Der Rabbi” now with hopes of finding an entertaining, easy-reading story yet again.

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You know, before I was bored by the style Hape Kerkeling tells his story (one, that, by the way, I couldn‘t really identify until I bailed), I was bored and annoyed by him inweaving milestones of his career history into his pilgrimage. The first time he did it I could believe that he thought about his early years while walking – but all the other times it had nothing to do with what he said before and was just narcissistic.

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Another bail. 😟 Must be me at the moment.

On the back of the book it says “an extraordinary book full of humour, wisdom and warmth”.

i‘m sorry, I can‘t find none of those. I do recognise that writing it has a big meaning for the author, a well-known comedian in Germany, but I found it boring. 😴😴😴

I liked “Eat, Pray, Love” much more, even though this also is no masterpiece – but at least entertaining.

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Unbelievable that this book already is 13 years old. I decided to see if all the praise it got is merited.

While I just browsed my book piles I was surprised by how many thrillers I chose to take with me. I also have, I think, the complete “Avalon”-series and the complete Noah Gordon ”The-Physician”-series (of which I am unsure how far I read it) but at the moment I just didn‘t feel like reading series – although, they _do_ sound promising. 😇

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Die Verschwrung: Roman | David Baldacci
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Bailedbailed

I am pretty sure this is unfair towards the book but since I am reluctant to keep this back up for now about 40 minutes I decided to bail on this one. I am still interested in the plot but I don‘t know, I don‘t really find into it.

I have huge piles of unread books in my flat due to various thrifts and due to having gotten other people‘s read books, so I move on to the next even if I feel a bit bad about it.

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Die Verschwrung: Roman | David Baldacci
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Still not hooked by my current read. 🤷🏽‍♀️ There are passages where I‘m convinced the tempo will rise – but you know, about 100 pages in and already two double bottoms. The plot is not uninteresting but you really need to stick to the story and not pause too often.

Halloween is over so my neighbourhood supermarket has reduced prices for Halloween styled food. Above you see vampire 🧛🏻‍♀️ blood fruit juice. I also bought violet kohlrabi.

Come-read-with-me @Buechersuechtling So sorry the read isn‘t grabbing you. Some of Baldacci‘s books are like that for me too. They either grab me from the beginning or they are full of false starts. Hope this one gets better for you! Love the “blood” juice! 🧛‍♀️ 3w
Buechersuechtling @Come-read-with-me Thanks for your kind words. I just decided to try to continue reading tomorrow and if I then still not feel comfortable I will allow myself to bail on it. – And yeah, we were surprised how tasty the juice 🥤 is. Less sweet than expected. (And, since we‘re on vacation: it goes well with vodka. 🤭) 3w
Come-read-with-me @Buechersuechtling Everything goes better with vodka!!! Maybe the vodka will also help the book get a bit better??? 😁 3w
Buechersuechtling @Come-read-with-me 🤣 That I can tell tomorrow. 3w
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Die Verschwrung: Roman | David Baldacci
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I didn‘t come very far in here, which is why I don‘t have a feeling of having gotten into the story – knowing the characters etc.

The story sounds interesting and gripping, meaning I really _want_ to read it. Ain‘t got no real plan why I‘m hesitating picking it up or where my reluctance comes from. *Sigh*.

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Mr. Mercedes: A Novel | Stephen King
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The ending redeemed. The part at the venue is often priceless and I now perfectly understand how so many reviewers have a crush on Holly – I now do, too.

But before, I often thought that the pieces of the plot are copied from various thriller stories. There were many elements in the plot where I thought of other books and films I saw. Plus: The two “sidekicks” are mostly stereotypes.

That‘s why my rating is only scarce “Pick”, more a “So-So”.

Erofan I haven't read this book (yet), but watched TV series (1 and 2 season). And I also have a deja vu ("I've seen it somewhere or read somewhere?!") 3w
Buechersuechtling @Erofan Before I informed myself about the book before/while listening to it I didn‘t even know there is a TV adaptation. I think because it here Germany was broadcasted on a streaming programme/pay TV station I don‘t own. 3w
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Mr. Mercedes: A Novel | Stephen King
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That was yummy.

Porridge with red currants, a teaspoon of nuts and one of Nutella.

My significant other also liked it although he is not much into sweets and chocolate.

And, guess what, the audiobook is gripping again. 🎧 So I‘m sure we‘ll continue listening. Since it‘s darkening again, there‘s not much more to do. 😉

Jari-chan That sounds and looks like yummy! 3w
Buechersuechtling @Jari-chan Oh yes, it was. 3w
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Mr. Mercedes: A Novel | Stephen King
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Time for the final mp3-CD of this – together with my significant other – while I head to the kitchen to prepare something that is supposed to be a combination of “(late) lunch and (early) dinner”. 🥣
👉🏼 Oats, joghurt and fruits. 🤤

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Mr. Mercedes: A Novel | Stephen King
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Oh. So Mr. King also knows how to (unspectacularly, almost silently) remove characters from the story that I root for.

I‘m still a bit biased of the plot. I like it, no question, but it also feels a bit slowly at times. I like that King takes time to put background on his characters, on the one hand. On the other hand much of it doesn‘t serve the plot. Sigh.

And: Will there be a motive for the villain❓ (Serious question.)

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Gone Girl | Gillian Flynn
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This audiobook came in from hold this morning and could be downloaded to my device without any problems. 😯 Must be the “significant-other”-vibes around. 😂

I put it on hold because my colleague lend me “Broken House“. Unfortunately the related CD 💿 (‼️) wasn‘t in there because she obviously forgot to put it in but now I look forward to this one.